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County receives $4.9 million DOE grant

Contact: Adam Palmer, Environmental Policy Planner, 970-328-8734 or

Eagle County, in partnership with Gunnison and Pitkin counties, has been awarded a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to implement local energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. The grant amount is one of the largest of the 20 awarded across the country.

Adam Palmer, Eagle County’s Environmental Policy Planner, says the funding will help the partnering counties to jump-start their Energy Smart Loan Programs, approved by voters in all three counties last November, as well as launch the Resort Communities Retrofit Program. Goals of the program include increasing the number of retrofitted homes in each county by 10 percent for a total of 5,400 homes; lowering energy use by 20 percent in participating homes; stimulating the local economy by redirecting under-employed, skilled contractors to green jobs; and enhancing consumer education to sustain the program into the future. “We will use the grant to begin an intensive, three-year ramp-up period of consumer education, financing opportunities and enhanced training for energy auditors and building specialists,” said Palmer. “The intent is to have self-sustaining programs in place after the three-year grant period ends.” 

The grant is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is administered under the DOE's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. All grant recipients are required to submit quarterly reports on the number of jobs created or saved under the project, the energy saved, the renewable energy capacity installed, the greenhouse gas emissions reduced, and the funds leveraged.  For more information, contact Palmer at 970-328-8734.