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Recovery Act Funds Energy Efficiency Grants

$2.5 million to benefit 39 communities in Alaska

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today announced more than $2.5 million dollars in energy efficiency block grants to support jobs, cut energy bills, and increase energy independence in Alaska. Provided by the Department of Energy (DOE), this round of grant announcements focuses on Alaska Native and Native American communities and tribes.  Thirty-nine communities in Alaska will receive funds.

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), provides formula grants for projects that reduce total energy use and improve energy efficiency.

“Energy efficiency grants provided by the Recovery Act have already gone to work in Alaska helping families reduce their energy bills and supporting the Alaska economy,” Sen. Begich said. “Energy prices in rural Alaska prevent economic growth and bind the finances of struggling families. These grants are significant investments in our communities and put Alaskans to work.”

In total, the EECBG Program will award $3.2 billion in grants to more than 2,300 cities, counties, states and Indian tribes nationwide. DOE has already provided more than $29 million to Alaska through the EECBG program.

Activities eligible for EECBG funding include energy audits and building retrofits in the residential and commercial sector, the development and implementation of advanced building codes and inspections, and the creation of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements.

Grant recipients include:

Iqurmuit Traditional Council (formerly the Native Village of Russian Mission)

$        45,400

Native Village of Eek

$        44,600

Native Village of Hooper Bay

$        70,300

Native Village of Kipnuk

$        57,900

Native Village of Kongiganak

$        47,500

Native Village of Nunam Iqua (formerly the Native Village of Sheldon's Point)

$        40,100

Native Village of Nunapitchuk

$        51,300

Native Village of Tununak

$        46,100

Newtok Village

$        46,000

Nunakauyarmiut Tribe (formerly the Native Village of Toksook Bay)

$        53,400

Oscarville Traditional Village

$        36,800

Tuluksak Native Community

$        49,000

Umkumiute Native Village

$        34,500

Village of Chefornak

$        47,600

Village of Kalskag

$        41,300

Village of Ohogamiut

$        34,000

Wasilla

$        50,000

Native Village of Council

$        34,500

Native Village of Kivalina

$        47,900

Native Village of Barrow Inupiat Traditional Government

$       129,300

Kenaitze Indian Tribe

$        99,800

Knik Tribe

$        99,700

Atqasuk Village (Atkasook)

$        43,500

Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes

$       191,900

Craig Community Association

$        50,200

Doyon, Limited

$       310,900

Galena Village (aka Louden Village)

$        49,300

Klawock Cooperative Association

$        50,700

Koniag, Incorporated

$        51,900

Native Village of Ambler

$        44,100

Native Village of Fort Yukon

$        51,500

Native Village of Kluti Kaah (aka Copper Center)

$        41,000

Native Village of Larsen Bay

$        37,800

Orutsararmuit Native Village (aka Bethel)

$       138,200

Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak (formerly the Shoonaq' Tribe of Kodiak)

$        49,800

Village of Aniak

$        48,500

Village of Atmautluak

$        44,300

Village of Salamatof

$        40,600

Yakutat Tlingit Tribe

$        44,000

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