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November 2010 Volume 25
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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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 Member of the Community Energy Challenge: Granby, CT
  2. NEEP's New England Energy Efficiency Potential Study released
  3. Button Up NH workshops from Clean Air-Cool Planet and New England Carbon Challenge
  4. Do you have an energy-related volunteer opportunity in the Rhode Island area?
  5. EPA's Green Power Partnership Launches Green Power Community Challenge

ARTICLES

  1. Historic buildings program focus is green design before its time
  2. Energy Assurance for Municipalities
  3. CRMC approves ocean mapping plan
  4. Patrick-Murray Administration Presents Green Communities Awards to Andover, Chelmsford, Hamilton, Lowell, Tyngsborough, and Wenham

EVENTS

  1. Concord, NH - Building New Hampshire Trade Show & Conference at the Grappone Center – November 2-4
  2. Boston, MA - 6th Annual Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center/Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition Conference on Clean Energy – November 3-4
  3. Plymouth, MA - Social Challenge of Wind Energy – November
  4. Boston, MA - Boston Harbor Sea Level Rise Forum – November 9-109
  5. Concord, NH - 4th Annual NHSEA Home Energy Conference at the Grappone Center – November 20

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. New Generation Energy, Green Energy Project Microfundings
  2. Community Environmental Projects - CT, MA, and NH
  3. Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet – deadline December 22
  4. We Can Change the World Challenge – deadline March 15, 2011

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR free webinars
  2. Mass DOER webinar on the Stretch energy code, essential to become a Green Community – November 3
  3. California Air Resources Board Seminar Series webinar "Cool Pavements for Cool Communities" - November 9
  4. State and Local Climate and Energy Webcast: Climate Impacts and Risk Communication – November 18
  5. DOE Technical Assistance Program webinars

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Welcome to the Newest Member of the Community Energy Challenge!
    EPA New England welcomes the newest member of the Community Energy Challenge: Granby, CT! This community has pledged to form a local energy committee, benchmark their municipal buildings, and reduce energy use by 10%. With this addition there are 182 CEC members. Welcome!

  2. EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Webcasts resume at the end of October
    The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) recently released a report entitled From Potential to Action: How New England Can Save Energy, Cut Costs, and Create a Brighter Future with Energy Efficiency. The report identifies the sectors and end-uses where the greatest reserves of efficiency lie in each state, and also provides a set of recommendations and best practices for policymakers. In addition, it estimates the total economic and environmental benefits of maximizing the efficiency potential.

    Download the study »

  3. Button Up NH workshops from Clean Air-Cool Planet and New England Carbon Challenge
    Clean Air-Cool Planet and the New England Carbon Challenge announce the second season of Button Up NH, a highly successful home-weatherization workshop pioneered in Vermont and now available in New Hampshire.

    Free workshops will be offered in more than 30 communities around New Hampshire this fall and winter. These workshops will teach residents basic techniques to save money on home energy

    A complete schedule and a list of the presenters donating their time and wisdom »

  4. Do you have an energy-related volunteer opportunity in the Rhode Island area?
    The URI Energy Center has just trained 40 engaged citizens how to measure energy consumption, develop an energy management plan, implement energy efficiency and conservation measures, and assess renewable energy technologies. They've also learned about important energy policies at the state and federal levels, including available incentives for energy projects.

    Many of these Master Energy graduates will be looking for volunteer opportunities to put their new knowledge and skills to work, and use to earn the official title of "Master Energy Volunteer."

    Please contact Rachel Sholly (rachel.sholly@gmail.com or 401-874-5558) of the URI Energy Center.

  5. EPA’s Green Power Partnership Launches Green Power Community Challenge
    EPA’s Green Power Community Challenge is a year-long campaign to encourage cities, towns, counties, and Native American tribes to use renewable energy and fight climate change. 

    Communities will compete from September 20, 2010, to September 1, 2011 to see which one can use the most green power, and which one can achieve the highest green power percentage of total electricity use. The winning communities will be declared in September 2011 and will receive special attention and recognition from EPA. Throughout the Challenge, EPA will provide technical assistance to help participants increase their use of green power.

    To participate in the Challenge, communities must join the Green Power Partnership as a partner and buy green power in amounts that meet the program’s minimum purchase requirements.  The local government must also submit a signed Green Power Communities Partnership Agreement, and initiate a community-wide green power campaign to encourage local businesses and residents to buy green power.

    For more information about becoming a Green Power Community, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/communities, or contact Anthony Amato at anthony.amato@erg.com or (781) 674-7225.

    For more information on the Green Power Community Challenge, visit  www.epa.gov/greenpower/communities/gpcchallenge.htm or contact Allison Dennis at dennis.allison@epa.gov or (202) 343-9526.

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ARTICLES

  1. Historic buildings program focus is green design before its time
    Preservation Worcester will kick off its "Green Initiative" program this month with events that examine how sustainability and energy conservation factor into historic preservation projects. Preservation Worcester (PW) is non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods which represent the culture, history, and architecture of Worcester, Massachusetts.

