WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota will receive more than $15 million in funding from the federal stimulus package to spend on energy efficiency and conservation activities, according to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office.
The money comes as part of $354 million in funding that will go toward clean-energy endeavors in 22 states through the Department of Energy’s Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
“This funding will allow states across the country to make major investments in energy solutions that will strengthen America’s economy and create jobs at the local level,” Chu said in a statement. “It will also promote some of the cheapest, cleanest and most reliable energy technologies we have — energy efficiency and conservation — which can be deployed immediately. Local communities can now make strategic investments to help meet the nation’s long-term clean energy and climate goals.”
According to the Department of Energy, Minnesota primarily will use the money to meet its energy-conservation and greenhouse-gas-emissions goals by “enhancing the energy efficiency of local government facilities.”
Applications were ranked on multiple criteria including energy savings, jobs creation and retention, carbon emission reductions, geographic diversity, and indirect economic value within the state, the energy department said.
Klobuchar’s press office reported the following awards:
• Minnesota, State Energy Office, $10,644,100
• Anoka County, $1,896,100
• Duluth, $850,300
• Brooklyn Park, $649,200
• Eden Prairie, $626,700
• Apple Valley, $441,500
• Carver County, $365,800