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10/22/2014

Lakes Environmental e-Newsletter October 2014

Emissions Inventory - Atmospheric Science - IT Solutions

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EPA's 2014 School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity

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EPA Clean Diesel News: 10/16/14
EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now accepting applications for the 2014 School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity.  This is a rebate program to replace older school buses in both the public and private fleets.  The total funding for this opportunity is approximately $3 million.  To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, and the selection process, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate-schoolbus14.htm
EPA will accept rebate applications until Monday, November 17, 2014, at 4 pm EST.  Applicants may submit only one application for up to five buses.  Applications may be downloaded from epa.gov/cleandiesel/documents/2014-clean-diesel-rebate-application.pdf.  Completed applications should be emailed to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov with the subject line "DERA School Bus Rebate Application."  Please include your organization's name in the subject line.
EPA will offer a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, October 22 at 1 pm EDT.  The audio call-in for the webinar is 470-200-0302, access code 228-750-740#.  Participants may register at  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/467125138.  
Questions about the rebate program should be sent to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov


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E-mail: cleandiesel@epa.gov

 


10/21/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

More than $1 billion in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

DOE Climate Action Champions Program – Funding Amount TBD

DOE is seeking to highlight between 10 and 15 local governments and tribal governments—or regional collaborations or consortia thereof—that demonstrate a strong and ongoing commitment to implementing strategies that both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance climate resilience, with a particular emphasis on strategies that further both goals. The program is also intended to provide recognized entities with additional opportunities for financial and technical assistance, as well as facilitated peer-to-peer networking opportunities and mentorship, to support and advance their greenhouse gas emissions reduction and climate resilience objectives.

For more information, visit the request for applications.

EDA FY14 Regional Innovation Grants – $15 million

EDA is seeking applications for three programs that develop regional innovation strategies: the i6 Challenge ($8 million available), Science and Research Park Development Grants ($5 million available), and Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds ($2 million available). The i6 Challenge aims to commercialize innovations, ideas, intellectual property and research into viable companies; the Science and Research Park Development Grants seek to provide research hubs and increase regional competitiveness; and the Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds are intended to create sustainable financing institutions for innovation-based startups. Science and Research Park Development Grant applications in the field of energy efficient building technologies, renewable energy, and cogeneration can receive extra consideration.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

USDA FY14 Rural Community Development Initiative – $6 million

USDA is making available funds to develop the capacity and ability of qualified private, non-profit community-based housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities, and federally recognized Native American tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas. Applications that consider technical assistance for the development of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements can receive additional consideration.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

NOAA Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program – $800,000

NOAA is seeking applications to support management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. The funding is intended to integrate dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – $1.2 million

EPA is making available funding to support activities designed to empower and educate communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The funding will focus on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and community climate resiliency efforts. Examples of community resilience projects that will receive consideration include improving water use efficiency and installing green infrastructure to increase resilience to heavy storms.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition – $1 billion

HUD is seeking applications to help communities recover from prior disasters and improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from future disasters, hazards, and shocks. HUD will also provide technical assistance to every eligible state and local government to help applicants consider future risks and vulnerabilities in planning and decision-making, and assist them in applying for funding. The competition is structured in two phases: a framing phase, in which applicants consider their disaster recovery needs, vulnerabilities, stakeholder interests, resilience, community development objectives, and investment alternatives, and an implementation phase, in which a subset of applicants will refine their approaches developed in the first phase. HUD will award funding at the conclusion of Phase 2.

For more information, visit the competition fact sheet.

Register

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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EPA State and Local

 


10/16/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

EPA Releases “Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans”

EPA’s Climate Ready Estuaries program has published Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans as a resource for environmental managers and planners. This publication provides much needed guidance for conducting risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation action plans. The workbook helps users to identify, analyze and prioritize climate change risks. In developing an action plan, it guides users to address their most pressing risks and find appropriate responses. Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present. By using the workbook and addressing climate change in their systems, users will be ready to protect environmental resources, public safety, and infrastructure. Learn more about the Being Prepared for Climate Change workbook tools to help increase resiliency and tackle climate change in your own place. Watch a video about the new workbook.

EPA Launches Broad Collaborative of External Stakeholders to Advance Green Infrastructure

EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program and the White House Council on Environmental Quality have launched a broad collaborative of external stakeholders to advance the implementation of green infrastructure. The Green Infrastructure Collaborative will leverage efforts from the federal family, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and academia to advance green infrastructure as a means of supporting water quality and community development goals.

As part of the announcement, EPA released a Statement of Support outlining specific commitments from Collaborative members to advance cooperation and coordination on green infrastructure initiatives. The Collaborative will build capacity for green infrastructure by providing a platform for national stakeholders to:

  1. Leverage joint efforts to promote the multiple community benefits of green infrastructure;
  2. Share and build knowledge around emerging green infrastructure technologies and policy issues; and
  3. Facilitate shared inquiry into the best ways to encourage adoption of green infrastructure technologies at the local level.

The Collaborative will build on the Green Infrastructure Partnership launched in 2007 by EPA and its founding partner organizations. For more information, see the Collaborative’s website or the White House fact sheet.

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities Releases the Sustainable Community Indicator Catalog

The Sustainable Community Indicator Catalog is a new online resource to help communities measure progress toward their sustainability goals. The catalog focuses on the relationships among land use, housing, transportation, human health, and the environment, and can help communities assess their progress in seven areas: access and equity, affordability, economic competitiveness, environmental quality, fiscal solvency, public health, and safety.

The project team, including the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Institute for Urban Research, the HUD Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation, and the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities, identified more than 1,000 indicators being used to measure community progress across the country, then selected 25 of the most popular and useful indicators. Planners, researchers, and others interested in performance measurement can use the catalog to identify the indicators most closely aligned with their communities’ concerns.

The site also includes nine tip sheets on topics such as how to obtain state and local data, how to use indicators to promote inclusive growth and equity, and how to communicate most effectively with a community about indicators and their results.

The Federal Highway Administration Launches Tool to Analyze Life-Cycle Emissions from Transportation Projects

The Infrastructure Carbon Estimator is a Microsoft Excel-based sketch planning application for estimating the energy and greenhouse gas emissions impacts of maintaining existing transportation systems or of constructing and maintaining new transportation facilities. The tool provides a new method to account for construction and maintenance emissions that are not typically calculated, so that these can be considered in long range planning, corridor analysis, or development of energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies.

The new tool is one in a suite of tools that the Federal Highway Administration has developed for analyzing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Additional tools include:

Climate Central Releases Surging Seas Risk Finder for Delaware, Maryland Virginia and Washington, DC

In the coming decades, many tidewater and coastal communities are likely to face record floods. Climate Central's Surging Seas Risk Finder has now added Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC to 14 other states previously analyzed for sea level rise and coastal flood risk. The Risk Finder is a public, multi-part web tool to help communities, planners and leaders review sea level rise and coastal flood risks at a screening level, using detailed zip-searchable maps; analysis of more than 100 variables for thousands of communities; community comparison maps; and local sea level and flood risk projections. To learn more, visit the Surging Seas Risk Finder.

Association of Climate Change Officers Publishes Two Reports on Public and Private Sector Responses to Sea Level Rise

The Association of Climate Change Officers has published two white papers focusing on the challenges and opportunities of addressing sea level rise related risks in the public and private sectors: "Sea Level Rise Adaptation in the Public Sector: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunities" and "Rising Above the Seas: SECing Materiality Through the Corporate Lens." To view the reports, visit the Association of Climate Change Officers’ Knowledge Center.

October 16 Webinar: Resilient Design: Transitioning to the New Built Environment

On October 16, EPA Region 1 and Antioch University New England are co-hosting a presentation by Alex Wilson, Founder of BuildingGreen Inc. and Resilient Design Institute,about why we need to be considering resilience in looking at the built environment during the coming decades. He will give an overview of practical measures that can be implemented today to create more resilient buildings and communities. These measures include:

This webinar kicks off AUNE's Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities series.

Register

October 30 Webinar: Designing and Planning for Healthy Cities

On Thursday, October 30, the Security & Sustainability Forum and the American Public Health Association will co-host a webinar featuring Tim Beatley of the University of Virginia and Richard Jackson of UCLA discussing creating cities that are compelling and healthy places to live, work, and play.

Register

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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EPA State and Local

 


10/08/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

October 2014—DOE Funding Opportunity Closes Tomorrow

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on current funding opportunities, upcoming events, and news that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities

Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Grant Program — $45 Million
Applications Due:
Oct. 6, 2014
Eligible Entities: City governments with populations exceeding 100,000 and with a mayor who has minimum of two years remaining in office as of Jan. 1, 2015

Bloomberg is seeking applicants to bring innovation to city challenges through Innovation Delivery, an approach that combines idea generation techniques with a structured, data-driven approach to deliver results. In the past, projects have focused on energy issues such as energy efficiency improvements. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an intention to achieve bold and sustained change on an issue that matters to citizens, a demonstrated understanding of how Innovation Delivery will help an applicant's city achieve its goals, a credible plan for how the Innovation Delivery approach will integrate with and strengthen the city's existing organizational structure and culture, and a commitment to bold innovation.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

2014 SPS Solar Generation Power Request for Proposals
Applications Due:
Oct. 10, 2014
Eligible Entities: This funding opportunity is open to all bidders. For information on eligible projects, see the RFP.

The Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) is seeking proposals for up to 200 MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar generation resources that would be contracted through a power purchase agreement.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program
Applications Due:
Oct. 17, 2014
Eligible Entities: District organizations of designated Economic Development Districts; state, county, city, state, and tribal governments; nonprofits; higher education institutions

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is seeking applications to create and retain jobs and increase private investment in economically distressed communities. Eligible projects must address at least one of the following areas: collaborative regional innovation, public/private partnerships, national strategic priorities, global competitiveness, environmentally sustainable development, and economically distressed and underserved communities. Projects must also either enhance public works and infrastructure projects or provide economic assistance to regions experiencing severe economic dislocations.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EDA FY14 Regional Innovation Grants — $15 Million
Applications Due:
Nov. 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: County, city, town, tribal, and state governments, public/private higher-education institutions, nonprofits, special district governments

The EDA is seeking applications for three programs that develop innovation strategies:

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative — Nearly $6 Million
Applications Due:
Nov. 12, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified private, nonprofit (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations), and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service is seeking applications for Rural Community Development Initiative grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the federal grant.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

NOAA Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program — $800,000
Applications Due:
Nov. 18, 2014
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments; higher-education institutions; commercial organizations; U.S. territories; and federal agencies

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking applications to support management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. The funding is intended to integrate dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition — $1 Billion
Applications Due:
March 2015
Eligible Applicants: All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to submit applications that address unmet needs as well as vulnerabilities to future extreme events, stresses, threats, hazards, or other shocks in areas that were most impacted and distressed as a result of the effects of the qualified disaster. This includes 48 of 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. In addition, 17 local governments that have received funding under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2) are eligible. See the complete list of eligible applicants.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. Funding for the competition is from the Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) appropriation provided by PL 113-2. This competition responds to requests from state, local, and tribal leaders who have asked the federal government to help them prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change and support investments in more resilientinfrastructure.

Read more about the competition on the HUD website.

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For updates and additional information, please see Related Funding Opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Upcoming Events

RES Wisconsin
Oct. 6–9, 2014
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is hosting Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Wisconsin, where attendees can interact with tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials, and top CEOs on a national platform. Attendees will benefit from high-caliber networking and teaming opportunities, and business development sessions. Event highlights include a tradeshow, a business expo, an American Indian Artisan Market, RES Procurement, RES Business Matchmaking, a Tribal Business Leaders Forum, and more.

Register now.

DOE Better Buildings Challenge Webinar: PACE Financing for Energy Efficiency Success Stories
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a vehicle to pay for energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy installations on private property. Local or state governments or other entities fund the up-front costs of the improvements, which are paid back over time through property assessments added to the owner's property tax bills. Attend this webinar and hear DOE Better Buildings Challenge partners describe their successful experiences with PACE financing as program developers, city administrators, and property owners.

There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. Register now.

Ute Tribe Tribal Energy Conference and Expo
Oct. 14-15, 2014
Denver, Colorado

The Ute Indian Tribe is hosting an energy conference and expo, an international gathering of energy producing tribes, governments, and companies envisioning a path toward a more sustainable future. This two-day conference will provide information on national policy and budget, state oil and gas, tribal energy companies, and tribal policies for success.

Registration fee includes admission to the conference, receptions, all seminar session, course materials, and food and drink.

Register now.

Shifting Seasons: Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Adaptation
Oct. 14–17, 2014
Keshena, Wisconsin

Hosted by the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute with support from Michigan State University and Northern Arizona University's Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, this three-day workshop is designed to assist tribes with climate change adaptation planning as well as provide training for nontribal entities on how to work and cooperate with tribes. Although the focus is on the northeast region of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Climate Science Center, the event is open to all who are interested in climate change issues and tribes.

The summit is free, but advanced registration is required.

Register now.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

News

Competition to Showcase, Support Local and Tribal Climate Action;
Applications Due Oct. 27

On Oct. 1, 2014, the Obama Administration announced a new Climate Action Champions competition that will identify, showcase, and invest in up to 15 local and tribal governments across the country that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to cutting carbon pollution and preparing for the impacts of a changing climate. Administered by DOE, the competition is a collaborative effort among multiple federal agencies.

With its dual focus on mitigating greenhouse gas pollution and building resilience to climate impacts at the local level, the Climate Action Champions competition takes an integrated approach to helping American communities accelerate and expand their efforts to address these interrelated goals.

In addition to being recognized as climate leaders, designated Climate Action Champions will have access to a broad range of federal support designed to advance their efforts, such as: technical assistance, decision-making data and tools, peer networking opportunities, access to DOE renewable energy experts, and the opportunity to participate in the DOE Office of Indian Energy's Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program.

Applications for the Competition are due Oct. 27. Read the full announcement to learn more or apply now.

HUD Request Information and Comments on Native American Housing Assistance Act
HUD's Office of Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing is requesting information from interested members of the public to provide information regarding alternative data sources, including the American Community Survey, to the funding formula for the Indian Housing Block Grant program authorized by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996. Comments can be submitted via mail to: Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 10276, Washington, DC, 20410 – 0500 or through www.regulations.gov.

Comments are due Oct. 27, 2014.

Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


10/07/2014

Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule

Section 111(d) Information Hearing Information Posted to the Docket

Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants

 

In this action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing emission guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to address greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units. Specifically, the EPA is proposing state-specific rate-based goals for carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, as well as guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to achieve the state-specific goals. This rule, as proposed, would continue progress already underway to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants in the United States.

The hearing transcripts and supporting documentation have been posted to the docket.

Below are the docket ID numbers of the transcripts only (there is more information besides the transcripts that is posted to the docket. In total there is about 595 items.)


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plant, Denver, CO (July 29, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18660


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plant, Denver, CO (July 29, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18342


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plant, Denver, CO (July 30, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18473


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plant, Denver, CO (July 30, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18738


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Atlanta, Georgia (July 29, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18780


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Atlanta, Georgia (July 29, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18238


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Atlanta, Georgia (July 30, 2014)
ID:EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18280


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Atlanta, Georgia (July 30, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18291


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Washington, D.C. (Room A, July 29, 2014, )
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18493


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Washington, D.C. (Room B, July 29, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18706


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Washington, D.C. (Room A, July 30, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18513


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Washington, D.C. (Room B, July 30, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18400


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (July 31, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18627


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (July 31, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18761


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (August 1, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18863


Public Hearing Transcript: Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (August 1, 2014)
EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-18692

 


10/02/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

This message provides details about 12 upcoming webcasts offered by the federal agencies and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

Antioch University and EPA Webcast

Applied Solutions Webcast

EPA Webcasts

October 7, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – How Three Retail Buyers Source Large-Scale Solar Electricity: Making the Nation’s Largest Non-Utility Solar Project East of the Mississippi a Reality
Large-scale, non-utility solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) are still a rarity despite the growing popularity of PPAs across the country. In this webinar, participants will learn more about how the nation's largest non-utility solar photovoltaic PPA east of the Mississippi came to be. To help other organizations learn how to develop and implement similar PPAs, representatives from American University, the George Washington University and the George Washington University Hospital, along with CustomerFirst Renewables, will discuss their recently announced solar PPA that was launched in 2014 and will be fully operational by 2015. The 52 megawatt (MW) solar PV power plant, located in North Carolina, will deliver ~123 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity a year, meeting more than 50% of each of the three organizations' annual electricity needs.

Topics include:

Speakers:

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ENERGY STAR Webcasts

October 8, 12:00-1:00 PM (EDT) – Energy Treasure Hunts: Simple Steps to Finding Energy Savings
The Energy Treasure Hunt is a dynamic, effective process for identifying savings opportunities, and is a best practice adopted by many ENERGY STAR partners to identify no- and low-cost savings opportunities, as well as to build stronger energy teams. By focusing on energy savings, Energy Treasure Hunts support implementation of an energy management program and key components of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management. Learn how others have used this tool to find savings, and learn how to run your own treasure hunt.

Register

October 16, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Data Centers and IT Energy
Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In 2014, Office Hours will be held once a month. We will plan to spend the first 20-30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).

Register

October 21, 2:00-3:15 PM (EDT) – Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with Energy Star
Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.

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October 23, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Verifying the ENERYG STAR Certification Application
Do you verify commercial building applications for ENERGY STAR certification? This webinar, based on the ENERGY STAR Guide for Licensed Professionals, covers the role of the licensed professional, as well as requirements for verifying commercial building applications for ENERGY STAR certification.

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October 28, 1:00- 2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101
Join ENERGY STAR as it introduces and demonstrates the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager, add a property and enter details about it, enter energy and water consumption data, share properties, generate performance reports to assess progress, and respond to data requests.

