The State Energy Program (SEP) promotes energy efficiency and conservation and is supported by financial and technical assistance through the U.S. Department of Energy.
Annually, the Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services (DCS), receives an allocation to implement the SEP program. Annual allocations vary but usually fall between $350,000 and $380,000.
The Division of Community Services makes SEP funds available to applicants for a variety of energy efficiency related activities. These include energy education, installation of energy efficient measures (building audits, lighting retrofits, HVAC upgrades, etc), transportation initiatives (alternative fuel vehicles and fueling systems) and renewable energy technologies (small scale wind turbines and solar technologies).
To promote energy education, the Division of Community Services has partnered with theNorth Dakota State University to provide a variety of publications related to energy conservation topics. The Department of Energy's Publication and Product Library also has a variety of resources. We have also partnered with the EERC to enable North Dakota households to calculate their carbon footprint.
Application Process: Applications are accepted at any time. However, in order to guarantee consideration for the upcoming program year (which runs from July 1 through June 30), applications or a letter of intent detailing a description of the proposed project and budget must be received by March 1st. The application form can be found at www.communityservices.nd.gov/uploads/30/sfn59023sepapplicationsavable.pdf
Who may apply: While any organization may apply, priority is given to schools, political subdivisions, state agencies, and non-profit organizations. Awards to applicants range from $5,000 to $50,000.
- Applicants must have a valid DUNS number and SAM.gov registration in order to be eligible.
- Applications must be for future projects. If your project is already underway or under contract, SEP funds cannot be awarded to your project.
- Bids are required for procurement of goods or services over $3,000 if they are part of the approved SEP budget
- Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis after receipt of supporting documentation
- Applications for the installation of energy efficient measures must include a completed Energy Analysis www.communityservices.nd.gov/uploads/30/sfn59261energysavinganalysissavable.pdf
For more information about the SEP program, contact Lori Nitsch.