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Commercial-Appeal (Tennessee) - Labor secretary announces $500 million grant for ‘green' jobs
During a Memphis visit that included a tour of one of the nation's largest solar-energy manufacturing facilities, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis on Wednesday announced a $500 million grant program to help prepare workers for so-called 'green' jobs.

The grant effort will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It should help people who have been laid off during the current recession find work in fields that help 'cut our energy dependence from foreign countries,' Solis said after a tour of the Sharp Electronics Corp. plant on Mendenhall.

Her green-jobs announcement was warmly greeted by state officials and leaders of the union representing hundreds of Sharp employees. [Read More]

Tacoma Daily Index (Washington) - State awarded $24M for renewable energy projects
The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that $24.3 million has been awarded to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Washington state. These awards were funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Washington state will use Recovery Act funding through the State Energy Program to support the development of clean energy policy, leverage private additional financing of energy efficiency projects, and promote energy assessments in the agricultural sector. The goal is to achieve significant job creation, clean energy production, and energy savings across the state. If the state successfully implements the plan, it will receive more than $30 million in additional funding, for a total of over $60 million. [Read More]

Kansas City Business Journal (Kansas) - Kansas gets $15M in stimulus for energy efficiency
Kansas received $15.3 million Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help make state buildings and residences more energy efficient.

The state now has half of its expected money for the State Energy Program. Kansas will receive an additional $19 million once the program demonstrates successful implementation of its plan, bringing the total allocation to $38 million. [Read More]

Bangor Daily News (Maine) - State 1st in use of stimulus
Federal officials said Wednesday that Maine is the first state in the nation to pass several milestones for use of stimulus dollars flowing from Washington, D.C., for highway improvements and environmental cleanup projects.

Maine has committed 100 percent of the more than $130 million in stimulus money the state will receive for bridge and highway projects. That is well ahead of the benchmark set by federal officials of 50 percent of stimulus funding committed to specific projects by June 29.

The state also has committed 50 percent of the nearly $50 million Maine will receive for drinking water projects and wastewater infrastructure.

Gov. John Baldacci's office estimates that 30 bridge or highway projects funded with stimulus dollars are under way, accounting for more than 750 jobs. [Read More]

Republican-American (Connecticut) - State gets $15.4m in stimulus funds for energy projects
The U.S. Department of Energy said Wednesday it released $15.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Connecticut.

In all, 10 states were awarded more than $204 million in Recovery Act funding on Wednesday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement. Each state received 40 percent of their total state energy program funding authorized under the Recovery Act. [Read More]

Star-Tribune (Minnesota) - Feds send Minnesota $21 million for energy projects
Federal officials today announced that Minnesota will receive $21.7 million to pay for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the state.

The money is the latest installment in $54 million in federal stimulus funds the state is slated to get for energy projects.

The state is to used the money to pay for grants to businesses that will design and build energy efficiency improvements and retrofitted equipment. It also will administer grants to utility programs to provide low-interest loans and grants to their customers to boost energy efficiency. [Read More]

Detroit Free Press (Michigan) - Stimulus billions supply critical pain relief for Michigan
Any way you slice it, $5 billion is a lot of money. That's about how much Michigan has received as of this week in federal economic recovery funds.

The money comes from the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by Congress in February as the keystone of President Barack Obama's plan to have government lead the nation out of recession. Michigan is one of 16 so-called GAO states, meaning auditors from the Government Accountability Office are here for two weeks of every month tracking the use of federal dollars.

Michigan may never be able to point to a certain project as its monument to the 2009 Recovery Act, only to the certainty that millions of people in this state, and hence the state as a whole, would have been far worse off without it. [Read More]

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