State to issue EECBG awards for 2 Valley jurisdictions

The California Energy Commission is expected to approve about $2.62 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants at its May 5 meeting.

The list of approved jurisdictions includes Dinuba and Stanislaus County as well as Pismo Beach.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocations come through the U.S. Department of Energy and target energy efficiency retrofits such as lighting, air conditioning, electric motors and other items in mostly government owned buildings.

The 33 cities and three counties represented by the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Partnership are expected to have their grants approved May 12. Once grants are approved, work can begin. Each project begins with a "kick-off meeting" with the CEC project manager and grants officer to discuss the agreement's terms and conditions, permits, work schedule and reporting.

It unfolds from there with some cities contracting the work out and others doing it with staff. The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization will keep its partner jurisdictions updated throughout the process.

The SJVCEO is a nonprofit dedicated to improving our region's quality of life by increasing its production and use of clean energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley.
Photo: City Hall in Arvin is scheduled to receive EECBG retrofits.