|Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG)||
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provides federal funding to local governments in support of efforts to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions and improve energy efficiency. A city is eligible for a direct formula grant from the Department of Energy if it has a population of at least 35,000, or if it is one of the 10 highest populated cities of the state in which it is located. The City of Gaithersburg meets both of these requirements and was awarded a direct formula grant in the amount of $578,000.
These moneys are earmarked for energy audits and efficiency upgrades to existing City facilities.
In the first stage of the project, the City of Gaithersburg spent $37,258 in funds to conduct energy audits of twelve City facilities. The remaining funds will be used to develop a long-term energy plan and to implement retrofits where the energy savings and reductions in CO2 and other greenhouse gases will be most significant.
This project aligns with the following EECBG-eligible activities:
The program was developed in compliance with the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2009 to support the following goals:
The Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued May 20, 2009. A consultant was selected and the Notice to Proceed was granted June 19, 2009. The project will be conducted in cumulative phases that will maximize effectiveness and long-term project viability.
Project status and funding can be tracked at the U.S. Recovery.gov website: http://www.recovery.gov/Transparency/RecipientReportedData/Pages/RecipientProjectSummary.aspx?AwardIDSUR=34560&PopId=13889