Vice president rolls out big clean energy spending

Just in time for Earth Day, the White House announced a plan to award $452 million in Recovery Act money to “ramp-up” energy efficiency retrofits in 25 cities.

Los Angeles County received $30 Million for the Retrofit California project. The county is teaming with Sacramento and the the Association of Bay Area governments to offer a residential program that "will provide new financing options, including revolving loans and utility allowances for affordable housing."

"For forty years, Earth Day has focused on transforming the way we use energy and reducing our dependence on fossil fuel -- but this year, because of the historic clean energy investments in the Recovery Act, we're poised to make greater strides than ever in building a nationwide clean energy economy," said Vice President Joe Biden, who made the announcement. “This investment in some of the most innovative energy-efficiency projects across the country will not only help homeowners and businesses make cost-cutting retrofit improvements, but also create jobs right here in America."

Other cities that received grants include Seattle, Portland, Ore., and Phoenix.

For more on Earth Day, specifically how it all started, go here.

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization is a Valley-based nonprofit dedicated to improving residents' quality of life by increasing the use of and reliance on clean energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the eight-county region.