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May 2013 Volume 55
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. U.S. EPA Releases Annual National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report

ARTICLES

  1. U.S. Department of Energy's National Laboratory Releases Report on Impact of City-level Permitting Processes on Residential Photovoltaics
  2. Climate Institutes Release Report on State of Adaptation in the United States
  3. Governors' Wind Energy Coalition Releases Analysis of State Renewable Energy Standards
  4. National Renewable Energy Laboratory Launches Open Source Solar Performance Database to Facilitate Solar Investment

EVENTS

  1. South Portland, ME – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fair – May 4
  2. White River Junction, VT – Annual Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable – May 8
  3. Brunswick, ME – Solar open house tour – May 23

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Efficiency Maine - Appliance Rebate Program – deadline June 30 or until funds run out

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
  2. U.S. Department of Energy's National Laboratory Releases Guide to Financing School Energy Upgrades
  3. U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Releases App to Facilitate Energy, Climate Visualization
  4. Obama Administration Releases National Natural Resources Climate Adaptation Strategy

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. U.S. EPA Releases Annual National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report
    The U.S. EPA released its 18th annual report of overall U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2011. According to the report, U.S. GHG emissions decreased by 1.6 percent from 2010 to 2011. This decrease was attributed to a number of factors, including improvements in fuel efficiency in vehicles and reduced emissions from electricity generation.

    Entitled “The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2011,” the full report is available.

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ARTICLES

  1. U.S. Department of Energy's National Laboratory Releases Report on Impact of City-level Permitting Processes on Residential Photovoltaics
    The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a report that evaluates the effect of city-level permitting processes on the installed price of residential photovoltaic (PV) systems in California cities. The study uses a dataset from the U.S. Department of Energy's Rooftop Solar Challenge Program, which includes city-level permitting process “scores,” plus data from the California Solar Initiative and the U.S. Census. The findings illustrate the potential price and development-time benefits of streamlining local permitting procedures for PV systems.

    The report, "The Impact of City-level Permitting Processes on Residential Photovoltaic Installation Prices and Development Times: An Empirical Analysis of Solar Systems in California Cities (PDF) (41 pp, 850 K)," is available.
  2. Climate Institutes Release Report on State of Adaptation in the United States
    EcoAdapt, the Georgetown Climate Center, the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, and the University of California-Davis released a report that surveys activities underway to help communities prepare for climate change and identifies needs, challenges, and potential actions that communities can now pursue. The report provides examples of societal responses to climate change in the planning and management of cities, agriculture, and natural resources. These examples include regulatory measures, management strategies, and information sharing. The report was commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation.

    The report, "The State of Adaptation in the United States (PDF) (122 pp, 1.1MB)," is available.
  3. Governors' Wind Energy Coalition Releases Analysis of State Renewable Energy Standards
    The Governors' Wind Energy Coalition released an analysis showing the positive impact of smart energy laws across the nation. Entitled “Renewable Electricity Standards: State Success Stories,” the study found that as of 2011, Renewable Energy Standards (RES) have brought about new renewable energy projects that have delivered more than 33,000 megawatts of renewable energy in the United States, enough to power 10 million homes.

    The report, "Renewabale Electricity Standards: State Success Stories (PDF) (16 pp, 1.3MB)," is available.
  4. National Renewable Energy Laboratory Launches Open Source Solar Performance Database to Facilitate Solar Investment
    The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory launched an initiative to build a database of real-world performance data from solar facilities across the country. The Open Solar Performance and Reliability Clearinghouse (O-SPaRC) is intended to be an open source database where people can enter information about solar facility performance. The database is intended to facilitate investment in solar projects by giving credit rating agencies and potential investors information to assess the underlying risk of the projects and, ultimately, improve access to capital.

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EVENTS

  1. South Portland, ME – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fair – May 4
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), 2 Fort Road, South Portland, Maine

    This free event, organized by Common Ground Learning Solutions, is aimed at homeowners, small businesses and the general public. The mission of the fair is to provide information about solar, wind, geothermal and tidal power, and to help consumers better understand the options available to them for reducing their energy costs through alternative energy installations and energy efficiency.

    Maine favorite Anni Clark will be the musical guest, with activities for children and food available for purchase from local restaurants.

    The cost of the fair is free to all with registration – attendees and vendors. For the day's agenda and registration information »

    For more information, contact: Continuing Studies Office, 207-741-5758, pfleury@smccME.edu
  2. White River Junction, VT – Annual Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable – May 8
    5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Bugbee Senior Center, 262 North Main Street, White River Junction, VT

    All are invited to attend the annual Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable to take place Wednesday, May 8th, 5:30 – 8:30pm at the Bugbee Senior Center in White River Jct. The Roundtable is free and a light buffet dinner will be provided, thanks to event sponsors Building Energy, Tarm Biomass, Simple Energy and the Enfield Energy Emporium.

    The Roundtable is intended to promote networking and information sharing to assist energy committees in carrying out their work.

    To RSVP for the May 8th Roundtable, go to the Doodle poll.

    Please have one member of your energy committee take a survey.

    For more information, visit Annual Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable event page or contact Bob Walker (bwalker@serg-info.org or 802-785-4126).
  3. Brunswick, ME – Solar Open House Tour – May 23
    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Newlin and Carton Residence, 30 East Coxon Road, Brunswick, ME

    Free and open to the public

    Open house at the home of John Newlin and Patty Carton provides a tour of their solar energy systems on Thursday, May 23rd from 6pm – 7:30pm.

    They have a solar hot water system which provides most of their household's domestic hot water supply, as well as a 5.6kw solar electric array that provides most of their electricity. Both systems were commissioned in 2012 and have since dramatically reduced their home's reliance on fossil energy.

    During the tour there will be a short presentation by ReVision Energy, a tour of the system, and an opportunity to ask questions of the homeowners and ReVision staff. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. 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.

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
    May 8, 1:00 pm, School Siting: Understanding the challenges and opportunities for communities and decision-makers
    May 9, 1:00 pm, Data Center Energy Efficiency Opportunities: What Managers Should Know
    May 14, 2:00 pm, Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
    May 21, 1:00 pm, Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR ®
  2. U.S. Department of Energy's National Laboratory Releases Guide to Financing School Energy Upgrades
    The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a guide on planning and financing comprehensive energy upgrades in K-12 schools. The guide covers different options for public and private financing approaches, and contains numerous case studies of school district projects. It is written explicitly for school administrators, facilities managers, and others in K-12 education management.

    The guide, "Financing Energy Upgrades for K-12 School Districts (PDF) (46 pp, 1.7 MB)," is available.
  3. U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Releases App to Facilitate Energy, Climate Visualization
    The U.S House Natural Resources Committee released an iPad app, "Energy Visualizer" (eVIZ), that allows users to map information about the U.S. Energy market. The app includes sections on U.S. energy production and consumption, the costs of extreme weather events, and gas pump savings from increased fuel economy. The app uses data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration's State Energy Data System. The app is intended to help lawmakers, congressional staff, the public, and the press easily understand information on energy production, consumption, and the impacts of extreme weather and climate change.
  4. Obama Administration Releases National Natural Resources Climate Adaptation Strategy
    The Obama Administration, in partnership with State and Tribal agencies, released the first nationwide strategy designed to help public and private decision makers address the impacts that climate change is having on natural resources. The Climate Adaptation Strategy provides a roadmap of key steps needed over the next five years to reduce the current and expected impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, and plant resources.

    The document, "National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy," is available.

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