Of, $42 million, only one Cape town will receive an initial piece of the pie
Thursday, Governor Deval Patrick announced that the Commonwealth's cities and towns will receive $42 million in energy grants as part of the Federal Recovery Act. The funds are intended to create jobs in the communities and help municipalities save on energy costs by investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy options.
The federal government is issuing the funds under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
"In this way, the federal recovery act will pay off for Massachusetts today and for years to come." - Governor Deval Patrick
Of the $42.2 million, 42 communities will directly receive amounts ranging from $149,000 to $6.5 million dollars with the lion's share, $4,752,100, destined for the state's energy office for allocation. Of the 42 communities, only one Cape town will receive an initial piece of the grant. The town of Barnstable is slated to receive $202,400 as part of the plan. The monies are intended to be used for job creation and to reduce energy use and the reliance on fossil fuels. Communities with less than 35,000 residents are expected to receive money from a $14.8 million fund administered by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the state's energy office.
Lawmakers such as Edward Markey see this investment as a "bright spot" in the Commonwealth's clean energy future during these tough economic times.
According to Senator John Kerry, "These recovery dollars will create green jobs, reduce our energy use, and cut polluting emissions. From every angle, this means more money in the pockets of working people in Massachusetts. Anytime you can create jobs and save taxpayers money, its' a smart investment."
The state's energy department is ready to help communities put the funds to work according to Department of Energy and Resources Commissioner Philip Giudice. The funds allocated today are subject to US Department of Energy approval.