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 continute through 2012.
The funds include:
$468,000 Facilities Retrofits
$17,000 Feasibility study for biomass cogeneration facility at the jail
$50,000 Upgrade new Lakes Region bus service vehicles to hybrid
$46,000 Fund a Regional Energy & Climate Plan
$14,000 Fund Bike Coalition of Maine to recruit and train volunteer
$7,000 Audit of County Buildings
The largest ten counties in the state were supposed to get these funds as part of the American Recovery & 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 ten 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 ten largest municipalities!
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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.