Congress passed two major pieces of legislation related to investments in energy and climate, including the
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in 2021 and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in 2022.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)
was introduced into Congress by Representative Peter DeFazio on June 4, 2021. Following months of negotiations, the bill passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Joe Biden on November 15, 2021. The law authorizes $1.2 trillion in infrastructure spending across more than 380 federal programs. Of that, approximately $650 billion reauthorizes existing funding, and another $550 billion adds new funding to support the nation's infrastructure needs. The White House has developed
a guidebook for IIJA funding
President Biden signed the
Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
into law on August 16, 2022. The IRA funds investments related to health and medical programs as well as energy and climate programs using various tax measures and grants. The IRA provides approximately $369 billion in funding in support of energy and climate initiatives. The White House released a Guidebook for Clean Energy and Climate Programs in the Inflation Reduction Act. The guidebook contains a profile sheet on each funding opportunity under the IRA. You can
view and download the IRA guide here
Not all of the energy and climate-related funding referenced above will flow through state energy offices like ODOE. There are numerous programs available to applicants from private businesses, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, utilities, tribes, and local governments directly from federal agencies. Oregon Department of Energy staff are available to answer questions about this funding and encourages Oregonians to research and take advantage of opportunities that may support programs and projects in Oregon.
ODOE has developed a tracking spreadsheet (opens in Excel) of energy-related funding opportunities through the IIJA and IRA. You'll find columns for program type, eligible recipients, available funding, relevant links, and more. We'll update the spreadsheet weekly with the latest information and highlight changes from the previous week in yellow – links will be checked monthly.
Specific Funding Information
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In May 2023, ODOE received an award of $5,664,180
under the State Energy Program available for the next five years. The State
Energy Program funds will support work at ODOE related to energy security
clean energy, energy efficiency, resilience, and sustainable transportation.
ODOE was awarded funding for grid resilience
activities under the IIJA on June 30, 2023. The program narrative, as accepted with the application to the U.S. DOE, can be viewed here
. As the state is required to pass 95% of this funding through to eligible entities, ODOE is in the process of developing the sugrant application now. ODOE recently sought out feedback on the draft criteria for hte subgrants, and is now reviewing that feedback to help inform the final criteria. The intent is to fund projects that will have the greatest community benefits while addressing the most pressing grid resilience needs. ODOE will share details about the subgrant application in the coming months.
The U.S. DOE has issued the
Administrative and Legal Requirements Document for the Latest and Zero Building
Energy Code Adoption under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).Through the IRA,
Congress appropriated $1 billion to support states and local governments in the
effort to improve new and existing residential and commercial buildings,
increase energy efficiency, and workforce training. This announcement makes available $400 million
in formula funding. However, there are very targeted code specifications
required to access these funds.
The entity with the authority to adopt codes
must submit a Letter of Intent by November 21, 2023 if an application is to be
considered in the future. In Oregon, that entity is the Building Codes Division
of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. ODOE is coordinating
closely with the Building Codes Division to assess the opportunity. We
anticipate a secondary announcement for additional competitive funding to be
available in the coming months as well.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced that the Pacific Northwest H2 Association
(PNWH2) was one of seven proposed Hydrogen Hubs selected for award negotiations in October 2023. The PNWH2 Hydrogen Hubs project is expected to bring up to $1
billion in federal money to the region to fund projects that accelerate the
transition to clean hydrogen energy production and use, as well as create
potentially thousands of jobs across many trades. Learn more on the PNWH2 website
On July 31, 2023, ODOE submitted an application to the U.S. DOE for EECBG formula funds. ODOE anticipates receiving $1.9 million in state funding, of which at least 60 percent will be subgranted to local governments who are not eligible for a direct federal award. Considering feedback from outreach meetings and the public listening session
held on April 25, 2023, ODOE identified several priority project categories. While the following project categories were identified in the application and require approval from U.S. DOE, eligible communities should generally consider energy-efficiency projects in the following categories: building audits & retrofits; building efficiency & electrification campaigns; energy savings performance contracts; solar & storage – power purchase agreements and direct ownership; electric vehicles for municipal fleets; and EV charging infrastructure for the community. While awaiting a response from U.S. DOE, ODOE will begin to design an application for subgrant opportunities. ODOE will share details about the subgrant application in the coming months.
On December 19, 2022, the U.S. DOE opened the application for competitive funding under the Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation grant, authorized as part of IIJA. While ODOE was not a primary applicant, we provided letters of commitment for two applications which could benefit Oregonians, through different approaches if awarded. Both applications were submitted in late March to U.S. DOE and both applications were selected for award and are still under negotiation.
One application, led by ASHRAE, will develop and deliver comprehensive energy code training to building officials as part of a partnership between ODOE, Oregon Building Codes Division, other states, NASEO, ASHRAE, and ICC.
The other application, led by Earth Advantage, will examine pathways to support the adoption of Building Performance Standards in Oregon. Other members of the application included the New Buildings Institute, City of Eugene, City of Milwaukie, and City of Portland.
On July 27, 2023, the Home Energy Performance-Based, Whole-House Rebates (HOMES) and the High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Program (HEEHR or HEAR) guidance was released by the U.S. DOE. These two programs will provide single-family and multifamily households with varying discounts for efficiency upgrades and rebates on high-efficiency home appliances and equipment. ODOE is planning for these programs to determine how these rebates will best work with other programs in Oregon and to determine eligibility or potential rebate amounts for any individual or household. While it is likely that the HOMES rebates will be retroactive, the state must still develop policies around eligibility, which must subsequently be approved by the U.S. DOE. Additionally, the HEAR rebates will not be retroactive, as per federal statute. Although the application is not due until January 31, 2025, ODOE will prioritize rapidly deploying this program, while ensuring a thorough and efficient implementation design. ODOE recently was awarded early access to a portion of the programs' administrative funding, which will help ODOE build capacity and fund work towards program development.Please review our Frequently Asked Questions and answers
about these programs. We will update this document as we have new information to share.
In the meantime, federal tax credits
may be available for energy efficiency upgrades. Please consult a licensed tax professional for how these tax credits may apply to your circumstances. Interested in a program that isn't listed here? Please sign up for email updates
, and as we receive information about new opportunities, we will send out communications. There are many details to these new programs that have not yet been released by federal agencies.
In April 2023, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, in partnership with ODOE and other agencies, submitted an application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a planning grant under the Climate Pollution Reduction Fund. This planning grant will support the establishment of Priority Climate Action Plans and Comprehensive Climate Action Plans. To learn more about the application and how you can be involved, please see DEQ's webpage for The Climate Pollution Planning Grant
. You can also read about the opportunities the Climate Pollution Reduction Fund provides for Oregon in a new release
from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In the future, when ODOE-led components begin, we will provide updates on those specific actions.
In September 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released Funding Opportunity Announcements for the general competition and the Tribes and Territories competition. ODOE is reviewing this information and considering options. Other levels of governments are eligible to apply as well. Interested parties can find the announcements on the EPA's website: CPRG Implementation Grants | US EPA
Solar for All is focused on providing benefits from solar energy to low-income households and disadvantaged communities. The grant funds can support financial assistance to individual households for solar and storage technology, as well as the enabling upgrades necessary to install solar technology on the residence. The program can support various aspects of solar technology, including community solar programs, workforce development and high-quality jobs, and supporting critical facilities that serve low-income and disadvantaged communities The Oregon Solar for All Coalition applied for this competitive funding as part of a coalition application, with ODOE serving as the coalition lead. Energy Trust of Oregon and Bonneville Environmental Foundation are coalition members in this application. The agency submitted its Notice of Intent to US EPA on July 28, 2023 and received legislative approval to apply for the grant prior to the submission deadline of October 12 , 2023 with our request totaling more than $138 million.
More details are available on ODOE's Solar For All program page
Related to the Home Energy
Rebates through the IRA, an additional allocation of federal formula funds has
been made available to the state through Training for Residential
Energy Contractors (TREC) to aid in workforce
development. ODOE applied for these funds on November 17, 2023 to help prepare
for the workforce that will be needed to support the influx of home energy
upgrades that will be made possible through the Home Energy Rebates program. In
its application ODOE proposed the development of a program that makes subgrants
available to entities that will reduce the cost of training contractor
employees; provide access to workforce development tools for contractors such
as testing and certification; and partner with community organizations to
implement an equitable state program (read more in our submitted program narrative
). ODOE’s share of the formula grant is
$2,028,480 and will now await U.S. DOE’s review of the proposal.
ODOE expects to have an opportunity to apply for an additional grant specifically seeking to grow the workforce needed to assist with energy projects. Under the IIJA, there is an opportunity anticipated for training energy auditors. On November 14, 2023 the U.S. DOE released a Notice of Intent
to issue the funding opportunity for this program sometime in December 2023. At this time, ODOE is learning more about energy workforce needs and opportunities to determine high-need areas while we await the funding opportunity announcement for this forthcoming grant from U.S. DOE.
There are numerous federal tax credits available under the Inflation Reduction Act. These tax credits may be available for individual consumers who make qualifying purchases (see 25C Non-Business Energy Property/Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit and 25 D Residential Clean Energy Credit) and programs for businesses (see the 179D Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction and the 45L Energy Efficient Home Credit).
We recommend you consult with a licensed tax professional for information which pertains to your specific circumstances.
Public Engagement Opportunities
ODOE is working to request funding as new opportunities arise. Please check back frequently for updates for individual programs.
If you would like to sign up to receive email updates related to these activities, please subscribe to our Federal Funding updates list.
|Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates Deep Dive|
October 11, 2023
2 – 4 p.m. PTMeeting Recording
|Home Efficiency Rebates Deep Dive|
October 10, 2023
2 – 4 p.m. PT
|Home Energy Rebates Kick-Off|
October 4, 2023
2 - 3:30 p.m. PT
|Webinar: Solar for All (SFA) Overview|
August 8, 2023
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Webinars on Inflation Reduction Act Programs to Advance Clean Energy Initiatives in Rural America
June – August 2023
Eastern Oregon Open House on Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid|
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
10 a.m. - noon
Western Oregon Open House on Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid|
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
10 a.m. - noon
|ODOE Webinar: Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program Listening Session|
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Weigh in with your suggestions on EECBG funding on our
online portal by April 28.
|U.S. Department of Energy Informational Webinar on the Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas Program|
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Public Hearing: Grid Resilience Funding|
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
|ODOE Webinar: Federal Funding Update|
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
2 - 3:30 p.m.
|U.S. Department of Energy Public Roundtable on The Inflation Reduction Act Residential Energy Rebates and Contractor Training Programs |
January 12, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
|The U.S. Department of Energy is hosting a roundtable open to the public to inform plans for the home energy rebate programs and contractor training funds. |
Virtual Workshop for Oregon Stakeholders: Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs|
Friday, September 16, 2022
9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Public Hearing on Application for Federal Funding to Enhance |
Oregon's Grid Resilience
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 2 p.m.
IIJA Informational Webinar|
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
6 - 7 p.m.
IIJA Informational Webinar|
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
1 - 2 p.m.
|Workforce Development & Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities|
March 16, 2022