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Wilmington gets $200,000 federal stimulus grant

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The city of Wilmington has been selected as one of only 43 cities in the nation to receive a federal stimulus grant to help plan for energy emergencies. The $200,000 grant will help the city expand on plans for restoring power after emergencies and for energy efficiency.

The grants will help cities develop or expand plans to improve electricity reliability during natural disasters such as hurricanes so that power can be restored quickly.

The city will use the funds to hire an Energy Assurance Coordinator for two years to create and implement energy efficiency programs and develop a plan to help ensure energy preparedness during emergencies.

Wilmington was one of only 43 cities across the United States to receive a portion of the $8 million award. Only two other cities received funding in North Carolina.

The city also received a $1 million federal stimulus grant in October, 2009 that will provide funding to make City Hall and other city facilities more energy efficient.

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