WASHINGTON, D.C. - Almost $17 million in federal stimulus money will go to renewable energy projects in Oregon, the U.S. Department of Energy announced last week.

Oregon was one of four states - along with Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia - that Energy Secretary Steven Chu identified to receive funding last week. Each state has a State Energy Program to promote renewable energy development.

"This funding will provide an important boost for state economies, help to put Americans back to work, and move us toward energy independence,"?said Chu, adding the allocation "reflects our commitment to support innovative state and local strategies to promote energy efficiency."

Oregon's $16.8 million will support similar projects here, including energy efficiency improvements to public buildings, according to the White House.

- Eric Florip

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