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									                                                                     Staff Contact: Joe Lerch

Energy and Environment Index

     March 16- $5 million in grants available for renewable energy projects
     October 29- Webinar to focus on certain EECBG grants Nov. 4
     October 23- Applications now open for Federal Energy Efficiency Block Grants
     October 14- Applications available for state Energy Efficiency Block Grant Program
     September 28- Webinar- you submitted your EECBG application: what's next?
     September 24- DMME receives $16,145,300 in EECBG funds for distribution
     September 18- Comments sought on energy competitive grants
     September 18- Chesapeake redevelopment authority receives funds
     September 4- Additional clean water projects funded
     September 4- Virginia receives “Clean Cities” funding
     August 31- Resources available to localities applying for energy grants
     August 24- Energy Revolving Loan Funds Webcast August 26
     August 21- EPA guidance on measuring and reporting job estimates
     July 24- Energy assurance planning grants available to municipalities
     July 17- $22 Million for Community Renewable Energy Deployment
     July 14- Applications for Climate Showcase Communities Grants due July 22
     July 14- Funding available through EPA’s Indoor Environments Program
     July 14- Sen. Mark Warner hosts energy summit
     July 14- DOE Recovery Act Clearinghouse available to answer questions
     July 14- Virginia to get $7.5 million for ENERGY STAR appliance rebate program
     July 13- Virginia’s Weatherization Assistance Program gets $37.7 million
     July 6- Application deadline extended for EECBG grant applicants
     June 25- Feds set application deadline for Energy Training Partnership Grants
   June 16- New resources available for energy block grant participants
   June 16- Warner schedules energy stimulus funds summit July 10
   June 11- DMME guidance on preparing EECBG grant applications
   June 11- Environmental internship program grants available
   June 10- Webcast: Local Efficiency and Renewable Projects for ARRA Funds
   June 10- ENERGY STAR Benchmarking Webcasts
   June 10- Energy’s Technical Assistance Project to host web seminar
   June 4- Department of Interior announces several ARRA grants
   June 4- EECBG Toolkit available from International Code Council
   May 28- Energy block grant webcasts set for May 29 and June 11
   May 18- Phase I of the Rapid Deployment Energy Efficiency Toolkit released
   May 18- USDA announces rural community facility projects
   May 18- Model strategies added to Solution Center; DOE webcasts on EECBG
   May 13- Energy website revised; webcasts coming May 15 and May 20
   May 13- State Water Control Board approves final list of clean water projects
   April 29- 36 local water quality projects to receive federal stimulus funds
   April 24- Labor secretary promises more action on green jobs skills training
   April 24- Energy Department rolls out more funds for the Clean Cities Program
   April 24- National Park Service announces funding for 800 projects
   April 23- $300 Million for Alternative Fueled Vehicles Pilot Grant Program
   April 9- Treasury issues guidance on energy bonds
   April 9- Rapid Deployment Energy Efficiency (RDEE) toolkit
   April 9- Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant deadline approaching
   April 9- NLC Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant webcast April 14
   April 1- DEQ publishes priority list for stimulus-funded clean water projects
   March 26- Virginia will receive over $60 million for Energy Efficiency & Conservation
    Block Grants
   March 20- The deadline to apply for stimulus funds for drinking water is March 27th
   March 13- Funding coming for water, wastewater, and waste projects
   March 11- Department of Energy has dedicated a webpage for Energy Efficiency &
    Conservation Block Grants available through the recovery act
March 16- $5 million in grants available for renewable energy projects

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy announced late last week that $5 million
is available for the installation of solar and wind power systems at local government facilities,
schools (K-12) and community colleges. The Local Government and School Facility Renewable
Energy Utilization Program will provide up to 75% of funding - made available through the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) - to install solar thermal systems that heat
water or air, photovoltaic equipment (solar electric) and wind power systems.

Proposals will be ranked on a number of criteria such as leveraging of non-federal funds,
geographic diversity, potential for job creation and local unemployment rates. Projects with a
strong educational component are especially encouraged. The initiative is intended to create
immediate jobs in the renewable energy field, increase exposure and knowledge about solar and
wind power technologies among Virginia citizens and provide opportunities for skills training for
persons interested in pursuing careers in the renewable energy field.

Please note the quick turnaround time for submission; Applications are due no later than 7 am on
April 12.

The application, program rules and guidelines, and additional information are available online at
www.dmme.virginia.gov.

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October 29- Webinar to focus on certain EECBG grants Nov. 4

       Our Oct. 23 stimulus update mentioned a new competitive grant program open under the
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. This new program
includes the Retrofit Ramp-up Program and the General Innovation Fund. The total funding
available under this program is $454 million. Applications are due Dec. 14.

        The U.S. Department of Energy will hold a webinar on this competitive grant program on
Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 4-5 p.m., ET. You can register for this program at
https://eecbg.webex.com/mw0306l/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=eecbg&service=
6&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Feecbg.webex.com%2Fec0605l%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2Fev
entAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26confViewID%3D-
1%26siteurl%3Deecbg%26%26%26. (PLEASE NOTE: This may take you to a page that says
the event is over or not yet begun. If so, hit the “back” button in the middle of the screen to get
to the event registration page. Then, you can click the “register” link on the screen for the Nov.
4 event.)

       The first topic area, the “Retrofit Ramp-Up” program, will award up to $390 million for
innovative programs that are structure to provide whole-neighborhood building energy retrofits.
These will be projects that demonstrate a sustainable business model for providing cost-effective
energy upgrades for a large percentage of the residential, commercial, industrial and public
buildings in a specific community. Possible approaches could include innovative partnerships
between the public and private sector, utility retrofit and audit programs, alternative financing,
retail partnerships and others. DOE expects to make between eight and 20 awards under this
topic area, with award sizes ranging from $5-75 million.

        The second topic area, the “General Innovation Fund,” will award up to $64 million to
local governments and state-recognized Indian Tribes that were not eligible to receive
population-based formula grant allocations from DOE under the EECBG program. These funds
are intended to help expand local energy efficiency efforts and reduce energy use in the
commercial, residential, transportation, manufacturing, or industrial sectors. DOE expects to
make 15 to 60 awards, with award size ranging from $1-5 million.
        DOE is seeking applications that:

      Leverage the participation and support of multiple communities, regional planning
       agencies, and state energy offices;
      Integrate cost-effective renewables with efficiency;
      Move beyond the planning stage and ready for implementation;
      Clearly articulate and demonstrate the ability to achieve measurable stretch goals and that
       have the potential to make an impact at the regional or national level; and
      Maximize the creation or retention or jobs in the United States.

      For more information on the EECBG program, including the funding opportunity
announcement, visit http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/about/competitive_grants.html.

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October 23- Applications now open for Federal Energy Efficiency Block Grants

       Local governments have until Dec. 14 to submit applications for competitive grants under
the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The U.S. Department
of Energy expects to award $454 million in ARRA funds in two areas: 1) the Retrofit Ramp-up
Program, and 2) the General Innovation Fund.

