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April 2010 Volume 18
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

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. Welcome to the Newest Members of the Community Energy Challenge: Hampton and Killingworth, CT
  2. Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange – April 22-May 5
  3. Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources – new website for Rhode Islanders to participate in the State Energy Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program
  4. Applications being accepted for the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement – due April 5
  5. Letters of Interest being accepted for the 2010 Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program – deadline April 9
  6. Applications being accepted for Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Advocacy – due May 1
  7. Massachusetts – Guidance on Stretch Code Adoption Process for a Town
  8. New Hampshire – New Energy Codes for Buildings – begins April 1

ARTICLES

  1. Governors' Wind Energy Coalition Urges National Renewable Energy Standard
  2. DOE Releases Study of U.S. Wind Power Potential: Maine has highest wind potential in New England

EVENTS

  1. Pittsfield, MA – Clean Energy for a Clean Environment – for K-12 students – April 1
  2. Coventry, RI – Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living Open House – April 3
  3. Providence, RI – Rhode Island GreenFest at the Rhode Island Convention Center – April 17-April 18
  4. Middlebury, VT - Workshop: Reducing Electronics' Phantom Loads in Our Homes and Businesses – April 22
  5. Portland, CT - The Saint Clements Castle Clean Energy Expo – April 25
  6. Loudon, NH – Formula Hybrid race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway – May 3-6

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. NASA Global Climate Change Education Grant – deadline April 28
  2. National Science Foundation Climate Change Education – Letter of Intent due 4/23/10, final proposal due 5/24/10
  3. Massachusetts Wind Feasibility Study and Design & Construction Grants – deadline May 4
  4. DOE Weatherization Assistance Program – deadline varies depending on fiscal year of applicant
  5. Notice of Intent – State Efficiency Grants – release in March/April
  6. Connecticut – Community Catalyst Fund through Clean Air-Cool Planet – rolling acceptance
  7. EPA Climate Showcase Community grants solicitation – Expected in May

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. NH Community Energy Project WIKI Page
  2. 2007 edition of NH Energy Facts – just released information on energy usage in New Hampshire in 2007
  3. ENERGY STAR free webinars
  4. State and local climate and energy webinars

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Welcome to the Newest Members of the Community Energy Challenge: Hampton and Killingworth, CT
    EPA New England welcomes the newest members of the Community Energy Challenge: Hampton, CT and Killingworth, CT! These communities have pledged to form local energy committees, benchmark their municipal buildings, and reduce energy use by 10%. With these additions there are 165 CEC members. Welcome!
  2. Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange – April 22-May 5
    Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange will begin April 22, marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocated $6.2 million to Massachusetts to administer the Energy-Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, to spur significant household energy savings by taking energy-guzzling home appliances out of commission and replacing them with qualified Energy Star models. For an overview of the exchange program, instructions for participation, and eligible appliances and models »
  3. Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources – new website for Rhode Islanders to participate in the State Energy Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program
    Approximately $980,000 will be offered for rebates on new energy efficient boilers, dishwashers, freezers, furnaces, refrigerators and gas tankless water heaters. Information for Rhode Island retailers and residents can be found on the informational guides linked on this site.
  4. Applications being accepted for the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement – due April 5
    EPA is now accepting applications for the 2010 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. This competition is open to public- and private-sector entities that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. Up to five awards will be given in the following categories:
    • Programs, Policies, and Regulations
    • Smart Growth and Green Building
    • Civic Places
    • Rural Smart Growth
    • Overall Excellence
    For more information about the award program and to learn how to apply »
  5. Letters of Interest being accepted for the 2010 Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program – due April 9
    EPA is now accepting letters of interest for the 2010 round of the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) Program. EPA, with the assistance of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation, is offering direct technical assistance from national experts to communities, tribes, regions, and states that want to incorporate smart growth techniques in their development. EPA is also interested in identifying and documenting innovative solutions to complex problems faced by communities as they seek to incorporate smart growth practices. EPA expects to select up to 4 applicants for assistance this year.
    For more information about the 2010 application process »
    For more information about the SGIA program »
  6. Applications being accepted for Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Advocacy – due May 1
    Earth Island Institute requests applications for the Brower Youth Awards, to recognize young people for outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and environmental justice advocacy. Individual awards $3K, six awards anticipated. Visit the Youth Awards website for more information and to access the online application.
  7. Massachusetts – Guidance on Stretch Code Adoption Process for a Town (PDF) (3 pp, 378K, about PDF)
    The Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) revised its regulations regarding the local adoption process for the Stretch Code. Of particular note is that the regulation no longer states that a town can adopt the Stretch Code by vote of the Board of Selectman. As a result, the Green Communities Division has developed the attached guidance for towns, which advises them to adopt the Stretch Code via their town meeting process. Sample article language and a sample bylaw are included in the Guidance.

