Energy Grants

RECOVERY ACT ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND

CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANT

Projects Strengthen Ohio Communities and Their Commitment to Save Energy

Proposals for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant: Local Governments were accepted in October 2009. Projects submitted were selected through a competitive review process based on several criteria: project readiness to ensure completion by July 20, 2012; innovation, transferability and collaboration; positive impact on the community; reduction in energy usage and fossil fuel emissions; and direct economic impacts in Ohio to create and retain jobs.

Awarded projects exemplify the goals of the Recovery Act’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Block Grant program to reduce fossil fuel emissions, improve energy efficiency in the public sector and create or preserve jobs. The recipients include:

Carroll County (Energy Efficiency Retrofits) - $542,000 for upgrades to the HVAC system and lighting in the county courthouse and nursing home.

Muskingum County (Energy Efficiency Retrofit) - $1,265,544 to renovate a former junior highschool building that includes an absorption cooling system. This facility will house the Muskingum County Business Incubator, which will use the cost saving results from the energy improvements to train business owners on implementing similar measures.

These projects will make these communities more sustainable and create jobs in a growing industry. The opportunity to increase energy efficiency is immense and needs consideration at multiple levels. Ohio’s local governments are utilizing critical recovery resources to implement energy saving measures that will provide a lasting improvement to the economy.”

The funds will be used to: implement energy efficiency retrofits and install energy technologies; utilize more efficient traffic signals and street lights; reduce and capture methane and greenhouse gases; and install renewable energy technologies on government buildings.

These projects will boost energy efficiency, develop the advanced energy industry in local communities and save local taxpayers money by reducing the operating costs of local government.