Merkley, Wyden: Over 33 Million in Recovery Act Energy Efficiency Funds Heading to Oregon

Merkley, Wyden: Over 33 Million in Recovery Act Energy Efficiency Funds Heading to Oregon

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden cheered today’s announcement that millions in federal funds will be heading to Oregon for energy efficiency projects as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

 

“Our dependence on foreign fossil fuel drains wealth from our families and our nation while contributing to global climate change,” said Merkley.  “Efforts to reduce energy use are critical to break this dependence while improving our environment.  Equally important, improving energy efficiency will create jobs all across Oregon and reduce energy bills paid by Oregonians.  With our unemployment rate now in the double digits, these jobs are vitally important for our communities.”

 

“No economic recovery is going to be complete until we do something about making the United States more energy efficient while at the same time creating jobs in the alternative energy industry,” Wyden said. “The $33 million coming to Oregon for energy efficiency will jumpstart Oregon’s goal of becoming an alternative energy leader and will help put Oregonians back to work.”

 

The White House announced plans today to invest $3.2 billion in energy efficiency and conservation projects in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and on Native American tribal lands.  The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will provide funding for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions, as well as improve energy efficiency nationwide. 

 

Oregon state, county, and city governments will receive over $33 million through the program:

 

·         Oregon State Energy Office - $9,593,500

·         Albany - $201,500

·         Beaverton - $914,900

·         Bend - $745,500

·         Corvallis - $511,600

·         Eugene - $1,485,800

·         Gresham - $901,500

·         Hillsboro - $924,700

·         Keizer - $138,500

·         Lake Oswego - $157,900

·         Medford - $729,700

·         Portland - $5,626,100

·         Salem - $1,521,200

·         Springfield - $539,400

·         Tigard - $230,500

·         Clackamas - $3,159,500

·         Deschutes County - $325,700

·         Douglas County - $442,900

·         Jackson County - $524,800

·         Josephine County - $343,200

·         Lane County - $561,200

·         Marion County - $609,000

·         Umatilla County - $312,900

·         Washington County - $2,596,900

·         Yamhill County - $403,100

Tribal governments in Oregon will also receive funds for energy efficiency upgrades on tribal lands (Please note that if a Tribe spans more than one state, the amounts below reflect the entire amount the Tribe will receive):

 

·         Burns Paiute Tribe of the Burns Paiute Indian Colony of Oregon - $29,000 

·         Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon - $63,500

·          Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon - $301,100

·         Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation, Oregon - $305,500 

·         Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Oregon - $68,900

·         Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon - $129,300

·         Coquille Tribe of Oregon - $64,400

·         Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians of Oregon - $96,800

·         Klamath Tribes, Oregon (formerly the Klamath Indian Tribe of Oregon) - $91,500

·         Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes of the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation, Nevada and Oregon - $25,800