It has not always been easy to defend the massive energy programs included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus.

Here the Department of Energy provides a detailed example of businesses that benefited from the energy efficiency funds include in the ARRA. The video focuses on St Paul in Minnesota, and has the unusual benefit, for a government video, of being short and to the point.

The local major electric utility, Xcel, gets a mention here, underlining the value of public-private partnerships in the most successful of the manifold US government programs intended to boost employment and cut waste from energy consumption.