October xx, 2010
The Honorable Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
RE: Support Full Funding for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG)
Dear President Obama:
We write on behalf of a growing network of hundreds of local government officials across America to urge you to include full funding of $2 billion for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program in your FY 2012 budget request to Congress.
Authorized in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the EECBG program is empowering cities and counties to create thousands of new clean energy jobs through investments in building efficiency, community scale renewables and other programs that conserve energy.
As you know, America’s cities and counties have taken the lead in implementing clean energy solutions by serving as laboratories of innovation. Local governments are utilizing EECBG funds to provide low-cost financing for energy efficiency retrofits of buildings; setting and enforcing building efficiency standards; developing community-scale renewable energy; utilizing low-emission vehicles and fuels; installing alternative fuels infrastructure; promoting smart growth and increased mass transit to reduce vehicle miles traveled; and developing clean energy jobs. For example:
- The city of Wilmington, Delaware is using $800,000 in EECBG funding to partner with Honeywell and leverage a $14.5 million local investment in a comprehensive clean energy project that is installing 3,400 solar panels on city facilities, converting all City traffic lights to high-efficiency light-emitting diodes (LEDs); and installing energy efficient lighting and HVAC equipment in City-owned properties. The project is expected to create about 100 new jobs and save the City more than $1 million a year in energy costs.
- The City of Fort Worth, TX is partnering with Johnson Controls to implement a comprehensive clean energy initiative, including efficiency upgrades to the local wastewater treatment facilities and buildings, solar powered lighting for city parking lots, a solar water heating pilot at a city community center, a traffic signalization pilot to reduce energy consumption, and a project to encourage commuting by bicycle. Together, these initiatives are projected to create about 75 new jobs and significantly reduce energy consumption in Fort Worth.
- Sonoma County, CA is using its EECBG funds to establish a regional financing program for retrofitting residential and commercial buildings, deploy a 750 kilowatt solar array at the County’s juvenile detention facility, install 14 electric vehicle charging stations, and implement innovative landscaping requiring limited water and maintenance at the County’s veterans buildings.
America’s cities and counties must be a full partner if our nation hopes to meet its ambitious goals to: (1) achieve energy independence and improve national security; (2) create new jobs, technology innovation, and business opportunities so that we can compete effectively in the growing international clean energy marketplace; and (3) cut carbon pollution so that we can better avoid and prepare for the costly potential impacts of global climate change, including rising sea levels and increased drought, wildfires, flooding, and storms.
Again, we encourage you to provide $2 billion for the EECBG program in your FY 2012 budget to make sure the nation’s local governments can continue their leadership in creating clean energy jobs, reducing energy consumption and curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
Thank you for your consideration.
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Led by cities and counties throughout America, Energy Block Grants Work! is a campaign of Climate Communities. The campaign is showcasing the contributions that local governments are making to national energy security and economic recovery.
Climate Communities is a national coalition of cities and counties that is educating federal policymakers about the essential role of local governments in addressing climate change and promoting a strong local-federal partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, see www.climatecommunities.us.
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