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American Recovery & Reinvestment Act

Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) is part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) signed into law by President Obama. Under this program, the Office of Energy Resources was awarded $9,593,500 to implement, develop, promote, and manage energy efficiency and conservation projects throughout the State. The main goals of this program are to:

  • Create and retain jobs.
  • Reduce total energy usage of eligible entities.
  • Improve energy efficiency in buildings, transportation, and other appropriate sectors, and
  • Reduce fossil fuel emissions.

To date, all 39 municipalities within the State of Rhode Island have been awarded grants based on their population density to implement these goals. Please check back soon for updates on the program and for slideshows showcasing some of the projects around Rhode Island.

For municipal guidance on the EECBG grant, please click the following:

Administrative guidance for municipalities

ARRA State Energy Program

Announcement: RI OER Issues a Public Notice Concerning A Proposed Regulatory Change

In accordance with and pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 42- 35 of the General Laws, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources hereby gives notice of its intent to repeal the "Rules and Regulations for Non-Utility Scale Renewable Energy Projects" (ERLID # 6091). For a copy of the proposed repeal, please click here.

The Department of Energy awarded Rhode Island $23,960,000.00 in 2009. All funding for this Grant ended on September 30, 2013. The Office of Energy Resources has implemented many initiatives within the following market areas:

  • Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency
  • Green Public Buildings
  • Non-Utility Scale Renewable Energy Projects
  • Utility Scale Renewable Energy Projects
  • Residential Building Energy Efficiency

Below is a partial list of projects funded with ARRA SEP funds:

  • Funding for local governments to perform energy efficiency upgrades at wastewater treatment facilities and to administer technical assessments,
  • LED retrofit at Community Buildings,
  • Weatherization for homes supplied with deliverable fuels,
  • Residential renewable energy projects,
  • Providence Green and Healthy Homes Initiative,
  • Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP),
  • Ocean Special Area Management Plan (SAMP), and
  • Business, community-institutional renewable energy projects.

Programs and projects administered by the Office of Energy Resources provided benefits in the form of job creation, energy cost savings and environmental benefits by reducing energy consumption and developing diverse renewable resources in the state.

For further information about the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, please contact:

Ryan Cote
Office of Energy Resources