The Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners $4.33 million project application was selected as the only MN energy related project in the 2021 federal appropriations bill. The bill now moves forward for final congressional approval.


The project was the county’s sole proposal submitted to U.S. Senator’s Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith and was selected in June by both senators to move forward through the committee process.


The request includes adding and upgrading county-wide LED lighting, adding electric vehicle charging stations at all County buildings and adding solar power to a new Public Works Campus. 


In May, Blue Earth County submitted one project to the senators for consideration in the Energy and Water Development Senate Appropriations committee. 


In June, the county-wide energy efficiency project was referred by Senator Klobuchar and Senator Smith to the appropriations committee for consideration.


In August, the project was selected by the Senate Appropriations committee to be included in the 2021 appropriations bill.


“This is an exciting opportunity for Blue Earth County” stated Board Chair Kip Bruender. “We haven’t been awarded the funds yet, but we are certainly one step closer.”   


The next step is for the bill to be reconciled and cleared by both the Senate and House Appropriations committees and then final congressional approval; activity by this committee is anticipated later this year.