With an eye toward transparency and marking the progress made thus far, we are releasing inaugural list of Justice40 covered programs list for the Department of Energy.

The Justice40 Initiative was established by President Biden in Executive Order 14008 on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, and last year, formal guidance, M-21-28, Interim Implementation Guidance for the Justice40 Initiative, was issued. The M-21-28 guidance memo provided further direction to Federal agencies on the Initiative, while also identifying twenty-one pilot programs.

As detailed in the M-21-28 guidance memo, Justice40 covered programs are Federal programs that make covered investments in any one of the following seven categories: climate change, clean energy and energy efficiency, clean transit, affordable and sustainable housing, training and workforce development, remediation and reduction of legacy pollution, and the development of critical clean water and wastewater infrastructure. Existing and new programs, including those created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), that make covered investments in any of these categories are considered Justice40 covered programs in line with current statute. As such, we expect this list to evolve over time as new Federal programs are created or existing Federal programs sunset.

Since the release of the Justice40 Initiative in the EO and subsequent M-21-28 guidance memo, the Federal government has been diligently applying the interim guidance and reviewing programs for inclusion into the Justice40 Initiative.

Department of Energy’s 140+ Justice40 covered programs list is organized by office. A program name that begins with BIL, is a new program created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Please click on an office to learn more about the Justice40 covered programs in that office.

Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)

  • Program Description: The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. ARPA-E awardees are unique because they are developing entirely new ways to generate, store, and use energy.

PA American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Internship Partnership

  • Program Description: The BPA AISES Internship Partnership Program partners with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) to offer up to four BPA internships per year, depending on funding. Funding for this program supports jobs for Tribal members and others in rural areas that have historically high unemployment rates. 

BPA Carbon-Free and Flexible Hydropower and Nuclear Capacity and Energy

  • Program Description: BPA's Federal Base System provides to Pacific Northwest residential and small farm customers, through retail utilities, carbon free capacity and energy from Columbia River Basin hydropower and the Columbia Generating Station. All costs are recovered from PNW ratepayers. This program has no discretionary funds and no discretionary budgeting. 

BPA Energy Efficiency

  • Program Description: BPA, after analysis informed by the Northwest Power Planning Council, sets annual targets to capture energy efficiency within the region through preference customer utilities. Captured energy efficiency benefits the Pacific Northwest by offsetting the need for additional generating resources for preference customers. This program is ratepayer funded and has no discretionary funds and no discretionary budgeting. 

BPA Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Program

  • Program Description: The BPA Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Program includes extensive ratepayer funding for habitat protection and restoration to support federally protected and unlisted salmon, steelhead, and other species. All funds are self-financed, ratepayer funds, and are not annually appropriated discretionary funds or discretionary budgeting.

BPA Public Processes Including 7(i) Rate Cases

  • Program Description: BPA supports investment in stakeholder engagement and other public processes for nearly every major BPA business line.

BPA Statutory Mandate for Reliability, Safety, and Security of the Federal Columbia River Power System

  • Program Description: BPA’s statutory mandate for reliability, safety, and security of the Federal Columbia River Power System supports low-cost reliability and resilience from carbon free and flexible hydropower and nuclear generation and a reliable transmission system. This program received additional borrowing authority through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

BPA Tribal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Grant Program

  • Program Description: The BPA Tribal STEM Grant provides funding, when available, to support jobs and training for Tribal members and others in rural areas that have historically high unemployment rates.

BIL - Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies Grant Program

  • Program Description: The Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies Grant Program provides grants to federal agencies that they can leverage with private capital to make energy and water efficiency upgrades to federal buildings.

Federal Energy Management Program

  • Program Description: The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) works with its stakeholders to enable federal agencies to meet energy-related goals, identify affordable solutions, facilitate public-private partnerships, and provide energy leadership to the country by identifying and leveraging government best practices.

BIL - Hydroelectric Production Incentives

  • Program Description: The Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program provides $125 million in incentive payments to qualified hydroelectric facilities for electricity generated and sold, with an emphasis on communities with inadequate electric service.

BIL - Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity Incentives

  • Program Description: The Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity Incentives Program provides $553.6 million in incentive payments to enhance existing hydropower facilities through capital improvements directly related to three main areas: grid resiliency, dam safety, and environmental improvements.

BIL - Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid / Hazard Hardening

  • Program Description: The Grid Resilience and Hardening Grant Program is an approximately $5 billion grant program to strengthen and modernize America’s power grid against wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters exacerbated by the climate crisis. This program includes $2.5 billion in matching grants for industry and $2.5 billion in formula grants for states and American Indian Tribes.

BIL - Program Upgrading Our Electric Grid and Ensuring Reliability and Resiliency

  • Program Description: The Program Upgrading Our Electric Grid and Ensuring Reliability and Resiliency (Innovative Grid Resilience Program) program will invest $5 Billion for states, Tribal nations, state regulators, and local government to demonstrate innovative approaches to transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure to harden and enhance resilience and reliability. The program will also demonstrate new approaches to enhance regional grid resilience, implemented through States by public and rural electric cooperative entities on a cost-shared basis.

BIL - Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives

  • Program Description: The Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives Program provides a total of $75 million in incentive payments to owners or operators of existing hydroelectric facilities who may apply for funding to make capital improvements that can increase efficiency by at least 3%.

BIL - Smart Grid Investment Matching Grant Program

  • Program Description: The $3 billion Smart Grid Investment Matching Grant Program is focused on investments that improve the flexibility, efficiency, reliability, and resilience of the grid. These include technologies that will increase the capacity of the existing transmission system; preventing faults that may lead to wildfires or other system disturbances; integrating variable renewable energy resources at the transmission and distribution levels; and, facilitating the aggregation and integration (edge-computing) of electric vehicles and other grid-edge devices or electrified loads.

BIL - Transmission Facilitation Program

  • Program Description: The Transmission Facilitation Program (TFP) is a revolving fund program that will provide federal support to overcome the financial hurdles in the development of new large-scale transmission lines and upgrading existing transmission as well as the connection of microgrids in select states and U.S. territories. Under the TFP, DOE is authorized to borrow up to $2.5 billion to assist in the construction of new and upgraded high-capacity transmission lines through three financing tools: loans from DOE; DOE participation in public-private partnerships; and capacity contracts with eligible projects in which DOE would serve as an “anchor customer.”

BIL - Advanced Energy Security Program

  • Program Description: The Advanced Energy Security Program’s purpose is to increase the functional preservation of electric grid operations or natural gas and oil operations in the face of threats and hazards through modeling, analysis, and assessments.

