December 10, 2009

NM Tribal Communities Receive Recovery Act Funds for Energy Efficiency/Transportation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that several New Mexico tribal communities will receive funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve energy efficiency and public transportation.

“New Mexico communities are putting their share of recovery funds to very good use, and in the process they’re creating jobs. Some of this funding will help boost energy efficiency efforts, while other funding will be invested in key public transportation initiatives,” Bingaman said.

“The Recovery Act continues to provide significant investments in New Mexico’s tribal communities in critical areas like energy efficiency and improved access to public transportation,” Udall said. “With this funding, these pueblos will be able to make improvements that will create jobs, save money and improve the quality of life for all their residents.”

Five pueblos and the County of San Juan will receive more than $900,000 in energy efficiency grants through the Department of Energy for energy audits, building retrofits and to create financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements. They include:

Pueblo of Cochiti $40,400
Pueblo of Isleta $112,000
Pueblo of San Felipe $102,200
Pueblo of Taos $61,400
Zuni Pueblo $267,500
San Juan County $329,400

Additionally, the Department of Transportation released ARRA funds to:

Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo $156,000 to purchase one van and one bus compatible with Americans with Disability Act standards
Pueblo of Laguna $200,000 to purchase capital equipment for the pre-engineering of streets, and for a portable building from the Department of Transportation.
Navajo Nation $2.2 million to construct a bus maintenance facility and administration office complex in Fort Defiance.