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Jan. 18, 2021

Join DOE’s Clean Energy Corps, Apply for ETIPP Technical Assistance, and Upcoming Webinars


DOE Kicks Off Hiring Surge, Launches Clean Energy Corps To Support Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

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Hiring is in high gear at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to implement the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s (BIL’s) historic funding and help fast-track America’s clean energy future. Last week DOE launched its Clean Energy Corps and announced plans to recruit 1,000 employees to support it via a new hiring portal.

Made up of staff—current and new hires—from more than a dozen DOE offices, the Clean Energy Corps will work collaboratively to research, develop, demonstrate, and deploy solutions to climate change.

The Department is now accepting resumes for the Clean Energy Corps through the newly launched DOE Applicant Portal. The portal will help streamline the application process for industry veterans, experienced technical experts, and the next generation of clean energy leaders DOE seeks to attract through its largest hiring campaign in more than 40 years.

“This is an open call for all Americans who are passionate about taking a proactive role in tackling the climate crisis and want to join the team that is best positioned to lead this transformative work,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “Solving the world’s greatest challenge will require the inclusion of all voices, perspectives and experiences—and we need people like you to ensure that DOE fulfills on our commitment to accelerating the clean energy transition to reduce emissions and save our planet.”

As part of the launch of the Clean Energy Corps and hiring portal, Secretary Granholm will join DOE Chief of Staff Tarak Shah and Chief Human Capital Officer Erin Moore for a livestreamed conversation about how the Department’s hiring strategy will be essential to delivering a more equitable clean energy future for all Americans. Interested job seekers are encouraged to attend.

Watch on Monday, January 24, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

DOE Launches Grid Modernization Initiative To Boost Resilience, Energy Access, and Job Growth

On January 12, DOE launched the “Building a Better Grid” Initiative to catalyze the nationwide development of new and upgraded high-capacity electric transmission lines enabled by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Building a Better Grid will work with community and industry stakeholders to identify national transmission needs and support the buildout of long-distance, high voltage transmission facilities to advance the Biden Administration’s aggressive clean energy and climate goals. The initiative will make the U.S. power grid more resilient to the impacts of climate change, increase access to affordable and reliable clean energy, and create good-paying American jobs across industry sectors – boosting transmission jobs which employ over more than a million workers across the country.

“The foundation of our climate and clean energy goals is a safe, reliable, and resilient electric grid that is planned hand-in-hand with community partners and industry stakeholders,” said Energy Secretary Granholm. “DOE’s new Building a Better Grid initiative is a job booster spurred by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and collaboration with communities to upgrade the nation’s grid, connect more Americans to clean electricity and broadband, and reliably move clean energy to where it’s needed most.”

For more information, read DOE’s Notice of Intent, visit Building a Better Grid Initiative, or email


January 26: ArcticX

Attend the second in a series of ArcticX events to join a virtual discussion on how to ensure energy and environmental justice in the Arctic.

The second ArcticX webinar will take place Jan. 26, 2022, at 10 a.m. Alaska Time/2 p.m. Eastern Time. Panel discussions led by Alaska residents and DOE and national laboratory representatives will explore challenges and opportunities for equitably advancing initiatives in the Arctic region.

Co-hosted by the DOE Office of Technology Transitions and Arctic Energy Office, the ArcticX series showcases U.S. leadership in energy innovation and commercialization. It also highlights the resourcefulness and resilience that define the traditionally underserved but strategically important Arctic region.

Learn more and register.

January 26–28: DOI Consultation with Tribal Leaders on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law President Biden signed on November 15 included a $466 million investment for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for infrastructure projects and climate resilience initiatives, as well as a historic investment of $2.5 billion to help the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) fulfill preexisting settlements of Indian water rights claims.

The BIL also made tribal communities eligible for additional DOI programs to support building resilience to wildland fire and drought, restoring ecosystems, enabling fish passage, and addressing legacy pollution from abandoned mine lands and orphan oil and gas wells.

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland is seeking direct input from tribal leaders to inform early-stage planning decisions regarding BIL implementation. DOI will hold virtual listening sessions on January 26, 27, and 28, organized by topic and time zone. Please register for one of the listening sessions below and/or submit written comments to by February 4, 2022.

  • Pacific and Alaska Time Zone Tribes, January 26, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register now.
  • Mountain Time Zone Tribes, January 27, 12 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Mountain Time. Register now.
  • Eastern & Central Time Zone Tribes January 28, 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register now.

If you are unable to make the session reserved for your Tribe’s time zone, you may join an alternate session.

January 27: ANA Webinar: Understanding Your Community through Data Tracking

Hosted by the Administration for Native Americans Eastern Region Training and Technical Assistance Center, this webinar will focus on data tracking—the key to any successful project. Attend this webinar at 3 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2022, and learn:

  • How to get started with data tracking
  • What types of data you need to collect
  • Ways to use collected data to better serve your community.

Register now.


ETIPP Community Technical Assistance—Apply by April 15


Remote, island, and islanded communities that experience challenges related to frequent energy disruptions and threats to energy infrastructure can now apply to the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP).

Through ETIPP, communities take the first step in transforming their energy systems and increasing energy resilience. Competitively selected communities receive technical assistance from the ETIPP network, working collaboratively with DOE and national laboratories and regional partner organizations on strategic energy planning and analysis to investigate solutions that address their specific challenges and goals.

Interested applicants are encouraged to review the application guidelines and eligibility criteria on the ETIPP application web page, register for the ETIPP Webinar (Feb. 16, 12 p.m. Mountain Time), and contact an ETIPP regional partner with questions. Applications are due by April 15, 2022.

Rural Innovation Stronger Economy Grants—Apply by April 19

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is soliciting applications for grants that will advance equity in rural America by creating new opportunities in distressed communities. The Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grant Program offers funding to create and augment high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, support industry clusters, and maximize the use of local productive assets in eligible low-income rural areas.

RISE grant funds can be used to:

  • Build or support a business incubator facility
  • Provide worker training to support new job creation
  • Train the existing workforce to build skills for higher-paying jobs
  • Develop a base of skilled workers and improve their opportunities to obtain high-wage jobs in new or existing local industries.

Learn more and apply.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Direct Technical Assistance—Apply by January 28

For communities that need support from the earliest stages of holistic planning for resilient infrastructure solutions, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program offers direct technical assistance.

Through BRIC, FEMA will provide communities with support for project- or application-specific needs and community-wide resilience needs for up to 36 months. FEMA connects communities with experienced mentors who can provide support and share lessons learned.

Learn more and apply.

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