Funding Notice: $12M to Expand Capacity for Renewable Energy Planning, Siting, and Permitting

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) opened applications for Round Two of the Renewable Energy Siting through Technical Engagement and Planning (R-STEP) program. This opportunity will award up to $12 million—funded through the Inflation Reduction Act—to support the creation or expansion of state-based programs or initiatives that improve processes at the state and local levels.  

Large-scale renewable energy facilities have a pivotal role in decarbonizing the grid quickly and cost-effectively to achieve President Biden’s goals of a 100% clean electricity sector by 2035 and net-zero emissions economy by 2050. By supporting state-based programs that serve as a resource to local communities, R-STEP will improve renewable energy deployment outcomes for host communities, especially disadvantaged communities, local governments, and renewable energy developers. 

DOE anticipates awarding approximately 6-7 state-based collaboratives up to $2 million each to establish or expand their initiatives. Collaboratives will also benefit from tailored technical assistance and peer-learning opportunities. 

The R-STEP program is managed by ENERGYWERX in partnership with DOE, a collaboration made possible through an innovative Partnership Intermediary Agreement set up by the DOE's Office of Technology Transitions.

Learn more about the application and selection process on the ENERGYWERX websiteand apply by June 13 at 5 p.m. ET. DOE and ENERGYWERX will hold an informational webinar and objective strategy session on May 2 at 3 p.m. ET.

Learn more about other open funding opportunities within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.