Smart Energy and Water Efficiency Pilot Program (Energy Act) - American Cities Climate Challenge
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Smart Energy and Water Efficiency Pilot Program (Energy Act)

Federal Agency




To award grants to eligible entities to demonstrate unique, advanced, or innovative technology-based solutions that will improve the net energy balance of water, wastewater, and water reuse systems and improve energy-water conservation.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Eligible entities include utilities, municipalities, water districts, Indian Tribes or Alaska Native villages, or any authority that provides water, wastewater, or water reuse services.

Decarbonization Considerations

Consider projects which reduce the energy demand of water and wastewater systems, including through increased efficiency or fuel-switching from fossil-fuel-based sources to carbon-free sources.

Equity Considerations

Consider prioritizing projects that will help improve local air pollution associated with critical water infrastructure. This includes wastewater treatment plants and other energy-intensive water infrastructure.

Helpful Tips

Selection criteria will be based on 1) energy and cost savings, 2) the uniqueness, commercial viability, and reliability of the technology, 3) the degree to which the project integrates next-generation sensors software, analytics, and management tools, 4) anticipated cost-effectiveness of savings, 5) replicability, 6) whether the project will be completed in 5 years or less; and other factors.

Other Notes

At this point, no application deadline is provided, but the Secretary must make selections within one year.

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

New program, deadline unknown.

Funding Available


Max Award Amount


Expected Allocations

3 to 5

Average Award (Estimated)

$5,000,000 to $3,000,000

Matching Funds

Not required

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