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US DOE launches new US$50 million Clean Energy to Communities program

US DOE launches new US$50 million Clean Energy to Communities program
US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm addressing America's mayors on January 18, 2023 (photo courtesy US Mayors).

The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently launched a new US$50 million program to help communities across the United States transition to clean energy systems that are reliable, affordable, equitable, and reflective of local priorities.

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The Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) program will connect local governments, electric utilities, community-based groups, and others with the innovative modeling and testing tools developed at DOE’s world-class national laboratories to transform their clean energy goals and ambitions into reality.

This new program reflects President Biden’s continued commitment to ensuring that every community unlocks the public health and cost-saving benefits of a clean energy future and supports President Biden’s goals to decarbonize the electric grid by 2035 and achieve a net-zero emissions economy by 2050.

With C2C, we’re helping all kinds of communities — from small rural communities to sprawling urban areas — access the tools and scientific and technological expertise they need to bring their energy systems into the 21st Century. This exciting program will help communities make informed decisions about their own energy needs and ensure reliable and affordable clean energy is available to Americans everywhere, said US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

Integrated technical support

C2C provides integrated technical support to communities across renewable power, grid, mobility, and buildings sectors. The program seeks to provide the type and amount of support communities require to meet their unique interests and needs in transitioning to a clean energy economy.

For C2C’s in-depth partnerships, this includes funding to support program participation. C2C offers three levels of technical assistance:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

C2C is led and managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), with additional support from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

It leverages expertise and capabilities from across these labs, including NREL’s Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems platform, on which local leaders can see how a virtual model of their community interacts with actual and emulated clean energy infrastructure and devices, such as wind turbines, controllers, and electric charging stations—helping to de-risk future investments.

C2C is funded by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and builds upon NREL’s Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study, which evaluated a wide range of scenarios to help stakeholders understand possible pathways to the city’s goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, and the implications of these pathways for people who live and work in the city.

The study found that meeting Los Angeles’ goal of reliable, 100 percent renewable electricity by 2045 is achievable and will provide significant health and climate benefits.

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