       The Retrofit Ramp-up Program is designed for innovative programs that are structured to
provide whole-neighborhood building energy retrofits. Between eight and 20 awards are
expected under this topic area, with award size ranging from $5-75 million.

        The General Innovation Fund is for local governments and State-recognized Indian
Tribes that were not eligible to receive population-based formula grant allocations from the U.S.
DOE under the EECBG. The Department expects to make 15 to 60 awards under this topic area,
with award size ranging from $1-5 million.

        If your local government is interested in applying, DOE requests a voluntary letter of
intent to apply by Nov. 19.
        For more information, visit http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/about/competitive_grants.html.
For the complete Funding Opportunity Announcement, see
http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/Downloads/EECBGCompetitiveFOA148MON.pdf.

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October 14- Applications available for state Energy Efficiency Block Grant
Program

        The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) is now accepting applications
for $9.7 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds that were
allocated to the state for distribution to local governments who were not eligible for a direct
EECBG grant. The competitive awards will be used to fund programs that support energy
conservation activities such as:

      Development and implementation of an energy efficiency strategy.
      Energy audits of homes and commercial buildings.
      Energy efficiency retrofits of nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies.
      Transportation measures to conserve energy and increase energy efficiency.
      Financial incentive program for energy efficiency improvements.
      Development and implementation of building codes and inspection services for public,
       commercial, industrial, and residential buildings to promote energy efficiency.
      Application of energy distribution technologies such as district heating and cooling
       systems.
      Activities to increase participation in material conservation programs such as recycling.
      Application of technologies that capture methane from landfills;
      Installation of light emitting diodes (LED) in traffic signals and for indirect lighting of
       the outside of buildings.
      Use in any government building of onsite renewable energy such as solar thermal, solar
       electric, wind energy, or geothermal.

        DMME will award grants through a management team created by the Virginia
Association of Planning District Commissions (VAPDC) and the state’s 21 Planning District
Commissions (PDC). Applications are due November 6, and will only be accepted
electronically. For additional information and guidance, please click here.

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September 28- Webinar- you submitted your EECBG application: what's next?

       The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host a post-application submittal webinar for
formula grant applicants of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). The
webinar will outline current steps in the grant application process and preview the next steps
including ongoing application review, registration in the U.S. Treasury Automated Standard
Application for Payment (ASAP), communications with DOE, training on reporting and access
to funds, technical assistance, and commencing project work.
      The webinar is offered on three different days for your scheduling convenience:
September 30, October 1, and October 2 from 4:00-5:00 PM.

   Please use the following links to reserve your webinar seat as space is limited:
      Wednesday, Sept. 30: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/235778696
      Thursday, Oct. 1: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/657548337
      Friday, Oct. 2: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/119584376

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the
webinar.
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September 24- DMME receives $16,145,300 in EECBG funds for distribution

        U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that Virginia has
received $16,145,300 in state-level Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)
funds. The funds will be administered by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and
Energy (DMME), to improve energy efficiency and promote the use of renewable energy across
the state’s public and private sectors by putting in place self-sustaining energy efficiency
programs and financing renewable energy systems for public facilities. DMME will pass along
60 percent of the funds to local governments that were not eligible for direct EECBG grants. The
funds will be awarded competitively, with a priority on buildings programs and localities that
join together into multi-jurisdictional alliances. DMME will also make funds available for the
installation of renewable energy systems on local government and public buildings. More
information will be provided as it becomes available.
                 Loudoun County and Stafford County received direct EECBG grants to help
improve energy efficiency, reduce energy use and create green jobs locally. Loudoun was
allocated $2,215,600 and has obligated $250,000; Stafford was allocated, and has obligated
$434,300.
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September 18- Comments sought on energy competitive grants

        The Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program competitive grants
(Funding Opportunity Number DE-FOA-0000148; CFDA Number 81.128 – Energy Efficiency
& Conservation Block Grant Program). The deadline for comments is Sept. 28, 2009. Only
electronically-transmitted comments will be accepted. No applications for grant funding will be
accepted at this time.
        The Department seeks feedback from stakeholders (including local governments) on a
planned competitive funding opportunity using ARRA funds. The ARRA appropriated $3.2
billion for the EECBG program, with $400 million to be awarded on a competitive basis to
entities that are eligible to receive formula-based funds. In addition, the Energy Independence
and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) stipulates that two percent of total program funding is reserved
for competitive awards to units of local government that are ineligible to receive formula-based
funds, and consortia of these ineligible entities.
        The Department anticipates that a total of $453.72 million will be available for
competitive grants awarded through a single funding opportunities consisting of two topic areas:
1) the Retrofit Ramp-Up Program; and 2) the General Innovation Fund for Ineligible Entities.
The entities eligible for up to $390.04 million available under topic one are the same entitles
eligible for the formula EECBG program (including certain cities and counties). The eligible
entities for the $63.68 million available under topic two are units of local governments and
Indian Tribes not eligible for direct formula grants.
        The Department seeks feedback on the proposed topic areas and evaluation criteria for
the competitive awards for eligible entities, and for those that are not eligible for direct formula
grants. More information about the program may be found at
https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/PublicPages/PublicSearch/Public_Opportunities.aspx.
Scroll through the grants to get to the EECBG program information, issued Sept. 14.
        Comments about the program may be submitted through email to:
EECBG.Competitive.RFIcomments@emcbc.doe.gov no later than 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on
Sept. 28, 2009. Comments must be contained in a Microsoft Word (.doc) attachment to the
email, no more than three pages in length, 12 point font, 1-inch margins. The Department will
not post a compendium of responses or respond to individual submissions.

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September 18- Chesapeake redevelopment authority receives funds

        The Chesapeake Housing and Redevelopment Authority was one of 36 public housing
entities nationwide to receive a total of $300 million in ARRA funds for green public housing
transformation programs. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Raymond Donovan
announced the awards today. More announcements about these competitive grants will be made
in the coming weeks.
        Chesapeake HRA will receive $3.34 million for work to increase the energy efficiency of
a public housing community either through substantial rehabilitation or new construction.
Examples of eligible projects include increased energy efficiency through use of Energy Star
appliances; connection of neighborhoods to green spaces; and water conservation through water-
saving appliances, fixtures, or efficient irrigation

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September 4- Additional clean water projects funded

        A total of $13.9 million in ARRA funds will be used to pay for additional improvements
to wastewater treatment plans and collection systems in Virginia. The $13.9 million were funds
left over after projects approved by the State Water Control Board in April came in under-
budget.