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October 29, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to update property data, setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties, generating and using custom reports, and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

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October 30, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Learn how to apply for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

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DOE Webcasts

October 2, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT)– High Performance Outdoor Lighting Accelerator
The Energy Department recently announced the expansion of the Better Buildings platform to include the newest initiative for the public sector: the High Performance Outdoor Lighting Accelerator (HPOLA). This Accelerator is designed to bring attention to specific issues that hinder the accelerated deployment of energy efficient technologies and strategies. The goal is to accelerate the deployment of high performance street and outdoor lighting across at least 50% of a city's inventory over the next few years, by demonstrating practical and effective best practices and improving system-wide replacement processes at the municipal level.

Crystal McDonald, Better Buildings Lead for the HPOLA, will discuss how the HPOLA can support participating states, cities, and regional energy networks with access to credible information on the savings, procurement specifications to ensure high quality products, viable financing models, and framework for addressing regulations and policies limiting newer technologies.

Register

October 7, 3:00-4:00 PM (EDT)– Better Buildings Webinar: PACE Financing for Energy Efficiency Success Stories
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a vehicle to pay for energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy installations on private property. Local or state governments or other entities fund the upfront costs of the improvements, which are paid back over time through property assessments added to the owner’s property tax bills. Better Buildings Challenge partners describe their successful experiences with PACE financing as program developers, city administrators, and property owners.

Register

Antioch University and EPA Webcast

October 16, 12:00-1:15 PM (EDT) – Resilient Design: Transitioning to the New Built Environment
What happens if there is an extended power outage? How can you ensure your buildings have access to electricity? Are you interested in learning about flood-proofing strategies? Listen to Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen Inc. and the Resilient Design Institute, provide context for why we need to be considering resilience in the built environment during the coming decades. He will give an overview of practical measures that can be implemented today to create more resilient buildings and communities. These measures include:

Register

Applied Solutions Webcast

October 21, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Insights into District Energy
Local governments and their communities that inhabit dense locations can take advantage of district energy systems as a way to increase energy efficiency and reliability while reducing maintenance costs and capital costs. District energy technology, originally implemented in the early 20th century, continues to provide a group of buildings the opportunity to heat and cool air or water from a central unit. Because district energy systems are a collective group of buildings, they often have the flexibility to use a variety of fuel sources in larger, more economical volumes, reducing the impact of supply and price variations. District energy can be used along with combined heat and power, which reuses thermal energy left over from generating electricity. Our upcoming webinar will share best practices and project insights from district energy systems in varying stages of implementation across the United States.

Presenters include:
Ever-Green Energy–Michael Ahern, Ever-Green Energy senior vice president-project development, will present on efforts with district energy system consulting, operation, and management.

City of Montpelier, Vermont–Jessie Baker, assistant city manager, will present information on the city’s hot water district heating system, which will be commercially operational on October 1, 2014.

City of West Union, Iowa (an EPA Climate Showcase Community)–Brian Kuhn, IBC engineering services project manager, will present on the City of West Union, Iowa's geoexchange heating and cooling system, which began partial operation earlier this year.

Arlington County, Virginia–Chris Somers, community energy specialist for Arlington County, Virginia, will be discussing plans for district energy and current site investigations.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

October 2014—DOE Funding Opportunity Closes Tomorrow

Funding Opportunities

Deadline for DOE Tribal Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunity Is Tomorrow

Applications Due: Oct. 2, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Eligible Entities: Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands. Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

Since the initial FOA on July 17, 2014, DOE has issued four modifications to its solicitation. Visit the EERE Exchange website to view the modifications. As the FOA closes tomorrow, Oct. 2 at 5:00 p.m. EST, the EERE cannot guarantee that any questions submitted to tribal@ee.doe.gov will be answered before the application due date and time.

Please begin the upload process early, as EERE will not extend the submission deadline for applicants that fail to submit required information due to server/connection congestion. For any technical difficulties in submitting an application in EERE Exchange, please contact the EERE Exchange helpdesk.

An informational webinar on the FOA was held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The webinar highlighted essential details about the FOA application process, including types of applications sought, who is eligible to apply, cost share, and other requirements.

For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, the presentation slides and video of the webinar are available on the Tribal Energy Program website.

To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.

Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

On October 1, the Obama administration launched the first round of its Climate Action Champions Competition, a new effort to recognize and support the path-breaking steps that local and tribal governments are already taking to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

The competition, administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, will identify 10-15 communities across the country that have proven themselves to be climate leaders by pursuing ambitious climate action on both tracks: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilience.

In addition to earning the Climate Action Champions designation, the selected communities will benefit from facilitated peer-to-peer learning and mentorship, along with targeted support and technical assistance from a range of federal programs. They will also become part of a broader network of efforts to address and prepare for climate change.

Depending on the needs of the communities selected as Champions, competition winners may receive tailored climate data and tools, technical assistance to facilitate climate-smart community planning, access to extreme-weather preparedness exercises run by the Federal Emergency Management Administration, and assistance in accelerating solar energy deployment through DOE, among other benefits. Each of the Champion communities will also be assigned a coordinator to help identify financial and technical assistance opportunities for their preferred climate strategies.

This first round of the competition seeks to select a diverse set of communities that are already leaders in addressing and preparing for climate change. The next round will look for communities that have demonstrated substantial commitment and motivation to take on the climate challenge, but may have lacked sufficient resources to make ambitious investments. The pioneering Champions will mentor and share lessons learned with the communities selected in the second round, helping them to leapfrog over some common implementation challenges and creating a model for future Champions to follow.

Applications for the first round are due October 27, 2014.

For more information on the competition, see the White House blog post, and the Request for Applications.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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09/25/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

DOE Modifies Tribal FOA; Applications Due Thursday, Oct. 2

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a fourth modification to its tribal funding opportunity announcement (FOA), and applications are due next Thursday, October 2, 2014. See below for more information.

DE-FOA-0001021: Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands

Applications Due: October 2, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia

The DOE Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands.

Through this FOA, DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

Note that DOE has issued four modifications since the initial FOA on July 17, 2014. The most recent modification corrected grammatical errors on Page 13, Sections 4(b), 4(d) and 4(e). Visit the EERE Exchange website to view the modifications.

An informational webinar on the FOA was held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The webinar highlighted essential details about the FOA application process, including types of applications sought, who is eligible to apply, cost share, and other requirements.

For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, the presentation slides and video of the webinar are available on the Tribal Energy Program website.

To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.

To learn about other funding opportunities that are available to tribes, visit the Tribal Energy Program's Related Funding Opportunities page.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

This newsletter provides details on several upcoming webinars, publications, and data releases from EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy:

CHP and Local Governments: Case Studies and EPA's New Guide

EPA has issued a new guide on how local governments can employ combined heat and power as part of greenhouse gas reduction programs. The guide is a part of a Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series on greenhouse gas reduction options. It covers project benefits, policy mechanisms, investments, key stakeholders, foundations for project development, and project implementation strategies. The guide also features more than 50 examples of successful community CHP programs that highlight achievable results.

EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership is hosting a webinar on September 30, from 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT) that will feature presentations of CHP applications in Hartford, Connecticut and Cheyenne, Wyoming, as well as provide an overview EPA’s new guide on CHP as a greenhouse-gas reduction measure for local governments.

Speakers include:

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Coming Soon! New EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data for 2013

On September 30th, the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) will publish reported greenhouse gas emissions data for 2013. With the 2013 dataset, the GHGRP now has four years of high-quality data at the facility, state, and regional level. Data have been submitted by more than 8,000 reporters. Data will be available through the Facility Level Information on Greenhouse Gases Tool (FLIGHT), EPA’s environmental database Envirofacts, and the GHGRP’s Data Highlights website.

The data include greenhouse gas information from large stationary facilities, as well as suppliers of fossil fuels and other products that result in greenhouse gas emissions when burned, released, or used.

Training Webinars: On September 30 and October 2, EPA will host training webinars on EPA’s online greenhouse gas data publication tool, FLIGHT. The webinars will preview new features in FLIGHT.

Register for September 30, 1:00 PM (EDT)
Register for October 2, 3:00 PM (EDT)

Webinar on Plug-in Electric Vehicle Standards and Market Development

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program will present a live webcast titled “Fall Electric Vehicle Quarterly Discussion” on September 29, from 1-2:30 PM EDT. The webcast will present a summary of the National Institutes of Standards and Technologies (NIST) handbooks relating to plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging, as well as an overview of business and economic gains from PEV market development.

The first section of the webinar will feature Tina Butcher from NIST and Jim Creevy from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, who will describe NIST Handbook 130 and (soon to be released) NIST Handbook 44. These handbooks provide information on new and proposed weights and measures rules that states can adopt to govern the retail sale of electricity as a vehicle fuel. The presenters will provide guidance on how to reach out to and connect with state weights and measures officials to encourage adoption of Handbook 130. The second section of the webinar, presented by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) in conjunction with Argonne National Laboratory, will be the first in a series of State of Plays on PEVs. With a focus on the business and economic gains from PEV market deployment, C2ES will review the current state of the PEV market, highlight emerging technologies, and describe new accomplishments from the Energy Department’s Clean Cities PEV Community Readiness awardees.

