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In March 2009, the federal government announced that $3.2 billion would be allocated to fund local energy efficiency improvements. The U.S. Department of Energy, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, established the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. Specific allocations were established for larger cities in Minnesota. In June, 2009, the City of Plymouth submitted a grant application, and on Sept. 21, 2009, was awarded a grant in the amount of $707,200.

After an extensive review by the City Council, four projects were approved to be funded with the stimulus funding: 

  • Directed Engineering Study – Analysis of city facilities, buildings and sites to prioritize improvement needs for long term capital program consideration.
  • Public Safety Rooftop Replacement – Replace two 35 ton rooftop units.
  • City Hall Boiler System Replacement – Replace aging boilers and associated equipment (pumps) in the main boiler plant. 
  • Public Works Maintenance Facility Waste Oil Burner – Replace current system with a new waste oil boiler and natural gas backup and install new commercial-style heating/cooling system to replace the existing aging residential-style system.

It is projected that all improvements will be completed in 2010. However, in accordance with Department of Energy requirements reporting will continue through 2011.

Contacts

Steve Juetten, Community Development Director
Plymouth City Hall | 3400 Plymouth Blvd. | Plymouth, MN 55447-1482
P 763-509-5401 | F 763-509-5407 | sjuetten@plymouthmn.gov

Josh Doty, Senior Planner 
Plymouth City Hall | 3400 Plymouth Blvd. | Plymouth, MN 55447-1482
P 763-509-5453 | F 763-509-5407 | jdoty@plymouthmn.gov

Last updated: 6/3/2010 9:29:54 AM