MADISON – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC or Commission) is now accepting project applications for the 2021 Energy Innovation Grant Program (EIGP). The program provides funding for innovative energy projects that reduce energy consumption, increase clean energy technologies, bolster preparedness and resiliency in the energy system, or incorporate comprehensive energy planning. The Commission is expected to award up to $10 million in spring 2022. Applications are due on Friday, January 14, 2022, by 4:30 p.m.
“Energy efficiency and innovation will be critical components to achieve our goal of carbon-free electricity consumption by 2050,” said PSC Chairperson Rebecca Cameron Valcq. “Investments in innovative energy projects will spur economic growth, create jobs, and provide all the benefits that come with cleaner energy and a resilient grid.”
In the 2020 grant round, the Commission received 108 applications requesting more than $24.4 million in funding. The Commission funded 32 grants for a total of $7 million. In September 2021, the Commission voted to increase the total funding allocated for the 2021 grant cycle by $3 million to $10 million.
Grants are available for Wisconsin manufacturers, municipalities, universities, schools, hospitals, and like entities (MUSH Market): cities, villages, towns, counties, K-12 school districts, tribes, municipal water and wastewater utilities, municipal electric utilities, municipal natural gas utilities, University of Wisconsin System campuses and facilities, Wisconsin Technical College System, public or nonprofit hospitals, and 501(c)(3) nonprofits.
Visit the PSC’s Office of Energy Innovation website for instructions on how to apply. For more information on the 2022 Energy Innovation Grant program, interested entities are encouraged to register for a webinar hosted by the PSC on Wednesday, November 10, at 1 p.m.