Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)

General Information
Program/Project Name: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) – Formula Grant

Funding Category: Creating a More Sustainable Philadelphia

Program Description
Federal Grant Name: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), through the Department of Energy

Programs Supported Through Funding: Eleven programs within the grant

Why Apply for this Grant?
Formula allocation. The proposal was submitted on June 25, 2009. The programs included in the proposal were in line with the 14 eligible EECBG program activities and were intended to make both short and long term investments in community development citywide as well as to increase the City’s energy management capacity.

Program Objectives
Use of Funds:
1. Replacement of 85,000 Traffic Signals with LED Lights
2a. Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Bldg. Retrofit Revolving Loan Program
2b. Energy Efficiency Retrofit Grants for Small Businesses and Commercialization of Technologies
3. Municipal Building Energy Efficiency and Renewable Retrofits
4. Purchase of RFID Readers to Support Incentive Based Recycling Program
5. Target Energy Budget Support and Training
6. Greenworks Philadelphia Monitoring and Reporting
7. Building Code Development and Compliance
8. Enhancement and Expansion of the City’s Energy Management Capacity
9. Placement of 260 Solar Compacting Litter Baskets and 115 On-Street Recycling Units
10. Philadelphia Water Department 171 kW Solar PV Installation

Grant Achievements for the Quarter:

1. Completed the installation of LEDs and verified installations.
2. Closed an additional loan for $1 million.  One project previously funded with a $1 million loan went into construction.
3a. 4 additional small business retrofits completed.
3b. Launched two additional pilot energy technology grant-funded projects.
4. The City’s first Guaranteed Energy Savings Project was approved by City Council and is moving towards project implementation.
Progress continued towards implementation of the first round Energy Efficiency Fund projects.  Site visits were made by consultant Practical Energy Solutions to build a retro commissioning program for three buildings. Site visits were also done to finalize lighting renovations at two fleet shops.  Work at all sites is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2012.  The City is preparing to launch the second round of its Energy Efficiency Fund in January 2012.
5. Installation of RFID readers complete; program now available citywide.
6. Bike rack installations nearly complete.
7. Energy efficiency efforts continue through the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.
8. Continued implementation of Greenworks Philadelphia by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.
9. Continued administration of department’s green building training and outreach program.
10. Completed purchases of wind power renewable energy credits in line with the plans previously developed.
11. Completed the installation of all but 17 Big Belly units and recyclers.
12. The solar photovoltaic system is complete and on line generating electricity. The maintenance period continues.

Actual # of FTE jobs created for the quarter*:

Q8: 14.40

Q9: 7.30

Q10: 2.80

*In the City of Philadelphia’s quarterly federal report, also know as Section 1512 reports, jobs are calculated based on hours worked, instead of the number of people at work. It also looks only at jobs funded directly by the Recovery Act, and does not include jobs created indirectly. Direct jobs are counted quarterly and are not cumulative.

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