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State Energy Office receives grant to improve energy efficiency in state buildings

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The Nevada State Office of Energy (energy.nv.gov) announced today that it was awarded a competitive grant from the federal Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate energy savings in state buildings and other public facilities.

The Energy Office will create a program with the State Public Works Division to help meet the state’s goal of achieving a 20 percent reduction in energy use in state-owned buildings by 2015. Savings from energy efficiency improvements will support the Energy Office.

“This grant award will help make the Energy Office less reliant on discretionary grant funding while improving energy efficiency in state buildings,” said Energy Office Director Stacey Crowley.

The program funded by the grant will follow the best practices identified by the DOE. The Energy Office will receive consultation from Washington’s State Department of Enterprise Services, Energy Program, which created a similar program in the early 1980s that today is completely self-funded through project fees and has an annual budget of $2.5 million.

The program’s partners include 9Kft Strategies in Energy, a consulting firm with experience managing a similar program in Colorado’s Energy Office. Celtic Energy and the Rocky Mountain Institute will train program staff and clients on energy retrofitting.

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