In September of 2009 the City of Bellingham was awarded $780,100 in federal funding through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECGB). The $2.7 billion grant program, funded for the first time by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, represents a Presidential priority to deploy the cheapest, cleanest and most reliable energy technologies we have - energy efficiency and conservation - across the country.
Additionally, the City of Bellingham and the Opportunity Council were awarded a credit enhancement grant of an additional $500,000 from the State of Washington to assist in the Community Energy Challenge (see details below).
The following is a list of our proposed activities and budgets totaling $780,100:
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A. Municipal Facility Energy Conservation (MFEC) Program
– This project will include a comprehensive building energy audit of City
facilities in order to prioritize funding for energy efficiency projects.
EECBG funds will be used to implement energy-saving measures that will have
the most impact on reducing energy consumption.
Budget: $18,000 Administration, $69,100 Project Management, $170,000 Retrofits
Milestones: Audits Complete, 1st Quarter 2010
Project defined and bid, 2nd Quarter 2010
Retrofits Complete, 4th Quarter 2010, 1st Quarter 2011
B. Community Energy Challenge
– The City is partnering with
Puget Sound Energy,
Cascade Natural Gas and
others to promote community-wide energy efficiency improvements through
Community Energy Challenge. This program will offer resources for
energy efficient improvements to commercial and residential facilities;
reduce barriers to implementing energy efficiency technology, train a
workforce to implement building improvements; and raise awareness of
energy-conservation opportunities through social marketing. The EECBG
funds will be used to develop the program and create a financing
mechanism, which will leverage private investment from local lenders for
energy efficiency projects. This mechanism will help community members
to overcome the first-cost barriers of energy efficiency investing.
Budget: $37,000 Administration, $50,000 Program Development (SC and OC), $250,000 Loan Loss Program
Milestones: Create Loan Loss Reserve Fund and Launch Program, 4th Quarter 2010
Complete retrofits utilizing 100% of financial incentive program funds, 4th Quarter 2012
C. Green Code Adoption – EECBG funds will be used to
promote building energy efficiency by standardizing green building within
the City's building code system, providing expertise within the City to
assist and promote green building to the public, and removing code barriers
that prevent implementation of advanced energy saving technologies.
Budget: $3,000 Administration, $17,000 Internal Review and Adoption, $3,000 Professional Engineer Review
Milestones: Review and Analyze Code, 4th Quarter 2011
Communications Materials, ongoing
D. Energy Efficient Land Use Planning – The City’s
growth strategy includes establishing a series of compact “urban villages”
to promote infill and community development. Urban villages are high-density
mixed-use neighborhoods that promote a multitude of transportation options
besides the automobile and provide amenities that allow residents to live,
work and recreate in close proximity. EECBG funds will allow the City to
continue developing master plans and development regulations that support
the creation of urban villages and emphasize connection with local
high-frequency transit systems.
Budget: $15,000 Administration, $148,000 PCDD Staff for public process, master planning, development regulations, legislative process
Milestones: Project area(s) defined, 1st Quarter 2010
Public process completed, 1st Quarter 2011
City Council Action by December 2011
For more information on this program see the Department of Energy's website at: http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/
Staff Contact: Tara Sundin, Special Projects Manger - email@example.com or 360-778-8392.