DOE companions with nationwide labs to rework vitality programs in distant communities
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the Energy Transitions Initiative (ETIPP) partnership program, a new partnership that provides remote and island communities across the U.S. with resources and access to on-site support to transform their energy systems and reduce their vulnerability to Power interruptions.
This cross-sector initiative will build on tools developed by DOE, pool the technical resources of community-level organizations, and involve DOE’s national laboratories to work with communities pursuing energy transition. Together, this broad coalition will enable competitively selected communities to plan, withstand, and recover from energy disruptions.
“Remote and island communities face some of the highest energy costs in the US and are often the most vulnerable to disruption,” said Daniel R Simmons, assistant secretary for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Agency. “By harnessing, developing and building the technical resources and resources of the Department of Energy and working with these communities, we believe this program can enable communities to plan a more resilient future with more affordable energy.”
ETIPP will combine extensive experience in the energy sector with specialized on-site expertise to address energy issues, build capacity and accelerate the exchange of best practices and innovations. This coalition draws on the DOE’s holistic, community-oriented approach to building resilience and provides technology-neutral technical assistance that prioritizes local challenges, values and goals. Working with communities, the ETIPP network will identify and promote strategic, bespoke technological solutions designed to strengthen communities’ resilience and reduce economic risk.
To further enhance the impact of the Energy Transitions Initiative’s proven resilience framework, ETIPP will draw on the support, experience and expertise of:
- DOE Office for Strategic Programs
- DOE office for hydropower technologies
- DOE Office for Solar Energy Technologies
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Sandia National Laboratories
ETIPP will combine extensive experience in the energy sector with specialized on-site expertise to address energy issues, build capacity and accelerate the exchange of best practices and innovations. The team selected the following community-based partners to work with communities on stakeholder and capacity development:
- Alaska Center for Energy and Energy DOE Office for Strategic Programs
- Institute for Coastal Studies
- Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
- Renewable Energy Project in Alaska
The ETIPP network offers technology-neutral technical support in which local challenges, values and goals are prioritized. The program will support at least three cohorts of communities, with an expected project of 12 to 18 months per community. In winter 2020, the municipalities can apply to participate in this collaboration in order to achieve their resilience goals.
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