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UConn selected to lead a nationwide clean energy project

Wind turbines in a field in Adair, Iowa. Democrats' budget deal would use financial carrots and sticks to encourage utilities to shift to clean energy.
Charlie Neibergall
Wind turbines in a field.

The U.S. Department of Energy named the University of Connecticut to run a technical analysis and support center for the effort.

University President Radenka Maric said it’ll guide a network of companies, research centers and other universities to expand the use of clean energy in the U.S. industrial sector.

"Investments in net-zero-carbon technologies and industry decarbonization can strengthen U.S. and Connecticut manufacturing competitiveness, which then creates new jobs and economic opportunities that improve quality of life," Maric said in a statement.

UConn will coordinate eight regional organizations at locations across the country. They’ll work with local manufacturers on clean energy strategies — like fuel cells, geothermal energy, industrial heat pumps and solar and wind power.

The U.S. has a goal to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Governor Ned Lamont said the decision "further cements Connecticut as the home of the clean energy industry."

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.