The federal government announced Tuesday that Utah will receive $16.6 million in grants for energy conservation and research into geothermal energy and carbon capture.
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants will go to Salt Lake City and Utah's State Energy Program, which will distribute its $9,593,500 to communities throughout the state that haven't yet benefited from the federal stimulus grant program.
Salt Lake City received a direct Department of Energy grant of $2,116,500. A separate grant of $4.9 million is going to Utah State University for energy research.
About 2,300 cities, counties and states were eligible nationwide for the funding. Jason Berry of the State Energy Program said his office has prepared potential applicants in Utah -- 19 counties and 235 cities -- for the coming competitive grant period whose deadline likely will be in January.
The DOE intended the block grants to help lower energy use, reduce carbon pollution, and create green jobs across the state.