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January 2011 Volume 27
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!
  2. Switzer Environmental Fellowships – deadline January 15, 2011
  3. EPA-Region 1's Environmental Merit Awards nomination process is now open! – deadline February 2, 2011
  4. New England Carbon Challenge (NECC) and its partners announce the My Energy Plan (MEP) Video Challenge 2011 for New Hampshire residents
  5. International Young Eco-Hero Awards – deadline February 28, 2011

ARTICLES

  1. Maine Land Use Commission Approves Wind Energy Bills
  2. U.S. EPA Announces Final Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule
  3. Patrick-Murray Administration Designates 18 New "Green Communities" Across the Commonwealth
  4. Energy Efficiency Fund Presented with Leadership Award for Pioneering Energy Programs in Connecticut

EVENTS

  1. Ridgefield, CT – Solar PV Installation Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – January 6, 2011, 6pm
  2. Coventry, CT – Small Wind Demonstration Program Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – January 7, 2011 6pm
  3. Plainfield, NH – Upper Valley Energy Expo – January 28 (evening) and January 29, 2011, 10am-3pm
  4. Burlington, VT – Better Buildings by Design – February 9 and 10, 2011

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. EPA Integrated Assessment of Greenhouse Gases and Climate Impacts – deadline January 7, 2011
  2. NOAA K-12 Environmental Literacy Grants – deadline January 12, 2011
  3. National Clean Diesel Funding – deadline January 13, 2011
  4. EPA Upcoming Request for Applications for Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program – deadline January 14, 2011
  5. Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Request for Proposals to reduce diesel emissions – deadline January 19, 2011
  6. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Request for Applications for Commonwealth Wind: Community Scale Initiative – deadline January 20, 2011, 4pm
  7. EPA Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Funding Assistance Program – deadline January 27, 2011
  8. VECAN grant program: Building the Power of Vermont Communities to Increase Energy Efficiency and Reduce Climate Change Impacts – deadline January 31, 2011
  9. U.S. EPA SmartWay Program Funding Assistance – deadline February 10, 2011
  10. We Can Change the World Challenge – deadline March 15, 2011

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR free webinars
  2. EPA Local Climate Change Adaptation Webcast Series – Part Three: Federal Resources and Support for Climate Change Adaptation – January 13, 2011

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Welcome to the Newest Member of the Community Energy Challenge!
    EPA New England welcomes the newest members of the Community Energy Challenge: Plainfield, CT and Trumbull, CT! These communities have pledged to form a local energy committee, benchmark their municipal buildings, and reduce energy use by 10%. With these additions there are 186 CEC members. Welcome! See a list of all CEC members.

  2. Switzer Environmental Fellowships – deadline January 15, 2011
    The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation request proposals for the Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program. This program provides fellowships to graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their field. Awards have been made to students pursuing environmental policy, economics, land and water conservation, public health, journalism, architecture, environmental justice, business, and law as well as the more traditional sciences of biology, chemistry, and engineering. Twenty fellowships of $15K each are anticipated, as well as networking and leadership support. Responses due 1/15/11.

    For more information »

  3. EPA-Region 1's Environmental Merit Awards nomination process is now open! – deadline February 2, 2011
    For more than thirty years, EPA-Region 1's Environmental Merit Awards (EMA) program has honored teachers, citizen activists, business leaders, scientists, public officials and others who have made outstanding contributions on behalf of our region's public health and our natural environment. The tradition continues in 2011 and we are asking you to let us know who deserves to be recognized for great work done this past year in New England.

    Beginning this year, the nomination process is entirely online and electronic, which will save reams of paper and ink cartridges from solid waste disposal channels, as well as reduce emissions to our air and water, and keep greenhouse gases from our atmosphere. It will also save you the cost of sending your nomination packages to us.

    Nominations are now being accepted; winners will be celebrated at a ceremony in mid-April 2011.

    You can nominate a person or group for either the Lifetime Achievement Award or the Annual Award

    For more information, please visit the EMA site.

