Small Cities and Counties–Get ready to apply for your Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) allocation provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). EECBG funds are non-competitive formula grants but they must be applied for. Now that the California Energy Commission has adopted the Guidelines, funding solicitations will be released shortly. Applications deadlines will be short and it is recommended to identify projects as soon as possible. The application requires identification of cost effective energy efficiency projects or there is an option to purchase and install specified energy saving equipment.The Energy Commission must encumber the majority of the funds within 180 days from September 14 when the U.S. Department of Energy approved the California Energy Commission’s application. [Larger cities and counties should have applied for EECBG directly through the U.S. Department of Energy]. All projects must be completed and paid by September 2012. In additions to completing the application, participants must have a Dun and Bradstreet DUNS number, a current Central Contractor Registration and meet the Single Audit Requirement.
These ARRA funds can be leveraged with utility rebates and incentives for energy and water efficiency projects. Sierra Nevada jurisdictions should contact the Sierra Business Council for more information on combining these funds.