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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 $27,777,600 for state, county and city efforts in Utah.  A detailed breakdown is below.

Today's announcement builds on an investment of $73,259,203 in Utah 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:

UT Utah Total Sum City , County, and SEO Allocations All $27,777,600
UTUtahState Energy Office$9,593,500
UTBountifulCity$177,100
UTCottonwood HeightsCity$145,800
UTDraperCity$170,600
UTLaytonCity$588,400
UTLehiCity$180,100
UTLoganCity$214,600
UTMurrayCity$209,500
UTOgdenCity$845,900
UTOremCity$890,800
UTProvoCity$1,144,500
UTRivertonCity$150,800
UTRoyCity$134,200
UTSalt Lake CityCity$2,116,500
UTSandyCity$893,500
UTSouth JordanCity$194,300
UTSt. GeorgeCity$701,500
UTTaylorsvilleCity$523,000
UTWest JordanCity$913,000
UTWest ValleyCity$1,141,400
UTBox ElderCounty$203,200
UTCacheCounty$248,900
UTDavisCounty$749,100
UTIronCounty$184,700
UTSalt Lake CityCounty$2,282,700
UTSummitCounty$154,500
UTTooeleCounty$225,000
UTUtahCounty$2,122,100
UTWashingtonCounty$257,100
UTWeberCounty$421,300

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

 NameAllocation
UTNorthwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie)$40,600
UTPaiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar City Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes)$74,500
UTSkull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah$25,000
UTUte Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah$117,600
UT/AZ/NMNavajo Nation, Arizona , New Mexico & Utah$6,079,400
UT/CO/NMUte Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountatin Reservation, Colorado , New Mexico & Utah$75,000
UT/NVConfederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Nevada and Utah$25,000

(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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