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for Renewable Energy Research and Development Projects

Energyshed: Exploring Place-Based Generation

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

Conf. Date:

06/22/22

Deadline Date:

08/01/22 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, educational institutions, for-profits, and individuals for research and development projects related to renewable energy. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support projects that develop tools and processes to assist communities in assessing the impacts and tradeoffs of electricity generated and used within the local energyshed. The aim of the program is to address the climate crisis by accelerating the large-scale development and deployment of innovative clean energy technologies.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing the Energyshed: Exploring Place‐Based Generation funding opportunity to invest in innovative research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects that accelerate the large-scale development and deployment of renewable energy to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and net-zero emissions economy by 2050. Achieving this goal will support the nationwide effort to meet the threat of climate change and ensure that all Americans benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy.

An Energyshed is defined as an area in which all power consumed within it is supplied within it. The energyshed proposed for investigation must conform to a discrete geographic area in which renewable sources currently provide a large portion of electric energy needs, where grid capacity constraints result in curtailment of renewable generation, and with substantial existing deployment of interactive smart meters.

Changes in the sources and uses of electric energy will require reexamination of the ways the electric energy delivery system is planned and operated. Projects funded through this program will develop tools to help communities understand the implications of consuming clean energy that they generate and use locally. These tools can enable more reliable, resilient, efficient, and affordable grids that address long-standing inequities in the distribution of cost and benefits across energy systems. Examples of tools could include underlying economic and grid analyses, communicated through dashboards, applications, and other novel ways to distill complex information.

Successful projects will:

  • Collect a variety of relevant data as needed from utilities, consumers, local governments, community-based organizations, etc. necessary to make energy decisions and for understanding the implications of those choices;
  • Develop a set of analytical tools which provide stakeholders the ability to fully weigh the impacts and tradeoffs, including potential benefits and challenges of developing more locally-derived generation under a range of future scenarios;
  • Create associated communications tools to efficiently present analytical results in an appropriate context for different categories of users; and
  • Validate data, tools and processes through robust stakeholder engagement with one or more representative communities.

Projects should address a variety of considerations including but not limited to the following:

  • Attributes related to the electric power system including resilience, reliability, security, affordability, flexibility, and sustainability;
  • Workforce development, economic development, local retention of energy expenditures, and equity;
  • Clean energy jobs and workforce development;
  • Environmental exposure;
  • Clean energy enterprise creation;
  • Energy democracy and ownership;
  • Parity in clean energy technology access and adoption;
  • Minimalization of curtailment of renewable generation;
  • Improvement in the reliability of transmission and distribution of electricity; and
  • Provision of clear and actionable information to all stakeholders to inform their decisions related to local energy generation.

For a list of Project Objectives, see p. 12 of the FOA listed (first) in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203950

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Number of Grants:

EERE anticipates making approximately 2 to 5 awards under this FOA.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual awards may vary between $2,000,000 and $5,000,000.

Term of Contract:

EERE anticipates making awards that will run from 12 to 36 months in length, comprised of one or more budget periods. Project continuation will be contingent upon several elements.

EERE will accept only new applications under this FOA. EERE will not consider applications for renewals of existing EERE-funded awards through this FOA.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:

i. Individuals: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

ii. Domestic Entities:
- For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.
- Nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995 are not eligible to apply for funding.
- State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.
- DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.
- Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.
- Federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE) are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.

iii. Foreign Entities: Foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA. Other than as provided in the “Individuals” or “Domestic Entities” sections above, all prime recipients receiving funding under this FOA must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States. (For further details about foreign entities, see p. 20 of the FOA listed (first) in Supporting Documents below.

iv. Incorporated Consortia: Incorporated consortia, which may include domestic and/or foreign entities, are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

v. Unincorporated Consortia: Unincorporated Consortia, which may include domestic and foreign entities, must designate one member of the consortium to serve as the prime ecipient/consortium representative. The prime recipient/consortium representative must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States.

This FOA seeks to encourage the participation of underserved communities and underrepresented groups. Further, Minority Serving Institutions, Minority Business Enterprises, Minority Owned Businesses, Woman Owned Businesses, Veteran Owned Businesses, or entities located in an underserved community that meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply as the prime applicant or participate on an application as a proposed partner to the prime applicant. The Selection Official may consider the inclusion of these types of entities as part of the selection decision.

All work under EERE funding agreements must be performed in the United States.

Eligible activities under this FOA include those which describe and promote the understanding of scientific and technical aspects of specific energy technologies, but not those which encourage or support political activities such as the collection and dissemination of information related to potential, planned or pending legislation.

For ineligible applications, see p. 17 of the FOA listed (first) in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There is an informational webinar scheduled for June 22, at 2pm ET.

Attendance is not mandatory.

The presentation slides will be provided after the webinar.

To register and access the webinar: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_u31YYjI2RaSHSzNL5iIF3g

All questions must be submitted in advance. Please submit them under “Questions and Comments” below or to energyshed@ee.doe.gov.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Informational Webinar: 6/22/2022 2:00 p.m. ET
- Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 8/1/2022 5:00 PM ET
- Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: September 2022
- Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: September 2022 – November 2022

Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange, EERE’s online application portal. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their Full Applications at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

Registration requirements for applicants include registering with the following:
1. EERE Exchange
2. SAM (and provide a valid UEI in the application)
3. FedConnect
4. Grants.gov (Note: This is in order to receive automatic updates when Amendments to this FOA are posted. However, applications will not be accepted through Grants.gov.)

Some applicants may be exempt from some of the above requirements (e.g. applicant is an individual or federal awarding agency that is excepted from those requirements or has an exception approved by the federal awarding agency).

Please note: The EERE Exchange registration does not have a delay; however, the remaining registration requirements listed above could take several weeks to process.

Questions regarding the content of this FOA must be submitted to the Energyshed via email not later than 3 business days prior to the application due date and time. Please note, feedback on individual concepts will not be provided through Q&A. All questions and answers related to this FOA will be posted on EERE Exchange at: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov.

As part of the application, applicants are required to describe how diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives will be incorporated in the project.

Pre-Selection Interviews: As part of the evaluation and selection process, EERE may invite one or more applicants to participate in Pre-Selection Interviews.

Pre-Selection Clarification: EERE may determine that pre-selection clarifications are necessary from one or more applicants. Pre-selection clarifications are distinct from and less formal than pre-selection interviews. These pre-selection clarifications will solely be for the purposes of clarifying the application.

The cost share must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs for research and development projects (i.e., the sum of the government share, including FFRDC costs if applicable, and the recipient share of allowable costs equals the total allowable cost of the project) and must come from non-federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law.

For more information, please see https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaId4ef9b609-ec87-4f87-8845-afece98c6a2a (for required application documents, click on "View Required Application Documents").

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fSubmissionDetailsEdit.aspx%3ffoaId%3d4ef9b609-ec87-4f87-8845-afece98c6a2a

For questions related to the FOA and application process: energyshed@ee.doe.gov

For technical questions related to the EERE-Exchange website: EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov (Include FOA name and number in the subject line.)

CFDA Number:

81.087

Funding or Pin Number:

DE-FOA-0002565

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