June 28, 2010
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced awards totaling more than $76 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support advanced energy-efficient building technology projects and the development of training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy auditors.
DOE said the 58 projects selected will help make the nation’s buildings more energy efficient and cost effective. They will also support programs to train workers to service and operate new and existing buildings, to develop and deploy best practices, and to establish a green workforce with technical expertise to reduce energy costs for consumers.
“These projects will help the United States lead the world in advancing energy-efficient technologies,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “Energy-efficient commercial buildings will help our country cut its carbon emissions and energy costs while the training programs will upgrade the skills of the current workforce and attract the next generation to careers in the emerging clean-energy economy.”