Energy Policy and Systems Analysis

From a state, local, and tribal perspective and through national outreach and coordination, inform the analysis, development, and advancement of energy policy and related programmatic initiatives that could facilitate the transition to a low-carbon and secure energy economy.

Enhance intergovernmental
coordination and collaboration on key analytical and policy issues.

Orchestrate technical assistance and guidance to states and local governments on energy planning and measures.

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.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Environmental Council Of States, Inc. $ 542,181   2016-09-012021-08-31
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: NASEO: NASEO finalized the white paper deliverable, Technology Based Economic Development: Assessment of States? Roles and Opportunities.NASEO launched a webpage dedicated to Energy Technology-based Economic Development and the Innovation Ecosystem: http://www.naseo.org/technology-transitions. Held NASEO-EPSA Joint Roundtable at Energy Policy Outlook Conference to discuss electricity policy. Launched Answers to State Questions (ASQ), an online forum for state officials to submit questions that arise as a result of the EPA?s Clean Power Plan. 3N Meeting conducted to discuss barriers and options under the EPA?s Clean Power Plan Rule. NASEO EPIC staff briefed NASEO?s state energy planning lead on the outcomes of the EPIC roundtable, white paper, and continued engagement on the Quadrennial Energy Review. During this discussion, NASEO colleagues discussed potential updates to NASEO?s statewide energy planning database to reflect policy items raised over the course of the EPIC project. NGA: The NGA Center continued to conduct research and update its database on state actions (i.e., legislation, executive orders, and regulations). During this period, NGA Center staff continued to track actions across seven policy categories including energy efficiency, clean electricity and others. This included an update for 2015. NGA Center staff also developed ideas for expanding the categories included in the database. NGA Completed the policy database with state actions from 2008 - 2015. They continue to work on the state actions for 2016. NGA has submitted their top trends briefing to DOE. NGA hosted a webinar on State Energy Policy Trends and State Feedback. NARUC: 3N Clean Power Plan Meeting Held Conducted jurisdiction baseline meeting in Washington, DC. Webcasts and conference calls held with NASEO, NCSL, NACAA, AAPCA, ECOS, and NGA. Held a follow-up meeting in Washington, D.C. on the jurisdiction baseline. Finalized and performed multistate outreach memo document NARUC had developed with input from seven states. Fiscal Year 2017: NASEO: Under task 3, NASEO hosted a webinar on Energy Workforce Development for NASEO members and key partners, including 18 State Energy Office registrants. Under task 3, NASEO provided written briefing to EPSA on importance of energy workforce development to advancing State Energy Office energy policy goals and priorities. They also developed expanded workforce-≠focused workplan for EPSA consideration. Under task 4, NASEO organized a small group conference call with seven states to discuss data, metrics, and impact tracking associated with comprehensive state energy planning. NGA: NGA researched a wide array of sources and assessed the major policy and regulatory developments in all states in the target areas. NCSL: Under task 1.1, NCSL has drafted outlines of the two Energy Water Nexus papers, one on thermoelectric cooling and one on lifecycle water responsibility in oil and gas production. NCSL has participated on a number of phone calls and researched source materials for both papers. NCSL has been working directly with EPSA to revise the draft outline and participated on multiple calls with NASEO to discuss the best approach and share resources. Under task 1.6, NCSL rewrote a comprehensive report examining the current state of nuclear power in the U.S. and what the spate of recent nuclear plant closures means for the U.S. energy mix. The report highlights the role that state legislatures play and policy options for states that wish to retain their current nuclear fleet. This report was originally ready for publication in August 2016. At EPSA?s request, NCSL held the report until the release of the QER. Given the topic and developing actions related to nuclear power, NCSL rewrote the report with updated information and state examples. Under task 1.7, NCSL answered a number of information requests from state legislators and legislative staff related to nuclear power. In particular, NCSL answered 3 requests asking for a summary of state legislation that had been proposed or enacted by state legislatures that would support the operation of nuclear power plants. Another request asked for information on new nuclear power projects, along with state legislation that supported new nuclear power developments. In addition, several requests asked for detailed information regarding Illinois; S.B. 2814, the Future Energy Jobs Bill, which among other things, provides support to struggling nuclear power plants. Under task 1.1, NCSL has received comments on and revised outlines of the two Energy-Water Nexus papers: Thermoelectric Cooling Water in Oil and Gas Production. NCSL is in the process of researching and drafting the papers. NCSL worked directly with EPSA during outline revisions and participated on calls with NASEO to discuss the best approach and share resources. Under task 1.6, NCSL published the report State Options to Keep Nuclear in the Energy Mix. This report provides extensive background and discussion on issues that have led to the premature closure of existing nuclear power generation and provides information on state policies which support existing nuclear power. The report was published as a PDF online and 1,000 copies were printed as well. In addition, NCSL published a blog to promote the report. Under task 1.7, NCSL answered a number of information requests from state legislators and legislative staff related to nuclear power and testified on the topic. NCSL staff testified on nuclear retention issues and state policy actions before the newly created Pennsylvania Nuclear Energy Caucus. It is the first bipartisan, bicameral nuclear caucus in the country. Under task 1.8, NCSL continued to update the database on a biweekly basis and has entered and summarized all energy-water nexus related bills as well as nuclear generation bills in all 50 states, commonwealths and territories. They received nearly 650 web page visits per month on average. NARUC: NARUC hosted a meeting to discuss Emerging Electricity Technologies and a Smart Grid Federal-State Jurisdictional Boundaries and Opportunities for State Action. The meeting addressed two major questions: 1. What are the ?flash points? of federal-state jurisdiction on emerging electricity technologies? 2. How should the National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP) ? representing the states ? address these flash points? What can and should the NCEP do? NARUC staff initiated a research project under direction from the EPSA office regarding the aftermath of significant rate increases on state commissions. Starting from an assumption that commissioners who oversee large electric rate or bill increases may find themselves out of a job if a set of extenuating circumstances simultaneously occur, NARUC embarked on a series of interviews with current and former commissioners and a data gathering process to: (1) build more context around commissioner duration and turnover, (2) study the incidence of significant rate or bill increases, and (3) define extenuating circumstances such as media scrutiny, political gridlock, additional infrastructure issues, and other characteristics that may ameliorate or amplify the blowback of a rate or bill increase on commissioners. Fiscal Year 2018: Complete initiated projects.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance will be provided as cooperative agreements to state, local, and/or tribal associations and organizations (non-profits) to inform policy analysis, enhance intergovernmental coordination on key policy issues, and facilitate technical assistance to states, local governments, and/or tribal governments on energy planning.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local, and/or tribal nonprofit institutions/organizations and 'instrumentalities of the states' are eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, local, and tribal government officials benefit.

