White House announces $3 million more in energy funds for Charleston area

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Today the White House announced $31.5 million in additional for South Carolina "energy efficiency and conservation projects." That slice is part of a national $3.2 billion package.

Read more stories on this subject in our stimulus package topic page, and our energy topic page.Locally some $3 million will go to tri-county cities and some $2 million of that will go to Charleston and North Charleston.

Here's some details on the aims of the funding from a Department of Energy Press release:

Today’s announcement builds on an investment of $109,442,771 in South Carolina weatherization and energy funding announced by the Administration on March 12th and detailed at energy.gov/recovery.

“These investments will save taxpayer dollars and create jobs in communities around the country,” said Vice President Biden. “Local leaders will have the flexibility in how they put these resources to work – but we will hold them accountable for making the investments quickly and wisely to spur the local economy and cut energy use.”

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will provide formula grants for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency.

Here's the full breakdown for the state:

1 South Carolina State Energy Office $9,593,500.00
2 Greenville County $3,435,400.00
3 Horry County $2,400,800.00
4 Lexington County $2,268,600.00
5 Spartanburg County $2,221,800.00
6 Richland County $2,116,800.00
7 Columbia City $1,424,100.00
8 Charleston City $1,138,700.00
9 North Charleston City $978,500.00
10 Anderson County $751,200.00
11 Greenville City $743,400.00
12 Aiken County $646,100.00
13 Beaufort County $636,000.00
14 Rock Hill City $630,600.00
15 Mount Pleasant City $593,700.00
16 York County $586,200.00
17 Florence County $572,300.00
18 Spartanburg City $192,900.00
19 Summerville City $185,600.00
20 Sumter City $179,400.00
21 Goose Creek City $153,600.00

Tri-county area $3,050,100.00

Total $31,449,200.00

You can learn more about energy recovery act spending in South Carolina here.