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June 2013 Volume 56
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Teachers Association Open Registration for America's Home Energy Education Challenge – open through November 15
  2. U.S. Energy Information Administration Releases Analysis of State-level Energy-related Carbon Dioxide Emission
  3. U.S. Department of Energy Publishes New Protocols for Measuring Energy Efficiency Savings

ARTICLES

  1. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Presents Energy Conservation Awards
  2. Boston Mandates Energy Benchmarking

EVENTS

  1. Concord, NH – Home Energy Savings Workshop – Button Up NH – June 3 (free)
  2. Brunswick, ME – Affordable Clean Energy Options for Maine – June 7 (free)
  3. Springfield, MA – NEEP Annual Summit – June 18-19

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. U.S. EPA – National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program – deadline June 25
  2. Efficiency Maine – Appliance Rebate Program – deadline June 30 or until funds run out
  3. Efficiency Vermont – Extra $500 Incentive for Completed Vermont Weatherization Work – deadline August 31
  4. 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 Solutions webinar: Financing Energy Projects: Turning Costs into Gold – June 12
  3. Massachusetts Launches Communication Tool, Plan for Global Warming Initiatives
  4. U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Energy Data Tool
  5. Database Tracks Energy Legislation in All 50 States
  6. EPA releases guide for local governments on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency in water facilities

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. U.S. Energy Information Administration Releases Analysis of State-level Energy-related Carbon Dioxide Emissions
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released an analysis of state-level energy-related emissions data from 2000 through 2010. Between 2000 and 2010, carbon dioxide emissions fell in 32 states and rose in 18 states. However, from 2009 to 2010, only 14 states saw a decrease in emissions, as the United States was rebounding from the recession and energy consumption increased in most states, along with emissions.

    The complete analysis, "State-Level Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2000-2010," is available.
  3. U.S. Department of Energy Publishes New Protocols for Measuring Energy Efficiency Savings
    The U.S. Department of Energy published a new series of protocols to determine savings from energy efficiency upgrades in homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities. The protocols intend to provide a straightforward approach for calculating energy savings made through residential and commercial energy efficiency measures in utility-based energy efficiency programs. Entitled "Methods for Determining Energy Efficiency Savings for Specific Measures," they follow accepted practices in the energy efficiency evaluation industry.

    More information on these protocols is available.

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ARTICLES

  1. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Presents Energy Conservation Awards
    The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection presented "Summer Saver" Awards to eleven organizations, including retailers, schools, and manufacturers for their leadership and commitment to reducing energy usage and air pollution during the summer months of 2012. The combined efforts of the award recipients resulted in energy savings of over 363,503 kilowatt hours of electricity, lowering peak electricity demand by 2,032 kilowatts and carbon dioxide emissions by 171 tons. To achieve their savings, the award recipients utilized various incentives offered by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund Small Business and Commercial and Industrial programs available through The Connecticut Light & Power Company and the United Illuminating Company.
  2. Boston Mandates Energy Benchmarking
    Mayor Menino's Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance was approved by the Boston City Council. The ordinance, which will cover approximately 1,600 buildings in Boston, requires all commercial buildings over 35,000 square feet and all residential buildings over 35 units to report annual whole-building energy and water use. As a component of the City's Climate Action Plan, the ordinance will encourage building owners to participate in Renew Boston and local utility energy efficiency programs including a variety of incentives and rebates, and educate tenants on building performance. Boston's ordinance, as in these other cities, requires that buildings report their energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions through EPA's Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Boston joins seven other major cities that have adopted similar ordinances including New York City, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Minneapolis and Philadelphia.

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EVENTS

  1. Concord, NH – Home Energy Savings Workshop – Button Up NH – June 3 (free)
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Forest Society, 54 Portsmouth St, Concord NH

    Now that winter is over, take a look back:
    • Dehumidifiers
    • Room Air Conditioners
    • Room Air Purifiers
    • Clothes Washers
    • Freezers
    • Refrigerators
    • Electric Resistance Water Heater
    • Heat Pump Water Heaters
    Attend this educational workshop to learn about simple and affordable things you can do yourself as well as advanced projects.

    Sponsoring Organization: NH Energy Exchange - a collaboration of central NH Local Energy Committees

    Refreshments included.

    For more information, contact Bob Eldredge (nhenergyguy@gmail.com or (603) 344–4540).

    For more info and to register »

  2. Brunswick, ME – Affordable Clean Energy Options for Maine – Energy Fair and Discussion– June 7 (free)
    6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Pilgrim House, First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland Street, Brunswick, ME

    Vital Connections and Merrymeeting Resilience will host an energy fair and discussion forum, together with a potluck dinner. The evening will be an opportunity to consider the best ways to harness clean energy for home heating and transportation, as well as to build networks and connections among people and organizations working to bring a clean energy future to Maine.

    Among the experts and expertise on hand will be Mike White of Island Carpentry on net zero homes; DeWitt Kimball of Complete Home Evaluation Services on energy audits; Dave Leonard of Evergreen Geothermal on geothermal heating; representatives from ReVision Heat on wood pellet heating; representatives from ReVision Energy on solar heating; Marc Lausier on electric vehicles; and Bill Basford on demotorization. In addition, there will be representatives from organizations doing work in efficiency, bicycling, public transportation and more.

    This event is free and open to the public. A potluck dinner starts at 6; the energy fair starts at 6:30. Donations to cover event costs will be gratefully accepted.

    For more information call Fred Horch at (207) 725-9104 or visit the Vital Connections Network page on Facebook.

