DOE Awards Nearly $30 Million in Funding for State Energy Efficiency Projects
DOE funding targeted towards strengthening building retrofit markets and stimulating energy efficiency action
DOE announced on September 9 its investment of $28.5 million in funding in 12 states and territories to support energy efficiency projects that will lower energy bills for American families and businesses, boost job growth, and increase investment in companies that deliver energy-saving technologies.
Existing techniques and technologies in energy efficiency retrofitting - such as air-tight ducts, insulation and caulking , efficient and properly installed heating and cooling systems, and building control systems - can reduce energy use in homes and buildings by up to 40 percent and cut energy bills by $40 billion annually. This funding adds to the momentum generated by DOE's ongoing whole-building retrofit initiatives that are making energy efficiency retrofits easily accessible to hundreds of thousands of American homes and businesses.
DOE's State Energy Program selected Alabama, Alaska, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, Puerto Rico, Texas, Virginia, and Washington for the awards. The funding falls into two categories, "Strengthening Building Retrofit Markets" and "Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action." Retrofit funding will assist states in developing targeted building retrofit markets in the residential and commercial sectors. The energy efficiency funding will help states generate the necessary policy and program frameworks to support short- and long-term investments in energy efficiency.
The winning proposals covered an array of approaches to reduce energy use. For example, Nevada will expand its Home Performance with Energy Star Program with the goal of retrofitting at least 5% of Nevada's single-family residences by 2021, focusing on major metropolitan areas. And Mississippi and Kentucky were awarded funding to team up and generate a lasting market transformation for energy efficiency in the southeastern United States with utility investment in efficiency.