The Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) program seeks to improve the resilience, reliability, and affordability of energy systems in communities across the country with 10,000 or fewer people. The ERA program will leverage DOE’s expertise and experience in resilient energy solutions to modernize electric generation facilities, address disproportionately high electricity costs, and support new economic opportunities in rural and remote communities.

The ERA program received $1 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and provides financial investment, technical assistance, and other resources to advance clean energy demonstrations and energy solutions that are replicable and scalable. ERA aims to fund community-driven energy projects with three specific goals:

  1. Deliver measurable benefits to energy customers in rural or remote areas by funding replicable energy projects that lower energy costs, improve energy access and resilience, and/or reduce environmental harm 
  2. Demonstrate new rural or remote energy system models using climate-resilient technologies, business structures that promote economic resilience, new financing mechanisms, and/or new community engagement best practices 
  3. Build clean energy knowledge, capacity, and self-reliance throughout rural America 

OCED is also offering no-cost technical assistance to communities and organizations interested in energy improvements in rural or remote areas. Technical assistance will vary based on specific project needs and requests.



Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

New Program:


Funding amount:


Funding Mechanism:

Grant, Cooperative Agreement, or Other


Industry Partners and other For-profit Entities; Utilities; Institutions of Higher Education; State and Local Governments; Community Based Organizations and other Non-profit Entities; Tribal; Environmental Groups; and Cities, Towns, or Unincorporated Areas with populations of fewer than 10,000 inhabitants.

Period of Availability:

$200,000,000 appropriated annually for fiscal years 2022 through 2026 (to remain available until expended)

More Information

  • Overall cost-effectiveness of energy generation, transmission, or distribution systems;
  • Siting or upgrading transmission and distribution lines;
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy generation by rural or remote areas;
  • Providing or modernizing electric generation facilities;
  • Developing microgrids; and
  • Increasing energy efficiency.

Read the latest update on Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas.

Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement ($50 Million, issued May 2023): 

Funding Opportunity Announcement ($300 Million, issued March 2023): 

Prize Competition ($15 Million, issued March 2023):

View the OCED Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas Factsheet.

View the ERA Program Technical Assistance Overview.

Access the Rural or Remote Area Geospatial Dashboard tool and watch the video tutorial of the geospatial dashboard.   

OCED held three public workshops to hear directly from state, local and Tribal governments, utilities, private sector project developers, and others in rural and remote communities on the energy challenges and types of projects that can improve their energy systems as part of the development of the ERA program.

Follow the links below to view the video recordings from OCED’s ERA Virtual Workshop:

OCED ERA Virtual Workshop Slides Day 1
OCED ERA Virtual Workshop Slides Day 2

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