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Obama Administration Announces Additional $112,175,600 for Local Energy Efficiency Improvements in Illinois

March 26, 2009 - 12:00am

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WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced plans to invest $3.2 billion in energy efficiency and conservation projects in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Native American tribes. This includes $112,175,600 for state, county and city efforts in Illinois. A detailed breakdown is below.

Today's announcement builds on an investment of $343,847,619 in Illinois weatherization and energy funding announced by the Administration on March 12th and detailed at energy.gov/recovery.

"These investments will save taxpayer dollars and create jobs in communities around the country," said Vice President Biden. "Local leaders will have the flexibility in how they put these resources to work - but we will hold them accountable for making the investments quickly and wisely to spur the local economy and cut energy use."

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded by President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will provide formula grants for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency. 

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.

To ensure accountability, the Department of Energy will provide guidance to and require grant recipients to report on the number of jobs created or retained, energy saved, renewable energy capacity installed, greenhouse gas emissions reduced, and funds leveraged.  Funding is based on a formula that accounts for population and energy use. 

"The Block Grants are a major investment in energy solutions that will strengthen America's economy and create jobs at the local level," said Secretary Chu. "The funding will be used for the cheapest, cleanest and most reliable energy technologies we have - energy efficiency and conservation - which can be deployed immediately.  The grants also empower local communities to make strategic investments to meet the nation's long term clean energy and climate goals."

Funding for state, city, and county governments in the state includes:

 

IL Illinois Total Sum City, County, and SEO Allocations All $112,175,600
IL Illinois State Energy Office $21,834,600
IL Addison City $168,300
IL Arlington Heights City $714,100
IL Aurora City $1,574,100
IL Bartlett City $157,500
IL Belleville City $179,200
IL Berwyn City $444,300
IL Bloomington City $746,400
IL Bolingbrook City $652,300
IL Buffalo Grove City $179,900
IL Calumet City City $149,300
IL Carol Stream City $173,000
IL Carpentersville City $146,800
IL Champaign City $763,200
IL Chicago City $27,648,800
IL Cicero City $727,300
IL Crystal Lake City $183,500
IL Decatur City $768,200
IL DeKalb City $186,800
IL Des Plaines City $576,900
IL Downers Grove City $232,100
IL Elgin City $1,002,600
IL Elmhurst City $205,300
IL Evanston City $749,700
IL Glenview City $207,100
IL Hanover Park City $141,600
IL Hoffman Estates City $515,100
IL Joliet City $1,346,400
IL Lombard City $187,500
IL Moline City $190,200
IL Mount Prospect City $489,600
IL Naperville City $1,392,200
IL Normal City $488,500
IL Oak Lawn City $495,900
IL Oak Park City $200,600
IL Orland Park City $520,700
IL Palatine City $614,500
IL Park Ridge City $158,700
IL Peoria City $1,174,300
IL Plainfield City $143,700
IL Quincy City $180,600
IL Rock Island City $168,600
IL Rockford City $1,582,800
IL Romeoville City $153,200
IL Schaumburg City $776,500
IL Skokie City $654,200
IL Springfield City $1,225,600
IL Streamwood City $142,900
IL Tinley Park City $537,600
IL Urbana City $185,200
IL Waukegan City $851,900
IL Wheaton City $514,400
IL Wheeling City $160,000
IL Cook County $12,696,000
IL DuPage County $4,653,700
IL Kane County $2,469,100
IL Lake County $5,658,700
IL Madison County $2,490,200
IL McHenry County $2,475,900
IL St. Clair County $2,040,800
IL Tazewell County $548,400
IL Will County $3,009,700
IL Winnebago County $568,800

More information on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program is available on http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/wip/block_grants.cfm.

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