Resources for Clean Energy Projects

Posted by Trish Riley, May 15, 2009

On Friday May 15,* the U.S. Department of Energy is having a local government webcast on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program that should provide some of the detail and specifics that have been lacking from previous DOE guidance.  Although the webcast is targeted to local governments, it should also be of value to our local government partners.  More information, including how to register can be found at:

This week’s webinar and conference call will focus on:

– EECBG Program overview and DOE’s objectives for successful implementation

– Solutions Center online tour featuring its resources

– Discussion of sample strategies

– Brief presentation by 1-2 local governments to share their preliminary plans and strategies

– Open Q&A

*Webinars are recorded and available for download 24/7

To register for this meeting
1. Go to
2. Register for the meeting.

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.

DOE has completed major revision and expansion of the EECBG website.  The updated website features a new online Solution Center that houses best practices and information resources for each eligible activity under the program. Please have a look around:

The city/county deadline for submitting grant applications to DOE is June 25. Applications will still be accepted anytime from now until that date.


Rapid Deployment Energy Efficiency (RDEE) Toolkit Planning Guide

The U.S. EPA has released the first portion of its Rapid Deployment Energy Efficiency (RDEE) Toolkit Planning Guide to help states, local governments, and other program administrators design and implement effective energy efficiency programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The Planning Guide provides key information on the following 10 energy efficiency programs with proven track records across the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors:

– Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

– ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

– Residential Efficient Heating and Cooling

– Residential Energy Audit and Direct Installation

– Non-Residential On-Site Energy Manager

– Non-Residential Prescriptive Rebates

– Non-Residential Retro-commissioning

– Non-Residential Benchmarking and Performance

– Non-Residential Custom Incentives

– Commercial Food Service Efficiency

The Guide presents information that can be used to select and plan for any one of these programs or for the development of a portfolio of these programs, including details on the target audience, likely near-term penetration rates, average energy savings per participant, annual program costs per participant, and the number of jobs created.

***Implementation Guide

The U.S. EPA has also released the RDEE Toolkit Implementation Guide – Phase I. The Implementation Guide provides states and local governments with the information that they need to prepare and implement RDEE programs, both individually and as part of a portfolio of programs.

Visit to learn more about the RDEE Toolkit and to download the Planning Guide or Implementation Guide. The RDEE Toolkit was developed through a joint effort of EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy, with technical input from the Leadership Group of the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency.

[Thanks to Chris Bird, Director of Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, for providing all of the above items!]


MONTPELIER, VT – May 14, 2009 – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is providing an unprecedented level of federal funding ($3.1 billion) to state energy programs to support public and private investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Recognizing the importance of using this clean energy funding effectively to drive rapid project development, Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a nonprofit coalition representing 20 state clean energy funds from across the country, announced this week they have begun using webinars, direct teaching and briefing papers as a clean energy tool kit for state funds.