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September 16, 2009

DOE Delivers $354 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects in 22 States

DOE awarded more than $354 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on September 14 to 22 states in support of energy efficiency and conservation activities. Under DOE's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, these states will implement programs that lower energy use, reduce carbon pollution, and create green jobs locally. States receiving funding include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The awards to the State Energy Offices will be used to support energy efficiency priorities on a state level as well as to fund local conservation projects in smaller cities and counties. At least 60% of each state’s award will be passed through to local cities and counties not eligible for direct EECBG awards from DOE. The EECBG Program provides formula grants to states, cities, counties, territories, and federally-recognized Indian tribes to implement energy efficiency projects locally. Eligible efforts include the development of energy efficiency and conservation strategies, the development and implementation of advanced building codes and inspections, the creation of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements, the delivery of energy efficiency audits and retrofits, the creation and implementation of transportation programs, and the installation of renewable energy technologies on municipal buildings. See the DOE press release, and for a full list of awards to date, visit the EECBG Program Web site.