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OED's Grant Programs are made possible by the U.S. Department of Energy's State Energy Program. (SEP)
Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Programs
(All funds have been allocated for these programs)
The Community Conservation Challenge was funded with $400,000 and was geared toward non-profit entities and community scale energy conservation projects with high visibility. While the program was geared toward non-profit agencies, partnerships with commercial entities were encouraged. Four large projects were funded. Read more about how the CCC will reshape these communities by clicking here.
The IST grant program will provide cost share grants to Indiana’s public, non-profit, and business sectors for the purchase and installation of solar water heating systems . Solar energy systems make use of non-fossil fuel resources to produce clean, home-grown thermal energy for heating water. In a time of rising energy costs and increased energy supply volatility, it is vital to our economic future to diversify the portfolio of resources we use to produce energy. The purpose of this grant program is to increase awareness and utilization of solar thermal energy resources as well as to create vocational opportunities for Hoosiers interested in renewable energy. Three facilities, two apartment complexes and one food co-op are taking part in the IST program. Program data will be used to gather additional information on the economic viability of solar thermal energy in Indiana. To learn more about IST, click here.
The A+ for Energy® program was developed by BP to recognize teachers for innovation and excellence in teaching energy and/or energy conservation in the classroom. Any public or private preK-12 teacher currently teaching in an accredited or licensed school, in one of the eligible program locations, is encouraged to apply. This grant is open to teachers in Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana. Find out more information about this grant opportunity here.
Outreach and Education activities undertaken by the OED are targeted to reach audiences in the public, industrial, commercial, agricultural and environmental sectors.
OED will communicate about energy efficiency and renewable energy programs through monthly newsletters, special events, website resources and other forms of media. Information and resources will be made available to schools and teachers for energy education in the classroom.
The Office of Energy & Defense Development has been given a directive as the lead policy maker for energy issues in Indiana. Energy's strategic plan, "Hoosier Home-Grown" Energy, outlines the plans and initiatives for the upcoming months and years.
The main focus of the plan is to provide Indiana with the needed megawatts in affordable and environmentally friendly ways.
OED will continue to work with its partners at Purdue University to provide technical support to Indiana manufacturers on energy efficiency issues. Purdue's Technical Assistance Program (TAP) will continue to use its Industries of the Future grant to provide support to Indiana's 100(+) largest energy users.