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June 28, 2010
Coal Creek Fire and Rescue's fire station in New Richmond, Ind. where a new furnace and air conditioner will save energy and money. | Photo courtesy of New Richmond
Saving Energy and Money at 24/7 Fire Stations

Given constant use and the importance of fire stations to surrounding communities, the Indiana Office of Energy Development awarded funds from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to improve energy efficiency at some local fire stations.

June 25, 2010
Financing Residential Retrofits

Rancho Cucamonga invests in encouraging more energy efficient homes.

June 24, 2010
Ajani Stewart was close to losing his job as environmental coordinator for the city of Miami before a change to the city's EECBG allowed Stewart to retain his position. | Photo courtesy Ajani Stewart
Keeping Sustainability on Track in Miami

Ajani Stewart loves his job. As Environmental Coordinator for the Office of Sustainable Initiatives in Miami, Stewart manages projects funded by a $4.7 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), as well as the city's green initiatives and recycling programs.

June 24, 2010
The roof of the justice center where a solar panel array will be installed to power a solar thermal water-heating system | Photo courtesy of Blount County, Tenn.
Solar and Energy Efficiency Justice

A solar thermal water-heating system at the justice center in Maryville, Tenn., is helping to reduce energy consumption, create jobs and cut costs for Blount County.

June 18, 2010
Energetx Composites was able to purchase equipment such as this mold for utility-scale wind turbine blades thanks to a Recovery Act grant that matched the company’s $3.5 million investment. | Photo Courtesy of Energetx |
VP 100: Retooling Michigan -- Yachts and Watts

Tiara Yachts makes fiber composite structures for boats. Now the Holland, Mich.-based company is transforming part of its factory and using its 30 years of expertise in composites to establish a new company - Energetx Composites - that will produce commercial-sized wind turbine blades.

June 18, 2010
Montgomery's horizontal grinder has normal handling capacity of 108 tons per hour. | Photo Courtesy of Lynda Wool
Managing Storm Aftermath in Alabama

Warm, humid climate and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico produce turbulent weather patterns that regularly bring tornadoes and hurricanes to Montgomery, AL. As a result, each year the state's capital city must manage tons of construction waste and storm debris. Now, thanks to a $2.5 million Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) from the U.S. Department of Energy, Montgomery will revamp its landfill sorting efforts and retrofit its historical city.

June 11, 2010
DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (DDCE) opened a new biorefinery in Vonore, Tenn., last year. | Photo courtesy of DDCE
Making Biofuel From Corncobs and Switchgrass in Rural America

Energy crops and agricultural residue, like corncobs and stover, are becoming part of rural America’s energy future. Unlike the more common biofuel derived from corn, these are non-food/feed based cellulosic feedstocks, and the energy content of the biomass makes it ideal for converting to sustainable fuel.

May 14, 2010
Charlevoix, MI is using Recovery Act funds for energy upgrades | Photo courtesy Charlevoix, Michigan, City Manager |
Michigan Town Committed to Sustainable Future

Charlevoix, Mich. residents are taking steps to become a more environmentally-conscious community, and a $50,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant will help that cause. The funding will be used to launch projects aimed at energy efficiency and sustainability, such as retrofitting the city’s fire and emergency vehicles with new, energy-efficient lighting.

May 13, 2010
TODAY: Senior Obama Administration Officials to Discuss Progress of Recovery Act Battery and Electric Drive Grants

May 13, 2010

TODAY: Senior Obama Administration Officials to Discuss Progress of Recovery Act Battery and Electric Drive Grants

March 24, 2010
The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative's goal is to generate 70 percent of the state's power using clean energy such as wind. | Photo courtesy of the State of Hawaii.
Initiative Guides Hawaii to the Path of Energy Independence

With 90 percent of its energy coming from oil, Hawaii is the most oil-dependent state in the nation. The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative is an ambitious plan to reverse that. Outlining a combination of increased energy efficiency and renewable energy sources the HCEI maps out a path toward achieving the state’s goal of meeting at least 70 percent of its energy needs from clean energy by 2030.