Author: US EERE Staff    Published: 3/2/2023        Weekly Jolt

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

EERE Weekly Jolt: Essential News for Clean Energy Champions

Funding Updates 

Onsite Energy Technical Assistance Partnerships

EERE’s Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office announced a $23 million funding opportunity that will establish a regional network of Technical Assistance Partnerships to help industrial facilities and other large energy users increase the adoption of onsite energy technologies. Applications are due by April 21.

Renewable News

DOE Announces Solar District Cup Finalist Teams

DOE announced that the selection of 45 teams from 39 schools as finalists in the Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition. The competition challenges participants to design and model distributed energy systems for a campus or urban district, giving them practice with industry tools and procedures as they prepare for careers in the renewable energy industry.

Wind Energy End of Service Guide

The Wind Energy End of Service Guide is an informational resource that helps communities learn about repowering or decommissioning processes for wind turbines and related infrastructure.

Sustainable Transportation News

Gas Capture Capability Enables Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Molecule

Sustainable aviation fuels are comparable in performance to traditional jet fuels but producing these renewable fuels can be a tricky process. Now, the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit, funded by EERE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, has engineered a process to eliminate some of the obstacles to efficient, large-scale production.

Paper and Plastic Instead of Coal? Researchers Find Ways to Use Materials that Would Otherwise End Up in Landfills

The idea of using biomass or non-recyclable materials to generate power has been around for a long time but developing consistent feedstocks to produce fuels economically comparable to coal has been a daunting challenge. Researchers have pioneered a technique for combining non-recyclable plastics and paper fiber that would otherwise end up in landfills to form pellets with an energy content similar to coal.

Energy Equity

DOE Announced First Round of Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize Winners

DOE awarded ten teams $30,000 each in the first phase of the inaugural American-Made Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize (CCEC). The CCEC competition fosters community-level partnerships between organizations working to overcome local energy challenges.

EERE Black History Month Blog

February is Black History Month! Learn how EERE is working to increase equity in the energy sector by partnering with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). Exploring EERE’s Involvement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities

EERE Floating Offshore Wind Summit February 22 - 23, 2023

Join Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and the departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Transportation for a virtual conference to discuss the Floating Offshore Wind Shot—an ambitious initiative to cut the cost of floating offshore wind energy by over 70% by 2035.


Apply for the New DOE Low-Income Community Solar Fellowship

DOE launched the Low-Income Community Solar and Energy Assistance Fellowship, which offers energy professionals the opportunity to work with state and regional organizations to make community solar subscriptions more accessible to low-income households. The two-year fellowship will support pilot testing of the Community Solar Subscription Tool in three regions. Applications are due by March 6.

Events and Webinars 

BEYA (Black Engineer of the Yea

February 9 – 11 | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ETr) STEM Conference

Join the BEYA STEM Community for three days of learning, networking, celebrating excellence, and showcasing STEM career opportunities. The conference is open to K-12 students, college students, corporate, government, military professionals, business, and industry employers.

Energize Your Career: Virtual Career Fair for New Graduates

March 2 | 12 p.m. ET

Are you a recent graduate looking to start a career in the federal government? Join EERE to learn about the Pathways Program, which helps individuals who have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program within the past two years launch their federal careers.