The Office of Electricity developed initiatives as part of the American-Made Challenges program, which incentivizes innovation through prizes, training, teaming, and mentoring by connecting the nation’s entrepreneurs and innovators to America’s National Labs and the private sector.  

Since the American-Made Challenges program launched in 2018 to support U.S. entrepreneurship and innovation in clean energy, DOE has awarded close to $100 million in cash and incentives to competitors for their projects spanning topics such as solar, water, geothermal, buildings, hydrogen, energy storage, transportation, technology transitions, manufacturing, and more.   

Learn more about OE-sponsored prizes below:  

Digitizing Utilities Prize 

Connecting utilities with teams of software developers and data experts to transform digital systems in the energy sector for utilities. 


Up to nine winners of Phase 1 will receive a cash prize of $75,000. Up to four winners of Phase 2 will receive a portion of the $425,000 total cash prize pool. 

Informational Webinar 

Nov. 15, 2022, 11 a.m. PT 

Webinar registration

Submission Deadline 

Jan. 26, 2023, 2 p.m. PT 

Energy Storage Innovations Prize 

This competition tasks innovators to submit transformative approaches to grid-scale energy storage. 


Total prize pool of $300,000 with up to ten winners total, including up to five to be named Storage Innovations Champions who will receive $50,000, each. 

Informational Webinar 

Nov. 1, 2022, 9 a.m. PT 

Webinar Registration

Submission Deadline 

Dec. 16, 2022, 8 a.m. PST