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MARCH 4, 2010

Clearwater County receives conservation funding

   Clearwater County has been awarded $93,607 sub-grant from the Office of Energy Resources (OER) for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.

   The EECBG program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). This federal grant program was designed to increase energy efficiency, spur economic growth and job creation, and encourage renewable energy deployment for eligible cities and counties.

   OER received more than $8 million in requests from cities and counties. A total of 73 grant requests were received and 62 awards were offered. Sub-grant funding amounts range from $3000 for a single city to $699,000 for a partnership of seven cities and counties.

   The OER issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) on Nov. 2, 2009, and applications were due Dec.18. An independent evaluation committee ranked the proposals. The committee consisted of individuals with expertise in a variety of areas, including operation of Idaho cities and counties, job creation, grant administration and energy policy.

   Activities approved for funding included the retrofit of existing city and county-owned buildings with energy efficient lighting, insulation, doors and windows, HVAC systems and controls, well pumps and motors, as well as energy efficient traffic signal and street lighting.

   More information about the state energy stimulus projects and the Office of Energy Resources is available at http://www.energy.idaho.gov/