U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Recovery Act Guidelines and Compliance Responsibilities

Parties implementing large commercial sector energy efficiency and renewable energy projects supported by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds will need to comply with certain ARRA and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) guidelines.

They concern the reporting of energy savings, emissions reductions, and job creation associated with the projects, the use of approved methodologies, and compliance with applicable federal legislation, including the:

  • Davis-Bacon Act, the prevailing wage law
  • National Environmental Policy Act requirements, unless a categorical exemption has been obtained
  • National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, unless an exemption has been obtained under a programmatic agreement
  • The Recovery Act, which reiterates other relevant federal legislation.

Compliance with the guidelines mentioned above is being readily accepted by some commercial sector contractors, particularly those already paying prevailing wages, but is a point of concern for others due to resulting increases in project costs.

A full list of ARRA guidelines can be found on the DOE Recovery Act website.