Attend the webinar
Audio phone number: 888-807-9760; Audio participant passcode: 2225108
Website conference number: PW8745637, Website audience passcode: 2225108

Past webinars and presentations are available in the Clean Cities webinar archives.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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09/22/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

September 2014—Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Events

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on current funding opportunities and upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities

Deadline for DOE Tribal Funding Opportunity Approaching
Applications Due:
Oct. 2, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands.

Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

Since the initial FOA on July 17, 2014, DOE has issued three modifications to its solicitation. Visit the EERE Exchange website to view the modifications.

An informational webinar on the FOA was held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The webinar highlighted essential details about the FOA application process, including types of applications sought, who is eligible to apply, cost share, and other requirements.

For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, the presentation slides and video of the webinar are available on the Tribal Energy Program website.

To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.

Alaska Renewable Energy Fund Grants for Renewable Energy Projects – $4.6 Million
Applications Due:
Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Electric utilities, independent power producers, and local governments or government entities, including tribal councils and housing authorities, boards of directors, and executive management

The Alaska Energy Authority is soliciting competitive applications for the purpose of recommending grants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature. To be eligible for an Alaska Renewable Energy Fund grant, the applicant must demonstrate formal approval and endorsement of its project by its governing authority (e.g., board of directors or executive management if there is no governing board).

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Grant – $4 Million
Applications Due:
Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribal governments, nonprofit organizations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available funds to support development of area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Plans must include implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields sites as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The funding is intended to support research, technical assistance, or training activities.

For more information, see the grant guidelines.

Trees, Water & People Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award Competition – $40,000
Applications Due:
Sept. 25, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native entrepreneurs

Trees, Water & People announces its Green Business Start-Up Award Competition for Native entrepreneurs wanting to start a new business endeavor in solar technology, indigenous agriculture, renewable energy projects, or sustainable housing. Applications must include a business plan, an operating budget, and a start-up budget.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Maryland Utilities Request Proposals for the Supply of Wholesale Electric Power
Applications Due:
Sept. 29, 2014
Eligible Entities: This funding opportunity is open to all bidders

The Potomac Edison Company, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Delmarva Power, and Pepco have issued a request for proposals for full-requirements, wholesale electric power supply to meet their Standard Offer Service obligations in their Maryland service territories.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Grant Program – $45 Million
Applications Due:
Oct. 6, 2014
Eligible Entities: City governments with populations exceeding 100,000 and with a mayor who has minimum of two years remaining in office as of Jan. 1, 2015

Bloomberg is seeking applicants to bring innovation to city challenges through Innovation Delivery, an approach that combines idea generation techniques with a structured, data-driven approach to deliver results. In the past, projects have focused on energy issues such as energy efficiency improvements. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an intention to achieve bold and sustained change on an issue that matters to citizens, a demonstrated understanding of how Innovation Delivery will help an applicant's city achieve its goals, a credible plan for how the Innovation Delivery approach will integrate with and strengthen the city's existing organizational structure and culture, and a commitment to bold innovation.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

2014 SPS Solar Generation Power Request for Proposals
Applications Due:
Oct. 10, 2014
Eligible Entities: This funding opportunity is open to all bidders. For information on eligible projects, see the RFP.

The Southwestern Public Service Company is seeking proposals for up to 200 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation that would be contracted through a power purchase agreement.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program
Applications Due:
Oct. 17, 2014
Eligible Entities: District organization of a designated Economic Development District; state, county, city, state, and tribal governments; nonprofits; higher education institutions

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is seeking applications to create and retain jobs and increase private investment in economically distressed communities. Eligible projects must address at least one of the following areas: collaborative regional innovation, public/private partnerships, national strategic priorities, global competitiveness, environmentally sustainable development, and economically distressed and underserved communities. Projects must also either enhance public works and infrastructure projects or provide economic assistance to regions experiencing severe economic dislocations.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EDA FY14 Regional Innovation Grants – $15 Million
Applications Due:
Nov. 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: County, city, town, tribal, and state governments, public/private higher-education institutions, nonprofits, special district governments

The EDA is seeking applications for three programs that develop innovation strategies:

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – Nearly $6 Million
Applications Due:
Nov. 12, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified private, nonprofit (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations), and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service is seeking applications for Rural Community Development Initiative grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the federal grant.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

NOAA Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program – $800,000
Applications Due:
Nov. 18, 2014
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments; higher-education institutions; commercial organizations; U.S. territories, and federal agencies

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking applications to support management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. The funding is intended to integrate dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

HUD NATIONAL DISASTER RESILIENCE COMPETITION – $1 Billion
Applications Due:
March 2015
Eligible Entities: All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to submit applications that address unmet needs as well as vulnerabilities to future extreme events, stresses, threats, hazards, or other shocks in areas that were most impacted and distressed as a result of the effects of the qualified disaster. This includes 48 of 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. In addition, 17 local governments that have received funding under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2). See the complete list of eligible applicants.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. Funding for the competition is from disaster recovery appropriation provided by PL 113-2. This competition responds to requests from state, local, and tribal leaders who have asked the federal government to help them prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change and support investments in more resilient infrastructure.

Read more about the competition on the HUD website.

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For updates and additional information, please visit Related Funding Opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Upcoming Events

DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Successful Project Financing Mechanisms: ESPCs and UESCs Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014; 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)

Hosted by the Tribal Energy Program in collaboration with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), this webinar will cover two popular mechanisms developed for federal agencies to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Presenters will explain how energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs) can allow tribes to develop energy projects with limited or no up-front capital costs, thus minimizing the need to include project costs in budgets or request congressional appropriations. In addition, they will share best practices for implementing these mechanisms based on experience developing hundreds of energy projects over a period of nearly 15 years.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required.

Register now.

Alaska Rural Energy Conference
Sept. 23–25, 2014
Fairbanks, Alaska

Hosted by the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, the Alaska Rural Energy Conference is a three-day event offering a large variety of technical sessions covering new and ongoing energy projects in Alaska, as well as new technologies and needs for Alaska's remote communities. This year's agenda will include two half-day tours of the Aurora Energy/Superior Pellets/Fairbanks Foodbank Micro-turbine, and UAF Power Plant/ACEP Energy Technology Facility/Fairbanks Natural Gas on Sept. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register for the tours on the main registration page as soon as possible.

To learn more and download the agenda, please visit the event website.

Register now.

SEE Action Webinar: Energy Efficiency Measure Cost Studies
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Hosted by DOE’s State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action), this webinar will explain the importance of measure cost studies, review the current "state of the science" of measure cost development and estimation, and explore opportunities for future collaboration and advancement of measure cost research. Presenters will provide an overview of the regulatory and program planning applications of measure cost data, explain the limitations of ad hoc sources of such data, and provide examples of successful development of ex ante measure costs. Panelists will also provide lessons learned and recommendations for increasing the value of measure cost studies moving forward. There is no cost to attend this webinar, but advance registration is required.

Register now.

SEE Action Webinar: Community-Based Social Marketing
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT

Hosted by SEE Action, this webinar is on community-based social marketing as a behavior-based approach for developing energy efficiency programs. It will begin with an overview of the five steps involved in developing and delivering a community-based social marketing program including methods for prioritizing and selecting target behaviors, identifying barriers and benefits, leveraging behavior change tools, pilot testing, and evaluation. Each presentation will cover case studies of scalable programs that have successfully applied the community-based social marketing model or its components to promote energy efficiency and conservation behaviors. Speakers include Jennifer Tabanico, President of Action Research, and Stuart Hickox, President and Founder of One Change.

There is no cost to attend this webinar, but advance registration is required.

Register now.

RES Wisconsin
Oct. 6–9, 2014
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is hosting Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Wisconsin, where attendees can interact with tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials, and top CEOs on a national platform. Attendees will benefit from high-caliber networking and teaming opportunities, and business development sessions. Event highlights include a tradeshow, a business expo, an American Indian Artisan Market, RES Procurement, RES Business Matchmaking, a Tribal Business Leaders Forum, and more.

Advance registration rates end Sept. 19, 2014.

Register now.

DOE Better Buildings Challenge Webinar: PACE Financing for Energy Efficiency Success Stories
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a vehicle to pay for energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy installations on private property. Local or state governments or other entities fund the up-front costs of the improvements, which are paid back over time through property assessments added to the owner’s property tax bills. DOE Better Buildings Challenge partners describe their successful experiences with PACE financing as program developers, city administrators, and property owners.

There is no cost to attend this webinar, but advance registration is required.

Register now.

Shifting Seasons: Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Adaptation
Oct. 14–17, 2014
Keshena, Wisconsin

Hosted by the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute with support from Michigan State University and Northern Arizona University's Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, this three-day workshop is designed to assist tribes with climate change adaptation planning as well as provide training for nontribal entities on how to work and cooperate with tribes. Although the focus is on the northeast region of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Climate Science Center, the event is open to all who are interested in climate change issues and tribes.

Attendees are encouraged to register by Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.

Register now.

