ARRA Funding and Opportunities
Florida is continuing its commitment to increase energy efficiency, expand renewable energy production, and shrink energy impacts on the environment by creating a wide range of new programs through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). These new programs build on Governor Charlie Crist’s energy initiatives set forth in Executive Orders 07-126, 07-127, and 07-128 as well as the 2008 Energy and Economic Development Legislation (HB 7135). The funds made available under the ARRA will quicken the pace in transforming Florida’s economy through clean and renewable energy production by allowing Florida to make major investments in energy solutions that will strengthen the Sunshine State’s economy and create jobs at the local level. The Florida Energy and Climate Commission (FECC) is the entity responsible for administering the state’s ARRA funding related to energy. Please click on the links below to learn more about the programs Florida has created and for funding opportunities.
The Governor’s Energy Office and Florida Energy and Climate Commission will hold a grant administration workshop for all entities that have been awarded U.S. Department of Energy funds through the State Energy Office on December 9, 2010. The objective of this workshop is to address all grant management aspects of the EECBG and SEP programs regarding reporting, processes, monitoring, and financial management.
Florida has created a broad portfolio of new energy-related programs with SEP funds that align with national and Florida-specific goals. The programs created will increase jobs, reduce U.S. oil dependency through increases in energy efficiency and deployment of renewable energy technologies, promote economic vitality through an increase in “green jobs,” and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Florida is leveraging funds available through the EECBG Program to address energy efficiency and conservation priorities at both the state and local level. Specifically, Florida proposes to allocate more than 60% of the EECBG funds to eligible counties and municipalities through a competitive grant process. The remaining EECBG funds will be disbursed through a variety of programs and initiatives that align with EECBG eligible activities.
This is a collaborative effort involving several state agencies to review and strengthen Florida’s Energy Assurance Plan by incorporating recent and planned smart grid improvements and renewable energy facilities. This program will replace Florida’s current electric outage reporting system with an automated system and combine that with an electric outage mapping system.
View Florida’s applications to the Department of Energy for all four program areas.
Be ready to receive ARRA funding. Find the lastest federal guidance and required forms here.