    If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact your regional coordinator: View the Guidance (PDF) (3 pp, 378K, about PDF) »
  8. New Hampshire – New Energy Codes for Buildings – begins April 1
    All new construction, renovations and additions must meet the requirements of the New Hampshire Building Code

    A new code becomes effective April 1, 2010. The State Building Code Review Board has adopted the IECC 2009 with amendments. You may obtain a copy of the basic code at http://www.iccsafe.org/Store/Pages/default.aspx

    For more information, visit the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission.

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ARTICLES

  1. Governors' Wind Energy Coalition Urges National Renewable Energy Standard
    For the first time, a group of state governors is jointly requesting that Congress and the President adopt a national renewable energy standard - a minimum requirement for the use of renewable electricity Read the full article »
  2. DOE Releases Study of U.S. Wind Power Potential: Maine has highest wind potential in New England
    TAs noted by the DOE, this new study (which was performed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and AWS Truewind) reflects the technology advances since the previous 1993 study. Wind resources development in Maine should be boosted by DOE's conclusion that Maine has the highest generation potential in New England (33,779 gWh); although each of the New England states have substantial untapped potential. Read the full article »

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EVENTS

  1. Pittsfield, MA – Clean Energy for a Clean Environment – for K-12 students – April 1, 4:00-7:00pm
    Come learn about renewable energy projects you can do with students on Thursday, April 1, at the Reid Middle School in Pittsfield, MA.

    Clean Energy for a Clean Environment (CECE) is an engaging program that allows educators and students alike to learn about energy efficiency and safe renewable energy choices and to take actions through hands-on, community-based learning projects. CECE provides engaging inquiry that is solutions-minded and interesting, empowering participants to take steps toward sustainable and healthy living practices and become agents of positive change. Both curricular units of CECE, Clean Green Power and Wind Wisdom are aligned to fit the Massachusetts State Frameworks in science and technology/engineering.

    For more information »
  2. Coventry, RI – Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living Open House – April 3, 1:00-5:00pm
    The award-winning Center for Sustainable Living in Coventry, RI was created by over 2,000 volunteers and 120 businesses. It features signed nature trails, edible landscapes, streams and meadows, and an ecological housing model that showcases over 50 green building systems, technologies and products.

    The open house will run from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm with guided tours taking place at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. For more information, please contact Apeiron at info@apeiron.org or 401-228-7930, or visit http://www.apeiron.org/new/sustainableri/programs_events.php
  3. Providence, RI – Rhode Island GreenFest at the Rhode Island Convention Center - April 17-April 18
    Saturday 11:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm

    The Rhode Island GreenFest will celebrate the latest green solutions to help people to live in a better world. Healthy and local foods, renewable energy exhibits, natural and sustainable products, and entertainment. Celebrate Earth Week with New Englanders who care about our environment.
  4. Middlebury, VT - Workshop: Reducing Electronics' Phantom Loads in Our Homes and Businesses – April 22, 7:00-9:00pm
    A two-hour program about how to reduce energy used when appliances are on standby power, also called vampire power or “phantom load.” Hosted by the Addison County Regional Planning Committee.

