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Obama Administration Announces Additional $208,759,900 for Local Energy Efficiency Improvements in Texas

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 $208,759,900 for state, county and city efforts in Texas.  A detailed breakdown is below.

Today's announcement builds on an investment of $545,757,732 in Texas 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:

TX TexasTotal Sum City , County, and SEO Allocations All $208,759,900
TX Texas State Energy Office $45,638,100
TX Abilene City $1,131,600
TX Allen City $693,000
TX Amarillo City $1,781,600
TX Arlington City $3,428,100
TX Austin City $7,492,700
TX Baytown City $672,300
TX Beaumont City $1,104,200
TX Bedford City $201,200
TX Brownsville City $1,659,200
TX Bryan City $695,100
TX Carrollton City $1,189,100
TX Cedar Hill City $176,600
TX CedarPark City $519,700
TX College Station City $791,100
TX Conroe City $538,300
TX Coppell City $171,200
TX Corpus Christi City $2,757,500
TX Dallas City $12,787,300
TX Del Rio City $156,300
TX Denton City $1,117,000
TX DeSoto City $187,700
TX Duncanville City $148,600
TX Edinburg City $683,100
TX El Paso City $5,802,700
TX Euless City $454,200
TX Flower Mound City $607,700
TX Fort Worth City $6,738,300
TX Frisco City $825,800
TX Galveston City $580,100
TX Garland City $1,978,800
TX Georgetown City $201,900
TX Grand Prairie City $1,474,400
TX Grapevine City $503,500
TX Haltom City City $165,700
TX Harlingen City $645,100
TX Houston City $ 22,765,100
TX Huntsville City $166,500
TX Hurst City $165,500
TX Irving City $2,058,600
TX Keller City $155,000
TX Killeen City $1,027,000
TX Lancaster City $143,300
TX Laredo City $2,083,600
TX League City City $598,200
TX Lewisville City $913,000
TX Longview City $781,900
TX Lubbock City $2,109,900
TX Mansfield City $179,700
TX McAllen City $1,292,500
TX McKinney City $1,071,500
TX Mesquite City $1,200,900
TX Midland City $997,700
TX Mission City $629,500
TX Missouri City City $634,900
TX New Braunfels City $498,200
TX North Richland Hills City $584,900
TX Odessa City $915,100
TX Pasadena City $1,358,600
TX Pearland City $685,900
TX Pharr City $608,900
TX Plano City $2,545,400
TX Port Arthur City $541,300
TX Richardson City $1,036,200
TX Round Rock City $955,400
TX Rowlett City $481,900
TX San Angelo City $865,000
TX San Antonio City $12,897,000
TX San Marcos City $498,100
TX Sherman City $170,000
TX SugarLand City $781,400
TX Temple City $593,200
TX Texarkana City $174,300
TX Texas City City $191,600
TX The Colony City $156,200
TX Tyler City $1,005,700
TX Victoria City $605,700
TX Waco City $1,246,300
TX Wichita Falls City $996,100
TX Bexar County $2,434,500
TX Brazoria County $2,048,800
TX Denton County $612,000
TX FortBend County $2,807,600
TX Harris County $13,773,400
TX Hidalgo County $3,539,500
TX Montgomery County $3,259,800
TX Tarrant County $2,399,300
TX Travis County $2,207,900
TX Williamson County $611,600

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

  Name Allocation
TX Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas $27,700
TX Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas $33,100
TX Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas $110,700

(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.

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