State Energy Program

 

The purpose of this program is to increase market transformation of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies through policies, strategies, and public-private partnerships that facilitate their adoption and implementation. It also facilitates state-based activities, such as: financing mechanisms for institutional retrofit programs; loan program and management; energy savings performance contracting; comprehensive residential programs for homeowners; transportation programs that accelerate use of alternative fuels; and renewable programs that remove barriers and support supply side and distributed renewable energy.

The program provides financial and technical assistance to State governments to create and implement a variety of energy efficiency and conservation projects in order to provide leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy through communications and outreach activities, technology deployment, and accessing new partnerships and resources across the geographic panorama of the United States and its territories. The program’s objectives are:

* To reduce fossil fuel emissions created as a result of activities within the jurisdictions of eligible entities;
* To reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities; and
* To improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other sectors.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
81.041
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Dissemination of Technical Information; Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills, while achieving energy and climate security for the nation on a State or Territory administered basis. Fiscal Year 2015: Advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills, while achieving energy and climate security for the nation on a State or Territory administered basis. Fiscal Year 2016: Advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills, while achieving energy and climate security for the nation on a State or Territory administered basis.
Authorization
Balanced Budget Down Payment Act II of 1996, Public Law 104-134. ; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101; National Energy Conservation Policy Act of 1978, Public Law 95-619 and Public Law 101-440; Energy Policy and Conservation Act, Public Law 94-163, 42 U.S.C. 6321-6326; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
All States plus the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The ultimate potential beneficiaries will be the people affected by the plan that each State develops. This is anticipated to be the State's population.
Credentials/Documentation
Compliance with Federal, State and local environmental statutes and regulations, as required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Only one application from each State, compliance with State and local environmental statutes and regulations. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200 subpart E for State and local governments. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
No preapplication form or conference is required by DOE. A copy of the final State plan must accompany the grant application from the State. Consultation and assistance will be available from the DOE in the preparation of the application. Applicants for sub-awards from the states should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. States submit applications and plans (or amendment to plans) in response to 10 CFR 420 through the PAGE system (https://www.page.energy.gov/login.aspx).
Award Procedure
Grant applications will be reviewed by DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy personnel. Grant procedures are in accordance with Federal government regulations. Notification of grant awards will be issued by a DOE Procurement Office.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Appeals
As required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Renewals
Renewals are subject to review by the DOE program office and subject to the availability of funds. Assistance will be provided from sums appropriated for any fiscal year only upon annual application.
How are proposals selected?
As described under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. In addition, each State energy conservation plan must contain the five program activities required by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, Public Law 94-163, and may also contain a wide range of optional activities.
How may assistance be used?
Formula Grants are to be used by States for the development, implementation, or modification of State plans submitted to and approved by DOE. To be eligible for Federal assistance, each State plan must contain the five program activities required by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, Public Law 94-163; and may also include a wide range of optional activities.
A wide variety of activities are eligible for use of the grant funds including:
* Developing / implementing an energy efficiency and conservation strategy and retaining technical consultant services to assist in the development of such a strategy.
* Conducting residential and commercial building energy audits.
* Establishing financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements (e.g., loan programs, rebate programs, waive permit fees.)
* Providing grants to nonprofit organizations to perform energy efficiency retrofits.
* Developing / implementing programs to conserve energy used in transportation (e.g., flex time by employees, satellite work centers, promotion of zoning requirements that promote energy efficient development, transportation infrastructure: bike lanes / pathways, pedestrian walkways, and synchronized traffic signals).
* Developing and implementing building codes and inspection services to promote building energy efficiency.
* Implementing energy distribution technologies.
* Developing public education programs to increase participation and efficiency rates for recycling programs.
* Purchasing/implementing technologies to reduce and capture methane and other greenhouse gases generated by landfills or similar sources.
* Installing light emitting diodes (LEDs).
* Developing, implementing, and installing renewable energy technologies on or in any government building.
* Any other activity as determined by the Secretary of Energy in consultation with the Secretaries of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Funds cannot be used for the purchase of land, buildings or any interest therein; construction of buildings or structures; research, development or demonstration of non-commercially available technology; or subsidies of public transportation, fares, utility rate demonstrations or State tax credits for energy conservation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Quarterly progress and financial status reports are required along with a final report at the end of the project. Quarterly financial status reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audit procedures in accordance with 2 CFR 200.501 In addition, audit requirements need to comply with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and DOE procurement procedures.
Records
In accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 10 Vol 3, Chapter II, Part 420, Subpart B Section 420.11, Public Law Energy Policy and Conservation Act 42 USC 6321 et seq.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. There is a 20 percent cost match requirement for the SEP, however leveraging of funds on the part of the recipient is encouraged.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Authorized funding is established by ECPA, NECPA, and ESA. Funds awarded annually are subject to Congressional appropriation, with no restriction on spending period. Funds are released through the Electronic Transfer System. Annual budget periods are set by each grantee within parameters established by DOE. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See award procedures above.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
James Cash 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401 Email: james.cash@ee.doe.gov Phone: 240-562-1456
Website Address
http://www.eere.energy.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
89-0321-0-1-270.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $38,999,680; FY 15 est $26,592,810; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$1-$5,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
As described under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and 10 CFR 420.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Funding State developed and directed energy efficiency and energy conservation programs according to the submitted and approved State Plans (e.g. energy efficiency audits and retrofits for buildings). Fiscal Year 2015: Funding State developed and directed energy efficiency and energy conservation programs according to the submitted and approved State Plans (e.g. energy efficiency audits and retrofits for buildings). Fiscal Year 2016: Funding State developed and directed energy efficiency and energy conservation programs according to the submitted and approved State Plans (e.g. energy efficiency audits and retrofits for buildings).

 


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