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September 2010 Volume 23
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: Sprague, CT
  2. University of Rhode Island at Providence - Master Energy Training Program – register for October classes
  3. October is ENERGY MONTH! Get a sneak peek at planned events

ARTICLES

  1. Public perceptions of energy consumption and savings
  2. Maine, NH, Vt. get energy efficiency funding
  3. Powering Up with Landfill Gas (UNH)
  4. Vermont's Solar Project and Renewable Energy Education Center
  5. R.I. and Mass. ink wind agreement

EVENTS

  1. Shelton, CT – ENERGY STAR® Qualified Homes Version 3 Specifications: Digging the Details – Sept 2, 8:30am
  2. Kingston, RI – URI Sustainable Biodiesel Workshop – Sept 8, 1pm-4:30pm
  3. Manchester, NH – Manchester Home and Energy Show – Sept 25 and 26
  4. Washington, DC - ICLEI Local Action Summit 2010: (Em)Powering Sustainable Communities – Sept 24-26

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Massachusetts - Commonwealth Wind: Community Scale Wind Initiative – deadline September 14, 4pm
  2. US Dept of Commerce – Economic Development Administration – Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund – deadline September 30
  3. NStar Community Outreach Grant Pilot – deadline October 1

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR free webinars
  2. Berlin, CT – Accredited Geothermal Installer Training by Heatspring Learning Institute at Northeast Utilities – September 13
  3. The New England Carbon Challenge – Community Outreach Program

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Welcome to the Newest Member of the Community Energy Challenge: Sprague, CT
    EPA New England welcomes the newest member of the Community Energy Challenge: Sprague, 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 178 CEC members. Welcome!

  2. University of Rhode Island at Providence - Master Energy Training Program – register for October classes
    The Master Energy Training Program is a 7-session training program that provides interested homeowners and business owners with practical information on how to save money and the environment with energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy.

    Dates & Topics:
    Tuesday, Oct 5, 6-8 PM      From Fossil Fuels to Future Fuels
    Thursday, Oct 7, 6-8 PM     Energy Management and Planning
    Tuesday, Oct 12, 6-8 PM    Low Cost/No Cost Energy Solutions
    Thursday, Oct 14, 6-8 PM   Big Investment, Big Return: Renewable Energy
    Tuesday, Oct 19, 6-8 PM    Energy Policy from the Ground Up: Legislation, Policy and Incentives
    Thursday, Oct 21, 6-8 PM   Cutting Edge Energy Research in Rhode Island
    Tuesday, Oct 26, 6-8 PM    Educating the Public on Energy: Volunteering and Final Exam

    For more information »

  3. October is ENERGY MONTH! Get a sneak peek at events already planned!
    Oct 2 NESEA Green Buildings Open House
    Find NESEA Green Buildings Open House Sites - Search NESEA's database of Green Buildings Open House sites to find the ones nearest you and to read a description of each site's sustainable features. Or you can search by building features in the link below called Request a List of Green Buildings.
       
    Oct 15 Take Charge!  Electric Vehicle (EV) Conference
    Powering the Future of Transportation in New England
    University of Rhode Island, Bay Campus in Narragansett
       
    Oct 19-20 NEWEA 2010 Joint Energy & Sustainability Specialty Seminar & Exhibit
    Conference, Exhibits and Tours
    at The Cape Codder, Hyannis, MA

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ARTICLES

  1. Public perceptions of energy consumption and savings
    In a national online survey, 505 participants reported their perceptions of energy consumption and savings for a variety of household, transportation, and recycling activities…Across several tasks, participants with higher numeracy scores and stronger pro-environmental attitudes had more accurate perceptions. The serious deficiencies highlighted by these results suggest that well-designed efforts to improve the public's understanding of energy use and savings could pay large dividends.

    Read full article »

  2. Maine, NH, Vt. get energy efficiency funding
    Agencies in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire will share over $14 million in federal funding to install renewable energy systems and cutting-edge technologies in homes to help families save on their energy bills.

    Read full article »

  3. Powering Up with Landfill Gas (UNH)
    Starting this fall, UNH will be getting 85% of its heat and electricity from landfill gas provided by a nearby waste disposal facility. The project, called ECOline, is yet another example of a college developing an innovative renewable energy project in order to reduce operating costs and prove its "green" credentials to students.

    Read full article and view related video »

  4. Vermont's Solar Project and Renewable Energy Education Center
    Touted as the "most publicly accessible solar project" in Vermont, the new project also includes an educational center for students and the public. The center features six museum-style educational displays that provide information on alternative energy including wind, water, biomass and sunlight.

