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Details of Obama’s Big Green Bill

January 27, 2009 | By Keith Schneider
Great Lakes Bulletin News Service

Here are details of how the Obama administration’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill would invest in transforming the country’s energy systems.

* $32 billion: To transform the nation’s energy transmission, distribution, and production systems by allowing for a smarter and better grid and focusing investment in renewable technology.

* $16 billion: To repair public housing and make key energy efficiency retrofits.

* $6 billion: To weatherize modest-income homes.

* $31 billion: To modernize federal and other public infrastructure with investments that lead to long term energy cost savings.

* $10 billion: For transit and rail to reduce traffic congestion and gas consumption.

* $20 billion: To local school districts through new School Modernization and Repair Program to increase energy efficiency.

* $4 billion: For job training with focus on green-collar job training.

* $2 billion: To support advanced battery development.

* $500 million: For advanced energy efficient manufacturing.

* $2.4 billion: For carbon sequestration research and demonstration projects.

* $1.85 billion: For various clean energy projects to promote energy smart appliances, assist states and GSA to convert fleets to more efficient vehicles, electric vehicle technology research, developing renewable energy for military use.

* $400 million: For NASA climate change research.

Some Fine Print

* $11 billion: Reliable, Efficient Electricity Grid.

* $8 billion: Renewable Energy Loan Guarantees for alternative energy power generation and transmission projects.

* $6 billion: GSA Federal Buildings for renovations and repairs to federal buildings to increase energy efficiency and conservation.

* $6.9 billion: Local Government Energy Efficiency Block Grants to help state and local governments become energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions.

* $2.5 billion: Energy Efficiency Housing Retrofits for a new program to upgrade HUD sponsored low-income housing to increase energy efficiency.

* $2 billion: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research for development, demonstration, and deployment activities to foster energy independence, reduce carbon emissions, and cut utility bills.

* $2 billion: Advanced Battery Loans and Grants to support U.S. manufacturers of advanced vehicle batteries and battery systems.

* $1.5 billion: Energy Efficiency Grants and Loans for Institutions for energy sustainability and efficiency grants to school districts, institutes of higher education, local governments, and municipal utilities.

* $200 million: Electric Transportation for a new grant program to encourage electric vehicle technologies.

* $2.4 billion: Cleaning Fossil Energy for carbon capture and sequestration technology demonstration projects.

* $350 million: Department of Defense Research into using renewable energy to power weapons systems and military bases.

* $400 million: Alternative Buses and Trucks to state and local governments to purchase efficient alternative fuel vehicles.

* $500 million: Industrial Energy Efficiency for energy efficient manufacturing demonstration projects.

* $1.1 billion: Amtrak and Intercity Passenger Rail Construction Grants.

* $1 billion: Public Housing Capital Fund for projects that improve energy efficiency.

* $1.5 billion: HOME Investment Partnerships to help local communities build and rehabilitate low-income housing using green technologies.

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