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States join together for energy research

15 November 2002 – The US Department of Energy yesterday signed an agreement that will allow state energy officials from across the nation and the federal government to better collaborate on research and development projects in the field of energy.

The signing ceremony was part of a meeting of Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions, Inc. (Asertti) taking place from November 13-15, 2002 in Napa, California.

The newly signed agreement establishes a State Technologies Advancement Collaborative (STAC) with the Department of Energy, Asertti, and the National Association of State Energy Officials (Naseo).

David Garman, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy, signed the agreement on behalf of the federal government. “This is an outgrowth of an alliance begun in 1998 between DOE and the energy agencies of California and New York,” he explained. “The agreement will allow the Department of Energy and States to increase their collaboration and leverage financial resources to accomplish mutually agreed upon projects.”

“Through this new programme, states will have the capability for improved co-operation and co-ordination with the federal government in research, development and deployment projects,” said Bill Flynn, Asertti Chairman and President of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. “It enables us all to make the most out of valuable research dollars in a tight economy.”

William Keese, Chairman of the California Energy Commission and past chairman of Naseo, is especially pleased by today’s agreement. “One of my long-term goals as Naseo chairman was to bring together these two national energy associations, extending the benefits of co-operation to all 50 states and U.S. territories, as we share information about research and prevent duplication of effort. By jointly funding selected projects, the Collaborative will promote public and private partnerships that will not only develop new ideas but will expedite their introduction into the marketplace, where they can truly make a difference.”

The new State Technologies Advancement Collaborative will promote research and deployment in innovative ways to produce, transmit and distribute energy and to use it more efficiently.

The California Energy Commission and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are hosting the three-day-long Asertti meeting in Napa.