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Obama Administration Announces Additional $16,956,700 for Local Energy Efficiency Improvements in Idaho

March 26, 2009 - 12:00am

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WASHINGTON DC - 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 $16,956,700 for state, county and city efforts in Idaho. A detailed breakdown is below.

Today's announcement builds on an investment of $58,913,929 in Idaho 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:

 

ID

Idaho Total Sum City, County, and SEO Allocations

All $ 16,956,700
ID

Idaho

State Energy Office $9,593,500
ID

Boise City

City $2,039,200
ID

Caldwell

City $169,800
ID

Coeur d'Alene

City $191,700
ID

Idaho Falls

City $539,100
ID

Lewiston

City $139,100
ID

Meridian

City $608,800
ID

Nampa

City $753,800
ID

Pocatello

City $533,000
ID

Rexburg

City $123,200
ID

Twin Falls

City $ 183,600
ID

Ada

County $433,500
ID

Bannock

County $102,600
ID

Bingham

County $181,200
ID

Bonner

County $173,300
ID

Bonneville

County $177,100
ID

Canyon

County $238,100
ID

Elmore

County $122,200
ID

Kootenai

County $374,400
ID

Latah

County $151,500
ID

Twin Falls

County $128,000

In addition, today's announcement includes funding for the following Tribal governments in the state:

 

ID Kootenai Tribe of Idaho $ 25,000
ID Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho (previously listed as Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho) $ 97,200
ID Shoshone-Bannock Tribe of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho $ 147,900

(NOTE: If a Tribal government spans more than one state, the number above reflects the allocation for the Tribal government as a whole.)

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

Media contact(s):

(202) 586-4940

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