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The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program's purpose was to reduce fossil fuel emissions and total energy use and create jobs by working with cities, counties, states, U.S. territories, and Indian tribes to implement and manage energy efficiency and conservation projects and programs; in the transportation, building, and other sectors.
The EECBG National Evaluation is an independent third-party, peer-reviewed evaluation of the principal outcomes achieved by the EECBG program in terms of (1) energy and cost savings, (2) gross carbon emissions reduction, and (3) direct and indirect job creation.
The evaluation examines outcomes achieved during the 2009 through 2015 program years for a subset of recipients implementing broad program types that, in combination, represented approximately 80% of EECBG program funding.
Key findings from the evaluation of program activities are:
- Cost Effectiveness: For every EECBG dollar spent, program participants received approximately $1.76 in bill savings over the lifetime of the measures installed (2.7% discount rate).
- Energy Savings: Lifetime energy savings and renewable generation amounted to 413 million source MMBTUs. This is equivalent to the average amount of energy used for all non-transportation applications in about 2.2 million households over a one year period.
- Cost Savings: Lifetime cost savings totaled $5.2 billion.
- Social Cost Savings: Social costs of $1.8 billion were avoided due to program-induced reductions in carbon emissions.
- Job Creation: 62,900 direct, indirect or induced jobs were created or retained, which is equal to about 1 job per $36,000 in EECBG dollars invested.
- RAC Test: The amount of energy saved annually per thousand dollars of EECBG investment (the RAC test) was 10.67 MMBtu, which was greater than the EECBG-specified minimum baseline of 10 MMBtu saved per year.
Below you will find the executive summary and a fact sheet. To see the full report volumes, please visit the Oak Ridge National Laboratory EECBG Program Evaluation page.