Energy Efficiency

03 Jun 2024

US DOE Awards $12.1 Million for Local Energy Efficiency Projects

03 Jun 2024  by gulfnews   

A total of $130.5 million has so far been awarded under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $12.1 million to states and local governments to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program.

A total of $130.5 million has so far been awarded under the EECBG, which is funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, since October 2023 to 151 communities, the department said in a press release. Overall, the program provides more than $430 million in formula grant funding to 2,708 states, territories, local governments, and tribes.

The latest awards include governments that will use the funds to conduct energy assessments and upgrades at community centers and schools, develop climate action plans, provide vouchers for e-bike purchases and launch solar incentive programs for low- and moderate-income households, among others.

Buffalo, NY has received $293,740 for an energy assessment and net-zero building retrofit on the Delavan-Girder Community Center.

Green Bay, WI, will put $159,610 towards electrification and energy efficiency campaigns for residents, small businesses, and non-profits.

Madison, WI will hire a consultant to build a web and database system to effectively implement the city’s new Building Energy Savings Program (BESP), with the DOE awarding $291,340 to the cause.

Pierce County, WA will spearhead two plans to reduce energy use and emissions in county buildings to comply with the state’s 2028 Clean Building Standards. The first plan is to update the energy compliance plan and the second plan is a clean building retrofit for Sprinker Recreation Center. The DOE has awarded $497,770 for the two projects.

San Diego County, CA will launch two pilot programs to increase the equitable deployment of community clean energy and advance the county’s Climate Action Plan, with the DOE providing $526,750 for the two pilots.

San Francisco, CA will electrify and weatherize up to 100 single-family and small multi-family buildings in underserved communities, in partnership with the Bay Area Regional Energy Network and local grassroots organizations. The DOE has allotted $796,610 for this project.

Virginia will sub-grant 60 percent of its award to small and rural local governments for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. The award amount is $2,646,050.

The DOE has also awarded funds to Clark County, NV ($844,640); Dakota County, NE ($75,750); Elk Grove City, CA ($201,410); Evansville City, IN ($172,120); Fayetteville City, NC ($245,040); Oak Creek City, WI ($76,280); Palm Desert City, CA ($118,040); Sarasota County, FL ($309,280); New Jersey ($2,414,180); Tennessee ($2,484,530).

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