Supporting Greener More Efficient Communities

Sens. Menendez and Sanders Appload Inclusion of $300 Million in Appropriations Bill

Grant program would support energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts for municipal and county governments

WASHINGTON - Last night, the Senate Appropriations Committee released details of a supplemental appropriations bill providing $24.1 billion in infrastructure, housing, natural disaster recovery and energy assistance. It includes a $300 million competitive grant program to help communities invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The program is based on a proposal championed by U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and will help communities struggling with higher energy costs and will help combat global warming.

"Our nation's local governments, which are struggling with high energy costs, have been at the forefront of reducing energy consumption and addressing climate change," said Senator Menendez. "This funding rewards the leadership already shown by local governments and comes at a crucial time as we try to wean ourselves from fossil fuels."

Senator Sanders said, "This funding will support on-the-ground efforts by cities, towns, and states as they tackle our serious energy challenges. It provides federal recognition of grassroots efforts and supports their pursuit of solutions that reduce fossil fuel emissions, reduce total energy use, and improve energy efficiency. I truly believe that there is infinite potential in the new program."