Credentials/Documentation

2 CFR 200 as amended by 2 CFR 910. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of FAR 15.6.

Award Procedures

Applications will be evaluated by DOE personnel assigned to the specific area. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91 ; Energy Tax Act of 1978, Public Law 95-618 ; Energy Security Act of 1980, Public Law 96-294 ; Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), Public Law 110-140 ; Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT), Public Law 102-486 ; Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT), Public Law 109-58.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals

From 30 to 60 days.

Renewals

Cooperative agreements may be modified or extended.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic funds transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports required as specified in the cooperative agreement.

Typically these reports consist of quarterly progress and a final report at the conclusion of cooperative agreement time period.

Expenditure reports required as specified in the cooperative agreement.

Typically these reports consist of quarterly expenditure reports and a final report at the conclusion of the cooperative agreement time period.

Performance monitoring required as specified in the cooperative agreement.

Audits

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. Other than for-profit recipients are subject to the audit requirements at 2 CFR 200 subpart F.

Records

Records retention per 2 CFR 200.

Financial Information

Account Identification

08-9169-7-0-228 - DOE Annual Appropriations.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 est $500,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available(Exp: EPSA Budget Pending) - FY2016 NCSL: $137,500 NASEO: $137,500 NARUC: $92,500 NGA: $97,500 FY2017: NCSL: $0 NASEO: $125,000 NARUC: $75,000 NGA: $83,850.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $1,000,000 per year per award (maximum of 6 awards).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Kathleen E. Marks 1000 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20585 Email: kate.marks@hq.doe.gov Phone: 2025869842

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Determinations for non-competitive financial assistance Selection is based on an objective merit review, program policy factors, the availability of funds, provisions of appropriation law and reports and as otherwise specified in specific solicitation document(s) at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/.



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