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E-News Blast, No. 23, October 1, 2009

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BLOCK GRANT and SEP UPDATES

SEP Guidelines Are A Go! Contract Solicitations Available Next Week

The State Energy Program Guidelines are now official. Adopted this week by the Energy Commission the SEP Guidelines provide direction on administering up to a total of $95 million in ARRA funds for the Municipal Financing Program ("AB 811-type programs"), the California Comprehensive Residential Building Retrofit Program and the Municipal and Commercial Building Targeted Measure Retrofit Program.

Local jurisdictions, non-profits or private organizations are eligible to respond to the solicitations that are anticipated to be released on October 8, 2009. This is a competitive solicitation process for programs to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy use, create jobs and promote economic vitality. A pre-bid conference for all parties expected to develop proposals is scheduled for October 20, 2009. The Proposals are due to the Energy Commission by November 19, 2009. For a copy of the Guidelines go to [www.energy.ca.gov/recovery/sep.html]. A ListServer e-mail will be sent to notify you when the three Solicitations (one for each program) are available online.


EECBG Program - Takes-Off Next Week

Local Governments get ready. The Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grant Guidelines are scheduled for consideration for approval on October 7, 2009, and provide the specific design for local governments to apply for more than $30 million in ARRA funds. California has 265 small cities and 44 small counties eligible for Energy Commission EECBG Program funding. These funds will be allocated on a per capita basis with a minimum of $25,000 for cities and $50,000 for counties. Local jurisdictions will also receive an unemployment adjustment so that communities hardest hit by the downturn in the economy will get more funds to help in their recovery.

The Revised EECBG Guidelines are available on-line now at the Energy Commission's website at: [www.energy.ca.gov/recovery/blockgrant.html]. The Application for the EECBG funds is scheduled to be released on the streets October 8, 2009, and the eligible small cities and counties will have until the first week of January 2010, to apply for their ARRA funds. To assist the applicants, a workshop is scheduled October 22, 2009, and regional clinics scheduled October 28 through November 11, 2009. More information will be available soon. The e-mail ListServe subscribers will be notified when the Application is online.


INCREASE YOUR ARRA BUCKS WITH A 1% LOAN

One-percent loans? YES! The SEP Loan Program offers two great interest rates - the new one percent loan SEP/ECAA (funded from ARRA) and the current three percent ECAA program (funded from the existing state-funded loan program). Cities, counties, special districts, public schools, colleges and universities, public care institutions, and public hospitals are eligible to apply for the SEP/ECAA one percent. Cities and counties are encouraged to maximize their Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grant funds with a low interest loan. For details, go to www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/financing/


LOOKING FOR APPLIANCE REBATES

Don't get in line just yet for the California Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program. Currently, the Energy Commission has not specified any appliances, how consumers with get their rebates or how much those rebates will be. To get the 4-1-1, sign up on the ListServe [www.energy.ca.gov/recovery/energystar.html] for immediate updates as the program unfolds or check out the FAQs. Looking for rebates right now? Check out the Flex Your Power [www.fypower.org] rebate database for the rebates available now for efficient appliances, lighting, heating and cooling, energy audits and more.


ARRA FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

More California Companies Garner Funds: Four California companies will receive a total of $9,508,630 from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ARRA 1603 program. This program provides cash payments (up to 30% of the cost of the project) to energy producers in place of tax credits. These are the second round of awards. For more information [http://www.eere.energy.gov/]

Ameresco Half Moon Bay, LLC (Half Moon Bay). Total DOE award: $6,641,747
Ameresco Keller Canyon (Pittsburg) Total DOE award: $2,796,377
Bob's Big Boy, LLC (Burbank) Total DOE award: $53,648
BioFuel Oasis Cooperative, Inc (Berkeley) Total DOE award: $16,858


ENERGY PROGRAMS SUMMARY

Looking for a thumbnail update on the ARRA energy-related programs? Check out the updated Summary at www.energy.ca.gov/recovery/documents/FUNDING_SUMMARY.PDF (PDF file).

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