    Deborah Packard, PW's executive director, said that data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency show that buildings built before 1920 are more energy-efficient because they have thick walls that reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling. She also said that designers of older buildings always sought to site structures to take advantage of the sun in winter.

    Read full article »

  2. Energy Assurance for Municipalities
    Energy assurance -as opposed to energy emergency response- is increasingly recognized not only as an important component of the nation's energy emergency planning, but also as a more comprehensive approach intended to:
    • reduce the likelihood of energy emergencies;
    • reduce the potential severity and duration of energy emergencies; and
    • increase the reliability of access to the energy that underlies every aspect of our lives and economy.
    Municipal officials and local first responders are essential to energy assurance and security. Local officials can identify infrastructure interdependencies that can interfere with energy assurance and provide state officials with valuable, real-time information during energy supply disruptions.

    Read full article »

  3. CRMC approves ocean mapping plan
    The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) recently approved the Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP). The ocean mapping plan not only identifies the best locations for wind turbines in state waters, but also suggests a suitable site in nearby waters under federal jurisdiction. State officials ultimately want the Ocean SAMP to govern that area — federal waters generally begin three miles offshore — which could be the location for a large turbine project proposed by Deepwater Wind.

    Read full article »

  4. Patrick-Murray Administration Presents Green Communities Awards to Andover, Chelmsford, Hamilton, Lowell, Tyngsborough, and Wenham
    The Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Ian Bowles recently congratulated officials from Andover, Chelmsford, Hamilton, Lowell, Tyngsborough and Wenham for clean energy efforts that qualified them to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in state Green Communities grants to finance projects that cut energy use.

    The six communities honored were among the 35 cities and towns across the state that met the criteria to be designated as Green Communities by the Department of Energy Resources' (DOER) Green Communities Division last spring. These communities applied in June for grants to fund local clean energy projects and were notified of their grants this summer.

    Read full article »

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EVENTS

  1. Concord, NH – Building New Hampshire Trade Show & Conference at the Grappone Center – November 2-4
    This trade show is an opportunity to display, explore, test, and demo the latest in energy-efficient, sustainable building materials and products. This exciting three-day conference will include professional development seminars, continuing education, and certification courses for building pros. Exhibits will include products from the design phase through the completion of residential built environment.

    For more information »

    Volunteer at the show and the HBRANH/Build Green NH booth and receive free admission to the trade show floor! Contact Elizabeth Fischer (erfischer@buildgreennh.com or call 603-491-0077) to volunteer

  2. Boston, MA – 6th Annual Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center/Massachusetts
    Hydrogen Coalition Conference on Clean Energy – November 3-4

    Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston, MA

    The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center and the Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition are sponsoring the 6th Annual Conference on Clean Energy. This two day conference is designed to provide you with the latest investment opportunities, business insights, and fund-raising strategies in Clean Energy.

    For preliminary Agenda, information and registration »

  3. Plymouth, MA – Social Challenge of Wind Energy – November 9 (PDF) (2 pp, 83 K, about PDF)
    Hosted by the Manomet Center
    8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Plymouth Radisson, Plymouth, MA.

    Examine efficient and science-based ways to talk about wind energy. Hear from community leaders, developers, conservationists and social outreach experts who have firsthand experience with wind power permitting and development. Panelists will discuss lessons learned from projects that faced significant social challenges as well as projects that were permitted and built without acrimonious opposition.

    Attendees will receive a collection of the panelists' best practices for wind energy outreach and discussion, and will learn how to more effectively determine appropriate wind energy sites. Registration for this event is limited.

    COST: Elected or Appointed Town Officials: $35
    Non-Profit and Academic: $35
    Everyone Else: $55

    For the full conference agenda (PDF) (2 pp, 83 K, about PDF) »

  4. Boston, MA – Boston Harbor Sea Level Rise Forum – November 9-10
    The Boston Harbor Association is hosting the first "Boston Harbor Sea Level Rise Forum" on the evening of November 9 and the morning of November 10. The Forum will be one of the most informative and stimulating forums on this timely issue, and will debut maps showing potential impacts of sea level rise and climate change in Boston Harbor.
    Tuesday, 9 November, 6:00-7:30 pm, reception to follow
    New England Aquarium IMAX Theatre, Boston

    Wednesday, 10 November, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., lunch provided
    John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, Boston
    The Forum is free and open to the public, reservations required. To register, please click on the links below:
  5. Concord, NH – 4th Annual NHSEA Home Energy Conference at the Grappone Center – November 20 8:30 am-4:30pm
    NH Sustainable Energy Association's Home Energy Conference is an opportunity for people of diverse backgrounds and interests to spend a day together and use their collective intelligence to bring NH further into the new energy economy, by learning about energy efficient design and the use of sustainable technologies.

