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The White House is sending millions of dollars to Oklahoma for energy projects. The Tulsa World reported this week that more than $18.6 million in stimulus funds has been awarded to the state for energy savings, to create or retain jobs, increase the use of renewable energy and reduce carbon pollution.
 
The newspaper reports that Oklahoma’s legislature will spend the money on building efficiency, renewable energy and alternative fuel transportation projects.
 
Those alternative fuel transportation projects will take up the bulk of the funds at $11 million dollars.  The money will be used to convert vehicles and buses to run on compressed natural gas and provide equipment for CNG refueling stations around the state. The article did not offer any specifics as to where those stations would be or if they would be in addition to stations already planned under other budgets.

The World offered this message from Energy Secretary Steven Chu:

“This funding will provide an important boost for the state’s economy, help to put Americans back to work, and move us toward energy independence,” Chu said. “It reflects our commitment to support innovative state and local strategies to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy while insisting that taxpayer dollars be spend responsibly.”
 
If the projects prove successful, the state could receive an additional $23 million in funds. For more energy news from the Tulsa World, check out the business section online.

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