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CX-003653: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Massachusetts - City - New Bedford
CX(s) Applied: A1, A9, A11, B2.5, B3.6, B5.1
Date: 08/30/2010
Location(s): New Bedford, Massachusetts
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. 1) Acquisition of services to support development of an energy efficiency and conservation strategy and a comprehensive strategic energy plan (ongoing); 2) establishment of a weatherization program for homes including support of start-up of weatherization contractors; create a Loan Loss Reserve Fund in support of utility-sponsored energy efficiency financing for homeowners?eligible measures to include: air sealing, appliance replacements, and insulation; community outreach and promotion; and monitoring, verification, and reporting; 3) creation of a municipal energy office; 4) conduct feasibility studies for installation of solar photovoltaic systems (ACTIVITY 4 EXCLUDES INSTALLATION FROM NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT [NEPA] APPROVAL); 5) initiation and implementation of a comprehensive energy conservation and efficiency strategy for city-owned buildings including benchmarking, and acquisition of a contractor to execute an energy savings performance contract for a number of city-owned buildings; and 6) retrofit of a number of municipal buildings to improve energy efficiency (ACTIVITY 6 IS EXCLUDED FROM NEPA APPROVAL).