WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $5 million in funding to 11 states to advance innovative approaches for local clean energy development. Each state will design and deploy programs to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The projects fall under two categories:

• Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices: The DOE will invest approximately $3 million to assist eight states — Alaska, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Vermont — to develop, design, and implement projects that advance evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy efficiency programs.

• State Energy Planning: The DOE will invest approximately $2 million to assist four states — Maine, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia — to facilitate stakeholder and interagency discussions concerning the future direction of electric power among other issues. States will support comprehensive energy planning that explores and enhances energy reliability, energy efficiency, integration of distributed renewable energy into the grid, economic development, and environmental policies.

DOE said these state-led projects will culminate in replicable actions that other state and local governments can adopt to overcome barriers to new energy initiatives, and enable them to achieve greater public and private investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

More information on the projects is available here.

Publication date: 10/12/2015

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