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March 26, 2009

DOE to Award $3.2 Billion in Energy Efficiency Block Grants

DOE announced on March 26 that it plans to invest $3.2 billion in energy efficiency and conservation projects in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and tribal lands. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will provide formula grants for projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel emissions. Funding is based on a formula that accounts for population and energy use, and to ensure accountability, DOE will provide guidance to grant recipients and require them to report on the number of jobs created or retained, energy saved, renewable energy capacity installed, greenhouse gas emissions reduced, and funds leveraged.

The funding will support energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits in residential and commercial buildings, the development and implementation of advanced building codes and inspections, and the creation of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements. The grant funds could also go towards transportation programs that conserve energy, projects to reduce and capture methane emissions from landfills, renewable energy installations on government buildings, energy-efficient traffic signals and street lights, combined heat and power systems, district heating and cooling systems, and other projects.

Cities and counties will receive nearly $1.9 billion under the block grant program, while states and territories will receive nearly $770 million, and more than $54 million will flow directly to tribal governments. States will receive and administer funds for those counties and cities that are not large enough to qualify for direct DOE funding. In addition, up to $456 million will be made available for local energy efficiency projects under a separate competitive solicitation to be released at a later date. See the DOE press release and the Web site for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.

DOE also announced specific funding amounts for each of the states. These figures were updated on April 10 based on new figures included in a DOE press release.

State Funding
Alabama $32 million
Alaska $14 million
Arizona $64 million
Arkansas $20 million
California $352 million
Colorado $43 million
Connecticut $25 million
Delaware $16 million
District of Columbia $10 million
Florida $169 million
Georgia $67 million
Guam $10 million
Hawaii $15 million
Idaho $17 million
Illinois $112 million
Indiana $42 million
Iowa $21 million
Kansas $24 million
Kentucky $25 million
Louisiana $34 million
Maine $11 million
Maryland $52 million
Massachusetts $42 million
Michigan $77 million
Minnesota $37 million
Mississippi $17 million
Missouri $44 million
Montana $14 million
Nebraska $19 million
Nevada $32 million
New Hampshire $13 million
New Jersey $75 million
New Mexico $21 million
New York $175 million
North Carolina $58 million
North Dakota $13 million
Ohio $84 million
Oklahoma $27 million
Oregon $34 million
Pennsylvania $103 million
PuertoRico $34 million
Rhode Island $15 million
South Carolina $31 million
South Dakota $13 million
Tennessee $42 million
Texas $209 million
Utah $28 million
Vermont $10 million
Virginia $61 million
Washington $56 million
West Virginia $14 million
Wisconsin $37 million
Wyoming $12 million