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Agency:U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Program:State Energy Program (SEP)

The National Energy Conservation Policy Act (1978) established the Institutional Conservation Program, which provided energy conservation grants to schools and hospitals to improve energy efficiency in buildings and reduce cost. Beginning in fiscal year 1996, this program was consolidated into the new State Energy Program, together with the State Energy Conservation Program. The new program is operated like the State Energy Conservation Program, with States having the flexibility to offer a wide range of activities, including energy efficiency projects of schools and hospitals.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) amended Title III, Part D of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), pertaining to State energy conservation plans. The amended section provides that the Secretary of Energy shall, at least once every three years, invite the Governor of each State that has submitted a State energy conservation plan to DOE to review and, if necessary, revise the State plan. In addition, the amended section provides that the energy conservation goal in State plans must call for a 25 percent or more improvement in the efficiency of State energy use in calendar year 2012 as compared to calendar year.

Private schools that qualified for assistance under the Institutional Conservation Program would also be eligible under the new program, if the State is including assistance to schools in its activities. To determine if the State in which you reside offers such activities, and to obtain information about State programs and/or applications, contact the State energy officer (link provided below).

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Last Modified: 05/07/2009