The Department of the Interior has awarded the $1.7 million in Capital Improvement Project funding for the CNMI through the Office of Insular Affairs’ Energizing Insular Communities program for fiscal year 2020.
Doug Domenech, assistant secretary for Insular and International Affairs, informed Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres about the grant award, totaling $1,706,075, last Wednesday.
“Lt. Gov. [Arnold I.] Palacios and I are very appreciative of our partnership with…Domenech and [OIA], and this funding will help our government’s goal of being energy-efficient and to assist the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. with their infrastructural needs. We thank him and his team for their continued support of our priorities. We also want to recognize our grants administrator, Epiphanio E. Cabrera Jr., and his team for their hard work with our agencies on these opportunities to improve our energy infrastructure,” said Torres.
The EIC funding will be allocated for six high-priority energy projects:
-$672,000 to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. for Phase III of its Pre-Pay Meter Conversion Project
-$403,500 to CUC to improve efficiencies in power generation through SCADA technologies
-$301,700 to CUC for the acquisition of solar engineering master professional services
-$212,920 to the Department of Public Works for Energy Efficiency/Energy Star rebate programs
-$77,530 to the Office of the Governor to integrate energy efficient and renewable energy for Operational Resiliency: Cool Roof System
-$38,425 to the Women’s Affairs Office to integrate energy efficient and renewable energy for Operational Resiliency: Cool Roof System, LED lighting and window reflective film. (PR)