Rep. Neguse announces $1.4 Million to lower energy costs in Colorado's mountain communities

Rep. Neguse announces $1.4 Million to lower energy costs in Colorado's mountain communities

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Please see the following press release from the Office of Congressman Joe Neguse:

Lafayette, CO — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced $1,400,000 in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has been awarded to Eagle County, Colorado. The investment will go toward reducing energy burdens for underserved households in the state’s rural mountain communities. The funding is part of a larger $30 million nationwide investment made possible by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy – Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. 

Through a partnership with EnergySmart Colorado, this monumental investment will support staff capacity, provide outreach, and develop workforce training to cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve cost-of-living for low- to moderate-income households across 18 rural counties in Colorado.

“By boosting clean energy production and cutting energy bills, we are delivering on our promise to lower costs for everyday American families and folks across Colorado’s 2nd District,” said Congressman Neguse. “I am excited to see funding made possible through the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that I fought to enact make its way to Eagle County and to our mountain communities, and look forward to its continued support of sustainable energy practices.” 

"This federal funding is HUGE for Energy Smart Colorado, the 10 sustainability organizations we partner with and the low-to-moderate income (LMI) residents of the 18 rural mountain counties we are working in. This funding will equip agencies with staff capacity, bilingual marketing, outreach and program support, increase comfort of homes while reducing household utility costs through energy efficiency improvements, and help communities achieve their climate action goals,” said Kasey Provorse, Executive Director of Energy Smart Colorado. 

"In 2010 Eagle County helped develop Energy Smart Colorado with a grant from the Department of Energy. Since then the program has grown significantly, helping over 10,000 households receive energy efficiency services that improve comfort, health, and safety while reducing climate pollution by over 45,000 tons per year. We are thrilled to receive renewed funding to expand these services for the benefit of low and middle income households, which otherwise might not be able to participate in these win-win programs,” said John Gitchell, Eagle County Climate Action Manager.

Funded through the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, enacted in November 2021, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program was designed to assist states, local governments, and Tribes in implementing strategies to reduce energy use. EECBG Program funding will help meet the unique energy needs in communities that serve more than 250 million Americans. 

Congressman Neguse played a key role in the swift passage and enactment of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, a historic piece of legislation that not only rebuilds America’s crumbling roads and bridges but works to invest in the economy and ensure communities can compete in the 21st Century. 
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