Governor Jim Douglas today announced Vermont has received $756,000 in the latest round of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions and that 17 energy efficiency projects across the state have received $188,000 in the first round of funding from the Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program.Vermont is one of 10 states in the Northeast to participate in the auction process. Power producers must buy the credits to offset their CO2 production. Vermont has been allocated 1.2 million credits a year. A Vermont Public Service Board panel will determine how the money is spent for energy efficiency programs. Vermont can be proud of its leadership role on the issue of climate change, the Governor said. All told, the emissions savings from these projects is the equivalent of not burning 25,000 gallons of heating oil or not driving 500,000 miles a year. The funding for this initiative comes from the first installment of Vermont s $1.8 million, five-year settlement payout against American Electric Power Corp., the nation s largest operator of coal-fired power plants. The grant program will fund another round of projects in late spring. The deadline to apply is May 1. From Brattleboro to Wells River and from Burlington to Poultney, the renewable energy and efficiency projects announced by the governor on Friday will reduce a combined 270 tons of carbon emissions annually, while boosting Vermont s local economy with investments and lower fuel costs. The projects include:Rumney School in Middlesex: $12,000 to seal and insulate the school. Annual emissions reduction 22 tons.Town of Waterbury: $12,000 to replace boilers at the town offices, town library and wastewater treatment facility. Annual emissions reduction 12 tons.CarShare Vermont, Burlington: $12,000 toward the purchase of a hybrid automobile. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Town of Williston: $12,000 to insulate, weatherize and replace lighting and sensor controls. Annual emissions reduction 14 tons.Enosburg Elementary School: $12,000 to replace all light fixtures in the school. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Town of Westford: $5,580 for weatherization and upgrades to lighting and HVAC. Annual emissions reduction 3 tons.Ascension Lutheran Church, South Burlington: $11,108 to replace the boiler. Annual emissions reduction 8 tons.SERG (Sustainable Energy Resource Group), ThetfordCenter: $12,000 for weatherization and training. Annual emissions reduction 2 tons.Randolph Area Community Development Corp.: $12,000 for efficient lighting, solar hot water and new windows at Joslyn House, affordable shared senior housing, and Ayers Brook Center preschool.Community Climate Action: $12,000 for Mow Down Pollution mower exchange program in Brattleboro and Upper Valley communities. Annual emissions reduction 12 tons.Calais Elementary School: $12,000 to replace inefficient lighting. Annual emissions reduction 25 tons.Poultney Village: $12,000 to replace the water pump in its village water system. Annual emissions reduction 9 tons.Bristol Elementary School: $12,000 to replace lighting in 30 classrooms, three hallways and two offices. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Blue Mountain Supervisory Union, WellsRiver: $12,000 for a photovoltaic system. Annual emissions reduction 1 ton.HartlandElementary School: $12,000 to replace lighting. Annual emissions reduction 31 tons.Brattleboro Union High School: $12,000 to replace lighting. Annual emissions reduction 24.5 tons.Town of Dorset: $3,960 for weatherization of the town offices. Annual emissions reduction 1 ton.