DOE Announces SEP Funding

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Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced more than $204 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funding to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in 10 states.

Under DOE's State Energy Program (SEP), states have proposed plans that prioritize energy savings, create or retain jobs, increase the use of renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

‘This funding will provide an important boost for state economies, help to put Americans back to work and move us toward energy independence,’ says 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 following states are receiving 40% of their total SEP funding authorized under the ARRA: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah and Washington.

These states will now have received 50% of their total ARRA SEP funding. The initial 10% of total funding was previously available to states to support planning activities; the remaining 50% of funds will be released once states meet reporting, oversight and accountability milestones required by the ARRA.

Under the ARRA, DOE expanded the types of activities eligible for SEP funding, which include new financing mechanisms to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy investments, energy audits, building retrofits, education and training efforts, transportation programs to increase the use of alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles.

For example, Utah will use funding to collect more accurate data about the potential renewable energy resources in the state that can then be used to identify potential Renewable Energy Zones. After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the state will receive more than $17 million in additional funding, for a total of more than $35 million.

SOURCE: Department of Energy

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