The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) State Energy Program (SEP) seeks applications for Fiscal Year 2017 Competitive Financial Assistance Awards. This competitive funding opportunity announcement will allow states to compete for EERE funding focused on three areas:
- state energy planning,
- innovative opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable energy practices that improve energy affordability, reliability, and resiliency, and
- Technical assistance to advance SEP formula grant clean energy activities.
Typically each year, SEP awards funds competitively to states for projects that help states meet their energy goals and explore opportunities for regional collaboration and partnerships. In a typical year, SEP chooses areas on which to focus, and states may apply for funding under any area with the flexibility to choose specific topics or approaches to achieving their energy goals. Recognizing that several states are interested in a more streamlined process, DOE has included the third topic on technical assistance to help states advance SEP formula grants and is open to exploring options to simplify the competitive application process in the future. State entities are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or participate as a subrecipient.