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Shaheen Applauds Selection of UNH to Lead Decarbonization Efforts in New England’s Industrial Sector

**The Department of Energy’s Onsite Energy Technical Assistance Partnerships will facilitate the integration of clean energy for industrial facilities and other large energy users**

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) applauds the selection of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for one of nine Onsite Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs). Through this partnership, UNH is eligible to receive up to $1.3 million in federal funding from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) to support technical assistance activities to accelerate the adoption of onsite energy technologies in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. These efforts will accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies and drive U.S. industrial decarbonization, productivity and competitiveness. 

“The industrial sector is a key part of our economy and adopting new technologies to increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs will be essential to creating jobs, reducing energy costs, meeting our climate goals and remaining competitive globally. I’m excited to see that UNH will be spearheading this partnership and working with policymakers, utilities, businesses and other stakeholders not only in New Hampshire, but across New England to facilitate these changes and reduce emissions,” said Senator Shaheen. “Through this program, UNH and companies around New England will make tangible progress in the clean energy transition which will benefit our environment and our economy for years to come.” 

“This is an exciting opportunity for UNH to help large energy users in New Hampshire, and throughout the region, realize the economic and environmental benefits of cleaner energy technologies, which has been a longstanding priority for Senator Shaheen,” said Matt Davis, associate professor of Earth sciences and principal investigator for the New England TAP. “Through the DOE’s Technical Assistance Partnerships, UNH scientists will reach out, engage and educate local industries on integrated options to reduce carbon emissions by providing screening and technical assistance on various clean energy options like solar, geothermal, renewable gas, battery storage, thermal storage and combined heat and power, among others.” 

UNH was selected as the Regional Onsite TAP for the New England area and will facilitate on the ground efforts to increase the adoption of clean energy technologies around the region. UNH will be responsible for the development of educational materials and outreach efforts. They will also provide technical screenings to assess the feasibility of adopting various technologies including solar photovoltaics, battery storage, heat pumps, thermal storage, wind, renewable gas, waste heat recovery and combined heat and power. 

Senator Shaheen has long worked to secure federal investments in clean energy and energy efficiency initiatives. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Energy (DOE). Senator Shaheen was a lead negotiator of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided a $550 billion investment in our nation’s core infrastructure priorities – including roads and bridges, rail, transit, ports, airports, the electric grid, water systems and broadband. Shaheen successfully included key provisions of her energy efficiency bill – the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC) – with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). She also included the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act, the Promoting American Energy Jobs Act and the Heat Efficiency through Applied Technology (HEAT) Act.