The Office of State, Local, and Tribal Policy guides the development and implementation of coordinated, comprehensive strategies to assist states, territories, local authorities, and tribes in analyzing, assessing, and implementing energy policies, programs, and related activities. 

It also helps ensure that national energy policies, programs, and related activities are informed by the policies, programs, regulations, and practices of state, local, and tribal governments.

Focus areas include:

  • Communities LEAP – The DOE Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program) Pilot seeks to help communities access the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy and clean energy manufacturing. Under this pilot initiative, DOE will provide supportive services valued at up to a total of $16 million to support 24-36 communities to develop their own community-driven clean energy transition approach. This opportunity is specifically open to low-income, energy-burdened communities that are experiencing either direct environmental justice impacts, or direct economic impacts from a shift away from historical reliance on fossil fuels.  
  • Place-based Strategy – Place-based approaches aim to strengthen communities (usually defined at a scale where measurable economic outcomes can be achieved—from a neighborhood up through a multi-county region), rather than provide direct assistance to individuals, companies, or technologies. DOE is focusing on place-based approaches through a variety of cross-agency initiatives, such as Justice40. DOE’s place-based approaches target specific energy- or technology-related challenges and opportunities of each community, with the goal of supporting each region’s transition to a more prosperous, sustainable, resilient, and inclusive future.
  • Cross-DOE Collaboration – The Office of Policy coordinates with DOE programs and staff offices to lead strategic thinking, working to achieve U.S. energy goals. The Office of Policy also provides policy analysis support to DOE program and staff offices for Departmental mission objectives.