Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | March 27, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says Kentucky to receive $25+million in funds for energy efficiency and conservation projects.

Kentucky receives $25+ million in energy conservation block grants.

Kentucky receives $25+ million in energy conservation block grants.

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to invest $3.2 billion in energy efficiency and conservation projects in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Native American tribes. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will provide formula grants for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency nationwide. Kentucky will receive more than $25 million dollars in funds from this project. The link for Kentucky’s funds is at: http://www.energy.gov/media/KENTUCKY.pdf

The funds 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. Other activities eligible for use of grant funds include transportation programs that conserve energy, projects to reduce and capture methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, renewable energy installations on government buildings, energy efficient traffic signals and street lights, deployment of Combined Heat and Power and district heating and cooling systems, and others.

To ensure accountability, the Department of Energy will provide guidance to and require grant recipients to report on the number of jobs created or retained, energy saved, renewable energy capacity installed, greenhouse gas emissions reduced, and funds leveraged. Funding is based on a formula that accounts for population and energy use.

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