    For more information, contact Elizabeth Golden at 802-388-3141. ACRPC Office, 14 Seminary St., Middlebury, VT.
  5. Portland, CT - The Saint Clements Castle Clean Energy Expo – April 25, 11:00am-4:00pm
    Meet residents of Middlesex County who are interested in the many resources available that can help lower their energy consumption while participating in preserving the environment. General admission $5.00 per person, light lunch included.

    Saint Clements Castle invites you to help set the stage for the future by participating in this special clean energy expo focusing on alternative energy and conservation for your business and home.
    • Receive the latest information on clean energy from our guest speakers
    • Learn how to take advantage of state and government incentives to reduce your energy costs and protect the environment
    • Visit with local Clean Energy Task Force members to see what’s being done in your community
    Gather information, visit with the vendors and enjoy refreshments from the Tavern with the folks from your community. 1931 Portland-Cobalt Road Portland, CT 06480 For information please call 860-342-0593 or visit http://www.saintclementscastle.com/Events/eventView.asp?EventID=19
  6. Loudon, NH – Formula Hybrid race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway – May 3-6
    Formula Hybrid challenges college and university students to design, build, and race high-performance, plug-in hybrid vehicles. Building on the Formula SAE program, Formula Hybrid adds an extra level of complexity: fuel efficiency. With technological challenges for students with backgrounds in electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering, Formula Hybrid encourages interdisciplinary teamwork and innovation.

    The competition is organized by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and carries the endorsement of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc. (SAE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). The event also includes an educational program for high school students interested in learning more about Formula Hybrid.

    For more information »

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. NASA Global Climate Change Education Grant – deadline April 28
    NASA’s Office of Education is soliciting proposals to increase learning and teaching about climate science. Proposals that integrate NASA’s findings about climate change with findings in other disciplines, and proposals that offer unique ways of minimizing their carbon footprint in the execution of the proposal are encouraged.

    State and local governments, tribal government agencies and public school districts are entities eligible to apply for the $8 million NASA will have to issue 20 to 25 awards.

    Awards will fall into two categories:
    1. Using NASA Earth system data, interactive models and/or simulations to strengthen teaching and learning about global climate change
    2. Providing global climate change science research experiences for undergraduate or community college students and pre- or in-service teachers, including those in nontraditional teacher licensure programs.
    For more information, contact Tamra Ross at tkross@nasaprs.com or go to: http://nspires.nasaprs.com Refer to Sol# NNL10ZB1011C.
  2. National Science Foundation Climate Change Education – Letter of Intent due 4/23/10, final proposal due 5/24/10
    Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Program, Phase I
    The National Science Foundation requests proposals for the Climate Change Education Partnership Program. This program seeks to establish a coordinated national network of regionally or thematically based partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective, high quality educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts. $10 million expected to be available, up to 15 awards anticipated.

    For more information, contact Karen Oates at koates@nsf.gov or go to: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf10542 Refer to Sol# 10-542.
  3. Massachusetts Wind Feasibility Study and Design & Construction Grants – deadline May 4 at 4pm
    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is pleased to announce the Commonwealth Wind Community Scale Initiative is seeking applications for Feasibility Study and Design & Construction Grants.

    Applications will be accepted for the development of eligible wind energy projects with nameplate capacity of 100 kilowatts or greater that are located at commercial, industrial, institutional, and public facilities where 50 percent or more of the energy produced will be used onsite or net metered per the Green Communities Act. The applicant and project site must either be a customer of a Massachusetts investor-owned electric distribution utility or be a customer of a Municipal Light Plant Department that has elected to pay into the Renewable Energy Trust Fund.

    Please use this link to access the solicitation, application, and other associated documents.

