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State Energy Program

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Close Date:


Eligible Recipients:

  • State Government

Program Purpose:

  • Technical Assistance

Reserved for Energy


Upcoming Milestones:


Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Energy


The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) provides funding and technical assistance to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, and maximize the benefits of decreasing energy waste. SEP emphasizes the state’s role as the decision maker and administrator for program activities within the state that are tailored to their unique resources, delivery capacity, and energy goals.

SEP was created by Congress in the early 1970’s to encourage and facilitate state programs to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. The purpose of SEP is to promote the efficient use of energy and reduce the rate of growth of energy demand through the development and implementation of specific state energy programs.

Program Goals
SEP works with state and territory energy offices to address the following goals:

  • Increase the energy efficiency of the U.S. economy
  • Implement energy security, resiliency, and emergency preparedness plans
  • Reduce energy costs and energy waste
  • Increase investments to expand the use of energy resources abundant in states
  • Promote economic growth with improved environmental quality

Program Activities & Outcomes
The State Energy Program provides annual funding to 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories to support a nationwide infrastructure of state energy offices. Since 2010, SEP has provided states and territories with more than $300 million in financial assistance. Implementation of this funding by the states has resulted in a wide range of benefits to states, including:

  • Implementation of energy security, resiliency, and emergency preparedness plans
  • Development of state-led strategic energy initiatives
  • Investments to expand use of energy resources abundant in a state
  • Reduced energy waste in more than 20,000 buildings (125 million square feet) through energy efficiency upgrades
  • Installation of more than 60,000 renewable energy systems (8 million kilowatt hours)
  • Education of more than 2 million people in performing energy audits and upgrades
  • Successful piloting of innovative energy projects with the private sector, K-12 schools, and universities
  • Execution of Energy Savings Performance Contracts to undertake retrofit projects in public facilities
  • Development of implementation models that serve as “how-to” guides for other states who wish to replicate the programs that are achieving energy efficiency savings
  • Technical Assistance for States: SEP provides critical technical assistance to states and territories to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the nation. Over decades of work, SEP and its stakeholders have developed institutional knowledge on how to help state and local governments create new partnerships and connect with energy efficiency and renewable energy resources. This includes resources to help develop and implement financing mechanisms for institutional retrofit programs; loan program and management; energy savings performance contracting; comprehensive residential programs for homeowners; transportation programs that accelerate use of alternative fuels; and renewable programs that remove barriers and support supply side and distributed renewable energy

Related Resources

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant - no match
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
No limit stated
Estimated Awards:

Applicant Guidance

For more information, visit: https://www.energy.gov/eere/wipo/about-state-energy-program.

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