Updated: Aug 16
Submit NLT 07/14/2023 at 05:00 PM EST
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with its newly established Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA), called ENERGYWERX, has opened an initial round of grant funding for small and medium-sized manufacturing firms (SMMs) to implement recommendations made in Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) assessments and/or DOE Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP) assessments, and to qualify other assessments as “equivalent” for future funding rounds.
The purpose of the DOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Implementation Grant Program (Implementation Grant Program) is to provide grants funded by section 40521 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, 42 USC 17116, to small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to implement recommendations made in IAC and Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP) assessments , between 2018 and 2023 and, in future rounds, recommendations made in equivalent assessments. These grants will bolster the American manufacturing base by supporting projects to improve energy and material efficiency, to increase productivity, and to reduce emissions at SMMs. DOE further intends that these grants will advance the objectives of the Justice40 initiative by improving business performance, increasing energy affordability, and creating pathways to high-quality jobs in disadvantaged communities by driving federal investment into these communities and utilizing registered apprenticeship programs and IAC Program participants in implementation projects (Workstream 1).
In addition, the Implementation Grant Program will begin soliciting applications from non-IAC or CHP TAP assessment providers to qualify assessments from other parties as “IAC-equivalent.” Qualification of third-party assessors will enable further availability of IAC grants for SMMs across the United States (Workstream 2).
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