Technical Assistance

NREL provides technical assistance related to energy use, planning, and future scenarios for U.S. states, local jurisdictions, communities, utilities, and Tribes.

Browse U.S. federal programs and initiatives through which NREL provides technical assistance. When technical assistance is unavailable through federally supported programs, NREL offers customized technical support services.

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Program/Initiative Description Eligible Stakeholders Project Stage(s) metadata
Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program Supports small- and medium-sized manufacturers in areas that have experienced coal mine or coal-fired power plant closures Industry Technology deployment DOE
Clean Cities (U.S. Department of Energy) Helps fleets, stakeholders, original equipment manufacturers, and fuel providers deploy alternative fuels and advanced vehicles technologies Local jurisdictions, Tribes Operations and maintenance DOE
Clean Energy Demonstration on Mine Land Technical Assistance Enables clean energy deployment, including technical and economic viability, on current and former mine land Academic institutions, Community-based organizations, Industry, Local jurisdictions, Not-for-profit organizations, States, Tribes Energy potential and options, Planning CEML, DOE
Clean Energy to Communities Provides expertise and tools to achieve clean energy goals through three distinct offerings: Expert Match, In-Depth Partnerships, and Peer-Learning Cohorts Academic institutions, Community-based organizations, Electric utilities, Local jurisdictions, Tribes Energy potential and options, Planning, Plan refinement, Technology deployment C2C, DOE
Clean Energy to Communities: Expert Match Provides tailored, short-term (40-60 hours) support for a wide variety of eligible applicants to achieve local clean energy goals Academic institutions, Community-based organizations, Electric utilities, Local jurisdictions, Tribes Energy potential and options, Planning, Plan refinement, Technology deployment C2C, DOE
Clean Energy to Communities: In-Depth Partnerships Offers long-term (3-year) commitment of community teams composed of local governments, community-based organizations, and utilities to achieve clean energy goals Community-based organizations, Electric utilities, Local jurisdictions Energy potential and options, Operations and maintenance, Planning, Plan refinement C2C, DOE
Clean Energy to Communities: Peer-Learning Cohorts Facilitates 6-month collaborative cohorts to share and learn about specific clean energy themes Community-based organizations, Electric utilities, Local jurisdictions, Tribes Energy potential and options, Plan refinement, Technology deployment C2C, DOE
Communities LEAP: Local Energy Action Program (U.S. Department of Energy) Addresses environmental injustice or economic impacts in low-income, energy burdened communities transitioning away from historical dependence on fossil fuels Community-based organizations, Local jurisdictions, Not-for-profit organizations, Tribes, Electric utilities Energy potential and options, Planning DOE
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (U.S. Department of Energy) Offers short-term assistance (up to 20 hours) per formula funding grantee to help develop an energy efficiency and conservation strategy Local jurisdictions, States, Tribes Energy potential and options, Planning EECBG, DOE
Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas Program Offers competitive prizes and technical support to improve energy systems in rural or remote areas Community-based organizations, Local jurisdictions, Not-for-profit organizations, Tribes Planning ERA, DOE
Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project Strengthens energy resilience in island and remote communities with support of regional partners Academic institutions, Community-based organizations, Electric utilities, Industry, Local jurisdictions, Not-for-profit organizations, Tribes Energy potential and options ETIPP, DOE
Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (U.S. Department of Energy) Enables a simpler, faster, and fairer interconnection of clean energy resources all while enhancing the reliability, resiliency, and security of our electric grid Electric utilities, Local jurisdictions, States Energy potential and options, Operations and maintenance, Planning, Plan refinement I2x, DOE
Joint Office for Energy and Transportation Technical Assistance Facilitates the adoption of electrified transportation by providing comprehensive technical assistance and resources Community-based organizations, Local jurisdictions, States, Tribes Planning, Technology deployment DOE, DOT
National Community Solar Partnership (U.S. Department of Energy) Supports coalition of stakeholders working to expand access to affordable community solar Community-based organizations, Local jurisdictions, Not-for-profit organizations, States, Tribes Technology deployment NCSP, DOE
Renewable Energy Siting Through Technical Engagement and Planning (U.S. Department of Energy) Expands the decision-making capacity and expertise of state and local governments around large-scale renewable energy planning, siting, and permitting Local jurisdictions, States Energy potential and options, Planning DOE, RSTEP
Solar Energy Innovation Network Targets new and unresolved barriers to solar adoption, especially in underserved communities. Supports teams of stakeholders as they develop transformative solutions for solar adoption Academic institutions, Community-based organizations, Electric utilities, Industry, Local jurisdictions, Not-for-profit organizations, Tribes Energy potential and options, Planning SEIN, DOE
State Energy Program (U.S. Department of Energy) Supports projects through knowledge sharing for replicable approaches, including efforts to increase economic vitality through building energy efficiency upgrades States Energy potential and options, Planning, Plan refinement SEP, DOE
Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs: Technical Assistance (U.S. Department of Energy) Advances clean energy projects with federally recognized American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native communities Tribes Energy potential and options, Planning, Plan refinement DOE
Tribal Nation Offshore Wind Transmission (U.S. Department of Energy) Provides technical assistance, educational resources, expert match, and event participation assistance for planning and development of offshore wind transmission Tribes Energy potential and options, Operations and maintenance, Planning, Plan refinement, Technology deployment DOE
Joint Office of Energy and Transportation: Tribal Nation Technical Assistance and Resources Facilitates the adoption of electrified transportation by providing comprehensive technical assistance and resources Tribes Energy potential and options, Planning DOE, DOT
Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance Addresses knowledge gaps, challenges, decision making considerations, planning, and project implementation strategies related to organic waste Local jurisdictions, Tribes Energy potential and options, Planning, Plan refinement, Technology deployment WTE, DOE
Standard Work Specifications Provides guidance to ensure work performed during home energy upgrades is effective, durable, and safe Industry, Not-for-profit organizations, States Operations and maintenance, Technology deployment SWS, weatherization
Empowering Rural American Program (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Supports competitive grants and loans by providing rural electric cooperatives with technical assistance to improve energy systems in rural or remote areas Local jurisdictions Operations and maintenance, Technology deployment New ERA, USDA
State Technical Assistance Program (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Offers rapid turn-around technical support from subject matter experts at NREL and other national laboratories Utilities, States Energy potential and options, Operations and maintenance Lawrence
Rural Energy for America Program Brings renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvement grants to agricultural producers and rural small business owners Agriculture producers, Rural small business owners Operations and maintenance, Technology deployment NREL

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