Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant

ICLEI USA will focus our network support for key Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) programs that best align with ICLEI’s expertise and our network’s needs, specifically the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG).

Funding for Infrastructure Investment

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) provides significant investment in our nation’s infrastructure and ability to advance local climate action!  

While the IIJA provides funding in hundreds of programs of interest to state and local governments, ICLEI USA will focus our network support for key IIJA programs that best align with ICLEI’s expertise and our network’s needs.  A primary area of support is via the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG).

ICLEI USA Executive Director, Angie Fyfe, led the deployment of the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office EECBG and SEP programs (2009-2012) during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Senior Program Officer, Tom Herrod, was Denver’s EECBG lead.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to support our local and tribal government members and state government partners with these important programs. We know the degree to which climate investments are underfunded - the IIJA will provide a much needed boost. Moreover, the funding comes at a time when technology and policy advances will enable advancement in much needed areas ranging from grid decarbonization to transportation electrification to environmental justice.”

Angie Fyfe, Executive Director of ICLEI USA

Overview

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Energy

Total amount of funding available: $550 million, both block grant and competitive

Eligibility:

  • City governments with population of 35,000 or more OR a population that causes the city to be one of the ten most populous cities in the state in which it is located
  • County governments with population of 200,000 or more OR a population that causes the county to be one of the ten most populous counties in the state in which it is located
  • Tribal Nations
  • State Energy Offices for the benefit of smaller local governments 

 

Application requirements:

What to Do Now

The U.S. Department of Energy allocation of funds to local and tribal governments will advance local climate action. To ensure that your community is ready to take advantage of this opportunity, join ICLEI USA for a one-hour EECBG informational session.

  • Support available from ICLEI USA
  • How to prepare and when to apply
  • Maximizing the available funds
  • Best practices from previous EECBG programs

Eligibility Reccomendations

If your local government is eligible for a direct allocation of EECBG funding:

  • Ensure that your GHG inventories (community and government operations) up to date
  • Establish sector-based targets for GHG mitigation
  • Review with ICLEI USA your High-Impact Analysis (HIA) summary
  • Model mitigation strategies in the ClearPath Planning module
  • Review the list of EECBG funding Eligible Uses
  • Notify your budget, finance, and legal teams that the funding is expected
  • Review your previous EECBG plans and results (2009 – 2013 timeframe)
  • Read about national results, activities successes in prior EECBG round
  • Attend one of our informational meetings
  • Register your local government interest in participating in ICLEI-led proposals to DOE for competitive EECBG funding 

If your local government is NOT eligible for a direct allocation of EECBG funding:

  • Contact your State Energy Office to identify opportunities to access funds or programs
  • Connect with ICLEI USA to discuss ICLEI programs available to State Energy Offices
  • Finalize GHG inventory, energy plans, and mitigation strategies to be prepared for opportunities
  • Register your local government interest in participating in ICLEI-led proposals to DOE for competitive EECBG funding