CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Energy Authority, which was created by the Wyoming Legislature this year, has taken on the task of administering the State Energy Program, including handling energy grants available to small businesses, schools and local governments.
This was previously the responsibility of the Wyoming Business Council. The Wyoming Energy Authority said on Monday, July 6 that they’ve working with the WBC over the past year on the transition “in an effort to streamline resources and enhance efficiencies.”
“We are excited to manage the State Energy Program as we continue to create a ‘one stop shop’ for energy in Wyoming,” Wyoming Energy Authority Executive Director Dr. Glen Murrell said in the release. “Providing resources to small businesses, local governments, and schools to help reduce their operating expenses during these uncertain times is of the utmost importance.”
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The Wyoming Energy is accepting applications for grant programs for local Wyoming governments, K-12 public schools and small businesses. The programs are funded through federal dollars.
“These competitive grants are now open and applications are due by August 28, 2020. More information and online applications are available at wyoenergy.org,” the release states.
The grants which are available include the following, according to the Wyoming Energy Authority:
2020 Available Grants
Local Government Energy Retrofit Grants
The Local Government Retrofit grants are available to local governments looking to complete any of the Wyoming Energy Authority’s State Energy Program approved energy efficiency retrofits. Examples of local government projects include city halls, fire departments, fairgrounds, and parks. The maximum grant amount is $25,000 and there is a 10% required cash match.
K-12 Schools Lighting Grants
The K-12 school grants are available to any public school in Wyoming that is looking to retrofit current lighting systems to more energy efficient systems. The maximum grant amount is $25,000 and there is no required cash match.
Small Business Energy Audits/Retrofit Grants
The Small Business Energy Audits/Retrofits grants are available to small businesses looking for cost-effective opportunities to lower their energy usage. Grants can be used to complete an energy audit and/or any of the Wyoming Energy Authority’s State Energy Program approved retrofits. The maximum grant amount is $5,000 and 25% cash match is required.
WYLITE Energy Audits
This program offers free energy audits to organizations interested in the K-12 Schools and Local Government grant programs. It is required that interested grantees complete this program prior to applying for the grants. The sign-up deadline is July 30, 2020 and applications are available now.Wyoming Energy Authority
“The Wyoming Energy Authority (WEA) works to diversify and expand Wyoming’s economy by facilitating the production, development, and transmission of all Wyoming’s energy resources,” the release adds. “WEA was created in 2020 by the Wyoming State Legislature by merging the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority and the Wyoming Pipeline Authority.”