In 2010, Cumberland County received Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) from the Federal Department of Energy.
The $600,400 received by Cumberland County has been allocated to pay for energy retrofits for county buildings, energy-related planning & education, and a new bus service that will serve the Lakes Region. The projects are expected to continue through 2012.
Breakdown of Funding
The funds include:
$468,000 - Facilities retrofits
$17,000 - Feasibility study for biomass cogeneration facility at the jail campus
$50,000 - Upgrade new Lakes Region bus service vehicles to hybrid
$46,000 - Fund a regional energy and climate plan
$14,000 - Fund Bike Coalition of Maine to recruit and train volunteer bike educators
$7,000 - Audit of County Buildings
$5,000 - Administration
The largest 10 counties in the state were supposed to get these funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but Maine and some other New England states were initially omitted. Cumberland County Grants/Special Projects noticed the omission and initiated a successful appeal.
As a result, the 10 largest counties in Maine received a total of over $3.5 million dollars in addition to the funds that were planned to be awarded to the state of Maine and the 10 largest municipalities!
The Cumberland County Climate and Energy Plan was approved by the commissioners in December 2012, and Sustain Southern Maine and GPCOG are planning to do a cost-benefit analysis of the recommendations in the plan in the first quarter of 2013.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Trice, Grants/Special Projects Coordinator, at 207-871-8380.
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