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DOE to Fund Decarbonization Pilot Projects at 4 National Labs; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

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The Department of Energy has announced $38 million in funding to support decarbonization projects at four national laboratories as part of the Net Zero Labs Pilot Initiative that seeks to support the White House’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

The funding recipients are Idaho National Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, DOE said Wednesday.

Transitioning to a net-zero future will require slashing carbon pollution across all industries — from shipping to manufacturing to construction, and even the operation of our national laboratories,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

DOE’s National Labs are leading by example to address some of the most energy-intensive, hardest-to-decarbonize federal facilities to reduce our nation’s carbon footprint — mitigating the disastrous impacts of climate change, lowering energy costs, and supporting the growing clean energy workforce,” added Granholm.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, for instance, is developing software, algorithms and other methods to enable optimized operation of energy assets and advance clean energy adoption.

DOE said it expects the platforms that will come out of the NZL Pilot program to be replicated at other facilities of the department, federal agencies and local and state governments.