       The localities and projects receiving funding include:
       City of Lexington, Sewer Line Rehabilitation
       City of Norton, Guest River Interceptor Replacement Phase 2
       Town of Pulaski, Peak Creek Sewer Rehabilitation
       Town of Richlands, Birmingham Area Sewer System Installation

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September 4- Virginia receives “Clean Cities” funding

       The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy will receive $8.6 million in
ARRA funds from the U.S. Department of Energy for its “Paving the Way with Propane: the
AutoGas Corridor Development Program.” The project is aimed at building the infrastructure to
encourage public and private vehicles from conventional gasoline to clean propane.
       The initiative includes 17 new propane fueling stations along high traffic roadways from
Washington, D.C., to Florida and Mississippi to create the country’s first propane corridor. The
Department of Energy estimates that the initiative will help displace 3.9 million gallons of
petroleum annually.
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August 31- Resources available to localities applying for energy grants

    Public Technology Institute (PTI), a national, non-profit technology research organization,
along with the U.S. Department of Energy, has published Local Government Energy Assurance
Guidelines to serve as a resource for localities interested in submitting proposals for funding as
part of the Local Energy Assurance Planning (LEAP) initiative. The guidelines are designed to
help local officials address energy assurance and security concerns for mission-critical
government facilities. A PDF of this guide is available at no charge at
http://www.pti.org/index.php/ptiee1/more/410/.

    The goal of the LEAP initiative is to facilitate recovery from disruptions to the energy supply
and enhance reliability and quicker repair of outages. This initiative will create jobs at the local
level and allow localities to have well-developed, standardized energy assurance and resiliency
plans that they can rely on during energy emergencies and supply disruptions. There will be 50
awards ranging from $60,000 to $300,000.

   PTI conducts a variety of energy assurance educational and outreach programs tailored
specifically for local officials through the support of the Department of Energy’s Office of
Energy Reliability. PTI is available to provide support, free of charge, to localities as they
prepare their proposals. Please contact Ronda Mosley at rmosley@pti.org for more information.

   As a reminder, Oct. 8, 2009, is the application deadline. More information can be found at
“Local Energy Assurance Planning” or through www.fedconnect.net; funding number DE-
FOA-0000098.
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August 24- Energy Revolving Loan Funds Webcast August 26

        The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Project (TAP) for state and
local officials is offering a webcast titled "Revolving Loan Funds: Basics and Best Practices" on
Wednesday, August 26, from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. The webcast will discuss how to use funding
from the 2009 Recovery Act to establish a revolving loan program to support energy efficiency
and renewable energy projects.

The presenters will include:

      Samuel Booth, senior project leader at the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
       will discuss best practices in revolving loan funds.
      Theresa Sifuentes, Texas State Energy Conservation Office, manages the largest state
       revolving loan fund in the country: Texas LoanSTAR.
      Kathi Montgomery, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, manages the state's
       Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program.

        The webcast is free, but you must register in advance to obtain a URL for the
presentation and call-in phone number. To register online and obtain background material, click
here. If you are unable to attend the webcast, all TAP webcasts are archived online.

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August 21- EPA guidance on measuring and reporting job estimates
        The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued supplemental guidance on
measuring and reporting job estimates under ARRA. The guidance includes a question and
answer section as well as EPA contact information for recipients seeking EPA concurrence on
the use of a statistical estimate and a proposed methodology. All requests must be submitted to
the EPA by September 10, 2009.

       Click here for more information on the supplemental guidance.

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July 24- Energy assurance planning grants available to municipalities

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that $10.5 million in ARRA funding
is available to cities and towns for the Local Energy Assurance Planning Initiative (LEAP).
LEAP focuses on developing new, or refining existing, plans to integrate new energy portfolios
and new applications, such as Smart Grid technology, into energy assurance and emergency
preparedness plans. The objectives of LEAP are to strengthen and expand local government
energy assurance planning and resiliency, reduce the impacts from energy supply disruptions and
create jobs.
    To achieve the goals of LEAP, applicants are encouraged to consider various activities,
including the following examples, when proposing projects:

      Creating in-house expertise at the local level on energy assurance planning and
       resiliency, focusing on Smart Grid applications and vulnerabilities, critical infrastructure
       interdependencies, cyber security, energy supply systems, energy data analysis, and
       communications;
      Revising appropriate policies, procedures and practices to reflect the Energy Assurance
       Plans;
      Training appropriate personnel on energy infrastructure and supply systems and the
       content and execution of energy assurance plans;

      Evaluating financing options to meet energy assurance needs; and
      Sharing lesson-learned and best practices among other local governments across the
       country.
   There will be 50 awards ranging from $60,000 to $300,000, based on population. Funds
cannot be used to supplant funds under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
Program, or the Annual State Energy Program.

   The application deadline is Oct. 8, 2009 and more information can be found at “Local
Energy Assurance Planning” or through www.fedconnect.net; funding number DE-FOA-
0000098.
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July 17- $22 Million for Community Renewable Energy Deployment

         U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced plans to provide up to $22 million
from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the planning and installation of
utility-scale community renewable energy projects in up to four communities nationwide.

        The projects will demonstrate how multiple renewable energy technologies, including
solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal systems, can be deployed at scale to supply clean energy to
communities. Projects should address the technical, economic, and policy barriers to
implementing a combination of renewable energy technologies into one integrated solution for a
community to reduce its carbon footprint.

    Successful applicants must submit a comprehensive project plan that describes how the
project will be planned and implemented. The comprehensive project plan should specify:
   1. The renewable energy implementation plan.
   2. The project implementation partners.
   3. A preliminary economic assessment for the proposed project and description of the plan
      to obtain necessary financing.
   4. The measurement, verification and reporting plan.
    Completed applications are due September 3, 2009 and awardees will be selected by the end
of November 2009. For more information, please visit www.grants.gov; funding opportunity
number DE-FOA-0000122.

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July 14- Applications for Climate Showcase Communities Grants due July 22

       A total of $10 million is available from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)
Climate Showcase Communities Program. EPA anticipates awarding up to 5 cooperative
agreements of up to $100,000 and 19 -25 cooperative agreements ranging from $300,000 to
$500,000. A match or cost-share is required for this program.

    This program will assist local and tribal governments in developing plans, conducting
demonstrations, and implementing projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while
achieving additional environmental, economic, public health or community benefits. Proposed
activities must achieve reductions in GHG emissions by addressing one or more of the following
priority areas:
      energy performance in municipal operations (including municipal energy, water, and
       wastewater utilities)
      energy performance in residential, commercial, agricultural, aqua-cultural, and/or
       industrial buildings
      land use, transportation, or community master planning
      reduction of vehicle miles traveled
      solid waste management
      agricultural, aqua-cultural, and natural resource management
      use or supply of green power products, on-site renewables, and other clean energy supply
       options
      heat island management
      removal of barriers for greenhouse gas management, through the development of
       effective programs, policies, or outreach
      other innovative activities which generate measurable reductions of greenhouse gases

For additional application information, please click here.

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July 14- Funding available through EPA’s Indoor Environments Program

        The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that 25-35 cooperative
agreements ranging between $25,000 and $300,000 per year will be awarded for demonstration,
training, outreach and/or education that will have a national impact to reduce exposure to indoor
air contaminants and yield measurable environmental outcomes. The goal of EPA’s Indoor
Environments Program is to reduce the environmental health risks posed by contaminants in
indoor environments.

        All proposals must yield results that can be tracked, evaluated and reported on and clearly
articulate a plan to produce results that have national-scale implications or benefits. Applicants
must address one or more of the following EPA indoor air quality program priority areas:

       1. Radon
       2. Indoor asthma triggers
       3. Indoor air quality management programs in schools

       EPA anticipates the 2009 Indoor Environments competition to be highly competitive. In
the 2005 Indoor Environments competition, 189 proposals were received and only 34 projects
were funded.

