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November 2009 Volume 13
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Welcome to the Newest Members of the Community Energy Challenge: Holyoke, MA; and Chaplin and Orange, CT
  2. EPA Finalizes Nations First Greenhouse Gas Reporting System to Begin in 2010
  3. Study for New England Governors Shows Renewable Energy Potential for Region
  4. EPA Releases Report on Reducing GHG Emissions through Land and Materials Management
  5. Mass Materials Trader
  6. The Call2Recycle program

ARTICLES

  1. Saving Energy May Generate Billions, Study Says
  2. Wood Chips, Wind, Solar Could All Help to Cut City's $2.5 million Utility Bill
  3. Rye Energy Committee Stays on Top of Initiatives
  4. The 2009 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

EVENTS

  1. New Hampshire Local Government Center Annual Conference
  2. The Colebrook Energy and Environment Committee and the Green Group Expo
  3. New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association
  4. Button Up Home Energy Savings Workshops
  5. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financing Forum
  6. The Fifth Annual Melrose, MA Energy Fair

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Competitive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding opportunities
  2. Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) applications now available
  3. The Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Community Scale Wind Initiative
  4. New Generation Energy's Community Lending
  5. Forest Service Issues RFP For Urban and Community Forestry Challenge

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. New Tools Added to Website for Assistance in Becoming a Green Community
  2. Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financing Districts for Local Governments
  3. RGGI and Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) Tuition Discount for Building Analyst Training
  4. DOE Launches Online Resource to Help Local Governments Expand Use of Solar Energy
  5. Creating Model By-Laws for Wind Projects
  6. ENERGY STAR Webinars

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Welcome to the Newest Members of the Community Energy Challenge
    EPA New England welcomes the communities of Holyoke, Massachusetts; and Chaplin and Orange, Connecticut, the newest members of the Community Energy Challenge! These communities have pledged to form local energy committees, benchmark their municipal buildings, and reduce energy use by 10%. With these additions there are 155 CEC members. Welcome!
  2. EPA Finalizes the Nation’s First Greenhouse Gas Reporting System to Begin in 2010
    On January 1, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will, for the first time, require large emitters of heat-trapping emissions to begin collecting greenhouse gas (GHG) data under a new reporting system. This new program will cover approximately 85 percent of the nation’s GHG emissions and apply to roughly 10,000 facilities. EPA has developed an Applicability Tool to aid entities in assessing whether they are required to report under the rule.

    More information on the new reporting system and reporting requirements is available

    A guide for state and local agencies is available, and a guide for tribal agencies will soon be available (PDF) (2 pp, 44 K)
  3. Study for New England Governors Shows Renewable Energy Potential for Region (PDF) (41 pp, 1.04 MB)
    At the request of New England's six governors, ISO New England Inc., on September 15, 2009, released the results of a study evaluating renewable resource potential in the region and beyond, as well as the economic and environmental impacts of that development. Download the study (PDF) (41 pp, 1.04 MB) »
  4. EPA Releases Report on Reducing GHG Emissions through Land and Materials Management (PDF) (98 pp, 1.57MB)
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published a report that finds significant potential to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions through materials management (e.g., recycling and waste prevention) and land management (e.g., Brownfield redevelopment, land restoration, and smart growth). The report, “Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Materials and Land Management Practices,” finds that 42 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are influenced by materials management policies. Download the report (PDF) (98 pp, 1.6MB) »
  5. Massachusetts Material Trader
    The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and MassDEP are pleased to announce the launch of the Massachusetts Material Trader, a FREE on-line material exchange network funded by the EPA. Please visit http://www.massmaterialtrader.com today and reduce your carbon footprint by signing up as a member and posting listings of items and materials that you wish to dispose of.
  6. Call2Recycle
    The Call2Recycle program offers businesses, municipalities & institutions the opportunity to enroll in a FREE collection and recycling program for used dry cell rechargeable batteries - NiCad, Ni-MH, Ni-Zn, Li-Ion and Small Sealed Lead (up to 11 lbs.) - and cell phones (any type, working or not). The entire cost of the program is paid for by the battery manufacturers as a product stewardship initiative to keep these toxic items out of our landfills and incinerators. Learn more about the Call2Recycle program »