BIL - Civil Nuclear Credit Program

  • Program Description: The Civil Nuclear Credit program will oversee a $6 billion investment to prevent premature retirement of existing zero-carbon nuclear plants. The program is available for plants that would otherwise retire and are certified as safe to continue operations.  Priority will be given to plants that use domestically produced fuel.

Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program

  • Program Description: The Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP) is a partial loan guarantee program that can guarantee up to $2 billion in loans to Tribes to support energy development projects and activities and investments in energy resources. TELGP provides direct economic support to the 574 federally recognized Native American and Alaska Native Communities by providing loan guarantees specifically for federally recognized Tribes or Tribal energy development organizations with majority Tribal ownership and control.  Examples of potential projects include but are not limited to: Fossil Energy; Renewable Energy; Transmission Infrastructure & Energy Storage; and Transportation of Fuels.

Title XVII Innovative Energy Loan Guarantee Program

  • Program Description: Through its Title 17 Innovative Energy Loan Guarantee Programs, LPO can: help finance catalytic, replicable, and market-ready renewable energy and efficient energy technologies; help finance projects that bring innovative nuclear energy technologies to commercial scale; and help finance projects that bring innovative fossil energy technologies to commercial scale.  Examples of projects include: Advanced Grid Integration & Storage; Drop-in Biofuels; Waste-to-Energy; Enhancement of Existing Facilities; Efficiency Improvements; Advanced Nuclear Reactors; Small Modular Reactors; Uprates & Upgrades at Existing Facilities; Front-End Nuclear Advanced Resource Development; Low-Carbon Power System; Carbon Capture; and Efficiency Improvement.

Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program (ATVM)

  • Program Description: Through its Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program, LPO provides low-cost debt capital for fuel-efficient vehicle and eligible component manufacturing in the United States.  Two types of borrowers are eligible under ATVM: 1) Manufacturers of advanced technology vehicles that achieve defined fuel economy targets.  2) Manufacturers of components or materials that support eligible vehicles’ fuel economy performance.  Examples of eligible components include: Advanced Engines & Powertrain Components; Materials for Light-Weighting; Electric Vehicle Charging & Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fueling Infrastructure Components.

BIL - Carbon Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (CIFIA)

  • Program Description: The Carbon Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (CIFIA) program received $2.1 billion to provide Federal government financing to large-scale Common-Carrier carbon dioxide (“CO2”) transportation infrastructure projects.  Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (“CCUS”) technologies, including direct air capture, must be deployed at a large-scale in the coming decades to reduce hard-to-abate CO2 emissions from the industrial sector. CIFIA will support CCUS technology deployment by financing projects that build shared CO2 transport and storage infrastructure.

BIL - Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program

  • Program Description: The Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program supports the domestic nuclear industry in the design, licensing, construction, and operation of two advanced nuclear reactors to assure that the next generation of American nuclear reactor designs can make the transition from concept to demonstration: TerraPower Natrium Reactor and the X-Energy Xe-100.

BIL - Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects Program

  • Program Description: The Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects Program will develop six carbon capture facilities to improve the costs, emissions reductions, and environmental effects from coal and natural gas.

BIL - Carbon Capture Large-Scale Pilot Programs

  • Program Description: The Carbon Capture Large-Scale Pilot Programs will test innovative carbon capture pilot projects that are large enough to support new processes and technology improvements at scale. This program also aims to improve the costs, emissions reductions, and environmental effects of coal and natural gas. ​

BIL - Clean Energy Demonstrations on Current and Former Mine Lands

  • Program Description: The Clean Energy Demonstrations on Current and Former Mine Lands Program will be carrying out up to five clean energy projects on current and former mine land to demonstrate the ways that clean energy can lead to productive re-use of this land. This program also aims to create jobs and economic development opportunities, particularly for communities suffering from a recent loss of mining activity. This program is in coordination with the Department of Interior.

BIL - Energy Improvement in Rural and Remote Areas

  • Program Description: The Energy Improvement in Rural and Remote Areas Program is improving the resilience, safety, reliability, and availability of energy in rural or remote areas and increasing environmental protection from the adverse impacts of energy use.

BIL - Energy Storage Demonstration Pilot Grant Program

  • Program Description: The Energy Storage Demonstration Pilot Grant Program will build energy storage system projects to improve grid security and reliability and facilitate more clean energy on the grid.

BIL - Industrial Emissions Demonstration Projects

  • Program Description: The Industrial Emissions Demonstrations Projects are establishing demonstration projects that test and support technologies that reduce industrial emissions​.

BIL - Long-Duration Energy Storage Demonstration Initiative and Joint Program

  • Program Description: The Long-Duration Energy Storage Demonstration Initiative and Joint Program is constructing long-duration energy storage technologies at different scales and supporting new, innovative long-duration energy storage technologies become commercially viable. DOE is also collaborating with the Department of Defense under the Joint Program for long-duration demonstrations on government facilities.​

BIL - Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs

  • Program Description: The Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program is building at least four regional clean hydrogen hubs across the country to create networks of hydrogen producers, consumers, and local connective infrastructure to accelerate the use of hydrogen.

Response and Restoration (R&R)

  • Program Description: As the lead for Emergency Support Function (ESF) #12 and the designated Sector Risk Management Agency (SRMA) and the Sector Specific Agency (SSA) to support cyber response efforts under Presidential Policy Directive (PPD)-41, CESER works with partners to: assess the impacts of a disaster on local and regional energy infrastructure; provide situational awareness updates to Federal, State, and private sector partners; facilitate legal and regulatory waivers to accelerate restoration of damaged energy systems, and; provide technical expertise on energy damage assessment, restoration and logistical assistance. The Response and Restoration (R&R) division develops and maintains CESER’s capabilities to promote situational awareness, provide analysis of threats and incidents affecting the energy sector, and of course, coordinate response operations.

Preparedness, Policy, and Risk Analysis (PPRA) – formerly Information Sharing, Partnerships, and Exercises (IPSE)

  • Program Description: Preparedness, Policy, and Risk Analysis (PPRA) focuses on assessing risks to the sector, sharing threat information and resources with owners and operators to mitigate risks, and developing the planning and risk management capabilities of industry and States, localities, tribes, and territories to improve energy sector security and resilience. This program was formerly known as Information Sharing, Partnerships, and Exercises (IPSE).

BIL - Cybersecurity for the Energy Sector Research, Development, and Demonstration Program

  • Program Description: Cybersecurity for the Energy Sector Research, Development, and Demonstration Program will support development and deployment of advanced cyber applications, technologies, and threat collaboration efforts with the U.S. energy sector.

