The U.S. Conference of Mayors recently released a report lauding the successful results of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program as a means to call on the federal government to renew EECBG funding, Midwest Energy News reports. Created by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and funded for five years as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the EECBG "provided $2.7 billion for energy efficiency and conservation initiatives to cities larger than 35,000 people, counties larger than 200,000 and tribal governments, along with giving money to states to distribute to municipalities." The group surveyed 204 city mayors for its report, which concluded that "local partnerships with the federal government on efficiency and renewable energy projects have plummeted" dramatically since funding ran out. The report also described in detail the savings municipalities have experienced as a result of the funding, as well as examples of the different projects undertaken. For more, read the full story and report.