Financing

Explore funding opportunities for your project and access the right contacts for more information on how to get started.

Solid Fuels to Hydrogen Initiative

The WEA is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) from research and technology providers and other interested entities seeking resources for the design and/or construction of a pilot project demonstrating hydrogen production and/or use from solid feedstock, such as coal, municipal waste, plastics or biomass, within the boundaries of Wyoming.

This program aims to make progress toward the construction of a project demonstrating the viability of hydrogen as a component of the Wyoming energy economy when sourced using solid feedstock. Hydrogen production using methods such as reformation, gasification, pyrolysis, or other conversion processes will be considered. Feedstocks including, but not limited to, coal, municipal waste, plastics and biomass will be considered. The project must leverage existing resources and infrastructure within Wyoming, test configurations of these resources and infrastructure to establish technical feasibility, and establish the economic viability of the project.

This RFP opens May 5, 2022, and closes August 5, 2022.

For more information, please join our webinar on Thursday, June 30th at 10 am.

Read the full Request for Proposals. To submit a proposal, please go fill out this form.

Contact Glen Murrell, Executive Director, with any questions. Email glen.murrell@wyo.gov or call (307) 823-2845.

Bonds

Wyoming Energy Authority has the ability to issue up to $3 billion in industrial revenue bonds for energy facilities and related supporting infrastructure that may include all facilities, structures and properties incidental and necessary or useful in the production or transmission of energy. This may include transmission lines, pipelines and export facilities. Wyoming Energy Authority does not currently have the authority to issue a bond on generation projects.

When Wyoming Energy Authority’s bonding authority is used, there is no cost and no risk to the state of Wyoming. Our bonds are sold on the private market to investors and any proceeds are used to finance projects.

To learn more about our bonding authority and process, please contact Glen Murrell, Wyoming Energy Authority Executive Director, by emailing glen.murrell@wyo.gov or calling 307-823-2845.

Grants

2022 State Energy Program Grants

The State Energy Program is currently offering grants for K-12 schools for lighting retrofits, local governments for energy efficiency retrofits, and small businesses for energy audits and retrofits. Applications for these Local Government and K-12 Schools programs will be open from April 1 – May 31, 2022. Applications for the Small Business programs are accepted on an ongoing basis and closed when funds are expended.

View the 2022 SEP Grant Programs Overview for full program details.

WYLite Energy Audit

  • A requirement for K-12 Schools and Local Government grants
  • Free of charge for selected K-12 Schools and Local Governments
  • Grant applications are being accepted now from April 1 - May 31, 2022

Apply Here

K-12 Schools - Retrofit

  • Maximum grant amount is $25,000
  • No required cash match
  • Requires a WYLite Energy Audit
  • Grant applications are being accepted from April 1 - May 31, 2022

Apply Here

Local Government Retrofit

  • Maximum grant amount is $25,000
  • 10% required cash match
  • Requires a WYLite Energy Audit
  • Grant applications are being accepted from April 1 - May 31, 2022

Apply Here


Small Business Energy Audit and Retrofit

  • Maximum grant amount is $5,000
  • 25% required cash match
  • Requires a Level 2 Energy Audit by a certified auditor
  • Available to all small businesses statewide
  • Grant applications are being accepted now and the program will be open until all funds are expended

Apply Here

Agriculture and Rural Small Business Energy Audit Grants

  • 25% required cash match
  • Requires a Level 2 Energy Audit by a certified auditor
  • Available to all agricultural producers in Wyoming
  • Available to rural small businesses in communities of less than 50,000 people
  • Grant applications are being accepted now and the program will be open until all funds are expended

Apply Here

Contact Kaeci Daniels, Program Coordinator, with any questions. Email kaeci.daniels2@wyo.gov or call 307-635-3573.

Federal Opportunities

Request for Information BIL Section 41001 Energy Storage Demonstration Projects DE-FOA-0002777

Closing Date: 6/16/22    

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to sec. 41001 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which appropriated $505 million “to advance energy storage systems toward widespread commercial deployment by lowering the costs and increasing the duration of energy storage resources.” The RFI lays out a proposed structure for three provisions within Sec. 41001 in line with a strategy for energy storage technology commercialization.

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Transmission Facilitation Program

Funding Available: $2,500,000,000.00

To facilitate the construction of electric power transmission lines and related facilities to enable greater clean energy growth and provide low-cost clean energy to more Americans.

To facilitate eligible projects, the Secretary may-- (A) enter into a capacity contract with respect to an eligible project with the objective of reselling that capacity once the financial viability of the project has been established; (B) issue a loan to an eligible entity for the costs of carrying out an eligible project; or (C) participate with an eligible entity in designing, developing, constructing, operating, maintaining, or owning an eligible project

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Community Geothermal Heating and Cooling Design and Deployment DE-FOA-0002661

Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

    1. Deploying new or retrofitted geothermal, or geothermal-hybrid, district heating and cooling systems in districts, neighborhoods, and communities
    2. Identifying solutions for environmental justice conditions, such as cumulative environmental pollution and other hazards; underserved and disadvantaged communities; and community members who have historically experienced vulnerability due to climate change impacts
    3. Assisting communities to develop career and technical education and workforce transition initiatives to design, install, inspect, operate and maintain new energy systems such as geothermal heating and cooling
    4. Developing case studies about projects, including technical and economic data, to illustrate how projects can be replicated by communities throughout the United States
    5. Publishing data and information about geothermal district heating and cooling system deployment to demonstrate the success of such systems in a range of environments and geographies

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Energy Improvement in Rural or Remote Areas

Department of Energy, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

In consultation with the Department of the Interior, to provide financial assistance to improve, in rural or remote areas of the United States, the resilience, safety, reliability, and availability of energy; and environmental protection from adverse impacts of energy generation.

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Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety and Modernization Grant 693JK322NF0018

Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Admin
Funding Available: $24,500,000.00

Closing Date: 7/25/22

FY 2022 Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety and Modernization Grant

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Energy Performance Contracting

Energy Performance Contracting is a process through which energy efficiency and capital improvement upgrades are funded by the energy and maintenance cost savings generated by the improvements themselves. Those cost savings are formally “captured” and used to pay back the funding source.

For more information on Energy Performance Contracting opportunities in Wyoming, please contact Kaeci Daniels, Program Coordinator. Email kaeci.daniels2@wyo.gov or call 307-635-3573.

Prequalified Energy Service Companies

Accessing Capital

Wyoming Energy Authority leverages opportunities and resources from outside Wyoming, including grants, bonding mechanisms, government programs and private partners to develop efforts conducive to the sustainability of the energy sector in Wyoming.

To explore capital opportunities for your project, please contact Glen Murrell, Wyoming Energy Authority Executive Director, by emailing glen.murrell@wyo.gov or calling 307-823-2845.

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