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Obama Administration Announces Additional $56,099,900 for Local Energy Efficiency Improvements in Washington

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 $56,099,900 for state, county and city efforts in Washington. A detailed breakdown is below.

Today's announcement builds on an investment of $120,489,074 in Washington weatherization and energy funding announced by the Administration on March 12 th 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:

WA Washington Total Sum City, County, and SEO Allocations All $56,099,900
WA Washington State Energy Office $10,645,900
WA Auburn City $235,500
WA Bellevue City $1,295,700
WA Bellingham City $780,100
WA Edmonds City $160,200
WA Everett City $1,045,400
WA Federal Way City $777,700
WA Kennewick City $589,700
WA Kent City $845,400
WA Kirkland City $211,500
WA Lacey City $164,900
WA Lakewood City $541,000
WA Longview City $165,400
WA Olympia City $220,600
WA Pasco City $495,500
WA Puyallup City $164,500
WA Redmond City $272,000
WA Renton City $617,500
WA Richland City $204,300
WA Sammamish City $135,000
WA Seattle City $6,142,300
WA Shoreline City $472,800
WA Spokane City $1,986,200
WA SpokaneValley City $823,400
WA Tacoma City $1,947,300
WA Vancouver City $1,574,800
WA Yakima City $814,000
WA Clark County $2,282,900
WA King County $6,141,100
WA Kitsap County $2,229,100
WA Pierce County $4,376,400
WA Skagit County $495,100
WA Snohomish County $4,828,400
WA Spokane County $701,600
WA Thurston County $617,200
WA Whatcom County $470,000
WA Yakima County $629,500

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

  Name Allocation
WA Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation , Washington $284,300
WA Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, Washington $31,200
WA Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington $324,700
WA Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Washington $218,600
WA Hoh Indian Tribe of the Hoh Indian Reservation, Washington $26,100
WA Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Washington $54,300
WA Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel Reservation, Washington $25,000
WA Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington $68,400
WA Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, Washington $238,300
WA Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian Reservation, Washington $56,200
WA Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington $53,900
WA Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, Washington $50,500
WA Nooksack Indian Tribe of Washington $62,900
WA Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington $217,600
WA Quileute Tribe of the Quileute Reservation, Washington $27,900
WA Quinault Tribe of the Quinault Reservation, Washington $162,400
WA Samish Indian Tribe, Washington $73,900
WA Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of Washington $25,000
WA Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, Wyoming $32,900
WA Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington $64,200
WA Snoqualmie Tribe , Washington $49,500
WA Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation, Washington $70,100
WA Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation, Washington $72,300
WA Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington $26,400
WA Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington $71,300
WA Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington $38,300
WA Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington $208,000
WA Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington $33,300

(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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