DOE Announces Funding to Support Local and Tribal Governments
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project helps cities integrate energy analysis and data into their strategic decision making.
Cities-LEAP has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support the development and piloting of data-driven decision frameworks by local and tribal governments. These frameworks should advance model practices and processes that improve the ability of local and tribal governments to integrate, analyze, and understand varied datasets in order to pursue opportunities across all clean energy sectors. In order to develop these frameworks, local and tribal governments are strongly encouraged to partner with entities such as academic institutions, technology companies, utilities, regional planning bodies, and non-governmental organizations.
Successful applications will include or aim to produce strong evidence that proposed model practices and processes can:
- Increase the ability of local or tribal governments to make data-driven decisions regarding actions under their authority that affect energy intensity or energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at a reasonable cost; and
- Identify and support implementation of local or tribal government actions that can lead to significant and quantifiable reductions in community-wide energy intensity or energy-related GHG emissions.
Applicants are also encouraged to propose energy-related metrics beyond the primary GHG emissions and energy intensity metrics (e.g., air quality, climate change adaptation, quality of life indicators). While this FOA focuses on energy-related actions, other ancillary benefits may be necessary to stimulate action and may even serve as the stronger motivating factor for communities.
The submission deadline for concept papers is May 17, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Full applications are due June 17, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Get more information and submit an application.