American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)

In March of 2009, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced plans to invest $3.2 billion in energy efficiency and conservation projects in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Native American tribes.  The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, funded by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will provide formula grants for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency nationwide.  On September 22, 2009, the City was notified that the Department of Energy has awarded an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant to the City of Edmonds.  The award is the full amount referenced in the March 2009 eligibility announcement ($160,200).  The funds will be used for the following six different projects. Announcement of the EECBG opportunity was shared with, and the attached proposed project list was also reviewed by, the Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee.

  • Project 1 - PC Energy Management (federal funds)
  • Project 2 - Network Server Energy Upgrades – (federal funds)
  • Project 3 - Residential & Commercial Energy Meters (federal and local non-federal funds)
  • Project 4 - Heating System Design and Feasibility Study for Frances Anderson Center (federal funds)
  • Project 5 - Purchase Hybrid and Electriz Vehicles – (federal and local non-federal funds)
  • Project 6 - Low-Energy Lighting Retrofit – (federal funds)

Update on Project 5: To date, four Toyota Prius’ and two Nissan Leafs have been purchased.  Despite the earthquake in Japan, the Nissan LEAFs have been produced and are on their sea voyage heading our way. The LEAF's arrived in mid-August.

For more information on the City's sustainability projects here is a link to the Sustainability webpage.