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DoE awards over US$119m for energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has allocated over US$119 million in funding from the American Recovery and Investment Act to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in seven states and territories in the USA.

“This funding will provide an important boost for state economies, help put Americans back to work, and move us toward energy independence,” says Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “It reflects our commitment to support innovative state and local strategies to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy while insisting that taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly.”

The Recovery Act set aside US$3.1 billion to the State Energy Program (SEP) to help promote energy efficiency and clean deployment, as well as to support local economic recovery.

See table at bottom of page for details on each state's energy efficiency and renewable energy plans.

State/

territory

Funding allocated Energy efficiency Renewable Energy Other Total funding if successful
Alabama US$22,228,000 v
  • Low-interest loans for new and existing industries
  US$55m
American Samoa US$7,420,000 v
  • 1 MW solar PV array near Tafuna Power Station
  • 19, 28 kW solar roof arrays on government and other buildings
  • Solar water heating system for LBJ Tropical Medical Center
  • Measure and quantify the territory's wind potential
  US$18m
District of Columbia US$8,808,800 v
  • Renewable energy into science and math lesson plans for school children
  • Public energy education initiatives
US$22m
Illinois US$40,528,400 v
  • Grants for new biomass manufacturing or retrofits to existing facilities
  US$101m
Maryland US$20,708,880 v
  • Increase availability of alternative fuels
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Deployment of hybrid-electric and all-electric vehicles
US$51m
North Dakota US$9,834,000 v
  • Rebate programme for energy efficiency and renewable energy
  •  Energy efficiency and conservation education for agricultural and industrial sectors
US$24m
Wyoming US$9,976,400 v
  • Rebates of up to US$5000 to homeowners for renewable energy such as PV, wind, geothermal
  • Expects over 500 renewable energy systems to be installed
  US$25m

 

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