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About the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program is a $550 million formula- and competitive- grant program that provides direct and flexible funding to more than 2,700 state, local, and Tribal governments across the United States.
The EECBG Program is designed to be highly flexible and to meet community needs. Specifically, eligible entities can choose to implement projects aligned to over 14 eligible clean energy use areas. Examples include (but are not limited to):
Energy Strategic Planning
Energy Efficiency in Buildings (e.g., Audits, Upgrades, and Performance Standards)
Renewable Energy Systems (e.g., on-site and community solar, geothermal)
Electrified Transportation (e.g., electric vehicles)
Financing (e.g., revolving loan funds)
The EECBG Program also is considered a Justice40 program, meaning that all eligible entities are encouraged to invest 40 percent of their allocations in communities that are considered ‘disadvantaged.’
What will I be doing?
Embedding Fellows in communities around the country can bring new perspectives and skills into local governments and tribes. Hence, Fellows will be assigned to selected local governments or tribes, or teams of them, that are participating in the EECBG Program. Under the guidance of the Host mentor, Fellows will learn while providing technical expertise and support to hosts in the creation, administration, and launch of new clean energy projects and programs as funded through the EECBG program. Fellows will gain experience around energy technology areas such as energy efficiency, electric vehicle technology or renewable energy deployment to local, state and tribal governments as well as gain valuable insight into the government’s role in the creation and implementation of policies and programs that affect clean energy technology developments.
Fellows will be located on site at the assigned host community. Ideally, Fellows will be matched with their own local, state and tribal governments. Hosts will provide mentorship, and be responsible for guidance, training and other activities necessary to ensuring a successful experience for the Fellow that builds capabilities for further career work in the clean energy or public service fields. Fellows may participate in activities such as stakeholder engagement, research, project management, policy or technical analysis, communication materials, data and metric gathering and more.
Participant Benefits: Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by participant’s academic and professional background. The stipend rates will be as follows:
Undergraduate degree: $51,700-$64,000
Master’s degree: $62,900-$77,800
Participants may also receive health insurance benefits through ORISE, dislocation allowances, and a travel/training allowance.