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June 11, 2002

DOE Awards $2 Million to 22 States for Building Energy Codes

DOE announced on June 11th its award of $1.989 million to 22 states to help them update and implement their building energy codes. To date, DOE's investments in building energy codes have improved the energy efficiency of nearly three billion square feet of new commercial floor space and nearly four million households, saving consumers an estimated $4.2 billion. For every dollar spent, DOE's Building Energy Codes Program yields more than $105 in annual energy savings. This year's awards will be made to state energy offices and state code authorities by the end of September. See the DOE press release.

The funds are being provided through DOE's State Energy Program, which is also co-sponsoring a national energy conference in July. For the first time, the program is joining forces with DOE's Rebuild America program to present a national conference. Held from July 29th through August 1st in New Orleans, the 2002 State Energy Program/Rebuild America National Conference will offer state and local energy officials, community leaders, and their business partners the opportunity to receive training in an array of energy efficiency and renewable energy topics. See the conference Web site.