  4. New England Carbon Challenge (NECC) and its partners announce the My Energy Plan (MEP) Video Challenge 2011 for New Hampshire residents
    Between January 3 and February 28, the NECC invites individuals (age 13 and above) and groups from across New Hampshire to submit 1- to 4-minute videos about their energy plans.

    This unique short-video contest is the centerpiece of My Energy Plan, a new suite of web tools designed to help households reduce their energy consumption. Entries can be compilations of personal actions, for example by members of a school class or an energy committee.

    Visit http://myenergyplan.net/videos/ for the latest contest details and prize list.

  5. International Young Eco-Hero Awards – deadline February 28, 2011
    Action For Nature invites applications for the International Young Eco-Hero Awards, to recognize the individual accomplishments of young people, ages 8 to 16, for their outstanding accomplishments in environmental advocacy, environmental health, research, or protection of the natural world. Winners will receive public recognition, cash prizes, and certificates for their outstanding efforts to help protect and preserve the environment. Responses due 2/28/11.

    For more information »

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ARTICLES

  1. Maine Land Use Commission Approves Wind Energy Bills
    On December 1, 2010, the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission approved the reclassification of nearly 700 acres of Washington County timberland as a fast-track zone for wind energy development and tentatively accepted the addition of 11 wind turbines to western Maine's Kibby Mountain wind farm. The zoning expansion will allow a subsidiary of First Wind of Massachusetts to expand the footprint of an already designated expedited wind area of about 100 acres in Carroll Plantation. The commission tentatively accepted the Kibby Mountain wind turbines despite acknowledgement that the plan would have adverse ecosystem effects. The commission will meet to formally ratify the decision in January 2011.

    Read full article »

  2. U.S. EPA Announces Final Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule
    On December 3, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule requiring 13 states to revise their state implementation plans to issue pre-construction permits for new and modified sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The requirements to revise the plans apply to all or part of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Wyoming. Prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) emissions control and permitting requirements apply to greenhouse gases beginning January 2, 2011. Most states will be able to implement PSD permitting for greenhouse gas emissions under their current state implementation plans.

    Read full article »

  3. Patrick-Murray Administration Designates 18 New "Green Communities" Across the Commonwealth
    Boston, Dedham, Easton, Gardner, Gloucester, Harvard, Hatfield, Marlborough, Medway, Milton, Newburyport, New Salem, Scituate, Swampscott, Watertown, Wayland, Williamstown, and Winchester join 35 other cities and towns named in the inaugural round of Green Communities designations last May – bringing the total number of official Green Communities to 53.

    Read full article »

  4. Energy Efficiency Fund Presented with Leadership Award for Pioneering Energy Programs in Connecticut
    The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund is being recognized for its work in helping Connecticut organizations advance the efficient use of energy, reduce air pollution and negative environmental impacts, and promote energy security, resulting in cost savings and greener, more sustainable organizations. Connecticut businesses, families and municipalities are projected to save nearly $51 million in energy costs in 2010 as a result of energy saved through Fund programs.

    Read full article (PDF) (2 pp, 27K, about PDF) »

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EVENTS

  1. Ridgefield, CT – Solar PV Installation Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – January 6, 2011, 6pm
    Ridgefield Recreation Center

    Ridgefield, CT, an EPA-Region 1 Community Energy Challenge town and member of the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Program will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new solar PV installation.

  2. Coventry, CT – Small Wind Demonstration Program Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – January 7, 2011 6pm
    Coventry Town Hall, 1712 Main Street, Coventry, CT

    Coventry, CT, an EPA-Region 1 Community Energy Challenge town, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for their wind turbine in the Small Wind Demonstration Program from Connecticut Clean Energy Fund.

  3. Plainfield, NH – Upper Valley Energy Expo – January 28 (evening) and January 29, 2011, 10am-3pm
    Kimball Union Academy, Main Street, Meriden, NH (January 28)
    Plainfield Elementary School, 92 Bonner Road, Meriden, NH (January 29)

    The Plainfield (NH) Energy Committee will be hosting the second annual Energy Expo, now called the Upper Valley Energy Expo, with a movie night to start things off.

