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This website contains a brief summary of recent federal legislation that will result in new energy-related programs being established or expanded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  

If you are pursuing a possible project related to a DOE or other federal agency funding opportunity and wish to contact the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) on this matter, please email your contact information, the DOE funding opportunity announcement number, and a brief summary of your approach to federal.mea@maryland.gov.

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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

​​​​The federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also sometimes called the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will result in a number of new programs being established by the DOE. A summary of the new funding opportunities created by DOE under the IIJA can be found at energy.gov/bil/bipartisan-infrastructure-law-programs. As the state energy office, the MEA will be the applicant for some, but not all, of the new or expanded DOE programs; examples of IIJA programs being implemented by state energy offices include the  expanded State Energy Program (SEP) and the state’s portion of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.  

​Inflation Reduction Act

The federal Inflation Reduction Act​ (IRA) contains a number of energy-related provisions.  In December 2022, the federal government released an Inflation Reduction Act Guidebook describing the IRA’s energy and climate-related initiatives.      

As Maryland’s state energy office, MEA will eventually be the applicant for two of the residential-focused IRA rebate programs - the HOMES Residential Energy efficiency Rebate Program and the High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Program - once DOE opens the programs for applications. As of December 2022, DOE has not yet started accepting applications from state energy offices for either residentially-focused rebate program and funding for the HOMES Rebate and the High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate IRA Programs is not yet available. The first step in the process occurs when DOE issues guidance to state energy offices on the requirements of the new rebate programs, allowing state energy offices to develop rebate program implementation plans compliant with the federal requirements. MEA can then submit an application to DOE to access the new federal funds, and once MEA’s application is approved by DOE, can then begin establishing and operating the new programs for the benefit of eligible Maryland residents.​

Update on IRA Timing for the residential-home rebate programs​: On November 2, 2022, DOE released the following information about the expected timeframes for the IRA consumer rebate programs: “From November through January [2022], DOE will hold a series of listening sessions to engage a wide array of stakeholders, including direct engagement with states and Tribes, labor, industry, and others, on these consumer rebate programs. Following the listening sessions, DOE will issue a Request for Information for public input in early 2023.  DOE anticipates that the funding to states and Tribes will be available by Spring 2023, and the rebates will be available to the public later in the year.”

Update: The Request for Information on Inflation Reduction Act Home Energy Rebate Programs was issued on January 18, 2023, and responses are due to DOE by March 3, 2023 at 8 PM EST. Interested parties can access the Request for Information and submit feedback using DOE’s online form.

For Maryland residents with upcoming, time-sensitive energy projects: As MEA has not yet received detailed specifics from the DOE on how the IRA energy programs will be structured, MEA does not have visibility into the eligibility criteria that will ultimately be established by DOE for participation in the new programs. DOE program guidance will likely include certain requirements (e.g., minimum equipment efficiency levels, stipulations that purchases be made or projects installed after a certain date to be eligible, income qualifications, etc.​) that will impact program eligibility. Therefore, any project completed prior to DOE issuing programmatic guidance and MEA, in turn, publishing a funding opportunity announcement detailing the IRA-funded program requirements runs a risk of potentially being ineligible for IRA-funding.

Additional Information from DOE:

Please note that the Maryland Energy Administration cannot provide tax advice.  If you have any tax questions, please contact  a licensed tax professional.

DOE Summary of Federal Clean Energy Tax Credits for Consumers​

Federal Inflation Reduction Act Solar Tax Credit Resources:

If you are interested in getting updates on these new federal IIJA or IRA programs, as well as other MEA energy programs, please follow MEA on social media at Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn.

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