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EECBG Information for MML Members

A Powerpoint to Use With Your Residents

This powerpoint has been prepared for communities to use with their residents.  Communities may wish to incorporate the powerpoint into a program designed to showcase what energy efficiency and conservation projects are being conducted in the community and how residents can join in the efforts to become more energy efficient.  In particular, a community receiving EECBG funding may consider using the powerpoint in conjunction with a program to update its residents on the use of the funds and progress made on projects within the community.

The powerpoint is basically divided into three parts:  1) introduction and background on energy concepts and terms; 2) efforts being made on the local government level; and 3) actions that residents can take on an individual basis.

Basic introduction (Slides 1 – 12)

Background on basic energy concepts and terms (Slides 13 – 25) 

Local government efforts (Slides 26 – 38)

Actions for residents (Slides 39 – 79)

You can download the powerpoint for your use here.  If you would also like to review the version of the powerpoint with notes and suggestions for the presenter, please contact Enid Wasserman at

State Issues RFP for EECBG Program for Michigan Non-Entitlement Communities

The EECBG RFP for non-entitlement communities is now available online, click here. Please also note that the LED demonstration grants are available for entitlement communities as well.

EECBG Overview for Recycling Activities (PDF)

URGENT: EECBG Application Submission Update
There have been two important updates including an extension to the application submission process for direct formula grants. More...

Recovery Act Announcement
DOE Announces up to $22 Million for community Renewable Energy Deployment. More>

State Files Application for Administration of EECBG Competitive Grants for Michigan Non-Entitlement Communities
Michigan non-entitlement communities for the EECBG competitive grant program are now able to review the state's proposed plan.  For more information, click here.

DOE issues critical announcement re: submission of EECBG applications

Yesterday, Amendment 004 was made to the EECBG Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) regarding the use of FedConnect (attached). The Department prefers that applications be submitted though FedConnect, and in the event that you are having difficulties uploading your application using this system, please call FedConnect Support at 1-800-899-6665.

However, if FedConnect cannot resolve your issue, applications may also now be submitted via email to, clearly including the subject line "EECBG Application (Unique Identification Code)."

Information on the Unique Identification Code begins on page 14 of the FOA. Please note: if you have submitted your application to FedConnect already and received a confirmation, please do NOT also send your application via email, so as to avoid duplicates.

Please see the brief guidance in the attached amendment for further information. Below are contact numbers for DUNS, CCR, and FedConnect support.

DUNS: DUNS Customer Assistance: 1-800-234-3867
CCR: CCR's Assistance Center: 1-888-227-2423
FedConnect: FedConnect Support at 1-800-899-6665

Thank you,

Johanna Zetterberg
State and Local Team
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy has released guidance and funding allocations for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. General program information can be found on their website,

Click here for formula grant allocations.

Click here to learn about the Michigan Green Communities Challenge.

The application process for formula grants is open, and cities can apply through June 25. Using Reference Number DE-FOA-0000013, download applications at, and submit applications at

A couple of details to keep in mind: (See guidance for specifics.)

  • Based on funding levels, formula grants will be released in stages.

  • Local governments will be required to submit a proposed Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy either with the application or within 120 days after the effective date of the award.  Note:  The Michigan Municipal League is currently working with the state’s Bureau of Energy Systems to prepare a prototype of a strategy. 

  • Entities are required to obligate/commit all funds within 18 months from the effective date of the award.  In the event funds are not obligated/committed within 18 months, DOE reserves the right to deobligate the funds and cancel the award.  

  • The Recovery Act gives preference to activities that can be started and completed expeditiously, including a goal of using at least 50 percent of the funds made available by it for activities that can be initiated not later than June 17, 2009. 

Direct grants will be given to entitlement communities through the Department of Energy.  Entitlement communities still need to follow the application guidelines.

Grants to non-entitlement communities will be available through the state’s Bureau of Energy Systems on a competitive basis.  Applications (RFPs) will be available through the state, AFTER the state has received approval from the Department of Energy. It is hoped that that approval will be given no later than May 31, 2009.  Non-entitlement communities will also need to submit an Energy Efficiency and Strategy.

Important information for EECBG non-entitlement communities
The state's Bureau of Energy Systems (Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth) has filed its application with DOE outlining its proposed EECBG competitive grant program for non-entitlement communities. 

Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office Performance Contract Training
Wednesday September 9, 2009 - Book Cadillac Hotel, Detroit

(July 22, 2009)

ICLEI & ENERGY STAR: Integrating Energy Efficiency
and Climate Planning at the Local Level

Tuesday, June 30 at 2 p.m.

Join ICLEI and the EPA for a free, joint webinar on using ENERGY STAR to save energy, lower costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in your community. Learn how to integrate ICLEI’s tools with ENERGY STAR resources and increase the results of your climate reduction efforts. Access ICLEI resources created specifically for ENERGY STAR, including information on environmental purchasing and greening local businesses. 
Click here
to register.

Recovery Act Announcement: Obama Administration Announces More Than $32 Million for Energy Projects in Michigan

Energy Tidbits by John Sarver (DeLEG) - June 2009

EPA Webinar:  Maximize Stimulus Funding with Performance Contracting and ENERGY STAR

EPA Webinar:  Make the Most of Your Energy Efficiency Stimulus Funding- Plan, Monitor, and Report Results with ENERGY STAR Tools

EPA Webinar:  Energy Star and Revolving Loan Funds

EPA's site for State and Local Governments

EPA's Tools and Best Practices Guide Supporting the Recovery Act

EECBG Guidance for Michigan Communities Seminar

Funding Allocations (PDF)

Program Guidance and Application Package (PDF)

General Information

State of Michigan website for EECBG

EECBG FAQs   (Prepared by ICLEI USA)

Rapid Deployment Energy Efficiency Toolkit (PDF)

DOE/NLC Webcast Regarding EECBG

Updated Information Regarding EECBG - April 8, 2009

ICLEI Announces New Services and Guidelines for Entitlement Communities

Important New Information re: EECBG - May 13, 2009

Sample EECBG strategies provided by DOE

DOE provides valuable resource information for EECBG Eligible Activities

FedConnect Q&A: Application Related

FedConnect Q&A: Revolving Loan Funds

FedConnect Q&A: Jobs Create

EECBG Training for Entitlement Communities
This program was offered on April 28, 2009 for all cities, townships and counties designated as Entitlement Communities under the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program with an application deadline of June 25, 2009. It was presented jointly by the League, the State of Michigan's Bureau of Energy Systems and the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office. 

Click here for presentation materials.

The Rapid Deployment Energy Efficiency (RDEE) Toolkit is being provided to help recipients of ARRA funding meet their objectives and challenges. The Toolkit provides information on 10 different programs across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors, drawn from the experience of hundreds of federal, state, local, private, and utility organizations.  In many cases, these programs have undergone years of scrutiny by diverse groups of stakeholders in both their design and implementation, and have been used to distribute hundreds of millions of dollars in training, support, marketing, administration, and customer incentives. And, in some cases, these programs present opportunities for leveraging field-tested, pre-existing infrastructure. The programs included in this Toolkit are:

1. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

2. ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

3. Residential Efficient Heating and Cooling

4. Residential Energy Audit and Direct Installation

5. Non-Residential On-Site Energy Manager

6. Non-Residential Prescriptive Rebates

7. Non-Residential Retro-commissioning

8. Non-Residential Benchmarking and Performance

9. Non-Residential Custom Incentives

10. Commercial Food Service Efficiency



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