The California Energy Commission (CEC) is reviewing proposals, submitted by seven California cities, 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 seven California cities. Most applicants have previous experience with LED streetlight installations.
The current applicants include: The city of Big Bear Lake – grant request: $66,555; the city of Shasta Lake – grant request: $475,000; the city of Alturas – grant request: $56,085; the city of Foster City – grant request: $747,939; the city of Del Mar – grant request: $25,000; the city of Menlo Park – grant request: $739,161; the city of Dixon – grant request: $606,075.
Final decisions and awards are dependent on the amount of funding available for Phase II.