The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program is designed to assist states, local governments, and Tribes in implementing strategies to reduce energy use, lower fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency.
Georgia will receive $2.9 million to disperse to local governments throughout the state. The competitive funding is targeted towards small and disadvantaged communities. Local governments who received direct funding from the U.S. Department of Energy are ineligible for state EECBG funds.
GEFA has selected a variety of EECBG Program Blueprints that local governments can apply for. EECBG Program Blueprints are model projects and programs designed to help local governments achieve high-impact results with limited grant dollars. Blueprints offer ideas in energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation electrification, clean energy finance, and workforce development. The list of GEFA selected Blueprints includes:
- Blueprint #1: Energy Planning
- Blueprint #2A: Energy Efficiency - Energy Audits and Building Upgrades
- Blueprint #2B: Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Energy Efficiency and Electrification in Government Buildings
- Blueprint #3B: Community Solar
- Blueprint #3C: Solarize Campaign
- Blueprint #4A: Electric Vehicles and Fleet Electrification
- Blueprint #6: Workforce Development
Key activity areas under each blueprint serve as a step-by-step guide for communities to follow. Each activity is accompanied by relevant tools and resources that go into much more detail. EECBG Program grantees are encouraged to consider blueprints as inspiration for ways they could use their grant dollars.
Local governments interested in applying for the grant funding should review and select a Blueprint from the list above that aligns with the community’s energy goals and interests. GEFA EECBG Program details, including application process, will be announced soon.
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Key Resources and Upcoming Webinars:
Join a DOE Blueprint Cohort
Blueprint Cohorts initiative will regularly convene EECBG grantees following one of the chosen blueprint topic areas. EECBG grantees will meet one another, ask questions, learn from experts, and troubleshoot challenges. The Blueprint Cohorts will run the entire duration of the EECBG Program. To sign up to join a Blueprint Cohort, click here to fill out the form.