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Stimulus projects continue to contribute to economy
5/4/2011
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 
11-34
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Paul Egbert, 503-378-4032
Ann Grim, 503-378-4912
In Oregon, 1-800-221-8035
 
SALEM – More than 100 of the 282 energy projects that received stimulus funds from the Oregon Department of Energy in 2009 have been completed. Most of the remaining energy projects are hiring contractors and purchasing equipment.
 
The U.S. Department of Energy distributed $42.2 million in stimulus funds to ODOE’s State Energy Program and $9.6 million for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program to stimulate the economy. Funds for each program were obligated by October 2010. All projects must be completed by the end of 2012.
 
“Oregon reimburses the project owners for documented paid project costs up to 75 percent of the award money,” said Paul Egbert, manager of the stimulus team at ODOE. “Managers monitor each project to ensure that it is compliant with the grant requirements and that all documentation is received before making the final payment award. We make a final site visit to a large sampling of completed projects.”
 
A number of the 100 completed projects came in under budget and did not use all the award funding. In addition, there were a few projects that could not proceed with their projects and withdrew their request for funding.
 
The unused funds have been reassigned to projects such as the Governor’s School Energy Audit Initiative. In January 2011, Governor Kitzhaber asked ODOE to direct some of the unused stimulus funds to audit all schools not covered by the SB 1149 Public Purpose Charge. These are schools served by the consumer-owned electric utilities and Idaho Power. The audits are expected to be completed by June 30, 2011. ODOE will pay for the audits in full with stimulus funds.
 
A list of all completed projects are can be found of the ODOE website at:
 
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About the Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy provides tax credits, loans, technical assistance and energy information for homes, businesses, manufacturing, farms, ranches, schools and governments.
 

 

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