DOE Announces $30 Million for Energy-Efficient Housing Partnerships

The U.S. Department of
Energy has announced 15 research and deployment partnerships to help
dramatically improve the energy efficiency of American homes. These
highly-qualified, multidisciplinary teams will receive a total of up to
$30 million for the initial 18 months of the projects to deliver
innovative energy-efficiency strategies to the residential market and
address barriers to bringing high-efficiency homes within reach for all
Americans.

A total of up to $20 million per year will also be made
available for the partnerships for three potential one-year extensions.
These research and deployment partnerships will provide technical
assistance to retrofit projects and will leverage industry expertise and
funding to support DOE’s energy efficiency retrofit programs. This
effort will support the Department’s Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative,
announced by Vice President Joe Biden in April, which brings
communities, governments, private sector companies and non-profit
organizations together to deliver energy-efficiency upgrades–or
retrofits–to whole neighborhoods and cities.

”Home energy efficiency is one of the easiest, most immediate
and most cost-effective ways to reduce carbon pollution and save money
on energy bills, while creating new jobs,” said Secretary of Energy
Steven Chu. ”By developing and using tools to reduce residential energy
use, we will spur economic growth here in America and help homeowners
make cost-cutting improvements in their homes.”
  7/20/2010

Resource(s): http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/

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