Applications are due September 14, 2009, click here for further information.

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July 14- Sen. Mark Warner hosts energy summit

On July 10, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner hosted the Virginia summit on energy opportunities at
Hampton University. The summit featured speakers from the U.S. Department of Energy, state
agencies and private sector experts on the following three panels:
   1. Accessing stimulus funding for low income households and weatherization
   2. Stimulus funds for state and local governments
   3. Funding for innovative projects, such as smart grid and technology updates

If you were unable to attend the summit, a video of the event as well as copies of handouts are
expected to be available at http://warner.senate.gov/energy.

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July 14- DOE Recovery Act Clearinghouse available to answer questions

        The Department of Energy’s (DOE) has set up the Recovery Act Clearinghouse to help
increase the availability of information about DOE’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
of 2009 (ARRA) activities. The Clearinghouse will provide initial consultations, and also make
referrals when appropriate to other information sources (websites, documents, DOE staff, etc).

     You can call the Clearinghouse toll-free at: 1-888-DOE-RCVY (1-888-363-7289)
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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July 14- Virginia to get $7.5 million for ENERGY STAR appliance rebate program
       Virginia will receive $7,454,197 out of $300 million in available ARRA funds for state-
run rebate programs for consumer purchases of new ENERGY STAR qualified home appliances.
ENERGY STAR qualified appliance categories eligible for rebates include: central air
conditioners, heat pumps (air source and geothermal), boilers, furnaces (oil and gas), room air
conditioners, clothes washers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, and water heaters.

        Under the grant, each state submits a plan to specify which ENERGY STAR appliance
categories will be included in its rebate program, the rebate level for each product type, how the
rebates will be processed, and its plan for recycling old appliances.

        States are required to file an initial application expressing their intent to participate by
August 15, 2009, followed by a full application by October 15, 2009. States will receive 10% of
the funds after submitting the initial application with the balance awarded after their program
plans are approved. DOE anticipates that substantially all funding will be awarded by November
30, 2009. States have up to February 2012 to expend all of the funds and will be responsible for
covering 50% of the administrative costs.

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July 13- Virginia’s Weatherization Assistance Program gets $37.7 million

      The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) which administers
the Weatherization Assistance Program in all of Virginia's localities, will receive a total of
$37,653,710 in federal Recovery Act funds to weatherize 8,600 homes over the next three years.

        In selecting local weatherization agencies, the state gives preference to any community
action agency or other public or nonprofit organization which has experience successfully
administering the program. Local agencies will prioritize service to elderly and handicapped
residents, families with children, high energy consuming households, and homes with an energy
related crisis. Within those priorities local agencies are responsible for scheduling eligible clients
to receive energy audits and weatherization services.

       After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the state will receive an
additional $47.1 million, for a total of more than $94 million.

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July 6- Application deadline extended for EECBG grant applicants

        The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has extended the application deadline for the
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program until August 10, 2009 at
8:00pm Eastern Time. Applicants are still encouraged to apply as early as possible and it is
anticipated that DOE will issue further guidance within the next week.
The extension will not delay the processing of those applications submitted by the initial
deadline. In addition to submitting applications through FedConnect, applications may now
submit applications via email to eecbg@netl.doe.gov.

       For additional information, please visit http://www.eecbg.energy.gov.

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June 25- Feds set application deadline for Energy Training Partnership Grants

        The Employment and Training Administration set September 4 as the closing date for
energy training partnership grants. Eligible applicants include private nonprofit organizations
that must apply under one of two categories: 1) National labor-management organizations with
local networks; or 2) Statewide or local nonprofit partnerships.
        The federal stimulus package makes $100 million available in grant funds for 20-30
projects ranging from approximately $2 to $5 million each. Projects will provide training and
placement services in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries for workers
impacted by national energy and environmental policy, individuals in need of updated training
related to the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, and unemployed workers.
Proposed projects must be developed and implemented through strategic partnerships. The funds
are intended to provide training for workers, preparing them to enter the energy efficiency and
renewable energy industries, as well as green occupations within other industries. Individuals
eligible for training include workers impacted by national energy and environmental policy,
individuals in need of updated training related to the energy efficiency and renewable energy
industries, and unemployed workers. A portion of the funds will be reserved for projects serving
communities impacted by automotive-related restructuring.

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June 16- New resources available for energy block grant participants

      The U.S. Department of Energy has new resources for eligible grant recipients under the
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. They are:

EECBG Estimated Benefits Calculator: The Calculator was created to assist applicants in
developing estimates of jobs created, energy saved, GHG emissions reduced, and renewable
energy capacity installed for the Project Activity Sheets (B-1 Attachment of the Funding
Opportunity Announcement) required with the application. See below for a dedicated webinar
on how to use the Calculator.

Example Project Activity Sheets: Many applicants have asked for models of filled-out Project
Activity Sheets. DOE has posted five of them in addition to the example Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Strategies.

        These resources are on our new "Application Resources" page of the Solution Center.
http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/solutioncenter/applicationresources/default.html
        DOE webinar series continues with three upcoming sessions starting on Wednesday.
Registration is available here:
https://eecbg.webex.com/mw0306l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=eecbg

       Grant Application Process (Wednesday 6/17 and 6/24, 3-4 pm ET)
       EECBG Expected Benefits Calculator Overview (Thursday 6/18, 3-4 pm ET)

        DOE has also posted a searchable database of all the questions and answers from
FedConnect. This can be accessed by clicking on the "Frequently Asked Questions"
feature button in the lower right corner of the EECBG Program homepage at
http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/.

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June 16- Warner schedules energy stimulus funds summit July 10

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner will be the host of a summit open to local government representatives
July 10 that will focus on how to access federal energy-related stimulus funds.
        Speakers from the U.S. Department of Energy, state agencies and private sector experts
will explain how to maximize opportunities available through the American Recovery &
Reinvestment Act for: programs related to weatherization and low-income families; local
government initiatives; and innovations such as smart grid technology and renewable energy
projects.
        In addition to local governments, stakeholders representing organizations that work with
low-income families, as well as segments of the private sector, have been invited to attend.
        The summit will be held July 10 at Hampton University in Hampton. Details regarding
the exact location on campus and the starting time will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please
mark the date on your calendar.
        If you plan to attend, RSVP via e-mail to the senator’s office by July 2. The address is
rsvp@warner.senate.gov.

