State Energy Program Special Projects

To allow States to submit proposals to implement specific Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy deployment activities and initiatives as Special Projects under the State Energy Program.

States will compete for funding to implement activities relating to a

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number of programmatic areas such as building codes and standards, alternative fuels, industrial efficiency, building efficiency, and solar and renewable technologies.

Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Medical University Of South Carolina The $ 1,696,000   2009-10-012022-07-16
Department Of Commerce Minnesota $ 255,689   2014-12-192017-12-31
Public Safety, Nevada Department Of $ 3,042,185   2009-07-012016-08-31
Business, Economic Development And Tourism, Hawaii Department Of $ 0   2008-10-012014-03-31
Energy Office, Nebraska $ 0   2008-10-012013-12-31
Maryland Energy Administration $ 483,333   2011-08-012013-12-31
Executive Office Of The Commonwealth Of Kentucky $ 641,851   2011-06-282013-12-31
Administration, Wisconsin Department Of $ 742,552   2011-07-152013-12-31
Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department Of $ 697,257   2011-06-272013-12-31
Executive Office Of The State Of Idaho $ 390,099   2011-07-262013-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial support, in whole or in part, may be provided for salaries, materials, and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, and services required for implementing the activities described in the application at

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All States plus the District of Columbia, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, territories, and their project partners will benefit.


Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 subpart E for State and local Governments. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Audit procedures in accordance with 2 CFR 200 subpart F (for other than for-profit recipients).

For-profit recipients are subject to the audit requirements in 2 CFR 910.501 In addition, audit requirements need to comply with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The application forms must be downloaded from the specific funding opportunity announcement posted at the EERE exchange web-site: at or Applicants for sub-awards from the states should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact within the State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance.

Award Procedures

Evaluations will be conducted by staff of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy end-use sectors participating in the annual solicitation. Final decisions to approve are made by Assistant Secretary Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. DOE Field Offices are then instructed to negotiate and prepare the grant award documents.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Public Law 111-5 ?American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009?; Public Law 110?140 ?Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007?; Public Law 109?58 ?Energy Policy Act of 2005?; Public Law 102-486 ?Energy Policy Act of 1992?; Public Law 95-91 ?Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977?; 'Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975' Public Law 94-163: 42 U.S.C. 6321-6326, Public Law 91-95, 42 U.S.C 7101; National Energy Conservation Policy Act of 1978, Public Law 95-619; ARRA 2009, Public Law 619-95; Balanced Budget Down Payment Act II of 1996; ARRA 2009, Public Law 134-104; Energy Policy and Conservation Act; ARRA 2009, Title III, Part C, Section 361-366, Public Law 163-94, 42 U.S.C 6321-6326.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. Deadlines are set forth in the solicitation at




Renewals are subject to review by the headquarters program office and subject to the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 20%. Competitive SEP projects have a 20% cost matching requirement. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Vary. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released through the Electronic Transfer System.

Post Assistance Requirements


No reports are required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Costs will be verified and subject to audit according to 2 CFR 200 subpart F (for other than for-profit recipients. For-profit recipients are subject to the audit requirements at 2 CFR 910.501


Record retention in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $4,763,079; FY 17 est $4,564,986; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

500,000 - 1,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

EERE SEP Program and 2 CFR 200

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

James Cash 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401 Email: Phone: 240-562-1456

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection process will be determined by the criteria announced in the annual solicitation.

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