Money to be used for energy programs
The United States Department of Energy announced Tuesday that it has awarded $625,000 to Iowa to help carry out energy efficiency and renewable energy programs throughout the state.
The State Energy Program provides formula-based funding to states to design and carry out their own programs to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. Iowa used its U.S. Department of Energy Formula Grants last year to help with agriculture and Building Energy Management.
Funds directed toward agriculture helped the Iowa Department of Natural Resources demonstrate ways farmers can improve nitrogen management on cornfields, while Building Energy Management public sector officials were given training to ensure their buildings operated at peak efficiency.
"These projects are critically important to Iowa's future energy needs," state Senator Chuck Grassley said. "The funding will help increase energy efficiency and conservation through alternative energy sources, education and investment. It gives Iowa the opportunity to use the money where it sees fit."