NEWS: Stimulus Dollars Begin to Flow: Here's How, Where and When
by Jeff Postelwait, Online Editor, Power Engineering Washington, D.C. United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com]
April 2, 2009
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) continues to announce more places where stimulus money is to be spent as more funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is allocated.
The DOE Web site has links for funding opportunities offered through the stimulus. Directly, the DOE plans to distribute money via grants, contracts and cooperative agreements through a bidding process. Applications on renewable energy projects, advanced fossil energy projects, Smart Grid projects and others will be considered.
Timelines for funding will be available depending on the specific program and project, according to the DOE. Funding will be provided in an indirect fashion through state and local governments, which will administer several energy block grant programs.
The Obama administration also announced US $3.2 billion in funding for local energy efficiency programs in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories and Native American tribes. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program has the goal of reducing demand for electricity, increasing efficiency and reducing fossil fuel emissions.
You can download a state-by-state breakdown of the grant funding for state-level energy programs and weatherization assistance for low-income persons.