Warm, humid climate and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico produce turbulent weather patterns that regularly bring tornadoes and hurricanes to Montgomery, AL. As a result, each year the state's capital city must manage tons of construction waste and storm debris. Now, thanks to a $2.5 million Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) from the U.S. Department of Energy, Montgomery will revamp its landfill sorting efforts and retrofit its historical city.
Energy crops and agricultural residue, like corncobs and stover, are becoming part of rural America’s energy future. Unlike the more common biofuel derived from corn, these are non-food/feed based cellulosic feedstocks, and the energy content of the biomass makes it ideal for converting to sustainable fuel.
Charlevoix, Mich. residents are taking steps to become a more environmentally-conscious community, and a $50,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant will help that cause. The funding will be used to launch projects aimed at energy efficiency and sustainability, such as retrofitting the city’s fire and emergency vehicles with new, energy-efficient lighting.
With 90 percent of its energy coming from oil, Hawaii is the most oil-dependent state in the nation. The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative is an ambitious plan to reverse that. Outlining a combination of increased energy efficiency and renewable energy sources the HCEI maps out a path toward achieving the state’s goal of meeting at least 70 percent of its energy needs from clean energy by 2030.