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Secretary Chu Announces Over $8 Million to Support Local Energy Assurance Planning Initiatives

Posted Feb 18 2010 9:00pm

Recovery Act Funding to Help Communities Prepare for Energy Emergencies and Disruptions

WASHINGTON - Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that the Department of Energy is making selection of awards for more than $8 million to 43 cities and towns across the country to develop or expand local energy assurance plans that will improve electricity reliability and energy security in these communities.  These emergency preparedness plans, funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will help ensure local governments can recover and restore power quickly following any energy supply disruptions.

"These awards will help communities plan for quick, effective responses to a range of potential energy emergencies," said Secretary Chu. "Energy assurance planning at the local level provides important support for our national security, limiting the costs and damages from blackouts and other energy disruptions and ensuring power is restored to homes and businesses as quickly as possible."

This is the first time that the Department of Energy will provide grants to local communities for energy assurance planning.  Today's Recovery Act awards will benefit almost 15 million citizens in 25 states by focusing on improved emergency planning for the entire energy supply system, including the electricity grid, refining, storage, and distribution of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources.  Plans will include how to ease the impacts of short-term energy disruptions along with strategies to deal with sustained energy outages.

These Local Energy Assurance Planning (LEAP) funds will allow local governments to hire and train staff and expand their capabilities to respond to a variety of energy emergencies such as blackouts, hurricanes, floods, ice storms, or possible terrorist attacks.  Each community will identify and assess energy supply disruption scenarios; train personnel on energy infrastructure and supply systems; and increase their knowledge of local energy interdependencies to reduce their response, restoration and recovery time.  Additionally, the LEAP funding will facilitate information sharing and coordination between states, local jurisdictions, and industry, reducing duplication and decreasing the time required to recover and restore the energy infrastructure. 

The following grantees were selected as part of a competitive award process:

City

State

Recovery Act Funding *

Phoenix AZ

$300,000

Tucson AZ

$300,000

Chula Vista CA

$200,000

San Jose CA

$300,000

Visalia CA

$200,000

Aspen CO

$59,193

Aurora CO

$151,800

City and County of Denver CO

$210,040

Durango CO

$58,500

Lakewood CO

$195,000

Wheat Ridge CO

$130,000

Windham CT

$255,587

Delray Beach FL

$130,000

Lake Worth FL

$130,000

Palm Beach Gardens FL

$130,000

Roswell GA

$130,000

Davenport IA

$200,000

Hailey ID

$83,202

Chicago IL

$300,000

Hoffman Estates IL

$98,556

Peoria IL

$200,000

Fort Wayne IN

$195,700

Speedway IN

$60,000

Manhattan KS

$130,000

Louisville-Jefferson County
Metro Government
KY

$300,000

Baton Rouge LA

$200,000

Boston MA

$300,000

Baltimore MD

$200,000

Flint MI

$199,814

Mayville MI

$60,000

Columbia MO

$200,000

Asheville NC

$209,940

Raleigh NC

$199,972

Wilmington NC

$200,000

Newark NJ

$200,000

Hamilton OH

$130,000

Portland OR

$276,099

Salem OR

$175,000

Philadelphia PA

$300,000

Heber UT

$100,000

Salt Lake City UT

$297,000

Virginia Beach VA

$200,000

Casper WY

$130,000

TOTAL  

$8,025,403

* Awards subject to negotiation

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