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Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program

Funding for the EECBG Program under the Recovery Act totals $3.2 billion. Of this amount, approximately $2.7 billion was awarded through formula grants. SECO received approximately $45 million under the EECBG to administer to cities and counties not receiving direct EECBG allocations from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). See if your city or county received a direct EECBG allocation.

  • Federal Amount Available: $3.2 billion, nationally
  • Direct Allocations to "entitlement" Cities and Counties: $163,121,800
    (Cities over 35,000/Counties over 200,000)
  • SECO Allocated: $45,638,100
    (Cities under 35,000/Counties under 200,000)

Applicant Documents: Date Posted
EECBG ARRA Compliance Letter (PDF, 69KB) 7/20/10
Application Status and Allocations for Eligible Cities (PDF, 389KB) updated 6/21/11
Application Status and Allocations for Eligible Counties (PDF, 264KB) updated 6/21/11
Sample Contract/Grant Agreement (PDF, 168KB)
Please review in advance of receiving a customized agreement.

For further information, please feel free to reference the following:

Program Purpose:

The EECBG program provided funds to units of local and state government, Indian tribes, and territories to develop and implement projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions in their communities. This program was administered by the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs (WIP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) of the DOE.  While this program was authorized in Title V, Subtitle E of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (PDF) (EISA) and signed into Public Law (PL 110-140) on December 19, 2007, it was funded for the first time through ARRA. 

The Program was modeled after the Community Development Block Grant program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It was intended to assist U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Indian tribes to develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation projects and programs designed to:

  • Reduce fossil fuel emissions;
  • Reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities;
  • Improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other appropriate sectors; and
  • Create and retain jobs.

Use of Funds

Grants were used for energy efficiency and conservation programs and projects community wide, as well as renewable energy installations on government buildings. Activities that were eligible for use of funds included:

  • Building energy audits and retrofits
  • Installation of distributed energy technologies including combined heat and power and district heating and cooling systems
  • Installation of energy-efficient traffic signals and street lighting
  • Installation of renewable energy technologies on government buildings

Legal Authority:

Federal Law: Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (PDF), Subtitle E, Sections 541-548

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