In 2008, Congress created the $3.2 billion dollar energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program to provide funding to local jurisdictions for energy efficiency projects. In April 2010, Seattle received a $20 million award through the EECBG’s BetterBuildings program. Seattle will use this award to launch the Community Power Works (CPW) program, a neighborhood-based building retrofit program that will achieve deep energy savings and create green jobs.
Community Power Works will:
Retrofit homes, apartment and condo buildings, restaurants, grocery stores, corner stores, cold storage facilities, commercial buildings, hospitals, and City buildings within the target area.
Create or retain up to 2000 living wage green jobs
Achieve 15% to 45% in energy savings per building retrofitted.
Reduce approximately 70,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.