The U.S. Environment Protection Agency has awarded US$50,000 to the non-profit Environmental & Energy Study Institute of Washington, to educate state and local governments, trade associations and the public about the benefits of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency.WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-10-09 [SolarAccess.com] Under the grant, EESI will meet with policymakers and industry officials to identify ways to promote existing renewable energy and energy efficient technologies as stimulants to local community economic growth and as opportunities for small business. It will host expositions, participate in panels and provide keynote speakers at trade meetings. As an example of the initiative, EESI will coordinate an energy technology exposition in Washington next May. Reducing energy consumption by adopting renewable energy technologies and using more efficient equipment and manufacturing processes can reduce the threat of climate change, prevent air pollution, decrease fossil fuel use and ease the strain on electricity providers, according to EPA documents.