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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Spending on Savings

Seventeen New Haven area towns are among 143 communities that are in line for $8.63 million in federal stimulus money that is being made available to 143 municipalities for energy efficiency projects under a block grant plan that will be submitted to state lawmakers for review later this month.

Under Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s plan, every town is eligible for at least $25,000, plus an amount that is based on the population of that community. Towns in the New Haven area are eligible for nearly $1.02 million in stimulus money.

"These block grants will help them move forward with innovative projects that will create green collar jobs and ultimately put money back into the local economies," Rell said.

Here’s a break down of the New Haven area towns and how much money they are eligible for:
- Ansonia $78,713
- Bethany $41,117
- Branford $108,926
- Cheshire $108, 489
- Clinton $64,316
- Derby $61,004
- East Haven $107,907
- Guilford $89,783
- Killingworth $43,656
- Madison $79,417
- North Branford $66,714
- North Haven $94,500
- Old Saybrook $55,517
- Orange $64,997
- Seymour $72,024
- Westbrook $44,163
- Woodbridge $51,642

The funding will support a variety of projects, including energy audits, retrofits, transportation programs that conserve energy, greenhouse gas reduction, development of energy efficient building codes and geothermal building systems. Towns will be required to apply for the funds, outlining the projects they wish to undertake, and must spend or fully commit the funds within two years of the grant award.

State statutes require that Rell’s plan go before the Legislature’s Appropriations and Energy committees for a public hearing. The state will then submit the block grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy by May 26.

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