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August 2010 Volume 22
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Appliance Rebate Program in Rhode Island Re-launched as of 7/21/10
  2. Vermont – Upper Valley Home Weatherization Challenge
  3. Resolutions from the New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers 34th Annual Conference in Lenox, MA

ARTICLES

  1. Massachusetts Recognized for Advancing Building Energy Codes
  2. Maine – Governor Signs Memorandum of Understanding on Ocean Energy Development with Premier of Nova Scotia
  3. White House – Executive Order – Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes
  4. Heat Waves Bring Ways to Save

EVENTS

  1. Providence, RI – Ocean State Clean Cities meeting – August 3
  2. Waterville, ME – Sustain Mid-Maine Coalition's Green Expo 2010 – August 4
  3. Billerica, MA – Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition meeting – August 11
  4. Boston, MA – Boston GreenFest on City Hall Plaza – August 19-21

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. US DOE State Energy Program (SEP) PY 2010 Formula Award Funding Opportunity Announcement – deadline August 30
  2. EPA grant solicitation – Market-Based Approaches to Reducing GHG Emissions Through Energy Efficiency in Homes and Buildings – deadline September 2
  3. US Dept of Commerce – Economic Development Administration – Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund – deadline September 30
  4. Massachusetts - Commonwealth Wind: Community Scale Wind Initiative – deadline September 14, 4pm

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. Teleconference with ICLEI: Building Climate Resilient Communities in New Hampshire and Vermont – August 12
  2. ENERGY STAR free webinars
  3. US EPA – Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Guides

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Appliance Rebate Program in Rhode Island Re-launched as of 7/21/10
    The purposes of this program are to take energy inefficient kitchen appliances and heating systems out of use, encourage their recycling, and replace them with energy efficient ENERGY STAR appliances through direct consumer rebates. The program will be open to consumers throughout the state in areas serviced by National Grid, the Pascoag Utility District and Block Island.

    For more information »

  2. Vermont – Upper Valley Home Weatherization Challenge
    SERG and our Upper Valley Home Energy Assistance Team (UV-HEAT) partners, COVER and the Upper Valley Housing Coalition, are launching the Upper Valley Home Weatherization Challenge. We will be working with town energy committees in the Upper Valley to promote and expand home weatherization with the goal of doubling, tripling and quadrupling the number of completed jobs over the next 3 years. We are now collecting baseline numbers on how many energy retrofits were completed in Upper Valley towns from 9/1/09 – 8/31/10.

    If you are aware of completed jobs in the UV over this time or want more information on the Challenge, please contact Bob Walker, SERG@valley.net or 802-785-4126.

  3. Resolutions from the New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers 34th Annual Conference in Lenox, MA
    The 34th Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Lenox, MA, held on June 12, 2010, resulted in several resolutions, three of which related to energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

    RESOLUTION 34-1 – RESOLUTION CONCERNING ENERGY
    RESOLUTION 34-2 – RESOLUTION CONCERNING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS FROM TRANSPORTATION SOURCES
    RESOLUTION 34-3 – RESOLUTION CONCERNING ENERGY EFFICIENCY

    Read the Resolutions »

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ARTICLES

  1. Massachusetts Recognized for Advancing Building Energy Codes
    The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized a team from Massachusetts for its innovative leadership in working together to develop, write and ultimately get adopted the first state-level stretch building energy code in the country.

    The Massachusetts Stretch Code Team, comprised of staff from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, the Board of Building Regulations and Standards, and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, was presented with the Jeffrey A. Johnson Award on July 19, 2010, at Energy Codes 2010.

    Read full press release »

  2. Maine – Governor Signs Memorandum of Understanding on Ocean Energy Development with Premier of Nova Scotia
    The MOU calls for Maine and Nova Scotia to share information on renewable electricity with a focus on ocean tidal energy and offshore wind energy and explore opportunities to bring together tidal energy academics, researchers, policy makers and private sector developers from the two jurisdictions.

    Read full article »

  3. White House – Executive Order – Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes
    This order adopts the recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, except where otherwise provided in this order, and directs executive agencies to implement those recommendations under the guidance of a National Ocean Council. Based on those recommendations, this order establishes a national policy to ensure the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the health of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems and resources, enhance the sustainability of ocean and coastal economies, preserve our maritime heritage, support sustainable uses and access, provide for adaptive management to enhance our understanding of and capacity to respond to climate change and ocean acidification, and coordinate with our national security and foreign policy interests.

    Read full articles »

  4. Heat Waves Bring Ways to Save
    Hard-working AC units add a strain on the nation's electricity grid and lead to brownouts and power outages. And while you can't prevent your entire neighborhood from losing power, you can take action to lower your household's energy usage and reduce your utility bills.

    Tell the members of your household and neighborhood about the following ways to save energy during the dog days of summer.

