Planning Commission awarded $250,000 in taxpayer funds

HINESBURG - The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission has been awarded $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds are paid for by U.S> taxpayers.

CCRPC has created a Chittenden County Regional Energy Grant program to make the funds accessible to local cities, towns and non-profit organizations for projects promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Grant applications for the taxpayer funds are requested for projects that benefit communities with a focus on energy efficiency, conservation, or generationstated by the U.S. DOE. Multi-municipal and regional proposals are encouraged.

"We are excited to be able to bring this opportunity to our communities to increase energy efficiency and develop renewable energy sources," said Charlie Baker, CCRPC's executive director.

All grants must meet both EECBG eligibility as well as CCRPC's application review criteria and are due Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. Questions can also be directed to Samantha Tilton, CCRPC Staff Planner at stilton@ccrpcvt.org.

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