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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


09/16/2014

Final Risk and Technology Rule Signed: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions: Group III Polymers and Resins; Acrylic and Modacrylic Fibers, and Polycarbonates

The Administrator has signed the final Risk and Technology Review Rule for three source categories: Acrylic and Modacrylic Fibers Production (AMF); Polycarbonate Production (PC); and Amino/Phenolic Resins Production (APR).

EPA’s residual risk review found risk to be acceptable. Our technology review, led to more stringent leak detection and repair programs for AMF and PC. Amendments also control three significant emission points not previously regulated in AMF and APR. The final rule also addresses the vacatur of the startup, shutdown and malfunction provisions, and adds requirements for reporting of performance testing through the Electronic Reporting Tool. 

Please let your key stakeholders know that the rule and fact sheet will be posted at:  http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/amino/aminopg.html and http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/gmact/gmactpg.html  as soon as possible. 


Extention of the comment period for the Clean Power Plan Rule

Please share with the tribes and EJ communities

Hi folks,

I wanted to send you a quick note letting you know that the Administrator decided to extend the comment period on the Clean Power Plan proposal until December 1, 2014.  I hope that this additional time will offer you and other stakeholders the opportunity to further consider your comments about the proposal. 

Since last year, EPA has been following through on President Obama’s directive to extensively engage with the broadest possible range of perspectives as we work to develop a plan to cut energy waste and leverage cleaner energy sources. Over the past few months, there have been meetings, conference calls, and webinars between you and EPA staff. You have set up calls on your own. We really appreciate all of the time and effort you have already devoted to providing EPA input and we look forward to learning more from you.

We encourage you and all interested parties to provide us with detailed comments on all aspects of the proposed rule. Comments can be submitted via any one of these methods: 

Again, thank you for your commitment to the engagement process on this proposal.

Laura McKelvey


 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

September 2014—Funding Opportunity and Upcoming Webinar for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) current funding opportunity and an upcoming webinar on financing tribal renewable energy projects.

Applications for DOE's Tribal Funding Opportunity Are Due Oct. 2

View Recent Modifications to the FOA, Video of Informational Webinar Online 


The DOE Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands. Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 2, 2014
Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

  • Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings
  • Deploy clean energy systems on a community scale

Since the initial FOA on July 17, 2014, DOE has issued three modifications to its solicitation. Visit the EERE Exchange website to view the modifications.
An informational webinar on the FOA was held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The webinar highlighted essential details about the FOA application process, including types of applications sought, who is eligible to apply, cost share, and other requirements.
For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, the presentation slides and a video of the webinar are available on the Tribal Energy Program website.
To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.
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For updates and additional information, please see Related Funding Opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website. 

Upcoming Webinar to Offer Tips for Successful Tribal Energy Project Financing

Successful Project Financing Mechanisms: ESPCs and UESCs

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)
Attend this webinar and learn about two popular mechanisms developed for federal agencies to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Presenters will explain how energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs) can allow tribes to develop energy projects with limited or no up-front capital costs, thus minimizing the need to include project costs in budgets or request congressional appropriations. In addition, they will share best practices for implementing these mechanisms based on experience developing hundreds of energy projects over a period of nearly 15 years. 
There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. Register now.
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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov
For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Nearly $80 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Bloomberg, the Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize – $250,000

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced prize funding to recognize communities that have improved and placed a priority on health. The prize honors communities that are committed to not only providing access to good quality care, but also to addressing the barriers to better health by transforming neighborhoods, schools, and businesses so that good health flourishes. Communities are judged in part on their commitment to sustaining environmental improvements over time.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Grant – $4 million

EPA is making available funds to support development of area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Plans must include implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields sites as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The funding is intended to support research, technical assistance, or training activities.

For more information, visit the grant guidelines.

DOE Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands – up to $7 million

DOE is seeking proposals to support development of clean energy and energy efficiency projects on Indian lands. Proposals must either relate to installing clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings, or deploying clean energy systems on a community scale. Projects, which are estimated to result in over 8 megawatts of new generation capacity, should intend to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian tribes and tribal members.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Grant Program – $45 million

Bloomberg is seeking applicants to bring innovation to city challenges through Innovation Delivery, an approach that combines idea generation techniques with a structured, data-driven approach to deliver results. In the past, projects have focused on energy issues such as energy efficiency improvements. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an intention to achieve bold and sustained change on an issue that matters to citizens, a demonstrated understanding of how Innovation Delivery will help an applicant’s city achieve its goals, a credible plan for how the Innovation Delivery approach will integrate with and strengthen the city’s existing organizational structure and culture, and a commitment to bold innovation.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program – TBD

The EDA is making available funding to create and retain jobs and increase private investment in economically distressed communities. Eligible projects must address at least one of the following areas: collaborative regional innovation, public/private partnerships, national strategic priorities, global competitiveness, environmentally sustainable development, and economically distressed and underserved communities. Projects must also either enhance public works and infrastructure projects or provide economic assistance to regions experiencing severe economic dislocations.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EDA FY14 Regional Innovation Grants – $15 million

The EDA is seeking applications for three programs that develop regional innovation strategies: the i6 Challenge ($8 million available), Science and Research Park Development Grants ($5 million available), and Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds ($2 million available). The i6 Challenge aims to commercialize innovations, ideas, intellectual property and research into viable companies; the Science and Research Park Development Grants seek to provide research hubs and increase regional competitiveness; and the Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds are intended to create sustainable financing institutions for innovation-based startups. Science and Research Park Development Grant applications in the field of energy efficient building technologies, renewable energy, and cogeneration can receive extra consideration.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

USDA FY14 Rural Community Development Initiative – $6 million

The USDA is making available funds to develop the capacity and ability of qualified private, non-profit community-based housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities, and federally recognized Native American tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas. Applications that consider technical assistance for the development of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements can receive additional consideration.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

NOAA Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program – $800,000

NOAA is seeking applications to support management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. The funding is intended to integrate dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy ProgramState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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09/11/2014

 

Mold Remediation Basics
What you can do and what you should leave to professionals.

September 24th, Wednesday, 11:30 – 12:30 Pacific Time.

This webinar is provided for tribal stakeholders, and those who work with them, by U.S. EPA Region 9, in cooperation with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals / Northern Arizona University (ITEP/NAU).

Please see the attached flyer and registration form.

Summary
Excess moisture indoors can create problems in any climate, all you need is condensation or a leak.  This one-hour webinar will provide simple information for anyone from maintenance staff, to health care professionals, parents and community home health visitors, to tribal leaders, with a basic understanding of how to remediate mold problems.  Learn what is reasonable to tackle yourself and when it’s time to call the professionals.  Learn what to expect from professionals and how to tell if they’re doing it right!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Tribal health, housing and environment officials, staff and advocates
Maintenance staff and those who may perform mold remediation or oversee those who do.
Health care providers, including school nurses.
Home health visitors and outreach workers.
Schools / Tribal child care facility managers and administrators

Your speaker is Shelly Rosenblum, Indoor Air Coordinator for U.S. EPA Region 9.  Shelly has been working on Indoor Air Quality issues and specifically the Tools for Schools program for 20 years.  For more information contact Shelly at 415-947-4193 or Rosenblum.shelly@epa.gov

To register, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1557189200964978690

Please note that you will be able to listen to the webinar via phone or through your computer’s speakers.  If you are sharing your computer with others for this webinar you may need external speakers for everyone to hear.

Mold Remediation Flyer


09/09/2014

 

The National Indian Justice Center, Inc. (NIJC) is hosting the Tribal Grant Administration Conference, Oct. 8-10 in Las Vegas, NV.
         

This session provides a comprehensive overview of how federally-funded tribal grant programs should be implemented and managed from beginning to conclusion. Course analyzes grant regulatory requirements and common administrative issues and explores grant roles and responsibilities, and best management practices. For more information and to register, visit www.nijc.org

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Next Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar Is Wednesday, Sept. 10—Register Today!

Sept. 5, 2014
The Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Western Area Power Administration, is pleased to announce the addition of a special installment of our 2014 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series.

