Technical Assistance to States

DOE Office of Electricity (OE)

The Office of Electricity (OE) provides independent and unbiased technical support to states, regions, and Tribes on their electricity-related policies through its Electricity Policy Technical Assistance Program. Types of assistance offered and activities supported include: analysis assistance; stakeholder-convened discussions; education and training through workshops and webinars; consultations with technical experts. Technical assistance is provided through national laboratories, regional and national associations of state decision-makers, and federal government staff. OE provides technical assistance in response to requests from eligible entities.

Berkeley Lab, on behalf of OE, provides objective technical assistance, upon request, to state regulatory commissions, state energy offices, tribes and regional entities. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: transmission and electric system resource planning; reliability and resiliency; demand response and smart grid; regulated utility business models; integrating variable generation; rate-payer funded energy efficiency; electric sector interdependencies (e.g., gas-electric, water, transportation); environmental regulations; and resource diversity.

State regulatory commissions, state energy offices, tribes, and regional entities can contact the appropriate subject matter expert listed below to explore technical assistance options and then complete the OE Technical Assistance Request Form.

DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office

Berkeley Lab, along with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), are providing analytical support on distribution system planning and distributed energy resources (DER), with funding from DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). For more information on this program, click here.

Other DOE-Funded Technical Assistance

In addition to conducting technical assistance through OE as described above, Berkeley Lab also performs technical assistance on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, Federal Energy Management Program, and other programs.

To explore possible technical assistance for topics not specified above, please contact the subject matter expert listed below:

Energy Efficiency
Utility Regulation & Business Models
Electric System Planning
Renewable Energy
Fossil Generation
Smart Grid & Demand Response