    Read the full article »

  5. R.I. and Mass. ink wind agreement
    The "area of mutual interest" defined in the agreement covers roughly 400 square miles and is inside the area being studied by the Coastal Resource Management Council's Special Area Management Plan. The SAMP will be used as the basis for planning and siting wind farms within the area the states identified.

    Read the full article »

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EVENTS

  1. Shelton, CT – ENERGY STAR® Qualified Homes Version 3 Specifications: Digging the Details – Sept 2, 8:30am
    September 2, 2010 (Thursday) 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Scinto Building Auditorium; 1 Corporate Drive, Shelton, CT 06484

    For any and all professionals involved in the construction, sale, and material supply of new homes, this event will elaborate on the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund's recent seminar featuring Sam Rashkin, EPA's National Director for ENERGY STAR Homes, and will present an in-depth overview of and key changes to the upcoming 2011 ENERGY STAR Homes Version 3 guidelines.

    Register »

  2. Kingston, RI – URI Sustainable Biodiesel Workshop – Sept 8, 1pm-4:30pm
    Meet Biodiesel experts and learn about the Clean Transportation Education Project (CTEP), a 2 year initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to provide 48 alternative fuel and advanced transportation technology workshops across the U.S.

    More Information »

  3. Manchester, NH – Manchester Home and Energy Show – Sept 25 and 26
    Radisson Expo Complex
    Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5
    Prepare for winter with fix-ups for comfort, curb appeal and energy savings. 
    The Manchester home & Energy Show arrives just in time for the beautiful change in season and marks a change in the type of products and services needed to create just the right look, feel and comfort for your home.  At this year's show, you'll find just the right vendor for the projects you're planning around your home.

    More information »

  4. Washington, DC - ICLEI Local Action Summit 2010: (Em)Powering Sustainable Communities – Sept 24-26
    Join local government staff and elected officials as we come together to network, learn, and share solutions on local climate, energy, and sustainability.

    For more information, and to register »

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. 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.
    • 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 »

  2. 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.

    More information, including contact info »

  3. NStar Community Outreach Grant Pilot – deadline October 1
    The Community Outreach Grant Pilot supports strategic community efforts to market NSTAR's electric and gas residential Energy Efficiency programs within a targeted city or town, and provides financial incentives based on energy savings achieved through energy audits and installed energy efficiency measures over a 12 month period, with regular milestones throughout the process.

    Applications will be accepted from Municipal Energy Offices, Town-appointed Energy Committees, Town Conservation Commissions, or collaborations of the aforementioned municipal offices with local non-profit, non-exclusionary community organizations.

    As this is a pilot program, applicants must be willing and able to work collaboratively with NSTAR to collect and share data and ideas on program design and implementation. For more information, including how to apply for the program, please contact NSTAR's Jan Gudell by email or by calling 781-441-8366.
     
    Key Dates  
    Pre-application conference call
    Full applications due
    Anticipated decision
    Anticipated launch
    No later than September 10, 2010
    October 1, 2010
    Mid-October 2010
    Late October, early November 2010

    For more information »

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (all times are EST; registration required but free)
    • Sept 1, 2pm, Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
    • Sept 9, 12pm, Energy Efficiency Program Sponsors: Scoring Energy Performance with EPA’s Portfolio Manager
    • Sept 9, 2pm, Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments
    • Sept 14, 2pm, Responding to the Climate Change Imperative: Setting Energy Use Targets with ENERGY STAR
    • Sept 15, 1pm, Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment
    • Sept 16, 2pm, ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
    • Sept 21, 1pm, Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
    • Sept 23, 2pm, Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager
    • Sept 29, 2pm, K-12 Benchmarking 101
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars »

  2. Berlin, CT – Accredited Geothermal Installer Training by Heatspring Learning Institute at Northeast Utilities – begins September 13, 8am-5pm
    Location: Northeast Utilities - Cafeteria East

    This is a comprehensive three-day course that teaches you to design and install geothermal heating and cooling systems. You'll dive into:
    • things to watch out for
    • pros & cons of system types
    • best practices
    Cost is $825.00 per person
    To register contact Mark P. Foley (foleymp@nu.com or 860-832-4964)

    For more information call 800-393-2044 or visit www.heatspring.com

  3. The New England Carbon Challenge – Community Outreach Program
    The NECC can help you organize a tried and true community outreach program to educate and engage residents in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change. As a Community Carbon Challenge Organizer you'll receive:
    • Webinar-based trainings
    • Handout and Material support
    • The Guide for Community Carbon Challenge Organizers
    • On the ground support
    • Access to Button Up NH and NH Energy & Climate Speaker's Bureau programs
    • NEW! Web-based tools

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