The California Energy Commission (CEC) is reviewing proposals, submitted by California cities and counties, for funding requests focused on LED streetlight installations. The proposals, which are evaluated on a first come, first served basis, are for a second round of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) awards. The EECBG awards are funded by a grant from the US Department of Energy. Although funds have not been officially allocated, the state of California expects to award the grants in July 2012.
According to the CEC, unused funds from the first round of EECBG awards will be used for Phase II of the EECBG applications. Funds from Phase I must be used by July 2012. Any unused or unallocated portion will be re-granted for Phase II projects.
The CEC business unit is currently evaluating project proposals from five California cities. Each applicant has previous experience with LED streetlight installations.
The current applicants include: The city of Marysville – grant request: $447,790; the city of East Palo Alto – grant request: $247,231; the city of Riverbank – grant request: 539,614; the city of Sausalito – grant request: $126,019; and the city ofLemoore – grant request: $635,144.
The CEC expects to evaluate proposals from approximately nine additional cities in early April 2012. Final decisions and awards are dependant on the amount of funding available for Phase II.