$646,000 conservation grant for York County

County will use stimulus funds to make buildings more energy efficient, saving taxpayers thousands

By Ramona du Houx - February 2nd, 2010 · 

York County is receiving a $646,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The funds will be used to make municipal buildings around the county more energy-efficient.

“The improvements York County will make, with these funds, will save taxpayers thousands of dollars every year and provide an economic boost to the area,” said Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. “As local governments struggle to meet their budgets, this offers immediate help to cut their energy bills.”

York County plans to use the grant funding to perform an energy audit on its buildings, using the information to move forward with making them more efficient. The county is also developing a low-interest loan fund to help local communities in York County pay for their own energy-efficiency projects.

“These energy-efficiency projects put local people to work right away,” said Pingree. “And save money over the long term.”

“Taken as a whole this program will serve to increase the energy efficiency of county buildings and provide benefits on a county-wide basis through financial incentives to area municipalities,” said York County Commission Chair Sallie Chandler. “Thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs, and saving the local taxpayers money at both the county and municipal level.”

Funded by the Stimulus Act, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program is awarding $3.2 billion to help communities improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and create green jobs.

The Stimulus Act was passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2009.

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