SEP Operations Manual

This manual is a reference tool for the SEP network and DOE program officials and contains information needed to administer SEP. Download the SEP Operations Manual.

The State Energy Program (SEP) regularly releases documents to help state energy offices report and manage SEP program funding. This webpage provides a list of current and previous SEP guidance documents.

For more than 40 years, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) State Energy Program has provided funding and technical assistance to states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. State energy offices use SEP funds to develop state plans that advance energy solutions through regional networks, strategic energy planning, executive orders, legislation and local ordinances, management of local retrofits, and land-use plans.

SEP released the following guidance documents, listed chronologically below, that explain how states must report and manage SEP program funding. More program guidance documents are available on the Recovery Act Guidance by Topic page.

SEP National Training Forum

In 2019, over 100 attendees shared their expertise and insight with peers to navigate the SEP Formula Grant Award management and implementation. Download the presentations.

The next training session will be held in September 2022.

2022 State Energy Security Plan Guidance

SEP State Energy Security Plan Administrative and Legal Requirements Document (ALRD)—Issued March 28, 2022. 

The purpose of this ALRD is to: 

  • Solicit applications for a portion of funding appropriated by Congress for State Energy Program formula awards in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 to support completion of State Energy Security Plans. 
  • Alert states that all future distributions of financial assistance through the State Energy Program will require the submission to DOE of a State Energy Security Plan that meets the requirements set out by the IIJA.

2022 Program Guidance

2009-2020 Program Guidance

2020 Program Guidance

2019 Program Guidance

2018 Program Guidance

2017 Program Guidance

2016 Program Guidance

2015 Program Guidance

2014 Program Guidance

2009-2010 Program Guidance

In some cases, DOE combined guidance documents for SEP and EECBG Program: