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January 30, 2004

DOE and States to Jointly Fund 13 Energy Efficiency Projects

DOE announced on January 30th that 13 new energy efficiency projects have been selected for funding under the innovative State Technologies Advancement Collaborative (STAC). DOE will provide more than $7 million for the projects, to be matched with nearly $10 million provided by state governments. Many of the projects are multi-state collaborations, so the 13 projects actually involve 31 states. For instance, New York and New Jersey are contributing to a project to increase the energy efficiency of heating and cooling systems in the Northeast; Illinois and Ohio are helping to develop a protocol for energy-assessment audits at chemical plants; and North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia are demonstrating new services that provide electricity to trucks parked at truck stops, allowing truckers to shut off their engines. Parked trucks use a considerable amount of energy, since truckers typically idle their engines to maintain power to their cabs. See the DOE press release.

The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) will manage the STAC projects. DOE, NASEO, and the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions established STAC in November 2002. See the STAC Web page on the NASEO Web site.

Truck idling is also being tackled by DOE's Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity, which has awarded project grants to Caterpillar Inc. and Schneider National Inc. The companies will investigate technologies that heat and cool truck cabs while the engines are shut down. DOE is awarding more than $550,000 to the two companies, which will spend at least twice that amount on the research projects. According to industry experts, truck idling consumes more than 800 million gallons of fuel each year. See the press release from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.