Nation's Mayors Applaud Energy Block Grant Renewal (Reg & Leg)
U.S. Conference of Mayors
On Wednesday in Washington, the full House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved HR 2088. The bill is aimed at renewing and re-funding the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, a legislative priority of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). As approved, this legislation would commit $3.5 billion annually -- $17.5 billion over five years -- in formula-based grants allocated directly to cities, counties, tribal governments and states.
The legislation, as existing law provides, continues to extend flexibility to local and state governments to invest these new resources across 14 categories of eligible projects and programs, including the development of comprehensive energy conservation and efficiency plans; conversion of street lighting to highly efficient LED lighting; installation of renewable energy technology (e.g., solar, wind, fuel cell and biomass energy) on municipal and other qualifying buildings; and weatherization of government buildings.
Under the bill, the Department of Energy retains responsibility for implementing the program, as it did in the 2009-2010 period when the first round of EECBG funding was appropriated and provided to local and state governments. The EECBG Program, which was authorized in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 enacted by President George W. Bush, was first funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
(Source: U.S. Conference of Mayors, 18 July, 2019) Contact: U.S. Conference of Mayors, www.usmayors.org; Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, www.energy.gov/eere/wipo/about-energy-efficiency-and-conservation-block-grant-program
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U.S. Mayors Pressure Congress on Carbon Tax, Climate Lawsuits and a Green New Deal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
U.S. Conference of Mayors
Reporting from the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Honolulu, the mayors of hundreds of U.S. cities are calling for federal carbon tax price "sufficient enough to reduce carbon emissions in line with ambitions detailed in the Paris Agreement on climate change."
The mayors also voted in support of a resolution endorsing the idea of a Green New Deal, called for Congress to adopt "a comprehensive national response" to climate change, The mayors also voted to oppose President Donald Trump's plan to freeze vehicle fuel economy standards, and to endorse individual cities' right to sue over climate change damages and protect taxpayers from related mitigation and adaptation costs. The mayors also oppose any action by Congress or in state legislatures "to limit or eliminate cities' access to the courts by overriding existing laws or in any way giving fossil fuel companies immunity from lawsuits over climate change-related costs and damages."
The U.S. Conference of Mayors includes the leaders of about 1,400 cities with populations greater than 30,000. about 1,400 cities.
(Source: U.S. Conference of Mayors, Inside Climate News, 2 July, 2019) Contact: U.S. Conference of Mayors, www.usmayors.org
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Cities Acting on Climate Protection, Despite Trump (Ind. Report)
U.S. Conference of Mayors,Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
According to preliminary results of a joint survey conducted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), U.S. cities and their leadership are committed to fighting climate change despite President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and inaction. The two organizations have partnered to form the Alliance for a Sustainable Future.
Survey responses from 66 cities ranging in size from 21,000 to 8.5 million population across 30 states found that:
69 pct of responding cities generate or purchase renewable electricity to power city buildings or operations. An additional 22 percent are considering doing so;
63 pct already buy green vehicles, including hybrid, electric, natural gas, and biodiesel, for their municipal fleets. 30 percent are considering it;
71 pct have energy efficiency policies for new municipal buildings, and 66 pct have them for existing municipal buildings;
approximately 50 pct of responding cities are incentivizing energy efficiency in new and existing commercial and residential buildings;
approximately 50 pct have policies or programs that help citizens and businesses choose renewable electricity options; and
66 pct of responding cities have public charging stations, while 36 pct are facilitating private infrastructure for electric vehicles.
(Source: Strategies for the Global Environment, PR Web, Benzinga, Others, 24 June, 2017) Contact: U.S. Conference of Mayors , www.usmayors.org; Alliance for the Sustainable Future,
C2ES, Bob Perciasepe, Pres., (703) 516-4146, www.c2es.org
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