Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced today that Aberdeen and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe will receive a total of $461,400 in grant funding from the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). The funding, from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will be used to improve energy efficiency and help the local economy.
“Stimulus funding is having a major impact on helping us move away from dependence on foreign sources of fossil fuels and towards a clean energy economy,” said Johnson, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee. “I am pleased that this funding is moving to Aberdeen and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to help improve local energy efficiency efforts.”
Aberdeen will receive a grant of $107,900 and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe will receive a grant of $353,500. These funds can be used for projects including energy audits, building retrofits in the residential and commercial sector, the development and implementation of advanced building codes and inspections, and the creation of programs promoting energy efficiency improvements.
Similar funding from this program has previously been distributed to towns, including Watertown, Rapid City, Yankton, Brookings, Vermillion and Pierre. Pennington County and Minnehaha County have also received funding from this program.
The EECBG is a program funded for the first time from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and focuses on finding energy savings and reducing harmful emissions. The funding for South Dakota is part of a total of $3.2 billion for more than 2,300 cities, counties and tribes across the country.
The stimulus package signed by President Obama is focused on tax cuts for the middle class, infrastructure investments and job creation. This funding is a prime example of the kind of resources the legislation provides to help improve communities while advancing South Dakota’s economy.