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California Energy Commission Announces $10.2 Million Grants

January 27, 2017
Local governments are encouraged to apply for California Energy Commission (CEC) grants on climate change action plans and energy efficiency innovation. 
The CEC is offering this $10.2 funding opportunity to provide financial assistance to local governments in these areas with two grant awards.
Energy Innovation Challenge
The Energy Innovation Challenge has $7.2 million available with grants ranging from a minimum of $1 million dollars to a maximum of $2 million. Eligible applicants include cities, counties, joint powers authorities, councils of governments, housing authorities, consortia and special districts of any size in California. These grants will support the implementation of innovative efficiency deployment projects, and the grant winner will be required to share best practices and implementation templates with other local governments.
Small Government Leadership Challenge
The Small Government Leadership Challenge is open to local governments with populations less than 150,000. There is $3 million dollars available for grants awards between $250,000 to $1 million dollars. These grants will be dedicated to planning activities, such as forming a Climate Action Plan and strategies for implementation.
Important Dates
The following are important dates to note (all in 2017 except last item):
  • Feb. 8 — Q&A and Addenda posted;
  • March 6 — Deadline to Submit Applications;
  • April 11 — Anticipated Notice of Proposed Award posting date;
  • June 14 — Anticipated Energy Commission business meeting date;
  • July10 — Anticipated agreement start date; and
  • March 31, 2017 — Agreement termination date.
Please note that both grant awards will have an environmental equity incentive which will offer applications including implementation plans serving disadvantaged communities (as defined by CalEnviroScreen) will receive five extra points during the scoring process at the Energy Commission. 
Additional information is on the CEC website.
For additional questions, please contact the Public Adviser’s Office at (916) 654-4489.

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