Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance for Local Governments
NREL provides U.S. local governments with technical assistance to advance waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO).
The technical assistance addresses knowledge gaps, specific challenges, decision-making considerations, planning, and project implementation strategies related to WTE. The WTE resources considered include organic waste such as food waste, wastewater sludge, animal manure, and fats, oils, and greases.
All U.S. municipalities in the lower 48 states, Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories, as well as tribal governments, are eligible for WTE technical assistance at no cost. Entities representing multiple municipalities are also eligible. Note: A community does not have to have an existing or planned waste resource or energy recovery project to be eligible. Communities in the strategic planning phase when it comes to these waste streams are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Request Technical Assistance
Applications are no longer being accepted for Phase 1. There will be another opportunity to apply during Phase 2, which is being considered for fall 2021. If you'd like to receive updates about Phase 2, contact the WTE Technical Assistance Team.
Technical Assistance Informational Webinar
Download presentation slides or watch a recording of the Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance webinar held on March 18, 2021.
The goal of the WTE technical assistance program is to mobilize data and information compiled about organic waste streams to: (1) provide this data to local decision makers, (2) deploy the analyses that have been developed for a variety of energy/resource recovery strategies, and (3) foster local public-private partnerships. Ultimately, this program aims to enable organic waste energy and/or resource recovery at the municipal level by leveraging technical expertise and relevant data to address specific and unique issues each municipality encounters with their waste streams.
Types of assistance and activities include providing resource, technology, market, and policy data and information; analysis assistance; targeted discussions with stakeholders; assistance in strategic energy planning; education through webinars; consultations with technical experts; program review and evaluation; and request for proposal (RFP) development support and review.
Following the first-round application time frame (March 22, 2021, through April 9, 2021), NREL and BETO staff will review requests and respond to the applying agency about whether their request is selected by the end of April 2021. The selection process considers diversity in geography, community size, demographic characteristics, socio-economic status, requested topic, as well as WTE deployment opportunities, merit of the request, and potential project impact.
If selected, NREL will schedule a call to discuss your needs. The call will include NREL WTE team members with expertise related to your request. During the call, NREL will provide information on existing materials and resources, discuss activities related to your request, and outline next steps in the process. Our intent is for the technical assistance to be a collaborative process, and therefore we will be looking for active engagement.
If you have questions, contact the WTE Technical Assistance Team.