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State Energy Program Special Projects

SEP Competitive Grants
Number: 81.119
Agency: Department of Energy

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
81.119 State Energy Program Special Projects
Federal Agency (030):
Department of Energy
Authorization (040):
Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 710; ARRA 2009, Public Law 91-95, 42 U.S.C 7101; Energy Policy and Conservation Act; ARRA 2009, Title III, Part C, Section 361-366, Public Law 163-94, 42 U.S.C 6321-6326; Balanced Budget Down Payment Act II of 1996; ARRA 2009, Public Law 134-104; National Energy Conservation Policy Act of 1978, Public Law 95-619; ARRA 2009, Public Law 619-95.
Objectives (050):
To allow States to submit proposals to implement specific Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy deployment activities and initiatives as Special Projects under the State Energy Program. States will compete for funding to implement activities relating to a number of programmatic areas such as building codes and standards, alternative fuels, industrial efficiency, building efficiency, and solar and renewable technologies.
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Financial support, in whole or in part, may be provided for salaries, materials, and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, and services required for implementing the activities described in the application.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
All States plus the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
States and their project partners will benefit.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Costs will be determined in accordance with 10 CFR 600 for State and local Governments. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Audit procedures in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133. In addition, audit requirements need to comply with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and DOE procurement procedures as well as with 10 CFR 600. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The application forms must be downloaded from the specific funding opportunity announcement posted on the web-site: at Applicants for sub-awards from the states should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact within the State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance.
Award Procedure (093):
Evaluations will be conducted by staff of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy end-use sectors participating in the annual solicitation. Final decisions to approve are made by Assistant Secretary Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. DOE Field Offices are then instructed to negotiate and prepare the grant award documents.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 90 to 120 days. Deadlines are set forth in the solicitation.
Appeals (096):
Renewals (097):
Renewals are subject to review by the headquarters program office and subject to the availability of funds.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. Cost sharing is not required however strongly encouraged.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Vary. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released through the Electronic Transfer System.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
No reports are required.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Costs will be verified and subject to audit according to standard government practice and in accordance with OMB Circular No A-102.
Records (113):
In accordance with 10 CFR 600.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $1,058,661; FY 14 est $4,815,496; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
500,000 - 1,000,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Not Applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
As described under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Program requirements issued in Federal Register prior to actual invitation and solicitation to the States.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
Headquarters Office (152):
James Cash 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401 Email: Phone: 720-356-1456
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The selection process will be determined by the criteria announced in the annual solicitation.