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Overview of the Loan Programs Office
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

The Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) finances large-scale, all-of-the-above energy infrastructure projects in the United States. For more information, download LPO's overview brochure.

LPO administers three distinct loan programs, but each offers a similar value to borrowers: 

  • LPO can provide first-of-a-kind projects and other high-impact energy-related ventures with access to debt capital that private lenders cannot or will not provide.
  • LPO can provide flexible, custom financing that helps to meet the specific needs of individual borrowers.
  • LPO encourages early engagement and is a valuable partner to applicants throughout the entire lifetime of a project.

To date, LPO has issued more than $35 billion of loans and loan guarantees for more 30 projects and has a proven track record including transforming existing energy infrastructure, reviving nuclear construction, accelerating growth of utility-scale solar and wind, expanding domestic manufacturing of electric vehicles, and improving the lives of all Americans by catalyzing new energy technology and creating jobs. Read more about LPO's History, Portfolio,and Technology Sectors it has supported. 

LPO’s in-house team has decades of financial, technical, legal, and environmental experience that it can leverage to deploy billions of debt capital in the following areas: 

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY VEHICLES MANUFACTURING

Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program (ATVM)
Direct loans to support U.S. manufacturing of fuel-efficient, advanced technology vehicles and qualifying components

TRIBAL ENERGY

Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP)
Direct loans and partial loan guarantees for tribal energy development projects

C02 TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

CIFIA
Loan guarantees and grants to deploy carbon dioxide transportation infrastructure

INNOVATIVE CLEAN ENERGY (Title 17)

Innovative Clean Energy: Fossil Loan Guarantees
Loan guarantees for commercial-scale, innovative fossil projects
Innovative Clean Energy: Nuclear Loan Guarantees
Loan guarantees for commercial-scale, innovative nuclear projects
Innovative Clean Energy Loan Guarantees
Loan guarantees for commercial-scale, innovative clean energy projects
Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment
The Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment (EIR) Program (Section 1706) guarantees loans to projects that retool, repower, repurpose, or replace energy infrastructure that has ceased operations or enable operating energy infrastructure to run more cleanly.