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July 15, 2009

DOE Awards $141 Million for Clean Energy in Five States, One Territory

DOE delivered more than $141 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to Hawaii, Maine, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, and the Northern Mariana Islands on July 10 to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Under DOE's State Energy Program, states and territories have proposed plans that prioritize energy savings, create or retain jobs, increase the use of renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The funds will support loan and grant programs, education and training efforts, energy audits, building retrofits, building energy code upgrades, industrial energy efficiency initiatives, and incentives for alternative-fueled vehicles.

For example, Texas will introduce a revolving loan program that will enable public facilities to implement building efficiency measures. Recovery Act funds will also be used for competitive grants to state agencies, communities, schools, and hospitals to install and demonstrate solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy technologies. And Hawaii's energy efficiency strategy will directly fund high performance buildings, government and residential building retrofits, and energy efficiency measures in the state's hospitality industry. The program will also provide technical assistance and training to building owners, developers, design professionals, and county building code officials to ensure that new and renovated buildings are designed and built with high efficiency measures.

The funds are part of the Obama Administration's national strategy to support job growth while making a historic down payment on clean energy. The Recovery Act appropriated $3.1 billion to the State Energy Program, giving priority to achieving national goals of energy independence while helping to stimulate local economies. For the five states and the Northern Mariana Islands, the new funds represent 40% of the State Energy Program funds available to them under the Recovery Act, following an initial 10% of the funds that were awarded to support planning activities. The second half of the funds will be released when they meet the reporting, oversight, and accountability milestones required by the Recovery Act. See the state-by-state list of funding and energy plans in the DOE press release.