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State Energy Collaborative Awards $4 Million to Eight Projects
The State Technologies Advancement Collaborative (STAC) awarded more than $4.3 million to eight projects on February 7th as a result of its Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy Science Solicitation. Five of the eight projects relate to energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, including advanced power converters for motor drives and distributed power systems; advanced power supplies for motors; membranes for separating hydrogen from synthesis gases; improved catalysts for the Fischer-Tropsch process, which produces synthetic fuels from either gasified biomass or gasified coal; and a predictive model to help ethanol plants produce high-quality distiller's dried grain with solubles (DDGS), a marketable co-product of the fuel production process. The remaining three projects, which together received nearly $1.4 million in STAC funding, relate to large superalloy castings for industrial gas turbines, methane recovery from lignite coal seams, and control technologies for coal plants to increase their efficiency and reduce their emissions. See the STAC press release (PDF 19 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.
While STAC allows states, territories, and DOE to collaborate on energy projects, states continue to pursue significant energy-related projects on their own. The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), for instance, recently issued a request for proposals for its "Project 100," an initiative to help develop renewable energy projects in the state. CCEF also called for applications to its Renewable Energy Pre-Development Program, which provides up to $500,000 per project to help develop renewable energy projects. Finally, CCEF announced that it has an additional $9 million available for its Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional Solar Photovoltaic Program (PDF 212 KB), which provides a $5-per-watt subsidy for solar power systems. See the CCEF press releases on Project 100, the Pre-Development Program, and the solar power subsidies.
Other active states include Pennsylvania, which awarded more than $1 million in Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants on February 14th, and Wisconsin, which is offering zero-interest loans and increased cash-back rewards for renewable energy systems through its Focus on Energy initiative. See the press releases from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Wisconsin's Focus on Energy initiative (PDF 121 KB).