U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham has announced funding for 13 projects selected under the State Technologies Advancement Collaborative (STAC) to support research, development, and demonstration of energy-efficiency technologies. Total value of the projects will be nearly U.S. $17 million with $7 million coming from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the remainder from state governments.
"These projects are an exciting and novel joint approach to energy-efficiency research involving both federal and state dollars and expertise to develop energy smart technologies that save energy and save money," Mr. Abraham said in a written statement. "This new business model paves the way for redefining how the federal government and the states share the responsibility of bringing energy savings to the American people."
Among the projects selected for funding are the development of a strategy for increasing efficiency in heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in the Northeast with partners from New York and New Jersey.
The proposals, which will be managed by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), address research and development in the area of building technologies, industrial technologies, transportation technologies, and distributed energy resources. About $9.8 million of the selected projects’ value represent implementation costs to be shared by non-federal government entities, with an additional $7.0 million in funds provided by the DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) through the STAC program.
Funded by the DOE, STAC is a new 5-year pilot program directed by an Executive Committee that includes NASEO, the EERE, the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI), and Office of Fossil Energy (FE).
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