Jan 12, 2010 9:16 AM by Associated Press

Colorado rural areas get federal energy grants

Agencies across Colorado have received grants totaling $2.2 million in federal stimulus funds for plans to save energy and create jobs in rural communities.

The Governor's Energy Office announced Monday that the grants will pay for local coordinators to work with communities and businesses. The positions will be administered by local governments, colleges, utilities and nonprofit groups.

The grants range from $50,000 to $265,00, depending on the number of people served, and will cover staffing costs from 24 to 30 months.

The Pueblo County commissioners say their $150,000 grant will allow the county to prepare a new comprehensive energy plan.

State officials will announce more grants in the next few months.


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