Use this map to explore State Energy Office programs that help new energy technologies or technology improvements to reach market. If your State Energy Office offers a program that is not included here, please contact Sandy Fazeli (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Federal and state governments may play a range of roles in energy technology innovation, from funding research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to stimulating market demand for clean and reliable energy technologies. Governments can also play important roles in shaping the innovation environment through procurement, standard and protocol setting, intellectual property law, competition policy, tax policies, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development, and in other ways.
There is considerable space for states to nurture a supportive energy technology innovation ecosystem. State Energy Offices can play vital roles in supporting cleantech friendly markets in their states by providing various types of support consistent with their resources, objectives, and authority, such as:
- Funding RD&D;
- Supporting access to federal and other RD&D and technology transfer support (such as the Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs);
- Supporting technology incubators and cleantech accelerators;
- Incentivizing private investment in clean energy RD&D and commercialization;
- Promoting STEM education and workforce training;
- Coordinating policy, programs, and investment across key state and local partners, such as economic development entities, innovation agencies, educational entities, and other pertinent offices;
- Encouraging the creation of and partnering with clean energy business councils and associations;
- Exploring innovative procurement and funding processes to encourage the use of state-owned and other public facilities as testbeds to demonstrate and validate new technologies; and
- Sending market signals through the creation of clean energy deployment policies, goals, plans, incentives, and regulations, among others.