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State Energy Program Grants

State Energy Program Grants

OED offers funding opportunities to support local energy projects and initiatives across Indiana. These programs reflect the need for and the commitment to energy infrastructure investment and resilience planning.

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Indiana-Focused Battery Energy Storage Systems Study

The Indiana Office of Energy Development (IOED) is announcing a request for proposals for a qualified partner to research utility-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS) technology and provide best practices for local governments and utilities looking to implement these technologies in their communities. The IOED sees a proactive opportunity to conduct a thorough study to better understand all aspects of BESS technology - the benefits and drawbacks - and its applicability and suitability to the state.

The RFP is listed below.

Empowering Energy Partnerships in Indiana Communities (EPIC)

About the Program

The Empowering Energy Partnerships in Indiana Communities (EPIC) program is funded by Indiana's State Energy Program enhanced formula funds authorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) is making approximately $2.5 million available for community-based energy projects that support comprehensive and impactful solutions with a focus on development and enhancing broad partnerships. Proposals to the program must be able to define the community energy needs, solutions, and measurable outcomes within one or more of the following topic categories:

  1. Energy Efficiency
  2. Energy Security and Reliability
  3. Alternative Fueling and Charging Infrastructure
  4. Clean Energy Resources

There is no minimum or maximum award amount, but OED anticipates awards averaging $300,000 to $500,000 per awardee. Applicants must provide at least 20% match, and project lengths should aim to be three years or less.

Eligible entities for the EPIC program include local units of government, non-profit organizations, for-profit entities, and institutions of higher education. Entities that work throughout a community or region and can coordinate partnerships are strongly encouraged, such as local and regional economic development organizations, community foundations, and other organizations that participate in community development initiatives.

For additional information about EPIC, please click here.

Indiana-Focused Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Study

Status -  Closed

The Indiana Office of Energy Development (IOED) is is working with a partner to research small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) technology and analyze its potential impacts if deployed or developed in Indiana. While there are currently no SMRs commercially active in the United States, the IOED is working with a partner to conduct an Indiana-specific study in order to better understand SMR technology, the benefits and drawbacks of its deployment, and its applicability to the state.

The RFP and additional information are listed below, including an FAQ.

Community Energy Security Planning Grant Program

Status - Closed

Communities throughout the state can take advantage of the Community Energy Security Planning Grant opportunity to enhance energy reliability and resilience at a local level by developing or enhancing their energy security planning efforts, with a focus on critical infrastructure. This competitive funding opportunity will assist communities in assessing and preparing for local energy security through comprehensive planning to ensure more reliable and resilient energy infrastructure. An energy security plan identifies, assesses, and mitigates risks to energy infrastructure and to plan for, respond to, and recover from events that disrupt energy supply.

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