The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded nearly US$4 million for projects to increase energy savings and boost energy efficiency in public institutions, local governments and industrial sectors.

Among the winning applicants in thirteen states, an Iowa project aims to lower the ‘soft costs’ associated with combined heat and power by streamlining the permitting process and creating a roadmap for future projects.

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In Minnesota, the winning project will formulate a plan to reform the state’s CHP regulatory framework, while a Wisconsin project will identify and eliminate regulatory, market and utility barriers to industrial energy efficiency and CHP.

The DOE has also announced a further funding opportunity for CHP projects in federal facilities, with awards of up to $1 million to be granted per project.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will award up to $5 million to help execute CHP and renewable energy projects that will accelerate the adoption of these technologies at other federal facilities.