August 29, 2022

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Department of Energy

Loan Programs Summary

The Loan Programs Office (LPO) within the Department of Energy (DOE) provides a variety of different loans and loan guarantees for energy-related projects, with over $40 billion in total funding available for such programs. This report summarizes these programs. The LPO provides access to debt capital, flexible financing, close partnerships throughout the loan term, and specialized financial, legal, technical and environmental expertise to all of the programs listed below. These programs also focus on projects which aim to reduce, avoid or sequester greenhouse gas emissions. 

Advanced Fossil Energy Projects Loan Guarantees

The LPO has $8.5 billion in loan guarantee authority for Advanced Fossil Energy projects under the Title 17 Innovative Energy Loan Guarantee Program (Title 17), authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This program helps finance projects in four broad technology categories: advanced resource development, low-carbon power systems, carbon capture and efficiency improvements. 

Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects Loan Guarantees

The LPO has $10.9 billion in loan guarantee authority for Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects, including $2 billion for front-end projects, under Title 17 Innovative Energy Loan Guarantee Program (Title 17), authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This program helps finance projects in four broad technology categories: advanced nuclear reactors, small modular reactors, uprates and upgrades at existing facilities, and front-end nuclear technology (uranium conversion or enrichment, and/or nuclear fuel fabrication).

Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program

The LPO has $17.7 billion in loan authority to support the manufacture of eligible light-duty vehicles and qualifying components under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program (ATVM), authorized by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Two types of borrowers are eligible under ATVM: manufacturers of advanced technology vehicles that achieved defined fuel economy targets, and manufacturers of components or materials that support eligible vehicles’ fuel economy performance. 

Innovative Clean Energy Loan Guarantees

The LPO has $2.5 billion in loan guarantee authority for Innovative Clean Energy Projects under the Title 17 Innovative Clean Energy Loan Guarantee Program (Title 17), authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Technology areas of interest for this program include advanced grid integration and storage, drop-in biofuels, waste-to-energy technology, enhancement of existing facilities and efficiency improvements. 

Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program

The LPO has $2 billion in loans to support economic opportunities to tribes through energy development projects and activities, via the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP). DOE can guarantee up to 90% of the unpaid principal and interest due on any loan made to federally recognized Indian tribe or Alaska Native Corporation for energy development. The tribal borrower will need to invest equity in the project and all project debt will be provided by non-federal lenders.

Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act - DOE 

Summary of BIL Components & Current Notice of Funding Opportunities 

The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (otherwise known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, or BIL), which was signed into law by President Joe Biden on November 15t, 2021, has made historic investments in America’s environmental infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s various grant programs have received substantial new financial support under BIL. The new resources that the DOE has obtained under BIF have been summarized below:

  •  The law provides more than $62 billion for the DOE overall, which will help fund 60 new DOE programs.
  • The law provides $21.5 billion in funding for clean energy technology and research hubs focused on next-generation technology, including:
    • $8 billion for clean hydrogen
    • More than $10 billion for carbon capture, direct air capture and industrial emission reduction
    • $2.5 billion for advanced nuclear technology
    • $1 billion for demonstration projects in rural areas and $500 million for demonstration projects in economically disadvantaged communities
  • The law provides more than $700 million for existing hydropower facilities.
  • The law provides $6 billion for the Civilian Nuclear Credit Program to prevent the premature retirement of existing zero-carbon nuclear plants. 
  • The law provides $11 billion for environmental resilience and cybersecurity improvements for electrical infrastructure across states, tribes and utilities.
  • The law invests more than $7 billion in the supply chain for batteries. 
  • The law provides $1.5 billion in additional funding for clean hydrogen manufacturing and recycling RD&D. 
  • The law provides $750 million for grant programs that support energy technology manufacturing projects in communities whose coal mines and/or coal-powered energy plants have shut down.
  • The law provides $3.5 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program, which reduces energy costs and increases energy efficiency for low-income households.
  • The law provides $500 million for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements in schools.
  • The law provides $550 million for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program and $500 million for the State Energy Program.
  • The law establishes a $2.5 billion Transmission Facilitation Program for the DOE to help develop energy transmission infrastructure.
  • The law provides a $3 billion expansion of the Smart Grid Investment Matching Grant Program.

