The City of Evansville has been awarded $1,206,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. The money is part of the $2.8 billion appropriated for energy efficiency under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
The EECBG Program provides federal grants to local government, Indian tribes, states and territories to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and for improvements in energy efficiency.
The City submitted a plan for the use of the EECBG funds to the U.S. Department of Energy by June 25, 2009. The plan was reviewed to ensure we have developed a strategy for the use of the funds with activities eligible under the program and that the proposed budgets are acceptable.
The kinds of activities eligible for these funds include:
- 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
- Energy efficient Traffic Signals and Street Lighting
- Renewable Energy Technologies on Government Buildings
The EECBG funding will help Evansville further develop its Sustainability Policy through the implementation of programs and initiatives to improve the environmental health and overall quality of life in our community.
Cities are eligible for direct formula grants from the Department of Energy if they have a population of at least 35,000 or are one of the 10 highest populated cities in the state where it is located.
For more information about the City of Evansville's efforts and expenditures related to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program through the Recovery Act, please contact:
Evansville Environmental Protection Agency
C.K. Newsome Center
100 E. Walnut St., Suite 100
Evansville, IN 47713
For more information on the EECGB Program in general, please visit the U.S. Department of Energy Website.