More Than $154 Million Awarded to Four State Energy Programs Benefitting Industry and Consumers
June 26, 2009
On June 25, 2009, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced plans to provide more than $154 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in California, Missouri, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. Each state will receive 40% of their total State Energy Program (SEP) funding through the ARRA awards.
"This funding will provide an important boost for state economies, help to put Americans back to work and move us toward energy independence," said Secretary Chu. "It reflects our commitment to support innovative state and local strategies to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy while insisting that taxpayer dollars be spent responsibly."
Projects being funded under the ARRA funding include:
- California - $90.4 million California will provide a statewide energy efficiency retrofit program and cost-effective clean energy systems for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings and facilities. The savings that results from these measures will provide an ongoing source of revenue to continue implementing additional cost-effective efficiency measures.
- Missouri - $22.9 million Missouri will focus on finding energy efficiency opportunities in its five most energy-intensive industrial and manufacturing categories, including aluminum, chemicals, food products, metal casting, and forest products. The state plans to increase industrial and manufacturing energy efficiency through a mutli-faceted program that may include energy audits, rebates and low-interest loans, workshops, and development of a Web-based audit tool.
- New Hampshire – 10.3 million New Hampshire will implement building efficiency for businesses, commercial enterprises, institutions and non-profits through building codes and competitive loan and grant programs. The state will provide technical and financial assistance to these businesses and institutions as they seek to reduce their energy use and costs through a variety of measures, including energy efficient processes.
- North Carolina - $30.4 million North Carolina will establish several programs to increase renewable energy projects and energy efficiency in government, commercial, and residential buildings. The state will launch revolving loan and competitive grant programs and education and training programs designed to spur investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
Each state will receive additional funding after demonstrating successful implementation of its plans. Read the DOE Press Release for full details.
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