BIL - Rural and Municipal Utility Advances Cybersecurity Grant and Technical Assistance Program

  • Program Description: Rural and Municipal Utility Advances Cybersecurity Grant and Technical Assistance Program will provide grants and technical assistance to, and enter into cooperative agreements with, eligible entities to protect against, detect, respond to, and recover from cybersecurity threats.

Minority Education, Workforce Development, and Training (MEWT)

  • Program Description:  The Minority Education, Workforce, and Training (MEWT) Program provided funding to small business, minority serving institutions, and nonprofits in the areas of STEM education, capacity building, technical assistance, and workforce development. Approximately $4 million in financial assistance was initially awarded, with opportunities for additional funding contingent on the progress of proposed projects. 

Energy Storage

  • Program Description: The Energy Storage for Social Equity Initiative (ES4SE) is designed to support disadvantaged communities affected by challenges with accessible, reliable, and affordable energy with potential energy storage solutions to support their community. The program selected 14 participants from urban, rural, tribal, and indigenous communities and are providing them with technical assistance and potential support for energy storage project development and deployment. Additional technical assistance to states, rural cooperatives and underserved communities is also provided under the Office of Electricity Energy Storage core program.

Energy Storage - Demonstration and Deployment

  • Program Description: The Energy Storage Demonstration and Deployment program will prepare a cohort of promising technologies for utility-scale demonstration, which might not otherwise proceed given potential technology investment risks, through lab, behind-the-meter, or campus demonstrations. Specifically, these field demonstrations are intended at the scale of 100 kilowatt (kW) or less and have already been proven at lab-scale.

Communities Local Energy Action Program (Communities LEAP)

  • Program Description: The Communities Local Energy Action Program (Communities LEAP) initiative is designed to help energy-overburdened communities take direct control of their clean energy future. Twenty four communities were selected to receive support from DOE to create community-wide action plans that reduce local air pollution, increase energy resilience, lower utility costs and energy burdens, and provide long-term jobs and economic opportunities.

Resilient Distribution Systems

  • Program Description: The Underserved & Indigenous Community Microgrids (UICM) activity conducts coordinated research and development of microgrid-related technologies, with a focus on underserved and Indigenous communities. The research will aim to provide replicable microgrid solutions to address the broad array of challenges facing underserved and Indigenous communities in remote and islanded regions throughout the United States.

Advanced Manufacturing Office

  • Program Description: The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) supports Research and Development (R&D) projects, R&D consortia, and early-stage technical partnerships with national laboratories, companies (for-profit and not-for profit), state and local governments, and universities through competitive, merit reviewed funding opportunities designed to investigate new manufacturing technologies.    

BIL - Cost-effective Codes Implementation for Efficiency and Resilience

  • Program Description: The Cost-effective Codes Implementation for Efficiency and Resilience Program amends Section 309 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA), 42 U.S.C. 6831. The EERE Buildings Technologies Office (BTO) awards competitive grants to implement updated building codes.

BIL - Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling And 2nd Life Apps

  • Program Description: The Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and 2nd Life Apps amends Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) Section 641 “Energy Storage Competitiveness,” Section (k), on secondary uses, to carry out Research, Demonstration, and Deployment (R,D&D) on second-life applications for EV batteries and processes for final recycling. Competitive grants for increasing recycling rate and second use, maximizing critical mineral recovery and reuse.        

BIL - Enhanced Geothermal Systems and Pilot Demonstrations

  • Program Description: The Enhanced Geothermal Systems and Pilot Demonstrations provides $84 million to support four competitively selected pilot projects that collectively demonstrate EGS in different geologic settings, including one in the eastern United States.

BIL - Lithium-Ion Recycling Prize

  • Program Description: The Lithium-Ion Recycling Prize creates funds to carry out Phase III of the prize competition and award multiple winners or increase prize amounts pursuant to Section 24 Stevenson-Wydler Act (15 U.S.C. 3719).

BIL - Marine Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration

  • Program Description: The Marine Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration Program adds new grant funding for Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) Section 635 (42 U.S.C. 17214) "Marine Energy R,D&D" that covers power generation at various scales, as well as critical testing infrastructure, energy storage, grid integration, and other marine energy technologies.        

BIL - National Marine Energy Centers

  • Program Description: National Marine Energy Centers adds new grant funding for Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) Section 636 (42 U.S.C. 17215) "National Marine Renewable Energy Centers.” The purpose is to provide financial assistance for the establishment of new National Marine Energy Centers and the continuation and expansion of the research, development, demonstration, testing, and commercial application activities at the existing Centers.

BIL - New Solar Research & Development

  • Program Description: The New Solar Research & Development establishes funds to carry out the Energy Act 2020 "Solar Energy Technology Program," (3004(b)(2) (42 U.S.C. 16238 (b)(2))) which includes a variety of activities including, but not limited to, competitive grants, precompetitive research, facilities, prizes, analyses, education, and small business vouchers.

BIL - Pumped Storage Hydropower Wind and Solar Integration and System Reliability Initiative

  • Program Description: The Pumped Storage Hydropower Wind and Solar Integration and System Reliability Initiative amends Section 3201 of the Energy Policy Act of 2020 to include pump storage for wind and solar integration. The initiative provides financial assistance to eligible entities (such as municipal utilities, cooperative utilities, Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs), Tribes, Sustainable Energy Organizations (SEOs), universities, etc.) to carry out project design, transmission studies, power market assessments, and permitting for a pumped storage hydropower project to facilitate the long-duration storage of intermittent renewable electricity.

BIL - Solar Energy Research and Development

  • Program Description: The Solar Energy Research and Development provides funds to carry out Energy Act 2020 "Advanced Solar Energy Manufacturing Initiative" (3004(b)(3) (42 U.S.C. 16238 (b)(3))) which includes Research, Development, and Deployment (R,D&D) grants to advance solar manufacturing technologies including raw materials, critical minerals and other resources.

BIL - Solar Recycling Research & Development

  • Program Description: The Solar Recycling Research & Development program provides funds to carry out Energy Act 2020 "Solar Energy Technology Recycling R,D&D Program" (3004(b)(4) (42 U.S.C. 16238 (b)(4))) which includes a variety of activities such as raw material recovery, disposal processes, disassembly and recycling, and alternative materials enabling cost effective resource recovery.

BIL - Wind Energy Tech Recycling Research & Development

  • Program Description: The Wind Energy Tech Recycling Research & Development program provides funds to carry out Energy Act "Wind Energy Technology Recycling R,D&D Program" (2020 Section 3003(b)(4) (42 U.S.C. 16237 (b) (4)) which includes a variety of activities such as raw material recovery, disposal processes, disassembly and recycling, and alternative materials enabling cost effective resource recovery.

