Vice President Joe Biden announced that the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority will receive a $15 million grant and the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance will receive a $17 million grant to be used toward "ramping-up" energy efficiency building retrofits in their communities. The DOE program encourages communities, governments, and non-profit organizations to cooperate on innovative, community-based programs for energy efficiency building retrofits and financing alternative energy. The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority plans to establish an Advanced Energy Utility within the City of Toledo to implement the wide-scale use of energy efficiency and alternative energy technologies. The Advanced Energy Utility will utilize the port authority's bond fund program as well as other financing mechanisms to leverage the impact of the grant. The Greater Cincinnati Retrofit Ramp-Up Program will conduct community outreach activities to assist thousands of home and business owners in reducing energy bills through energy efficiency retrofits of homes, businesses, multi-family buildings, and public and institutional buildings.

For more information on the Toledo award, see: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/story?section=news/local&id=7398014.