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August 24, 2017
Image of Hurricane Sandy hitting the coast of the United States
Here's How 4 States are Preparing for Hurricane Season
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is well under way and these 4 states are getting ready with support from the U.S. Department of Energy.
July 17, 2017
Hawaii's McKinley Statue
3 Ways Hawaii is Becoming More Energy Efficient
Hawaii is making significant progress on energy efficiency. By 2030, the Aloha State wants to decrease its electricity consumption statewide by 30%.
March 2, 2017
Energy efficiency upgrades in McKinley County, New Mexico made possible by energy savings performance contracts.
The Power of Energy Savings Peformance Contracts

McKinley County, New Mexico cut energy costs by joining a pilot program, LEEP (Local Energy Efficiency Performance), launched by the state with...

January 4, 2017
State Energy Program Success Stories
Minnesota Increasing Building Efficiency with Proven ESPC Model

One of America’s coldest states on average is dramatically cutting its #energy costs in public buildings with funding support from the Energy...

December 1, 2016
Thanks to a 2012 State Energy Program Competitive Award, three Arizona wastewater treatment facilities underwent partial energy upgrades. A facility in Phoenix, pictured here in before-and-after shots, undertook an LED retrofit. The facility is already saving energy and money. 
Energy Department Helping Arizona Conserve Energy at Water Resource Recovery Facilities

Funding support from the Energy Department's State Energy Program is being used by some states to retrofit water treatment facilities and...

October 31, 2016
Creating Jobs in Home Efficiency

Over the last 40 years, the Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program has helped weatherize more than 7 million homes, helping to...

October 27, 2016
Weatherization Assistance Program Sets Gold Standard for Home Performance Industry

The Energy Department is joining weatherization organizations across the U.S. who've used federal government funding to weatherize low-income homes...

October 4, 2016
National Weatherization Network Celebrates 40 Years of Service

More than seven million Americans have been helped by the Energy Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program over the last four decades and many...

September 29, 2016
The Energy Resource Center installed a 2-kilowatt solar PV system at a WAP-eligible home in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Becomes First State to Install Solar as Part of Weatherization Assistance Program

Due to recent declines in the price of solar energy, the Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program is now incorporating solar into...

August 19, 2016
The History and Evolution of America’s Weatherization Network

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Energy Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which provides funding to states,...

August 15, 2016
The Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program services every political subdivision in the country through a network of 59 grantees: 50 states, the District of Columbia, five U.S. territories, and three select Native American tribes.
Celebrating 40 Years of America’s Weatherization Assistance Program

The Energy Department is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Weatherization Assistance Program, which has retrofitted more than 7 million homes...

August 2, 2016
This solar energy system was installed at Hunt Electric, the first company in Utah to take advantage of C-PACE financing.
Utah Property Owners Benefit with PACE

An Energy Department supported financing mechanism for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property is enabling state...

July 21, 2016
This solar system, installed at a home in Santa Fe, benefitted from the New Mexico Solar Market Development Tax Credit.
Energy Department Catalyzes New Mexico Solar Boom

The Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP) has been critical to the expansion of solar energy in New Mexico by investing more than $2...

June 3, 2016
Many homes in Alaska such as this one under construction are using energy much more efficiently as a result of financial support from the Energy Department to the state.  Photo courtesy Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. (AHFC)
Energy Department Helps Alaska Develop Energy Retrofit Programs

Support from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP), is helping Alaska building managers and facility owners understand best practices...

April 7, 2016
These before and after photos of Lake Oroville in Northern California show the dramatic results of extended years of drought.  Funding support from the Energy Department to California’s Appliance Efficiency Program is lowering flow rates for faucets and showerheads as well as helping the state maintain a nearly constant level of electricity consumption per capita.
Energy Department Assists with Conserving Water in California

The Energy Department is helping California address severe drought conditions by supporting their Appliance Efficiency Program which lowers flow...

March 9, 2016
Energy Department financial support for Alaska is helping remote facilities like the Toksook Bay Well House to identify critical savings opportunities with energy monitoring software. Toksook Bay has a population of about 600.
Building Energy Monitoring Software Aids Native Alaskan Villages

Energy Department financial aid to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy is especially critical in Alaska because harsh climate and the...

February 29, 2016
Before-and-after scenes of the energy-saving renovations at Oregon's Lowell School District in summer 2015. Upgrades included insulation of attics and exterior walls, roof replacements, and removal and replacement of asbestos siding.
Oregon School District Benefits from Energy Improvements

Financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy to Oregon's state energy office has helped the state support energy retrofits for several...

December 21, 2015
State Energy Program funds from the U.S. Department of Energy supported the installation of batteries to store energy from this solar system at Nevada's Beaver Dam State Park near the Utah border.
Nevada’s State Park System Strengthens Attractions with Solar

The state park system across the U.S. is critical to historic preservation, natural history, wildlife conservation, and education. The Energy...

October 9, 2015
The City of Greensburg, Kentucky, established an energy savings performance contract to make HVAC and lighting improvements in several city buildings, saving money and improving comfort for building occupants. | Courtesy of Greensburg, Kentucky
Energy-Saving Solutions in the Bluegrass State

The Energy Department is continuing partnerships with state and local governments to advance efficiency in both energy and water use. One way of...

October 6, 2015
Energy Department Announces State Energy Program National Evaluation Results

The Energy Department announced today the results of a major national evaluation during a typical year in the State Energy Program (SEP) operations...

September 21, 2015
Students participating in the NEED Project at Scituate High and Calcutt Middle Schools planted 14 trees in Central Falls, Rhode Island.
Energy Department Helps Rhode Island Schools Teach Energy Essentials

As the school year begins anew across the nation, Rhode Island is at the frontier of energy education, offering a state-of-the-art curriculum in...

August 12, 2015
Paul Thomsen, Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, announces the new Nevada Electric Highway Joint Initiative in Carson City, Nevada. He was joined at the event by Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell, left, NV Energy CEO Paul Caudill, and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. The Initiative received financial support from the Energy Department's State Energy Program.
SEP Success Story: Energy Department Supporting Nevada's Effort to Increase Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Along Major U.S. Highway

With help from the State Energy Program, the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy and the local utility NV Energy were able to create the Electric...

July 20, 2015
State Energy Program Success Stories
SEP Success Story: Energy Department Funding Helping Energy-Intensive Dairy Industry

With help from the State Energy Program, eight dairies in Colorado received a free energy audit and energy saving recommendations through the...

April 29, 2015
Grand Junction's CNG station fuels the city's fleets and county buses and is available to fuel public vehicles as well. Pictured above, a Grand Valley Transit bus is preparing to refuel.
SEP Success Story: City in Colorado Fueling Vehicles with Gas Produced from Wastewater Treatment Facility

The City of Grand Junction built a 5-mile underground pipeline to transport compressed natural gas (CNG) from a local wastewater treatment facility...

May 30, 2014
The SunSmart Program has installed solar power systems at schools designated as emergency shelters throughout Florida. | Photo by Amy Kidd
SEP Success Story: Florida's SunSmart Program Helps Provide Power to Schools When Storms Strike

This hurricane season, which officially starts on Sunday, the Sunshine State will be more ready than usual to recover from storms that wreak havoc,...