Governor, Commissioner Announce $9.3 Million in Stimulus Funds for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants
Released on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 – 1:14 pm under
Grants to Assist Local Governments in Reducing Energy Consumption and Fossil Fuel Emissions
NASHVILLE â€“ Governor Phil Bredesen and Commissioner Matt Kisber of the Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that $9.3 million in federal stimulus funds will be available to small- and medium-sized cities and counties through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. The competitive grants are available to assist local governments in conserving energy and reducing fossil fuel emissions.
â€œI am very pleased these Recovery Act dollars are available to help local governments become more energy efficient,â€ said Governor Bredesen.Â â€œI have emphasized how important I believe it is for government to lead by example at the state level when it comes to conserving energy. Now our local governments will have the same opportunity to promote energy efficiency in their own communities.â€
Areas of funding that will be given priority include: developing an overall energy efficiency and conservation strategy; retrofitting existing buildings with cost effective energy efficient measures; implementing renewable energy technologies on government buildings; and replacing traffic signals and street lighting with energy efficient lighting technologies.
â€œThe EECBG program will allow local governments to make strategic decisions on how best to reduce energy consumption,â€ said Commissioner Kisber. â€œThe cleanest energy of all is the energy we donâ€™t use, and these grants will give our cities and counties the tools they need to conserve.â€
The 17 largest cities and 10 largest counties in Tennessee may apply directly to the U.S. Department of Energy for EECBG funds. All other cities and counties may apply through the state of Tennessee by 5 p.m. CST on December 30, 2009. Applications and more information are available at http://tnecd.gov/recovery/eecbg.html
. The maximum grant amount will be $100,000 and partial funding may be awarded.
ECD will host two application workshops on Nov. 2, 2009 in Nashville at the Ellington Agricultural Center from 9 a.m. â€“ 12 p.m. and again from 1 â€“ 4 p.m. CST. The meeting will focus on the guidelines and application process and offer suggestions for making an application more competitive.
Applications will be scored based on the local governmentâ€™s strategy, feasibility, readiness to proceed, impact, partnerships and the ability to extend funding impact beyond a one time use.
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Developmentâ€™s mission is to create higher skilled, better paying jobs for all Tennesseans. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd