(NASHVILLE, TN), December 12, 2011– State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) and Representative Julia Hurley (R-Lenoir City) announced today that Roane County will receive $100,000 in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds. The county will use the funds for energy efficient HVAC units, ductwork, controls, and thermostats at the Courthouse.
“It is becoming increasingly difficult for county budgets to keep up with utility costs,” said Senator Yager. “With taxpayers funding the cost, it is very important that we utilize energy efficient methods to control them. I congratulate our local officials for helping to secure these funds.”
Rep. Hurley remarked, “Grants such as these, that make our communities more efficient and save taxpayers money in the long term, are a smart investment in our county. The courthouse serves as a hub of activity in Roane County and it is good to know these improvements can now be implemented as planned.”
The energy efficiency grants enable communities to implement cost-effective strategies which reduce total energy expenses and save taxpayer money through improved energy efficiency in buildings and transportation systems according to the Department of Economic and Community Development. The grant was received in a competitive process with applications being scored on the local government’s overall conservation strategy, project feasibility, readiness to proceed, community impact, partnerships and the ability to extend funding impact beyond a one-time use.