Who gets the EE stimulus money?

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By Elisa Wood

February 19, 2009

The ink is dry on President Obama’s signature to the federal stimulus bill and word is out that energy efficiency receives more than $20 billion. How will homeowners and businesses benefit?

Two sources offer an excellent break-down on the incentives: the Alliance to Save Energy and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, a unit of the US Department of Energy. EERE goes so far as to give the page numbers in the bill that address certain incentives.

Here is a snap shot of where some of the energy efficiency funds will go.

Housing & Buildings

  • $5 billion for low-income weatherization assistance, plus an expansion of people who are eligible. An increase in the funding level to $6,500 per home.
  • About $4.75 billion to Housing and Urban Development for public, low-income and Native American housing
  • Tax credit for existing homes extended and increased to 30 percent of cost, up to $1,500 for 2009 and 2010
  • About $8.9 billion for federal buildings, including $4.5 billion for green buildings and $3.6 billion for Department of Defense energy efficiency initiatives


  • $300 million for the Energy Star Program and for matching grants to states that offer rebates to consumers for buying Energy Star appliances.


  • $4.5 billion for smart grid projects
  • Up to $2.3 billion allotted for a 30 percent investment tax credit given to those who manufacture renewable energy, energy storage, energy conservation, efficient transmission, and carbon capture and sequestration items.


  • $400 million to encourage the use of plug-in hybrids
  • $17.7 billion for public transportation and rail
  • $2 billion for the manufacture of advanced batteries


  • $3.1 billion for state energy programs and $3.2 billion in block grants for local governments
  • $500 million to prepare workers for jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • $9.75 billion for public safety and other government services, including renovation to “green” schools

Further details are available at http://ase.org/content/article/detail/5388 and http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm

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About Elisa Wood

Elisa Wood is the chief editor of MicrogridKnowledge.com. She has been writing about energy for more than three decades for top industry publications. Her work also has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal Online and the Washington Post.


  1. debbie potts says:

    What about buying an LG energy efficient washing machine/dryer in Texas? How does one access stimulus money for those items?

  2. why can’t we be more mindful with tax payer money?