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Obama Administration Announces Additional $42,380,100 for Local Energy Efficiency Improvements in Indiana

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 $42,380,100 for state, county and city efforts in Indiana. A detailed breakdown is below.

Today's announcement builds on an investment of $200,468,383 in Indiana 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:

 

IN Indiana Total Sum City, County, and SEO Allocations All $42,380,100
IN Indiana State Energy Office $14,052,400
IN Anderson City City $560,200
IN Bloomington City $745,000
IN Carmel City $633,000
IN Columbus City $190,000
IN Elkhart City $557,300
IN Evansville City $1,206,000
IN Fishers City $610,100
IN Fort Wayne City $2,474,400
IN Gary City $935,200
IN Greenwood City $193,900
IN Hammond City $728,100
IN Indianapolis City $8,032,300
IN Kokomo City $214,600
IN Lafayette City $659,000
IN Lawrence City $176,200
IN Mishawaka City $219,000
IN Muncie City $665,700
IN New Albany City $165,900
IN Noblesville City $170,000
IN Portage City $151,100
IN Richmond City $169,200
IN South Bend City $1,046,800
IN Terre Haute City $617,700
IN Allen County $404,500
IN Clark County $438,900
IN Elkhart County $629,800
IN Hamilton County $362,400
IN Hendricks County $546,900
IN Lake County $2,979,700
IN LaPorte County $462,900
IN Porter County $511,800
IN St. Joseph County $453,400
IN Tippecanoe County $416,700

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

 

IN/MI Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana $233,800

(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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