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N.C. gets $30 million for energy plan

Posted June 25, 2009

North Carolina will receive $30.4 million in federal stimulus money to help create renewable energy projects in the state.

The money will also be used to increase energy efficiency in government, commercial and residential building under the State Energy Program, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Thursday.

The program will use funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.to establish revolving loan programs, competitive grant programs and education and training programs designed to spur investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

A new revolving loan fund will be created to provide no- and low-interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, local and state governments, and schools and universities, along with competitive grants that will be available to businesses and organizations with innovative clean energy projects.

The state will also develop a multi-level training and workforce program through its community college and university systems to meet the needs of an emerging green economy. Education and training will focus on energy efficiency and clean energy technologies and will provide participants with skills to solve energy problems, reduce energy usage, save energy costs, and access state and federal funding opportunities.

“This funding will provide an important boost for state economies, help to put Americans back to work, and move us toward energy independence," Chu said.

"It reflects our commitment to support innovative state and local strategies to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy while insisting that taxpayer dollars be spent responsibly."

Chu also announced more than $120 million for state energy programs in three other states: California, Missouri and New Hampshire,

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  • whatusay Jun 26, 2009

    New energy programs were supposed to give Americans jobs. I heard today that the wind turbines are being imported from foreign countries, not even being made in the USA by americans.
    How is wind power creating any jobs for this country? There is a deeper evil working and Obama is at the center.

  • whatusay Jun 26, 2009

    Obama giving away money like it is his. And dunces taking it and bowing down to their king. Even though Gov Sanford of SC is having personal problems, he is one of a few who see what Obama is doing to this country.

  • streetfightinman Jun 26, 2009

    Another 30millon wasted probably will find some in the easleys pocket's

  • ghimmy51 Jun 25, 2009

    I'm serious when I tell you NC will spend that on studies and admin before anything real is done.

  • affirmativediversity Jun 25, 2009

    Why not just DRILL OFF SHORE FOR OIL AND GAS?

    Just another 30 million for Bev to waste! Wait, give it a day or two...Wonder Gov will announce "her NC Czars" in charge of squandering this money. Sure hope its someone else who graduated from UNC's School of Agriculture!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 25, 2009

    If we want energy independence, there are many things that could be done without grant money being spent. Make a push for people to replace antique light bulb technology with fluorescent and LED technology nationwide. Allow companies to begin much more oil drilling in the US Territories. Just with those two alone, we would greatly increase our energy independence. There are newer models of all energy-using devices being bought everyday. Flat Panels instead of power hungry tube TV's. Various vehicles, such as cars, trucks, trains, etc, are much more energy efficient than their dying older models. The public is doing their part. Its time for the government to allow oil drilling and stop protecting some species that will die off anyway.

  • bissette Jun 25, 2009

    Since we are getting it, can't Gov. Perdue use if for education?
    Since she did what she wanted to do with the money from the lottery that was supposed to be for education.
    The older I get the more I'm finding out how adults act more like children. It's so unreal.

  • GWALLY Jun 25, 2009

    Another "crock of obama"...!!! Spend, spend, spend....never EVER give ANYTHING back to the very PEOPLE that you stole it from!!!!

  • whatelseisnew Jun 25, 2009

    Sue it will.