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Building Technologies Office, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Vehicle Technologies Office, Office of Electricity


On October 13, 2020, the Connected Communities funding program will select projects that will demonstrate how groups of buildings combined with other types of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as electric vehicle (EV) charging and photovoltaic (PV) generation, can reliably and cost‐effectively serve as grid assets by strategically deploying efficiency and demand flexibility. It is a collaborative effort across three Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) offices—the Solar Energy Technologies Office, Vehicle Technologies Office, and Building Technologies Office—and the Office of Electricity.

DOE expects to make up to $65 million of federal funding available for new awards under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. EERE anticipates making approximately 6-8 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards. Individual awards may vary between $3 million and $7 million, but DOE reserves the right to adjust these amounts depending on the applications submitted.

Key Dates:

Item: Date:
 FOA Issue Date  October 13, 2020
Informational Webinar  November 10, 2020
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers  February 17, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications  March 3, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET
Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments  May 4, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications  July 1, 2021
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations  September 16, 2021


Additional Information:

Download the full funding opportunity on the EERE Exchange website.

Learn how to apply for a funding opportunity.

Read the DOE press release about this funding opportunity announcement.

For FOA-specific support, contact [email protected].

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SmartElek, A “Covers All Bases” L1/L2 Connected EVSE Receives Safety Listing


October 8, 2020, Irvine, California. SmartElek, a smart and connected 30A (Level2) and 16A (Level 1) EVSE by Smartenit, joins the short list of EVSEs certified by ETL to comply with strict UL standards. The charger wirelessly connects to the Internet of Things with virtually all popular IoT protocols available today: Zigbee, WiFi, and LTE-M/NBIoT. A wide choice of connectivity and many intelligent features make the SmartElek a sure bet for residential, multi-dwelling and commercial large campus deployments.

Abundant connectivity, stand-alone or network load management, and over 7.5kW of power in a package that is only 3.5” x 4.5” x 2.25”, place the SmartElek ahead of its competitors for power density, reliability and value. Patent-pending load switching technology makes for extremely low stand-by power and contactor longevity.

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


Tucson Electric Power Seeks RFI to Identify Load Management Platform Providers for Load Management Pilot RFP


Tucson Electric Power, a subsidiary of UNS Energy, is taking a significant step to integrate various smart devices meet the energy demands of our territory. The Tucson, AZ based utility, is releasing a global Request for Information (RFI) that will help in the development of a future Request for Proposal (RFP) that will incorporate demand response, load shifting/shaping capabilities for our residential sector, with the potential for future exploration in our commercial space.

The RFI will inform the design of our load management initiatives, including the ability to respond to peak demand and provide greater customer energy efficiency savings.

The information obtained through the RFI process will help TEP seek a partner or partners through a future request for proposal process to implement the pilot program, and share learnings with our team members.

Key Dates for the RFI:

Milestone Date
RFI Issuance October 2, 2020
Deadline for Respondent's Questions October 14, 2020
TEP Responses for Submitted Questions  October 21, 2020
Respondent Information Submittal Date October 30, 2020


CLICK HERE to read the full RFP.


FERC Opens Wholesale Markets to Distributed Resources: Landmark Action Breaks Down Barriers to Emerging Technologies, Boosts Competition

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September 17, 2020 - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today approved a historic final rule, Order 2222, enabling distributed energy resource (DER) aggregators to compete in all regional organized wholesale electric markets. This bold action empowers new technologies to come online and participate on a level playing field, further enhancing competition, encouraging innovation and driving down costs for consumers.

DERs are located on the distribution system, a distribution subsystem or behind a customer meter. They range from electric storage and intermittent generation to distributed generation, demand response, energy efficiency, thermal storage and electric vehicles and their charging equipment.

The final rule enables these resources to participate in the regional organized wholesale capacity, energy and ancillary services markets alongside traditional resources. Multiple DERs can aggregate to satisfy minimum size and performance requirements that they might not meet individually.

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


The Real-World Benefits of Advanced Load Shifting


Though much of the electric-power industry has begun paying close attention to the importance of load shifting and demand response in recent years, Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (CEPCI), has been focused on their benefits for decades. Based in Columbia, South Carolina, CEPCI is a nonprofit provider of wholesale electric service to the state’s 20 electric cooperatives and their 800,000 customers, often referred to as members. CEPCI’s use of sophisticated demand management technology allows it to call load optimization events responsive to time-of-use pricing on a regular basis.

Not only does CEPCI serve the state’s electric co-ops by securing low-cost electricity via long-term power purchase agreements and more than 800 miles of transmission lines, but it also continuously tests new technologies that can benefit co-ops and their members. “We are looking for ways to reduce the coincident peak and the big costs related to that every month. That’s how our co-ops derive value from load management,” said Scott Hammond, CEPCI’s member programs manager. “We’ve had water-heater programs since the 1980s, and we’ve probably got about 60,000 or 70,000 water-heater switches we do control with as well as smart thermostats and some older AC switches that we use.”

CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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