The Department of Energy is investing $28.5 million dollars 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. The competitively selected states will receive awards through DOE's State Energy Program to help create a sustainable transformation in the market for energy-saving, whole-building improvements in residential and commercial buildings. The awards will also help generate the necessary policy and program frameworks to support private-sector investment in energy efficiency for the long-term.
These awards add 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.
"The projects will demonstrate a high rate of return on energy-saving improvements to homes and businesses, achieve significant long-term benefits for local communities, and act as a model for future public-private energy efficiency partnerships," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
DOE's State Energy Program provides financial and technical assistance to states to develop state strategies and goals to address their energy priorities and promote America's energy security through the deployment of reliable, clean and affordable energy.