The Bureau of Energy Systems (BES) is soliciting grant proposals for Advanced Lighting Technology Demonstration Grants. This announcement seeks to obtain proposals from Michigan cities, villages, townships and counties to implement indoor and/or outdoor lighting projects that utilize the following technologies: Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), also known as Solid State Lighting; induction lighting; and plasma lighting -- also known as High Efficiency Plasma Lighting (HEP). There is approximately $1 million available to fund an estimated 15-20 grants ranging from $30,000 to $100,000. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant program. Proposals are due by 3 p.m. on May 26, 2011. BES estimates that grants will start on August 1, 2011, and run through June 30, 2012. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available now and contains more details . A pre-proposal conference will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
Luke Forrest is Project Coordinator for the Center for 21st Century Communities. Contact him at 734-669-6323 or email@example.com.
Local leaders and advocates interested in community energy efficiency and renewable energy projects have two opportunities this spring to gather with their peers in the Washington, DC area to network and share lessons learned.
The Department of Energy is hosting the State and Local Government Clean Energy Conference in Crystal City, Virginia May 18-20. This event, which is free of charge, is targeted at government staff and policymakers working directly with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) and/or State Energy Program. Spring 2011 will mark the halfway point in the implementation of Recovery Act funding for those programs, so the goal of the conference is to "focus on the lessons learned to date and critical initiatives for the ensuing year and beyond". For more information, visit http://www.sentech.org/EECBG-SEP_Conference/index.html .
The following month, Climate Communities is hosting the Local Clean Energy Leadership Summit in Washington. This event, which takes place June 15-17, is more explicitly focused on local government action. Like in the May conference, EECBG will be a focal point, but this conference expands that focus to a broader range of federal programs and agencies. It also presents attendees with an opportunity to educate their elected representatives in Congress about the importance of those programs and the excellent local intiatives they have made possible. For more information, visit http://www.localenergysummit.org/ .
Luke Forrest is Project Coordinator for the Center for 21st Century Communities. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-669-6323.
WATERFORD, Michigan - A workshop for municipalities addressing the procurement process and related contract issues will be held in Waterford on August 12. The workshop will focus on best practices by municipalities in the procurement process for securing commercial contractors and will be particularly helpful for EECBG program grantees. A previous similar session took place July 29 and more than 30 attendees participate. The Aug. 12 workshop is at Lookout Lodge, Waterford Oaks County Park in Waterford. Go here for details: http://www.warmtraining.org/gov/.
Read more about the EECBG program and the Michigan Municipal League's Center for 21st Century Communities initiative.
Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 or email@example.com.