Bioenergy, DER, Wind Power

U.S. Governments to Fund Renewable Energy Projects

The federal and state governments will spent $40 million on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-05-31 [] The U.S. Department of Energy will provide $17.5 million in funding through its State Energy Program special projects competitive grants for 164 projects. Forty-eight of the 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia will provide $22.5 million in additional funds through cost-sharing agreements. “Taken together, these projects will help to conserve energy, provide jobs, increase our national energy security and reduce the need for new electricity generating plants,” says Energy secretary Spencer Abraham. “These projects emphasize the Administration’s reliance on the important role states play in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies, and many of these projects help support the National Energy Policy.” The funds will be used to improve energy efficiency of schools, homes and other buildings, promote energy-efficient industrial and transportation technologies, and support solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. Some projects will encourage the implementation of building energy codes and will identify opportunities for distributed energy resources, which generate electricity near the point of use. States competed for the awards, which provide specialized funding in addition to annual formula grants. South Dakota, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands did not submit applications. American Samoa, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands are the territories slated to receive awards. DOE will make the awards in July and August. Nine projects will receive $400,000 to transfer the Energy Savings Performance Contracting model of the Federal Energy Management Program to the states. Local and state government facilities, non-profit schools and hospitals can reduce energy use and increase the use of solar and other renewable energy resources. Three projects will receive $235,000 to identify potential sites for geothermal power development in western regions. Four projects will receive $200,000 to study the benefits and costs of wind energy systems that exceed 25 MW. Three projects will receive $130,000 to deploy solar energy technologies at brownfields or landfill sites through the use of photovoltaic panels, solar technologies integrated into buildings or establishment of a solar energy-related business on a site. Five projects will receive $400,000 to study cooling, heating and power applications, streamlining siting and permitting procedures, and the siting of distributed power technologies such as microturbines, fuel cells and combined heat and power systems. Other projects involve the use of biomass and alternative fuel vehicles.