The US District of Columbia has launched a request for applications (RFA) and is offering grants for district heating research and development as part of the Sustainable DC plan.

Administered through the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), the programme aims to provide $100,000 for a microgrid and district energy feasibility study and a further $150,000 for a green bank and carbon pricing incentives study to encourage green building development.

The districting heating grant funds a study of the microgrid and district energy potential for the District. It aims to identify the best sites for initial microgrid deployment and aims to also address, with recommendations, legal and regulatory barriers, technical issues on integration with the public utility grid, potential ownership structures, and sources and uses of funds.

The studies are meant to help the district reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2032.

Applications must be submitted by 2 March, with winners expected to be announced some six weeks later.