Have You Ever Wondered What a “Cooperative Agreement” Is?

clock June 24, 2011 08:07 by author Bulletin Board
You can find out a lot of interesting information about EERE’s work by looking at the projects EERE is funding in communities across the country. You can find out who received an award, how much they received, what work is to be completed, and the type of financial instrument is being used for the award. In most cases, the financial instrument is either “grant” or “cooperative agreement.” Most people are familiar with the concept of grants and how they work, but may have never heard of a cooperative agreement. [More]

Why Does EERE Monitor Financial Assistance Awards?

clock June 17, 2011 13:47 by author Bulletin Board
You wouldn’t drive a car without a dashboard, right? The dashboard- with all of its displays, gauges, and lights- gives the driver all kinds of information he or she needs to drive safely and maintain the car. Likewise, it would be a bad idea to drive the car without ever tuning it up or fixing problems that arise. EERE’s oversight monitoring for financial assistance projects is like a dashboard and responsible maintenance for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Monitoring provides the decision makers with key information about the project, helps prevent problems, and helps to solve them when they arise. [More]

Financial Assistance: What is It and How Does it Help EERE Achieve Its Mission?

clock June 13, 2011 11:49 by author Bulletin Board
Financial assistance- including grants and cooperative agreements used to transfer money, property or services to the recipient in order to accomplish a public purpose of support or stimulation- is one way EERE puts policy goals into practice, helping to stimulate the US economy. EERE grants and cooperative agreements empower states, counties, universities, private companies, and others across the country to leverage their own resources for a vast array of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. These projects include everything from weatherization improvements that help homeowners save money, to research into cutting edge solar energy technologies, to commercializing emerging biofuels. [More]

DOE Project Managers Bring Efficiency, Recovery to the Mid-Atlantic

clock June 3, 2011 16:06 by author Bulletin Board
One mid-Atlantic State’s energy efficiency loan program couldn’t have been implemented as quickly and successfully without the dedication of EERE’s project management team. DOE project managers used their experience and expertise to assist state and local governments, and non-profit and private sector partners, to structure, set up and implement their expanded home energy upgrade financing programs in record time. The project management team’s fast action was a critical part of translating plans into projects, providing technical assistance, and program design feedback, to enable clean energy investment under the Recovery Act. [More]