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November 14, 2002

New Agreement will Bolster State and Federal Cooperation on Energy

DOE signed an agreement on November 14th that will allow state energy officials throughout the United States to better collaborate with the federal government on energy research and development agreements. The agreement is an outgrowth of an alliance begun in 1998 between DOE and the energy agencies of California and New York. The newly signed agreement establishes a collaborative that draws together DOE, the National Association of State Energy Offices, and the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions, Inc.

The new State Technologies Advancement Collaborative will promote research and deployment in innovative ways to produce, transmit and distribute energy and to use it more efficiently. The pact will make it easier for collaborative members to share information on research and to prevent wasteful duplication of efforts. By jointly funding selected projects, the collaborative will be able to leverage funds and to simplify the path for promising technologies to enter the market. See the DOE press release.