04/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

$3.2B Released In Local Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Of the $3.2 billion in block grant funds, $1.9 billion is to go to cities and counties; $770 million goes to states, which administer the money for counties and cities not large enough to directly receive DOE funding; and tribal governments get more than $54 million. The remaining $456 million is for local energy efficiency projects that will be funded on a competitive basis in solicitation that will be made later.

"The block grants are a major investment in energy solutions that will strengthen America's economy and create jobs at the local level," said Chu.

For running totals on how much stimulus money is being made available through the DOE, visit