BIL - Wind Energy Technology Program

  • Program Description: The Wind Energy Technology Program provides funds to carry out Energy Act 2020 "Wind Energy Technology Program" (Section 3003(b)(2) (42 U.S.C. 16237 (b) (2)) which includes a variety of activities such as competitive grants, precompetitive research, facilities, prizes, analyses, education, and small business vouchers.

Bioenergy Technologies Office

  • Program Description: The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) supports groundbreaking technologies to produce fuels, products, and power from non-food sources of biomass and waste resources.   

Building Technologies Office

  • Program Description: The Building Technologies Office (BTO) develops, demonstrates, and accelerates the adoption of cost-effective technologies, techniques, tools, and services that enable high-performing, energy-efficient and demand-flexible residential and commercial buildings in both the new and existing buildings markets, in support of an equitable transition to a decarbonized energy system by 2050, starting with a decarbonized power sector by 2035.

BIL- Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis Program

  • Program Description: The Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis Program authorizes $1 billion from FY22 through FY26 for research, development, demonstration, commercialization, and deployment program to improve the efficiency, increase the durability, and reduce the cost of producing clean hydrogen through electrolysis.      

BIL - Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing Recycling Research, Development, and Demonstration Program

  • Program Description: The Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing Recycling Research, Development, and Demonstration Program provides federal financial assistance to advance new clean hydrogen production, processing, delivery, storage, and use equipment manufacturing technologies and techniques.

BIL - Hydropower Research, Development, and Demonstration

  • Program Description: The Hydropower Research, Development, and Demonstration program will fund research, development, and demonstration activities to improve hydropower technologies.

Geothermal Technologies Office             

  • Program Description: The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) researches, develops, and validates innovative and cost-competitive technologies and tools to locate, access, and develop geothermal resources in the United States.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office

  • Program Description: The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) conducts comprehensive efforts to overcome the technological, economic, and institutional barriers to the development of hydrogen and fuel cells.           

Solar Energy Technologies Office

  • Program Description: The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) funds research and development in three technology areas: photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), and systems integration with the goal of improving the affordability, reliability, and domestic benefit of solar technologies on the grid.

Strategic Programs

  • Program Description: EERE’s Strategic Analysis Team (SA) performs cross-cutting, gap-filling, and corporate analysis associated with the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of EERE technologies. SA develops tools and methods to enable consistent evaluation and analysis across EERE and serves a leadership role in related analysis across DOE, other government agencies, and external stakeholders.

Vehicle Technologies Office

  • Program Description: The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) supports research, development (R&D), and deployment of efficient and sustainable transportation technologies that will improve energy efficiency, fuel economy, and enable America to use less petroleum.

Water Power Technologies Office

  • Program Description: The Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) is committed to developing and deploying a portfolio of innovative technologies for clean, domestic power generation from resources such as hydropower, waves, and tides.           

Wind Energy Technologies Office

  • Program Description: The Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) invests in energy science research and development (R&D) activities that enable the innovations needed to advance U.S. wind systems, while continuing to address market and deployment barriers, including siting and environmental impacts. WETO is dedicated to driving down the cost of wind energy with more efficient, more reliable, and more predictable wind energy systems.      

EM Community Engagement Cooperative Agreements

  • Program Description: EM is conducting stakeholder engagement and Tribal consultation related to the Justice40 Initiative with regards to the following community engagement cooperative agreements:
    • Energy Communities Alliance (ECA)
    • EM Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (EM MSIPP)
    • Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP)
    • Florida International University (FIU)
    • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

EM Community Engagement Grants

  • Program Description: EM is conducting stakeholder engagement and Tribal consultation related to the Justice40 Initiative with regards to the following community engagement grants:                                                                                                                
    • Hanford: Tribal grants and States of Washington and Oregon grants.
    • Idaho National Laboratory (INL): Shoshone-Bannock Tribal DOE program grants;
    • Savannah River Site (SRS):  Grants for Savannah State University, University of South Carolina, and SRS Community Reuse Organization
    • EM-LA:  Grants for the Santa Fe Indian School and four Accord Pueblos as part of the Los Alamos Pueblos Project

EM Non-Superfund Soil & Groundwater Remediation Los Alamos National Lab (EM-LA)

  • Program Description: The Justice40 Initiative at the Los Alamos National Lab (EM-LA) focuses on efforts related to soil and groundwater remediation.  EM is conducting stakeholder engagement and Tribal consultation as the Justice40 Initiative is implemented. 

EM Non-Superfund Soil & Groundwater Remediation Moab

  • Program Description: The Justice40 Initiative at Moab focuses on efforts related to soil and groundwater remediation.  EM is conducting stakeholder engagement and Tribal consultation as the Justice40 Initiative is implemented. 

EM Non-Superfund Soil & Groundwater Remediation Nevada National Security Site

  • Program Description: The Justice40 Initiative at Nevada National Security Site focuses on efforts related to soil and groundwater remediation.  EM is conducting stakeholder engagement and Tribal consultation as the Justice40 Initiative is implemented. 

EM Non-Superfund Soil & Groundwater Remediation Sandia National Lab

  • Program Description: The Justice40 Initiative at Sandia National Laboratory focuses on efforts related to soil and groundwater remediation.  EM is conducting stakeholder engagement and Tribal consultation as the Justice40 Initiative is implemented. 

EM Superfund Soil & Groundwater Remediation Idaho National Lab

  • Program Description: The Justice40 Initiative at Idaho National Laboratory focuses on efforts related to soil and groundwater remediation. EM is conducting stakeholder engagement and Tribal consultation as the Justice40 Initiative is implemented. 

EM Superfund Soil & Groundwater Remediation Lawrence Livermore National Lab

  • Program Description: The Justice40 Initiative at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory focuses on efforts related to soil and groundwater remediation. EM is conducting stakeholder engagement and Tribal consultation as the Justice40 Initiative is implemented. 

EM Superfund Soil & Groundwater Remediation Richland

  • Program Description: The Justice40 Initiative at Richland focuses on efforts related to soil and groundwater remediation.  EM is conducting stakeholder engagement and Tribal consultation as the Justice40 Initiative is implemented. 

EM Superfund Soil & Groundwater Remediation Savannah River Site

  • Program Description: The Justice40 Initiative at Savannah River Site focuses on efforts related to soil and groundwater remediation.  EM is conducting stakeholder engagement and Tribal consultation as the Justice40 Initiative is implemented. 

