Independence ARRA Project News and Updates
The City has received $1.014 million through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). The purpose of the EECBG program is to: reduce fossil fuel emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and, to the maximum extent practicable, maximizes benefits for local and regional communities; reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities; and improve energy efficiency in the building sector, the transportation sector, and other appropriate sectors. For more information about the EECBG program, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.
The City of Independence has proposed eight projects to achieve the EECBG energy efficiency goals:
- City building audits: $75,000 will be used to perform energy audits of selected City buildings to identify opportunities for energy savings.
- City building retrofits: $383,000 will be used to retrofit City buildings to achieve energy efficiency based on the energy audits.
- Revolving loan funds: $250,000 will be used to begin a revolving low-interest loan fund for residents who don’t otherwise qualify for the state weatherization program wishing to weatherize their homes.
- Rebates for commercial and industrial: $100,000 will be used to supplement the Independence Power and Light rebate program for commercial and industrial customers who upgrade lighting, HVAC, and other equipment to more energy efficient models.
- Development of energy efficiency building codes: $26,000 will be used to assist the City Community Development department and the Mid-America Regional Council develop region-wide energy efficient building codes.
- LED traffic signal replacement: $70,000 will be used to convert traffic signals from incandescent lights to light emitting diodes (LED) lights.
- School zone light upgrade: $72,000 will be used to convert school zone lights to LEDs and install some photovoltaic (solar) panels to power the signals.
- LED street light pilot: $38,000 will be used to install LED street lights in selected area as a pilot test.
Note: These dollar amounts represent the project funding received through the EECBG funds; the amounts do not necessarily represent the total project cost. In most cases, the City is leveraging EECBG funds with its own funding.
Staff Contact: Gerry McReynolds, (816) 325-7433