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September 15, 2010

DOE Awards Nearly $30 Million for State Energy Efficiency Projects

DOE announced on September 9 its investment of $28.5 million in competitive awards in 12 states and territories to support energy efficiency projects. DOE's State Energy Program selected Alabama, Alaska, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, Puerto Rico, Texas, Virginia, and Washington for the awards. The funding falls into two categories, "Strengthening Building Retrofit Markets" and "Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action." Retrofit support will assist states in developing targeted building retrofit markets in the residential and commercial sectors. The energy efficiency funding will help states generate the necessary policy and program frameworks to support short- and long-term investments in energy efficiency.

The winning proposals covered an array of approaches to reduce energy use. For example, Nevada will expand its Home Performance with Energy Star Program with the goal of retrofitting at least 5% of Nevada's single-family residences by 2021, focusing on major metropolitan areas. And Mississippi and Kentucky will team up to generate a lasting market transformation for energy efficiency in the southeastern United States with utility investment in efficiency. In a complementary effort, DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability awarded a grant to Hawaii to help its public utilities commission reduce electricity use by 4,300 gigawatt-hours by 2030. See the DOE press release and DOE's State Energy Program Web site.