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December 2011 Volume 38
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. U.S. EPA Announces Winners of Apps for the Environment Challenge
  2. Renew Boston announces December 31st registration deadline for no-cost energy upgrades

ARTICLES

  1. Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Releases Regional Energy Efficiency Report

EVENTS

  1. Statewide Vermont – Button Up Workshops – throughout December
  2. Fairlee, VT – Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Annual Conference – December 3
  3. Guilford, CT – Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund at Guilford Senior Fair – December 7
  4. Orange, CT – Author Linda Reeder at the Smart Living Center – December 10
  5. Bow, NH – Introduction to Renewable Energies – December 14
  6. Boston, MA - BuildingEnergy 12 Registration is LIVE! – March 6-8, 2012
  7. Penacook, NH – Save the Date! The 2012 Annual Local Energy Solutions Conference - March 31, 2012

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) – deadline December 22
  2. U.S. Department of Energy Announces Funding to Reduce Non-Hardware Solar Costs – deadline January 16, 2012
  3. U.S. Department of Energy Announces Smart Grid Data Access Funding Opportunity – deadline March 1, 2012
  4. K-12 Environmental Projects – deadline March 15, 2012

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR free webinars (all times are EST; free but registration required)
  2. Webinar series – Climate Change and Energy Planning for MPOs

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. U.S. EPA Announces Winners of Apps for the Environment Challenge
    On November 8, 2011, the U.S. EPA announced the winners of its Apps for the Environment challenge, which was designed to encourage new uses of EPA's data through the development of mobile apps that address environmental and public health issues. Developers from across the country created apps with information ranging from energy efficient light bulbs to local air quality.

    The winner for Best Overall App is the Light Bulb Finder, which is designed to recommend energy efficient bulbs with the right fit, appearance, and quality based on inputs about home fixtures and incandescent bulb styles.

    A full list of winners is available online.
  2. Renew Boston announces December 31st registration deadline for no-cost energy upgrades
    Renew Boston provides free building energy assessments and upgrades to qualifying Boston residents. There is a registration deadline of December 31st, 2011 for no-cost home energy assessments and weatherization services.

    To sign-up for the program, call 617-635-SAVE or go to www.renewboston.org

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ARTICLES

  1. Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Releases Regional Energy Efficiency Report
    The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has released a report that examines overall energy efficiency trends, and highlights which states are leading and lagging in capturing cost-effective energy efficiency to help meet energy demand as cleanly and cheaply as possible. NEEP's first Regional Roundup is designed to give policymakers, efficiency advocates, program administrators, and other stakeholders a comparative view of efficiency progress and challenges across the region.

    The report, "A Regional Round-Up of Energy Efficiency Policy in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic States (PDF) (38 pp, 2.5MB)," is available online.

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EVENTS

  1. Statewide Vermont – Button Up Workshops – throughout December
    Start thinking about where your home or small business might be losing heat and costing you money.

    Attend a Button Up Vermont workshop to find out more about:
    • Reducing your energy bills,
    • Staying more comfortable in your home throughout the seasons,
    • How an energy audit can be the first step to improving the efficiency of your home.
    Workshops for December scheduled across Vermont are:
    December 5 – Rutland
    December 6 – Cabot and Montpelie
    December 7 – Bennington, Morrisville and Williston
    December 8 – Roxbury

    For more information, and to see specific location details and schedule »
  2. Fairlee, VT – Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Annual Conference – December 3
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Lake Morey Inn

    Mark your calendars for the Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference which will be held on Saturday, December 3rd from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee, Vermont.

    Organized by VECAN and the UVM Extension Service, this daylong conference is for town energy committees, municipal officials, local and regional planners, and concerned citizens interested in reducing energy costs and tackling climate change. This year's conference will feature Commissioner Elizabeth Miller with the Vermont Department of Public Service Commissioner and Secretary Deborah Markowitz with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

    Commissioner Miller will talk about the new State Energy Plan and what it means for communities, and Secretary Markowitz will discuss the work of the State's Climate Cabinet. The conference will also feature environmental activist, actor, and writer Kathryn Blume who will talk about how one individual can make a difference in affecting climate change.

    The day will include 14 different workshops focused on promoting efficiency and renewable energy at the local level, along with a number of different roundtable discussions topics designed to promote dialogue.

    For more information, contact: Jessie Schmidt, UVM Extension (jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu or 866-860-1382 x203)
  3. Guilford, CT – Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund at Guilford Senior Fair – December 7
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Guilford Community Center

    The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund will focus on its Home Energy Solutions (HES) program on ways for you to lower your energy bills which will help you save money. HES is an innovative solution to reducing home energy bills through a variety of energy efficiency measures performed by a utility authorized contractor. The service is free for income-eligible residents. Households may also qualify for insulation and energy efficient appliances.

    For more information and directions »

    For questions, contact Rob Bloomstone (bloomrh@nu.com or 860-665-5416)
  4. Orange, CT – Author Linda Reeder at the Smart Living Center – December 10
    10:30 AM to 11:30 AM,The Smart Living Center, 297 Boston Post Road (Route 1), Orange, CT

    This free seminar's topic is Residential Rating Systems. The presenter is Linda Reeder. Linda is the author of Guide to Green Building Rating Systems. She will speak about Energy Star and construction management. Linda is an architect and a former editor for the American Institute of Architects' Architects Knowledge Resource website.

