Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Announces $271,290 in Federal Funding for City Electrical Infrastructure Upgrades

Laredo | Tony Wen, Press Secretary (202-856-8750), January 26, 2024

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. announced $271,290 in federal funding for the City of Laredo to complete electrical infrastructure upgrades. The funding comes from the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Dr. Cuellar helped pass in 2021.

“I helped pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in 2021 because I knew it meant millions of federal dollars for South Texas communities. We are continuing to see the results today,” said Dr. Cuellar. “I am pleased the City of Laredo will use these funds to upgrade streetlights and install solar trash compactors, saving energy, decreasing emissions, and improving air quality for Laredo residents. Thank you to Mayor Trevino and Secretary Granholm for working with me to improve the quality of life for all Laredoans.”

The City of Laredo plans to use the funds to upgrade city streetlight infrastructure with energy-efficient LED technology, replacing approximately 67 streetlights. Additionally, the city plans to use the funds to install 18 solar-powered trash compactors downtown, reducing the number of necessary trips by trash trucks and improving air quality in Laredo.