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Energy Department to Award $6 Million to State Partnerships to Increase Energy Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy will spend $6 million to boost energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings, the department has announced.

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The U.S. Department of Energy will spend $6 million to boost energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings, the department has announced.

The money will fund 22 federal-state partnerships that will implement training programs and provide technical assistance and education that aims to create more energy-efficient buildings.

DOE’s Building Technologies Program, within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, will oversee funding for these partnerships. DOE anticipates providing $3.9 million for these projects in FY 2006, with the remainder funded in FY 2007 and FY 2008.

While actual award dates will vary, DOE expects to make funding available by the end of September 2006. The selection process for state projects to receive awards was based on an evaluation of the merits of their applications, submitted in response to the funding opportunity announcement on March 21, 2006.

“The Energy Department is eager to assist with increasing energy efficiency throughout states as well as contributing to the construction more state-of-the-art energy efficient facilities,” says Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander Karsner.

The state partnerships selected, subject to negotiation, are:

Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority - Southeastern High Performance Buildings

Kentucky Office of Energy Policy - Enhanced Building Energy Efficiency Technology in Kentucky

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources - Gulf Region High Performance Homes Program

Maryland Energy Administration - Mid-Atlantic Home Performance Collaborative

Maine State Energy Program, ME Public Utilities Commission - Whole House Energy Efficiency Pilot Project

Mississippi Development Authority, Energy Division - Promoting Energy Codes and “Beyond Code” Building Programs through Energy Policy Act 2005 Tax Incentives

Missouri Department of Natural Resources - Illinois-Kansas-Missouri Tri-State Residential Energy Efficiency Project

New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department - New Mexico’s Three Strides Toward Energy Efficient Buildings

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority - Multifamily Standardized Training Program - Getting a Handle on Your Building Energy Costs

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection - Implementation of the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code – Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

California Energy Commission - California Rebuild America

Connecticut Office of Policy and Management - Building Operator Certification for State and Local Public Employees and Employees of Small Commercial/Industrial Organizations

Florida Energy Office - Automated Energy Code Compliance System – A Pilot Project for Enhanced Enforcement and Evaluation

Michigan - Michigan Home Builders Training: Integrating Building Codes, ENERGY STAR, and Building America

Minnesota Department of Commerce – Energy and Environmental Building Administration Outreach and Training to Transform the Home Market – Build America

Minnesota Department of Commerce - Project to Enable Commissioning Provisions in Commercial Energy Codes

Montana Department of Environmental Quality - Montana Integrated Approach for Delivering Technical Assistance to Schools and Residential Buildings

Rhode Island - Northeast Regional Building Energy Codes Project

Texas State Energy Conservation Office - Building Technologies Program-Rebuild America-East Texas Rural Building Initiative

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - Multi-State High Performance Housing and Energy Code Enhancement Initiative

Vermont Department of Public Service - Vermont High Performance Schools Implementation Project

Washington Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development - Implementation of a Coordinated Regional ENERGY STAR, Building America, and Building Energy Code Outreach, Training, and Technical Assistance Program in the Pacific Northwest

posted on 9/20/2006