Financing

Explore funding opportunities for your project and access the right contacts for more information on how to get started.

The Energy Matching Funds (EMF) intend to spur innovation and bring transformative energy projects to Wyoming, leading the way to provide the nation with the energy it requires, solving sustainability issues without deteriorating reliability and affordability.

Learn more about the Energy Matching Funds.

Grid Resiliency Request for Proposals

The Wyoming Energy Authority is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit project proposals from eligible entities to be sub-awarded under the IIJA Section 40101(d) Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid grant program.

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has new programs available to them from the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Section 40101(d) of the IIJA establishes the Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid grant program. The Wyoming Energy Authority received formula funding under this grant on behalf of the State of Wyoming, which will be sub-awarded to eligible entities for grid resiliency and grid reliability projects. 

The grant will be used to replace deteriorating infrastructure, improve planning, and harden the electric transmission system. The grant funding will also be used to mitigate costs to rural customers and improve public safety through grid improvements. The WEA received formula funding of over $8 million and requires a cost-match for project funding. 

This RFP closes March 29, 2024.

Read the complete Request for Proposals for more information. 

Read the FAQs.

Contact Patrick Millin, Program Director, with any questions. Email patrick.millin@wyo.gov or call 307-631-6652.

Solid Fuels to Hydrogen Initiative

The WEA is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) from research and technology providers and other interested entities seeking resources for the design and/or construction of a pilot project demonstrating hydrogen production and/or use from solid feedstock, such as coal, municipal waste, plastics or biomass, within the boundaries of Wyoming.

This program aims to make progress toward the construction of a project demonstrating the viability of hydrogen as a component of the Wyoming energy economy when sourced using solid feedstock. Hydrogen production using methods such as reformation, gasification, pyrolysis, or other conversion processes will be considered. Feedstocks including, but not limited to, coal, municipal waste, plastics and biomass will be considered. The project must leverage existing resources and infrastructure within Wyoming, test configurations of these resources and infrastructure to establish technical feasibility, and establish the economic viability of the project.

This RFP opens May 5, 2022, and closes August 5, 2022.

For more information, please watch the recording of our webinar on the RFP.

Please refer to questions regarding the RFP. Please read Exhibit 1 and Exhibit 2.

Read the full Request for Proposals. To submit a proposal, please go fill out this form.

virtual public hearing will be held on December 2, 2022 to present the finalists and to hear public comment.

Contact Glen Murrell, Executive Director, with any questions. Email glen.murrell@wyo.gov or call (307) 823-2845.

Grants

2024 State Energy Program Grants

The State Energy Program will be offering grants for K-12 schools for lighting retrofits, local governments for energy efficiency retrofits, and small businesses for energy audits and retrofits. 

Applications for Local Government and K-12 Schools programs will be open from March 1, 2024 to May 31, 2024.

Applications for the Small Business programs are accepted on an ongoing basis and closed when funds are expended.

The Small Business Retrofit grants and Agriculture and Rural Small Business Energy Audit grants are open and will remain open until all available funds have been awarded.

See the Program Overview for more information.

WYLite Energy Audit

  • Free energy audits for local municipalities and Wyoming school districts
  • Requirement for applicants to the K-12 Schools Retrofit Grant Program and Local Government Retrofit Grant Program
  • Once applicants have signed up online for the WYLite Energy Audit, they will be contacted by the WEA’s consultant

 

K-12 Schools – Retrofit

  • The K-12 Schools Retrofit grants are available to Wyoming public school districts looking to complete approved energy efficiency retrofits.
  • Approved energy efficiency retrofits include: 
    • Installation of energy efficient lighting (LED)
    • Installation of insulation
    • HVAC upgrades
    • Weather sealing
    • Purchase and installation of ENERGY STAR appliances
    • Replacement of windows and doors
  • Maximum grant amount is $50,000, no match required

 

Local Government Retrofit

  • Available to local governments looking to complete approved energy efficiency retrofits
  • Approved energy efficiency retrofits include: 
    • Installation of energy efficient lighting (LED)
    • Installation of energy efficient lighting (LED)
    • Installation of insulation
    • HVAC upgrades
    • Weather sealing
    • Purchase and installation of ENERGY STAR appliances
    • Replacement of windows and doors
  • Maximum grant amount is $50,000, 10% match required

 

Small Business Energy Audit and Retrofit

  • Maximum grant amount is $10,000
  • 25% required cash match
  • Requires a Level 2 Energy Audit by a certified auditor
  • Available to all small businesses statewide
  • Grant applications are being accepted now, and the program will be open until all funds are expended

Apply Here

 

Contact State Energy Program Director Patrick Millin or call 307-631-6652.

Bonds

Wyoming Energy Authority has the ability to issue up to $3 billion in industrial revenue bonds for energy facilities and related supporting infrastructure that may include all facilities, structures and properties incidental and necessary or useful in the production or transmission of energy. This may include transmission lines, pipelines and export facilities. Wyoming Energy Authority does not currently have the authority to issue a bond on generation projects.

When Wyoming Energy Authority’s bonding authority is used, there is no cost and no risk to the state of Wyoming. Our bonds are sold on the private market to investors and any proceeds are used to finance projects.

To learn more about our bonding authority and process, please contact Contact Rob Creager, Executive Director.

Email rob.creager1@wyo.gov.

Request for Qualifications:

Private Schools and Churches Energy Auditor

  • Issue Date: August 14, 2023
  • Closing Date: September 8, 2023

The current energy efficiency programs administered by the Wyoming State Energy Program  (SEP) are focused on local government, public schools, and small business buildings. This program is intended to expand the ongoing energy efficiency initiatives of the SEP to include private schools and church buildings. The US Department of Energy funding will be used for these efforts.

The purpose of this solicitation is to secure services from qualified organizations or individuals to perform investment-grade energy audits for private schools and churches interested in reducing energy consumption and energy cost.

Please read the full Request for Qualifications and application instructions.

Questions? 

Contact State Energy Program Director Patrick Millin or call 307-631-6652.

Energy Performance Contracting

Energy Performance Contracting is a process through which energy efficiency and capital improvement upgrades are funded by the energy and maintenance cost savings generated by the improvements themselves. Those cost savings are formally “captured” and used to pay back the funding source.

For more information on Energy Performance Contracting opportunities in Wyoming, contact Patrick Millin or call 307-631-6652.

Prequalified Energy Service Companies

Brian Solan
Business Leader Montana & Wyoming
406-461-7432
bsolan@ameresco.com

Steve Pride
Senior Vice President
812-492-3706
spride@energysystemsgroup.com

Gary Hughes
General Manager, Midwest Region
317-650-1439
ghughes@energysystemsgroup.com

Michael Johnson
Senior Account Executive
303-746-9448
michael.johnson@noresco.com

Richard Seifert
310-963-4947
rseifert@noresco.com

Kathleen Pratt
Account Manager / Senior Team Lead
 
Robert Davidson
Project Development Manager

Dan Gacnik
Business Development Manager
303-215-4048
dang@mckinstry.com

Leslie Larocque
Vice President
303-215-4044
lesliel@mckinstry.com

Donald Mitchell
Regional Director, Strategic Solutions
425-503-9958
dmitchell@trane.com

Accessing Capital

Wyoming Energy Authority leverages opportunities and resources from outside Wyoming, including grants, bonding mechanisms, government programs and private partners to develop efforts conducive to the sustainability of the energy sector in Wyoming.

To explore capital opportunities for your project, please contact Rob Creager, Wyoming Energy Authority Executive Director, by emailing  rob.creager1@wyo.gov or calling (307) 286-0812.

Questions About Financing?