This February, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) is launching the $15 million Energizing Rural Communities Prize. This prize challenges individuals and organizations to develop partnership plans or innovative financing strategies to help rural or remote communities improve their energy systems and advance clean energy demonstration projects.

This prize is part of OCED’s $1 billion Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) Program which was created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to demonstrate new ways to improve the resilience, reliability, safety, availability, and environmental performance of energy systems serving rural or remote areas with populations of no more than 10,000 people.

On Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 10am-2pm MST, OCED will host a virtual workshop to gather feedback from potential applicants, experts, and stakeholders to finalize the rules and evaluation process for this prize. The workshop will include an overview of the motivations and goals of the prize and detail the structure and award amounts for each track and phase of the prize.

Complete the registration form to join the virtual meeting.