USA: $38 Million Available in Cooperative Agreements for Coal-Fueled Power Plants Efficiency Improvement

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory announced that it expects to award up to 20 cooperative agreements for the improvement of the efficiency, reliability, and flexibility of existing coal-fueled power plants. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $38 million with a ceiling of $4 million for each award in the program. The agency said the grant was associated with energy. The funding is open to state, county, city, township and special district governments; independent school districts; private, public and state controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments and organizations; Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Tribally controlled colleges; non-profits; for profits; small businesses; eligible agencies of the federal government; and faith-based or community-based organizations.

The agency description of the grant states: “Funding opportunity announcement DE-FOA-0001989, Improving Efficiency, Reliability, and Flexibility of Existing Coal-Based Power Plants, will develop, in the near-term, advanced technologies that improve the overall performance, reliability, and flexibility of the nation’s existing coal-fired power plant fleet. Projects will support DOEs Transformative Power Generation Program and the Crosscutting Research Program.”

The funding opportunity number is DE-FOA-0001989 (CFDA 81.089). It was posted on Dec. 21 with an application closing date of Feb. 28, 2019.