U.S. Department of Energy

    DOE to Award $3.2 Billion in Energy Efficiency Block Grants

    March 26, 2009

    DOE announced on March 26 that it plans to invest $3.2 billion in energy efficiency and conservation projects in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and tribal lands. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will provide formula grants for projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel emissions. Funding is based on a formula that accounts for population and energy use, and to ensure accountability, DOE will provide guidance to grant recipients and require them to report on the number of jobs created or retained, energy saved, renewable energy capacity installed, greenhouse gas emissions reduced, and funds leveraged.

    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. The grant funds could also go towards transportation programs that conserve energy, projects to reduce and capture methane emissions from landfills, renewable energy installations on government buildings, energy-efficient traffic signals and street lights, combined heat and power systems, district heating and cooling systems, and other projects.

    Cities and counties will receive nearly $1.9 billion under the block grant program, while states and territories will receive nearly $770 million, and more than $54 million will flow directly to tribal governments. States will receive and administer funds for those counties and cities that are not large enough to qualify for direct DOE funding. In addition, up to $456 million will be made available for local energy efficiency projects under a separate competitive solicitation to be released at a later date. See the DOE press release and the Web site for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.

    DOE also announced specific funding amounts for each of the states. These figures were updated on April 10 based on new figures included in a DOE press release.

    State Funding
    Alabama $32 million
    Alaska $14 million
    Arizona $64 million
    Arkansas $20 million
    California $352 million
    Colorado $43 million
    Connecticut $25 million
    Delaware $16 million
    District of Columbia $10 million
    Florida $169 million
    Georgia $67 million
    Guam $10 million
    Hawaii $15 million
    Idaho $17 million
    Illinois $112 million
    Indiana $42 million
    Iowa $21 million
    Kansas $24 million
    Kentucky $25 million
    Louisiana $34 million
    Maine $11 million
    Maryland $52 million
    Massachusetts $42 million
    Michigan $77 million
    Minnesota $37 million
    Mississippi $17 million
    Missouri $44 million
    Montana $14 million
    Nebraska $19 million
    Nevada $32 million
    New Hampshire $13 million
    New Jersey $75 million
    New Mexico $21 million
    New York $175 million
    North Carolina $58 million
    North Dakota $13 million
    Ohio $84 million
    Oklahoma $27 million
    Oregon $34 million
    Pennsylvania $103 million
    PuertoRico $34 million
    Rhode Island $15 million
    South Carolina $31 million
    South Dakota $13 million
    Tennessee $42 million
    Texas $209 million
    Utah $28 million
    Vermont $10 million
    Virginia $61 million
    Washington $56 million
    West Virginia $14 million
    Wisconsin $37 million
    Wyoming $12 million