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E-News Blast, No. 24, October 8, 2009

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BLOCK GRANT and SEP UPDATES

Three SEP Solicitations on the Street

Now available on a Website nearest you - SEP Solicitations. Up to $95 million in ARRA funds are being offered with three State Energy Program competitive solicitations. Local jurisdictions, non-profits or private organizations are encouraged to submit their proposals 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. Proposals are due to the Energy Commission by November 20, 2009. For the Solicitations go to: www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/recovery.html#sep

SEP Pre-Bid Workshop
Don't forget the pre-bid workshop scheduled for October 20, 2009, at the Energy Commission starting at 9 am. Folks can participate through the Internet by WebEx. Information available at www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/2009-10-20_ARRA_notice.html.

Looking for the Perfect SEP Partner?
Connect with other people and organizations also interested in forming a partnership to make a stronger SEP proposal. Complete the SEP partnership form at www.energy.ca.gov/recovery/sep_form.html and describe the services you offer or are looking for. Check out potential partners information at www.energy.ca.gov/recovery/sep_out.php Your perfect partner is just a click away.


Small Cities and Counties - EECBG Application Now Available

Small cities and counties (you know who you are) can now apply for their Energy Efficient Conservation Block grants. California has 265 small cities and 44 small counties eligible for Energy Commission EECBG Program funding that is 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.

Applications are available on-line now at the Energy Commission's webpage www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/recovery.html#eecbg, and the eligible small cities and counties have until January 10, 2010, to apply for their ARRA funds.

EECBG Assistance Workshop
To assist the applicants, a workshop is scheduled October 22, 2009 at the Energy Commission, starting at 9 am. Folks can participate through the Internet by WebEx. Information available at www.energy.ca.gov/stimlulus/documents/. Stay tuned for more information about the regional clinics scheduled October 28 through November 11, 2009.


INCREASE YOUR ARRA BUCKS WITH A 1% LOAN

Cities and counties are already taking advantage of the one-percent loans. 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/


RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION DEVELOPERS - CONSIDER THIS

Up to $750 million in funding from ARRA is offered to cover the cost of loan guarantees for conventional renewable energy generation projects, such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower. These loan guarantees could support as much as $4 billion to $8 billion in lending to eligible projects. Under the first Financial Institution Partnership Program solicitation, proposed borrowers and project sponsors do not apply directly to DOE but instead work with financial institutions satisfying the qualifications of an eligible lender which may apply directly to DOE to access a loan guarantee. The solicitation invites applications from eligible lenders for partial, risk-sharing loan guarantees from DOE. The Energy Commission encourages renewable energy developers to consider this exciting opportunity as they explore much needed financial support during these challenging times. For more information www.energy.gov/news2009/8108.htm


LOOKING FOR APPLIANCE REBATES

Thinking of ENERGY STAR® appliances? The California Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program is being developed by the Energy Commission. To get the 4-1-1, sign up on the ListServe www.energy.ca.gov/recovery/energystar.html for 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

California claims solar awards:
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a total of up to $87 million (including $50 million in ARRA funding) to support development of new solar energy technologies. At this time, California has been awarded $25,300,799 with more expected from this allocation by the end of December. www.energy.gov/news2009/8115.htm

Awards or announcements of awards were made in four areas:

  1. Solar America Special Projects. These selections are subject to negotiation; final awards will be made by December 30, 2009. Five California cities with a total of 12 projects were included in this allocation: San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Berkeley and Santa Rosa.
  2. High Penetration Solar Deployment. Two California entities were awarded funds: Sacramento Municipal Utility District ($4,300,971) for advanced meters and University of California San Diego ($1,750,000) - for Micro grids and smart meters tools.
  3. Solar Installer Training. California Community Colleges Board of Governors (and California partners) received $3,499,828 of combined ARRA and other funds to lead regional solar installation "train-the-trainer" programs.
  4. Research projects at DOE National Laboratories. No California Labs received funding at this time.

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