The U.S. Department of Energy has released detailed guidance for participation in the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), passed in February, included $3.2 billion for the program, which will help fund city and county efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve energy.

Congress approved the EECBG program in mid-2008, but failed to appropriate funds for it until its inclusion in ARRA. The EECBG funds available for fiscal year 2009 may be used to spur economic growth, decrease total energy consumption by improving the energy efficiency of vehicles and buildings, and create jobs.

EECBG application forms and instructions are available at www.grants.gov. More information also is available at www.eere.energy.gov/wip/.

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