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December 2009 Volume 14
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: Bridgeport and Wilton, CT and Acton, MA
  2. Green Communities wants to share your successes!
  3. New Hampshire Building Energy Codes – New requirements coming April 2010
  4. New Hampshire Municipal Energy Assistance Program - Significant UPDATE!

ARTICLES

  1. Volunteers prevent heat loss with window panels
  2. RETScreen—A Powerful Energy Projects Screening Tool
  3. Optimize Your Industrial Pumping Systems

EVENTS

  1. Introduction to Permaculture - A Framework for Greater Food and Energy Security in a Low Energy Future – Plymouth, NH

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Home Depot Grants
  2. Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
  3. Commercial Building Partnership (CBP) Program proposal solicitation
  4. US Department of Energy R-5 Windows: RFP coming soon

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR Webinars
  2. New guide to improving energy use in historic homes and districts released
  3. Do It Yourself: Energy Savings at Home

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Welcome to the Newest Members of the Community Energy Challenge: Bridgeport and Wilton, CT and Acton, MA
    EPA New England welcomes the newest members of the Community Energy Challenge! These communities have pledged to form local energy committee, benchmark their municipal buildings, and reduce energy use by 10%. With these additions there are 159 CEC members. Welcome!
  2. GREEN COMMUNITIES WANTS TO SHARE YOUR SUCCESSES!
    Many of you have done great things regarding Energy Efficiency policies, Zoning By-Laws, or RFPs. Green Communities in Massachusetts is asking you to share them with cities and towns across Massachusetts.
    Send us your:
    • Municipal or Regional Energy Plan
    • Energy policies (energy conservation, efficient vehicles, etc…)
    • Zoning Bylaws (renewable energy as-of-right, etc)
    • Energy Committee mission statement and committee make-up
    • Energy Efficiency or Renewable Energy procurement documents (RFPs, RFQs, etc.)
    Green Communities will post them on the Green Communities website for all to share. This new "online" sharing opportunity will be a resource for cities and towns to learn more about how their fellow communities are meeting their energy goals.

    Contact Jim Barry (Jim.Barry@State.MA.US or call 413-755-2232) for further information.

  3. New Hampshire Building Energy Codes – New requirements coming April 2010
    All new construction, renovations and additions must meet the requirements of the New Hampshire Building Code. For information regarding certification of compliance with the Energy Code »

    A new code becomes effective April 1, 2010. The State Building Code Review Board has adopted the IECC 2009 with amendments. Obtain a copy of the basic code »
  4. New Hampshire Municipal Energy Assistance Program - Significant UPDATE!
    New Hampshire has recently seen a dramatic increase in resources available to municipalities to assist in energy conservation and efficiency. Among the resources at your disposal is the NH Municipal Energy Assistance Program (NHMEAP), a collaborative effort involving existing New Hampshire entities, funded through the NH Public Utilities Commission. For more information »

    For questions, please call or email Christa Koehler (ckoehler@cleanair-coolplanet.org), 603-570-7508

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ARTICLES

  1. Volunteers prevent heat loss with window panels
    “Volunteers in Franklin County, MA are working on preventing heat loss in homes through the Community Energy Challenge,” said Nancy Teel, a member of the Franklin County Energy Resource Team. A pilot project is under way at 82 High Street where a handful of volunteers are building window panels to stop heat loss. View article »
  2. RETScreen—A Powerful Energy Projects Screening Tool
    Imagine if there was a do it yourself (DIY) energy audit system for everyone? Well, now energy planners and average citizens alike can find more clean ways to power the world, to save money, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RETScreen is a series of powerful databases and analytical tools that calculate the incremental benefits of renewable energy sources like wind turbines, solar panels, more efficient gas burners, or small capacity hydro plants. View article »
  3. Optimize Your Industrial Pumping Systems
    In any energy pump system, there is some energy wasted in the process. From frictional losses to normal wear and tear, the efficiency of a pump system is not 100%. Many factors play a role in pump efficiency. View article »