    For list of all tips »

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EVENTS

  1. Providence, RI – Ocean State Clean Cities meeting – August 3, 9:30am-12pm
    1 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI
    Please join us for a stakeholder meeting on August 3, 2010 in conference room A at the Department of Administration, 1 Capitol Hill, Providence. Participants are invited to learn about US DOE programs and partnerships, get updates on emerging technology (such as electric vehicles), and learn about upcoming grant opportunities.

    Register »

  2. Waterville, ME – Sustain Mid-Maine Coalition's Green Expo 2010 – August 4, starts at 4pm
    Barrels Community Market, 74 Main St, Waterville, ME

    As part of the Taste of Greater Waterville, Sustain Mid-Maine Coalition presents their Green Expo 2010. A dozen exhibitors will be available to talk about energy related topics, sustainability and green living.

    More Information »

  3. Billerica, MA – Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition meeting – August 11, 9:30-12 noon
    GE Sensing facility Billerica, MA, off route 3
    Topics: EV charging station: Introducing the GE WattStation, hybrid conversion technology: Energy eXtreme; Fleet vehicle utilization technology: Zipcar Fast Fleet

    For more information, contact Stephen Russell (Stephen.Russell@State.MA.US), Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator/Mass Clean Cities

  4. Boston, MA – Boston GreenFest on City Hall Plaza – August 19-21
    As the region's largest environmental and multicultural festival, Boston GreenFest celebrates the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities.

    Learn More »

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. US DOE State Energy Program (SEP) PY 2010 Formula Award Funding Opportunity Announcement – deadline August 30
    Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000308
    The U.S. Department of Energy's State Energy Program (SEP) is seeking to provide grants to state energy offices in all states and U.S. territories to design and carry out their own renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. States use grants to address their energy priorities and program funding to adopt emerging renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

    More Information »
    View the Solicitation at grants.gov »

  2. EPA grant solicitation – Market-Based Approaches to Reducing GHG Emissions Through Energy Efficiency in Homes and Buildings – deadline September 2
    RFP# EPA-OAR-CPPD-10-11
    Request for Proposals (RFP) (PDF)
    (24pp, 110 K)
    This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals that advance national, regional, state, and local energy efficiency programming by utilizing market-based approaches to program design and delivery.

  3. US Dept of Commerce – Economic Development Administration – Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund – deadline September 30
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, nonprofit organizations
    The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) advances economic growth by assisting communities experiencing chronic high unemployment and low per capita income to create an environment that fosters innovation, promotes entrepreneurship, and attracts increased private capital investment. EDA requests proposals for the following programs: Public Works, Planning, Local Technical Assistance, and Economic Adjustment Assistance. Under the Economic Adjustment Assistance program, EDA has allocated $14.7 million to the Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund, which supports projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality. Proposals are being accepted and are being reviewed on an ongoing basis.

    For more info, including contact info »

  4. Massachusetts - Commonwealth Wind: Community Scale Wind Initiative – deadline September 14, 4pm
    The Commonwealth Wind Community Scale Initiative provides grants through a competitive application process for the installation of Wind Projects by professional, licensed contractors at commercial, industrial, institutional, residential, and Public Entity facilities. The Applicant and project site must both be served by distribution utilities that pay into the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund, administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The grants are based on the size and other characteristics of the Wind Project. MassCEC is offering grant funding for the in-depth study of the feasibility and the design and construction of eligible wind projects.
    • Solicitation Posted – July 28, 2010
    • Webinar – August 5, 2010 at 2:30pm
    • Deadline for Written Questions – August 16, 2010
    • Final Question and Answer Posted – August 20, 2010
    • Applications due at MassCEC – September 14, 2010 4:00 p.m. (applications received after 4 p.m. will not be accepted)
    • Interviews for Design and Construction Applicants – September 21-22, 2010
    • Awards Announced - October 2010
    More Information »

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. Teleconference with ICLEI: Building Climate Resilient Communities in New Hampshire and Vermont – August 12 10-11:30am
    Join ICLEI and New Hampshire and Vermont local governments for a climate adaptation teleconference discussion on how your community can begin preparing for the impacts and costs of climate change.

    Please contact Alison Webster with questions and to RSVP: allison.webster@iclei.org 617-960-3407

  2. ENERGY STAR webinars (all times are EST; registration required but free)
    • Aug 3, 2pm, Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments
    • Aug 4, 2pm, Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
    • Aug 17, 1pm, Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
    • Aug 18, 1pm, Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment
    • Aug 25, 2pm, ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
    • Aug 31, 2pm, K-12 Benchmarking 101
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars »

  3. US EPA – Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Guides
    The Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Guides provide a comprehensive, straightforward overview of local government greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction strategies that local governments can employ. Topics include energy efficiency, transportation, community planning and design, solid waste and materials management, and renewable energy. More information »

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