The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) works closely with states and communities to ensure their unique needs are being met as they transition to a clean, resilient, and affordable energy future.  

Why Clean Energy Matters
Transitioning the United States to a clean energy economy enhances economic growth, energy independence, and the health and well-being of the American people.
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DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) helps communities across the United States reach their decarbonization goals by supporting funding initiatives, technical assistance programs, and do-it-yourself (DIY) tools.  

Why Is Localized Support Critical for the Nation’s Energy Transition?

Not all communities have the resources required to plan and deploy clean energy projects, or they may encounter specific challenges that make it difficult to do so. For example, remote and island communities have unique geographic features that can impact their energy systems. They are more vulnerable to extreme weather conditions and power outages and may not have adequate access to transmission lines delivering centralized power generation. For many of these communities, access to resilient, affordable, and reliable local clean energy resources is a priority. 

By building a knowledge-sharing network of communities and connecting them to experts at national laboratories, EERE is helping communities to define their own priorities—whether greater affordability, reduced power outages, sustainable job creation, or cleaner air—and leverage clean energy solutions to meet those priorities.

Clean Energy to Communities

The Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) program provides tailored, knowledge-based assistance across the renewable power, grid, transportation, and buildings sectors. By bringing together innovative technologies, state-of-the-art modeling, and unique abilities to test clean energy plans before installing them in the field, C2C fosters community-led innovation by closing the gap between clean energy ambitions and real-world deployment.

Additional Resources

EERE partners with the DOE’s Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) on several programs, such as Communities LEAP.

View additional ETI resources and publications that support island and remote communities in their energy transitions. 

Energy Transitions Initiative and Partnership Project

For a decade, EERE’s flagship Energy Transitions Initiative (ETI) has supported energy transitions for island and remote communities through partnerships and collaboration. ETI offers technical assistance, planning resources, tools, and trainings to help these communities achieve energy goals related to: 

  • Local resource reliance 
  • Institutional, social, and economic resilience 
  • Enhanced institutional capacity 
  • Lower energy costs. 

The ETI Partnership Project (ETIPP) leverages the benefits of ETI by connecting participating communities with energy experts—including national lab staff and regional advisors—to address their priorities and advance the development of resilient energy systems.  

The ETI framework is reflected in its Energy Transitions Playbook: an action-oriented guide to successfully initiating, planning, and completing an energy transition from a system that depends on imported fuels to a more resilient one that utilizes local clean -energy resources. 

Learn more about regional ETIPP cohorts.

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Community members gathered at the ETIPP annual meeting in May 2023.
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Energy Transition Planning Resources

For communities preparing for—or already involved in—an energy transition project, ETI planning resources can help guide the journey. 

Energy Transitions Playbook
The Energy Transitions Playbook is a downloadable play-by-play guide that facilitates energy transitions by sharing experiences and insights from communities working toward a cleaner energy future.
Island Energy Data Snapshots
The Energy Transitions Initiative's island energy snapshots highlight the energy landscape of islands in the Caribbean, the Pacific, and the surrounding areas, which have some of the world’s highest electricity prices in the world.

Energy Transition Tools and Trainings

Use ETI trainings and tools to help you make informed decisions during energy system planning. 

Engage Energy Modeling Tool
A cross-sectoral energy system planning and modeling tool to simulate generation and transmission capacity investments and visualize cost, land, and infrastructure implications of complex energy decisions.
Standardized Utility Pro-Forma Financial Analysis (SUPRA) Tool
A utility financial analysis tool for utilities, regulators, policymakers, and others to quantify financial impacts of resilience- and recovery-related grid investments and assess opportunities for utility financial health.

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