US DOE Staff   Published: 3/8/2023   EERE

EERE Weekly Jolt: Essential News for Clean Energy Champions

Funding Updates 

DOE Issues Notice of Intent to Fund Applied Research and Development Projects to Drive Industrial Decarbonization

EERE’s Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity for high-impact, applied research, development, and demonstration projects that will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions across the U.S. industrial sector.

Sustainable Transportation

Last March, EERE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a virtual workshop to discuss soil carbon storage with a focus on the role of bioenergy. Read the full summary of the workshop, which features discussions on methods for building healthy soils, decarbonizing agriculture and forests, and assessing lifecycle greenhouse-gas emissions associated with generating biomass for bioenergy.  

Undergraduate Scholarships

Solarpunk Futures: Illustrating the Future of Solar

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is hosting a research-based challenge for undergraduate students to create art that communicates the potential of the technology EERE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office is funding. Submissions are due by April 30.

Renewable News

DOE Invests $3.7 Million in Project to Deepen Relationships and Trust Among Key Parties to Improve Hydropower Research and Development

EERE’s Water Power Technologies Office announced $3.7 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for a project that will support the dual goals of maintaining hydropower as a key source of renewable energy and preserving healthy rivers. The project, led by American Rivers, will focus on dam safety, workforce expansion, the federal licensing process, fleet modernization, and reservoir emissions.

Apply for a Communities to Clean Energy In-Depth Partnership  

Communities to Clean Energy In-Depth Partnerships is a multi-year DOE program to help communities develop roadmaps to achieve their clean energy goals. These partnerships offer community-based teams funding—ranging from $500,000 to $3 million—and the chance to work alongside U.S. National Laboratory staff as they apply modeling and analysis tools adapted to their community’s unique conditions. Applications are due May 17.

Clean Energy Myth Busting Campaign

Whether youve decided to power your home with clean energy or are still weighing the costs and benefits, make sure to arm yourself with facts from a trusted source, Read about EERE’s myth busting campaign. 

Events and Webinars 

March 9 | 1 p.m. ET 

Learn about the Buildings Upgrade Prize (Buildings UP), which is offering more than $22 million in cash prizes and technical assistance to teams across America with winning ideas to accelerate equitable energy-efficiency and building-electrification upgrades.  

From Measuring to Managing: Submetering Strategies for Plug and Process Loads in Healthcare Facilities

March 14 | 11 a.m. ET

Learn how Better Buildings healthcare partners deploy submetering strategies to identify opportunities to save energy.

REopt and Federal On-Site Clean Energy: Site Data Requirements

March 14 | 3 p.m. ET

REopt® is a techno-economic optimization platform that can be used to evaluate distributed energy resources. This training will cover site data requirements for REopt analyses, with a focus on load profiles and utility rate tariffs.

Implementing Microgrids in the Federal Sector: Microgrid Conceptual Design

March 15 | 1 p.m. ET

Learn how to implement microgrids in the federal sector including an overview of the microgrid conceptual design process. This is the third in a series of four webinars.

Remade Circular Economy Conference: Breakthrough Innovations through Sustainable Manufacturing

March 20–21 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m. ET

The REMADE Institute, in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, will host the first REMADE Circular Economy Technology Summit and Conference in Washington, D.C.