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Sandia Modeling Tool Webinar

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)
Attend this webinar for an introduction to collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling and learn how it can help advance tribal energy goals and assist in the renewable energy project development process. Presenters will explain how the models developed by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) have been and could be used, and how this process and resulting models might be utilized in Indian Country. Real and theoretical case studies will be presented, with a special emphasis on potential applications for tribes. Attendees will also learn what will be expected of a tribe engaging in the collaborative process, including tangible deliverables. 
Featured speakers include:
Sandra Begay-Campbell, a Principal Member of the Technical Staff (PMTS) at SNL. Sandra graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Stanford University with an emphasis in Structural/ Earthquake Engineering. Sandra worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before she earned her graduate degree and also worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  At all three national laboratories, Sandra worked as a Facilities Project Manager where she also served as Lead Structural Engineer on numerous construction projects. Sandra has been at Sandia for 21 years.  Currently, Sandra is the Technical Program Lead for the DOE Office of Indian Energy and the DOE EERE Tribal Energy Program. Sandra is a Sandia Subject Matter Expert (SME) on tribal energy projects.
Marissa D. Reno, a Senior Member of the Technical Staff (SMTS) at SNL. Marissa graduated with a Master of Science in Hydrology from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of New Mexico. She has worked at SNL for 13 years, working part-time for seven of those years while pursuing her degrees. Presently a Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Marissa works on developing effective tools to assist and promote decision-making bodies and individuals toward resilient resource management. This primarily involves the development of system dynamics and system-of-system models that focus on complex interdependencies and feedbacks in spatially, temporally, and resource/material constrained systems. 
Vince Tidwell, a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff (DMTS) at SNL. Vince received his Ph.D. in Hydrology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He has more than 20 years of experience conducting and managing research on basic and applied projects in water resource management, nuclear and hazardous waste storage/remediation, and collaborative modeling. Currently he is leading several studies that are helping local, state and federal entities understand and adapt to issues of water, energy, and climate change, including leading a multi-laboratory initiative supporting the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Western States Water Council, and the Western Governor’s Association to integrate issues of water and climate into long-term electricity transmission planning in the western United States.
Len Necefer, a graduate student intern in the Tribal Energy Program (TEP). Len graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Engineering and Public Policy program in Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering. Len has worked on aerospace research at the NASA Glenn Research Center that included the characterization of a ceramic matrix composite and the development of control systems for supersonic vehicle propulsion systems. Currently his dissertation is focusing on developing an analytical modeling framework for energy policy on tribal nations. This dissertation will aim to assess how analytical modeling of energy systems can be adapted to the cultural context of American Indian nations and how such tools can be to engage the public in decision making. 
There is no charge to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required.
Register now.
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For additional events, visit the Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov
For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

September 2014—Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Events

Sept. 4, 2014
The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on upcoming events and current funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities

Modifications to DOE Tribal Funding Opportunity; Online Version of Informational Webinar Available

Applications Due: Oct. 2, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands.
Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

  • Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings
  • Deploy clean energy systems on a community scale

Since the initial FOA on July 17, 2014, DOE has issued three modifications to its solicitation. Visit the EERE Exchange website to view the modifications.
An informational webinar on the FOA was held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The webinar highlighted essential details about the FOA application process, including types of applications sought, who is eligible to apply, cost share, and other requirements.
For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, the presentation slides and video of the webinar are available on the Tribal Energy Program website.
To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.

USDA Rural Development Repowering Assistance Program – $12 Million

Applications Due: Sept. 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Biorefineries in existence on or before June 18,2008

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for eligible biorefineries through Rural Development's Repowering Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biorefineries are eligible for payments to replace fossil fuels used to provide process heat or power with renewable biomass.
For more information, see the grant guidelines.

EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Grant – $4 Million

Applications Due: Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribal governments, nonprofit organizations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available funds to support development of area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Plans must include implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields sites as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The funding is intended to support research, technical assistance, or training activities.
For more information, see the grant guidelines.

Alaska Renewable Energy Fund Grants for Renewable Energy Projects – $4.6 Million

Applications Due: Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Electric utilities, independent power producers, and local governments or government entities, including tribal councils and housing authorities, boards of directors, and executive management

The Alaska Energy Authority is soliciting competitive applications for the purpose of recommending grants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature. To be eligible for an Alaska Renewable Energy Fund grant, the applicant must demonstrate formal approval and endorsement of its project by its governing authority (e.g., board of directors or executive management if there is no governing board).
For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Trees, Water & People Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award Competition – $40,000

Applications Due: Sept. 25, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native entrepreneurs

Trees, Water & People announces its Green Business Start-Up Award Competition for Native entrepreneurs wanting to start a new business endeavor in solar technology, indigenous agriculture, renewable energy projects, or sustainable housing. Applications must include a business plan, an operating budget, and a start-up budget.
For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – Nearly $6 Million

Applications Due: Nov. 12, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified private, nonprofit (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations), and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations
The USDA Rural Housing Service is seeking applications for Rural Community Development Initiative grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the federal grant.
For more information, see the funding opportunity description.
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For updates and additional information, please see Related Funding Opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website. 

Upcoming Events

Sandia Modeling Tool Webinar

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)
This webinar is about what collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling is, how the models developed have been and could be used, and how specifically this process and resulting models might be utilized in Indian Country. Real and theoretical case studies will be presented, with the theoretical case studies focused on potential applications for tribes.
Attendees will also learn what will be expected of a tribe engaging in the collaborative process and the tangible deliverables.
Register now.

Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program Webinar: Climate Change Adaptation for an at-Risk Community in Shaktoolik Alaska

Sept. 9, 2014 10:00 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time
Hosted by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, this webinar will cover the Norton Sound Village of Shaktoolik. The village faced serious threats of erosion and flooding resulting from climate change. University of Alaska Sea Grant agent Terry Johnson and consultant Glenn Gray worked with the community over a two-year period to develop an adaptation plan. The community-driven plan positions Shaktoolik to work with Alaska's Division of Community and Rural Affairs to begin implementation, with funding through the Alaska Climate Change Impact Mitigation Program. Johnson will explain how the plan was developed and how reality differs from theory in climate adaptation planning.
Register now.

ONAP/NLC Procurement Fundamentals Training

Sept. 9–10, 2014
College Park, Georgia

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Eastern Woodlands Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), in collaboration with the Seminole Tribe of Florida Native Learning Center (NLC), this training is designed to help tribal organizations prepare internally for efficient, cost-effective procurement of goods, services, or works from external sources. The focus will be on promoting fair and open competition for tribal business while minimizing exposure to fraud and collusion. Topics to be covered include the Indian Housing Block Grant, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act, and more. Targeted to boards of directors for Indian housing authorities, tribally designated housing entities, tribal leaders, and tribal nonprofit organizations, the two-day conference is free for Native Americans and those working with Indian Country.
For more trainings hosted by the NLC, please visit their website.
Register now.

Georgetown Climate Center Webinar

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Hosted by the Georgetown Climate Center, this webinar will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial decision in Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management District and explore how the decision may affect the efforts of local governments to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change. Guest speakers will include Peter Byrne, professor at Georgetown University Law Center; Thomas Pelham, a Tallahassee-based lawyer; Andrew Schwartz, partner at Shute, Mihaly, & Weinberger LLP; and Kate Zyla, deputy director of the Georgetown Climate Center.
Register now.

EPA ENERGY STAR Webcast: The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR Portfolio

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Hosted by the EPA, this webinar will focus on how to use the ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings.
Register now.

DOE SunShot Webinar: Solar for All — A Community Solar Webinar

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
This DOE SunShot Outreach Partnership webinar, presented in partnership with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA, will focus on solar programs that are complimentary to ICLEI's Renewables Division as part of the DOE's SunShot Initiative. The webinar will feature the city of Beaverton, Oregon's Solar on Reservoirs project, and Tompkins County, New York's Solarize Program.
Register now.

Alaska Rural Energy Conference

Sept. 23–25, 2014
Fairbanks, Alaska

Hosted by the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, the Alaska Rural Energy Conference is a three-day event offering a large variety of technical sessions covering new and ongoing energy projects in Alaska, as well as new technologies and needs for Alaska's remote communities. This year's agenda will include two half-day tours of the Aurora Energy/Superior Pellets/Fairbanks Foodbank Micro-turbine, and UAF Power Plant/ACEP Energy Technology Facility/Fairbanks Natural Gas on Sept. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register for the tours on the main registration page as soon as possible.
To learn more and download the agenda, please visit the event website.
Register now.

RES Wisconsin

Oct. 6–9, 2014
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is hosting Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Wisconsin, where attendees can interact with tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials, and top CEOs on a national platform. Attendees will benefit from high-caliber networking and teaming opportunities, and business development sessions. Event highlights include a tradeshow, a business expo, an American Indian Artisan Market, RES Procurement, RES Business Matchmaking, a Tribal Business Leaders Forum, and more.
Advance registration rates end Sept. 19, 2014.
Register now.

Shifting Seasons: Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Adaptation

Oct. 14–17, 2014
Keshena, Wisconsin

Hosted by the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute with support from Michigan State University and Northern Arizona University's Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, this three-day workshop is designed to assist tribes with climate change adaptation planning as well as provide training for nontribal entities on how to work and cooperate with tribes. Although the focus is on the northeast region of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Climate Science Center, the event is open to all who are interested in climate change issues and tribes.
Attendees are encouraged to register by Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
Register now.
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For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov
For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


09/03/2014

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

 

This message provides details about 13 upcoming webcasts offered by federal agencies and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

SunShot Outreach Partnership Webcasts

SEE Action Webcasts

Georgetown Climate Center Webcasts

EPA Webcasts

September 3, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Green Infrastructure and Smart Growth
Speakers from EPA, the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Upstate Forever Communities will discuss how communities can leverage green infrastructure as part of broader smart growth initiatives. This webinar qualifies for 1.5 certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.

Register

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

September 4, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Sharing Forward and Transfer Ownership
Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In 2014, Office Hours will be held once a month. We will plan to spend the first 20-30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).