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EVENTS

  1. Introduction to Permaculture - A Framework for Greater Food and Energy Security in a Low Energy Future (PDF) (1 pg, 151 K, about PDF)
    December 10, 2009, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Pease Public Library, Plymouth NH
    Come and learn what Permaculture is all about, and why it is important to you! What could it mean to your community? This session is especially useful for homeowners, community organizers, design professionals, farmers, and gardeners. For more information »

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Home Depot Grants
    Home Depot requests applications for the Building Healthy Communities Grant Program. This program supports community improvement projects that include, but are not limited to: Improving energy efficiency and sustainability; landscaping and planting native trees; community facility improvements; and the development and/or improvement of green spaces. Individual awards NTE $1.5K. Responses due December 15, 2009. For more info »
  2. Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking proposals for the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. This program supports projects that address a local environmental and public health issue within an affected community. This year the program will emphasize the disproportionate impacts of climate change in communities with environmental justice concerns. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: energy efficiency, renewables, water efficiency, green jobs and green economy capacity building, and smart growth. Total funding of $1 million is expected to be available, with up to 40 awards anticipated. Responses are due January 8, 2010. For more info, including Regional contacts »
  3. Commercial Building Partnership (CBP) Program proposal solicitation (PDF) (4 pp, 1.6 MB, about PDF)
    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Commercial Buildings Team is soliciting proposals for its Commercial Building Partnership (CBP) Program, which is part of the Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative. The objective of the program is to accelerate market adoption of currently available and near-ready energy saving technologies into standard design practice for commercial buildings, as well as the related operations, maintenance, and monitoring activities needed to attain high levels of performance. Working with the Commercial Building Partner, the DOE Commercial Team will make a business case for such investments by showcasing the building projects selected for this program.

    Successful candidates will be recognized as Commercial Building Partners and provided with no-cost technical support from the Department’s National Laboratories to develop, incorporate, test, and share energy-efficient designs and practices. The array of options available and the final building performance will be documented in the form of a case study project report so that others in the commercial building sector can learn from this experience. For more information (PDF) (4 pp, 1.6 MB, about PDF) »
  4. US Department of Energy R-5 Windows: RFP coming soon
    The R-5 and Low-e Storm Windows Volume Purchase is part of a DOE-led market transformation strategy developed to overcome cost, the principal barrier to widespread market commercial of these more energy efficient windows. While R-5 windows can reduce the average heat loss through windows by 40% over common ENERGY STAR windows with an R-3 value, and low-e storm windows have the potential to double the energy savings compared to a storm window without a low-e coating, these windows are only available today at a considerable price premium through special order. The goal of this program is to not only make these windows affordable, but also widely available from multiple sources.

    For more information on the program, please contact Jason Bogovich (bogovich@energetics.com or call 410-953-6257). Or visit the website »

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. Upcoming ENERGY STAR Webinars
    New Tools have been added to the Massachusetts Green Communities website for assistance in becoming a Green Community including:
    • Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for Local and State Governments
    • Senior Care Energy Survey
    • Best Practices to Improve Energy Performance: Commercial Real Estate
    • ENERGY STAR K-12 Schools Quarterly Networking Meeting
    • Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager
    For more information and to register »

  2. New guide to improving energy use in historic homes and districts released (PDF) (48 pp, 3.7 MB, about PDF)
    A new publication from Clean Air-Cool Planet is designed to help historic district commissions and other local organizations and property owners make historic buildings more energy efficient.

    Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Historic Preservation: A Guide for Historic District Commissions details in 40 pages ways to employ energy efficiency measures and renewable energy without detracting from the historic value of properties, from private residences to community buildings and museums. Download the guide (PDF) (48 pp, 3.7 MB, about PDF) »
  3. Do It Yourself: Energy Savings at Home
    Video series from UMaine Cooperative Extension - Do It Yourself: Energy Savings at Home Share this information with your town residents! Download the guide »

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