Texas is the fastest growing state in the nation. San Antonians alone use 23 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in a single year. Meanwhile, weather disasters are becoming more severe and frequent. As Texas continues to grow, AACOG recognizes that implementing energy efficiency and resiliency practices within its 13 counties will be of the upmost importance to securing a sustainable future. We have partnered with the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) to bring energy management resources to local governments through webinars, roundtables, and other information sharing activities.
The Texas Health and Safety Code §388.005(c) requires political subdivisions in 41 nonattainment or affected counties to establish a goal to reduce electricity consumption by at least five percent each state fiscal year. In 2019, the 86th Legislature passed Senate Bill 241, extending the timeline for this requirement to seven years beginning September 1, 2019. Each political subdivision must submit a report annually to SECO documenting the entity's progress toward meeting the five percent annual reduction goal. The deadline to submit the report for 2023 energy usage will be March 1, 2024. You can access your entity's prior reports at SECO's Energy Consumption Reporting Dashboard.
Nonattainment areas are those counties (or portions of counties) that do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for at least one of six criteria pollutants, including ground-level ozone. "Affected counties" are those that are close to nonattainment areas, that may otherwise be at risk of being designated nonattainment in the future, or that have large or numerous sources of emissions. Of the counties in the AACOG service area, local government entities in Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, and Wilson Counties are required to report energy usage to SECO.
Funding Opportunity: DOE Rural Energy For America (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants in Texas
The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing. This program has multiple application windows, please click link to learn more
Upcoming Deadline: September 30, 2023
The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses applying to REAP, with priority for applicants assisting distressed or disadvantaged communities for Applicants pursuing projects using underutilized technologies or seeking grants under $20,000. Funds can be used for a wide variety of activities including recruitment of Renewable Energy or energy efficiency projects, identification of electrical engineering services, preparation of REAP applications for Agency financial assistance, as well as preparing reports and assessments necessary to request financial assistance. Recipients have potential to funds from $100,000- $500,000. For more information please view web page.
Upcoming deadlines: August 15, 2023 Paper Submissions must be received no later than 4:00pm local time. Electric Submissions must be received no later than 11:59pm local time
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy program (SCEP) intends to issue a competitive funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled "Creating a Community-Led Future.DOE intends to issue $27 million competitive funds in financial and technical assistance to support innovative planning to foster integrated clean energy solutions inclusive of states, U.S. territories, local governments, and tribes to benefit disadvantaged communities.
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) is funding 5-15 awards which will vary between 3-9 million dollars for 501(c)(3) organizations. These funds will be utilized to fund projects that reduce energy use and emissions and lower utility costs in nonprofit facilities so they can redirect savings into their mission-critical work, build organizational capacity, and further serve their communities. This funding opportunity allows multiple 501(c)(3) organizations.to work together to receive funding
Upcoming Webinar:6/6/2023 at 1:00PM CST Renew America's Nonprofits Informational Webinar Session 1
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) issued $50 million in grant funding for the Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) Program to help deploy community-driven clean energy solutions in rural and remote areas across the country. This funding opportunity will award grants for projects with a dollar amount between $500,000 to $5 million and requires no cost-share/match from recipients to help ensure an equitable transition to a clean energy future. Eligible entities are rural or remote areas as a “city, town, or unincorporated area that has a population of not more than 10,000 inhabitants. Eligible applicants are those State and local governmental entities, Indian Nations, Non-profit entities, for profit entities, institutions of higher education and consortia.
Clean Energy projects funded under this FOA must satisfy at least one of the objectives listed in BIL section 40103(c)(3). These "resilient clean energy objectives" are:
A. Improving overall cost-effectiveness of energy generation, transmission, or
B. Siting or upgrading transmission and distribution lines;
C. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy generation in rural or remote
D. Providing or modernizing electric generation facilities;
E. Developing microgrids; and
F. Increasing energy efficiency. To view additional Benefits that can be included visit the website below for Grant funding opportunity announcement
Upcoming Informational Webinar: DOE Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) program Grant Funding Opportunity Webinar
Upcoming Deadlines: Submission Deadline for Pre-Applications: 7/13/2023 5:00PM ET
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently has a Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) Program that will provide grants to states, local governments, tribes and territories to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. This program is divided into two phases: planning and implementation. Nationwide, $250 million is allocated for planning, and $4.6 billion allocated for implementation. Entities MUST participate in the planning phase to be eligible to apply for the implementation phase.
Upcoming Deadlines: Notice of intent to Participate April 28, 2023
The Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program is designed to assist eligible states, local governments, and Tribes in implementing strategies to reduce energy use, fossil fuel emissions, and to improve energy efficiency through program formula funding. These funds are available via a grant or voucher. Within the AACOG Region, San Antonio, Bexar County, New Braunfels and Schertz are eligible entities for this Block Grant program.
Upcoming Deadlines: Entities must submit Pre-Award Information Sheet by April 28,2023 to be eligible for grant or voucher.
The Buildings Upgrade Prize is offering more than $22 million in cash prizes and technical assistance to teams across America with winning ideas towards upgrading existing buildings to efficiently run on clean energy. The 1st phase of this prize is the concept phase where teams can apply to one of two pathways: Equity-Centered Innovation where winners will receive $400,000 cash prize or the Open Innovation pathway which winners will receive a 200,000 cash prize. Each pathway focuses on solutions and or scalable upgrades to buildings and building types for retrofits.
Upcoming Deadline: July 18, 2023 Phase 1 Concept Prize submission deadline.