State Energy Program

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.

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Examples of Funded Projects

Grants are used by States in the development, implementation, or modification of State plans submitted to and approved by DOE.

Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Office - See Appendix IV of the Catalog for DOE Regional Offices.

Program Accomplishments

Fifty-six States and territories participate in the development and implementation of their State plans.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are to be used by States in 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.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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 each State develops. This is anticipated to be the State's population.


Only one application from each State; compliance with State and local environmental statutes and regulations. Costs will be determined in accordance with 10 CFR Part 600 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication form or conference is required by DOE.

Consultation and assistance will be available from DOE in the preparation of the application.

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 Procedures

States submit applications and plans (or amendment to plans) in response to 10 CFR 420. The Department of Energy will select a number of States to pilot the application process through the system in 2006. The application forms must be downloaded from the specific funding opportunity announcement posted on the website at

Award Procedures

Grants will be awarded incorporating State proposals.


Deadlines are identified in the solicitation.


Energy Policy and Conservation Act, Title III, Sections 361-366, Part C, Public Law 94-163, 42 U.S.C. 6321-6326; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Title VI, Section 621, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101; National Energy Conservation Policy Act of 1978, Public Law 95-619, Public Law 101-440; Balanced Budget Down Payment Act II of 1996, Public Law 104-134.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


As designated in 10 CFR 420.


Renewals are subject review by the headquarters program office and subject to the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grant allocations for State Energy Program appropriations up to $25.5 million is based on a formula reflecting and incorporating the historical allocation of funding for the two major Programs the State Energy Conservation Program and the Institutional Conservation Program, allocation of funding for appropriations in excess of $25.5 million is based on the following factors: 33 1/3 percent divided equally among states; 33 1/3 percent divided on the basis of the population of the participating states; and 33 1/3 divided on the basis of the energy consumption of the participating States.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds awarded annually subject to Congressional appropriation, with no restriction on spending period. Funds released through the Electronic Transfer System. Annual budget periods are set by each grantee within parameters established by DOE.

Post Assistance Requirements


Standard 10 CFR 600 reporting and auditing requirements and DOE specific reports cleared with OMB must be submitted.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-102. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non- Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements that year, except as noted in Circular No. A- 133.


In accordance with 10 CFR 600.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $45,381,613; FY 08 est $47,000,000; and FY 09 est $49,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

10 CFR 420.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for DOE Regional Offices.

Headquarters Office

Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, EE-2K, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. Telephone: (877) 337-3463.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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