$3.2 Billion in Federal Funding for Local Energy Efficiency Improvements Made Available
As part of the economic stimulus package, Vice President Biden and Energy Secretary Chu have announced that $3.2 billion in block grants has been made available for energy efficiency and conservation projects:
The funding will support energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits in residential and commercial buildings, the development and implementation of advanced building codes and inspections, and the creation of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements. Other activities eligible for use of grant funds include transportation programs that conserve energy, projects to reduce and capture methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, renewable energy installations on government buildings, energy efficient traffic signals and street lights, deployment of Combined Heat and Power and district heating and cooling systems, and others.
Of that money, $1.9 billion is going to cities and counties directly; $770 million to states and territories, for distribution to places not large enough to qualify for direct funding; more than $54 million will go to Tribal governments. The final $456 million will be made available under competitive solicitation for other local energy efficiency projects.
More: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Home Page
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