News Release 458

Gov. Nixon announces more than $11 million in Recovery Act funding available to Energize Missouri Communities for energy efficiency programs

Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications until Jan. 15

Volume 37-458 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Kerry Cordray
573-526-4220

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 2, 2009 -- Gov. Jay Nixon announced the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications to Energize Missouri Communities. The department will award more than $11 million in grant funding to cities and counties throughout Missouri to implement energy efficiency projects. These projects will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

This infusion of grant funding will help cities and counties improve energy efficiencies within their facilities, provide cost savings and help protect the environment.

The department is accepting project applications for the Energize Missouri Communities program through a competitive request for project proposals process. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2010. Applications are available on the department's website at: dnr.mo.gov/transform/energizemissouricommunities.htm

The Energize Missouri Communities program will target four areas to improve energy efficiencies, which include: Public Buildings Energy Efficiency Retrofits, Green Streets, Water and Wastewater Treatment Efficiencies, and Special Communities Initiatives.

"Energize Missouri Communities provides grant opportunities for projects to help meet the needs of Missouri's communities," said DNR Director Mark Templeton. "These projects will incorporate energy efficiency and conservation practices to sustain communities and will also help create jobs in Missouri's environmental and energy industries."

The department will host a Webinar on Dec. 7 and six application workshops throughout the state Dec. 8 through Dec. 17 to provide an overview of Energize Missouri Communities, a description of funding opportunities, to address general inquiries and to provide individualized assistance to eligible applicants. For more information on the webinar and application workshops call 877-610-0834 (toll-free).

The department's Energy Center will administer the grant funds received through the U. S Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. U.S. Department of Energy requires sixty percent of the available funds to be reserved for small cities with population below 35,000 and small counties with population below 200,000. The department is committed to working closely with cities and communities to assist with funding efforts that support energy efficient improvement projects as well as provide a financial savings.

The department's Energy Center works to protect the environment and stimulate the economy through energy efficiency and renewable energy resources and technologies.

For more information on the federal Recovery Act, visit recovery.gov. For more information on Missouri's transform initiatives, visit transform.mo.gov. For more information, contact the department's Energy Center, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443.

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