RURAL AND REMOTE COMMUNITIES ELECTRIFICTION GRANTS
Administered by: Department of Energy in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior
Annual funding: No funds appropriated for FY2006
Established: Section 209 of Energy Policy Act of 2005
Scheduled termination: Authorized through 2012
Description: The DOE Secretary is authorized to allocate grants each fiscal year to increase energy efficiency, site or upgrade transmission and distribution lines serving rural areas, or to provide or modernize electric generation facilities that serve rural areas. The grants are to be based on a determination of cost-effectiveness and the most effective use of the funds to achieve grant objectives. Preference shall be given to renewable energy which is defined as electricity generated from a renewable energy source or hydrogen produced from a renewable energy source. Renewable energy sources include wind, ocean waves; biomass, solar, landfill gas, incremental hydropower, livestock methane, or geothermal energy.
Qualified applicant: Eligible organizations include a local government or municipality, peoples' utility district, irrigation district, and cooperative, nonprofit, or limited-dividend association in a rural area, a city, town, or unincorporated area of not more than 10,000 inhabitants.
For more information: Contact DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at http://www.eere.energy.gov/informationcenter/
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