GreenPower| DOE announces $119 M in new funding

thephoenixsun, DOE SealFunds allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are heading to renewable energy and efficiency programs in seven states and territories. DOE Secretary Steven Chu announced the disbursement of $119 million to state-run programs in Alabama, American Samoa, Washington DC, Illinois, Maryland, North Dakota and Wyoming.

Sec. of Energy Steven Chu

Sec. of Energy Steven Chu

In announcing the awards, Secretary Chu stressed the importance of local control in how the federal energy dollars are spent.

“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.”

The list below comes from the DOE.

Alabama – $22,228,000

The state of Alabama will use its Recovery Act State Energy Program (SEP) funding to promote energy efficiency of businesses, schools, and correctional facilities and develop renewable energy resources in the state. Alabama will work closely with the automotive supplier industry to improve the energy efficiency of their processes, which will help companies reduce their costs and energy consumption and stabilize employment. This program will identify and implement specific savings to reduce energy demand, carbon output, and waste stream output, resulting in improved profitability, competitiveness and an improved employment picture for the industry.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the state will receive nearly $28 million in additional funding, for a total of more than $55 million.

American Samoa — $7,420,000

American Samoa will use its Recovery Act SEP funds to expand the use of renewable energy across the territory, as well as supplement weatherization funds to improve home energy efficiency for low-income residents.

The territory will install a 1,000 kW photovoltaic solar-energy array near the Tafuna Power Station, nineteen smaller 28 kW solar arrays on the roofs of government and other buildings, and a solar water heating system at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center. The goal of these projects is to increase the use of indigenous renewable energy resources, thereby reducing the use of imported diesel fuel and increasing electricity efficiency with distributed energy generation. American Samoa is also interested in expanding its use of wind power, and will use Recovery Act funds to set up eight anemometers to measure and quantify the territory’s wind potential.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the territory will receive more than $9 million in additional funding, for a total of more than $18 million.

Washington, D.C. — $8,808,800

The District of Columbia will use its Recovery Act SEP funding to improve energy efficiency in government buildings and support numerous public energy education initiatives. Recovery Act funds will enable the District of Columbia to replace existing mechanical and electrical equipment at various DC properties with new energy efficient equipment and controls. State Energy Program funds will also be used for building retrofits including the installation of high-efficiency classroom HVAC units for 6 elementary schools.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the District will receive an additional $11 million, for a total of more than $22 million.

Illinois — $40,528,400

Illinois will improve energy efficiency and promote renewable energy projects by providing Recovery Act funding for energy efficiency retrofits and the biofuels industry. The state will provide grants to support new biomass manufacturing capacity or retrofits to existing facilities that will help reduce operating expenses and the environmental impact of biofuels manufacturing.

The state will also use Recovery Act SEP funding to provide grants to various entities including schools, public buildings, and industrial facilities to improve energy efficiency in new and existing buildings, facilities, equipment, and processes. Grants will fund multiple initiatives, including investments in energy efficient lighting, cooling, traffic signals, boilers and furnaces. Programs will look to leverage funding with outside sources and will specifically target large-scale energy users, in order to identify and prioritize energy efficiency measures that will result in the greatest return on investment.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the state will receive more than $50 million in additional funding, for a total of over $101 million.

Maryland — $20,708,880

Maryland will employ its Recovery Act SEP funding to promote clean and efficient energy usage in the transportation, residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. To advance sustainability in transportation, Maryland will fund a variety of initiatives designed to boost consumer awareness, increase the availability of alternative fuels, and facilitate the deployment of hybrid electric and all-electric vehicles.

In the housing market for low- and moderate-income families, Maryland will provide grants to support cost-effective and environmentally responsible building retrofits. In addition, innovative public-financing programs such as the EmPOWERing Financing (EF) Initiative will enable property owners to leverage private capital in order to implement efficiency improvements.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the state will receive an additional $26 million, for a total of more than $51 million.

North Dakota — $9,834,000

North Dakota will use its Recovery Act SEP funding to promote various energy efficiency and conservation efforts, including providing energy education resources for North Dakota’s agricultural and industrial sectors that will help farmers, ranchers, contractors, and building tradesmen reduce their energy use. North Dakota will offer training, technical assistance, and marketing and outreach support to promote the adoption of energy efficient construction practices and agricultural technologies, conservation techniques, and the use of clean renewable energy sources.

North Dakota will also lead by example, improving the energy efficiency of state buildings and installing renewable energy systems at state facilities. Funds will be used to create a statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy rebate program, in partnership with investor-owned, municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives. And the state will establish an Emergency High Efficiency Furnace Rebate Program, which will assist victims of the 2009 spring floods with the incremental cost of installing a high efficiency furnace to replace standard efficiency furnaces and heating systems. Grants up to $300 will be offered to individual homeowners who need to replace these systems as a result of the flooding around the state.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the state will receive over $12 million in additional funding, for a total of more than $24 million.

Wyoming — $9,976,400

Wyoming will use its Recovery Act SEP funding to promote energy efficiency in buildings and homes across the state. The state will make grants to governmental and tribal entities, nonprofit organizations, and others for the purpose of retrofitting existing facilities to improve their energy efficiency by a minimum of 25 percent. The program will provide sufficient funding for nearly every community and county in Wyoming to fund an energy efficiency project.

Wyoming is also using Recovery Act funds to provide rebates to help middle-income homeowners that are not eligible for low-income weatherization assistance to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Under the State Energy Program, the state expects to help 1,000 additional homeowners increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Homeowners will be responsible for 20% of the cost of efficiency improvements. Wyoming will also provide rebates of up to $5,000 to homeowners for installing residential renewable energy systems, including solar photovoltaic, wind and geothermal systems. The state estimates more than 500 renewable energy systems will be installed with Recovery Act funding across the state.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the state will receive more than $12 million in additional funding, for a total of nearly $25 million.

State Energy Program

State Allocations

The chart below shows the SEP amounts allocated to states and territories under the Recovery Act of 2009

SEP-chart

Source: DOE, 2009.

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