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July 2013 Volume 57
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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Welcome to the Community Energy Challenge Monthly Update, a monthly publication by EPA New England promoting energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. President Obama Announces Climate Change Action Plan
  2. U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Teachers Association Open Registration for America’s Home Energy Education Challenge – open through November 15

ARTICLES

  1. U.S. EPA Offers Smart Growth Technical Assistance
  2. Vermont Governor Signs Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Bills
  3. Rhode Island Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Purchasing Clean Fleet Vehicles
  4. Vermont Governor and Quebec Premier Announce Electric Car Corridor

EVENTS

  1. Kingston, RI – Take Charge II: an Electric Vehicle Conference – July 11
  2. Chelmsford, MA – Solarize Chelmsford – July 11
  3. Chester, NH – Solar Open House – July 13

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Offering Funding for "Main Street" Redevelopment, Including Energy Efficiency – deadline July 22
  2. Efficiency Vermont – Extra $500 Incentive for Completed Vermont Weatherization Work – deadline August 31
  3. Efficiency Vermont – Incentives for Air Source Heat Pumps – for GMP customers in former CVPS territory – until funds run out

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
  2. NH Local Energy Series: Energy Benchmarking: EPA's Upgraded Portfolio Manager Simplifies the Process – webinar – July 10
  3. U.S. Department of Energy Launches Website to Help Consumers Compare Costs of Driving Electric vs. Gasoline Vehicles
  4. U.S. Department of Energy Launches Residential, Commercial Buildings Performance Database

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. President Obama Announces Climate Change Action Plan
    The President announced his Climate Action Plan that will "[keep] the United States of America a leader, a global leader in the fight against climate change."

    President Obama has announced a series of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change.

    Access the plan (PDF) (21 pp, 311 K).

    Access the fact sheet.

    For more information on climate change, visit EPA’s climate change site.
  2. U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Teachers Association Open Registration for America’s Home Energy Education Challenge – open through November 15
    The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Teachers Association announced that registration has opened for America’s Home Energy Education Challenge (AHEEC). The Challenge is a national student competition that engages rival schools in a local home energy savings competition. Participants will monitor and measure their energy consumption over a three-month period between September 2013 and February 2014 and compare it to data from the same period the year before. Competing schools and classes will compete within 11 regions for more than $60,000 in prizes, distributed at the regional and national levels of the competition.

    Registration for the AHEEC is open through November 15, 2013 and is available.

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ARTICLES

  1. U.S. EPA Offers Smart Growth Technical Assistance
    The U.S. EPA announced that it will offer technical assistance to three areas of the country through the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) Program. The technical assistance is intended to help improve the economy and create jobs while protecting health and the environment through the use of smart growth strategies. One of the recipients, the State of Rhode Island, will receive assistance in assessing impacts from climate change on economic activity and prioritizing actions to build resiliency.
  2. Vermont Governor Signs Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Bills
    Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law three bills designed to improve access to energy efficiency and clean energy. The legislative package is intended to provide new financing options through the Vermont Economic Development Authority and the Treasurer’s Office for projects meeting state energy goals, make improvements to the state’s thermal efficiency programs, and streamline the permitting process for farm digester projects.
  3. Rhode Island Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Purchasing Clean Fleet Vehicles
    The governor of Rhode Island announced that the state is building up to 50 electric vehicle charging stations around the state. The state is also planning to purchase hybrid or electric vehicles for the state fleet whenever possible. Rhode Island is using federal stimulus money to pay for the initiatives.
  4. Vermont Governor and Quebec Premier Announce Electric Car Corridor
    Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois unveiled the first sites of the Vermont-Quebec Electric Charging Corridor. The corridor is the result of an agreement between Drive Electric Vermont and the Quebec-based Electric Circuit. The corridor will initially link Burlington and Montreal, and more than 20 charging stations are expected to be installed along the route. The number of charging stations is expected to increase with the signing of new partnership agreements. The 138 mile corridor is expected to open in the fall of 2013.

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EVENTS

  1. Kingston, RI – Take Charge II: an Electric Vehicle Conference – July 11
    8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    University of Rhode Island, Kingston Campus, Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences

    9:00 am - 1:00 pm $10 attendance with Registration, $15 for walk-ins

    The morning event will feature panel discussion with industry and policy experts followed by lunch.

    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm FREE Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive:

    The general public will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of several electric vehicles (Toyota, Nissan, Chevrolet) and see electric vehicle charging station demonstrations.

    Please join the free afternoon ride and drive outside the Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences Building. (No registration necessary for ride/drive only)

    Register »
  2. Chelmsford, MA – Solarize Chelmsford – July 11
    2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Chelmsford Town Common, North Road & Westford Street Academy Street, Chelmsford, MA
    Farmer’s Market

    The Solarize Massachusetts (Solarize Mass) Chelmsford-Carlisle program looks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity systems through a grassroots educational campaign, driven mainly by Chelmsford and Carlisle volunteers, and a tiered pricing structure that increases the savings for everyone as more home and business owners in town sign up.

