State Energy Program (SEP) Formula Grant
U.S. Department of Energy SEP Formula Grant provides funding and technical
assistance to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to enhance
energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, and maximize the
benefits of decreasing energy waste.
for the program is allocated to states according to a formula written into the
federal formula grant regulations. In addition, SEP Formula grant regulations
require that states provide a 20% match in funds for each year of the project
period. For the most recent project period, the Governor’s Office of Energy
(GOE) was awarded the following: PY15 = $345,320; PY16 = $345,430; and PY17 = $345,200;
totaling $1,035,950. GOE focused on four market title areas for the formula
grant during this project period: administration, energy efficiency, renewable
energy, and alternative fuel vehicles.
are the various projects that GOE funded using the SEP Formula Grant this
project period. For information on projects funded under prior SEP Formula
Grant awards, click
- In PY16,
City of Reno received $20,000 to advance energy efficiency and green building
in the commercial and industrial sectors in conjunction with the City Energy Project.
- In PY17,
Coral Academy of Science received $3,600 to retrofit both outdoor and indoor
- In PY17,
International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC) workshops were held in Elko,
Reno, and Las Vegas for training on the latest IECC codes.
- In PY17, NV Energy received $49,887 in funding for a commercial strategic window film pilot project.
- In PY15, Nevada State Parks received $9,200 to install a solar power system to power the well at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.
- In PY17, Viridity Energy received $52,589 in funding for battery storage pilot project for state-owned buildings and facilities.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
- In PY15,
State of Nevada Fleet Services received $2,500 to install two Level II Electric
Vehicle (EV) charging stations, one in Carson City (Richard Bryan building) and
the other in Las Vegas (Grant Sawyer building). The stations are available for
use by state employees or the public.
PY15, NV Energy received $30,000 to install one DC Fast Charger and two Level
II EV charging stations at Fox Peak Station in Fallon.
PY15, Valley Electric Association received $15,000 to install one DC Fast
Charger and two Level II EV charging stations at Eddie World in Beatty.
- In PY16,
Lincoln County Power District received $41,500 to install one DC Fast Charger
and two Level II EV charging stations at McCrosky’s Y-Service in Panaca.
PY17, City of Reno received $10,000 to install three Level II EV charging
stations in the City Hall parking garage. One Level II station will be
available for public use, while the other two will be used for City fleet
SEP formula grant is used to fund general GOE staff activities related to
policy and project focus areas, allowing investment in energy efficiency and
renewable energy programs which have become self-sufficient and produce long
term results. Examples of GOE policy and projects include:
Contracting Audit Assistance Program (PCAAP) – GOE accelerates the use of
performance contracting in government facilities through its PCAAP
Building Tax Abatements (GBTA) – Building owners can apply for tax incentives
to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings through the GBTA program.
Energy Tax Abatements (RETA) – Developers are encouraged to build renewable
energy projects in Nevada through the RETA program.
Loans Program (RLP) – GOE provides short-term, low-cost loans to developers of
renewable energy projects, renewable component manufacturers, energy
efficiency, and energy conservation projects through its RLP
Energy Retrofit Opportunities for Seniors (HEROS) – In 2014, GOE launched the HEROS
program, which funds weatherization improvements and reduces energy costs
for eligible Nevada seniors.
Energy Assistance Loan (DEAL) – In 2015, the GOE launched the DEAL program
for State employees as part of Governor Sandoval's effort to promote energy
efficiency statewide. The first known program of its kind in the nation helps
State of Nevada employees fund energy efficiency measures in their homes.
Funded by NRS 701A.450, DEAL provides State of Nevada employees an
interest-free loan for energy efficiency upgrades that is paid off via a
monthly payroll deduction.
2017, Governor Sandoval issued Executive Order 2017-03, establishing the
on Energy Choice. GOE provides administrative support for the Committee and
the Director serves as an ex officio member.
GOE will have funding available to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy,
and electric vehicle programs and projects throughout Nevada. Funding
opportunities will be announced through a Notice of Funding Oportunity (NOFO). If you are interested in being added to the
listserve for the next available NOFO, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.