Through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program provided $3.2 billion in block grants to cities, communities, states, U.S. territories, and Indian tribes to develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation projects that ultimately created jobs. The EECBG program represents the largest nationwide direct investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at the community level in U.S. history, rapidly increasing the number of communities directly engaged with DOE on programs that increased renewable energy capacity, technical knowledge, and deployment of energy efficiency projects at the local level.
Frequently Asked Questions on EECBG Financing Program Compliance and Reporting
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EECBG Financing Programs After Grant Retirement
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EECBG Projects by State
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DOE Guidance Documents
Program Accomplishments (as of Sept. 30, 2013)
- Consistently rated a Top-15-job creating program of the Recovery Act from January 2011 to September 2013
- Performed energy upgrades of approximately 86,000 buildings, covering a total area of 699 million square-feet
- Installed 9,541 solar systems, with a total capacity of 176 megawatts
- Installed more than 278,000 energy-efficient traffic signals
- Installed 197,000 energy-efficient streetlights
- Timed traffic signals on 4,666 street lane miles of road.
Spending by Activity
As of October 2013, EECBG grant recipients had spent $2.7 billion, or 97.8% of allocated funds.
Jobs Created or Retained
Altogether, EECBG created or retained 1,891 full-time-equivalent jobs.
Of the $3.2 billion in Recovery Act funding the EECBG Program provided, approximately $2.7 billion was awarded through formula grants and approximately $454 million was allocated through competitive grants, which were awarded through DOE funding opportunity announcements.
EECBG Funding by Activity
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EECBG Funding to Recipients
The EECBG National Evaluation is an independent third-party evaluation with a purpose to quantify the principal outcomes achieved by the program in terms of: (1) energy and cost savings, (2) gross carbon emissions reduction, and (3) direct and indirect job creation.
The evaluation examines outcomes achieved during the 2009 through 2011 program years for a subset of recipients implementing the 14 eligible activities in the EECBG Program. Findings from the evaluation of program activities will be combined to yield savings estimates for those broad program types that, in combination, represented approximately 80% of EECBG funding during the study period. The final report is expected on April 15, 2015.
For information on local policy, building codes, and ratepayer-funded policies, see the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network and the State and Local Solution Center's Policy and Program Design and Implementation section.
For information on financing programs, see the State and Local Solution Center's Financing Solutions section.
For information on Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC), see the Better Buildings Challenge ESPC Accelerator.
For information on street lighting, see the Building Technology Office’s Solid State Lighting Consortium.
For information on Community Energy Strategic Planning, see DOE’s Guide to Community Energy Planning.
For information on the role of state energy offices and how to explore potential partnerships opportunities with them and learn about available resources; proven energy efficiency strategies; and energy smart policies at the federal, state, and regional level visit the National Association of State Energy Officials website.