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October 30, 2009

RE:  Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Federal Funding Update
I.  Informational “Webinar” Scheduled
II.  BPU Funding Fact Sheet

Dear Mayor:

I. EECBG Funding “Webinar” Scheduled

As previously reported, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on October 19 for up to $454 million for state, local, and tribal governments to increase energy efficiency in the building and other sectors.  The grants will be competitively selected under the Recovery Act's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program in two topic areas: (1) the Retrofit Ramp-up Program and (2) the General Innovation Fund. Applications are due December 14, 2009.

Please join the Department of Energy for a webinar on this competitive grant program on Wednesday, November 4 from 4-5 ET. 

You must register here to attend:
https://eecbg.webex.com/eecbg/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=998007802.  Please click the "register" link next to "event status" on the left hand side of the screen.

The first topic area, the "Retrofit Ramp-Up" program, will award up to $390 million for innovative programs that are structured to provide whole-neighborhood building energy retrofits. These will be projects that demonstrate a sustainable business model for providing cost-effective energy upgrades for a large percentage of the residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings in a specific community. Possible approaches could include innovative partnerships between the public and private sector, utility retrofit and audit programs, alternative financing, retail partnerships, and others.  DOE expects to make 8 to 20 awards under this topic area, with award size ranging from $5-75 million.
The second topic area, the "General Innovation Fund," will award up to $64 million to cities, counties and State-recognized Indian Tribes that were not eligible to receive population-based formula grant allocations from DOE under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. These funds are intended to help expand local energy efficiency efforts and reduce energy use in the commercial, residential, transportation, manufacturing, or industrial sectors. DOE expects to make 15 to 60 awards, with award size ranging from $1-5 million.
In this FOA, DOE is seeking applications which:

  • Leverage the participation and support of multiple local jurisdictions, regional planning agencies, and state energy offices;
  • Prioritize energy efficiency and/or energy conservation as first in the loading order before investments are made in new generation; however, DOE is interested in applications that integrate cost-effective renewables with efficiency;
  • Move beyond the planning stage and ready for implementation;
  • Clearly articulate and demonstrate the ability to achieve measurable stretch goals and that have the potential to make an impact at the regional or national level; and
  • Maximize the creation and/or retention of jobs in the United States.

For more information on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program including accessing the Funding Opportunity Announcement, visit
http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/about/competitive_grants.html .  See also the FAQ page at http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/about/competitive_grant_faq.html .

II. BPU Funding Fact Sheet

Also, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has published a Fact Sheet on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding availability. You can access the Fact Sheet on our website at http://www.njslom.com/ARRA-Fact-Sheet-10-19-09.pdf.

We hope you find this information helpful.

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

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