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Department of Energy Announces $61 Million for Connected Community Pilot Programs

Updated: Jul 11, 2022

Earlier this month, the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) announced $61 million in funding for Connected Community pilot programs. A Connected Community is a collection of grid-interactive, efficient smart buildings that coordinate together to support the grid and collectively reduce carbon emissions.

“From our homes to workplaces, this groundbreaking, grid-connected building technology will help reduce our impact while cutting energy bills, maximizing convenience, and propelling our efforts to reach a carbon-neutral, clean energy economy by 2050,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. By 2030, grid-interactive efficient buildings could save up to $18 billion in energy costs and cut 80 million tons of carbon emissions annually, according to a DOE study conducted this year. While these smart buildings represent the cutting edge of energy efficiency technology, there are many more projects that are currently accessible to most commercial property owners looking to cut energy costs. To learn more about which energy efficiency innovations are right for you, contact us at


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