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Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance for Local Governments

Federal Agency


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


To address knowledge gaps, specific challenges, decision-making considerations, planning, and project implementation strategies related to waste-to-energy.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

All U.S. municipalities and counties in the lower 48 states, Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories, as well as tribal governments, are eligible for WTE technical assistance at no cost. Entities representing multiple municipalities are also eligible as well as airport authorities and municipal utilities authorities.

Decarbonization Considerations

This program offers techincal assistance to help communities navigate the waste-to-energy sector and make more informed decisions using NREL data and expertise.

Equity Considerations

Waste-to-energy plants can be an important part of a local decarbonization strategy, but it is important to engage impacted communities to ensure disadvantaged communities are not negatively impacted by new plants.

Helpful Tips

A community does not have to have an existing or planned waste resource or energy recovery project to be eligible. Communities in the strategic planning phase when it comes to these waste streams are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Other Notes

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Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

April 14, 2023

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Matching Funds

Not required

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