    Please RSVP on the Merrymeeting Resilience group on Meetup.org.
  3. Springfield, MA – NEEP Annual Summit Accelerating Innovation in Efficiency – June 18-19
    Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel
    One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA

    This year's Summit focuses on Accelerating Innovation in Efficiency - the Northeast has long been a national leader in efficiency and to continue to carry that torch requires the region to look at innovative approaches to overcoming the barriers that stand in the way of moving towards larger and more aggressive savings goals.

    Join NEEP as they bring together policy makers, program administrators, the business community, industry and other key players in the efficiency value chain. The two day program features workshops on topics like multi-family retrofits and consumer electronics, Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency program, a Student Scholarship and Mentoring program and cutting edge exhibits, all topped off by a day-long conference that brings together thought leaders from across the efficiency industry to inspire lively discussions.

    Visit NEEP for more information and to register or call the Summit Registration Office at 781-860-9177 x110.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. U.S. EPA – National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program – deadline June 25
    U.S. EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.

    EPA New England is soliciting proposals for funding between $150,000 and $300,000.

    The deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 25, 2013.
  2. Efficiency Maine - Appliance Rebate Program – deadline June 30 or until funds run out
    Switching to ENERGY STAR® certified appliances can save hundreds of dollars per year.

    The Efficiency Maine Appliance Rebate Program offers these rebates:
    1. Dehumidifiers
    2. Room Air Conditioners
    3. Room Air Purifiers
    4. Clothes Washers
    5. Freezers
    6. Refrigerators
    7. Electric Resistance Water Heater
    8. Heat Pump Water Heaters
    Appliance rebates up to $300 available until June 30, 2013 or while funds last.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)
    June 13, 1:00 pm, Data Center Energy Efficiency Opportunities: What Managers Should Know
    June 18, 1:00 pm, Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR ®
  2. NH Local Energy Solutions webinar: Financing Energy Projects: Turning Costs into Gold – June 12
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Building owners in every sector are seeking ways to improve their buildings' energy performance, whether the motivation comes from the promise of cost savings, job creation and economic stimulus, improved indoor air quality, or other reasons. Paying for energy efficiency improvements continues to be an obstacle, however, and there's a great need for creative new financing mechanisms. This webinar will explore the variety of financing options available now and a few that are just starting to gain traction, from traditional utility-sponsored rebate programs to PACE districts to private equity and more. Participants will come away with a greater understanding of current and developing options for financing energy efficiency projects at every scale.

    Speakers:
    • Brian Adams, LEED AP, Integrated Building Energy Associates, LLC
    • Kevin O'Maley, Chief Facilities Manager, City of Manchester
    • Jim Fenn, Business Administrator, SAU 88
    Key Topics
    • Financing Landscape
    • Energy Efficiency Financing
    • Financing in Practice: Cities and Schools
    Objectives
    • How large is the market for financed energy efficiency projects
    • Availability of other innovative energy efficiency financing models under development
    • Real world practice of energy efficiency financing
    • Impact of next-generation energy efficiency financing instruments on energy efficient products and services market
    Who should attend?
    • Energy Committee Members
    • Municipal and School Staff and Committee Members
    • Building equipment vendors and service providers
    • Property owners and managers
    • Interested Citizens
    Register »
  3. Massachusetts Launches Communication Tool, Plan for Global Warming Initiatives
    The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has launched a new dashboard for Global Warming Solutions Act initiatives. The dashboard will track progress as Massachusetts implements plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels by 2020. The system is expected to serve as a regional and national model that other states can adopt to analyze their efforts to reduce GHG emissions. EEA also released the Massachusetts Clean Energy & Climate Plan for 2020 (PDF) (136 pp, 1.8MB), which is a portfolio of policies that EEA is currently implementing.
  4. U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Energy Data Tool
    The U.S. Department of Energy announced a new open tool designed to better visualize energy data and make data readily available and useful for state and local governments, private industry, and other energy researchers. A part of the Energy Data Initiative, the Free Energy Data platform (FRED) is intended to make energy usage and generation data more transparent, offering a common format for various inputs and data focuses from global to local-level scales. Additionally, FRED lets users enter their own data and compare it with other jurisdictions and institutions or track performance over time to help improve energy efficiency.
  5. Database Tracks Energy Legislation in All 50 States
    Colorado State University's Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) has gone live with an online database of energy-related legislation pending in all 50 states. The Advanced Energy Legislation (AEL) Tracker, which was created in partnership with Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), is tracking the more than 2,100 bills under consideration in state legislatures that could change the way Americans produce, buy and use energy.
  6. EPA releases guide for local governments on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency in water facilities
    EPA has released a new climate and energy strategy guide for local governments, titled Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs (PDF) (56 pp, 3.6MB). Water and wastewater facilities are among the largest consumers of energy in a community, accounting for 35 percent of typical U.S. municipal energy budgets. Local governments have an important opportunity to reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions by working with these facilities to improve the energy efficiency of their new, existing, and renovated buildings and their day-to-day operations.

    This guide provides comprehensive information for local government staff and policy makers on designing and implementing energy management programs for water and wastewater facilities, including:
    • Environmental, economic, and human health benefits
    • A step-by-step approach to energy management
    • Key stakeholders to engage
    • Policy mechanisms for initiating programs
    • Implementation strategies for success
    • Investment and financing opportunities
    Key features of the guide include:
    • Case studies and examples from communities across the United States
    • Links to technical resources, analytical tools, and sources of funding
    This guide is part of EPA’s Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series, which is designed to help policy makers and program staff plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective climate and energy projects that generate environmental, economic, social, and human health benefits.

    Access other guides in this series.

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