Monday, May 18, 2009

AZ Gov. moves for fed stimulus energy programs

AZ schools will benefit from energy improvements.

PHOENIX -- Following the lead of Arizona House Democrats, Gov. Jan Brewer has submitted the state’s application for the State Energy Program through the President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to the U.S. Department of Energy.

"These funds are directed by federal formula to the states. I have chosen to direct the largest portion of the funds requested in this application, approximately $20 million, to the completion of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for Arizona’s public schools," Brewer stated. "Investing in a modern and efficient infrastructure in our schools and some public buildings is the most responsible use of this significant one-time funding mechanism. Many Arizona schools still have inefficient lighting and HVAC systems, and this funding would create jobs by allowing completion of cost effective energy projects."

The State Energy Program Grants are awarded on a formula basis to state energy offices. As part of the ARRA, $3.1 billion is dedicated to these programs nationally with $55.447 million flowing to Arizona.

"As an ecologist and member of the Arizona House Water & Energy Committee who has pushed for expansion of efficient and renewable energy, I appreciate the Governor's listening and action here," said Rep. Daniel Patterson (D-Tucson). He was a leader on drafting the energy section of the House Democrats' Roadmap for Arizona's Future.

The State Energy Program is a 30 year-old program that focuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and projects. These programs are the front lines of the country’s efforts to use energy more efficiently and increase the use of renewable energy.


- adapted from AZ Gov.

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