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The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program (EECBG) helps communities implement energy-efficient strategies and projects that conserve natural resources and save money over time. Federal assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy will be available through this program for thousands of communities across the United States in the next year. This exciting new program will support a wide variety of uses that range from conservation programs to efficiency planning to project implementation.
Any city or county committed to implementing strategies or approaches supporting the objectives of the EECBG will be able to apply. Entitlement communities (cities over 35,000 in population or counties over 200,000) are eligible for formula grants directly from the U.S. Department of Energy, while smaller communities will be able to apply for EECBG funding through their State Energy Office.
Entitlement communities have until June 25, 2009 to submit applications to the U.S. Department of Energy for EECBG funding. Program applications for non-entitlement communities will likely be issued in late 2009. Demand for funding through this program is expected to be strong, so it is important that communities start developing plans to use EECBG funding as soon as possible to take advantage of this excellent opportunity.
How your community can use an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
The EECBG program provides applicants a great deal of flexibility in developing uses for funding. Successful strategies will result in optimum energy efficiency, fossil-fuel emission reductions, long-term economic benefits, and reduction of energy use. Examples of projects or programs that may contribute to accomplishing these objectives include:
Community-Wide Energy Efficiency Planning
Transportation Planning and Improvements
Energy-Efficient Public Facility Improvements
Energy-Efficient Codes and Ordinances