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E-News Blast, No. 25, October 15, 2009

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BLOCK GRANT and SEP UPDATES

SEP Pre-Bid Workshop Next Week

Don't forget the pre-bid workshop for the three SEP solicitations. Scheduled for October 20, 2009, at the Energy Commission starting at 9 a.m. Folks can participate through the Internet by WebEx. Information available at www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/2009-10-20_ARRA_notice.html

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 30, 2009. For the solicitations go to: www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/recovery.html.


Small Cities and Counties - EECBG Assistance Workshop and Clinics

October 22, 2009, Workshop. To assist the applicants with their Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) application, a workshop is scheduled October 22, 2009 at the Energy Commission, starting at 9 a.m. Folks can participate through the Internet by WebEx. Information available at www.energy.ca.gov/stimulus/notices/2009-10-22_WORKSHOP_NOTICE.PDF (PDF file).

Regional Clinics October 26 Thru November 5. Regional clinics for an hour of one-on-one Energy Commission Staff assistance are available for eligible applicants on a first-come, first served basis. Appointments are scheduled every hour on the hour starting at 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. for the following cities and dates:

Request an appointment by contacting Stephanie Bailey by e-mail at ecbg@energy.state.ca.us. Please provide requested location, date, time(s), contact person's name, phone number, e-mail address, and company/jurisdiction name. Please be sure to include "EECBG Clinic" in the subject line. For more location information, please go to www.energy.ca.gov/recovery/meetings/2009-10-14_eecbg_clinics.html


EECBG Applications Online

Applications are available for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants online at the Energy Commission's website at: www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/recovery.html.

Eligible small cities and counties have until the first week of January 2010 to apply for their ARRA funds.



APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM UNVEILED

The Energy Commission submitted its proposed Appliance Rebate Program design to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on October 14, 2009. Three residential appliance categories were selected to be eligible to receive rebates: clothes washers (proposed rebate $100), refrigerators (proposed rebate $75) and room air conditioners (proposed rebate $50). These rebates are in addition to existing rebates offered by California's utilities or appliance manufacturers. The Energy Commission used the list of "pre-screened" appliances from the DOE. To qualify, the appliances must be ENERGY STAR-listed and certified to the Energy Commission as meeting all state and federal appliance efficiency standards. DOE should respond to our application by November 30, 2009 and California anticipates receiving the $35.2 million by the end of 2009.

To view the proposed program design go to: www.energy.ca.gov/recovery/energystar.html.

To get current updates, sign up on the ListServe. 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.



DOE SOLAR GUIDE TO HELP LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

A new on-line tool provided by the U.S. Department of Energy will assist community leaders and local stakeholders in building sustainable local solar markets. Solar-Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments provides proven best practices, tips, references, resources, and successful Solar America City projects to help local governments accelerate solar technologies. The free guide is available at www.solaramericacities.energy.gov/GuideForLocalGovernments


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