The Energy Department on November 26 awarded nearly $4 million to 13 states to increase statewide energy savings and boost the energy efficiency of public institutions, local governments, and industrial sectors. The awards were through the Energy Department's State Energy Program, which assists states in saving energy and deploying new clean energy technologies. The Energy Department will invest approximately $750,000 to help Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin address specific policy, regulatory, or market barriers to greater investment in energy efficiency and combined heat and power (CHP) technologies. The Energy Department also will invest $1 million to assist Arkansas and Mississippi in generating the necessary policy and program frameworks to encourage cost-effective energy efficiency investments and establish or increase statewide energy-savings goals. And the Energy Department will invest about $2 million to help Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin to retrofit public housing as well as local government and state facilities. These state-led projects will use performance contracting and other financing tools to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings, including installing low-wattage LED lighting and upgrading heating and cooling systems. See the Energy Department press release and the State Energy Program website.