Clean Energy Communities Program - Info 2/1

NREL Clean Energy to Communities Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a new program, supported with up to $50 Million in funding, to help communities across the country transition to clean energy systems that are reliable, affordable, equitable, and reflective of local priorities. The Clean Energy to Communities program (C2C) will connect local governments, electric utilities, community-based groups, and others with the innovative modeling and testing tools developed at DOE’s national laboratories to transform communities' clean energy goals and ambitions into reality.

C2C offers three levels of assistance:

1) In-depth technical partnerships: Multi-year partnerships that provide cross-sector modeling, analysis, and validation, paired with direct funding to help four to five selected teams of local governments, electric utilities, and community-based organizations reach their goals and/or overcome specific challenges.  On February 15, 2023, three Requests for Proposals (RFP) will be released by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). These RFPs will offer the opportunity to engage in In-Depth Technical Partnerships to support teams through a combination of direct funding and targeted technical assistance from the Department of Energy’s national laboratories. 

2) Peer-learning cohorts: Small groups of local governments, electric utilities, or community-based organizations that meet regularly for approximately six months to learn from each other and lab experts in a collaborative environment to develop program proposals, action plans, strategies, and/or best practices on a pre-determined clean energy topic. Cohorts will include approximately 100 communities in total.  Cohort topics and applications are released every 6 months, in March and September, with applications due on May 1 and Nov. 1.  Sign up for the C2C email updates to be notified when the application period opens.

3) Expert match: Short-term assistance (40-60 hours) with one or more technical experts to help address near-term clean energy questions or challenges for up to 200 communities.  Applications for Expert Match are accepted on a rolling basis; Submit an Expert Match application