EERE Releases Report with Stakeholder Recommendations to Increase Inclusivity in Climate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Today the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity published a summary of feedback from diverse stakeholders about how EERE can be more inclusive in funding innovators and entrepreneurs developing clean energy technologies.
The feedback is the result of a recent request for information (RFI) about how to broaden access to funding opportunities to increase the diversity of EERE’s innovation ecosystem. Responses came from environmental justice and community-based organizations; incubators and accelerators; technology developers, investors, and funders; state, local, and tribal governments; researchers; and others.
“The results from this RFI have informed EERE about how we can improve our funding and reach a more diverse set of entrepreneurs and small businesses,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “At EERE, we want to provide immediate support in communities where it’s needed the most and build a foundation for community-led innovation in climate and energy technologies.”