The U.S. Department of Energy says it sent about $22 million in federal stimulus funds for energy projects to Rhode Island in July, contradicting assertions made last week by Amy Kempe, Governor Carcieri's spokeswoman, who said she didn't believe any federal stimulus energy money had been dispersed to Rhode Island.A mere $22 million paid by the Feds without Rhode Island even knowing it received the money. Maybe the Feds could donate bookkeepers, although we'd probably misplace them as well.
Kempe said last week none of the expected $58 million for energy work had been granted to Rhode Island and the state was awaiting word from the federal agency. "We're kind of in a holding pattern," she said.
But that's not so, according to Jen Stutsman, deputy press secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Public Affairs.
She said the DOE released about $22 million on two dates in July, and Rhode Island is free to start distributing the money.
Kempe responded that she was given bad information by someone she did not identify. She conceded the state Energy Office has been hurt by the loss of its two top staffers. She insists its work has been delayed, but not derailed. But she could not estimate when it would be ready to distribute money for weatherization and energy efficiency and conservation projects.
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