SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $5 MILLION IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO CENTRAL NEW YORK TO SUPPORT ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS AND JOBS
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, Funded By Economic Recovery Act, Will Fund Projects That Help Environment and Reduce Total Energy Use
Central Region Is Receiving Over $5 Million with New York State in Line to Receive $175 Million Total
Schumer: Investing In Energy Efficiency Will Save Consumers Money, Reduce Pollution, and Cut Dependence on Foreign Fossil Fuel
· Other activities eligible for use of grant funds 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, deployment of Combined Heat and Power and district heating and cooling systems, and others.
· Local leaders will have the flexibility in how they put these resources to work - but will be held accountable for making the investments quickly and wisely to spur the local economy and cut energy use.
· To ensure accountability, the Department of Energy will provide guidance to and require grant recipients to report on the number of jobs created or retained, energy saved, renewable energy capacity installed, greenhouse gas emissions reduced, and funds leveraged. Funding is based on a formula that accounts for population and energy use.