The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) 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.
The goal of this funding opportunity is to develop the tools and processes to help a broad set of stakeholders including utilities, local governments, and community-based organizations; understand the implications and participate in the development of locally-based energy generation in their community.
To achieve this goal, applicants will assimilate data from a variety of sources into novel tools, “dashboards,” or other applications that will assess the impacts and tradeoffs, including potential benefits and challenges of locally-based energy generation. These tools should be accessible and easy-to-use to a wide array of stakeholders that are not necessarily electric power system experts. Achievement of this goal should accelerate deployment of renewable energy towards an equitable de-carbonized grid, and it will come through pursuit of several concurrent objectives in successful system design.
Full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)
Energyshed FOA Webinar (June 22, 2022 at 2:00pm ET)
The following types of applications will be deemed nonresponsive and will not be reviewed or considered (See Section III.D. of the FOA):
- Applications that fall outside the technical parameters specified in Section I.A. and I.B. of the FOA.
- Applications proposing narrow scope that focuses on a single stakeholder group.
- Applications consisting solely of literature reviews related to energyshed.
- Applications that would create, rather than remove, data silos among stakeholder groups.
- Applications proposing methods of operational control, protection or communication for the broader electrical grid
- Applications for proposed technologies that are not based on sound scientific principles (e.g., violates the laws of thermodynamics).
To apply to this FOA, applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange at https://eere-Exchange.energy.gov, EERE’s online application portal.