Friday, March 27, 2009

Recovery Plan Includes Energy Grants for Cities

This week, the Obama Administration announced it will distribute $2.8 billion in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) in the Recovery Package. These Block Grants will go to support jobs, cut energy bills, and increase energy independence.

The City of Miami will receive $4.7 million from these grants, which will be used according to the guidelines stipulated by the Administration.

The funding will support energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits in residential and commercial buildings, the development and implementation of advanced building codes and inspections, and the creation of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements. Other activities eligible for use of grant funds include transportation programs that conserve energy, projects to reduce and capture methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, renewable energy installations on government buildings, energy efficient traffic signals and street lights, deployment of Combined Heat and Power and district heating and cooling systems, and others.

The Block Grants are a major investment in energy solutions that will strengthen America’s economy and create jobs at the local level.

Find out more about President Obama's recovery plan on the U.S. Conference of Mayors Website.

- Manny