DOE parts with some cash

Finally! U.S. Dept. of Energy (Washington) secretary Steven Chu announced Thursday that more than $106 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is being awarded to nine states to support energy efficiency and conservation activities. Under DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, these states will implement programs that cut energy use, reduce carbon pollution, and create green jobs locally.
   “This funding will allow states across the country to make major investments in energy solutions that will strengthen America’s economy and create jobs at the local level,” said Chu. “It will also promote some of the cheapest, cleanest, and most reliable energy technologies we have—energy efficiency and conservation—which can be deployed immediately. Local communities can now make strategic investments to help meet the nation’s long-term clean energy and climate goals.”
   States receiving immediate funding are Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.
   These awards to the state energy offices will be used to support state-level energy efficiency priorities, along with funding local conservation projects in smaller cities and counties. At least 60% of each state’s award will be passed through to local cities and counties not eligible for direct EECBG awards.
   Projects eligible for support include developing an energy efficiency and conservation strategy, conducting energy-efficiency audits and retrofits, improving transportation programs, creating financial-incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements, developing and implementing advanced building codes and inspections, and installing renewable-energy technologies on municipal buildings.
   For a full list of awards to date, visit www.eecbg.energy.gov.—Gary L. Parr