The Department of Energy is seeking applications for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). The program has been funded with $550,000,000 and will consist of both formula and competitive grants.
Formula grants are issued to states each fiscal year through a “formula” determined by U.S. law and regulations. This formula is based on an initial allocation and a state’s population and energy consumption.
Competitive awards are the result of the state energy program dedicating a portion of its funding to provide competitively awarded financial assistance that helps states meet their energy goals and explore opportunities for regional collaboration and partnerships.
All funds will be available until expended. But the deadline to submit information sheets on potential projects is July 31, 2023.
This energy focused program has been established to assist state, community and local government agencies achieve a broad range of goals including the following:
- Reduce fossil fuel emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable
- Reduce total energy use of eligible entities
- Improve energy efficiency in the transportation sector, building sector and other appropriate sectors
- Build a clean and equitable energy economy
Recently, a collaborative EECBG application effort between the City of Del Mar and the Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego was awarded funds to showcase the energy savings and performance metrics that can be provided by solar PV and energy storage systems. Del Mar installed a 62.6 kilowatt solar PV system and a 120 kilowatt-hour battery energy storage system on the roof of its City Hall building. The measures are expected to achieve a 90% reduction in energy use from the grid and an annual reduction of 30 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
In another example, of how these funds are being allocated, The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) provided funding to support to improve energy efficiency in wastewater treatment facilities to benefit rural communities across a mid-western state.
The DOE provides funding and technical assistance to all 50 states, five U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia to enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, and increase energy affordability. The State Energy Program emphasizes the state’s role as the decision maker and administrator for program activities within the state that are tailored to their unique resources, delivery capacity, and energy goals.
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