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Posted on: July 21, 2021

Blue Earth County Seeks $4.33 Million in Federal Congressionally Directed Spending

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The Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners announced its sole proposal for energy efficiency investments submitted to U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith were selected by both senators to move forward through the committee process as part of a congressionally directed spending appropriation. 

“The Blue Earth County Board is thankful for Senator Klobuchar and Senator Smith’s continued support and commitment to investing in renewable energy by including the County’s project in their recommended spending requests,” stated Blue Earth County Board Chair Kip Bruender. “While we understand this is not a guarantee, we are excited to be included for consideration for these competitive federal funds.”

Blue Earth County submitted one project to the senators for consideration: $4,330,000 in the Energy and Water Development Senate Appropriations committee. 

The project is a county-wide energy efficiency project, which includes: a solar renewable energy application, county-wide energy efficiency measures, and the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system.

More specifically, Blue Earth County is looking to add and upgrade county-wide LED lighting, add electric vehicle charging stations at all County buildings and add solar power to a new Public Works Campus.  

The next step is for the proposal to be cleared by the Energy and Water Development Senate Appropriations subcommittee; activity by this committee is anticipated later this year. 


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