[r52] Get Green to Go Green: More Energy Efficiency Grants Now Available (3/10/2010)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Start Date: 3/10/2010 All Day
End Date: 3/10/2010

A second round of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) will be made available to smaller Indiana cities, towns and counties this spring as part of a competitive grant process. The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) will begin accepting applications on March 8, 2010. A total of $4.8 million will be available across five areas of interest which are listed below.

"Frequently I receive calls from constituents looking for opportunities to apply for state and federal grants," said Rep. Yarde. "As our community continues to look for ways to conserve energy (and money) this is a perfect opportunity for city and town officials to update local equipment and buildings to more energy efficient standards. Winning one of these grants would hopefully create much needed jobs."

The EECBG program is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) and administered in Indiana by OED. Eligible applicants should be designated by USDOE as non-entitlement entities, which are cities and towns with less than 35,000 in population and counties with populations of 200,000 or less.

Currently, first round applicants are being informed of their awards. For the second round, there are five areas of interest:

Area 1: Energy Efficient Traffic and Street Lights

· Eligible projects include LED technology to replace inefficient lighting for pedestrian signals, traffic signals and street lights

· Cap of $250,000 maximum per applicant


Area 2: Lighting Retrofits for Government-Owned Structures

· Eligible projects include energy efficient lighting upgrades and lighting/occupancy sensor controls for government-owned structures

· Cap of $100,000 maximum per applicant

· An energy audit is recommended, but not required

· Cost of energy audit can be claimed as an eligible, reimbursable expense


Area 3: Structure Retrofits (excluding lighting) for Government-Owned Structures

· Eligible projects include energy efficient HVAC and insulation

· Renewable energy projects are not eligible projects

· Cap of $200,000 maximum per applicant

· An energy audit is recommended, but not required

· Cost of energy audit can be claimed as an eligible, reimbursable expense


Area 4: Waste water treatment facilities energy efficient retrofits

· Eligible projects include energy efficient pump, motor upgrades and other upgrades that improve plant efficiency

· Cap of $250,000 maximum per applicant

 

Area 5: Energy Management System

· Eligible projects include energy efficient management measures such as lighting controls or energy management systems

· Cap of $100,000 maximum per applicant

The purpose of the Indiana EECBG Program is to assist eligible entities in creating and implementing strategies to reduce fossil fuel emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable.

In addition, the program aims to help reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities, increase energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption and reduce energy costs through efficiency improvements.

Not only that, the grants will create new jobs and increase productivity to spur economic growth and community development.

Applicants can apply for grants in more than one area, but only one per each of the five areas listed above. Guidelines for the program and the link to the online application process are available beginning March 8, 2010 at http://www.energy.in.gov/. Completed applications must be submitted by April 9, 2010. Successful applicants should be notified in early May pending USDOE approval.