Register

September 4, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.

Register

September 11, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager
This webcast will teach federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the ENERGY STAR® measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. The focus is on the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Existing Buildings.

The Federal Energy Management Program, the General Services Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR program, partnered to incorporate the Guiding Principles Checklist with Portfolio Manager because Portfolio Manager can provide useful energy and water performance metrics for buildings across entire agency inventories. The checklist can help federal buildings comply with guiding principles in the following ways:

The purpose, scope and benefits of Portfolio Manager and the Guiding Principles Checklist will be discussed and federal professionals will come away with an understanding of relevant policy background and how to establish, share, use, and report data for compliance. Students will receive a brief introduction to the guiding principles requirements and recommended evidence of compliance. The webcast will also provide information on using Portfolio Manager to meet energy benchmarking requirements required under 42 USC §8253(f).

Those who cannot attend this webcast can request tailored, complimentary training from FEMP by contacting Erin Zayko, or search on the FEMP training page for additional webcast and in-person opportunities to learn about the guiding principles.

Register

September 23, 1:00- 2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101
Join ENERGY STAR as it introduces and demonstrates the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to navigate the new Portfolio Manager, add a property and enter details about it, enter energy and water consumption data, share properties, generate performance reports to assess progress, and respond to data requests.

Register

September 24, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to update property data, setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties, generating and using custom reports, and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

Register

September 25, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Learn how to apply for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

Register

DOE Webcasts

September 10, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – Sandia Modeling Tool
Webinar attendees will learn about collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling, how the models developed have been and could be used, and how specifically this process and resulting models might be used in Indian Country. The process by which a collaborative model is constructed and vetted with stakeholders will be explained. Real and theoretical case studies will be presented, with the theoretical case studies focused on potential applications for tribes. Attendees will learn what will be expected of a tribe engaging in the collaborative process in order that the greatest benefit to the tribe can be realized. Last, the tangible deliverables that collaborators and stakeholders can expect to walk away with will be outlined. Time will be dedicated at the end of the presentation for Q&A with attendees.

Register

September 24, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – Successful Project Financing Mechanisms – ESPCs and UESCs
The attendees will learn about two popular mechanisms developed for federal agencies to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, Energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs). The discussion includes how these two methods allow tribes to develop the projects with limited to no up-front capital costs, thus minimizing the need for including the project costs in budgets or requesting Congressional appropriations for them. The speakers will also identify best implementation practices developed over nearly 15 years and hundreds of projects.

Register

SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership Webcasts

September 17, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Solar for All: A Community Solar Webinar
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA presents a free webinar featuring the city of Beaverton, Oregon’s Solar on Reservoirs project, and Tompkins County, New York’s solarize program. 

The city of Beaverton has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement for a 433 kW solar system on top of one of its underground water reservoirs, one of the city’s largest energy users. The solar contractor will use city land to construct the array, in exchange for long-term, low electricity rates. This will in turn help keep water rates low for customers and with an estimated $95,000 annual savings from reduced energy costs. The city will also have the option to purchase the system at fair market value after 20 years.

Solar Tompkins is a nonprofit county-side community solar working to double the total amount of solar PV installed at Tompkins County residents and small businesses to date. The program launched at the end of May 2014, and increased solar accessibility and affordability to local residents and business through lower-than-market pricing and simplified process with vetted technology and installation partners.

Register

SEE Action Webcasts

September 24, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – Energy Efficiency Measure Cost Studies
Hosted by the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification Working Group, this webinar will explain the importance of measure cost studies. Estimates of measure costs are a central input to assessing the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency measures, programs, and portfolios. They are also fundamentally important to rebate and incentive levels, as well as forecasts and analyses of customer adoption. Despite their importance, studies supporting estimates of measure costs have been infrequent and limited to few jurisdictions.
This webinar will:

Register

September 25, 4:00-5:30 PM (EDT) – Community-Based Social Marketing
This webinar will describe community-based social marketing as a behavior-based approach for developing energy-efficiency programs.  The webinar will begin with an overview of the five steps involved in developing and delivering a community-based social marketing program, including methods for prioritizing and selecting target behaviors, identifying barriers and benefits, leveraging behavior change tools, pilot testing, and evaluation.  Each presentation will also cover case studies of scalable programs that have successfully applied the community-based social marketing model or its components to promote energy-efficiency and conservation behaviors.

Register

Georgetown Climate Center Webcasts

September 10, 1:00-2:15 PM (EDT) - Implications of the Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District Supreme Court Decision on Local Climate Change Policy
The Georgetown Climate Center hosts a webinar to discuss the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management District and explore how the decision may affect the efforts of local governments to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change.
Speakers will include: 

Register

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this newsletter, go to the Newsletters page.
EPA State and Local

 

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The EPA School Flag Program

The EPA School Flag Program alerts schools to the local air quality forecast and enables them to take actions to protect the health of students, especially those with asthma.

What Is The School Flag Program?
The School Flag Program uses colored flags based on U.S. EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI) to notify teachers, coaches, students, and others about outdoor air quality conditions. Schools raise a colored flag each day that corresponds to their local air quality forecast.

Here’s how it works:  Each day a school raises a flag that corresponds to how clean or polluted the air is. The color of the flag matches the Air Quality Index (AQI) on airnow.gov. On unhealthy days, schools can use this information to adjust physical activities to help reduce exposure to air pollution.

A school can start a flag program with four easy steps:

1.   Purchase flags (~ $100)
2.   Educate the school and the community
3.   Sign up for a daily email about the air quality forecast and fly the corresponding flag
4.   Take actions when the air quality is unhealthy

The Coordinator's Handbook, fact sheet, recommendations chart, participants list, resources and registration form are available at www.airnow.gov/schoolflag.  Schools can adopt the program by simply completing the online registration form

If you have questions, contact Donna Rogers at rogers.donna@epa.gov or (919) 541-5478.

 

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Green Heat Newsletter - September 2014

Headlines: EPA Proposed New Heater Regulations

For more information click here.


08/21/2014

 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

DOE Modifies Tribal Funding Opportunity; Informational Webinar Posted Online

The DOE Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands. Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

Since the initial FOA on July 17, 2014, DOE has issued two modifications to its solicitation. Visit the EERE Exchange website to view the modifications.

An informational webinar on the FOA was held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain time. The webinar highlighted essential details about the FOA application process, including:

For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, the presentation slides and a video of the webinar are available on the Tribal Energy Program website.

To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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REMINDER: EPA Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training for Environmental Justice Communities

August 27-28, 2014 (9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET)
Bethel Baptist Church, 3200 28th Avenue
North Birmingham, AL 35207

You will learn the:

Due to limited seating, registration is on a first come, first-served basis. Register at http://cfpub.epa.gov/oarweb/ejcall/PermittingTraining/

For more information contact: Lena (Vickey) Epps-Price via phone: (919) 541-5573 or email: epps-price.lena@epa.gov.

Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


08/15/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

New Resources

Award Opportunities

Webcasts & Trainings

• Webcast: Preliminary Site Selection and Comparison for Utility-Scale PV

New Resources

Presentations from EPA Climate Showcase Communities Replication Workshop Now Available

In April 2014, EPA hosted the first Climate Showcase Communities Replication Workshop in Baltimore, Maryland. The workshop highlighted successful local and tribal government climate and energy projects and programs that can be replicated in communities across the United States. Local government staff gave presentations that shared best practices, tools, and resources that can be used to catalyze similar actions in other communities. To learn more about the projects, visit the Workshop Presentations page.

Video Overview: EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan to Reduce Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants

EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe introduces a video overview of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. Watch the video.

New Online Tool Provides State and Local Energy Data at Your Fingertips

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, with help from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has launched a new website that provides state and local decision makers easy access to a wealth of energy data specific to their location. The resources and data can be used to support strategic energy planning processes and deployment of clean energy projects.

By entering a city and state or zip code into the State and Local Energy Data (SLED) online tool, users can see how their current electricity prices compare with the state and national averages, learn about applicable policies and incentives that could affect clean energy projects in their state, find available renewable energy resources, get details on alternative transportation fuel costs, and much more—all in one location. SLED, which replaces the Community Renewable Energy Deployment Project Development tool, aggregates data from a wide variety of sources including the Energy Information Administration, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, the Alternative Fuels Data Center, and NREL.

Watch the SLED video for an overview of the tool as well as an example of how the City of Milwaukee anticipates leveraging it for future planning efforts.

Award Opportunities

EPA’s 2015 Climate Leadership Awards Application Period Now Open Until September 12, 2014

The 2015 Climate Leadership Awards application period is now open until September 12, 2014. The national awards program recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since inception in 2012, awards have been presented to 5 individuals and 56 organizations from across the United States who are leading the way in the management and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions—both in internal operations and throughout the supply chain. Now in its fourth year, the awards continue to honor and highlight leadership in addressing climate change by reducing carbon pollution and implementing adaptation planning initiatives.

