DOE Delivers $40 Million to Florida and Maine for Clean Energy
DOE delivered more than $40 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds on November 17 to Florida and Maine in support of 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 awards to the states' 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 local energy efficiency projects.
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, Florida will use the EECBG funds to support the Sunshine State Building Initiative, which will fund the installation of a variety of energy-saving measures at existing state buildings. This will reduce the state's energy bills, while helping the state meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2012. Meanwhile, Maine will direct a portion of its funds toward energy efficiency upgrades at large-scale commercial facilities. See the DOE press release and the EECBG Program Web site.