Advanced Energy and Hydrogen Systems

  • Program Description: The Advanced Energy and Hydrogen Systems Program invests in research, development, and demonstration to evaluate carbon-based clean hydrogen (i.e., coupled to carbon capture and storage) as a fuel and support development of technologies to use clean hydrogen from any source. The Division’s efforts are an integral part of the Department of Energy's recently launched Hydrogen Shot, with a goal of clean hydrogen costs of $1/kg within one decade (1-1-1) while expanding employment of the U.S. energy workforce. Seeking a cost-competitive decarbonized alternative to traditional fossil fuels, the program has a research and development portfolio consisting of a new generation of carbon neutral or net-negative greenhouse gas emissions technologies.

BIL - Carbon Capture Technology Program          

  • Program Description: This Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provision expands the Department of Energy’s Carbon Capture Technology program to include a program for carbon dioxide transport infrastructure necessary to deploy Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage technologies. Eligible uses include: research and development; large-scale pilot projects; demonstration projects; a front-end engineering and design program; and front-end engineering and design program for carbon dioxide transport infrastructure necessary to enable deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies.

BIL - Commercial Direct Air Capture Technology Prize Competition

  • Program Description: The Commercial Direct Air Capture Technology Prize Competition requires the Secretary of Energy to develop requirements for (A) the prize competition process; and (B) monitoring and verification procedures for projects selected to receive a prize under the prize competition and shall award prizes under the prize competition to qualified direct air capture facilities for metric tons of qualified carbon dioxide captured and verified at the point of disposal, injection, or utilization.

BIL - Critical Material Innovation, Efficiency, and Alternatives

  • Program Description: The goals of the Critical Material Innovation, Efficiency, and Alternatives program are to create an innovation ecosystem to advance responsible and cost-competitive recovery, processing, and manufacturing of critical minerals and de-risk development of innovative technologies needed to support future clean energy supply chain needs. A Critical Materials Consortium will be developed with a focus on accelerating the scaling of technology development at all points on the supply chain, including recycling, recovery, processing, refining, and manufacturing, as well as developing suitable substitutes.

BIL - Critical Material Supply Chain Research Facility

  • Program Description: The Critical Material Supply Chain Research Facility provision is focused on the creation of a supply chain research facility that will serve as an incubator facility to spur the domestic production and refining of target critical materials. It is envisioned to operate in conjunction with the Critical Materials Innovation, Efficiency, and Alternatives provision in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

BIL - Orphan Well Site Plugging, Remediation, and Restoration   

  • Program Description: The Undocumented Orphaned Wells program aims to find and characterize orphaned wells and determine the physical locations, methane emissions, wellbore integrity, and other environmental impacts of those wells.  DOE, in collaboration with the state government organization, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), has created a research consortium with five national laboratories to develop advanced technologies and best operational practices to find and characterize undocumented orphaned wells across the U.S.

BIL - Pre-Commercial Direct Air Capture Prize Competitions

  • Program Description: The Pre-Commercial Direct Air Capture Prize Competitions allows for the reauthorization of programs to advance research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of carbon capture technologies.

BIL - Rare Earth Security Activities

  • Program Description: The goals of the Rare Earth Security Activities are to develop technologies to extract and recover rare earth elements and other critical minerals from coal and coal byproducts, while mitigating potential environmental and public health impacts. An emphasis will be on accelerating technology development that can be applied to commercial operations within the next decade.

BIL - Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs

  • Program Description: Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs aims to establish a program under which the Secretary shall provide funding for eligible projects that contribute to the development of four regional direct air capture hubs.

Carbon Capture

  • Program Description: Carbon Capture focuses on committed emissions associated with infrastructure that are expected to persist through mid-century. Natural gas power generation and CO2-emitting industrial sectors, such as cement and steel production are particular priorities.

Carbon Storage

  • Program Description: The Carbon Storage research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) program is making key investments in advanced technology RD&D, large-scale transport scenarios, commercial-scale storage facilities, and regional hubs, all to support a foundation for carbon storage in support of both carbon mitigation and removal. 

Carbon Utilization

  • Program Description: The Carbon Utilization Program supports the ecosystem to deploy technologies that recycle CO2 into value-added products. To create products such as CO2-based building materials, fuels, and chemicals, the Program focuses on mineralization, catalytic conversion, and biological approaches.

BIL - Carbon Storage Validation and Testing

  • Program Description: Carbon Storage Validation and Testing will establish a program of research, development, and demonstration for carbon storage. Eligible uses include development of new or expanded commercial large-scale carbon sequestration projects and associated carbon dioxide transport infrastructure, including funding for the feasibility, site characterization, permitting, and construction stages of project development.

BIL - Carbon Utilization Program

  • Program Description: The Carbon Utilization Program will establish a grant program for state and local governments to procure and use products derived from captured carbon oxides. Grants received under this program can be used to procure and use commercial or industrial products that use or are derived from anthropogenic carbon oxides, and that demonstrate significant net reductions in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to incumbent technologies, processes, and products.

Crosscutting Research

  • Program Description: The Crosscutting Research Program supports innovative early-stage Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RDD&D) for improving reliability, availability, efficiency, and environmental performance. The program will narrow focus to technologies that aid in minimizing the environmental impact of the U.S.’s high dependence on fossil fuels, which includes both power and industrial sectors.

Mineral Sustainability

  • Program Description: The purpose of the Mineral Sustainability program is to catalyze a domestic environmentally responsible and economically sustainable critical mineral and carbon ore resource production industry that supports deploying clean energy technologies to create domestic manufacturing jobs, enables secure, diverse, resilient, domestic critical mineral supply chains, and support environmental and social justice through reclamation-based research & development (R&D). The mission of the program includes developing technologies to characterize and assess critical minerals resources from unconventional and secondary resources (such as waste coal and coal ash), develop advanced critical mineral processing technologies, and evaluate the co-production of critical minerals and carbon ore for high-value products.

Resource Technologies and Sustainability

  • Program Description: The Resource Technologies and Sustainability (or soon to be known as Methane Mitigation Program) is focused on advanced materials, data management tools, inspection and repair technologies, and advanced compressor technologies for eliminating fugitive methane emissions across the natural gas value chain.  In addition, the program is focused on direct and remote measurement sensor technologies, data acquisition, research, and advanced analytics that quantify methane emissions from point sources along the upstream and midstream portion of the natural gas value chain. DOE’s strategy for addressing methane emissions from the oil and natural gas fuel sector includes efforts to improve emissions detection, quantification, and mitigation capabilities across the entire fuel value chain (e.g., production, transportation, and storage).

Indian Energy

  • Program Description: The Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs is authorized to fund and implement a variety of programmatic activities that assist American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages with energy development, capacity building, energy cost reduction, and electrification of Indian lands and homes.

