Opportunities

High Cost Energy Grant – Application due Dec. 11, 2017

The High Cost Energy Grant is again available to rural communities with energy costs exceeding:

  • Electricity  $3,904 ($0.345 per kilowatt hour)
  • Fuel oil  $2,903 ($6.25 per gallon)
  • Total household energy $5,546 ($61.87 per million Btu)

The purpose of the grant is to provide assistance for communities most challenged by extremely high energy costs. To apply, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/high-energy-cost-grants.

Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight, no later than December 11, 2017.

Who may apply? 

Most retail or power supply providers serving eligible rural areas, including: State and local governmental entities; Federally recognized Tribes and Tribal entities; Non-profits, including cooperatives and limited dividend or mutual associations; and For-profit businesses.

How may funds be used?

The acquisition, construction or improvement of facilities serving communities:

  • Electric generation, transmission and distribution facilities, including:
    • Equipment, materials and activities
    • Land or right-of-way acquisition, professional expenses, engineering and permitting costs
  • Natural gas distribution and storage facilities, including equipment, materials and activities
  • Petroleum product storage and handling facilities, including equipment, materials and activities
  • Renewable energy facilities, including solar, wind, hydropower or biomass technologies used for on- or off-grid:
    • electric power generation
    • water or space heating
    • process heating and power
  • Backup or emergency power generation or energy storage technology, including generation equipment installed on consumer premises

Implementation of initiatives such as:

  • Energy efficiency improvements and conservation measures ( i.e. weatherization of residences and community facilities)
  • Programs encouraging the use of energy-saving appliances and devices
  • Programs aimed at improving the quality and cost of energy service

When is the application due?

Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight, no later than December 11, 2017

How much is available?

The maximum amount of grant is $3,000,000. The minimum amount is $100,000.

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