    January 28 is movie night at the Kimball Union Academy, where "Crude Awakening" and "Low Impact Man" will show.

    January 29 is the main event at the Plainfield Elementary School:

    There will be over 20 different vendors of energy products and ideas, and a fascinating schedule of workshops throughout the day to stimulate the mind on how the consumer can save energy and money.

    If you are interested in leading a workshop, or have other questions, please contact: Thom Wolke at 603-675-5454 or twincloud@pobox.com

  4. Burlington, VT – Better Buildings by Design – February 9 and 10, 2011
    Sheraton Conference Center, 870 Williston Road, Burlington, VT

    Better Buildings by Design is the region's premier design and construction conference, featuring interactive learning about building durability, efficiency, and value for both residential and commercial projects. Learn from leaders in the design and construction fields about the latest techniques and technologies for superior building efficiency, performance, and value. Find out what works, what doesn't, and what you can put into practice immediately. Experience the latest energy-efficient products and services available for both the commercial and residential markets.

    More Information »

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. EPA Integrated Assessment of Greenhouse Gases and Climate Impacts – deadline January 7, 2011
    EPA has announced the availability of funds ($2 million) and is soliciting proposals to advance comprehensive, integrated modeling and assessment of multiple greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Proposals should also provide ways to enhance understanding of climate change impacts and their economic implications in order to assist decision makers and the public in effectively responding to the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change.

    Eligible Entities: States, local governments, territories, Indian tribes, international organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private non-profit institutions. For-profit organizations are not eligible.

    For more information, view the funding announcement.

  2. NOAA K-12 Environmental Literacy Grants – deadline January 12, 2011
    The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), requests proposals for Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education. This RFP will support K-12 education projects that advance inquiry-based Earth System Science learning and stewardship directly tied to the school curriculum, with a particular interest in increasing climate literacy. NOAA expects $8 million to be available, and anticipates making up to 10 awards.

    For more information, contact Carrie McDougall (oed.grants@noaa.gov) or go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=56016 Refer to Solicitation# NOAA-SEC-OED-2011-2002608.

  3. National Clean Diesel Funding – deadline January 13, 2011
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. This RFP will support projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include, but are not limited to: Retrofit devices, cleaner fuels, and vehicle or equipment replacement. EPA expects $32 million to be available, and anticipates awarding up to 50 grants. Responses due 1/13/11.

    For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgnational.htm

    Or go to: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html Refer to Solicitation# EPA-OAR-OTAQ-11-01

  4. EPA Upcoming Request for Applications for Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program – deadline January 14, 2011
    EPA solicited comments through September 13th, 2010, on the new FY2011 Grant Application Guidelines for this funding opportunity. The RFA announces availability of grants for helping eligible entities deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup activities. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 13 environmental workforce development and job training cooperative agreements from this competitive opportunity.

    Eligible Entities: Local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others

    For more information »

  5. Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Request for Proposals to reduce diesel emissions – deadline January 19, 2011
    The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has received approximately $234,000 in federal funding to reduce diesel emissions in the state. DEP is looking for proposals from municipalities, organizations and individuals for diesel reduction projects that are environmentally and economically beneficial, while having the ability to be initiated promptly and completed quickly.

    Proposals are due January 19, 2011.

    If you have any questions, please contact Patrice Kelly at DEP, Patrice.Kelly@ct.gov or 860-424-3410

  6. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Request for Applications for Commonwealth Wind: Community Scale Initiative – deadline January 20, 2011, 4pm

    As of November 24, 2010, MassCEC will be accepting applications for Feasibility Study, Design and Construction grants for the development of eligible Community Scale wind energy projects. 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 MassCEC's Renewable Energy Trust Fund.

