Energy Administration announces $9 million in grants for EmPOWER program

The Maryland Energy Administration announced more than $9 million in energy efficiency grants for its “EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities” grant program Tuesday.
According to a Maryland Energy Administration news release, the program assists local governments and non-profit organizations with funding energy efficiency projects specifically designed to assist low to moderate income individuals.
With the grants, around 5,000 Maryland households will save on electricity and natural gas costs each year, resulting in more than $1 million saved annually, the release said.
The Clean Communities program will fund 62 projects. Grantees will use the funds to set up energy efficiency measures in senior housing, homeless shelters and buildings that house Head Start programs.
The grants will provide necessary aid to housing for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities, dedicated low-income housing and low to moderate income homes, among other projects.
Each Maryland county received a grant allocation based on their number of low-to-moderate income households.
 “Ultimately, all Marylanders benefit from this program because it moves us closer to achieving our EmPOWER Maryland goal of a 15 percent reduction in Maryland’s energy consumption by 2015,” said Director of the Maryland Energy Administration Abigail Ross Hopper in a statement.
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