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Obama Administration Announces Additional $63,817,400 for Local Energy Efficiency Improvements in Arizona

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 $63,817,400 for state, county and city efforts in Arizona. A detailed breakdown is below.

Today's announcement builds on an investment of $112,470,278 in Arizona 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:

AZ Arizona Total Sum City, County, and SEO Allocations All $63,817,400
AZ Arizona State Energy Office $9,593,500
AZ Avondale City $706,600
AZ Bullhead City City $167,100
AZ Casa Grande City $164,300
AZ Chandler City $2,274,500
AZ Flagstaff City $587,100
AZ Gilbert City $1,844,000
AZ Glendale City $2,324,000
AZ Goodyear City $476,800
AZ Lake Havasu City City $536,900
AZ Maricopa City $142,300
AZ Mesa City $4,219,900
AZ Oro Valley City $164,200
AZ Peoria City $1,308,500
AZ Phoenix City $15,233,500
AZ Prescott City $197,100
AZ Prescott Valley City $155,100
AZ Scottsdale City $2,431,500
AZ Sierra Vista City $182,700
AZ Surprise City $812,800
AZ Tempe City $1,874,000
AZ Tucson City $5,155,300
AZ Yuma City $855,700
AZ Apache County $297,200
AZ Cochise County $362,800
AZ Coconino County $281,000
AZ Maricopa County $3,567,800
AZ Mohave County $408,700
AZ Navajo County $473,900
AZ Pima County $3,981,900
AZ Pinal County $2,060,800
AZ Yavapai County $548,200
AZ Yuma County $427,700

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

AZ Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona $35,200
AZ Cocopah Tribe of Arizona $30,600
AZ Coeur D'Alene Tribe of the Coeur D'Alene Reservation, Idaho $58,400
AZ Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona $40,500
AZ Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation $616,200
AZ Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation, Arizona $28,300
AZ Hopi Tribe of Arizona $244,400
AZ Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Arizona $59,300
AZ Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Arizona $25,000
AZ Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona $181,300
AZ Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona $137,600
AZ San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona $317,200
AZ San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona $27,900
AZ Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona $437,800
AZ Tonto Apace Tribe of Arizona $25,000
AZ White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona $414,500
AZ Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Arizona $35,700
AZ Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the Yavapai Reservation, Arizona $25,000
AZ/CA Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Arizona and California $88,200
AZ/CA Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, California & Arizona $56,400
AZ/NM/UT Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah $6,079,400

(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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