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WASHINGTON - Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that the Department of Energy is making selection of awards for more than $8 million to 43 cities and towns across the country to develop or expand local energy assurance plans that will improve electricity reliability and energy security in these communities.  These emergency preparedness plans, funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will help ensure local governments can recover and restore power quickly following any energy supply disruptions.

"These awards will help communities plan for quick, effective responses to a range of potential energy emergencies," said Secretary Chu. "Energy assurance planning at the local level provides important support for our national security, limiting the costs and damages from blackouts and other energy disruptions and ensuring power is restored to homes and businesses as quickly as possible."

This is the first time that the Department of Energy will provide grants to local communities for energy assurance planning.  Today's Recovery Act awards will benefit almost 15 million citizens in 25 states by focusing on improved emergency planning for the entire energy supply system, including the electricity grid, refining, storage, and distribution of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources.  Plans will include how to ease the impacts of short-term energy disruptions along with strategies to deal with sustained energy outages.

These Local Energy Assurance Planning (LEAP) funds will allow local governments to hire and train staff and expand their capabilities to respond to a variety of energy emergencies such as blackouts, hurricanes, floods, ice storms, or possible terrorist attacks.  Each community will identify and assess energy supply disruption scenarios; train personnel on energy infrastructure and supply systems; and increase their knowledge of local energy interdependencies to reduce their response, restoration and recovery time.  Additionally, the LEAP funding will facilitate information sharing and coordination between states, local jurisdictions, and industry, reducing duplication and decreasing the time required to recover and restore the energy infrastructure. 

The following grantees were selected as part of a competitive award process:

City

State

Recovery Act Funding *

PhoenixAZ

$300,000

TucsonAZ

$300,000

Chula VistaCA

$200,000

San JoseCA

$300,000

VisaliaCA

$200,000

AspenCO

$59,193

AuroraCO

$151,800

City and County of DenverCO

$210,040

DurangoCO

$58,500

LakewoodCO

$195,000

Wheat RidgeCO

$130,000

WindhamCT

$255,587

Delray BeachFL

$130,000

Lake WorthFL

$130,000

Palm Beach GardensFL

$130,000

RoswellGA

$130,000

DavenportIA

$200,000

HaileyID

$83,202

ChicagoIL

$300,000

Hoffman EstatesIL

$98,556

PeoriaIL

$200,000

Fort WayneIN

$195,700

SpeedwayIN

$60,000

ManhattanKS

$130,000

Louisville-Jefferson County
Metro Government
KY

$300,000

Baton RougeLA

$200,000

BostonMA

$300,000

BaltimoreMD

$200,000

FlintMI

$199,814

MayvilleMI

$60,000

ColumbiaMO

$200,000

AshevilleNC

$209,940

RaleighNC

$199,972

WilmingtonNC

$200,000

NewarkNJ

$200,000

HamiltonOH

$130,000

PortlandOR

$276,099

SalemOR

$175,000

PhiladelphiaPA

$300,000

HeberUT

$100,000

Salt Lake CityUT

$297,000

Virginia BeachVA

$200,000

CasperWY

$130,000

TOTAL 

$8,025,403

* Awards subject to negotiation

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