Town of Chapel Hill North Carolina Executive Summary
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Meeting Date: 1/24/2011

Title of Agenda Item: Approve the Design of the Chapel Hill Residential Energy Efficiency Program.  (R-8)

Council Goal: Maintain and Improve Community Facilities and Services

Background: Using funds from two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Town has designed a residential energy efficiency program for implementation. The aim of the program is to encourage single-family homeowners--by way of rebates and attractive financing mechanisms--to make improvements to their homes which render the structures more energy efficient, thereby reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This program also aims to develop a market which will create/maintain jobs for contractors who perform energy assessments and improvements in homes. Attachment 1 presents an overview of the program design for the pilot phase of this initiative.

Fiscal Note: The proposed program is supported by two grants from the U.S. Department of Energy in an amount totaling $441,100. The Town Council has previously approved the use of $291,100 (of $554,900) from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. The grant from the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance totals $150,000 for year one support, and can be increased in years two and three based on performance. Both grants are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Recommendations: That the Council adopt the attached resolution authorizing the Manager to implement the proposed design of a residential energy efficiency program.

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Staff Memorandum
Attachment 1
Attachment 2