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Obama Administration Announces Additional $37,157,700 for Local Energy Efficiency Improvements in Wisconsin

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 $37,157,700 for state, county and city efforts in Wisconsin. A detailed breakdown is below.

Today's announcement builds on an investment of $196,990,133 in Wisconsin 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:

WI WisconsinTotal Sum City, County, and SEO Allocations All $37,157,700
WI Wisconsin State Energy Office $11,743,000
WI Appleton City $689,800
WI Beloit City $157,500
WI Brookfield City $191,600
WI Eau Claire City $655,700
WI Fond du Lac City $187,500
WI Franklin City $142,800
WI Green Bay City $1,003,000
WI Greenfield City $145,800
WI Janesville City $618,500
WI Kenosha City $902,500
WI La Crosse City $542,100
WI Madison City $2,384,600
WI Milwaukee City $5,839,100
WI New Berlin City $166,400
WI Oshkosh City $634,100
WI Racine City $795,000
WI Sheboygan City $209,300
WI Waukesha City $657,400
WI Wausau City $183,900
WI Wauwatosa City $220,000
WI West Allis City $576,200
WI Brown County $612,000
WI Dane County $2,267,000
WI Marathon County $374,000
WI Milwaukee County $732,400
WI Outagamie County $492,300
WI Racine County $457,500
WI Walworth County $420,700
WI Washington County $524,400
WI Waukesha County $2,217,900
WI Winnebago County $413,700

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

  Name Allocation
WI BadRiver Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians of the Bad River Reservation, Wisconsin $89,200
WI Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin $53,900
WI Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin $392,200
WI Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin $115,200
WI Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of the Lac du Flambeau Reservation of Wisconsin $92,000
WI Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin $131,900
WI Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin $324,700
WI Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin $55,900
WI Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Wisconsin $34,300
WI St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin $42,900
WI Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin $50,500

(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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