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Tulsa - $3.8 million for energy efficiency coming to state - transportation projects may be eligible

Tulsa - $3.8 million for energy efficiency coming to state - transportation projects may be eligible

by: JIM MYERS World Washington Bureau
Thursday, March 26, 2009

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration announced an additional $27 million Thursday to fund energy efficiency improvements in Oklahoma, including $3.8 million for the city of Tulsa.

"These investments will save taxpayer dollars and create jobs in communities around the country,” Vice President Joe Biden said.

"Local leaders will have the flexibility in how they put these resources to work, but we will hold them accountable for making the investments quickly and wisely to spur the local economy and cut energy use."

Funded by the stimulus package, the money is to provide formula grants for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions as well as improve energy efficiency.

According to the announcement, the funds can be used to support audits and energy efficiency retrofits in both residential and commercial buildings and to create financial incentives for energy efficiency improvements.

Other eligible activities 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.

"The block grants are a major investment in energy solutions that will strengthen America’s economy and create jobs at the local level,” U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.

"The funding will be used for the cheapest, cleanest and most reliable energy technologies we have – energy efficiency and conservation – which can be deployed immediately. The grants also empower local communities to make strategic investments to meet the nation’s long term clean energy and climate goals.”

Tulsa County qualified for $554,300.

A number of Oklahoma tribes also will receive funding with the largest grants going to the Cherokee Nation, $3.2 million; Muscogee (Creek) Nation, $2.2 million; and Choctaw Nation, $1.2 million; and Chickasaw Nation, $1 million.

Covering $3.2 billion nationwide, the announcement builds on the $107 million for Oklahoma weatherization and energy funding revealed earlier this month.

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