Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG)

 

The program provides financial and technical assistance to assist State and local governments create and implement a variety of energy efficiency and conservation projects. The program’s objectives are:
* To reduce fossil fuel emissions created as a result of activities within the jurisdictions of eligible entities;
* To reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities; and
* To improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other sectors.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
81.128
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants; Project Grants (Special)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: In FY 2013, EECBG continued to deploy energy efficiency across the county through its grants to over 2,300 state and local governments through its funding by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA). Milestones accomplished in FY 11 include performance of energy upgrades of over 40,000 buildings, installation of 5,000 solar energy systems, and installation of over 300,000 energy efficient traffic and streetlights since the passage of the ARRA. However, per OMB, all ARRA funds are requested to be expended by September 30, 2013, and per ARRA, all funding must be expended by September 30, 2015. Fiscal Year 2015: In FY 2013, EECBG continued to deploy energy efficiency across the county through its grants to over 2,300 state and local governments through its funding by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA). Milestones accomplished in FY 11 include performance of energy upgrades of over 40,000 buildings, installation of 5,000 solar energy systems, and installation of over 300,000 energy efficient traffic and streetlights since the passage of the ARRA. However, per OMB, all ARRA funds are requested to be expended by September 30, 2013, and per ARRA, all funding must be expended by September 30, 2015. Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2013, EECBG continued to deploy energy efficiency across the county through its grants to over 2,300 state and local governments through its funding by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA). Milestones accomplished in FY 11 include performance of energy upgrades of over 40,000 buildings, installation of 5,000 solar energy systems, and installation of over 300,000 energy efficient traffic and streetlights since the passage of the ARRA. However, per OMB, all ARRA funds are requested to be expended by September 30, 2013, and per ARRA, all funding must be expended by September 30, 2015.
Authorization
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (“EECBG”) was authorized in Title V, Subtitle E of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), signed into Public Law 110-140 on December 19, 2007.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State and local governments including US Territories and Possessions.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals and families.
Credentials/Documentation
Compliance with Federal, State and local environmental statutes and regulations, as required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This program is covered by applicable Cost Principles contained in the Code of Federal Regulations, TITLE 2--Grants and Agreements. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
No preapplication form or conference is required by DOE. Consultation and assistance will be available from DOE in the preparation of the application. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Application forms must be downloaded from the specific funding opportunity announcement posted on the grants.gov website at http://www.grants.gov/ and submitted per instructions in the funding opportunity announcement.

Applicants must register with FedConnect to submit their application. FedConnect website: www.fedconnect.net

Submission deadlines will be published in the funding opportunity announcement at http://www.grants.gov

It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify successful transmission.

Award Procedure
States and eligible units of local governments and Tribes will submit applications for available allocation.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Deadlines are identified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Appeals
As required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Renewals
Renewals are subject to review by the DOE Project Management Center and the headquarters program office and subject to the availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
As described under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
How may assistance be used?
A wide variety of activities are eligible for use of the grant funds including:
* Developing/implementing an energy efficiency and conservation strategy and retaining technical consultant services to assist in the development of such a strategy.
* Conducting residential and commercial building energy audits.
* Establishing financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements (e.g., loan programs, rebate programs, waive permit fees.)
* Providing grants to nonprofit organizations to perform energy efficiency retrofits.
* Developing/implementing programs to conserve energy used in transportation (e.g., flex time by employees, satellite work centers, promotion of zoning requirements that promote energy efficient development, transportation infrastructure: bike lanes/pathways, pedestrian walkways, and synchronized traffic signals).
* Developing and implementing building codes and inspection services to promote building energy efficiency.
* Implementing energy distribution technologies.
* Developing public education programs to increase participation and efficiency rates for recycling programs.
* Purchasing/implementing technologies to reduce and capture methane and other greenhouse gases generated by landfills or similar sources.
* Installing light emitting diodes (LEDs).
* Developing, implementing, and installing renewable energy technologies on or in any government building.
* Any other activity as determined by the Secretary of Energy in consultation with the Secretaries of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Quarterly project and financial status reports are required. Additional terms and conditions are invoked by ARRA 2009. A final report is required at the end of the contract period. In accordance with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, EPACT 1992 and 2005, ARRA 2009 and DOE procurement procedures. A 10-year tracking and follow-up reporting mechanism may be required. Quarterly project and financial status reports are required. Quarterly financial reports required. No performance monitoring is required.
Auditing
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. Audit procedures in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133. In addition, audit requirements need to comply with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and DOE procurement procedures as well as with 10 CFR 600.
Records
In accordance with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and DOE procurement procedures.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: There is no local match requirement for the EECBG, however leveraging of funds on the part of the recipient is encouraged.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant periods under this program will be eighteen months. Funds must be under contract within eighteen months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
James Cash 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401 Email: james.cash@ee.doe.gov Phone: 240-562-1456
Website Address
http://www.eere.energy.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
89-0331-2-1-272.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available - All obligations under this program will be made with Recovery Act funds. This program has not had funds other than ARRA obligated to it. For fiscal year 2014 (actual) $9,576,636 was de-obligated from this program. For fiscal year 2015 (estimate) $13,925,073 was de-obligated from this program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
As described under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and 10 CFR 600.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: In FY 2013, EECBG continued to deploy energy efficiency across the county through its grants to over 2,300 state and local governments through its funding by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA). Milestones accomplished in FY 11 include performance of energy upgrades of over 40,000 buildings, installation of 5,000 solar energy systems, and installation of over 300,000 energy efficient traffic and streetlights since the passage of the ARRA. However, per OMB, all ARRA funds are requested to be expended by September 30, 2013, and per ARRA, all funding must be expended by September 30, 2015. Fiscal Year 2015: In FY 2013, EECBG continued to deploy energy efficiency across the county through its grants to over 2,300 state and local governments through its funding by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA). Milestones accomplished in FY 11 include performance of energy upgrades of over 40,000 buildings, installation of 5,000 solar energy systems, and installation of over 300,000 energy efficient traffic and streetlights since the passage of the ARRA. However, per OMB, all ARRA funds are requested to be expended by September 30, 2013, and per ARRA, all funding must be expended by September 30, 2015. Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2013, EECBG continued to deploy energy efficiency across the county through its grants to over 2,300 state and local governments through its funding by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA). Milestones accomplished in FY 11 include performance of energy upgrades of over 40,000 buildings, installation of 5,000 solar energy systems, and installation of over 300,000 energy efficient traffic and streetlights since the passage of the ARRA. However, per OMB, all ARRA funds are requested to be expended by September 30, 2013, and per ARRA, all funding must be expended by September 30, 2015.