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October 07, 2009

DOE Delivers $72 Million to Seven States and Territories for Clean Energy

DOE delivered more than $72 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds on October 1 to five states and two territories to support energy efficiency and conservation activities. Under DOE's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, the recipients will implement programs that lower energy use, reduce carbon pollution, and create green jobs locally. The seven entities receiving funding are the states of Idaho, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, and South Dakota and the territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The awards to the state and territorial energy offices will be used to support their energy efficiency priorities, along with funding local conservation projects in smaller cities and counties. At least 60% of each 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, South Dakota will use a portion of its nearly $10 million in grants to provide competitive zero-interest loans to public and private entities benefiting the community. And the U.S. Virgin Islands will direct some of its nearly $10 million in grants to purchase and install a renewable landfill-gas-to-energy treatment system. See the DOE press release and the EECBG Program Web site.