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Obama Administration Announces Additional $21,103,000 for Local Energy Efficiency Improvements in Iowa

March 26, 2009 - 12:00am


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 $21,103,000 for state, county and city efforts in Iowa. A detailed breakdown is below.

Today's announcement builds on an investment of $121,380,411 in Iowa weatherization and energy funding announced by the Administration on March 12th and detailed at

"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:


IA Iowa Total Sum City, County, and SEO Allocations All $21,103,000
IA Iowa State Energy Office $9,593,500
IA Ames City $544,000
IA Ankeny City $166,300
IA Cedar Falls City $162,500
IA Cedar Rapids City $1,290,900
IA Council Bluffs City $571,500
IA Davenport City $983,300
IA Des Moines City $1,982,300
IA Dubuque City $574,700
IA Iowa City City $692,300
IA Sioux City City $801,300
IA Urbandale City $162,900
IA Waterloo City $665,300
IA West Des Moines City $557,000
IA Cerro Gordo County $191,600
IA Clinton County $207,700
IA Dallas County $ 199,700
IA Des Moines County $176,900
IA Johnson County $236,900
IA Linn County $317,300
IA Muscatine County $184,700
IA Polk County $408,800
IA Scott County $260,400
IA Warren County $171,200

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


IA Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa $46,600

(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