American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Allots $16.8 Billion for EERE

February 17, 2009

Photograph of President Barack Obama.

Feb. 17, 2009 — President Barack Obama today signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1) at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Alongside Vice President Joe Biden, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, the president approved the $787 billion economic recovery package, the largest in the nation's history.

Emblematic of the bill's focus on investment in renewable and efficiency technologies, the President was introduced by Blake Jones, CEO of Namaste Solar—a solar energy company based in Colorado.

An unprecedented $16.8 billion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be appropriated for the Department of Energy's Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) programs and initiatives.

After passing both houses of Congress and going to a joint Senate-House Conference Committee, the final appropriations include:

  • $5 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program
  • $3.1 billion for the State Energy Program
  • $3.2 billion for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants
  • $2.5 billion for Applied Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment including:
    • $800 million for Biomass
    • $400 million for Geothermal
    • $50 million for Information and Communications technology
  • $2 billion for Advanced Battery Manufacturing Grants
  • $400 million for Transportation Electrification
  • $300 million for an Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program and ENERGY STAR®
  • $300 million for an Alternative Fueled-Vehicles Pilot Grant Program

For more information regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, please visit the White House Web page, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules Web page, or Recovery.gov.

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