A full list of outstanding notice of funding opportunities for the DOE’s grant programs can be found below. 

Funding Opportunity #

Opportunity Title

Agency

Status

Open Date

Close Date

DE-FOA-0002795

Water Research and Development for Produced Water and Legacy Wastewaters Associated with Thermal Power Plants

DOE-NTL

posted

08/25/2022 10/14/2022

DE-FOA-0002792

Funding Opportunity in Support of the Hydrogen Shot and a University Research Consortium on Grid Resilience

DOE-GFO

posted

08/23/2022 12/01/2022

DE-FOA-0002500

RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEMONSTRATION FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FY 2022)

DOE-NETL

posted

08/17/2022

12/05/2022

DE-FOA-0002835

RFI Ultra-Fast-Triggered Semiconductor Devices for Enhanced System Resiliency

DOE-ARPAE

posted

08/11/2022

09/09/2022

DE-FOA-0002783

FY2023 Phase I Release 1

PAMS-SC

posted

08/08/2022

10/11/2022

DE-FOA-0002616

Innovative Methane Measurement, Monitoring, and Mitigation Technologies (iM4 Technologies)

DOE-NETL

posted

08/05/2022

10/04/2022

DE-FOA-0002781

DNN R&D UNIVERSITY PROGRAM: CONSORTIUM FOR NUCLEAR FORENSICS

DOE-NNSA

posted

08/04/2022 09/20/2022

DE-FOA-0002609

Fiscal Year 2022 Solar Manufacturing Incubator Funding Opportunity Announcement

DOE-GFO

posted

07/14/2022 10/03/2022

DE-FOA-0002582

DE-FOA-0002582 PVRD FOA

DOE-GFO

posted

07/14/2022

10/17/2022

DE-FOA-0002632

Community Geothermal Heating and Cooling Design and Deployment

DOE-GFO

posted

07/12/2022 10/11/2022

DE-FOA-0002789

STEWARDSHIP SCIENCE ACADEMIC ALLIANCES PROGRAM CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE

DOE-NNSA

posted

07/11/2022

10/19/2022

DE-FOA-0002737

Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Industrial Decarbonization through Electrification of Process Heating

DOT-GFO

posted

06/23/2022 10/25/2022

DE-FOA-0002638

FY22 Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries and Greenhouse Gas Reduction in First Generation Ethanol Production (Scale-Up+)

DOE-GFO

posted 06/01/2022 09/09/2022

DE-FOA-0002767

Advanced Scientific Computing Research - Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (ASCR-RENEW)

PAMS-SC

posted

05/25/2022 09/16/2022

DE-FOA-0002697

Foundational Agrivoltaic Research for Megawatt Scale (FARMS)

DOE-GFO

posted

05/17/2022

08/30/2022

DE-FOA-0002587

Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0002588 "Regional Clean Hydrogen Analysis"

DOE-GFO

posted

10/07/2021 10/07/2024

DE-FOA-0002562

FY 2022 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

PAMS-SC

posted

09/30/2021

09/30/2022

DE-FOA-0002415

Advancing Wave Energy Technologies through Open Water Testing at PacWave

DOE-GFO

posted

07/08/2021

10/05/2022

DE-FOA-0002265

University Nuclear Leadership Program– Scholarship and Fellowship Support

DOE-ID

posted

10/15/2020

10/14/2030

DE-FOA-0001953

SOLICITATION ON TOPICS INFORMING NEW PROGRAM AREAS

DOE-ARPAE

posted

12/20/2018

09/30/2022

DE-FOA-0001954

SOLICITATION ON TOPICS INFORMING NEW PROGRAM AREAS SBIR/STTR

DOE-ARPAE

posted

12/20/2018

09/30/2022

DE-SOL-0008246

RFI - DOE R

DOE-ID

posted

01/14/2016

09/15/2022

DE-SOL-0008318
RFI - DOE Infrastructure Work Scope Development
DOE-ID
posted 01/14/2016  
FOA-ALL
Sequestration Information DOE-01 posted 03/04/2014  

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