For immediate release: September 29, 2000
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California Receives U.S. Grants to
Advance Renewable Energy Technologies and Practices

Sacramento -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the California Energy Commission grants totaling $675,000 to help promote efficient energy use at home, at work and in schools.

U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said one of the grants for $550,000 will be channeled through the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO).

NASEO, in partnership with California, Florida, Wisconsin, New York and Ohio, is conducting research designed to develop, test and expand use of clean energy technologies in our nation's schools.

California Energy Commission Chairman William J. Keese, the newly elected NASEO chairman, said the research is planned to address building technologies such as daylighting, indoor air quality and energy, and portable classrooms.

Mr. Keese said the five states will also look at the use of microturbines and combined heat and power technologies; technical support for the development of design guidelines for buildings; and technical training of architects, engineers and manufacturers nationwide.

The five-state project will be funded at $3,527,000, with a match by the grantees of 54 percent.

The Commission received another DOE grant of $125,000 to enhance the capability of its PLACE3S program to help regional and local governments better understand the links between growth and development choices, land use decisions, and energy opportunities and impacts. PLACE3S stands for Planning for Community Energy, Economic and Environmental Sustainability. It seeks to fully integrate focused public participation, community development and design, and computer-assisted tools to help communities produce plans that retain dollars in the local economy, save energy, attract jobs and development, reduce pollution and traffic congestion and conserve open space.

The grant for PLACE3S was among 10 projects nationwide that the DOE funded recently. The grantees are contributing an average 32 percent of the projects' costs.

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