For more than 30 years, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) 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. The SEP Operations Manual is a reference tool for the SEP network states and program officials within DOE. This manual contains information needed to administer the State Energy Program.  

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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.

Representing 40 states, four territories, and the District of Columbia, over 100 attendees shared their expertise, insight, and experience with peers in working to navigate SEP Formula Grant award management and implementation at the 2019 SEP National Training Forum, Aug. 13–14, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. Thanks to all who helped make this event a success! Download presentations

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: