State Energy Program (SEP)
The State Energy Program (SEP) provides federal grants to states and directs funding to state energy offices from technology programs in the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). States use the grants to promote energy conservation and efficiency and reduce energy demand by developing and implementing comprehensive State energy conservation plans. Activities include technical assistance, training, education, project implementation support field validation of commercially-available energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Funding may not be used for research activities or construction. For additional information refer to the EERE's frequently asked questions about state funding.
Federal Amount Available: $3.1 billion, nationally
State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) Allocated: $218,782,000
Stimulus Funding Overview:
The Texas SEP contains the following project components funded through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ARRA to the Comptroller of Public Account's (CPA), State Energy Conservation Office (SECO):
- Building Efficiency and Retrofit Program – $75 million
- Transportation Efficiency Program – $16.5 million
- Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Program – $76.8 million
- Energy Sector Training Centers – $5.2 million
- Public Education and Outreach – $6 million
- Texas Powerful Smart - Consumer energy efficiency website.
- Building Energy Code - Outreach & training to building professionals and the general public on the latest energy codes and standards.
- Eureka! Award Program - Grant program to help small Texas businesses promote market-ready energy products and technologies.
- ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program – $10 million
- Texas Cool Schools – $25 million
Prohibited Use of Funding:
- Construction, such as construction of mass-transit systems or exclusive bus lanes, or for construction or repair of buildings or structures
- Purchasing land, buildings, or structures or to pay interest on construction
- Subsidizing fares for public transportation
- Subsidizing utility rate demonstrations or State tax credits for energy conservation or renewable energy measures
- Conducting research or purchasing equipment to conduct research, development, or demonstration of energy efficiency or renewable energy techniques and technologies that are not commercially available.
Federal Regulations: 10 CFR Part 420