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]

EERE Brings Cleaner, More Efficient Energy One Step Closer to Residents of a Southeastern State

clock May 27, 2011 15:17 by author Bulletin Board
Thanks to the hard work of the EERE project management team, residents of one county in a Southeastern state are finding it easier to save energy and lower their utility bills. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a county there received $2.9 million through DOE’s ‘General Innovation Fund’, a part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. The General Innovation Fund supports investments through innovative deployment strategies. [More]

Monitoring DOE's Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs - May 2011 Update

clock May 13, 2011 10:20 by author Bulletin Board
Following last quarter's monitoring update, DOE continues to monitor compliance with the Recovery Act, applicable Federal statutes and DOE regulations in the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), State Energy Program (SEP), and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) programs. Grantees continue to invest their Recovery Act funding in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that are saving energy, deploying renewable resources, creating jobs and strengthening the economy. [More]

Trends in RDD&D Monitoring

clock May 6, 2011 16:41 by author Bulletin Board
EERE RDD&D project officers submit standard desktop review reports delineating the quarterly outcomes of Recovery Act awards, as outlined in a previous post. Submissions for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011 began May 2, so we’d like to provide our readers with a look back at the results of the previous two quarters of reporting. Headquarters received all expected RDD&D desktop review reports for Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2010 and First Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 (over 700). Our analysis of the data indicates the vast majority of projects are on schedule, on budget and within scope. [More]

New Independent Project Review Process Shows Success in Pilot Phase

clock April 22, 2011 09:02 by author Bulletin Board
“Trust, but verify,” goes an old adage. EERE is applying this advice through the implementation of an external review process to evaluate how well we are carrying out the important role of monitoring the performance of Recovery Act-funded projects. This new Independent Project Review (IPR) process is designed to bring in outside firms to independently analyze and assess the status of EERE’s project monitoring activities. The significance of this process was underscored in the recent testimony of DOE CFO Steve Isakowitz before the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in hearings on DOE’s Recovery Act spending. He pointed to the fact DOE oversight activities are becoming government-wide “best practices.” [More]

Communication in the Monitoring Process

clock April 18, 2011 09:59 by author Bulletin Board
One Solar America Cities project proves that you don’t have to live in a sunny state like California, Nevada, or Arizona to save on fuel costs by harvesting energy from the sun. The challenges its planners had to overcome hold valuable lessons for managers of similar projects elsewhere.

Funded by the Recovery Act, a Midwestern city has worked with EERE to install and demonstrate a solar thermal district heating system that will serve as a model for using solar energy in regions not exactly known for their sunny skies, such as the Northwest, the Midwest, and much of the East Coast. [More]

Integrating Project Results to Save Time and Money

clock April 8, 2011 17:01 by author Bulletin Board
Sometimes, a program selects a particularly reliable company for multiple awards due to its unique capabilities. One such recipient is a solar research, development, and manufacturing company that received five separate awards. While each of its five awards is stand-alone in nature, technology development efforts can complement and overlap. The complexity created by so many employees with different roles and overseeing different processes can require additional review to identify when and where these overlapped efforts can occur. [More]

Recovery Act: Saving and Creating American Jobs in Solar Research

clock April 3, 2011 21:26 by author Bulletin Board
The fast pace and dynamic nature of both business and technology present a host of challenges for project officers working in EERE’s financial assistance portfolio. Often, these challenges require project officers to dive in and apply their creativity, technical expertise, and knowledge of federal regulations to keep projects on track. [More]

Assisting Awardees as They Meet Regulatory Requirements

clock March 24, 2011 12:15 by author Bulletin Board
In order to deploy Recovery Act funds quickly with the requisite oversight, EERE staff has to use their knowledge of an array of Federal financial assistance rules—and fast. As Recovery Act projects have commenced, EERE staff had to be able to answer new questions about how these funds can be used. Project Officers must balance the need for flexibility in managing projects with regulations in place to ensure that Federal funds are spent properly. [More]