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ARTICLES

  1. Saving Energy May Generate Billions, Study Says
    According to a report from researchers at the nonprofit advocacy group Environment Northeast, all the money that government agencies, utility companies, and others are spending on efficiency programs not only saves energy, it pumps cash back into the economy - from $6 to $8.50 for every $1 spent. View article »
  2. Wood Chips, Wind, Solar Could All Help to Cut City's $2.5 million Utility Bill
    The city of Warwick, RI contracted with the URI Energy Fellows Program in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Community Energy Challenge to analyze the utility bills of city buildings and conduct an energy audit of each facility. The City is looking into a number of energy efficiency and renewable energy options. View article »
  3. Rye Energy Committee Stays on Top of Initiatives
    Two years ago, the Rye Board of Selectmen formed the Rye Energy Committee and charged its members with reducing the town's carbon footprint. Members have undertaken a number of creative initiatives to accomplish this task. View article »
  4. The 2009 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
    On October 21, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released The 2009 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which ranks states in six categories: utility-sector and public benefits programs and policies; transportation polices; building energy codes; combined heat and power; state government initiatives; and appliance efficiency standards. States can earn up to 50 possible points in these six policy areas combined. The report concludes that the 10 states doing the most to implement energy efficiency are: (1) California; (2) Massachusetts; (3) Connecticut; (4) Oregon; (5) New York; (6) Vermont; (7) Washington; (8) Minnesota; (9) Rhode Island; and (10) Maine. The Scorecard is available here. Information about the State of Maine’s efforts »

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EVENTS

  1. New Hampshire Local Government Center (LGC) Annual Conference
    LGC’s 68th Annual Conference, November 18–20, 2009, at the Radisson Hotel Manchester, will feature a series of four energy-efficiency sessions on Wednesday, November 18: Visit the Annual Conference section of the LGC website for more details and encourage local officials in your community to attend.
  2. The Colebrook Energy and Environment Committee and the Green Group Expo (MS Word) (1 pg, 29 K)
    The Colebrook Energy Committee and the Green Group are planning the Colebrook Energy Expo for November 7th at the Colebrook Elementary School from 9-4 p.m. For more information (MS Word) (1 pg, 29 K) »
  3. New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association (NHSEA) 3rd Annual Home Energy Conference
    On Saturday, November 21st, NHSEA will host the third annual Home Energy Conference at Plymouth State University. For more information go to http://nhsea.org/home-energy/ or contact Madeline McElaney (madeline@nhsea.org or 603-226-4732).
  4. Button Up Home Energy Saving Workshops
    Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG), will be leading free Button Up Home Energy Saving Workshops at the following dates/times/locations:
    11/11, 7 p.m., Chelsea Town Hall, Chelsea, VT 11/15,
    6:30 p.m., Thetford Hill Congregational Church, Thetford, VT

    Visit Button Up Vermont for dates and locations of other workshops or call 888-921-5990. If you are interested in helping to organize a Button Up workshop in your community, please contact Diana Peduzzi (button-up@cvcac.org or 802-279-1708).
  5. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financing Forum
    An informational forum on energy efficiency and renewable energy financing opportunities in New Hampshire will be held at White Mountains Community College in Berlin from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 9, 2009. For more information contact: Rachael Stuart (rs@nhcf.org or 603-225-6641 x 1268. Cell: 603-533-0685)
  6. The Fifth Annual Melrose, MA Energy Fair
    The Fifth Annual Melrose, MA Energy Fair, presented by the Melrose Energy Commission, provides information and hands-on demonstrations about saving energy. It is free and open to citizens of Melrose and the surrounding communities. The Fair will be held on November 15, 2009 from 12:00 PM to 5:00PM at Memorial Hall, 590 Main St., Melrose, MA. For more information contact Douglas Dick (ddick@LDa-Architects.com or 617-719-9801), Melrose Energy Commission

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Competitive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding opportunities.
    On October 19, 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued its competitive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding opportunity announcement. The announcement seeks innovative state and local government and Indian tribe programs, and will use up to $454 million in Recovery Act EECBG funds for these competitive grants awarded in the two topic areas described below. Applications are due to DOE by December 14, 2009, and the voluntary letters of intent are due by November 19, 2009.

    Topic 1: Retrofit Ramp-Up, $390 million
     The first topic area will award funds for innovative programs that are structured to provide whole-neighborhood building energy retrofits. These will be projects that demonstrate a sustainable business model for providing cost-effective energy upgrades for a large percentage of the residential, commercial, and public buildings in a specific community.

