SEP Background

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) provides funding and technical assistance to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, and increase energy affordability.

SEO Engagement Opportunities

To stay connected with State Energy Offices (SEOs), SEP is initiating two complementary engagement opportunities: Monthly Office Hours and Quarterly Roundups. The goal for these engagement efforts is to create a consistent space to share SEP administrative reminders and updates, provide trainings on technical matters, and facilitate collaboration through regular feedback and idea exchange.

SEP is hosting monthly office hours to present Technical Assistance (TA) information, engage in direct Q&A with subject matter experts, and host a general discussion on SEP matters.

SEP is hosting office hours on the third week of each month starting December 2023. The first hour will focus on a specific technical topic, based on what needs states have expressed during past and ongoing engagement. A subject matter expert will deliver a brief presentation on the day’s topic and answer questions. The remainder of the day’s session will be open to states to ask any other questions or provide general feedback to SEP staff.

SEP is leading quarterly meetings to share upcoming administration deadlines, present administrative information, engage in direct Q&A with subject matter experts, and host a general discussion.

These meetings will be hosted quarterly (March, June, September and December) on the second Thursday of that month. SEP will share information on hot topics and reminders for upcoming events. This will be followed by a presentation from a subject matter expert on a topic and/or a state sharing best practices. Topics will be administrative and regulatory in nature and in response to state feedback.

Quarterly Roundups and Office Hours Schedule

State Energy Offices will receive an invitation via email for upcoming sessions. Please contact us at StateEnergyProgram@hq.doe.gov with any questions or suggested topics. Find the current schedule of upcoming engagements and topics below:

Date and TimeEventTopic
March 14th
2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
Quarterly RoundUpReporting: SEP Annual, SEP-BIL, and BIL Supplemental
March 15th 
12:00 – 2:00 PM ET
SEP Office HoursPreviewing Federal in Perpetuity Close Out for RLF and Financing Programs
April 19th
12:00 – 2:00 PM ET
SEP Office HoursReporting: RLF QPR and ​RLF Supplemental


Past Events and Materials

DateTopicResources
October 10th, 2023Get to Know DOE’s Office of Inspector GeneralPresentation Recording
December 14th, 2023Buy America, Build America

Quarterly Recording

SEP Quarterly Round up Slides

Quarterly BABA Q&A

December 15th, 2023Onsite Energy Systems at Critical Facilities Technology Action Group -- REopt for Resilience Online Course

REopt Energy Integration & Optimization Home | NREL

Office Hours Presentation Recording

Q&A Transcript

January 10th, 2024SEP Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Supplemental Annual Data Report - TrainingTraining Recording
January 19th, 2024SLOPE & LEAD Demo and Use Case Example

Intro Presentation Slide Deck

Office Hours Presentation Recording

February 16th, 2024SEP BIL TA Implementation Plan

Office Hours Presentation Recording

Presentation Slide Deck


BIL Technical Assistance

Congress appropriated $500 million for the State Energy Program through Section 40109 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The U.S. DOE is allocating this funding to the states, as outlined in BIL, in FY22 - 26; however, the funding is available until expended. DOE has made $425 million available to the states as of August 26, 2022, using the FY21 SEP formula as directed by legislation. 

DOE will use the remaining $75 million over 5+ years for the benefit of all the states and SEP as follows: $45 million for program direction, oversight, and management, which includes federal staffing to implement the financial assistance program over 5+ years; and $30 million for use in collaboration with states to design and deliver high-impact TA over 5+ years.

DOE invited all SEOs to participate in a series of workshops designed to inform and advise on the development of the SEP BIL technical assistance program. SEO feedback will serve as the critical foundation for a SEP BIL technical assistance strategy and implementation plan.

A summary report of the workshops and their findings is included here:

Below, find pre-brief materials and findings grouped by each session, as well as general resources distributed for these workshops:

Workshop Materials

Workshop 1: Broad Scope Technical Assistance - 9/7/23

Workshop 2: Engagements & Convenings - 9/14/23

Workshop 3: Specialized Tools & Resources - 9/21/23

Workshop 4: General Discussion - 9/28/23

BIL TA Implementation Plan

SEP is working alongside NASEO and SEOs to develop a BIL TA Implementation Plan. The plan will be shaped by feedback received during the September 2023 Workshops, ongoing office hours, and other feedback regularly shared by state governments to SEP. This will be an iterative process, and we encourage states to regularly share ideas and feedback and ask questions.

Below, find a general timeline of this plan’s development and completion: 

October 2023SEP begins drafting the Implementation Plan in collaboration with NASEO, incorporating feedback from workshops, office hours, and other ongoing discussions.
December 2023SEP finalizes draft Implementation Plan.
January 2024SEP and NASEO distribute draft Implementation Plan to SEOs for review.
February 2024SEP gathers ongoing feedback on draft from states through written means and office hours.
March 2024SEP finalizes the BIL TA Implementation Plan.
April 2024SEP launches the direct TA request form.

 

Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund TA

For information about TA opportunities for the BIL 40502 Revolving Loan Fund program and to access the RLF Resource Library please visit Revolving Loan Fund Technical Assistance Resources

Historical TA Efforts

For more than a decade, DOE has designed and implemented high-impact TA initiatives in collaboration with states, local governments, and communities. These initiatives deliver significant value to not only our public sector partners and stakeholders, but to the broader public. Our initiatives create tools and resources that benefit all states and communities across the country.

SEP has managed several programs to provide funding and technical assistance to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, and increase energy affordability. Find information on these past TA efforts below.

Competitive Awards in Action

Learn how SEP Competitive Award recipients accomplished their goals and see the best practice guidelines they wrote to share with their peers.

Office of State and Community Energy Programs

In the past, SEP has dedicated a portion of its funding each year to provide competitively awarded financial assistance that helps states meet their energy goals and explore opportunities for regional collaboration and partnerships. In a typical year, states may apply for funding under specific Areas of Interest with the flexibility to choose topics or approaches to achieving their energy goals within the Areas of Interest. During Fiscal Years 2014 – 2017, SEP Competitive Awards up to $5 million were awarded to applicants seeking to maximize the impact of formula grant work related to energy efficiency and/or renewable energy adoption under specific Areas of Interest. 

Learn More

State Energy Program Competitive Award Selections
State Energy Program Competitive Award Generated Resources

Office of State and Community Energy Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) partners with state and local facilities to assess energy-saving technologies in real-world settings. This process is known as field validation, an essential step in the research and development process. The Public Sector Technology Field Validation Project Map provides case studies of current and completed validation projects across the United States. View the map below to explore various energy-saving technologies in real-world settings.

State and Local Partnership Opportunity

The Office of State and Community Energy Programs, Building Technologies Office, Federal Energy Management Program, and the Advanced Manufacturing Office are collaborating on near-term technology field validation efforts. 

We are actively seeking state and local government partners. For more information, contact Gregory Dierkers.

Partnership Opportunity Goals

DOE’s goal is to partner with state and local governments to identify host building sites in which to:

  • Install and validate DOE-supported energy efficiency technologies, and
  • Provide technical assistance (e.g., modeling, data collection, installation) to energy staff and building managers to support new fields tests that will inform broader adoption of successfully validated technologies.
Resources

DOE's Field Validation Program for Commercial Buildings: A Guide for State and Local Governments

DOE Selects Seven State and Local Governments to Establish “Proving Grounds” for Advanced Building Technologies

Public Sector Technology Field Validation Project Map