High Energy Cost Grants (Assistance to High Energy Cost Communities)
To assist energy providers and other eligible entities in lowering energy costs for families and individuals in areas with extremely high per-household energy costs (275% of the national average or higher).
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Eligible areas must demonstrate annual average household energy cost exceeding 275% of the national average under benchmarks. The program finances the acquisition, construction or improvement of facilities serving eligible communities as well as equipment, materials, activities, land, right of way acquisition, professional expenses, engineering, and permitting for electric generation, transmission, and distribution facilities. This includes a carve-out for eligible tribal communities.
Consider renewable facilities such as solar, wind, hydropower or biomass electric power generation water or space heating process heating and power or backup or emergency power generation or energy storage technology, including generation equipment installed on consumer premises water or space heating process heating and power. Also consider efficiency improvements and conservation measures (i.e. weatherization of residences and community facilities) and programs that encourage the use of energy-saving appliances and devices.
This program helps to offset extremely high household energy costs in areas where local conditions cause energy costs to exceed 275% of the national average. This type of assistance increases economic opportunity and the quality of life in rural communities nationwide by maintaining a seamless electric network for all Americans, regardless of where they live.