Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced funding for 13 projects selected under the innovative State Technologies Advancement Collaborative (STAC) to support research, development and demonstration of energy efficiency technologies. Total value of the projects will be nearly $17 million with $7 million coming from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the remainder from state governments.Washington D.C. – February 5, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] “These projects are an exciting and novel joint approach to energy-efficiency research involving both federal and state dollars and expertise to develop energy smart technologies that save energy and save money,” Secretary Abraham said. “This new business model paves the way for redefining how the federal government and the state’s share the responsibility of bringing energy savings to the American people.” Among the projects selected for funding are the development of a strategy for increasing efficiency in heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems in the Northeast with partners from New York and New Jersey; development of a total energy assessment audit protocol for the chemical industry with participants from Illinois and Ohio; and demonstration of truck stop electrification for reducing idling from heavy-duty vehicles with partners from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. The proposals, which will be managed by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), address research and development in the area of building technologies, industrial technologies, transportation technologies and distributed energy resources. More than $9,793,000 of the selected projects’ value represents implementation costs to be shared by non-federal government entities, with an additional $7,013,000 in funds provided by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through the STAC program. STAC is a new five-year pilot program that redefines traditional federalism roles. This partnership between DOE and the states has accomplished two significant purposes, according to the DOE: involving more closely those who stand to benefit from federal funding in the decision-making process, and streamlining the flow of federal funds to achieve the benefit of those decisions. This new business model paves the way for redefining how the federal government and the state’s share the responsibility of bringing energy savings to the American people, said the DOE in a statement.