    Topic 2: General Innovation Fund, $64 million
    The second topic area will award up to $64 million to help expand local energy efficiency efforts and reduce energy use in the commercial, residential, transportation, manufacturing, or industrial sectors.

    For complete details on the availability of funds »
  2. Massachusetts Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) applications now available
    DOER and the Green Communities Division are pleased to announce that the applications for funding from the EECBG program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also known as stimulus funding, are now available. For more information »
    The contact for these opportunities is Diane Gray (diane.gray@state.ma.us or 617-626-7383).
  3. The Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Community Scale Wind Initiative
    The Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust is pleased to announce that it is now seeking applications for the Commonwealth Wind: Community Scale Wind Initiative 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% or more of the energy produced by the wind system will be consumed or assigned behind the meter. Public projects are also eligible for site assessment services. 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 pays into the Renewable Energy Trust. Applications are due November 17, 2009 by 4 p.m. More information »
  4. New Generation Energy's Community Lending Program
    New Generation Energy's Community Lending Program is providing low-interest loans for solar and solar water heaters for qualified entities in the Northeast. Both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations are eligible for this program. Interest rates range from 0% to 5%, depending on the project and entities can borrow up to $100,000. Entities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are eligible to apply, and entities operating in middle and low-income communities are encouraged to apply. More information »
  5. Forest Service Issues RFP For Urban and Community Forestry Challenge
    The U.S. Forest Service recently issued a Request for Proposals for the National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program. There is approximately $900,000 available for projects within four issue areas:
    • Energy conservation and urban forests,
    • Climate change and urban forests,
    • Public health and urban forests, and
    • Green infrastructure assessments.
  6. Application information is available on www.grants.gov (Search: Opportunity: USDA-FS-UCF-01-2010, or CFDA, 10.675, Agency Forest Service). A copy of the grant package is also available on the Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry website. Pre-proposals are due December 15, 2009.

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. New Tools Added to Website for Assistance in Becoming a Green Community
    New Tools have been added to the Massachusetts Green Communities website for assistance in becoming a Green Community including:
  2. Guide to Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Financing Districts for Local Governments
    The City of Berkeley, CA and the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, have released a guide for local governments on energy efficiency and renewable energy financing districts. This report is designed for local government officials, local government decision makers, state policy makers, and civil society groups interested in establishing an Energy Financing District (EFD) program in their region. For more information and to download the report »
  3. RGGI & DRED Tuition Discount for Building Analyst Training
    Building Energy Technologies, LLC is coordinating the Building Performance Institute (BPI) “Building Analyst” training courses with NH Lakes Region Community College this fall. They will offer six auditor training courses around the state. Students who satisfactorily complete the written and field exams will become BPI certified Build Analysts. Through RGGI grant funding from the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED), the full tuition of $1,100 can be discounted by $500 resulting in a BPI course cost of $600 (includes tuition, BPI written test, BPI field test and textbook. For more information »
  4. DOE Launches Online Resource to Help Local Governments Expand Use of Solar Energy
    The U.S. Department of Energy announced the availability of a new online resource for local governments that assists community leaders and local stakeholders in building sustainable local solar markets. The online publication, Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments, provides local governments with proven best practices enabling them to drive economic development, support clean energy jobs, and reduce carbon emissions by building a robust local solar market. More information is available.
  5. MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Webinar Series
    • Creating Model By-Laws for Wind Projects
      Monday, November 2, 2009 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
    • Ramping up Energy Efficiency: Moving from Talk to Action
      December 2, 2009 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
    To register for these webinars »
  6. ENERGY STAR Webinars
    • Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for Local and State Governments
      Session date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 from 2 -3:00 p.m.
      Description: This session will review EPA’s online energy management tool, Portfolio Manager, which allows you track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of your buildings to peer buildings across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time.
    • Benchmarking Energy, Water, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Portfolio Manager
      Session date: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 from 1-2:30 p.m.
      Description: Facilities that cannot receive a 1- 100 Energy Performance Rating, can still benefit from using Portfolio Manager! In this training, you will learn how EPA's Portfolio Manager can help you evaluate the energy performance of your stadium, convention center, museum, or other facility. All commercial buildings can use Portfolio Manager to track energy use intensity (EUI), energy costs, water consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. This training will cover how to identify data requirements, input space, energy, and water data, and interpret your building’s EUI.
    For more information and to register for these webinars »

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