The Energy Department is helping California address severe drought conditions by supporting their Appliance Efficiency Program which lowers flow rates for faucets and showerheads as well as helps the state maintain a nearly constant level of electricity consumption per capita despite population growth.
Energy Department financial aid to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy is especially critical in Alaska because harsh climate and the enormity of the state complicates fuel and electricity distribution, resulting in some of the highest energy prices in the country. A portion of Energy Department aid to Alaska is helping with the development and testing of building energy monitoring software to increase a building efficiency and performance. The software is already being widely applied in Alaskan Native villages, cutting energy costs and providing other vital services.
Financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy to Oregon's state energy office has helped the state support energy retrofits for several schools and allowed seven classrooms -- previously left vacant due to a lack of heating -- to open for students to use. The renovations revitalized a school district, while boosting energy efficiency.
The state park system across the U.S. is critical to historic preservation, natural history, wildlife conservation, and education. The Energy Department plays an important role in supporting state parks thought clean energy investment.
The Energy Department is continuing partnerships with state and local governments to advance efficiency in both energy and water use. One way of doing this is by implementing Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC), an approach to making improvements that reduce energy and water use and increase operational efficiency without upfront costs.
The Energy Department announced today the results of a major national evaluation during a typical year in the State Energy Program (SEP) operations, as well as during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) period. The results reaffirm the Energy Department's long-standing commitment to drive economic development and reduce carbon emissions at the state level.
The purpose of the study was to develop independent key outcomes for program year 2008 and the ARRA time period from 2009–2013.
As the school year begins anew across the nation, Rhode Island is at the frontier of energy education, offering a state-of-the-art curriculum in many of its schools. With the help of funds from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources continues its partnership with the nonprofit National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) to provide energy education materials to schools and organize workshops to train teachers on energy curricula.
With help from the State Energy Program, the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy and the local utility NV Energy were able to create the Electric Highway joint initiative to connect the two major urban centers in the state, Las Vegas and Reno, and install charging stations along the route.
The City of Grand Junction built a 5-mile underground pipeline to transport compressed natural gas (CNG) from a local wastewater treatment facility to a CNG station using a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and seed funding from the Energy Department's State Energy Program.
This hurricane season, which officially starts on Sunday, the Sunshine State will be more ready than usual to recover from storms that wreak havoc, thanks to the SunSmart Schools and Emergency Shelters Program. Learn more.
E3, a joint federal initiative between the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor, USDA, the Small Business Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is helping manufacturing facilities increase competitiveness through efficient production processes, reducing waste, lowering costs, growing jobs and encouraging innovation. Learn more.
Through the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, Diversified Power International leveraged funds from the Tennessee Solar Institute, funded by the Tennessee State Energy Office, to provide high-level training to both its existing and new employees and upgrade its production facility. The upgrades included new equipment and new process lines, as well as energy efficiency measures. Learn more.
With the help of the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, Brandywine CAD Design, Inc. set out to create a new workspace. The long-term goal: qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating -- something that they hope to achieve by mid 2014. Learn more.
An economic impact statement issued by the Mississippi Public Service Commission indicates new energy efficiency rules could potentially save the state’s consumers $2.3 billion by 2034 and create 9,500 jobs by 2030. Learn more.
Tennessee’s Office of Energy Programs (OEP) is working to wipe out energy vampires and phantom loads with its EDGE project, which could serve as a model for other energy efficiency projects throughout the country. Using Recovery Act funds made available by the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, OEP distributed Kill-A-Watt® Meters to program participants to measure “in use” and “standby power” of at least five of their devices or appliances at home or work. Participants then report their findings and pass the Kill-A-Watt® Meters on to others to use. Learn more.
Recently, Harding Charter Preparatory school undertook a yearlong renovation, making the school a more suitable environment for high school education, thanks to funding from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program. Learn more.
This month, the University of Kentucky celebrated the completion of a newly constructed research laboratory, thanks to an investment from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Learn more.
Highland Craftsmen Inc., a small poplar bark shingle manufacturer in North Carolina, recently achieved the incredible energy efficiency milestone of net zero electricity use with funds provided through the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). Learn more.
Capitalizing on its origins in yacht manufacturing, Energetx Composites recently re-tooled its operations and is now applying its well-honed fiberglass technology expertise to produce wind turbine blades. As a result of this shift, the company expects to create 300 jobs at its Holland, Michigan-based production facility over the next several years. Learn more.
The Wisconsin Profitable Sustainability Initiative (PSI) is designed to implement sustainable business practices within small- and medium-sized manufacturers. Thanks to financial support from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and funding from a grant from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, this specific program has been able to increase its outreach and support to local organizations. Learn more.
Through the Department’s State Energy Program, Pure Power Technologies, LLC, a Navistar company, used Recovery Act funding to increase energy efficiency while expanding plant operation and developing products that allow truck engines to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. Learn more.
With investments from the Recovery Act, Betin Incorporated (the producer of Montchevre-brand goat milk cheese) recently installed a digester that transforms industrial waste into electricity. Learn more.
A commercialization partnership funded by the State Energy Program – known as the Green Launching Pad program -- is a joint effort by the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning and the University of New Hampshire. Learn more.