    Also, please note that public projects are also eligible to apply to MassCEC for site assessment services on a rolling basis. If you have any questions about the solicitation, please contact MassCEC at commwind@masscec.com. Answers to frequently asked questions and the bidders’ conference webinar (recorded) will be posted on the Commonwealth Wind program page.
  4. DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) ($210 million) – deadline varies depending on fiscal year of applicant
    DOE requests proposals for Weatherization Formula Grants to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. WAP assists persons who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burdens. Prime applicant eligibility is restricted to agencies responsible for administering the annual WAP formula allocation. Fifty-eight awards are anticipated. The response due date depends on the fiscal year end of the prime applicant, with range of 2/15/10 – 8/1/10.

    For more information »
  5. Notice of Intent – State Efficiency Grants ($30 million) – release in March/April (PDF) (5 pp, 53 K)
    DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) intends to issue two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to provide funding for programs to retrofit residential and commercial property and to develop policies which promote energy efficiency.
    • Strengthening Building Retrofit Markets: Up to $23 million for programs and strategies to retrofit residential and/or commercial properties. Open to State Energy Offices only. Anticipated awards will be in the range of $2 to 5 million per state.
    • Energy Efficiency Action Grants: Up to $7 million to support states and groups of states in achieving an annual minimum electricity savings target of 1 percent through energy efficiency. This area will be represented in 2 separate FOAs: one restricted to State Energy Offices and one that all entities, including Public Utility Commissions, are eligible to apply to.
    Complete descriptions of the proposed funding opportunities are available (PDF) (5 pp, 53 K) »
  6. Connecticut – Community Catalyst Fund through Clean Air-Cool Planet – rolling acceptance
    In 2010, Clean Air-Cool Planet will support groups in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey that are focused on improving the environmental sustainability, health and economic well-being of their communities through energy use reduction, public engagement and the promotion of environmental stewardship. Grants in this program will mainly range in size from $250 to $2,500 per project, but in rare cases we may award up to $5,000. There are no deadlines for grant submission, proposals reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information »
  7. EPA Climate Showcase Community grants solicitation – Expected in May
    U.S. EPA will be issuing a solicitation for a $10 million nationwide grant program for communities sometime this spring. The grant program will award 20-30 grants of $100,000.00 -$500,000.00, and will require a 50% match (that can be in-kind). Local governments, regional communities and tribes will be eligible to apply for funding for projects including mitigation, outreach and education, and implementation of energy efficient technology. More information will be distributed as the grant program is finalized. Information on the first grant solicitation »

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. NH Community Energy Project WIKI Page
    Town Committees are strongly encouraged to create their own Wiki page on this new site. This interactive page helps to organize NH energy committee information so that users can learn, edit, and update content for sharing with everyone. This site will only succeed if towns share their information and experiences. So log on, create an account, learn what other towns are up to, and share your committee's story.
  2. 2007 edition of NH Energy Facts
    The Office of Energy and Planning has released the 2007 edition of NH Energy Facts, a collection of information about energy usage in New Hampshire in 2007. For more information »
  3. ENERGY STAR webinars (all times are EST; registration required but free)
    • April 6, 2:00 – 3:00 pm: For USCM Members: Benchmarking Buildings with Portfolio Manager
    • April 7, 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Portfolio Manager for EECBG Grantees and State and Local Governments
    • April 8, 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
    • April 9, 10:00 – 11:00 am: FOR EFFICIENCY MAINE: Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
    • April 13, 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Responding to the Climate Change Imperative: Setting Energy Use Targets with ENERGY STAR
    • April 15, 2:00 – 3:00 pm: K-12 Benchmarking 101
    • April 20, 1:00 – 2:00 pm: Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
    • April 20, 2:00 – 3:00 pm: For USCM Members: Leveraging ENERGY STAR Resources to Promote Citywide Energy Efficiency
    • April 29, 2:00 – 3:30pm: ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars »
    Energy Star also now has a Portfolio Manager tool to assist Congregations.
  4. State and Local Climate and Energy webinars (registration required and free)
    Check out the EPA State and Local Climate and Energy page for webinars on smart grid, smart growth, PUCs and clean energy.

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