Calling All Clean-Energy Innovators: Help Fight Climate Change Where You’re Needed Most
As part of an unprecedented effort to create a 100% clean-energy economy, the Biden-Harris Administration has made the well-being of those hardest hit by the climate crisis a top priority. In the very first month of his term, President Biden ordered the launch of the Justice40 initiative, a whole-of-government commitment to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of federal investments in the clean-energy transition to disadvantaged communities.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has a major role to play in this undertaking. In August 2021, DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity announced the launch of the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize. The competition offers cash prizes totaling up to $2.5 million over two phases to enable business and technology incubation and acceleration for clean energy entrepreneurs in communities historically underrepresented and underserved in the energy sector.