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Combined Heat and Power Partnership

State Energy Program

Date Last Updated11/16/2012
Incentive TypeGrant
State/FederalU.S./Federal
Incentive Administrator/Contact OfficeU.S. Department of Energy
Incentive Initiation Date2/13/2009
Incentive Size and Funding SourceThe State Energy Program (SEP) provides financial and technical assistance to states through formula and competitive grants. States use their formula grants to develop state strategies and goals to address their energy priorities. Competitive grant solicitations for the adoption of energy efficiency/renewable energy products and technologies are issued annually based on available funding. States provide a 20% match under SEP annual formula allocations. This competitive FOA allows states to compete for funding designed to meet Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy nationally focused initiatives for the fundamental and permanent transformation of markets across all sectors of the economy. The SEP was authorized to distribute $3.1 billion of funding to the states and U.S. territories under the 2009 Recovery Act.
Eligible RecipientStates are eligible to apply for funding. SEP also emphasizes the state's role as the decision maker and administrator for the program activities within the state. Local governments and others interested in developing CHP projects should contact their State Energy Office to learn more about their state's process for distributing grants.
Eligible FuelDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required (%)Does Not Specify
Other Selected Eligibility CriteriaSEP seeks applications to advance policies, programs and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills while achieving energy and climate security for the nation. Specifically, the PY2012 FOA (applications closed 08/01/2012) focused on three areas of interest:
  • Advancing Energy Efficiency in Public Facilities that will assist states to develop holistic, whole-building, deep retrofit programs or strategies across as broad a segment of the state's public building portfolio as possible to achieve significant energy and cost savings.
  • Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action that will assist states in generating the necessary policy and program frameworks to support investment in cost-effective energy efficiency and establish or increase a statewide energy savings goal by calendar year 2015.
  • Improving or Developing A Fee-Based Self-Funded Public Facilities Energy Retrofit Program that will assist states in developing/improving and implementing a comprehensive and well-designed self-funded program which relies on a fee-for-services model that can successfully be used to retrofit public facilities statewide across many sectors, e.g. state buildings, municipal buildings, National Guard assets, school districts, water and wastewater treatment facilities, street lighting, etc.
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