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Area receives grants for energy projects

Sat., March 28, 2009

The city of Spokane will receive almost $2 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants announced Thursday by Sen. Patty Murray. Other area cities, counties and tribes will get smaller amounts carved from a total $58 million to be distributed around Washington.

North Idaho jurisdictions will divvy up slightly more than $1 million.

The grants, part of the economic stimulus bill, can be used for energy audits of homes and businesses, installing renewable energy technology on public buildings, building bike and pedestrian walkways, and loans or rebates for energy efficiency upgrades.

In addition to the $2 million awarded Spokane, Spokane County received $701,600 and Spokane Valley $823,400. The Confederated Colville Tribes will get $324,700, the Kalispel Tribe $25,000, and the Spokane Tribe $70,100.

In North Idaho, Coeur d’Alene was allotted $191,700 and Lewiston $139,100. Bonner County will get $173,300, Kootenai County $374,400, and Latah County $151,500.

The Kootenai Tribe will receive $25,000 and the Nez Perce Tribe $97,200.

The block grant program will distribute $3.2 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on population and, in some cases, temperatures.


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