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Secretary Bodman Announces $34.6 Million to Fund State Energy Efficiency Priorities Across the Country & Touts Strong Economic Growth

June 2, 2006 - 2:10pm

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STORRS, CT - Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will award a total of $34.6 million to states, five territories and the District of Columbia to improve energy efficiency throughout the nation.  The funding, from DOE's State Energy Program (SEP), can provide significant savings for consumers, businesses and states to increase energy efficiency of homes and buildings. 

"One of the biggest sources of energy we have in this country is the energy that we currently waste.  By investing in energy efficient technologies government, businesses, and homeowners can conserve energy and save money," Secretary Bodman said.  

Secretary Bodman made the announcement after touring the University of Connecticut's Global Fuel Cell Center to highlight hydrogen as a fuel source for the future with Rep. Rob Simmons (CT-2nd).  As part his Advanced Energy Initiative (AEI), President Bush requested $289 million, in FY 2007, for the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative - a $1.2 billion effort to accelerate the development of hydrogen fuel cells and affordable hydrogen-powered cars. 

Later today, Secretary Bodman will tour DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, to discuss the American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) and the importance of the role of science and education.  Brookhaven is one of ten DOE Office of Science laboratories.  As part of the American Competitiveness Initiative, President Bush has set a course for doubling the government funding in the physical sciences to ensure that America will lead the world in opportunity and innovation for decades to come.

After touring the laboratory, Secretary Bodman will meet with students from John F. Kennedy and Bellport Middle Schools, competitors in DOE's National Science Bowl®, as well as with local students who participate in Brookhaven's Office of Educational Programs (OEP).  OEP is designed to engage students in educational events and research opportunities with the Brookhaven Laboratory, a program also supported by the American Competitiveness Initiative.

Secretary Bodman also touted the 75,000 jobs created nationwide last month and the positive impacts research and development of new technologies will have on strengthening America's energy and economic security.  The unemployment rate of 4.6 percent is the lowest since July 2001.  Secretary Bodman discussed positive impacts research and development of new technologies will have on strengthening America's energy and economic security.  The economy has created 5.3 million jobs since August 2003, and about 2 million of those were created over the past 12 months.  America has experienced five straight years of growth in productivity, and per capita personal income continues to rise.  These figures indicate that the American economy is strong by almost any measure. 

"We have the strongest economy on earth and the energy sector provides the fuel for it to expand," Secretary Bodman said.  "Under the President's leadership we are working to strengthen our energy mix and expand our scientific might to remain the world's economic leader."

Secretary Bodman highlighted ways industry, government and educational institutions can contribute to the success of the Advanced Energy Initiative and the American Competitiveness Initiative through continued emphasis on research and development of new technologies.  Together, these initiatives will continue to increase America's economic vitality through the development of alternative energy sources and will provide our next generation of scientists and researchers with the educational foundation necessary to compete in the 21st century.

As part of a broader effort to highlight the Bush Administration's economic and energy initiatives a number of DOE principals participated in events around the country.  DOE Under Secretary David Garman toured and offered remarks at the General Motors Advanced Technologies Facilities in Honeoye Falls, New York, with Rep. Randy Kuhl (NY-29th).  DOE Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs Karen Harbert toured and highlighted the opening of PNM's Solar Generating Station - a new solar photovoltaic plant - outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  And Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Andy Karsner kicked off the Energy Efficient Car Showcase with Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (MD-6th) in Frederick, Maryland, to promote President Bush's AEI.

Please find below the SEP grant awards to states, territories, and the District of Columbia:

State & FY 2006 Distribution

Alabama

$543,000

Alaska

264,000

Arizona

500,000

Arkansas

424,000

California

2,269,000

Colorado

540,000

Connecticut

514,000

Delaware

236,000

District of Columbia

223,000

Florida

1,193,000

Georgia

769,000

Hawaii

246,000

Idaho

274,000

Illinois

1,456,000

Indiana

837,000

Iowa

494,000

Kansas

442,000

Kentucky

567,000

Louisiana

657,000

Maine

314,000

Maryland

642,000

Massachusetts

786,000

Michigan

1,229,000

Minnesota

745,000

Mississippi

400,000

Missouri

688,000

Montana

257,000

Nebraska

338,000

Nevada

294,000

New Hampshire

294,000

New Jersey

1,005,000

New Mexico

314,000

New York

2,014,000

North Carolina

787,000

North Dakota

246,000

Ohio

1,370,000

Oklahoma

491,000

Oregon

450,000

Pennsylvania

1,394,000

Rhode Island

272,000

South Carolina

486,000

South Dakota

238,000

Tennessee

660,000

Texas

1,984,000

Utah

344,000

Vermont

238,000

Virginia

774,000

Washington

620,000

West Virginia

383,000

Wisconsin

773,000

Wyoming

228,000

American Samoa

170,000

Guam

177,000

Northern Marianas

170,000

Puerto Rico

433,000

Virgin Islands

184,000

Media contact(s):

Craig Stevens, (202) 586-4940

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