Energy Efficiency - September 29, 2020
DOE launches funding program for building efficiency
The U.S. Department of Energy announced Sept. 25 a new initiative that will provide up to $80 million for projects that enhance energy demand flexibility across buildings and the grid.
The Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2020 Funding Opportunities Announcement (FOA) will include investments in projects that cover topics such as thermal storage research, advanced HVAC systems, refrigeration technologies, lighting, whole building electric load optimization, more efficient building construction and improved retrofit technologies.
“Improving energy efficiency in our nation’s buildings and homes enables American businesses and families to efficiently consume energy without compromising comfort or performance,” Deputy Secretary Mark Menezes said in a statement. “By advancing innovative technologies that enhance building design, materials, equipment, and operations, we are building a more resilient energy future.”
It is estimated that residential and commercial buildings account for nearly 40% of the U.S.’s energy demand and that buildings account for 74% of all electricity use in the U.S. This program is intended to help improve the energy efficiency of America’s more than 119 million homes and 5.6 million commercial buildings.
The program will be accepting applications until 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thurs., Nov. 5.