The Obama Administration committed to investing $3.2 billion in energy projects in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and with Native American tribes. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program (EECBG), funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), provides formula grants for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency nationwide. Funding is based on a formula that accounts for population and energy use.
Washington County received an award notification allocating close to $2.6 million dollars to implement energy projects deemed eligible by the U.S. Department of Energy. Our projects include energy efficiency building retrofits, bike and pedestrian trail development, installation of a rooftop solar array, and evaluating land use and building codes to identify barriers to energy efficient and sustainable development. To learn about this last project, visit Washington County's Greening the Code web page.
A detailed breakdown of the EECBG funding by state, county, city and tribal government can be found at http://energy.gov/recovery-act. Additional information about the Washington County projects will be posted as the projects are completed.