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Eligible Project Types for EECBG

Eligible projects for the Energy Efficiency and Community Block Grant Program.


Dollar Sign The following types of projects and initiatives are eligible for funding through the Energy Efficiency and Community Block Grant Program.


The information below is pulled directly from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. An eligible entity may use a grant received under this subtitle to carry out activities to achieve the purposes of the program, including the following:

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy

  • (1) development and implementation of an energy efficiency and conservation strategy under section 545(b);
    (2) retaining technical consultant services to assist the eligible entity in the development of such a strategy, including:
    • (A) formulation of energy efficiency, energy conservation, and energy usage goals;
    • (B) identification of strategies to achieve those goals:
      • (i) through efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption; and
      • (ii) by encouraging behavioral changes among the population served by the eligible entity;
  • (C) development of methods to measure progress in achieving the goals;
  • (D) development and publication of annual reports to the population served by the eligible entity describing:
    • (i) the strategies and goals; and
    • (ii) the progress made in achieving the strategies and goals during the preceding calendar year; and
  • (E) other services to assist in the implementation of the energy efficiency and conservation strategy;


Energy Audits and Building Retrofits

  • (3) conducting residential and commercial building energy audits;
  • (4) establishment of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements;
  • (5) the provision of grants to nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies for the purpose of performing energy efficiency retrofits;
  • (6) development and implementation of energy efficiency and conservation programs for buildings and facilities within the jurisdiction of the eligible entity, including—
    • (A) design and operation of the programs;
    • (B) identifying the most effective methods for achieving maximum participation and efficiency rates;
    • (C) public education;
    • (D) measurement and verification protocols; and
    • (E) identification of energy efficient technologies;


Transportation Energy Efficiency

  • (7) development and implementation of programs to conserve energy used in transportation, including:
    • (A) use of flex time by employers;
    • (B) satellite work centers;
    • (C) development and promotion of zoning guidelines or requirements that promote energy efficient development;
    • (D) development of infrastructure, such as bike lanes and pathways and pedestrian walkways;
    • (E) synchronization of traffic signals; and
    • (F) other measures that increase energy efficiency and decrease energy consumption;


Building Energy Codes

  • (8) development and implementation of building codes and inspection services to promote building energy efficiency;


Distributed Generation and District Power

  • (9) application and implementation of energy distribution technologies that significantly increase energy efficiency, including:
    • (A) distributed resources; and
    • (B) district heating and cooling systems;


Recycling and Material Energy Recovery

  • (10) activities to increase participation and efficiency rates for material conservation programs, including source reduction, recycling, and recycled content procurement programs that lead to increases in energy efficiency;


Landfill Methane Capture and Use

  • (11) the purchase and implementation of technologies to reduce, capture, and, to the maximum extent practicable, use methane and other greenhouse gases generated by landfills or similar sources;


LED/Efficient Traffic Signals

  • (12) replacement of traffic signals and street lighting with energy efficient lighting technologies, including:
    (A) light emitting diodes; and
    (B) any other technology of equal or greater energy efficiency;


Renewable Energy on Public Facilities

  • (13) development, implementation, and installation on or in any government building of the eligible entity of onsite renewable energy technology that generates electricity from renewable resources, including:
    • (A) solar energy;
    • (B) wind energy;
    • (C) fuel cells; and
    • (D) biomass; and



  • (14) any other appropriate activity, as determined by the Secretary, in consultation with:
    • (A) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;
    • (B) the Secretary of Transportation; and
    • (C) the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.