Lipinski Announces Half Million Dollar Federal Grant for Berwyn

Money Will Fund Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs

Today, Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-03) announced that Berwyn will be receiving $440,300 in federal funds from the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG).  Lipinski helped create the EECBG Program - which supports energy efficiency, renewable energy, and conservation programs - through the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. 

"I am proud to have helped create this program and deliver these funds to our communities," said Lipinski, "The EECBG program will help our cities and towns make their buildings more efficient to heat and cool, and it will support renewable energy projects and energy efficient street lighting.  Not only does this help local governments reduce their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions but it also creates the jobs we need right now."

The goal of the EECBG program is to reduce fossil fuel dependence in the transportation and building sectors. Participating cities can apply to fund a wide range of different programs, including developing a conservation plan, retrofitting buildings, deploying renewable energy  systems in government buildings, installing energy efficient traffic signals, and bolstering recycling programs.

"Everyone agrees that we need to use less foreign oil and be smarter about how we use energy in general," added Lipinski. "This program gives our local governments the tools and support they need to begin building a sustainable economy from the ground up."

Cook County as a whole will receive over $4.5 million in EECB grants. In addition, towns with populations smaller than 35,000 people will be eligible for over $21 million in funds that will be administered through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

(March 26, 2009)