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June 16, 2010

DOE Awards $60 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Local Clean Energy Efforts

DOE announced on June 11 that 20 communities have been selected for more than $60 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to implement local energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Local governments, nonprofit organizations and quasi-governmental organizations in 18 states are among the recipients for the competitive grants, administered under DOE's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. States receiving funds include Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington.

These awards were open to local communities that were not eligible to receive the initial, population-based formula grants under the EECBG program. Specifically, the funding supports projects that deliver energy efficiency retrofits in residential and commercial buildings and establish financing programs for energy efficiency improvements. Other activities will include transportation programs that conserve energy through trip reduction strategies and alternative transportation options, projects to increase recycling, efforts to reduce the energy demands of delivering and supplying clean water through water efficiency and conservation measures, the installation of energy-efficient street lights, and the integrated deployment of renewable energy systems in conjunction with energy efficiency retrofits to existing buildings.

The award recipients were selected through a competitive review process that took into account the expected energy savings and reduced emissions impacts of the projects, leveraged investments from other non-federal sources, and whether the project could be replicated and expanded to contribute to a sustainable market for energy efficiency nationally. Projects that proposed innovative approaches and identified and addressed ways to overcome institutional, regulatory, or market barriers were also favored. See the DOE press release and the EECBG Web site.