Smart Energy and Water Efficiency Pilot Program (Energy Act)
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.
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.
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.
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.
At this point, no application deadline is provided, but the Secretary must make selections within one year.