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Obama Administration Announces Additional $31,577,900 for Local Energy Efficiency Improvements in Alabama

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 $31,577,900 for state, county and city efforts in Alabama. A detailed breakdown is below.

Today's announcement builds on an investment of $127,370,599 in Alabama 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:

 

AL Alabama Total Sum City, County, and SEO Allocations All $31,577,900
AL Alabama State Energy Office $10,350,200
AL Auburn City $527,800
AL Birmingham City $2,469,900
AL Decatur City $553,900
AL Dothan City $665,400
AL Florence City $172,500
AL Gadsden City $169,000
AL Hoover City $664,500
AL Huntsville City $1,784,100
AL Madison City $156,900
AL Mobile City $1,928,200
AL Montgomery City $2,053,000
AL Tuscaloosa City $916,000
AL Baldwin County $719,700
AL Calhoun County $486,000
AL Cullman County $335,600
AL Jefferson County $3,520,200
AL Madison County $420,300
AL Marshall County $374,700
AL Mobile County $1,941,700
AL Shelby County $666,600
AL Talladega County $342,700
AL Tuscaloosa County $359,00

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

AL Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama $ 170,100

(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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