The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the “Recovery Act,” includes $16.8 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) programs and initiatives. This site describes how the funding in the Recovery Act is being used by EERE.
For more information about the Recovery Act, see the following Web sites.
U.S. Department of Energy’s Recovery Act Web page
Overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Recovery Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
Read the full text of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1) (PDF 1.1 MB). Download Adobe Reader.
Implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
The $16.8 billion designated for the Office of EERE is divided across several EERE programs. The final appropriations include:
$5 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program
$3.1 billion for the State Energy Program
$3.2 billion for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants
$454 Million for retrofit ramp-ups in energy efficiency
$2.5 billion for Applied Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment, including:
$800 million for the Biomass Program
$400 million for the Geothermal Technologies Program
$350 million for the demonstration and research and development of geothermal energy
$50 million for geothermal heat pumps
$346 million for energy efficient building technologies
$256 million for the Industrial Technologies Program
$117 million for the Solar Technologies Program
$110 million for the Vehicle Technologies Program
$100 million for facility and infrastructure improvements at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
$93 million to support wind energy projects
$50 million for Information and Communications technology
$41.9 million to spur the growth of Fuel Cell Markets
$32 million for modernizing existing U.S. hydropower infrastructure, increasing efficiency, and reducing environmental impact
$25 million for the Massachusetts Wind Technology Testing Center
$22 million for Community Renewable Energy Deployment
$2 billion for Advanced Battery Manufacturing Grants
$400 million for Transportation Electrification
$300 million for an Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program and ENERGY STAR®
$300 million for an Alternative-Fueled-Vehicles Pilot Grant Program
For a more detailed breakdown of these figures, see the EERE Network News article, “Economic Stimulus Act Provides $16.8 Billion for EERE Programs.”
The following press releases discuss funding that has been awarded to organizations using Recovery Act funding.
For information about the Recovery Act funding that has been awarded to the states, see the U.S. Department of Energy’s state map.
The following press releases have announced Recovery Act funding that has been awarded to organizations. This list is not exhaustive:
Obama Administration Offers $59 Million in Conditional Loan Guarantees to Beacon Power and Nordic Windpower Inc. (July 2, 2009)
Secretary Chu, Governor Patrick Announce $25 Million for Massachusetts Wind Technology Testing Center (May 12, 2009)
Tax Credits and Grants for Renewable Energy, Businesses, and Consumers
The U.S. Department of Treasury has made available $3 billion for the development of U.S. renewable energy projects providing direct payments in lieu of tax credits.
Additionally, the Recovery Act extends and expands tax credits for renewable energy and energy efficiency. See these articles from EERE Network News for more information about the tax credits that are available:
Economic Stimulus Act Extends Renewable Energy Tax Credits
Stimulus Act Expands Clean Energy Tax Credits for Homes and Businesses
More information also is available on the DOE’s Consumer Energy Tax Incentives Web page.
Plans and Reports
The Office of EERE will post all reports and plans related to the Recovery Act on this site when they become available.
For reports and plans from the U.S. Department of Energy and its other offices, see the U.S. Department of Energy’s Recovery Act Web page.
How to Apply
If you are looking for financial opportunities that are provided through the Recovery Act, please see one of these sites.
EERE Financial Opportunities
Financial opportunities posted by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy are available on this site. Subscribe to the Financial Opportunities RSS Feed.
Financial opportunities for several federal agencies are available on Grants.gov. All opportunities posted by the U.S. Department of Energy—including the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy—are available here.
Federal Business Opportunities
Solicitations for businesses and funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal agencies are available on this site.
Ensuring Efficiency and Accountability
If you have concerns about fraud or misuse of the funds allotted by the U.S. Department of Energy, please contact the department’s Office of the Inspector General.