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ARRA Grant Information

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The City of Gillette has applied for and received ARRA grants funds through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants program, as well as, Recovery Act grant funds for the Police Department.

ARRA Grant Funds

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)

This activity is a program under which the City of Gillette will improve the energy efficiency of City buildings and facilities.

Initial Actions:

  1. Audit — the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Gillette performed a basic audit of City buildings to determine energy (electricity and natural gas) consumption, water use, and fleet fuel consumption. The audit was conducted October 2009. City of Gillette Energy Audit [PDF]
  2. Building Assessment — site assessment was conducted January 2010 with the assistance of the City’s HVAC service provider, Johnson Controls.
  3. EECBG Grant #1 — October 2009 the City of Gillette was awarded $107,800.00 for four energy efficiency projects:
    1. Lighting Project- replacement of High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights at City Hall, City West, and Wastewater Compound. This project has been completed and the lights are functioning well.
    2. Finance Material Conservation Project- the City projects a savings of 73,000 sheets of paper per year by using a software package call SpoolFlex. The software will allow the Finance Department to go “paperless” in a variety financial operation. This project is 90% complete and is functioning as anticipated.
    3. Planning Commission Paperless Project- grant provided funding to purchase eight (8) computers to allow the Planning Commission to go “paperless” at its meetings. The City anticipates saving approximately 12,600 sheets of paper per year. This project is 90% complete and it is expected to go live by June 2010.
    4. Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Project- the City will install a VFD on a HVAC motor at City Hall. Installation is expected to take place late April or early May 2010.
  4. EECBG Grant #2 — April 2010 the City of Gillette was awarded $92,920.00 for two energy efficiency projects:
    1. Lighting Project- replacement of High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights along Highway 14-16 east of Highway 59.
    2. Building Retrofit- the City will install six (6) VFD’s on a HVAC motors at City Hall. The VFD’s will be placed on two chilled water pumps, two hot water pumps, and two condenser water pumps.
  5. EECBG Grant #3- October 2011 the City of Gillette was awarded $25,000 for two energy efficiency projects:
    1. City Hall- replace existing metal halide wall packs with LED wall packs.
    2. City West/Wash Bay- replace remaining metal halide wall packs with LED wall packs.

Secondary Actions:

  1. Benchmark Energy Performance— Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Gillette will establish an account in EPA’s Portfolio Manager tool and will collect key building and operational characteristics and energy use data to assess and understand the current energy performance of City of Gillette buildings.
  2. Identify Under-Performing Buildings—using Portfolio Manager results, Sustainability Coordinator will compare energy performance levels in all buildings to identify under-performing buildings which will be targeted for energy efficiency improvements. The initial Portfolio Manager results will establish the baselines for measuring progress for energy efficiency improvement project over time.
  3. Implement Best Operating Practices and Energy Efficiency Improvement— Sustainability Coordinator will identify and implement best operational and maintenance strategies and equipment retrofit opportunities for improving energy efficiency in the target buildings identified in Step 2 above. Drawing upon industry guidance, such as EPA’s ENERGY STAR Building Upgrade Manual, ENERGY STAR Product Procurement Guidance, DOE’s Commercial Buildings Energy Efficient Building Practices, staff will implement efficiency improvements to lighting systems, supplemental loads, air distribution systems, and/or heating and cooling systems, as indicated by the facility audit results.
  4. Track Progress over Time— Sustainability Coordinator will track progress in Portfolio Manager and monitor variations in energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
  5. Verify and Document Results—Portfolio Manager will be used to provide a level of transparency and accountability by generating performance indicators, including energy use intensity, energy efficiency improvement over a baseline, EPA’s Performance Rating (where applicable), and greenhouse gas emissions associated with building energy use. At the end of the project period, this information will be used to report energy use and greenhouse gas reduction results back to DOE.

This program helps create sustained energy savings and job retention by reinvesting energy cost savings into the City energy management program over time. Energy efficiency improvements that result in cost savings will fund facility staff for continuous building benchmarking, monitoring, analysis, and performance upgrades into the future for further energy savings and reinvestment.

Encouraging Energy Retrofits in Existing Homes

Under this program, the City of Gillette will encourage homeowners to make energy-efficient home improvements by providing rebates for home energy audits. The audits will be performed by the Council for Community Services and the rebates will be provided by the Sustainability Coordinator’s Energy Efficiency Program.

  1. Rebates for Qualified Home Energy Audits— City will rebate $50.00 to a homeowner for having an energy audit performed. The basic audit will cost $140.00 (retail) and will consist of:
    1. A comprehensive home audit with blower door test
    2. A customized energy bill analysis to help homeowner understand how much energy the home uses
    3. A comprehensive audit report including a list of recommendations showing where homeowner can save the most energy and money
    4. A comparison of costs and savings for any suggested improvements
    5. Answers to specific questions
  2. Consumer Education Campaign—educate consumers regarding energy and water efficient appliances, simple and inexpensive energy efficiency actions, low flow fixtures for the home, and the benefits of taking these actions. In addition, promotional/outreach efforts will take place to market the availability of the rebates to achieve scalable activity in reducing emissions and increasing energy efficiency.
  3. Contractor/Builder Training—work with area building professionals to encourage their participation in receiving training to learn the proper installation of energy efficiency improvements.
  4. Residential Educational Energy Audits with Direct Installation of Low-Cost Measures—deliver educational workshops to homeowners to describe how to conduct do-it-yourself basic energy audits ; promote simple and inexpensive actions to take; direct installation of low-cost measures such as CFLs, and low-flow showerheads. In addition to energy saving tips and a review of energy bills, the Sustainability Coordinator will provide information that encourages participation in the rebates for qualified home energy audits by approved contractor.
  5. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR—recruit contractors to participate in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. This program motivates homeowners to use skilled home energy analysts and contractors that offer a whole-house approach for reducing energy use. Contractors that participate will be trained and certified to complete comprehensive energy audits and whole-house energy efficiency improvements. Typical projects will include sealing, insulation, duct sealing and repair, high-efficiency HVAC systems, windows, lighting, and appliances.
  6. Program Measurement and Verification— as other incentive programs are utilized in the future, such as low-interest financing, then the City will inspect the quality and energy savings of all work funded through future incentive programs. A third-party evaluation contractor will collect, evaluate, and report results to DOE and evaluate the program.  

Recovery Act Grant Funds

The Gillette Police Department has received $59,000.00 in A.R.R.A. Grant Funds that were used to purchase eight portable radios as part of the department's radio conversion project.

In accordance with the Special Terms and Conditions for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program- FA-TC-0014:
This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy under Award #DE-W0000072.
This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendations, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.

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