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DOE Awards $26.5 Million to 38 States for Energy Efficiency
DOE announced on July 5th its award of $26.5 million in State Energy Program (SEP) grants to 38 states. The award is part of $44 million to be distributed this fiscal year to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The SEP grants support and encourage state goals for energy efficiency and renewable energy, including efforts such as energy awareness programs, technical support services for energy efficiency improvements, and projects to install energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. See the DOE press release.
On average, every dollar invested by SEP is matched by $3.54 by state and local governments and the private sector, and results in energy savings worth $7.23. Part of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), SEP saves on average 41.35 trillion British thermal units (Btu) per year, reducing energy bills by $256 million. For a listing of state energy projects, many of which are partially funded by SEP grants, see the EERE State Activities & Partnerships Web site.