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Yarmuth Announces Approval of $6.5 Million for Energy Efficiency, Ohio River Commerce

(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman John Yarmuth’s (KY-3) announced that the House Appropriations Committee has approved his requests for $6.5 million in funding for four Louisville projects in the FY09 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.
“These projects show Louisville’s determination to ease our energy crisis and move toward American energy independence,” Congressman Yarmuth said.  “I’m proud to serve a community with its sites set on building a stronger future and very happy to offer assistance in their efforts.”

The Energy and Water Appropriations bill now heads to the full House for consideration.  Yarmuth’s included projects are listed below.
$6.27 million, McAlpine Locks and Dams, Army Corps of Engineers
This funding will finalize construction of a 110ft x 1200ft lock and an access bridge to Shippingport Island located in the Ohio River.  Shipping on the river is still the most cost, time, and energy efficient method of moving goods, as the cargo of a single barge tow is equal to that of 870 semi-trucks or 225 jumbo hopper train cars.  After falling behind schedule due to lack of funding in FY06, the project got back on track in 2008 and is expected to be completed on schedule, next year. 

$200,000, Energy Efficient Lighting Project, City of Louisville
This funding will allow for the installation of solar powered lights in areas where no electric infrastructure exists, but poses safety problems.  The project will include the installation of lights at school bus stops, where children currently have to wait on the street in the dark, early morning hours.

$150,000, Energy Conservation Initiative, City of Louisville, Louisville Zoo
This program will work with partners to design and implement energy conservation measures, including green roofs.  This project will provide an opportunity to create an environmental education program and will serve as demonstration projects of best practices.