Energy grant programs
Grant programs in progress: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants
In late 2009, WRC received two grants through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. These grants, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, included $80,000 from the state’s Clean Energy Development Fund for municipal buildings, and $130,800 from DOE for County buildings.
With these funds, WRC supported 15 energy audits and 8 comprehensive energy retrofits (weatherization) throughout the region. Funds for both audits and retrofits were awarded on a competitive basis. The goal: help towns to save taxpayer money, reduce energy consumption, and reduce their carbon footprints.
For more information on energy audits and retrofits, and on how to undertake them in your own building, visit the “Resources for Energy Savings” section.
Future grant programs
At present, there are no additional EECBG funds being offered to towns. Stay tuned to this space and to the WRC News Brief for announcements about any future grant opportunities.
Summary of grant projects and successes
From 2010 through 2012 the Windham Regional Commission (WRC) worked with towns throughout the region to help identify areas where savings could be obtained through weatherization retrofits. Through both state and federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG), the WRC’s Energy Committee distributed funding to successfully complete fourteen energy audits in seven of the Region’s towns, and awarded grants for weatherization retrofits to seven towns. The projects included the Newfane Town Office, Londonderry Town Offices, Grafton Town Hall, Marlboro Town Offices, Weston Town Garage, Putney Town Hall, Windham County Sheriff’s Office, and the Windham County Superior Courthouse. The estimated annual energy savings for the recommended improvements for these projects ranged from $1,200 to $5,000.