A Message From NCTCOG
Environment & Development
Dear Members,

NCTCOG would like to make you aware of the following upcoming events and information related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and funding opportunities. Details and registration links for each are provided below.

Energy Communities IWG Webinar: What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for Energy Communities

The historic Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) investments present a multitude of opportunities for energy communities across the country to revitalize economies, diversify workforces, create good-paying jobs and support energy workers.

This webinar presented by the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG)
will provide an overview of the IRA and highlight specific programs relevant to energy communities, including those available through the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture. It will focus on energy infrastructure reinvestment financing and investments in the clean energy transformation.

Date: Monday, March 20, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm CST

EPA Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Program Public Listening Session for Upcoming Zero-Emissions Technologies Grant Competition

Under the $7 billion Zero-Emissions Technology Fund Competition, the EPA will award competitive grants to states, Tribes, municipalities, and eligible nonprofit entities. Grantees must direct all funding to provide financial and technical assistance to enable low-income and disadvantaged communities to deploy or benefit from zero-emission technologies, in alignment with the Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 Initiative. This funding will prioritize delivering financial and technical assistance to projects that deploy residential and community solar, associated storage technologies, and related upgrades. Additionally, this program will support the creation of high-paying jobs. The EPA expects to award up to 60 grants through this program; EPA may revise this allocation as it proceeds with program design and development of Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFO).

The EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) team will host a public listening session about the $7 billion Zero-Emissions Technologies grant competition on March 22.

Listening Session Format: You must register in advance using the Zoom link below to attend. Participants are invited to share 3-minute prepared remarks. The host will get to as many speakers as possible in the time allotted. The session will be recorded and posted to the GGRF website.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm CST

Please direct any questions to Michael Band at

Webinar Series: EECBG Program

The Department of Energy (DOE) will be releasing new information and hosting several webinars on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). The informational webinars will cover the grant application process, vouchers option, and the DOE technical assistance available to support eligible entities. This webinar series is expected to help to answer many questions they are hearing from eligible tribes, local governments, and states and can help navigate the application and project design process. Webinars are open to the public and will be recorded and placed on the EECBG Program website.

For a list of eligible local governments that are within your state, check the list here.

• Grant Application Webinar: Thursday, March 23rd at 1pm CST. Learn in-detail about how to apply for an EECBG Program grant. Access the link to attend here.

• Voucher Program Webinar: Thursday, April 13 at 2pm CST. Learn more information about the voucher option for the EECBG Program. The webinar will provide insight on eligible uses, limitations, and the application process. Access the link to attend here.

• Technical Assistance Webinar: May 4 at 2pm CST. Hear from DOE about the range of technical assistance available from DOE to manage EECBG Program awards and enhance their impacts. Access the link to attend here.

As a reminder, the first pre-Step to apply for the EECBG Program is completing the Pre-Award Information Sheet, which is due on April 28th, 2023, by email to The information provided regarding the decision to apply for a voucher or a grant in this document is non-binding. If you are pursuing the grant option, you will need a Unique Entity ID (UEI) number to submit this form. If you do not have one, please register on the System for Award Management (SAM) at As a reminder, this can take three weeks to process, so it’s important to get started early!

If you have questions, you may direct them to the EECBG Program Inbox:

TIEEN Webinar: Industrial Energy Efficiency in a Volatile, High Price Energy Market

The Texas Industrial Energy Efficiency Network (TIEEN) is hosting a panel discussion on the topic of Industrial Energy Efficiency in a volatile, high price energy market. You are invited to join this thought-provoking event, as they grapple with this challenging topic. Confirmed panelists are:

  • Derek Reese, Policy Advisor for the American Petroleum Institute
  • Jamie Brick, Expert Engagement Manager at McKinsey

Additional details, including more panelists, will be announced shortly.

TIEEN is a network of publicly supported industrial energy-efficiency organizations. TIEEN is funded through a grant from the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO).

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm CST

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