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June 11- DMME guidance on preparing EECBG grant applications

        Direct grant recipients for EECBG funds under ARRA have to provide the following
information in their applications: Describe how your government will coordinate and share
information with the state in which you are located regarding activities carried out with grant
funds to maximize energy efficiency and conservation benefits.
        Al Christopher, energy division director with the Virginia Department of Mines Minerals
and Energy (DMME), gives the following guidance in filling out this portion of the application:
All large localities with direct EECBG allocations have to answer this question and it would be a
good idea for smaller localities that do not qualify for direct funding also to coordinate with the
state and their neighbors to ensure maximum benefits from ARRA-funded investments in energy
programs and projects.
       Here are some of the things the state and localities are doing to coordinate this effort,
which should help you and others answer the question:

      The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is making presentations and
       engaging local officials whenever possible. They try to use existing meetings of
       organizations that represent or include localities so that there is opportunity for two-way
       communication such as panel discussions or question and answer periods. They always
       leave behind electronic copies of presentations on Virginia energy programs for
       distribution by email or posting to websites. These meetings started in February and have
       occurred throughout Virginia, including Charlottesville, Danville, Henrico, Leesburg,
       Norfolk, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Wytheville and Washington.
      The Virginia Municipal League and Virginia Association of Counties have
       helped DMME reach even more localities by posting these presentations and links to the
       DMME website on their websites, which also include numerous other resources that
       support local efforts to obtain and use ARRA funds.
      http://www.stimulus.virginia.gov/ is the primary portal for information on ARRA-funded
       programs in The Commonwealth. There, you can find news about programs at all
       agencies and links to agency and other websites for more details on specific programs.
      The DMME website has a page on Recovery Act programs:
       http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DE/arra1.shtml, which includes a summary and a link to
       download the entire State Energy Program ARRA application that was submitted to the
       U.S. Department of Energy on May 12. Virginia will submit its EECBG application no
       later than June 25 and also post it on the website. Meanwhile, the SEP application or one-
       page summary provide an outline of the energy conservation programs that will be
       offered later this summer, following federal approval, on a statewide basis.
      DMME participates on utility advisory groups, an energy advisory committee created by
       VACo and numerous other organizations that facilitate coordination of energy efficiency
       and conservation initiatives with localities, utilities, businesses and other important
       stakeholders.
      DMME is engaging state and regional organizations with program support and
       communication channels with localities to improve efficiency of outreach, coordination
       and program delivery. These include the Virginia Department of Housing and
       Community Development, which administers the Community Development Block Grant
       program, and the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions, which have
       supported or directed numerous statewide and regional programs.
      All of the above and other forms of outreach generate numerous daily one-to-one phone
       and email communications about ARRA energy conservation programs between DMME
       staff and local officials.
      These efforts will continue through June as the EECBG application is
       developed, intensify when SEP and EECBG programs are approved at the federal level
       and implementation begins, probably around August, and continue during the three-year
       life of the ARRA programs.

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June 11- Environmental internship program grants available
        State, city, county and town governments, as well as special districts, school districts,
higher education institutions and nonprofit groups are eligible to submit proposals to
cooperatively administer a program for identifying and recruiting individuals or groups for
assignments at various U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) stations. The USFWS has
offices located throughout the U.S. The goal is to establish one or more five-year cooperative
agreements under which USFWS staff will issue supplemental agreements to the selected
recipients for managing the recruitment, screening, transportation, and payroll services for
suitable and qualified individuals or groups at the participating USFWS stations.
        Each selected individual or group is given the opportunity to serve a seasonal on-site
assignment, usually scheduled between June 1 and Sept. 30. The assignments would be located
at a variety of field stations, including wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries, and ecological services
offices. During the assignments, individuals or groups will be introduced to natural resources
careers through “hands-on” work with, and training by, natural resource professionals employed
by the USFWS. Participants will be introduced to various real-world conservation and
rehabilitation activities such as invasive species management, habitat restoration, wildlife
management, and public education and interpretation, mixed with informal and formal training
sessions directed by USFWS. The goal is to help develop a new generation of enthused and
effective conservationists and ecologists.
        The total amount of program funding is $5 million; the award ceiling is $500,000. The
application deadline is September 30, 2010; for more information, please click here.

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June 10- Webcast: Local Efficiency and Renewable Projects for ARRA Funds

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Local Climate and Energy Program will host
a 120 minute webcast on Thursday, June 11, at 2 pm (Eastern). This webcast will provide an
overview of EPA energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and Department of Energy
ARRA funding opportunities. It will also feature two communities showcasing their experience
with integrating energy efficient practices into their municipal operations and their efforts to
include renewable energy technologies on publicly owned property.

   Background information for the webcast is available at:

      Draft Clean Energy Strategies Guide: On-site Renewable Energy Generation (PDF)
      Draft Clean Energy Strategies Guide: Energy Efficiency for Municipal Operations (PDF)
       (coming June 8)
      EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Recovery Resources
      EPA Green Power Partnership
      Energy Star for Government
      DOE Energy and Conservation Block Grants
      DOE Solar America Cities

    To register for the webcast, send an e-mail to: CleanEnergyWebcast@icfi.com. Priority
registration will be given to local and regional government staff and officials. For more
information, please click here.
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June 10- ENERGY STAR Benchmarking Webcasts

        The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program is hosting a
series of webcasts that explain how government officials can leverage EPA’s Portfolio Manager
tool to assess the energy use of buildings and identify best improvement opportunities.
        The webcasts are scheduled for 1:00 PM (Eastern) on June 9, July 14, and August 11.
Please register for these webcasts at https://energystar.webex.com

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June 10- Energy’s Technical Assistance Project to host web seminar

        The Department of Energy’s Technical Assistance Project (TAP) is geared towards state
and local officials and sponsors web seminars that explore state policies and analysis tools that
help advance their renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.
        The next seminar, "How to Use Clean Renewable Energy Bonds for Financing
Renewable Energy Projects on Public Lands," is Wednesday, June 24, 2009, from 3: 00–4:15
PM (Eastern).
        The presenter will be Claire Kreycik, an energy and financial markets analyst at the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. Kreycik focuses primarily
on renewable energy project finance and policy tools that can drive capital for renewables. She
also studies renewable energy certificate (REC) markets for voluntary green power markets and
renewables portfolio standards.
        To register, please visit http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/wip/tap_webcasts.cfm.

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June 4- Department of Interior announces several ARRA grants

  The Department of Interior has announced the following grants that are available through
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds:

   Coastal Program Grant

       A total of $5 million is available for habitat restoration through the Coastal Program. The
       funds are available for projects that address high priority wetland, upland, or riparian
       habitats in selected geographic areas. Projects must provide direct benefits to Federal
       Trust species (i.e., migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, inter-
       jurisdictional fish, certain marine mammals, and species of international concern.

       The application deadline is September 30, 2009. For more information on applying,
       visit www.grants.gov; the funding opportunity number is ARRA-COASTAL-2009.
   National Fish Habitat Action Plan Program
        A total of $2 million is available for habitat restoration through the National Fish Habitat
        Action Plan Program. The funds are available for habitat restoration projects that address
        high priority aquatic habitats. Projects must provide direct benefits to Federal Trust
        species (i.e., migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, inter-jurisdictional fish,
        certain marine mammals, and species of international concern).

