Attachment B - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Information

 

Due to its population size and other factors, the County has been notified of its eligibility to received a $406,000 appropriation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program from the Department of Energy (DOE)..  According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), EECBG funds can be used community-wide, not only for government owned facilities and infrastructure.

 

The following activities are eligible to be funded with EECBG stimulus funds, however, the County may or may not have enabling authority to undertake all of them:

·    Development of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy and Technical Consultant Services to assist in the development of such a strategy.

·    Residential and Commercial Building Energy Audits.

·    Financial Incentive Programs and Mechanisms for energy efficiency improvements such as energy savings performance contracting, on-bill financing, and revolving loan funds.

·    Grants to nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies for the purpose of performing Energy Efficiency Retrofits.

·    Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs for Buildings and Facilities.

·    Development and Implementation of Transportation Programs to conserve energy.

·    Building Codes and Inspections to promote building energy efficiency.

·    Energy Distribution Technologies that significantly increase energy efficiency, including distributed resources, combined heat and power, and district heating and cooling systems.

·    Material Conservation Programs including source reduction, recycling, and recycled content procurement programs that lead to increases in energy efficiency.

·    Reduction and Capture of Methane and Greenhouse Gases generated by landfills or similar waste-related sources.

·    Energy efficient Traffic Signals and Street Lighting.

·    Renewable Energy Technologies on Government Buildings.

·    Any Other Appropriate Activity that meets the purposes of the program and is approved by DOE.

The DOE emphasizes that this one-time stimulus-funded EECBG funding will have a maximum impact if they create and/or retain jobs and stimulate the economy in the short term while also establishing a foundation for a long-term and sustainable clean energy economy. While localities can expend their formula block grant funds on any eligible activity best meets the locality’s needs, DOE encourages recipients to prioritize programs and projects that will:

·    Leverage other public and private resources.

·    Enhance workforce development.

·    Persist beyond the funding period.

·    Promote energy market transformation such as revolving loans, low-cost loans, energy savings performance contracting, advanced building codes, building and home retrofit incentives and policies, and transportation programs and policies.

The County will be required to report regularly to the DOE on: 1) Jobs created and/or retained , 2) Energy savings on a per dollar invested basis (ROI), 3) Renewable energy capacity installed, 4) Greenhouse gas emissions reduced and 5) funds leveraged.

The County may also be eligible to submit competitive applications for additional EECBG grant funding.

 

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