Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
The City of Palm Coast was identified to receive $648,000 through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Energy. The funding from this program comes as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). As with other programs funded by ARRA, the expedient use of funds is a must. Funds from the EECBG must be committed within 18 months after the date of the award. The purpose of the EECBG program is to assist local governments in creating and implementing strategies to accomplish the following:
- Reduce fossil fuel emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and, to the maximum extent practicable, maximizes benefits for local and regional communities;
- Reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities; and
- Improve energy efficiency in the building sector, the transportation sector, and other appropriate sectors.
To meet the goals established by the EECBG, the list of eligible activities include:
- Development of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy. The strategy is required as part of the application.
- Technical Consultant Services.
- Residential and Commercial Building Energy Audits.
- Financial Incentive Programs for Energy Efficiency Improvements.
- Energy Efficiency Retrofits.
- Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs for Buildings and Facilities.
- Development and Implementation of Transportation Programs. Includes flex time programs, development and promotion of zoning guidelines, development of infrastructure (bike lanes and pathways)
- Building Codes and Inspections.
- Energy Distribution. Energy resource technologies that increase energy efficiency.
- Material Conservation Programs (Recycling).
- Reduction and Capture of Methane and Greenhouse Gases.
- Traffic Signals and Street Lighting.
- Renewable Energy Technologies on Government Buildings.
- Any other Appropriate Activity.
As part of the application process fund recipients are required to prepare an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS). The City retained a consultant to assist with the development of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy and to complete the application. Based on the Consultants recommendation, the City will use the funding to implement elements of the City's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.
This website will be updated as other information becomes available on the EECBG, and the City's program to implement its EECS. If you have questions about the EECBG, please contact Jose Papa at 986-2469 or firstname.lastname@example.org.