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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded the announcement made by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu that Washington state will receive nearly $2 million in funding for energy-efficient research and job training programs. The funding, awarded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will help provide Washington state workers with the skills they need to secure jobs in energy-efficient construction projects.

“With families across Washington state still reeling from job losses, it’s important to provide workers with the skills they need to secure jobs in the growing field of energy-efficient building,” said Senator Murray. “Washington state is a national leader in the energy-efficiency sector and this research and training will help ensure that our workforce remains strong and able to fill the jobs of the 21st century economy.”

University of Washington – $1,196,580

The University of Washington will receive $1,196,580 in the project area of Analysis, Design, and Technical Tools with a focus on improving the capability to simulate complex interactions between building elements, including climate, envelope heat and moisture transfer, internal heat gains, lighting power, HVAC equipment, controls, thermal and visual comfort, and energy costs.

Northwest Energy Efficiency Council – $549,169

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council will receive $549,169 to develop a training program for commercial building equipment technicians.