Some of our money is suppose to be out there creating opportunities to advance green business and hopefully create new jobs in green technology. I like to know where any kind of green stimulus is going but I am especially interested in any that may be landing in Arizona.
Nearly $200 million in federal stimulus money has found its way to us and to helping Arizona move into a green future. In my own town, a small Scottsdale company is playing a major role in the biggest-ever U.S. launch of electric car charging stations by using nearly $100 million of the stimulus grants to build charging stations.
Scottsdale’s Ecotality Inc., which owns Electric Transportation and Engineering Corp., will roll out 12,800 charging stations in Arizona, Washington, Oregon, California and Tennessee using a $99.8 million grant . This is the largest electric-vehicle infrastructure program ever undertaken in the United States. The chargers initially will support the Nissan Leaf electric car when it goes on sale late next year.
The Ecotality/ETEC grant is just a fraction of $2.4 billion in stimulus money.
State, local governments and individual homeowners will be provided with money to find new ways to conserve energy, generate electricity and promote alternate fuels. It is part of a $3.2 billion package to pay for energy efficiency and conservation projects with money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the $787 billion stimulus package approved by Congress and President Obama in February.
The DOE has divided the general allocation of energy grants into 10 categories:
- Energy Efficiency: $5 billion
- Greening Federal Bldgs: $4.5 billion
- Renewable Energy: $2.5 billion
- Smart Grid: $4.5 billion
- Clean Coal: $3.4 billion
- Next-gen Biofuels: $0.8 billion
- Basic Science: $1.6 billion
- Batteries: $2 billion
- Advanced R & D: $0.4 billion
- Nuclear Cleanup: $6 billion
If you want to find out more: The DOE lists up-to-date information on exactly how much money has been awarded VS allocated.
Author Kelly Sallaway is a writer and producer. Her Scottsdale-based company Kellan Media promotes and produces green programming for video and TV. www.kellanmediallc.com