Mayor Tim Davlin announced today that the City of Springfield has been awarded an Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant allocation of $1,225,600 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act announced this past March.
“These funds will further bolster CWLP’s activities to save energy, reduce greenhouse gasses, and create jobs locally through many important energy efficiency projects.” said Mayor Tim Davlin. “Every dollar that we can invest into smart energy solutions is a win for the city in that Springfield homes and businesses are less expensive to heat and cool and it’s an opportunity for local energy efficiency related firms to expand business in tight times.”
This grant, specifically allocated to Springfield, originated from a Department of Energy program totaling almost $1.8 billion nationally. Energy efficiency projects funded through this grant will provide both significant energy savings and reduce the carbon footprint for City Water, Light and Power (CWLP) electric customers.
“With this funding, we particularly look forward to expanding our efficiency and rebate options we can offer to our residential and business customers,” said CWLP General Manager Todd Renfrow. “Every kilowatt saved is money to be earned for being a smart consumer.”
CWLP will utilize these funds to undertake one new energy efficiency program and reinstate two others, which include a commercial retro-commissioning program and bringing back a high efficiency air conditioner rebate program and a commercial lighting retrofit program, CityLights. These programs will be managed by CWLP’s Energy Services Office and will lead to substantial energy and cost savings for many CWLP customers.
The 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act was signed into law by President Obama in February.