The Florida Energy Office was awarded nearly $390,000 in grants from the US Department of Energy. Florida was one of eight states in the Southeast to receive the grants, receiving five of the 27 grants awarded. Nationally, the US Department of Energy is providing $16,337,695 for 162 projects in 43 states and the District of Columbia.Tallahassee, Florida – August 12, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] “We are making a strong commitment to Florida’s economy and environment by developing alternative energy sources,” said Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs and Energy Allan Bedwell. “Together with the State’s efforts, this funding will encourage energy efficiency and bring new business opportunities into our communities.” The grant funding will support: Gold Coast Clean Cities Coalition, $20,000 The funding will help local municipalities, delivery fleet operators, airport shuttle systems, community transit services, school buses and state and federal fleets increase their share of alternative fuel vehicles in their transportation operations. The Coalition intends to meet the Clean Cities performance goal of a 17 percent increase in alternative fuel vehicles in 2004. Space Coast Clean Cities Coalition, $20,000 Funding will support Florida Space Coast Clean Cities Coalition facilitate the sales of alternative fuel vehicles and the infrastructure to support those vehicles. The National Clean Cities program and Space Coast Coalition will hold annual public education and outreach campaigns to promote alternative fuel technology and alternative fuel vehicle sales. The Coalition intends to meet the Clean Cities performance goal of a 17 percent increase in alternative fuel vehicles in 2004. Clean Cities Refueling Infrastructure, $100,000 This project will install refueling and recharging stations for Alternative Fuel Vehicles (Ethanol 85, biodiesel and electric) at the Miami International Airport. The project supports the use of alternative fuels through the installation of a refueling infrastructure. By disseminating alternative fuel information and experience to Miami International tenants and other similar fleets in South Florida, the project aims to increase the regional population of alternative fuel vehicles. Rebuild America, $115,000 The University of Central Florida (UCF) will outfit three buildings on campus with energy efficient technologies. Colburn Hall and the Student Union have been identified as using two to three times as much energy as the typical education building. The project will dramatically reduce energy consumption in these buildings, with the energy savings being reinvested in the project for wider application across campus. Long-term goals include the comprehensive re-commissioning of all UCF campus buildings by using the energy savings realized in the re-commissioning of the three initial campus structures. Building Codes And Standards, $134,948 Florida will examine the existing building code standards for commercial buildings and the International Energy Conservation Code for residential buildings to propose energy efficient requirements. Florida also proposes to inspect and test 40 homes for compliance with Florida code requirements for balanced return air, duct tightness and combustion/dilution air inlets. A four-hour class on duct system requirements to avoid energy and mold problems in homes is also proposed to be developed and offered in four Florida cities.