Kind Announces $37 Million for Wisconsin for Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) today announced that Wisconsin will receive $37.2 million from the Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1). Eau Claire will receive $655,700 and La Crosse will get $542,100 for energy efficiency and conservation projects.
Together with the $197 million announced by the Department of Energy on March 12 th, Wisconsin will now receive more than $234 million from the stimulus package for weatherization, energy efficiency, conservation, and investments in clean energy.
These grants give local governments the flexibility to use the funds that match their particular needs, but maintain a strong level of oversight and accountability. Recipients have to account for how many jobs are created or saved, as well as the amount of energy conserved, greenhouse gas emissions reduced, and renewable energy capacity increased.
“These investments are going to help get Wisconsinites back to work, create clean, green jobs, and put us on a path to environmental sustainability,” said Rep. Kind. “The stimulus package was a useful first step, but we need to do more to tap into Americans’ spirit of innovation. I will continue to work with my colleagues and President Obama to make America a leader in green technology.”
More information about the grant is available at: https://www.energy.gov/media/WI_Block_Grants.pdf.