Through the Title 17 Innovative Energy Loan Guarantee Program, the Department’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) provides access to debt capital for energy infrastructure projects that deploy technologies in the United States for the first time. In some cases, those energy projects require new or additional supporting infrastructure and/or other supporting products and services that may be independently owned or operated but are nonetheless essential to the success of the energy projects. Supporting infrastructure, products, and services may also be a necessary to catalyze emerging energy sectors.
Some examples include:
- Lessons learned from the global expansion of offshore wind energy inform us that deployment of infrastructure is necessary to build a commercial industry. That infrastructure build out could include such projects as foundation manufacturing facilities, dockside staging and laydown yards, blade manufacturing facilities for the very large turbines used offshore, and construction of specialized vessels that will operative exclusively on U.S. projects.
- The United States is playing a global leadership role in developing the latest nuclear energy technologies. Deploying those technologies at commercial scale will likely require capacity to fabricate very large steel forgings and manufacture components such as pumps and casings.
- A number of innovative carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies are at the cusp of initial commercial deployment. However, some of those projects may require new or expanded pipeline infrastructure to transport captured carbon to either be utilized or stored.
While each project and situation is unique, LPO is examining the ways in which elements of infrastructure, manufacturing, and services that support the deployment of innovative energy technologies may be able to be supported under LPO's Advanced Fossil Energy, Advanced Nuclear Energy, or Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy solicitations. To request a pre-application consultation to discuss an energy infrastructure project, email LPO@hq.doe.gov or call 202-586-8336.