Clark County Council, WA OKs Program to Improve Buildings' Energy Efficiency
C-PACER provides low-cost loans to commercial property owners, which can include some agricultural and multifamily housing properties, for energy efficiency and earthquake resiliency improvements. Clark County is the third county in the state to adopt C-PACER.
Allentown, PA is Looking to Close the ‘Digital Divide' by Getting in the Broadband Business
Allentown officials are proposing putting nearly $7 million of the city's $57 million from the American Rescue Plan toward launching a city-provided high-speed broadband service that they hope will benefit Allentown's poorest communities and attract investment to the city.
Illinois Enacts Comprehensive Climate and Clean Energy Legislation
In September, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed the omnibus, 956-page climate and energy legislative package titled the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act. The CEJA expands investments in clean energy and targets a transition to 40% of electricity being provided by renewable energy by 2030, 50% by 2040, and 100% from carbon-free sources by 2050.
DOE Invests $61M for Smart Buildings That Accelerate Renewable Energy Adoption and Grid Resilience
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $61 million for 10 pilot projects that will deploy new technology to transform thousands of homes and workplaces into state-of-the-art, energy-efficient buildings. These Connected Communities can interact with the electrical grid to optimize their energy consumption which will substantially decrease their carbon emissions and cut energy costs.
MI Grants $3.6M for Four Detroit Redevelopment Projects
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy has awarded $3.6 million in brownfield grants to four projects for redevelopment of contaminated properties in Detroit. Plans for redevelopment include a multi-tenant industrial facility, a residential/commercial development, the rehabilitation of two historic residences, and a 22-acre park along the Detroit River.
Letting the Sunlight In: When Appalachian Solar Dreams Become Realities
The Appalachian Regional Commission just funded a major regional solar financing program, and a massive solar farm may be coming to Martin County, Kentucky. These projects are part of what advocates say is a regional trend towards a new green energy economy, and a boom in solar that's currently financed by a whirlwind of venture capitalists, federal grants, and regional and local investors.
Maryland Approves $2.6M for Water, Wastewater Infrastructure
Maryland officials have approved more than $2.6 million in grants and loans to reduce water pollution and improve a drinking water system. The projects are to separate a combined sewer system, upgrade an existing wastewater treatment plant and replace a failing asbestos-cement pipe.
U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Climate Action Plan
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has released the Treasury Climate Action Plan, which is directed by Section 211 of Executive Order 14008 and Treasury's efforts to bolster adaptation and increase resilience of its facilities and operations to the impacts of climate change.
Local, State, and Federal Cooperation Paves Way for New NGA Facility in North St. Louis
Construction on the new Next NGA West, in North St. Louis is well underway in 2021. With a price tag of $1.7 billion, the new campus will include a 700,000-square-foot office building, two parking garages, and a visitor center. Over 3,100 people will work at the complex, bringing life and activity to a corner of the city that had long been economically depressed.