    For more information and directions »

    For questions, contact Sarah Miller-Brooks (Sarah.Miller-Brooks@uinet.com or 203-499-2780)
  5. Bow, NH - Introduction to Renewable Energies – December 14
    6:30 - 8:00pm, Baker Free Library, 509 South Street, Bow, NH

    This free workshop, about how to use renewable energies to make electricity, heat your home and hot water, is being sponsored by Baker Free Library and Bow Energy Committee. This workshop will introduce you to alternative energies such as solar, geothermal, wind and biomass. With the cost of heating fuels and electricity increasing, now is the time to look at alternatives including making your own energy.

    Register:  Eldredgebob@gmail.com or call the library at 224-7113
    Questions? Call Bob Eldredge at (603) 717-6530
  6. Boston, MA - BuildingEnergy 12 Registration is LIVE! – March 6-8, 2012
    Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Drive, Boston, MA

    BuildingEnergy is the most established and most cross-disciplinary renewable energy and high performance building conference in the region. Organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, it brings together architects, engineers, builders, policymakers, developers and building managers for three days of networking, accredited educational sessions and a high-level trade show.

    For more information and to register »
  7. Penacook, NH – Save the Date! The 2012 Annual Local Energy Solutions Conference - March 31, 2012
    The Local Energy Working Group (LEWG) is proud to announce the date of the fourth annual Local Energy Solutions (LES) Conference. On Saturday, March 31st, 2012 at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, NH (just north of Concord), they will again deliver a content rich series of plenary and breakout sessions to help local energy committees, municipalities and schools plan for and address local energy issues. Dozens of exhibitors of energy services and technologies will be on hand to answer your questions. And the phenomenal staff of Merrimack Valley High School will again provide tours of their groundbreaking energy projects and keep attendees well fed and comfortable. Stay tuned for exciting enhancements to this year's agenda. View last year's agenda.

    The LEWG conference planning team has begun planning for this day-long event and wants to hear from you.
    • How to improve on last year's conference?
    • What sessions, topics or speakers would you like to see?
    • Are there topics you think have been already covered effectively and this year should make room for new topics?
    • Have an idea for a stellar key note address?
    For more information or to share ideas, contact Julia Dundorf (jdundorf@cleanair-coolplanet.org).

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) – deadline December 22
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3). The P3 Awards program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for its people. Areas of interest include: Energy; Built Environment; Materials and Chemicals; Water; Agriculture; Green Infrastructure; and Clean Cookstoves. $1.05 million expected to be available, up to 45 awards anticipated.

    Responses due 12/22/11.

    For more info, contact Cynthia Nolt-Helms (nolt-helms.cynthia@epa.gov) or go to: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2012/2012_p3.html

    Refer to EPA-G2012-P3.
  2. U.S. Department of Energy Announces Funding to Reduce Non-Hardware Solar Costs – deadline January 16, 2012
    On November 15, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that up to $7 million in funding will be available to reduce the non-hardware costs of residential and commercial solar power installations.

    Funding is available through the SunShot Incubator Program, and will support the development of tools and approaches that reduce costs such as installation, permitting, interconnection, and inspection.

    Applications are due by January 16, 2012.

    For more information »
  3. U.S. Department of Energy Announces Smart Grid Data Access Funding Opportunity – deadline March 1, 2012
    The U.S. EPA announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s National Energy Technology Laboratory is offering $8 million in funding to state and local governments or tribes through the DOE Smart Grid Data Access program. The program will fund projects in two phases.

    Under the first phase, applicants must demonstrate the capability for electricity customers to access their energy consumption data through a functional proposed tool or software product. In the second phase, those tools or software products will be adopted by an entire service territory, region, or community within the jurisdiction of the applicant.

    The program is intended to support the use and spread of real time electricity consumption data, which can ultimately reduce consumer energy consumption.

    Applications for funding are due March 1, 2012.

    Additional information is available.
  4. K-12 Environmental Projects – deadline March 15, 2012
    Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Launch request applications for the We Can Change the World Challenge for K-12 Students. Through this Challenge, Siemens invites students to team up with classmates under teacher/mentors to solve environmental problems in their school, community, and world.

    $250K expected to be available, responses due 3/15/12.

    For more information »

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (all times are EST; free but registration required)
    • Dec 6, 2pm, K-12 Benchmarking 101
    • Dec 13, 2pm, Responding to the Climate Change Imperative: Setting Energy Use Targets with ENERGY STAR
    • Dec 20, 1pm, Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars »
  2. Webinar series – Climate Change and Energy Planning for MPOs
    The Federal Highway Administration-sponsored upcoming series of Capacity Building webinars on Climate Change and Energy Planning will seek to provide a peer exchange of experiences at various Municipal Planning Organizations, and conclude with a findings report of the diversity of challenges, ongoing and planned activities and identified needs to assist agencies

    Webinars are tentatively scheduled for the following:
    • Climate Change Partners and Collaboration – January 10, 2012*
    • Climate Change Communications – March 2012*
    • Linking Climate Change Solutions to Other Planning Goals – May 2012*
    • Effective Implementation of Traffic Operations and Management – June 2012*
    For general descriptions and dates (PDF) (2 pp, 618 K) »

    *Specific details on date and time will be announced. For questions, please contact Rich Denbow (rdenbow@ampo.org).

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