OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced more than $11 million in grants to create jobs and energy cost savings at 10 higher education and 20 local government facilities across the state.
An estimated 400 jobs will be created by this construction spending. The total cost for all the projects is almost $51 million, including more than $36 million in non-state funding.
“Creating jobs in the construction industry is key to keeping our economic recovery going,” said Gov. Chris Gregoire. “These grants put people to work. Making our higher education facilities and local governments more energy efficient helps stretch their already tight budgets.”
The 2012 Energy Efficiency Grant program’s immediate goal is to stimulate Washington's economy by creating jobs. The long-term goal is to reduce the energy costs at the state's public education facilities. A total of $38 million was appropriated by the 2012 Legislature to Commerce for the grants – giving $20 million to higher education and $18 million to local governments, including a specific set aside of at least 10 percent for small cities or towns (populations of 5,000 or less). Funds will be awarded in two competitive rounds.
“Promoting energy efficiency in the built environment is a pillar of our State Energy Strategy,” said Commerce director Rogers Weed. “These grants will create jobs and support Washington’s policy priorities for energy, economic vitality and climate stability.”
First round grant recipients are:
Higher Education Awards:
· Bates Technical College , $128,037
· Bellevue College, $815,000
· Bellingham Technical College, $153,241
· Cascadia Community College, $142,386
· Central Washington University , $1.85 million
· Clover Park Technical College , $180,000
· Community Colleges of Spokane , $141,378
· Highline Community College, $452,699
· Washington State University, $478,812
· Wenatchee Valley College, $258,881
Local Government Awards:
· City of Bellevue, $410,000
· City of Everett, $262,206
· City of Longview, $500,000
· City of Mountlake Terrace, $79,500
· City of Seattle, $500,000
· City of Shelton, $106,415
· City of Tacoma, $500,000
· Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District, $83,675
· Ferry County Memorial Hospital, $500,000
· Grant County Public Hospital District No. 1 dba Samaritan Health Care, $200,000
· Harborview Medical Center, $500,000
· Port of Bellingham, $499,176
· Snohomish County, $462,000
· Sound Transit, $400,000
· Spokane Regional Health District, $500,000
· Thurston County, $178,544
· Tukwila Metropolitan Park District, $416,666
· Valley Medical Center, $500,000
· Walla Walla County, $281,388
· William Shore Pool, $415,000
The grants are awarded through a competitive process, and must be used solely for energy and operational cost savings improvements. Projects for the first round of funding were selected from 36 grant applications requesting a total of more than $14 million.
Applications for the second round of energy efficiency grants are due December 31, 2012. For more information, visit the Energy Efficiency page on the Commerce Web site.