    NHSEA and friends will present workshops providing in-depth information about geothermal, wood boilers, wind, PV, and solar thermal, as well as increasing energy efficiency in and around the home, up and coming public policy issues relating to sustainable energy, working to promote community-wide energy solutions, and much more.

    For more information, visit the HEC 2010 Conference InformationHEC 2010 Conference Information page or contact Madeline McElaney (madeline@nhsea.org or Tel: (603) 22NHSEA (226-4732)).

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. New Generation Energy, Green Energy Project Microfunding
    New Generation Energy, a Massachusetts non-profit that finances clean energy projects, has created a new microfunding portal for non-profits seeking to make clean energy improvements. Most are non-energy/environmental community organizations seeking to do efficiency and/or renewable energy installations.

    See funding opportunities »
    For non-profits (of any kind) that wish to have their green energy projects listed to raise funds »

  2. Community Environmental Projects - CT, MA, and NH
    The Northeast Utilities System requests proposals for the Environmental Community Grant Program. This program supports local community and grassroots environmental projects from organizations served by NU subsidiaries Connecticut Light and Power, Western Massachusetts Electric Company, or Public Service of New Hampshire. Individual grants are not to exceed $1000.

    For more info »

  3. Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet – deadline December 22
    EPA, as part of the P3 Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. 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; and Agriculture. EPA anticipates funding of approximately $2.310 million for 79 awards. The solicitation closing date is December 22, 2010.

    For more info, contact Cynthia Nolt-Helms (nolt-helms.cynthia@epa.gov) or go to the funding opportunities page for the 8th Annual P3 Awards.

  4. We Can Change the World Challenge – deadline March 15, 2011
    The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association, request proposals for the We Can Change the World Challenge, a program designed to educate, empower, and engage students and teachers across the U.S. to become "Agents of Change" in identifying and solving environmental problems.

    Awards vary by grade levels and include savings bonds and school grants. Applications are being accepted from August 31, 2010 through March 15, 2011

    For more info »

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (all times are EST; registration required but free)
    • Nov 3, 2pm, Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager
    • Nov 4, 2pm, Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
    • Nov 9, 2pm, Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments
    • Nov 16, 1pm, Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
    • Nov 16, 2pm, Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment
    • Nov 18, 1pm, Always Count Your Change – How ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Vending Machines Save Your Facility Money and Energy
    • Nov 18, 2pm, ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
    • Nov 30, 2pm, K-12 Benchmarking 101
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars »

  2. Mass DOER webinar on the Stretch energy code, essential to become a Green Community – November 3, 2-3pm
    The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources invites you to join its team of experts for a detailed webinar on the Stretch energy code, essential for your city or town to become a Green Community.

    Stretch Code 201
    Led by Ian Finlayson, Buildings and Climate Programs Manager

    Hear more about implementing the Stretch energy code – the building code with a 20% improvement in energy efficiency – now adopted by 49 communities in MA, together with a Q&A section covering implementation and code interpretation. Joining Ian to answer your questions will be Mike Guigli, Technical Director and Tom Riley, Code Development Manager, from the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, Board of Building Regulations and Standards.

    To register »

    Note: this webinar is for individuals who already have some familiarity with the Stretch energy code.

  3. California Air Resources Board Seminar Series webinar "Cool Pavements for Cool Communities" - November 9, 4:30-5:30 pm EST
    Haley Gilbert and Melvin Pomerantz off Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Paulette Salisbury of California Nevada Cement Association will present.

    Sign-up for the presentation »

  4. Climate Impacts and Risk Communication webinar – November 18, 2-3:30pm EST
    The first webcast in this series will provide an introduction to adaptation by covering the impacts of climate change across different regions of the United States; the risk presented by these impacts; how climate adaptation differs from climate mitigation; and approaches to engaging various stakeholder groups—regardless of attitudes to climate change—and effectively communicating risk to build support for adaptation efforts in the common interest. A representative from a local government will discuss their experience working successfully with a range of stakeholders to promote adaptation within the community.

    Register for this webcast »
    Please note that the audio portion of this webcast will only be available by dialing into a toll-free conference call.

  5. DOE Technical Assistance Program webinars
    DOE's Technical Assistance Program (TAP) will continue its fall webinar series to assist state, city, county and tribal energy practitioners across the country with their clean energy programs.
    • Nov 1 - How to Design a Community Energy Alliance
    • Nov 3 - Preparing for the Arrival of Electric Vehicles
    • Nov 4 - Effective O&M Policy in Public Buildings
    • Nov 8 - Local Power Empowers: CHP and District Energy
    • Nov 9 - Driving Demand: Working with and Learning from Contractors
    • Nov 10 - EM&V 101: General Approaches to Tracking Data and Estimating Savings
    • Nov 15 - Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs 101
    • Nov 17 - State Clean Energy Policy Impact
    • Nov 18 - Negotiating and Entering Into an ESPC
    • Nov 30 - Community Renewables Projects
    For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Solution Center Webcasts.

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