The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has completed nearly 120 technical assistance projects at 16 federal agencies, helping the federal government meet its energy efficiency and renewable energy goals and implement clean energy technologies.
More than $13 million in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been invested in projects such as energy audit training, energy and water efficiency assessments, smart grid and renewable energy feasibility studies, evaluating potential electricity generation resources, developing strategic energy plans, and providing technical assistance for renewable energy installations, technology demonstration projects and high-efficiency building upgrades.
The DOE's Federal Energy Management Program brought together a team of energy experts from the national laboratories and industry partners to visit over 100 federal sites across the country. The site visits looked at a wide range of potential technologies, including wind and solar power, steam heating and cooling, biomass, waste energy, heat pumps, the smart grid and smart ambient lighting.
As a result of these technical assistance projects, federal agencies now have the knowledge and facts to make informed, cost-effective choices about additional clean energy investments and energy management practices in their facilities, according to the DOE.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Energy