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Apply for Transmission Project Development Assistance

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Application process

An applicant must provide a project proposal, a business plan proposal, and application payment in order to be considered for technical assistance. There are two options for submitting  applications and payment:

Option 1: Submit project proposal, business plan proposal and full payment of $250,000

The Project Proposal should provide an outline of the proposed project, and must, at minimum, include: 1) a detailed description of the proposed project (including transmission route information, if applicable, and a preliminary financial model), 2) the proposed role TIP would play in project development, and 3) sufficient information to demonstrate the project meets or is reasonably expected to meet TIP’s eligibility criteria. Download the Project Proposal recommended format.

The Business Plan Proposal is a preliminary plan prepared by the Project Applicant that should include project development, commercial, and financial plans supported by financial model projections. Based on the project development assistance received, this detailed, comprehensive document will mature and be revised by the Project Applicant as needed to prepare the project for loan financing. Download the Business Plan Proposal recommended format and a pro forma Business Plan Proposal financial model.

Option 2: Submit project proposal and initial payment of $50,000

The Project Proposal should provide an outline of the proposed project, and must, at minimum, include: 1) a detailed description of the proposed project (including transmission route information, if applicable, and a preliminary financial model), 2) the proposed role TIP would play in project development, and 3) sufficient information to demonstrate the project meets or is reasonably expected to meet TIP’s eligibility criteria. Download the Project Proposal recommended format and e-mail us to request a pro forma Business Proposal Financial model. 

Follow-up step: If the Project Proposal is approved, the Project Applicant will have six months to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Western. The Project Applicant will have one year after the MOU to submit a Business Plan Proposal and the remaining application payment.

Payment process

View instructions on how to make application payment (pdf).

  • Option 1: The Project Applicant must submit the full payment of $250,000 with the Project Proposal and Business Plan Proposal.  
  • Option 2: The Project Applicant must submit a minimum payment of $50,000 with the Project Proposal.

Payment is due within three business days of the application submittal.

E-mail application documents

E-mail your application materials. Payment instructions are linked in the section above.

Application review

  • Proposals will be reviewed at the start of each quarter. 
  • Western will make its determination no later than 30 business days after reviewing a Project Proposal and promptly notify the Project Applicant in writing. 
  • Due to the varying nature and complexity of Business Plan Proposals, Western will not establish a firm fixed time frame for reviewing such documents but will endeavor to complete its review expeditiously while keeping the Project Applicant apprised of its progress.

As an agency of the United States Government, Western is subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. § 552).  Accordingly, information submitted to Western by project applicants may be released if requested under FOIA.  Applicants may, however, request that sensitive information be treated as privileged or confidential under FOIA Exemption 4 and protected from public disclosure.  Materials that contain confidential commercial or financial information and are so designated, and that meet FOIA and the DOE’s implementing criteria, will be treated as exempt from public release.

Glossary of terms

Glossary of terms related to the TIP project development assistance.

Contact us

For questions or concerns about the application process, contact:

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