Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

NREL provides U.S. state, local, and tribal 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, as well as other municipal solid waste streams such as paper, cardboard, wood, yard waste, and plastic waste.


All U.S. states, counties, and municipalities (includes 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 as well as airport authorities and municipal utilities authorities. 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 for Fiscal Year 2024 technical assistance will launch in the spring of 2024. To receive updates about future technical assistance opportunities, contact the WTE Technical Assistance Team.

Technical Assistance Informational Webinars

Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance for Local Governments

Text version. Download presentation slides.

Exploring Solutions To Convert Waste-to-Energy Bioproducts

Visit BETO's website for text version and presentation slides.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about WTE technical assistance, see frequently asked questions.

Past Recipients

Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

Souhegan Regional Landfill District, Amherst, New Hampshire

City of Dodge City, Kansas

Town of Windsor, California

Climate Action Collaborative for Eagle County, Colorado

Solid Waste Services Anchorage Municipality, Alaska

Beaver County, Utah

City of Gainesville, Florida

Montclair Township, New Jersey

Nevada County, California

Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii

City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska

Gulf Coast Authority, Houston, Texas

Butte County/City of Oroville, California

Miami-Dade County, Florida

City of Eudora, Kansas

City of Pensacola, Florida

City of Gainesville, Florida

Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

Miami Dade Water and Sewer, Florida

Ramsey Washington Recycling and Energy Board, Minnesota

Lincoln County, Montana

Allegheny County Airport Authority, Pennsylvania

City of Spokane, Washington

County of Kauai, Hawaii

Monterey One Water, California

Interlocal Solid Waste Authority, Tennessee

City of Unalaska, Alaska

Region 1 Planning Council, Illinois

City of Watsonville, California

Brunswick County Government, North Carolina

City of Rockdale, Texas

Pasco County, Florida

Region 1 Planning Council, Illinois

City and County of Denver, Colorado

Hartford Solid Waste Task Force, Connecticut

City of Unalaska, Alaska

City of Ames, Iowa

North Central Texas Council of Governments, Texas

Seward Climate Action Plan Committee, Alaska

Monterey One Water, California

City of Madison, Wisconsin

Interlocal Solid Waste Authority, Tennessee

Savannah Industrial Park, Illinois

City of Watsonville, California

City of Frostburg, Maryland

Kodiak Island Borough, Alaska

City of Boston, Massachusetts

Orange County and City of Orlando, Florida

City of Walla Walla, Washington


If you have questions, contact the WTE Technical Assistance Team.