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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 $208,759,900 for state, county and city efforts in Texas.  A detailed breakdown is below.

Today's announcement builds on an investment of $545,757,732 in Texas 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:

TXTexasTotal Sum City , County, and SEO AllocationsAll$208,759,900
TXTexasState Energy Office$45,638,100
TXAbileneCity$1,131,600
TXAllenCity$693,000
TXAmarilloCity$1,781,600
TXArlingtonCity$3,428,100
TXAustinCity$7,492,700
TXBaytownCity$672,300
TXBeaumontCity$1,104,200
TXBedfordCity$201,200
TXBrownsvilleCity$1,659,200
TXBryanCity$695,100
TXCarrolltonCity$1,189,100
TXCedar HillCity$176,600
TXCedarParkCity$519,700
TXCollege StationCity$791,100
TXConroeCity$538,300
TXCoppellCity$171,200
TXCorpus ChristiCity$2,757,500
TXDallasCity$12,787,300
TXDel RioCity$156,300
TXDentonCity$1,117,000
TXDeSotoCity$187,700
TXDuncanvilleCity$148,600
TXEdinburgCity$683,100
TXEl PasoCity$5,802,700
TXEulessCity$454,200
TXFlower MoundCity$607,700
TXFort WorthCity$6,738,300
TXFriscoCity$825,800
TXGalvestonCity$580,100
TXGarlandCity$1,978,800
TXGeorgetownCity$201,900
TXGrand PrairieCity$1,474,400
TXGrapevineCity$503,500
TXHaltom CityCity$165,700
TXHarlingenCity$645,100
TXHoustonCity$ 22,765,100
TXHuntsvilleCity$166,500
TXHurstCity$165,500
TXIrvingCity$2,058,600
TXKellerCity$155,000
TXKilleenCity$1,027,000
TXLancasterCity$143,300
TXLaredoCity$2,083,600
TXLeague CityCity$598,200
TXLewisvilleCity$913,000
TXLongviewCity$781,900
TXLubbockCity$2,109,900
TXMansfieldCity$179,700
TXMcAllenCity$1,292,500
TXMcKinneyCity$1,071,500
TXMesquiteCity$1,200,900
TXMidlandCity$997,700
TXMissionCity$629,500
TXMissouri CityCity$634,900
TXNew BraunfelsCity$498,200
TXNorth Richland HillsCity$584,900
TXOdessaCity$915,100
TXPasadenaCity$1,358,600
TXPearlandCity$685,900
TXPharrCity$608,900
TXPlanoCity$2,545,400
TXPort ArthurCity$541,300
TXRichardsonCity$1,036,200
TXRound RockCity$955,400
TXRowlettCity$481,900
TXSan AngeloCity$865,000
TXSan AntonioCity$12,897,000
TXSan MarcosCity$498,100
TXShermanCity$170,000
TXSugarLandCity$781,400
TXTempleCity$593,200
TXTexarkanaCity$174,300
TXTexas CityCity$191,600
TXThe ColonyCity$156,200
TXTylerCity$1,005,700
TXVictoriaCity$605,700
TXWacoCity$1,246,300
TXWichita FallsCity$996,100
TXBexarCounty$2,434,500
TXBrazoriaCounty$2,048,800
TXDentonCounty$612,000
TXFortBendCounty$2,807,600
TXHarrisCounty$13,773,400
TXHidalgoCounty$3,539,500
TXMontgomeryCounty$3,259,800
TXTarrantCounty$2,399,300
TXTravisCounty$2,207,900
TXWilliamsonCounty$611,600

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

 NameAllocation
TXAlabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas$27,700
TXKickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas$33,100
TXYsleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas$110,700

(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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