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September 30, 2009

DOE Delivers $106 Million for Energy Efficiency in Nine States

DOE delivered more than $106 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds on September 24 to nine states to support energy efficiency and conservation activities. Under DOE's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, the nine states will implement programs that lower energy use, reduce carbon pollution, and create green jobs locally. States receiving funding are Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.

The awards to the state energy offices will be used to support state-level energy efficiency priorities, along with funding 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 was funded for the first time by the Recovery Act and provides formula grants to states, cities, counties, territories, and federally-recognized Indian tribes nationwide to implement energy efficiency projects locally.

Projects eligible for support include the development of an energy efficiency and conservation strategy, energy efficiency audits and retrofits, transportation programs, the creation of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements, the development and implementation of advanced building codes and inspections, and the installation of renewable energy technologies on municipal buildings. For example, Massachusetts will use a portion of the $14.75 million for to help share its Energy Information Reporting System with each of the commonwealth's 351 local government units, enabling them to establish energy-use baseline inventories for their buildings, vehicles, and street lights. And Hawaii will focus a substantial part of its $9.59 million on upgrading the state's existing buildings to meet Energy Star standards. For a full list of awards to date, visit the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Program. Read the DOE press release.