    Solarize Chelmsford will have a booth at the Chelmsford Farmers Market on July 11, 2013, from 2:00 – 6:30 p.m.

    Outreach efforts in Chelmsford are being led by Solar Coach Marc Grant (solarize@townofchelmsford.us) and efforts in Carlisle are being led by Solar Coach Richard Kane (solarize@greencarlisle.org). The solar coaches can answer questions and assist home and business owners looking for more information on the program.
  3. Chester, NH – Solar Open House – July 13
    9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – tour is 2 hours
    Connelly residence, 522 Haverhill Rd, Chester, NH

    Join solar experts from Revision Energy and the Connelly family for a solar tour featuring a 7.5kw solar electric array and 3 panel solar hot water system.

    Meet at the Connelly residence at 522 Haverhill Rd, Chester, NH for two tours; 9am and again at 10:30am.

    Tours will begin with coffee, introductions and a brief discussion on solar energy followed by a walk around the property with the homeowner and a representative from Revision Energy. During the tour you’ll have an opportunity to ask the homeowners questions about their experience.

    The Solar Open House is free and open to the public.

    Please contact heather@revisionenergy or call (603) 501-1822 for questions or to RSVP.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Offering Funding for "Main Street" Redevelopment, Including Energy Efficiency – deadline July 22
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is providing funding to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district while improving energy efficiency. HUD will administer $500,000 of funding to local governments with a population of 50,000 or less and with fewer than 100 physical public housing units through its HOPE VI Main Street Program.

    The objectives of the program are to: redevelop Main Street areas; preserve historic or traditional architecture or design features in Main Street areas; enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and provide affordable housing in Main Street areas. HUD will require grantees to take specific energy-saving actions as part of HUD’s Strategic Plan.

    Applications are due July 22, 2013.
  2. Efficiency Vermont – Extra $500 Incentive for Completed Vermont Weatherization Work – deadline August 31
    Efficiency Vermont announced that all Home Performance with ENERGY STAR jobs completed with reports submitted by August 31, 2013 will receive an additional $500 incentive – that is on top of the $100 discount on all energy audits done this year and the $2,000 incentive for improvements made to your home offered by Efficiency Vermont.

    Find out more about the Home Performance program, including links to participating contractors and a list of incentives.
  3. Efficiency Vermont – Incentives for Air Source Heat Pumps – for GMP customers in former CVPS territory – until funds run out
    Available exclusively for GMP residential and business customers who are located in the former CVPS service territory, Efficiency Vermont has a new program offering up to $750 to help homeowners buy an energy-efficient Air Source Heat Pump, which heat and cool homes at a fraction of the cost of conventional heating systems, operating in down to sub-zero temperatures.

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
    The newly upgraded Portfolio Manager will be released on July 10, 2013. ENERGY STAR webinars in July will focus on presenting the 101 course to acquaint users with the new look and functionality.

    Portfolio Manager 101 (90 minutes)
    Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.

    Jul 15, 2013     12:00 pm and 3:00 pm
    Jul 17, 2013     12:00 pm and 3:00 pm
    Jul 22, 2013     2:00 pm
    Jul 24, 2013     2:00 pm
    Jul 25, 2013     2:00 pm
    Jul 30, 2013     2:00 pm
    Jul 31, 2013     2:00 pm
  2. NH Local Energy Series: Energy Benchmarking: EPA's Upgraded Portfolio Manager Simplifies the Process – webinar – July 10
    On July 10, 2013, EPA will release a complete upgrade for its popular Portfolio Manager energy benchmarking tool. This tool, currently in use by more than 40,000 individual accounts to measure, track, assess, and report on the energy and water performance of more than 250,000 buildings nationwide, will get an upgrade that includes a new interface, streamlined functionality, and improved usability, including easy to create charts and graphs.

    Join us as Linda Darveau of EPA Region I shares a preview of the new and improved Portfolio Manager, as well as hear about the importance of benchmarking energy use at your municipal and school buildings from Kevin O'Maley, the City of Manchester's Chief Facilities Manager and longtime benchmarker.

    Register »
  3. U.S. Department of Energy Launches Website to Help Consumers Compare Costs of Driving Electric vs. Gasoline Vehicles
    The U.S. Department of Energy launched eGallon, a tool to help consumers compare the costs of fueling electric vehicles versus driving on gasoline. The web page shows the average eGallon price by state, a metric used to compare electric vehicle costs to gasoline costs. For example, the national average eGallon price is $1.14, meaning that a typical electric vehicle could travel as far on $1.14 worth of electricity as a similar vehicle could travel on a gallon of gasoline. The web page also allows users to compare the eGallon price with the price of gasoline and see how the two prices have fluctuated over time.

    eGallon web page »
  4. U.S. Department of Energy Launches Residential, Commercial Buildings Performance Database
    The U.S. Department of Energy launched a publicly available database of residential and commercial building energy performance information. The database will allow users to access energy performance data on over 60,000 commercial and residential buildings across the country, including their location, age, size and function, electricity and fuel consumption, equipment information, and operational characteristics.

    Buildings Performance Database »

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