Legacy Management Contractor Services

  • LM’s Contracts Services program consist of mission critical support services to execute its Long-Term Stewardship mission of protecting of human health and the environment. The program support services activities include long-term surveillance and maintenance (LTSM) activities at sites on or adjacent to Native American and Alaska Native (NAAN) communities; assessing and safeguarding of Defense-Related Uranium Mines (DRUM) sites on Navajo Nation and other tribal lands; providing technical assistance to NAAN communities; and outreach to Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and NAAN communities. Ultimately, these support services activities foster LM’s ability to conduct environmental safety activities within communities who have traditionally experienced disproportionately high impacts.

Legacy Management Cooperative Agreements

  • LM’s Cooperative Agreement program includes executing agreements with Tribal Governments and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) to support LM’s Long-Term Stewardship and Environmental Justice mission. These cooperative agreements foster the protection of human health and the environment and ensure the avoidance of disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority and low-income populations.

Legacy Management Discretionary Grants

  • LM’s Discretionary Grants program includes providing grants to Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) to ensure the avoidance of disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority and low-income populations. The objectives of these grants include but not limited to providing underrepresented college students exposure to laboratory research in environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), building a sustainable pipeline of students who are educated in the environmental factors that impact their communities, and raising awareness among community members about the environment and health issues affecting communities.

BIL - Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant

  • Program Description:  The Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program will competitively award cost-shared grants for projects that: (1) Re-equip, expand, or establish facilities to manufacture or recycle clean energy properties or manufacturing facilities making clean energy products, or (2) Re-equip industrial facilities to substantially reduce GHG emissions of that facility.

BIL - Battery and Critical Mineral Recycling: Battery Recycling Research, Development, and Demonstration Grants

  • Program Description: The Battery Recycling Research, Development, and Demonstration Grants program will competitively award cost-shared grants to: (1) to eligible entities for research, development, and demonstration projects to create innovative and practical approaches to increase the reuse and recycling of batteries; (2)  States and units of local government to assist in the establishment or enhancement of State battery  collection, recycling, and reprocessing programs; and (3) to retailers that sell covered batteries or covered battery-containing products to establish and implement a system for the acceptance and collection of covered batteries and covered battery-containing products, as applicable, for reuse, recycling, or proper disposal.

BIL - Battery Manufacturing and Recycling Grants

  • Program Description: The Battery Manufacturing and Recycling Grants program will competitively award cost-shared grants for: (i) large-scale demonstration projects for battery component manufacturing, battery manufacturing, and recycling; (ii) new commercial-scale battery component manufacturing, battery manufacturing, or recycling facilities, (iii) retool, retrofit, or expand existing facilities.  The Program will focus on commercial scale battery cell, component (cathode, separator, anode, electrolyte) production, battery pack and component manufacturing facilities, and battery recycling facilities; and the demonstration manufacturing facilities for new manufacturing processes or techniques. The proposed technologies must be capable of being used in an advanced battery that will be used in electric vehicles and/or electric grid applications.

BIL - Battery Material Processing Grants

  • Program Description: The Battery Material Processing Grants program will competitively award cost-shared grants for: (i) large-scale battery materials demonstration projects, (ii) new commercial-scale battery material processing facilities, or (iii) to retool, retrofit, or expand existing battery material processing facilities. The Program will focus on commercial scale domestic separation of battery materials from extracted feed stocks for cathode production and for producing battery grade graphite and other battery grade materials. The proposed materials must be capable of being used in an advanced battery that will be used in electric vehicles and/or electric grid applications.

BIL - Energy Efficient Transformer Rebate Program

  • Program Description: The Energy Efficient Transformer Rebate Program will provide rebates to industrial or manufacturing facility owners, commercial building owners, multifamily building owners, utilities, or energy service companies for the replacement of a qualified energy inefficient transformer with a qualified energy efficient transformer. This program will facilitate the purchases of distribution transformers that meet DOE’s current efficiency standards and replace Liquid-Immersed Distribution Transformers manufactured between 1987-2008 or Medium-Voltage Dry-Type Distribution Transformer manufactured between 1992-2011.

BIL - Extended Product System Rebate Program

  • Program Description: The Extended Product System (EPS) Rebate Program will provide rebates for qualified extended product systems (i.e., electric motor, electronic control, and driven load) or for the incorporation of EPS in equipment used prior to and placed back into service in 2021 or 2022.

BIL - Industrial Research and Assessment Centers Implementation Grants

  • Program Description: The Industrial Research and Assessment Centers Implementation Grants Program is aimed at small and medium-sized manufacturers and takes the form of direct financial assistance to reduce or offset the costs of energy efficiency, productivity improvement and emissions reduction implementation. Once a qualifying energy assessment is completed, manufacturers can apply for a grant to support implementation of a specific project or set of projects. 

BIL - Industrial Research and Assessment Centers

  • Program Description: Industrial Research and Assessment Centers (IAC) Expansion aims to attract new and diverse students to the program while providing real-world onsite experience at manufacturing facilities. Expanded IAC program will focus on students in advanced manufacturing, industrial studies, and pre-engineering programs. Additional emphasis will be placed on supporting community colleges, technical schools and union training programs.

BIL - State Manufacturing Leadership

  • Program Description: The State Manufacturing Leadership program will provide financial assistance on a competitive basis to States for the establishment of programs to support the implementation of smart manufacturing technologies (SMT) by small and medium manufacturers in the industrial sector and provide access to the high-performance computing resources at the National Laboratories. The goal of the program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of domestic manufacturing by accelerating the uptake of smart manufacturing and providing greater access to advanced computing resources.  States will create programs that (1) facilitate access to high-performance computing resources at National Laboratories for small and medium manufacturers (SMM); and (2) to provide technical assistance and workforce development services to SMMs to implement SMTs and practices.

BIL - Rare Earth Elements Demonstration Facility

  • Program Description: Rare Earth Elements Demonstration Facility Program aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a full-scale integrated rare earth element extraction and separation facility and refinery. The facility established shall: (i) provide environmental benefits through use of feedstock derived from acid mine drainage, mine waste, or other deleterious material; (ii) separate mixed rare earth oxides into pure oxides of each rare earth element; (iii) refine rare earth oxides into rare earth metals; and (iv) provide for separation of rare earth oxides and refining into rare earth metals at a single site.    

Long-Term Stewardship (LTS):

  • Program Description: Environmental Projects and Operations (EPO) is responsible for the planning, execution, and management of activities at National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) sites where the Office of Environmental Management (EM) legacy remediation project scope is complete.

