Obama to Texas: Here is An Additional $208 Million for Energy Efficiency

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Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced plans to invest $3.2 billion in energy efficiency and conservation projects in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Native American tribes. This includes $208,759,900 for state, county and city efforts in Texas. A detailed breakdown is below.

Today’s announcement builds on an investment of $545,757,732 in Texas weatherization and energy funding announced by the Administration on March 12th and detailed at energy.gov/recovery.

“These investments will save taxpayer dollars and create jobs in communities around the country,” said Vice President Biden. “Local leaders will have the flexibility in how they put these resources to work – but we will hold them accountable for making the investments quickly and wisely to spur the local economy and cut energy use.”

Austin will get $7,492,700. It would take me far too long to recreate the table that was sent in an e-mail — I'm sure there will be a good source that has done that at some point, and I or someone else will try to update the post when we can.



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  1. Double-dip
    If I am reading this Excel file correctly, Austin gets $7,492,700 but Travis gets another $2,207,900.

    This is an extension of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program from 2007, but the new funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is even larger than the original $2.7B.

    • Kedron Touvell on

      not sure what the constraints on the funding are, but this could go a long way towards providing matching funds for the point of sale energy retrofit program that was so controversial last year.  The city and county also have programs for disadvantaged folks that would benefit from this financing.  getting excited at actual leadership coming from the Federal level…

      • Could be
        How should activities be prioritized in planning for use of funds?

        Energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy programs and projects are building blocks for increased economic vitality, energy security, and environmental quality. EECBG program funds will have maximum impact if invested in ways that create and/or retain jobs and stimulate the economy in the short term while laying the foundation for a long-term and sustainable clean energy economy. DOE encourages grantees to prioritize programs and projects that:

        Leverage other public and private resources.

        Enhance workforce development.

        Persist beyond the funding period.

        Promote energy market transformation such as revolving loans, low-cost loans, energy savings performance contracting, advanced building codes, building and home retrofit incentives and policies and transportation programs and policies.

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