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Dept. of Energy releases RFI for K-12 schools energy upgrade program

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Dept. of Energy releases RFI for K-12 schools energy upgrade program

$500 million dedicated to schools in infrastructure law.
 


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | April 11, 2022
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The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) released a Request for Information (RFI) to help decide how best to spend $500 million from the recently passed federal infrastructure law for K-12 public school energy upgrades.
 
The law makes available grants for energy improvements that result in a direct reduction in school energy costs, including improvements to the air conditioning and heating, ventilation, hot water heating, and lighting systems. Funding would also support renovation and repairs that lead to an improvement in teacher and student health. 
 
Many schools are in desperate need of energy improvements, according to a DOE news release. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation’s 100,000 public K-12 schools a D+ in their 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure report.
 
“Dilapidated school facilities can negatively affect student learning and health as indoor air quality problems can aggravate respiratory illnesses, reduce student and teacher attendance and performance, and increase risk of transmission of respiratory infections like COVID-19,” the release says.
 
DOE encourages local education agencies, school staff, states, local governments, energy service companies, unions, service providers, and utilities to respond to the RFI. The deadline for submissions is May 18, 2022.

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