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DOE awards funding to Criterion Energy Partners to advance small business research and development for a just and equitable energy transition in Baytown, Texas

Department of Energy awarded Criterion Energy Partners one of 259 grants totaling $53 million nationwide to support science-based innovation in clean energy development and climate solutions

HOUSTON – May 23, 2022 – (

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm today announced that Criterion Energy Partners will receive funding through 259 Department of Energy grants totaling $53 million to 210 small businesses in 38 states. The awards include projects related to particle accelerators and fusion technology, applied nanoscience, quantum information applications and dark matter research, as well as a wide range of other endeavors.

“Supporting small businesses will ensure that we tap into all of America’s talent to develop clean energy technologies that will help us fight the climate crisis,” said Steve Binkley, acting director of the DOE’s Office of Science. “DOE investments will enable these economic engines to optimize and commercialize their breakthroughs, while developing the next generation of scientific leaders and ensuring the scientific and economic competitiveness of the United States that will benefit all Americans.”

Criterion Energy Partners plans to use the funds in partnership with the City of Baytown and small business incubator Bay TechWerx to research and develop industrial decarbonization technology that has a direct impact on achieving economic development and sustainability goals. of Baytown.

“The City of Baytown remains committed to supporting technology that enhances the economic advancement of our citizens and is socially responsible,” said City of Baytown Community and Economic Development Manager Bret Gardella. “We are excited to partner with Criterion Energy Partners to accelerate progress in these areas by bringing new renewable energy solutions to Baytown.”

Bay TechWerx CEO Rick Harlow said, “Bay TechWerx is thrilled to work alongside Criterion Energy Partners to support their community engagement in Baytown. This partnership offers Baytown’s small business ecosystem a leadership role in the energy transition, providing a fair and equitable approach that can be replicated in other communities.

“The leadership team at Criterion Energy Partners is honored to receive support from the Department of Energy to advance our unique technology in a way that amplifies our commitment to social responsibility,” said the co-founder and CEO of the company, Danny Rehg.

About Criterion Energy Partners

Criterion Energy Partners is a next-generation energy company that plans to develop distributed energy projects to help customers reduce emissions and improve operational efficiencies using heat from the earth. For more information about Criterion Energy Partners, visit

About Bay TechWerx

Bay TechWerx provides industry-leading technologies with a focus on creating jobs in advanced manufacturing and green technologies to revitalize communities. For more information about Bay TechWerx, visit

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DOE awards funding to Criterion Energy Partners to advance small business research and development for a just and equitable energy transition in Baytown, Texas