Breaking Down the BIL: Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (2024)

Breaking Down the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

July 29, 2022 | Annabelle Swift, Associate, CEBN

What is OCED?

The Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, or OCED (pronounced “oh-sed”) is a new office within the Department of Energy created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

Anyone curious about the Department of Energy (DOE) might enjoy this organization chart, which shows that OCED falls under the purview of the new Undersecretary for Infrastructure. The reorganization, announced in February, is in the response to the influx of funding for the DOE in BIL and a recognition of the crucial role the agency will play in the transition to cleaner energy. Specifically, the reorganization separated offices working in infrastructure with offices focused on innovation.

Why was OCED created?

OCED was created to fill a gap in the Department of Energy’s support for cleantech and clean energy innovations. The DOE has numerous programs for research and development (such as the Offices of Science, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, ARPA-E, and the American-Made program) and has offices for commercialization and deployment (such as the Loan Programs Office and Office of Technology Transition). This left a gap for demonstrations support. As new clean energy technologies leave the research and development phase, demonstration is often key to proving the effectiveness of a technology before it can attract private market investment and deployment at scale.

The Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations will work to scale and commercialize innovative technologies such as clean hydrogen, carbon capture, grid-scale energy storage, and small modular reactors.

How much funding does OCED have?

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included $21 billion for OCED over 10 years. Since this office is new, these funds will be critical in standing it up. OCED also received an additional $20 million in appropriations from Congress for FY 2022 to help support the annual operations of the department. OCED will likely receive additional funding through the annual appropriations process.

How can my organization work with OCED?

As the office is currently being stood up, more details are to come on how you can get involved with OCED. While implementation is not yet clear for all funding streams, OCED has announced some of the specific programs it will be launching. See below for a list of programs, along with expected timelines for applications to open.

For small businesses in CEBN’s community, it’s important to note that many OCED programs are targeted at large-scale demonstration projects geared toward larger prime recipients. However, there will likely be ample opportunities for partnerships and subcontracts stemming out of these awards. Additionally, some OCED programs—particularly rural or remote energy improvement projects and mine land repurposing—will have more flexibility in the size of the awards and may be more suitable for small businesses. CEBN is actively reviewing and making recommendations as to which programs may be best suited for small-scale demonstrations.

ONGOING programs

APPLICATIONS OPENING

Summer 2022

Q3 2022

Q4 2022

2023

How can I learn more?

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Breaking Down the BIL: Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (2024)

FAQs

What is the Office of clean energy Demonstrations? ›

OCED is managing more than $25 billion in funding to deliver clean energy demonstration projects at scale in partnership with the private sector to accelerate deployment, market adoption, and the equitable transition to a decarbonized system.

Is electricity clean energy? ›

Although electricity is a clean and relatively safe form of energy, electricity generation and transmission affects the environment. Nearly all types of electric power plants effect the environment, but some power plants have larger effects than others.

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Clean energy comes from generation systems that do not produce any kind of pollution, notably greenhouse gases like Co2, which cause climate change. Therefore, clean energy - in full development - drives advances to conserve the environment and palliate the crisis with non-renewable fuels, such as gas and oil.

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What is the government doing about clean energy? ›

As directed by President Biden's Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, the Interior Department has partnered with other federal agencies to increase renewable energy production on public lands and waters —including a commitment to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, 15 ...

Who produces the most clean energy? ›

This data was collected by consulting company Enerdata, which annually publishes a report on energy production and consumption worldwide and its environmental impact. The same report shows the largest producer of “clean” energy is Norway, where 98.5% of the energy produced comes from renewable sources.

What energy is not clean? ›

Fossil fuels are the dirtiest and most dangerous energy sources, while nuclear and modern renewable energy sources are vastly safer and cleaner.

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Clean energy technologies produce almost no harmful emissions—known as greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide—that are linked to numerous health problems. Clean energy also affects environmental health and safety. Learn about the environmental impacts of clean energy.

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Nuclear energy is sometimes referred to as a clean energy technology as it produces nearly zero carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear energy also avoids producing air pollutants that are often associated with burning fossil fuels for energy.

Is solar power clean energy? ›

Yes, solar power is a renewable and infinite energy source that creates no harmful greenhouse gas emissions – as long as the sun continues to shine, energy will be released.

Is gas clean energy? ›

Natural gas is a relatively clean-burning fossil fuel

Burning natural gas for energy results in fewer emissions of nearly all types of air pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than burning coal or petroleum products to produce an equal amount of energy.

Why is my electric bill so high all of a sudden in 2024? ›

The increased rates charged for per kilowatt hour of extra energy beyond your base rate are one reason why your electric bills could be so high. Another reason your electricity bill could be high is that you're wasting a lot of energy. According to Connect4Climate, about 35% of residential energy consumption is wasted.

Why is clean energy so expensive? ›

Wind and sunshine are free, whereas gas-, coal-, and oil-fired plants need fuel. That means the price of renewable electricity is almost entirely determined by the upfront cost of building the facility, whereas fossil-fuel energy prices are a mix of upfront costs and ongoing fuel costs.

Why is my sce bill so high? ›

Changes in the cost of electricity over time

The reasons for these high rates of increase are numerous. Two of the most important are major upticks in the cost of natural gas used by power plants and rising costs associated with the upkeep of the electric grid.

What does the Clean Energy Council do? ›

We support consumers to adopt clean energy through public advocacy, policy development and administration of consumer protection programs. If you are looking for information on buying solar panels, batteries or other new energy tech visit the New Energy Tech Consumer Code (NETCC) site for consumer guides.

Who runs the clean energy regulator? ›

CER is led by Mr David Parker, Chief Executive Officer.

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This bill provides tax incentives for investment in clean electricity, clean transportation, clean fuel production, energy efficiency, and sets forth workforce development requirements for the energy sector.

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