State Government Seeks Renewable Energy Projects

The Energy Office has received a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to provide assistance to state agencies that want to utilize renewable energy resources in new purchases, construction and remodeling.

The federal grant was issued in response to a gubernatorial executive order requiring state agencies to aggressively incorporate energy conservation and renewable energy into their future activities.

The Energy Office has enlisted the aid of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Architecture to provide
professional, technical assistance on specific agency projects.

In October, the College brought agency architects and other professionals together with staff from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. According to Paul Torricelli from the

Lab, with proper planning, new buildings can be designed to reduce energy use by 70 percent over comparable buildings.

For more information about state government's renewable and energy efficiency work, contact Nate Krug at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Architecture at 402-472-9236.

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