DOE Announces $23M to Fund Onsite Energy Technical Assistance Partnerships

Source: 2/6/2023, Location: North America

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) announced a $23 million funding opportunity that will establish a regional network of Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs) to help industrial facilities and other large energy users increase the adoption of onsite energy technologies. Integrating clean energy technologies directly in buildings and plants will play a significant role in achieving the nation’s climate goals and reaching a net-zero economy by 2050. The Onsite Energy TAPs will accelerate the integration and deployment of clean energy technologies to drive U.S. industrial decarbonization, productivity, and competitiveness.

The industrial sector is responsible for approximately 30% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and energy use in this sector is projected to increase by 31% over the next two decades. Clean onsite energy technologies can provide facility owners across the industrial sector with a practical option to reduce their emissions and dependence on fossil fuels, by generating electricity and heat from flexible, reliable, and affordable energy resources.

By generating and storing electricity and heat directly at their own facilities, manufacturers can save money, reduce uncertainty associated with fuel prices, and gain greater control over the availability of clean energy and how it gets integrated into their processes. Many onsite energy technologies also save energy and reduce operating costs by increasing efficiency and capturing usable energy that would otherwise be wasted.

This funding opportunity will establish the Onsite Energy TAPs, which will help facilities across the nation integrate the latest onsite energy technologies by providing specialized technical assistance that can range from initial site screenings to identify onsite energy opportunities to more advanced analysis to support project installations. The TAPs will have expertise to advise on a wide variety on technologies, including battery storage, combined heat and power (CHP), district energy, fuel cells, geothermal, industrial heat pumps, renewable fuels, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, thermal storage, and wind power.

The Onsite Energy TAPs will also engage with policymakers, utilities, and other key stakeholders to accelerate pathways for integration of onsite energy technologies. Additional activities will include developing publicly available tools and resources, sharing best practices, and building partnerships that support decarbonization in the U.S. industrial sector.

This funding opportunity includes the following topic areas:
Topic 1 - Regional Onsite TAPs: Funding for up to 10 entities to serve as regional Onsite Energy TAPs. Each TAP will represent a multi-state region and serve as the primary technical, market, and policy point of contact for end-users and other state and local stakeholders.
Topic 2 - Onsite Energy Technical Analysis and Support Center: Funding for one national entity to serve as the Onsite Energy Technical Analysis and Support Center (TASC). The TASC will centrally coordinate technical analysis and programmatic activities of the Onsite Energy TAPs.

The awards are subject to the availability of funds and will be issued as cooperative agreements with an estimated period of performance of three years for Topic 1 and four years for Topic 2. Optional letters of intent are due February 28, 2023, and full applications are due April 21, 2023. View the full funding opportunity for more information.

To encourage the formation of a diverse range of project teams, EERE is providing a Teaming Partner List where interested parties can provide contact information and indicate areas of expertise and interest. Updates to the Teaming Partner List are available on the EERE Exchange website.

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