The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Information (RFI) for new Home Energy Rebate Programs. With the RFI, the DOE is seeking input on nearly $9 billion for the Home Energy Rebate Program, funded by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. The Act is designed to provide funding to help residents cut energy costs in their homes through energy efficiency and electrification of home appliances and equipment.
The rebate programs will provide funding for states, territories, and Tribes to develop, implement, and enhance residential energy efficiency and electrification projects in U.S. households, saving consumers an estimated $1 billion annually in energy costs, according to the administration. The deadline to submit responses to the RFI is March 3, 2023 at 8 p.m. ET.
Also, the DOE on Jan. 18 announced guidance so that state, local, and Tribal governments can begin applying for funding through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program,
The EECBG Program opened applications for $430 million in formula grant funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for clean energy projects and programs in local communities. To increase public knowledge of the EECBG Program, DOE is hosting a series of webinars offering technical guidance on the application process, tips for making the most of EECBG Program funding, and strategies for building a clean and equitable energy economy that prioritizes disadvantaged communities. State applications are due by July 31, 2023. Local government and Tribal government applications are due by January 31, 2024. Through the Office of State and Community Energy Programs, DOE is overseeing the administration of these programs. For more information, visit the EECBG Program or the Home Energy Rebate Programs websites.