DOE Program Brings Together National Labs to Boost Clean Energy in Communities

January 23, 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced an initiative designed to support communities in implementing clean energy projects. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is among five DOE national research labs participating in the Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) program, which is led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

C2C will provide utilities, local governments, and community-based organizations with the modeling, analysis, and validation of plans that cities are developing to operate clean energy systems. These systems could include energy sources that enhance reliability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as wind turbines, solar panels, and battery banks.

“Cities and towns throughout the U.S. are eager to join the clean energy transition, but they need technical assistance to plan and deploy projects that will meet their goals,” said Christopher Payne, a research scientist at Berkeley Lab’s Building Technology and Urban Systems Division. “C2C will provide the modeling, analysis, and validation needed to ensure these projects are successful. In particular, C2C’s ‘Peer Learning Cohorts’ will prioritize developing workforce capacity in these areas.”

Based on feedback from more than 160 community stakeholders around the country, the C2C program will offer three levels of engagement, ranging from about two months to up to three years, depending on a project’s scope and level of need.

To learn more about C2C, including how to participate, visit C2C’s website.