The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that applications for the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) are open through May 19, 2023. For remote and island communities seeking technical assistance to transform their energy systems and reduce their vulnerability to energy disruptions.
As part of the Energy Transition Initiative (ETI), ETIPP ensures that isolated communities have the skills and tools to accelerate their energy resilience planning in the face of:
increasing risks from extreme weather events, vulnerable energy infrastructure, and changing economic conditions.
Through the program, DOE, national laboratories and regional partner organizations will collaborate with communities across the country to provide technical assistance on clean energy and energy efficient solutions, prioritizing local challenges, values and goals.
The ETIPP network connects communities with local experts and DOE national laboratories:
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
- Sandia National Laboratories.
To help them successfully address their specific clean energy and energy resilience challenges.
Each community will also work with a regional partner that has experience supporting community-based energy transitions at the local level. And can provide detailed guidance on the program, application process and relevant resources.
“ETIPP’s technical assistance is essential to help isolated communities navigate the intersecting challenges of clean energy transitions, high energy costs and climate change impacts,” said Caroline McGregor, senior advisor, Energy Transitions and Communities.
“The communities we selected are among the most vulnerable to these threats, and we are thrilled to continue to expand this work to help communities boost their energy resilience.”
This year, Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project is also expanding its reach to communities along the Gulf of Mexico. Remote and island communities in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas that meet the eligibility criteria can now apply for technical assistance. The program will select up to two communities to participate in this geographic expansion pilot program.
The application deadline for 2023 is February 21 through May 19, and interested communities may apply. Applicants are encouraged to consider community-driven project proposals that utilize energy efficiencies and sustainable technologies. Which improve their resilience and provide other benefits to the community.
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