        The application deadline is September 30, 2009. For more information on applying,
        visit www.grants.gov; the funding opportunity number is RECOVERYACT-
        NATIONALFISHHABITATPLAN.
   Fish Passage Program

        A total of $2.8 million is available for habitat restoration through the National Fish
        Passage Program to restore, enhance, and manage fish and wildlife habitats. The funds
        are available for projects that address high priority aquatic habitats. Projects must provide
        direct benefits to Federal Trust species (i.e., migratory birds, threatened and endangered
        species, inter-jurisdictional fish, certain marine mammals, and species of international
        concern).

       The application deadline is September 30, 2009. For more information on applying,
       visit www.grants.gov; the funding opportunity number is RECOVERYACT-
       FISHPASSAGE-2009.
   Earthquake Hazards Program, Seismic Upgrades

        Under the authority of the Earthquake Hazards Program, $ 5 million is available to
        replace equipment and upgrade earthquake monitoring systems. These upgrades will
        further the development of the Advanced National Seismic System. Systems to be
        upgraded will include existing urban, regional and national seismic networks. Eligible
        recipients must contribute to the upgrades to existing seismic network operations as part
        of the development of the Advanced National Seismic System.

        The application deadline is July 1, 2009. For more information on applying, visit
        www.grants.gov; the funding opportunity number is 09HQPA0021.

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June 4- EECBG Toolkit available from International Code Council
   The International Code Council (ICC) has developed a Stimulus Toolkit that focuses on the
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). The Toolkit contains
numerous resources including:

       EECBG questions and answers
       Links to websites and other available resources
       Audio recordings of stimulus teleconferences
       PowerPoint presentations on EECBG
      Resources available from the Department of Energy

   Check out the Toolkit for information on energy related funds available under the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
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May 28- Energy block grant webcasts set for May 29 and June 11

    The U.S. Department of Energy has scheduled a third webcast in its series on the Energy
Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The webcast will focus on
planning and strategy development for local governments. Tune in on either Friday, May 29,
from 1:30-3:00 pm or on Thursday, June 11, from 1:30-3:00 pm. For information and free
registration, please visit: http://www.eecbg.energy.gov

   The first two webcasts were on the following topics:

   1. EECBG Planning and Strategy Development for Local Governments - Presentation on
      eligible activities planning for Local and State Governments. First broadcast on May 15,
      2009
   2. EECBG Grant Processing - Presentation on grant application process for all EECBG
      recipients. First broadcast on May 20, 2009.

If you missed either of these webcasts, slides are available online at:
http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/solutioncenter/webcasts/default.html
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May 18- Phase I of the Rapid Deployment Energy Efficiency Toolkit released

        The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Phase I of the RDEE
Toolkit that highlights energy efficiency program funding opportunities through the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Phase I is the second of three parts, the Program
Planning Guide, which was released in early April provides information to ARRA funding
recipients on the early stage of planning for 10 programs highlighted in the Toolkit.
       Phase I includes:
      Program/Portfolio Benchmarking
      Overview of Strategies for Customer Targeting and Marketing
      Training Needs and Resources Overview

   Phase II is expected to be available in June of 2009 and will include the following:
    Marketing Strategies and Tactics for Each RDEE Program
    Examples of and Links to Specific Trainings
    Templates of and Links to RFPs and Proposal Evaluation Matrices
    Detailed Program Timelines
      Measurement and Verification Details

    For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/solar/energy-
resources/ee_toolkit.html.
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May 18- USDA announces rural community facility projects

       Earlier today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the list of rural
community facility projects that will receive stimulus funds. Projects to be funded in Virginia
include the following:

       Town of Big Stone Gap               $48,000
       Town of Coeburn                     $50,000
       Town of Damascus                    $37,500
       Town of Glade Spring                $30,000
       City of Galax                       $28,875
       Town of Lebanon                     $50,000
       Town of Marion                      $42,955
       Town of Marion                      $30,290
       City of Norton                      $46,000
       Clinch River Health Services        $50,000
       Lonesome Pine Arts & Crafts         $25,000
       Mountain Empire Older Citizens Inc. $47,250
       Norton Rescue Squad, Inc.           $36,000
       Town of Pulaski                     $27,500
       Senior Services Center, Inc.        $25,000
       South Boston-Halifax Museum         $13,200
       Southwestern VA Second Harvest $25,000

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May 18- Model strategies added to Solution Center; DOE webcasts on EECBG

        The Department of Energy’s Solution Center has been updated with model strategies for
each of the eligible activities that cities and counties can participate in under the EECGB
program: http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/solutioncenter/eligibleactivities/activity_1.html
        DOE experienced technical difficulties due to the large number of registrants for the May
15 webcast on EECBG planning and strategy development for local governments. If you
registered and were unable to join the meeting, the slides should be emailed to everyone who
registered for the webcast and also posted on the Solution Center website.
The second webcast is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 from 3:00-4:30 pm and will focus on
the EECBG application process. For information and free registration, please visit:
http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/solutioncenter/webcasts/default.html.

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May 13- Energy website revised; webcasts coming May 15 and May 20

        The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has expanded its Energy Efficiency &
Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) website to include an online Solution Center. The Solution
Center catalogues energy efficiency and renewable energy activities that are eligible under the
program. Each activity includes a definition, best practices and samples of completed projects
for use as a reference.
        As part of the online Solution Center, DOE has scheduled a series of EECBG webcasts to
provide additional information on applying for the program.
    The first webcast is Friday, May 15 from 1:30-3:00 pm and will detail EECBG planning and
strategy development for local governments. The agenda includes:

      EECBG program overview and DOE's objectives for successful implementation
      Solutions Center online tour featuring its resources
      Discussion of sample strategies
      Brief presentation by 1-2 local governments to share their preliminary plans and
       strategies
      Open Q&A

    The second webcast is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 from 3:00-4:30 pm and will focus
on the EECBG application process. For information and free registration, please visit:
http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/solutioncenter/webcasts/default.html.

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May 13- State Water Control Board approves final list of clean water projects

        The State Water Control Board has approved the final list of localities that will receive
federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Virginia
Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund for improving wastewater treatment plants and collection
systems. A total of $76.9 million in grants is available from the federal government for these
projects, going to 27 localities. The Department of Environmental Quality evaluated 294
requests, worth more than $1.3 billion, before submitting a recommendation to the water board.
Specific criteria were used in DEQ's analysis, including anticipated environmental benefits,
financial hardship and ability to begin the projects in the near future. A locality's unemployment
rate also was a consideration.

