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May 6, 2009
Bristol in line for $557K in federal energy efficiency cash
Press release from state Rep. Chris Wright, a Bristol Democrat:
REP. WRIGHT ANNOUNCES STIMULUS MONEY AVAILABLE TO
BRISTOL FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS
$557,5000 Earmarked For Bristol
State Representative Chris Wright (D-Bristol) announced that federal stimulus money is available and can go directly to municipalities for energy efficiency programs.
Bristol is slated to receive $557,500 from the stimulus package for energy efficiency projects.In order to secure the funding local officials need only to provide the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with a plan outlining the proposed usage for the funds.
According to the DOE, approved usage of the funds includes energy audits, retro fits, energy distribution, establishing financial incentives to encourage energy efficiency, or developing a conservation and efficiency strategy.Municipalities are able to utilize the money that works best for them to increase efficiency and conservation.
“ This is good news for Bristol because the infusion of funds from the federal government, not only increases high tech jobs in the green energy field, but can also help reduce municipal costs by lowering operating expenses,” Rep. Wright said. “In addition, the federal program helps us make our cities and towns more efficient without straining the state’s existing funds.”
Towns with a population over 35,000 must submit their plan directly to the U.S. Department of Energy by June 25th in order to secure their allocated funds.Smaller towns can apply to the Office of Policy and Management for a portion of the lump sum designated for small towns.
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