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Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant

Updated: December 30, 2011

On March 9, 2010 the Larimer County Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Strategy was approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE also approved an amendment in March 2011. These approvals allowed Larimer County to proceed with the Activities outlined in the Strategy for the use of the $364,200.00 EECBG award.

About the Larimer County Strategy: The EECBG program identified 14 eligible Activity areas for use of DOE funds. The Larimer County Strategy selected 5 Activity areas and outlined specific projects within those Activity areas. Listed below are the 5 Activity areas and specific projects (when there is more than one project inside a particular Activity area), and the EECBG funds allocated. At the time of this update, the current project status is indicated in bold.

  • Activity #1: Development of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy - $224,995.00 - this includes wages, benefits, training and conferences, for hiring an Energy Conservation Specialist, as well as other administrative expenses, and office supplies (funds to cover a three-year period). Active and ongoing.
  • Activity #2: Technical Consultant Services - $5,000.00 - to hire technical consultant services to perform the first comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) inventory inclusive of all Larimer County Government operations (with coordination and assistance from the Energy Conservation Specialist). Completed.
  • Activity #6: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs for Buildings and Facilities
    • Development of employee engagement programs for energy efficiency, a task of the Energy Conservation Specialist. Active and ongoing.
    • Purchase energy management software - $11,000.00. Completed.
    • Establish an account with EPA Portfolio Manager, a task of the Energy Conservation Specialist. Active and ongoing.
    • Expansion of the Virtual Server environment - $29,000.00 from EECBG and $46,000.00 from the Technology Services Department for a total project cost of $75,000.00. Completed.
    • Create Energy Policy and Energy Action Plan, a task of the Energy Conservation Specialist. Active and ongoing.
  • Activity #8: Building Codes and Inspections - $4,883.48 to be allocated to the Building Department to assist in the purchase (code books), training and adoption of 2009 IECC and IRC Building Codes as well as further development of a Larimer County voluntary Green Building Code, based on the National Green Building Standard ICC 700-2008. Completed.
  • Activity #13: Renewable Energy Technologies on Government Buildings - $89,321.52 for a solar photovoltaic array on the Larimer County Courthouse Office (LCCO) building located at 200 W. Oak Street, Fort Collins, CO. The EECBG funds will be combined with previous DOE grant funding to install a 26.82 kW array. Completed.

Activity status updates: Larimer County is now activity engaged in the execution of the projects proposed within the Strategy and the 5 corresponding Activity areas. Larimer County hired an Energy Conservation Specialist on August 3, 2009, who completed the Strategy and will continue to prepare quarterly reports, and implement, manage, and monitor the various projects outlined in the individual Activity worksheets. The Larimer County EECBG performance period will run from September 2009 - September 2011.

Completed projects:

  • Activity #2: Technical Consultant Services. Larimer County hired the Brendle Group to perform the first comprehensive Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) inventory inclusive of all Larimer County Government operations (with coordination and assistance from the Energy Conservation Specialist). This operational inventory calculated emissions for the years 2005 and 2010. As 2010 data was more complete, Larimer County would likely use 2010 as a baseline year for future reduction targets. Total Larimer County Government operational GHG emissions for 2010 equaled 92,315 metric tons of CO2e.
  • Activity #6: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs for Buildings and Facilities
    • Purchase energy management software. Larimer County Facilities Services has purchased Utility Manager Pro software for the purpose of tracking and monitoring energy use, costs, trends, billing errors, opportunities and strategic planning for future energy efficiency projects. Initial implementation includes 15 locations and 57 unique utility accounts.
    • Expansion of the Virtual Server environment was 100% completed in Quarter 1, 2010. Expansion of the Larimer County Data Center Virtual Server environment included: compete the purchase, configuration and stand-up of the two new VMware Data Servers and EMC disk expansion; and continued consolidation of single-service servers into the expanded Virtual Server farm. Estimated energy saving (server equipment only): 90,491 kWh annually. Actual costs to complete the project were: $28,990.89 of EECBG funds and $46,384.39 (as "leveraged" funds) from the Larimer County Technology Services Department for a total project cost of $75,375.28.
  • Activity #8: Building Codes and Inspections. On July 31, 2011, the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners adopted the 2009 IECC and IRC Building Codes. The 2009 I-Codes included the 2009 International Residential Code and Chapter 11 Energy Conservation and the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code for commercial buildings. The Board also adopted a voluntary Green Building Code, based on the National Green Building Standard ICC 700-2008.
  • Activity #13 - Renewable Energy Technologies on Government Buildings. This solar photovoltaic project became operational on June 10, 2010 delivering clean solar power to the Larimer County Courthouse Office building. During the first year of operation, the system generated 44,362 kWh of electricity, which eliminated ~60,000 lbs of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere. The total projects costs of $158,529.30 are covered through 3 sources: EECBG funds, Renewable Distributed Systems Integration (RDSI) grant funds, and Larimer County Facilities Services Department.

For additional information:

  • To learn about the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program visit: http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/
  • To gain a broader perspective about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) programs, (the EECBG is just one of the programs and initiatives of the EERE), please visit: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/recovery/
  • The U.S. Governments official website providing easy access to data related to Recovery Act spending (since November 2009, Larimer County reports are searchable here): http://www.recovery.gov/Pages/home.aspx
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