WHEREAS, on January 14, 2009, the County of Albemarle passed a resolution to support the County, City and University working collaboratively to address energy efficiency and climate change; and


WHEREAS, on January 14, 2009, the County of Albemarle passed a resolution requesting enabling legislation to implement a clean energy financing program, which has been realized in the passing of the State of Virginia’s Senate Bill 1212; and


WHEREAS, a clean energy financing program is a key component of an effective local energy alliance, as described in the SEEA grant RFP; and


WHEREAS, the establishment of a local energy alliance or “operating company” as described in the SEEA grant RFP by localities is dependent upon enabling legislation and can only be developed if permitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, with the acknowledgement of Virginia local governments’ current limitations, the County is pleased to support a SEEA grant proposal; and

WHEREAS, the creation and implementation of a local energy alliance or operating company would assist the community in achieving important goals and underscores our commitment to energy efficiency, affordable housing, renewable technologies, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction; and

WHEREAS, the County may request that SEEA or the State of Virginia act as a temporary operating company for the purposes of the grant, until enabling legislation can be obtained; and


WHEREAS, the County would collaborate with the operating company to develop the capabilities, programs, and services our community needs with respect to its energy use – education, conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable generation; and

WHEREAS, the County intends to work closely with the local energy alliance, if established, and operating company to promote a variety of energy efficiency campaigns and programs (e.g., for owner-occupied residences, the business/commercial sector, rental properties, neighborhood campaigns, etc.), and to incorporate workforce and economic development into these campaigns, as well as into the overall regional effort, through both systemic and episodic strategies; and

WHEREAS, the County will continue to implement an aggressive internal energy conservation program towards our goal of 30% energy reduction from County buildings by 2012, which includes a goal of increased use of renewable energy such as solar panels, and the continuation of maintaining our community demonstration green roof and rain garden projects; and


WHEREAS, the County intends to consider using a portion of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds in support of applicable energy efficiency-related programs in the residential and commercial sectors; and

WHEREAS, the County plans to demonstrate financial support in the near term by pursuit of competitive energy-related grants, and will continue to contribute staff time, information and resources towards this overall effort; and

WHEREAS, the County will continue to evaluate opportunities for future financial support of this effort on a regular basis; and

WHEREAS, the County looks forward to working with our partners on the continued development and implementation of this effort, and are hopeful for the successful award of the SEEA grant.


NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors hereby supports the County, jointly with the City of Charlottesville, applying for SEEA grant funds and will provide support, in all of the ways described above, helping establish a model community energy efficiency program so that other localities in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as throughout the southeastern U.S., will be able to replicate this effort.


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