The following is a list of localities and allocated funding:

                  Location                                       Funding
                  City of Lynchburg                                 $24,960,000
                  City of Richmond                                     $979,000
                  City of Richmond                                   $1,678,000
                  City of Richmond                                   $3,551,000
                  Alleghany County                                  $10,000,000
                 Location                                        Funding
                 Town of Cape Charles                                $4,463,973
                 Town of Big Stone Gap                               $1,836,909
                 Town of New Market                                  $4,265,116
                 Town of Clintwood                                     $803,985
                 Town of Stanley                                       $100,000
                 Town of Orange                                      $2,117,500
                 Town of Hillsville                                    $552,900
                 Wise County                                         $1,037,000
                 Tazewell County Public Service
                                                                      $2,000,000
                 Authority
                 Smyth County                                           $861,428
                 Wythe County                                         $1,449,340
                 Smyth County                                             $9,300
                 Town of Fries                                          $309,200
                 Henry County                                           $705,000
                 Loudoun Water                                          $580,000
                 Loudoun Water                                        $1,196,330
                 New Kent County                                      $6,752,136
                 City of Bedford                                        $165,330
                 Fairfax County                                       $3,803,000
                 Westmoreland County                                    $890,000
                 City of Hopewell                                       $600,000
                 City of Lynchburg                                      $400,000
                 Town of Abingdon                                       $378,900
                 Town of Warrenton                                      $400,000
                 Augusta County Service Authority                       $364,964
                 Town of Culpeper                                       $260,000
                 City of Covington                                      $250,000
                 Total funding                                       $77,720,311


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April 29- 36 local water quality projects to receive federal stimulus funds

        After reviewing and ranking 294 requests to fund more than $1.3 billion in water quality
improvement projects, the Department of Environmental Quality received final approval from
the State Water Control Board yesterday to fund 32 projects in 27 localities (see FY 2009
Supplemental Stimulus Loan Authorizations for final list). The projects will help reduce nutrient
pollution that wastewater plants discharge into Virginia waters. Other benefits of the projects
include elimination of combined and sanitary sewer overflows and collection of wastewater in
areas where septic systems are failing. Included in the awards are 13 “green infrastructure”
projects costing $16 million that will make other environmental improvements, such as water
reuse and alternative energy initiatives.
        For those smaller jurisdictions still seeking funding for wastewater treatment projects, the
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development division will be releasing funding for more
than $400 million (nationwide) in pending applications for Water and Waste grants as part of the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Qualifying projects are for drinking water,
sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns with
populations of 10,000 or less. Virginia will be allocated a specific dollar amount for this
program with amount yet to be determined.
        For more information on qualifying projects and how to apply contact the USDA
Virginia Water and Environmental Programs Director Carrie Schmidt at 804/287-1600 or
carrie.schmidt@va.usda.gov.
        The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also announced this week the recipients of
more than $615.8 million in water and environmental projects that are being funded immediately
with federal funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The projects
will help provide safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment systems for rural towns
and communities in 34 states.
        In Virginia, the City of Norton will receive almost $3.2 million, and the Town of Rural
Retreat will receive $734,000. Also, Wythe County will receive $1.065 million, and the Carroll
County PSA will receive $6.3 million. This safe drinking water and wastewater treatment
program is separate from the program managed by USDA’s Virginia Office.
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April 24- Labor secretary promises more action on green jobs skills training

        In a statement made earlier this week before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health,
Education, Labor and Pensions, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said that the promise of green
jobs is not only to help re-start the economy, but also to help make the country more energy
independent. The Department of Labor is developing plans for use of the $500 million provided
in the Recovery Act for research, labor exchange and job training projects that prepare workers
for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, and will soon issue
solicitations for grant applications. The Labor Department is “developing guidelines for
solicitations, which will include requirements of community engagement, the formation of strong
local and regional partnerships, as well as the identified leveraging of additional funds.”

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April 24- Energy Department rolls out more funds for the Clean Cities Program

        The Vice President announced this week $300 million in funding from the Recovery Act
for state and local governments and transit authorities to expand the nation’s fleet of clean,
sustainable vehicles and the fueling infrastructure necessary to support them.
        The money for the Clean Cities Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles
Pilot Program is in addition to the $11 billion already announced to bolster state and local
government energy efficiency programs and weatherize low-income homes.
        The Clean Cities Program offers $300 million to support at least 30 alternative fuels or
advanced vehicles projects and requires a 50% participant cost share. Technologies eligible to be
funded include a number of different light and heavy-duty vehicles, including hybrid, plug-in
electric hybrid, hydraulic hybrid, electric, fuel cell, and compressed natural gas vehicles. In
addition, projects can support refueling infrastructure for alternative fuels, including biofuels and
natural gas. Other efforts eligible for funds include public awareness campaigns and training
programs on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and infrastructure.

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April 24- National Park Service announces funding for 800 projects

         The National Park Service will invest $750 million in nearly 800 projects nationwide to
stimulate the economy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Projects will
preserve and protect national icons and historic landscapes, improve energy efficiency and
renewable energy use, remediate abandoned mine lands, and provide $15 million in grants to
protect and restore buildings at historically black colleges and universities. Additional funding
through the Federal Highway Administration will improve park roads for millions of visitors. In
Virginia, the $27.2 million will fund 37 projects.
         The money can be used for these purposes: (1) construction to build, rehabilitate, or
replace facilities; (2) deferred maintenance to repair, rehabilitate, or maintain critical facilities to
extend their useful life; (3) energy efficient equipment replacement to replace aging vehicles,
heavy equipment, and HVAC systems; (4) trails to make them safer and to extend their useful
life; (5) abandoned mine lands to remedy serious health and safety concerns at the sites; and (6)
road maintenance to preserve park roads and parkways and rehabilitate deteriorated road
networks.
         Click here for a list of the eligible projects in Virginia.

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April 23- $300 Million for Alternative Fueled Vehicles Pilot Grant Program

        The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program is accepting applications for the
Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles Pilot Program. The four year program
includes two years of data collection and two years in which projects must be completed. Up to
30 competitive grants ranging from $5 million to $15 million, with a 50 percent matching
requirement, will be awarded to states, local governments, and metropolitan transportation
authorities. Eligible projects include those that advance alternative fuel vehicles, alternative
fuels, public awareness campaigns and training programs.

                First round of applications due May 29, 2009
                Second round of applications due September 30, 2009

Click here for further information: Application

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April 9- Treasury issues guidance on energy bonds

        The U.S. Department of the Treasury has issued interim guidance for qualified energy
conservation bonds (QECB’s): Notice 2009-29 Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Allocations for
2009. Virginia may issue $80.6 million out of $3.2 billion allocated by the Treasury for QECB’s.
A portion of the state’s allocated funds are to be proportionally distributed to cities and counties
with a population over 100,000.

        The QECB’s must be used for qualified conservation purposes, which include: reducing
energy consumption in publicly-owned buildings, implementing green community programs,
rural development of electricity from renewable resources, mass commuting facilities, energy
efficiency research and public education campaigns to promote energy efficiency.

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April 9- Rapid Deployment Energy Efficiency (RDEE) toolkit

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the first of three parts of a
RDEE Toolkit that is being developed by the EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) to
highlight energy efficiency program funding opportunities through the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The Toolkit provides program design and implementation guides
for 10 broadly applicable energy efficiency programs:

   1. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
   2. ENERGY STAR Labeled Products
   3. Residential Efficient Heating and Cooling
   4. Residential Energy Audit and Direct Installation
   5. Non-Residential On-Site Energy Manager
   6. Non-Residential Prescriptive Rebates
   7. Non-Residential Retro-commissioning
   8. Non-Residential Benchmarking and Performance
   9. Non-Residential Custom Incentives
   10. Commercial Food Service Efficiency

   The first portion of the Toolkit is the Program Planning Guide that provides information to
ARRA funding recipients on the early stage of planning for the 10 programs highlighted in the
Toolkit. The Program Planning Guide is divided into five main sections:
       1) an overview of the stimulus package;
       2) considerations in program selection and budgeting;
       3) an overview of the RDEE programs;
       4) a framework for program selection and budgeting; and
       5) a detailed snapshot of each of the 10 programs.
        The second part of the Toolkit containing more information on implementing the 10
programs is scheduled to be released May 15. For additional information, please visit
http://www.epa.gov/solar/energy-resources/ee_toolkit.html.

