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81.087 Renewable Energy Research and Development

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

AUTHORIZATION:

Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, Public Law 95-238, Section 207; Public Law 101-218.
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To conduct balanced research and development efforts in the following energy technologies; solar buildings, photovoltaics, solar thermal, biomass, alcohol fuels, wind, hydropower and hydrogen, and geothermal. Grants will be offered to develop and transfer to the nonfederal sector various renewable energy technologies.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Assistance may be used to develop and transfer renewable energy technologies to the scientific and industrial communities, State, and local governments.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, intrastate, interstate, and local agencies and universities may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, intrastate, interstate, State and local agencies and universities will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation:   Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   The standard application forms as furnished by DOE and required by 10 CFR 600 must be used to apply for financial assistance, as further specified in competitive solicitation(s). Application forms and instructions are available on the World Wide Web at http://doe-iips.pr.doe.gov.

Award Procedure:   All applications which pass an initial review will receive an objective merit review. The objective merit review will be based on evaluation criteria set forth in the competitive solicitation(s) or criteria set forth in 10 CFR Part 600 for Unsolicited Proposals. Evaluations will be conducted by Renewable Energy Technology program personnel at DOE Headquarters in Washington, DC. This responsibility may also be delegated to DOE Operations and Regional Offices. Final decisions will be made by the EERE Assistant Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretaries, and the Director of the Federal Energy Management Program.

Deadlines:   None.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   From 60 to 180 days.

Appeals:   None.

Renewals:   Grants may be modified or extended.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   This program has no statutory formula, but cost-sharing is encouraged.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Assistance is available from 2 months to 1 year.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Quarterly progress and expenditure reports, and a final report at the conclusion of the grant time period.

Audits:   In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:   None.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   89-0224-0-1-271.

Obligations:   FY 04 $176,823,287; FY 05 est $178 Million; and FY 06 est $179 Million.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
Varies.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Under the State Cooperative Reservoir Analysis Program, a broad range of research, technical, and resource studies were carried out.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

The following list represents an overview of regulations, guidelines, and literature: EERE Federal Register notices; EERE Solicitations, which may be accessed through the EERE homepage at: http://www.eren.doe.gov; "Federal Financial Assistance Opportunities at DOE;" DOE Financial Assistance Regulations (10 CFR 600); and the DOE Guide to Financial Assistance, all of which may be accessed through the DOE Office of Procurement and Assistance Management homepage at: http://www.pr.doe.gov.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   Not applicable.

Headquarters Office:  
James Cash 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401 Email: james.cash@ee.doe.gov Phone: 240-562-1456

Web Site Address:  
http://www.eere.doe.gov

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

American Institute of Architects Foundation-Determination of solar building technology research and development needs.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Selection will be based on an objective merit review, program policy factors, the availability of funds, provisions of appropriation laws, reports, and as otherwise specified in specific solicitation document(s).

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