DOE Releases Stimulus Funding Requests for City Energy Efficiency Grants

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Hot from DC: The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that it is releasing funding for city energy efficiency under the Stimulus package.

A total of $3.2 billion in block grants will start to go out by summer to help local government make their businesses and residents more energy efficient through building retrofits, land use, public education and technology implementation.

Mind you, that's only about 10% of the total $33 billion DOE funding that will go out through the Stimulus, to say nothing of about $130 billion that the DOE will provide in no-interest or low-interest energy-related loans.

Under the block grant formula, cities (above 35,000) and counties, which will be eligible for $1.9 billion of the $3.2 billion in this funding. They have a deadline of June 25 to apply in order to get their share of the Stimulus grants, which are allocated on the basis of population and energy usage.

State and tribes will get $770 million from the Honeypot, while a future chunk of $455 million will go out for competitive bid amongst other local government projects that get the on the road (path?) to energy independence.  

The DOE will be looking for strategic plans, programs and approaches demonstrating overall energy savings, job creation/ job retention, and carbon emission reductions.

Examples of Big Winners
: Los Angeles ($37 million) and LA County ($15 million). Green Flow heard that Los Angeles city officials met privately in Washington DC with Energy Secretary Steven Chu a few weeks back to discuss their plans for using the money.


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    Warren Karlenzig
Warren Karlenzig, Common Current founder and president, has worked with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (lead co-author United Nations Shanghai Manual: A Guide to Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century, 2011); United Nations Center for Regional Development (training of mayors from 13 Asian nations on city sustainable economic development and technology); provinces of Guizhou and Guangdong, China (urban sustainability master planning and green city standards); the United States White House and Environmental Protection Agency (Eco-Industrial Park planning and Industrial Ecology primer); the nation of South Korea ("New Cities Green Metrics"); The European Union ("Green and Connected Cities Initiative"); the State of California ("Comprehensive Recycling Communities" and "Sustainable Community Plans"); major cities; and the world's largest corporations developing policy, strategy, financing and critical operational capacities for 20 years.

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