Chu brings renewable energy grants to Iowa and Michigan

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U.S Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced on Monday  that Iowa and Michigan will receive federal grants in order to fund energy efficiency and raise awareness of renewable energy sources.

Michigan will receive $32.8 million while Iowa will receive $16 million in a bid to reduce energy consumption and to shift renewable energy.

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During the news conference yesterday with Gov. Chet Culver held in Des Moines, Chu said that the money should help reduce energy consumption in public buildings by 20% by 2012.

These grants will come as part of $3.1 billion federal stimulus plan, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program, put together to reduce energy consumption and promote renewable energy sources.

“It reflects our commitment to support innovative state and local strategies to promote energy efficiency,” explained Chu.

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