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Obama Administration Announces Additional $42,243,200 for Local Energy Efficiency Improvements in Tennessee

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 $42,243,200 for state, county and city efforts in Tennessee.  A detailed breakdown is below.

Today's announcement builds on an investment of $161,594,101 in Tennessee 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:

TN TennesseeTotal Sum City, County, and SEO Allocations All $42,243,200
TN Tennessee State Energy Office $13,818,200
TN Bartlett City $193,600
TN Brentwood City $164,500
TN Chattanooga City $1,864,300
TN Clarksville City $1,114,900
TN Cleveland City $186,300
TN Collierville City $164,400
TN Franklin City $593,700
TN Germantown City $169,600
TN Hendersonville City $190,500
TN Jackson City $670,700
TN Johnson City City $661,800
TN Kingsport City $219,100
TN Knoxville City $2,012,700
TN Memphis City $6,767,200
TN Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County City $6,225,400
TN Murfreesboro City $961,100
TN Smyrna City $164,800
TN Blount County $501,600
TN Hamilton County $616,500
TN Knox County $2,125,400
TN Maury County $334,900
TN Rutherford County $418,600
TN Sevier County $356,900
TN Shelby County $421,800
TN Sullivan County $459,700
TN Sumner County $431,700
TN Wilson County $433,300

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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(202) 586-4940

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