Fuel Cycle Research & Development (FCRD)

  • Program Description: The mission of the Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FCRD) program is to conduct research and development to help develop sustainable fuel cycles, as described in the Nuclear Energy Research and Development Roadmap. Sustainable fuel cycle options are those that improve uranium resource utilization, maximize energy generation, minimize waste generation, improve safety, and limit proliferation risk. The FCRD program will develop a suite of options to enable future policymakers to make informed decisions about how best to manage used fuel from nuclear reactors. The overall goal is to demonstrate the technologies necessary to allow commercial deployment of solutions for the sustainable management of used nuclear fuel that is safe, economic, secure, and widely acceptable to American society by 2050.

University Nuclear Leadership Program (UNLP) - formerly Integrated University Program (IUP)

  • Program Description: NE offers undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowship opportunities to students pursuing a nuclear energy-related degree under its University Nuclear Leadership Program (UNLP), formerly the Integrated University Program (IUP). NE's UNLP undergraduate scholarships are currently set at $5,000/year for students attending trade schools/community colleges, and $10,000/year for students attending four-year colleges/universities. UNLP graduate fellowships are $161,000 over three years, and include a mandatory 10-week internship at one of DOE's national laboratories or other NE-approved facility.        

NE - Demonstration Reactor 2 (Natrium)

  • Program Description: The Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP) focuses Departmental and non-federal resources on the construction of demonstration reactors in the near- and mid-term that are safe and affordable to build and operate. Under this program, TerraPower will demonstrate the Natrium reactor, a sodium-cooled fast reactor that leverages decades of development and design work undertaken by TerraPower and its partner General Electric-Hitachi (GE-H).             

Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), SBIR/STTR, and Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF)

  • Program Description: NE supports the U.S. university community with competitive research and development through yearly competitive solicitations. The program’s goal is to support outstanding, cutting-edge, and innovative research at U.S. universities, including minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), in the areas of nuclear energy science and technology.  NE supports the infrastructure needed at universities to conduct cutting edge research and to educate and train the next generation nuclear workforce. NE supports small business through the Department’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)//Small Business Technology Transfers (STTR) program with work scopes relevant to NE’s R&D mission. NE supports the transfer of promising nuclear energy technologies developed at the Department’s national laboratories to the nuclear industry for commercialization through the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF).

Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)

  • Program Description: The Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program conducts research and development (R&D) to develop innovative and crosscutting nuclear energy technologies to resolve nuclear technology development issues. The crosscutting areas include advanced sensors and instrumentation; nuclear cybersecurity; innovative materials and manufacturing technologies; and integrated energy systems. Also, NEET invests in modeling and simulation tools for existing and advanced reactors and fuel system technologies. The program also provides industry, universities, and national laboratories with access to unique nuclear energy research capabilities through the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) subprogram. Collectively, NEET-sponsored activities support the Department’s priorities to combat the climate crisis, create clean energy jobs, and promote energy justice by delivering innovative technology that supports U.S. energy independence, electricity grid resiliency, national security, and clean baseload power.

Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D)

  • Program Description: The Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) program supports conducting RD&D on existing and advanced reactor designs and technologies to enable industry to address technical and regulatory challenges associated with maintaining the existing fleet of nuclear reactors, promote the development of a robust pipeline of advanced reactor designs and technologies and associated supply chains, and progress these advanced reactor designs and technologies towards demonstration when deemed appropriate. Program activities are focused on addressing technical, economic, safety, and security enhancement challenges associated with the existing commercial light water reactor fleet and advanced reactor technologies, covering large, small, and micro-sized designs and an array of reactor types including fast reactors using liquid metal coolants and high temperature reactors using gas or molten salt coolants.

Supercritical Transformational Electric Power (STEP)

  • Program Description: The Supercritical Transformational Electric Power Research and Development (STEP R&D) initiative was a collaborative DOE project to develop and scale-up advanced Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (sCO2) Brayton cycle energy conversion technology to facilitate commercial development. As a result of the successful program efforts, the underlying technology is ready for industry to complete the final development and scale-up for commercial application.

Versatile Test Reactor Project (VTR)

  • Program Description: The Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) is a one-of-a-kind scientific user facility capable of performing large-scale, fast-spectrum neutron irradiation tests and experiments simply not possible today. It will support research, development and demonstration of innovative nuclear energy technologies (with a focus on fuels, materials and sensors in representative environments) that can supply the world with abundant carbon-free  energy.  With the addition of VTR, the United States will again lead the world in nuclear energy research, safety and security while also supporting U.S. industry partners as they commercialize new technologies.

Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) – MSI Grants

  • Program Description: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) supports research to discover, develop, and deploy computational and networking capabilities to analyze, model, simulate, and predict complex phenomena important to the DOE and the U.S. These awards are to MSI and HBCUs.

Basic Energy Sciences (BES) - MSI Grants

  • Program Description: Basic Energy Sciences (BES) supports fundamental research to understand, predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels to provide foundations for new energy technologies. These awards are to MSI and HBCUs.

Biological and Environmental Research (BER) – MSI Grants

  • Program Description: Biological and Environmental Research (BER) supports transformative science and scientific user facilities to achieve a predictive understanding of complex biological, earth, and environmental systems for energy and infrastructure security, independence, and prosperity. These awards are at MSIs and HBCUs.

Biological and Environmental Research (BER) - Climate Initiatives at MSIs

  • Program Description: In support of the Climate Initiative, BER supports field-based observing and modeling will be enhanced through Urban Integrated Field Laboratories to incorporate environmental justice as a key tenet of research involving climate-sensitive regions. Also, planning and implementation activities continue for a network of climate centers affiliated with an HBCU or MSIs; the centers will serve as the translational agent connecting BER climate science with broader socioeconomic and environmental justice issues for equitable solutions.

Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) – MSI Grants

  • Program Description: Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) supports research to expand the fundamental understanding of matter at very high temperatures and densities and to build the scientific foundation needed to develop a fusion energy source. These awards are at MSIs and HBCUs.

Office of Science (SC) - Funding for Accelerated, Inclusive Research (FAIR) Initiative

  • Program Description: The Funding for Accelerated, Inclusive Research (FAIR) initiative will support a directed effort to fund clean energy, climate, and related activities at minority serving institutions (MSIs), including historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
  • The programs to support this initiative are BES, BER, FES, and ASCR.

Office of Science (SC) - Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) Initiative

  • Program Description: Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) leverages SC’s world-unique national laboratories, user facilities, and other research infrastructures to provide undergraduate and graduate training opportunities for students and academic institutions not currently well represented in the U.S. S&T ecosystem.
  • The programs to support this initiative are BES, BER, FES, and ASCR.

