Service Spotlight! TEC Partners With Public Sector Organizations to Use State and Federal Funding to Decarbonize Communities

Did you know The Energy Coalition (TEC) can guide your public agency from identifying funding sources, to drafting proposals and applications, to implementing programs and projects, making it simple to build a clean, safe, and resilient energy future?

For almost fifty years, TEC has been deeply immersed in the complex and ever-changing energy landscape, helping to shape the solutions of tomorrow while addressing the needs of today. Working with the public sector, TEC designs and delivers projects that create shared social, environmental, and economic benefits. We identify and help partners access funding,  removing barriers to smart energy strategies. We help cities, counties, school districts, water agencies, Regional Energy Networks (RENs), and Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) with projects that transform energy use and generate much-needed capital. To date, TEC has successfully supported public agencies in securing approximately over $170M in funding from a variety of federal, state, and local agencies. 

“As we look ahead to 2023 and beyond, we see unprecedented opportunities to empower communities to leap into the future of clean energy. We are excited to partner with local governments, public agencies, community-based organizations, and others to capitalize on new state and federal energy funding,” says Craig Perkins, President and Executive Director of The Energy Coalition. “We will work, together with our partners, to use these funds for design and delivery of programs and services that decarbonize communities while simultaneously creating a new clean energy economy in which energy resources are affordable and universally accessible.”

Interested in any of the opportunities highlighted below or even another opportunity not listed? Let’s talk!

Opportunity Highlights

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) recently created a new program: the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. This first-of-its-kind program will provide $27 billion in competitive grants for clean energy and climate projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions—with an emphasis on projects that benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities. Read more here.

The Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act (IIJA) will provide $550 million through the Department of Energy (DOE’s) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) to help states, local governments, and tribes reduce energy use, reduce fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency. Read more here

IIJA will also provide $500 million through the Department of Energy (DOE’s) Renew America’s Schools program to fund energy improvements at public K-12 school facilities. Improvements cover energy efficiency, ventilation, renewable energy, alternative vehicles, and alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure at one or more school school sites located in an areas of high needs. Read more here.

The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP) is offering $250 million under their Regional Resilience Planning and Implementation Grant Program (RRGP) to help address local, regional, and tribal climate resilience needs at the regional scale. Read more here. 

The California Strategic Growth Council’s (SGC) Community Resilience Centers (CRC) program will offer $270 million to fund new construction and upgrades of neighborhood-level resilience centers to provide shelter and resources during climate and other emergencies. The program will also fund year-round services and ongoing programming that build overall community resilience. Read more here.

The California Strategic Growth Council’s (SGC) Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) program will release the 5th round of awards providing  over $163 million across planning grants, project development grants and implementation grants to fund development and infrastructure projects that achieve major environmental, health, and economic benefits in California’s most disadvantaged communities. Read more here.

With these and countless other funding opportunities coming online in 2023, there’s a lot to talk about! Send us a note to get the conversation started. Or, keep an eye on future opportunities by subscribing to our emails.

Laurel Rothschild

January 9, 2023

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