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Raleigh City Council approves energy efficiency projects

Posted June 2, 2009

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— The Raleigh City Council voted Tuesday to approve a list of energy efficiency and conservation projects and programs.

To pay for the improvements, the City of Raleigh is eligible to receive a $3.82 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The City of Raleigh’s list of energy efficiency and conservation projects and programs covers six areas:

  • Climate action plan, $200,000;
  • Climate action plan implementation projects, $2.5 million;
  • Weatherization program, $400,000;
  • Residential and commercial energy efficiency and renewables loan program, $400,000. The City Council voted to endorse a bill in the N.C. House of Representatives that would allow municipalities to grant the loans;
  • Green Builders certification program, $160,000; and,
  • City sustainability training and education programs, $160,000.

The purpose of EECBG program is to provide federal grants to local governments to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions and improve energy efficiency.

The City of Raleigh plans to submit its EECBG application to the Department of Energy by June 25.

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  • Ladybug Jun 4, 2009

    The Raleigh City Council needs to take time and reconsider the money they are going to spend on Moore Square and give it to the Police and Firefighters, then take away the city Manager's raise. Now is not the time to be making improvements to Moore Sq or giving big raises to City officials. We have to take care of those that help the public!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 3, 2009

    Way to go, Raleigh!! :-)