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April 9- Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant deadline approaching

         As a reminder, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) applications for
direct grant recipients* are due June 25, 2009. For more information on the application process
visit http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/.

        Virginia localities not identified as direct grant recipients are eligible to apply directly to
the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy (DMME) for EECBG funds. DMME is
currently developing its program and application process.

        The agenda for VML’s Go Green Virginia Regional Forums (May 7 in Richmond and
May 8 in Roanoke) will include sessions on applying for EECBG funds for both direct grant
recipients and those applying to DMME. For more information on the forums, including
registration, visit www.gogreenva.org.

* This includes the following VML members: Albemarle, Alexandria, Arlington, Blacksburg,
Charlottesville, Chesapeake, Danville, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Henrico, Leesburg, Loudoun, Lynchburg,
Manassas, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Richmond City, Roanoke City, Roanoke County,
Stafford, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach

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April 9- NLC Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant webcast April 14

        The National League of Cities (NLC) is hosting a webcast to provide local officials with
the latest information on applying for Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)
funds and key steps localities can take to prepare for their use:

        When: Tuesday, April 14 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT
Speakers include:
    NLC President Kathleen Novak, Mayor, Northglenn, CO
    Carolyn Berndt, Senior Legislative Counsel, NLC
    Gil Sperling, Program Manager, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental
      Programs, U.S. Department of Energy
    George Hawkins, Director, Department of the Environment, Washington, DC

    There is no charge, but participants must pre-register at www.NLCTV.org. If you are unable
to participate, the webcast will be available on NLCTV’s website by April 15. Go to
www.NLCTV.org to view the webcast.
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April 1- DEQ publishes priority list for stimulus-funded clean water projects

         The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) published for comment on
March 25 the “FY09 Intended Use Plan” of project priorities for loan assistance from federal
stimulus dollars. Virginia is to receive $77 million from the federal stimulus package for state
clean water revolving loan fund projects. According to federal requirements, at least $40 million
of these funds must be distributed in the form of additional subsidization and $16 million must
go to projects that include green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements, or
other environmentally innovative activities.
         DEQ received 294 applications requesting a total of $1.4 billion. The attached draft
project priority list of applications is being presented for public review and comment. The draft
list is oversubscribed, and will have to be pared to fit the $77 million allocation. A public
meeting will be held on April 15, 2009, in Richmond at DEQ’s offices. The public comment
and review period will end immediately following the public meeting. Comments or questions
should be directed to Mr. Walter Gills, DEQ Construction Assistance Program, P.O. Box 1105,
Richmond, VA 23218. His e-mail address is wagills@deq.virginia.gov.
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March 26- Virginia will receive over $60 million for Energy Efficiency &
Conservation Block Grants
        Virginia will receive some $224.9 million under the Recovery Act for weatherization
($94.1 million), the state energy program ($70 million), and energy conservation ($60 million).
The federal Department of Energy is managing the funds, and announced today the formula
grants for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy
efficiency. The funding will support energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits in residential
and commercial buildings, the development and implementation of advanced building codes and
inspections, and the creation of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency
improvements. Other activities eligible for use of grant funds include transportation programs
that conserve energy, projects to reduce and capture methane and other greenhouse gas emissions
from landfills, renewable energy installations on government buildings, energy efficient traffic
signals and street lights, deployment of Combined Heat and Power and district heating and
cooling systems, and others. Below is a table identifying VML members and the amounts to be
received under the program.

                           Name                             Allocation
                         Virginia (state program)     $    16,145,300
                         Alexandria                   $     1,372,800
                         Arlington                    $     2,085,100
                         Blacksburg                   $      186,900
                         Charlottesville              $      195,300
                         Chesapeake                   $     2,046,900
                         Danville                     $      202,200
                         Hampton                      $     1,388,800
                           Name                            Allocation
                         Harrisonburg                $      206,200
                         Leesburg                    $      164,700
                         Lynchburg                   $      740,000
                         Manassas                    $      159,400
                         Newport News                $     1,757,300
                         Norfolk                     $     2,451,100
                         Portsmouth                  $     1,002,000
                         Richmond City               $     2,106,200
                         Roanoke City                $      963,700
                         Suffolk                     $      741,100
                         Virginia Beach              $     4,042,000
                         Albemarle                   $      406,000
                         Henrico                     $     2,791,100
                         Loudoun                     $     2,215,600
                         Roanoke County              $      372,800
                         Stafford                    $      484,300

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March 20- The deadline to apply for stimulus funds for drinking water is March
27th

        Under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act the VA Department of Health is
eligible to apply for $20.7 million through the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund
(DWSRF) Program. VDH’s proposal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be
based upon requests for funds VDH receives from owners of publicly and privately owned
community waterworks agencies. All construction activities related to the drinking water
infrastructure are generally eligible.

       VDH sent information about the availability of DWSRF earlier this month to all
potentially eligible owners of private and publicly waterworks facilities.
       Here are at least a few of the basic facts about the ARRA program being administered
through the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund:

      Owners of publicly and privately owned, community waterworks or nonprofit
       nontransient noncommunity waterworks are eligible to receive funds. Federally funded
       waterworks are ineligible.

      All projects must begin construction or award a construction contract by February 16,
       2010.

      VDH will consider eligible projects that submit plans and specifications for VDH’s
       approval by May 1, 2009.
      To apply for ARRA funds owners of waterworks are to submit a DWRSF application for
       construction to VDH by March 27, 2009. One application for each waterworks must be
       submitted.

        For additional information (with frequently asked questions) about ARRA funding
through DWSRF, please refer to this web site:
http://www.vdh.state.va.us/drinkingwater/financial/economicstimulusfunds.htm

       VDH’s contact for questions about this program is Steve Pellei, Office of Drinking
Water, VA Department of Health, (804)864-7489. Email: S.pellei@vdh.virginia.gov

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March 13- Funding coming for water, wastewater, and waste projects

        The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development division will release funding for
more than $400 million (nationwide) in pending applications for Water and Waste grants as part
of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Qualifying projects are for drinking
water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns
with populations of 10,000 or less. Virginia will be allocated a specific dollar amount (to be
determined sometime next week) for this program.
        For more information on qualifying projects and how to apply contact the USDA
Virginia Water and Environmental Programs Director Carrie Schmidt at 804/287-1600 or
carrie.schmidt@va.usda.gov.

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March 11- Department of Energy has dedicated a webpage for Energy Efficiency &
Conservation Block Grants available through the recovery act

The webpage includes information on eligibility, allocation of funds, and how to apply:
http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/wip/block_grants.cfm

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