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DOE Gets State, Local Governments to Apply New Building Technologies; AnnaMaria Garcia Quoted

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected seven local and state government entities to install new building technologies in Texas, Wisconsin, California, Kansas, Tennessee and Rhode Island. 

DOE said Wednesday that it competitively selected four local government bodies, two state energy agencies and a state judicial council to have these technologies installed and demonstrated under the department's State Energy Program.

The department seeks to improve the energy efficiency and flexibility of buildings through these technologies, such as artificial intelligence-aided sensors, building automation systems, gas absorption heat pumps and thermal energy storage systems.

“We are excited and ready to work with our public sector stakeholders to test out these innovative technologies for improving energy efficiency for homeowners, business owners and state and local governments,” said AnnaMaria Garcia, director of weatherization and intergovernmental programs at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

DOE finances the projects via the Building Technologies Proving Ground – Public Sector Field Validation funding opportunity.