Energy’s Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant

The Baldwin County Commission has been awarded $719,700.00 through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the county’s energy efficiency and conservation activities. $719,700.00 is being made available to the county for its energy efficiency and conservation strategy, which was approved by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program was funded for the first time by the Recovery Act. It is providing $3.2 billion in total funding for the EECBG Program to more than 2,300 cities, counties, states, and Indian tribes nationwide to help them improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and create green jobs locally.

Energy Efficiency upgrades to Baldwin County Commission facilities will involve upgrading HVAC chillers at the Baldwin County Central Annex II and the Baldwin County Corrections Center and LED lighting upgrades at the Baldwin County Central Annex I, Baldwin County Central Annex II, Baldwin County Corrections Center, and the Bay Minette Courthouse.

The yearly energy savings created by the energy-efficiency upgrades will save Baldwin County approximately 1,156 megawatt-hours of electrical energy, or enough energy to offset the production of 1,115 tons of carbon dioxide. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is an important and historic step in restoring the partnership between the federal government and the nation’s counties.