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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that Washington state will receive over $58 million to begin energy efficiency and conservation improvement projects throughout the state as part of the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As a senior member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, Murray worked to ensure that job-creating investments in Washington’s energy systems were a key component of the Recovery Act.  Senator Murray voted to pass the Recovery Act on February 13th. The bill was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th.

"The jobs this funding creates in construction and energy development will be a much needed boost to local economies," said Senator Murray. "These grants will help our communities implement energy efficiency and conservation strategies, and will create jobs improving, repairing, and updating our buildings and energy systems.”

The funding announced for Washington state is part of $3.2 billion included in the Recovery Act for energy efficiency and conservation projects from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) program. The EECBG program assists the initiation of strategies to reduce fossil fuel emission, reduce total energy use, and to improve overall energy efficiency in transportation, building and other appropriate sectors.

The following activities are examples of projects that qualify for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants:

  • Developing programs to conserve energy used in transportation, such as the development of a transportation infrastructure that includes bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and synchronized traffic lights
  • Conducting residential and commercial building energy audits
  • Installing renewable energy technology such as solar and wind energy on or in government buildings
  • Installing light emitting diodes (LEDs)
  • Establishing loan, rebate or other financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements

The EECBG grants will be distributed to cities, counties and tribes across Washington state as follows:

Name Level of Government Allocation ($)
 Washington State State Energy Office 10,645,900   
 Auburn  City  235,500
 Belleveie  City  1,295,700
 Bellingham  City  780,100
 Edmonds  City  160,200
 Everett  City  1,045.400
 Federal Way  City  777,700
 Kennewick  City  589,700
 Kent  City  845,400
 Kirkland  City  211,500
 Lacey  City  164,900
 Lakewood  City  541,000
 Longview  City  165,400
 Olympia  City  220,600
 Pasco  City  495,500
 Puyallup  City  164,500
 Redmond  City  272,000
 Renton  City  617,500
 Richland  City  204.300
 Sammamish  City  135,000
 Seattle  City  6,142,300
 Shoreline  City  472,800
 Spokane  City  1,986,200
 Spokane Valley  City  823,400
 Tacoma  City  1,947,300
 Vancouver  City  1,574,800
 Yakima  City  814,000
 Clark  County  2,282,900
 King  County  6,141,100
 Kitsap  County  2,229,100
 Pierce  County  4,376,400
 Skagit  County  495,100
 Snohomish  County  4,828,400
 Spokane  County  701,600
 Thurston  County  617,200
 Whatcom  County  470,000
 Yakima  County  629,500
   City/County Total 56,099,900

Grants for Tribes:

  • Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington  - $284,300
  • Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, Washington  -  $ 31,200
  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington   - $324,700
  • Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Washington    -  $ 218,600
  • Hoh Indian Tribe of the Hoh Indian Reservation, Washington  -  $26,100
  • Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Washington  -   $54,300
  • Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel  Reservation, Washington  -   $ 25,000
  • Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington   -  $68,400
    Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, Washington  -   $238,300
  • Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian Reservation, Washington   -  $ 56,200
  • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington   -  $ 53,900
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, Washington   -  $ 50,500
  • Nooksack Indian Tribe of Washington   -  $62,900
  • Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington   -  $217,600
  • Quileute Tribe of the Quileute Reservation, Washington -  $27,900
  • Quinault Tribe of the Quinault Reservation, Washington   -  $162,400
  • Samish Indian Tribe, Washington   -  $73,900
  • Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of Washington   -  $25,000
  • Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, Wyoming   -  $32,900
  • Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington   -  $ 64,200
  • Snoqualmie Tribe, Washington   -  $49,500
    Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation, Washington   -  $ 70,100
  • Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation, Washington   -  $72,300
  • Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington   -  $26,400
  • Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington   -  $71,300
  • Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington   -  $38,300
  • Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington   -  $208,000
  • Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington   -  $ 33,300

    TOTAL:  $2,477,500