Stimulus funds for energy projects on way to state

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 26, 2009 - 11:41 PM

White House says $37.3 million headed to Minnesota for energy efficiency projects.

The White House announced Thursday that $37.3 million is on its way to Minnesota to pay state and local governments for energy efficiency and conservation projects.

The money, part of $3.2 billion for such projects nationwide, is flowing from the federal stimulus package that became law last month.

The funding will pay for energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits in residential and commercial buildings, along with the creation of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements.

Among a long list of other things, the funds also can be used on transportation programs that conserve energy, projects that will reduce other greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, renewable energy installations on government buildings, energy-efficient traffic signals and street lights.

The Department of Energy will require grant recipients to report on the number of jobs created or retained while documenting the amount of energy saved, renewable energy capacity installed and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The money is being distributed to 23 cities, 10 counties and six Indian tribes; the state's energy office is getting the biggest chunk of cash, $10.6 million.

BOB VON STERNBERG

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