SC Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

  • Program Description: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.  Congress established the SBIR program to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of Federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy.  Federal agencies with large research and development (R&D) budgets set aside a small fraction of their funding for competitions among small businesses only. 

SC Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

  • Program Description: Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program. Congress established the STTR program to foster collaboration and technology transfer between research institutions and small businesses.  Federal agencies with large research and development (R&D) budgets set aside a small fraction of their funding for competitions among small businesses only. 

BIL - Building, Training, And Assessment Centers

  • Program Description: The Building, Training, And Assessment Centers will provide grants to institutions of higher education to establish building training and assessment centers to educate and train building technicians and engineers on implementing modern building technologies.

BIL - Career Skills Training

  • Program Description: The Career Skills Training will provide grants to pay the Federal share of career skills training programs under which students concurrently receive classroom instruction and on-the-job training for the purpose of obtaining an industry-related certification to install energy efficient building technologies.

BIL - Energy Auditor Training Grant Program

  • Program Description: Through the competitive Energy Auditor Training Grant Program, DOE will award grants of up to $2 million to eligible states to train individuals to conduct energy audits or surveys of commercial and residential buildings. States can use these funds for individuals’ training and certification costs for covered certifications, as defined in the legislation, and may use up to ten percent of their funds to pay the wages of an individual during the period of training. 

BIL - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG)

  • Program Description: The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) provides Federal grants to states, units of local government, and Indian tribes to assist eligible entities in implementing strategies to reduce fossil fuel emissions, to reduce total energy use, and to improve energy efficiency.

BIL - Energy Efficiency Materials Pilot Program

  • Program Description: The Energy Efficiency Materials Pilot Program provides grants to supply nonprofit buildings with energy-efficiency materials. The goal of the Pilot Program is to provide non-profits with energy efficiency materials including (i) a roof or lighting system or component of the system; (ii) a window; (iii) a door, including a security door; and (iv) a heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system or component of the system (including insulation and wiring and plumbing improvements needed to serve a more efficient system).

BIL - Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Capitalization Grant Program

  • Program Description: The Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Capitalization Grant Program will provide capitalization grants to states to establish revolving loan funds, under which the State shall provide loans and grants for commercial and residential energy audits, upgrades, and retrofits to increase the energy efficiency, physical comfort, and air quality of existing building infrastructure.

BIL - Grants for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Improvements at Public School Facilities

  • Program Description: The Grants for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Improvements at Public School Facilities Program provides competitive grants to make energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fueled vehicle upgrades and improvements at public schools.

State Energy Program - State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform

  • Program Description: State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform is an easy-to-access online platform to support data-driven state and local energy and decarbonization planning. SLOPE integrates over 25 leading data sources to enable users to explore the maximum generation potential and levelized cost associated with renewable energy resources in their jurisdiction, the impacts of increased vehicle electrification, the savings potential associated with energy efficiency improvements, and more.

State Energy Program

  • Program Description: The State Energy Program provides funding and technical assistance to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, and increase energy affordability. **This program received additional funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

Low-Income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool

  • Program Description: The Low-Income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool was created to help stakeholders understand housing and energy characteristics for low- and moderate-income households. Using data, maps, and graphs from the LEAD Tool, stakeholders can make data-driven decisions when planning for their energy goals.

Weatherization Assistance Program

  • Program Description: The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety. Through weatherization improvements and upgrades, these households save on average $372 or more every year according to a national evaluation of the program. **This program received additional funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

Energy Future Grant

  • Program Description: Energy Future Grants will provide financial and technical assistance to support clean energy and economic development planning by state, local and tribal governments. The program will emphasize community-centered partnerships or joint-applications inclusive of community-based organizations.

Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC)

  • Program Description: Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) was created in response to congressional guidance in FY20 and FY21 to implement a competitive funding program for incubators supporting energy innovation clusters. The first part involved running an EPIC prize program which awarded 20 of the most innovative, comprehensive, and impactful incubators focusing on developing strong innovation clusters, connections, and support for energy-related technology and entrepreneurship. The second part is a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that seeks to seeks to recognize innovation-accelerating organizations focused on stimulating energy hardware development and related supportive ecosystems.

EnergyTech UP

  • Program Description: Sponsored by OTT, the EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP) is a collegiate competition challenging multidisciplinary student teams to develop and present a business plan that leverages lab-developed and other high-potential energy technologies. EnergyTech UP awards cash prizes to teams that successfully identify an energy technology, assess its market potential, and propose a strategy for commercialization.
  • EnergyTech UP is distinct from other startup competitions in its design to be approachable, equitable, and scalable nationwide. Targeting undergraduate students with or without a background in energy or business, the competition provides the resources needed for any team to succeed.  The competition gives students the opportunity to learn, lead, and grow, offering cash prizes to winners based on the strength of their proposal, not the strength of their background.

Entrepreneurship Program

  • Program Description: The Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Entrepreneurship Program is designed to support OTT's mission by offering undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in programs, projects, and activities at DOE Headquarters and approved facilities. The program will benefit OTT by helping to develop a pool of talented technology commercialization professionals from which the Department and National Labs can draw in order to achieve its mission to expand the public impact of the department’s research and development portfolio while advancing the economic, energy and national security interests of the nation.

Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA)

  • Program Description: The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA) is to market and deliver Federal hydroelectric power at the lowest possible cost to public bodies and cooperatives in the southeastern United States in a professional, innovative, customer-oriented manner, while continuing to meet the challenges of an ever-changing electric utility environment through continuous improvements.

Southwestern Power Administration (SWPA)

  • Program Description:  Southwestern Power Administration (SWPA) was established in 1943 by the Secretary of the Interior as a Federal Agency that today operates within the Department of Energy under the authority of Section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944. Southwestern markets and delivers hydroelectric power in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas from 24 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers multipurpose dams. By law, Southwestern's power is marketed and delivered primarily to public bodies such as rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. Southwestern has over one hundred such “preference” customers, and these entities ultimately serve over ten million end-use customers.

Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)

  • Program Description:  Western Area Power Administration’s (WAPA) mission is to “safely provide reliable, cost-based hydropower and transmission to our customers and the communities we serve.” WAPA delivers Federal hydropower under long term contracts to Preference customers as defined by the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 and the Flood Control Act of 1944.

BIL - Western Area Power Purchase of Power and Transmission Services

  • Program Description: The Western Area Power Purchase of Power and Transmission Services Program allows the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to purchase power and transmission services. WAPA's mission is to "safely provide reliable, cost-based hydropower and transmission to our customers and the communities we serve." WAPA delivers Federal hydropower under long term contracts to Preference customers as defined by the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 and the Flood Control Act of 1944.