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April 28, 2010

DOE Awards $452 million in Recovery Act Funds for Building Retrofits

Vice President Joe Biden announced on April 21 the selection of 25 states, communities, and organizations that will receive up to $452 million in DOE Recovery Act funding to "ramp-up" energy efficiency building retrofits. DOE's Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative will allow communities, state and local governments, private-sector companies, and non-profit organizations to work together on pioneering programs for concentrated and broad-based retrofits of neighborhoods. The projects will be carried out in the U.S. Virgin Islands and 28 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The partnerships will support large-scale retrofits and make energy efficiency accessible to hundreds of thousands of homeowners and businesses. For example, Lowell, Massachusetts, will create a model of how energy efficiency upgrades can meet historical preservation standards. And Phoenix, Arizona, will focus on retrofitting a least half of all commercial and residential space along a 10‐mile stretch adjacent to the city's new light‐rail line. The models created through this program are expected to save households and businesses about $100 million annually.

In addition to the Recovery Act investment, the 25 projects will leverage an estimated $2.8 billion from other sources over the next three years to retrofit hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses across the country. In implementing these projects, grantees will deliver verified energy savings and incorporate sustainable business models to ensure that buildings will continue to be retrofitted after the Recovery Act funds are spent. DOE will use the lessons learned from these pilot programs to develop best-practice guides for comprehensive retrofit programs that can be adopted and implemented by other communities across the country. The Retrofit Ramp-Up projects are the competitive portion of DOE's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program and are part of the overall $80 billion Recovery Act investment in clean energy and energy efficiency.

The Retrofit Ramp-Up awardees include the following governments and organizations: Austin, Texas; Boulder County, Colorado; Camden, New Jersey; the Chicago (Illinois) Metropolitan Agency for Planning; the Greater Cincinnati (Ohio) Energy Alliance; Greensboro, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles County, California; Lowell, Massachusetts; the states of Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, and New Hampshire; Omaha, Nebraska; the New York State Research and Development Authority; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; Portland, Oregon; San Antonio, Texas; Seattle, Washington; the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, which will partner with cities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority in Ohio; and the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation. See the DOE press release and the full list of projects (PDF 129 KB). Download Adobe Reader.