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Obama Administration Announces Additional $42,618,700 for Local Energy Efficiency Improvements in Colorado

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 $42,618,700 for state, county and city efforts in Colorado. A detailed breakdown is below.

Today's announcement builds on an investment of $128,753,213 in Colorado 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:

 

CO Colorado Total Sum City, County, and SEO Allocations All 42,618,700
CO Colorado State Energy Office $9,593,500
CO Arvada City 951,900
CO Aurora City $2,851,300
CO Boulder City $1,017,800
CO Broomfield City $516,600
CO Castle Rock City $174,800
CO Centennial City $922,900
CO Colorado Springs City $3,666,100
CO Commerce City City $185,200
CO Denver City $6,079,500
CO Fort Collins City $1,307,900
CO Gr Junction City $229,800
CO Greeley City $869,100
CO Lakewood City $1,326,100
CO Littleton City $182,500
CO Longmont City $785,100
CO Loveland City $606,400
CO Parker City $172,400
CO Pueblo City $1,007,000
CO Thornton City $965,500
CO Westminster City $952,800
CO Adams County $683,800
CO Arapahoe County $ 633,000
CO Boulder County $462,200
CO Douglas County $757,800
CO El Paso County $1,937,700
CO Garfield County $227,500
CO Jefferson County $2,212,100
CO Larimer County $ 364,200
CO Mesa County $359,800
CO Weld County $616,400

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

 

CO Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado $71,900 
 
CO/NM/UT Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountatin Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah $75,000

(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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