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EECBG Funding 2009

Duluth received $850,000 Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) of 2009.

The City of Duluth secured funding for the four energy efficiency projects/activities describe here:

ACTIVITY 1: Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Fuel Emissions in City Fleet - GPS Tracking
The City purchased and implemented a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking system for fleet vehicles to track vehicles, maintain compliance with the City-wide "no idling" policy, determine better vehicle routing; all measures to reduce miles and fuel consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions.

ACTIVITY 2: Energy Efficiency Program in City Data Center - Consolidation and Virtualization Program 

The City replaced physical computer servers with virtual servers in the MIS Department.

ACTIVITY 3: Conduct energy audits for 86 occupied City buildings.

The energy audits for 86 City-owned buildings and facilities were 100% complete as of December 31, 2010.

ACTIVITY 4: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program for City Facilities - Establish a staffed Energy Program within the corporate City.
 
The City filled a new position, Energy Coordinator, in September 2010. The position is 75% funded by EECBG funds.
In the first quarter 2011, the Duluth Energy Coordinator prepared a 5-year implementation plan for the energy measures recommended in the 86 Building & Facility Energy Assessment Reports.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, funded for the first time by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) of 2009, represented a Presidential priority to deploy the cheapest, cleanest, and most reliable energy technologies we have-energy efficiency and conservation-across the country. The Program, authorized in Title V, Subtitle E of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and signed into law on December 19, 2007, is modeled after the Community Development Block Grant program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It is intended to assist U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Indian tribes to develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation projects and programs designed to:

  • Reduce fossil fuel emissions;
  • Reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities;
  • Improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other appropriate sectors; and
  • Create and retain jobs.

Use of Funds

Grants could be used for energy efficiency and conservation programs and projects communitywide, as well as renewable energy installations on government buildings. Activities eligible for use of funds include the following:

  • Development of an energy efficiency and conservation strategy
  • Building energy audits and retrofits, including weatherization
  • Financial incentive programs for energy efficiency such as energy savings performance contracting, on-bill financing, and revolving loan funds
  • Transportation programs to conserve energy and support renewable fuel infrastructure
  • Building code development, implementation, and inspections
  • Installation of distributed energy technologies including combined heat and power and district heating and cooling systems
  • Material conservation programs including source reduction, recycling, and recycled content procurement programs
  • Reduction and capture of greenhouse gas emissions generated by landfills or similar waste-related sources
  • Installation of energy efficient traffic signals and street lighting
  • Installation of renewable energy technologies on government buildings
  • Any other appropriate activity that meets the purposes of the program and is approved by DOE
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