The U.S. State Energy Program (SEP) is the only cost-shared program administered by DOE that provides resources directly to the states for allocation by the governor-designated State Energy Offices for use in efficiency, renewable, and alternative energy demonstration activities. The 30-year program provided $50 million to the states in FY'13, FY’14, FY'15, and FY’16. One of NASEO's main priorities is encouraging Congressional and Administration support for the U.S. State Energy Program.


Each $1 of federal funds is associated with annual savings of 1.03 million source BTUs and energy cost savings of $7.22


Each $1 of SEP federal funds is typically leveraged by $10.71 of state and private (non-federal) funds

SEP strengthens America's competitive position and energy security.

The State Energy Offices manage strategic programs to support the private sector in increasing efficiency, developing domestic and renewable sources, promoting economic development, delivering emergency planning and response, and reducing imported oil reliance.

An Oak Ridge National Laboratory evaluation of SEP projects highlights the benefits and opportunities of SEP. ORNL found that in just one year the states produced the following results under SEP:

  • 15,264 energy audits of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings performed
  • 12,896 buildings retrofitted to be more energy efficient
  • 92,488 energy-efficient LED traffic lights installed
  • 6,434 alternative fuel vehicles purchased or converted
  • $30,403,388 in loans made and $12,345,608 in grants extended
  • 604,050 students educated on energy efficiency
  • 78 energy emergency plan elements developed

SEP Basics

SEP Federal Outreach

These materials can be used by states in their federal outreach and communications on SEP funding and project implementation.

Contact: David Terry