State Energy Program Special Projects

To allow States to submit proposals to implement specific Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy deployment activities and initiatives as Special Projects under the State Energy Program.

States will compete for funding to implement activities relating to a
number of programmatic areas such as building codes and standards, alternative fuels, industrial efficiency, building efficiency, and solar and renewable technologies.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Grants have been awarded to develop energy efficient building codes, deploy solar and renewable technologies, promote the use of alternative fuels, promote industrial, and building efficiency.

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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Multiple grants will be awarded annually. Successful projects will assist in the increased deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and practices.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial support, in whole or in part, may be provided for salaries, materials, and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, and services required for implementing the activities described in the application.

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 may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States and their project partners will benefit.


Costs will be determined in accordance with 10 CFR 600 for State and local Governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication form is required by the DOE.

This program is not eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." 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.

Application Procedures

The application forms must be downloaded from the specific funding opportunity announcement posted on the web-site: at Applicants for sub-awards from the states should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact within the State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance.

Award Procedures

Evaluations will be conducted by staff of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy end-use sectors participating in the annual solicitation. Final decisions to approve are made by Assistant Secretary Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. DOE Field Offices are then instructed to negotiate and prepare the grant award documents.


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; Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, 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





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

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Cost-sharing, if required, is specified by each program sector participating in the solicitation and is included as part of the solicitation.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Post Assistance Requirements


Quantity reports are required while work is in progress.

An end of project report is also required.


Costs will be verified and subject to audit according to standard government practice and in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and A-133. 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 for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


In accordance with 10 CFR 600.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $7,951,906; FY 08 est $5,000,000; and FY 09 est $7,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program requirements issued in Federal Register prior to actual invitation and solicitation to the States.

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

The selection process will be determined by the criteria announced in the annual solicitation.

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