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September 23, 2009

DOE Delivers $36 Million to Pennsylvania for Energy Efficiency Projects

DOE awarded more than $36 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding on September 17 to support energy efficiency and conservation projects in communities across Pennsylvania. Under DOE's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, the funds will be channeled to Pennsylvania's State Energy Office (namely, the Office of Energy & Technology Deployment within the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) as well as local cities and counties to help lower energy use, reduce carbon pollution, and create green jobs across the Keystone State.

Pennsylvania's Office of Energy & Technology Deployment will receive more than $23.5 million to establish the "PA Conservation Works! Program," which will award grants to local governments and non-profit entities with shovel-ready projects that promise energy efficiency improvements of at least 25%. Eligible projects include the installation of energy-efficient streetlights; retrofitting of high-efficiency furnaces, boilers, and air conditioners; efficiency upgrades at wastewater treatment plants; and the deployment of renewable energy technologies on or in government buildings. Other recipients of the EECBG awards include Allegheny and Delaware Counties, as well as Abington Township, Altoona, Cheltenham Township, Middleton Township, and York. DOE is continuing to review applications and will be making awards to additional cities and counties in the weeks to come. See the DOE press release.

The EECBG program was funded for the first time by the Recovery Act and provides formula grants to states, cities, counties, territories, and federally-recognized tribes nationwide 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 EECBG Program Web site.