The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Grant (EECBG) program awarded White County and the Town of Walton with more than $245,000 in grant money today, said Rep. Rich McClain (R-Logansport). The grants were presented by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and will be used for energy efficient upgrades to public facilities.
White County was granted $13,305 and Walton was granted $16,090 in "Area 2" funding. The grant is for energy efficient lighting upgrades and lighting/occupancy sensor controls for government-owned structures.
In addition, White county was granted $62,280 and Walton was granted $156,025 in "Area 3" funding. The grant is for improving local government-owned buildings with energy efficient equipment.
"I am proud of our community leaders for working as hard as they did to receive these grants," said Rep. McClain. "Grants such as these will help reduce the overall cost of utilities to local units of government and, in turn, will reduce the fiscal burden on taxpayers in the future."
The EECBG program is designed to help communities create and implement strategies to create jobs, reduce total energy use and improve energy efficiency in the buildings and transportation sectors.
It is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) and administered in Indiana by the Office of Energy Development. Eligible participants include cities and towns with populations less than 35,000 and counties with populations of 200,000 or less.
The EECBG awarded 46 grants to 37 Indiana cities, towns and counties for energy efficient upgrades to public facilities.