Merkley, Wyden Announce over $430,000 in Recovery Act Funding For Energy Efficiency Projects in Albany and Tigard, Oregon

Washington, D.C. – The Department of Energy has
awarded over $430,000 in Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) to
the cities of Albany and Tigard for energy efficiency projects.  The
projects will fund energy efficiency retrofits and the replacement of outdated
equipment with energy efficient upgrades for buildings and facilities. 

“We continue to see the Recovery Act at work in Oregon
creating jobs by promoting conservation and energy efficiency efforts,” said
Merkley.  “By replacing crumbling infrastructure with energy efficient
retrofits, we can reduce harmful pollutants in the air we breathe and create
jobs that are desperately needed during this economic recession.”

“This helps Main Street businesses and workers in Tigard and
Albany who have suffered in the recession by improving the energy efficiency of
their homes and buildings while bringing jobs into the communities,” Wyden

Under the Department of Energy’s EECBG Program, funds are
allocated to communities to help jumpstart projects that improve energy
efficiency, reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions and create clean energy
jobs in the process.  The Energy Efficiency Block Grants will be used to
fund the following projects:

Albany – $201,500
The funds will be used to replace outdated equipment at City Hall and the
Senior Center with energy efficient upgrades.

Tigard – $230,500
The funds will be used to replace a deteriorating roof on the Permit Center
with an Energy Star compliant roof.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act invests billions in upgrading our
nation’s transportation infrastructure, promoting the development and
production of clean energy, and repairing public buildings to immediately
create or save jobs.  The legislation cuts taxes for 95 percent of workers
and their families, including tax credits of $400 per worker or $800 per
family.  Finally, a third component of the bill provides vital funding for
states to prevent state layoffs and ensure the continuation of important
health, education and housing services.