    To access the solicitation, application and other documents related to the Commonwealth Wind: Community Scale Wind Initiative, visit http://www.masscec.com/index.cfm/page/Commonwealth-Wind-Community-Scale-Wind/cdid/11563/pid/11161

    Site assessment services are available to all qualified public entities on a rolling basis. For more information on site assessment services, visit http://www.masscec.com/index.cfm/page/Community-Scale-Wind-Site-Assessment/cdid/11541/pid/11161

    If you have any questions about the solicitation, please contact commwind@masscec.com
    Answers to all questions will be periodically posted on the CommWind web site.

  7. EPA Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Funding Assistance Program – deadline January 27, 2011
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Funding Assistance Program. This RFP will support projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions are listed on the Emerging Technologies List at: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/diesel/prgemerglist.htm Eligible Entities: Regional, state, local, or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and certain non-profit organizations and institutions

    For more information, contact Michael Wolfe at wolfe.michael@epa.gov
    Or visit http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgemerg.htm or http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html

  8. Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) grant program: Building the Power of Vermont Communities to Increase Energy Efficiency and Reduce Climate Change Impacts – deadline January 31, 2011
    The VECAN grant program will support Vermont groups working on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in their communities that support local sustainability. Goals of the initiative are: to build Vermont's leadership fostering and supporting energy and climate change strategies at the community level; to decrease community carbon footprints; and to increase carbon-free energy independence by supporting the implementation of community based energy projects.

    Grants will range from $1,000 to $3,000, with an application deadline of January 31, 2011. Grant applications will be reviewed by a committee made up of the key VECAN support organizations and members of the VECAN Advisory Committee.

    Find many more details about the grant program and download the grant application at www.vecan.net You can also view the application here: http://grassrootsfund.org/docs/VECAN2011application.pdf (4 pp, 97K, about PDF)

    Please feel free to call or e-mail the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, who is the VECAN partner administering the grant program, with questions or to discuss project ideas.

    http://grassrootsfund.org
    P.O. Box 1057, Montpelier VT 05601
    Phone 802-223-4622 or fax 802-229-1734
    info@grassrootsfund.org

  9. U.S. EPA SmartWay Program Funding Assistance – deadline February 10, 2011
    EPA's SmartWay Program and National Clean Diesel Campaign are announcing the availability of funding assistance to create finance programs, such as low-cost leases or revolving loan programs, to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions throughout the United States. The SmartWay Finance Program is soliciting proposals for projects that reduce diesel emissions through the creation of national, tribal, regional, state or local finance program(s). Finance programs include, but are not limited to, those that provide the loan recipient a specific financial incentive (i.e., longer terms or lower rates) to purchase or lease eligible retrofitted vehicles or equipment. The proposed finance program should maximize the total project funds available for financing eligible diesel emission reduction solutions and be sustainable to maintain the program.

    Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as retrofit devices and engine upgrades; verified idle reduction technologies; certified engine repowers, and/or vehicle or equipment replacement.

    Eligible Entities: Regional, state, local, or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and certain non-profit organizations and institutions

    For more information, visit http://epa.gov/otaq/diesel/prgfinance.htm

  10. 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 information, go to: http://www.wecanchange.com

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (all times are EST; registration required but free)
    • Jan 25 11am Best Practices to Improve Energy Performance in Commercial Buildings
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars »

  2. EPA Local Climate Change Adaptation Webcast Series – Part Three: Federal Resources and Support for Climate Change Adaptation – January 13, 2011, 2-3:30pm EST (free webinar)
    The third webcast in this series will discuss the role of the federal government in promoting adaptation to climate change in the United States. Presenters will summarize the recent recommendations of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) for creating a national climate change adaptation strategy; next steps for implementing this strategy; and the existing guidance, data, tools, and other resources that state and local governments can access to support their adaptation efforts. Opportunities and strategies for fostering coordination across levels of government will be highlighted, and a case study of successful collaboration will be shared.

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

    Background Information for Part Three: White House Council on Environmental Quality – Progress Report of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force: Recommended Actions in Support of a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (PDF) (72 pp, 1 MB, about PDF)

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