The U.S. EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards with three NGO partners: the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry. By showcasing and recognizing voluntary action on climate and energy under a unified banner, award sponsors aresending a strong signal that innovative, sustainable leadership and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are critical to addressing climate change.
The six recognition categories include:

The 2015 award winners will be publicly recognized during the Climate Leadership Awards Dinner in early 2015, held in conjunction with the annual Climate Leadership Conference. For more information, please visit the Climate Leadership Awards website.

Applications for EPA’s Clean Air Excellence Awards Now Being Accepted

EPA is now accepting applications for the 2015 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program. Through this program, EPA recognizes and honors individuals and organizations whose efforts have helped to make progress in achieving cleaner air. The award recipients are selected for developing innovative, replicable, and sustainable programs; serving as pioneers in their fields; and improving air quality either directly or indirectly through reduced emissions of criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and/or greenhouse gases.

The five awards categories are (1) Clean Air Technology, (2) Community Action, (3) Education/Outreach, (4) Regulatory/Policy Innovations, and (5) Trnsportation Efficiency Innovations. In addition, the Clean Air Excellence Award Program will recognize two special award categories: (1) The Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award, honoring a former EPA regional administrator, is given to the air quality project or program that successfully blends two or more of the existing awards categories; and (2) The Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, honoring a former member of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and environmental leader at 3M, recognizes one individual for their outstanding achievement, leadership, and lasting commitment to promote clean air and achieve better air quality.

Award applications and more information are available on the Clean Air Excellence Awards website. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by September 12, 2014. Applicants are strongly encouraged to send their entries electronically to Jeneva Craig. EPA will also accept hard copies of applications mailed to Jeneva Craig, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation, 6103A, Room 5442L, 1200 Pennsylvania, Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20460. EPA will announce winners in 2015.

Webcasts & Trainings

Webcast: Preliminary Site Selection and Comparison for Utility-Scale PV

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, this webcast on Wednesday, August 20 (4-5 pm EDT) will demonstrate SunShot’s newly released software to improve preliminary site screening and comparison for utility-scale PV projects. Register to attend the webcast.

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Training on Resilience and Climate Change

The Institute for Sustainable Communities has a Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, a peer-learning, training and technical assistance program designed to help communities advance, accelerate and scale-up local solutions to the global challenges of climate protection and sustainable development. As part of that program, two upcoming trainings are focused on community resilience and climate change:

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Climate Change Training

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) provides training, assistance, and educational resources to tribes on environmental issues, including climate change. Courses are taught by instructional teams that include staff from ITEP, federal agencies, universities, organizations, and tribes themselves. Several upcoming trainings on climate change adaptation will take place in September and October. To learn more, visit ITEP’s Climate Change page.

Other Updates

New Report:Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transporation (DOT), and EPA have released “Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments.” The report shows how the three agencies are changing their policies and removing barriers to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods while protecting the environment.

Since 2009, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities has been working to ensure that HUD, DOT, EPA and other federal agency investments better serve communities. Through the Partnership’s efforts, more than $4 billion in grants and technical assistance has been awarded to 1,000 communities in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Communities are using this assistance to plan economic development and leverage private and other public resources to maximize the Partnership’s investments. Information on grants, technical assistance, upcoming webinars, tools, and a variety of other resources to assist communities are available on the Partnership website.

Center for Neighborhood Technology Launches “Rain Ready” Initiative

The Center for Neighborhood Technology, a Chicago-based nonprofit with expertise in water management and urban flooding, has launched a new resource to help individuals, businesses, and communities find solutions to the problem of too much or too little water. The Rain Ready Initiative offers a suite of policies and practices to help residents, communities, and states plan for weather events associated with climate change. Rain Ready helps municipal and state leaders approach the challenges of flooding, water shortage, and/or water pollution in customized and cost-effective ways. Although each state differs in weather, geography, urban development, and population, states can draw from a broad set of actions to help communities protect themselves now and reduce risks in the future. To learn more, visit the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Rain Ready announcement.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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08/14/2014

 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

August 2014—Current Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Events

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on current funding opportunities and upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities

DOE FOA for Tribal Clean Energy Development – Up to $7 Million

Applications Due: Oct. 2, 2014
Eligible Entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia

The DOE Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands.

Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), which was modified on Aug. 12, DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

An informational webinar on the FOA will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain time. The webinar will highlight essential details about the FOA application process, including:

Register for the FOA webinar.

To view the complete FOA, including the recent modifications, visit the funding opportunity page.

BIA Tribal Energy and Mineral Development Grants – $11 Million

Applications Due: Aug. 25, 2014
Eligible Entities: Federally funded Native American tribal governments

The Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), through the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), is seeking applicants for a grant proposal for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy, minerals, and renewable energy projects of various scales on tribal lands. Proposals must be used by an Indian tribe for the development of either a tribal energy and mineral resource inventory or a tribal energy and mineral resource on Indian land, or for the development of a report.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers: Science Supporting Solutions – $30 Million

Applications Due: Sept. 4, 2014
Eligible Entities: Public and private nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, and U.S. territories or possessions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking proposals to support research on the development of sound science regarding the development of approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to reduce exposure to harmful air pollution.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Grant – $4 Million

Applications Due: September 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments

EPA is making available funds to support development of area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Plans must include implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields sites as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The funding is intended to support research, technical assistance, or training activities.

For more information, visit the grant guidelines.

Alaska Renewable Energy Fund Grants for Renewable Energy Projects – $4.6 Million

Applications Due: Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Electric utilities, independent power producers, and local governments or government entities, including tribal councils and housing authorities, board of directors and executive management

The Alaska Energy Authority is soliciting competitive applications for the purpose of recommending grants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature. To be eligible for an Alaska Renewable Energy Fund grant, the applicant must demonstrate formal approval and endorsement of its project by its governing authority (such as board of directors or executive management if it does not have a governing board).

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – Nearly $6 Million

Applications Due: Nov. 4, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified private, nonprofit (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations) and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service is seeking applications for Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the federal grant.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Upcoming Tribal Energy Workshops

Free Registration for Tribal Energy by Design Forum in Montana Ends Thursday, Aug. 14

Aug. 19–20, 2014
Blackfeet Community College
Browning, Montana

Focused on emerging technologies, developing trends, and new frontiers, this forum is designed to inspire attendees to think creatively about how energy development can produce community and economic value and promote efficiency and stewardship. The forum is targeted to tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff, specifically from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming; however representatives from any tribe are welcome. Utility companies, energy developers, industry experts, and other stakeholders are also invited to join the discussion.

Registration
Registration is free through Aug. 14; after that, there is a $50 registration fee. Register online on or before August 14; after that, please call 406-265-3699 or email Barbara Stiffarm to register. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals (other than lunches during the forum), and travel costs.

More Information
For details about sponsors, topics to be addressed, guest speakers, and lodging options, see the Tribal Energy Program website. If you have questions, email dsoriano@opportunitylinkmt.org or contact Barbara Stiffarm.

Tribal Energy Project Development and Financing Workshops

Presented by the Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), these two interactive workshops will walk participants through five steps to help tribal communities understand the process for and potential pitfalls of developing community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects. The workshops are designed for elected tribal leaders, executives, and staff members interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects.

Attendees will learn how renewable energy project development can advance community clean energy goals and hear from other tribes about their experiences.

Nome, Alaska
Aug. 20–22, 2014

To view the draft agenda for this workshop, visit the Tribal Energy Program website.

There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. Register online by August 14; after that those wishing to attend may register by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.

Prior Lake, Minnesota
Aug. 26–28, 2014

To view the draft agenda for this workshop, visit the Tribal Energy Program website.

There is no cost to attend this workshop, but advance registration is required. Online registration is now closed; however, those wishing to attend may still register by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov.

Register for Upcoming Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinars

Introduction to Facility- and Community-Scale Project Financing
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT

Attendees will become knowledgeable on the forms of project financing for the smaller projects that serve an individual facility or community and their advantages and disadvantages to tribal communities. The webinar will also cover the importance of including cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in the project design and how to calculate the life-cycle cost of various options under consideration.

Register now.

Sandia Modeling Tool Webinar
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT

This webinar is about what collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling is, how the models developed have been and could be used, and how specifically this process and resulting models might be utilized in Indian Country. Real and theoretical case studies will be presented, with the theoretical case studies focused on potential applications for tribes.

Attendees will also learn what will be expected of a tribe engaging in the collaborative process and the tangible deliverables.

Register now.

For other tribal events and funding opportunities, please see the events calendar and related funding opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

REMINDER: EPA Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training for Environmental Justice Communities August 27-28, 2014 (9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET) Bethel Baptist Church, 3200 28th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35207 You will learn the: • Key features of the major air permit programs for facilities that impact your air quality. • Basics of how and when to get involved. • Benefits of early and meaningful public involvement. • Roles of the public, industry and government in the permitting process. Due to limited seating, registration is on a first come, first-served basis. Register at http://cfpub.epa.gov/oarweb/ejcall/PermittingTraining/ For more information contact: Lena (Vickey) Epps-Price via phone: 919-541-5573 or email: epps-price.lena@epa.gov. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


08/08/2014

AEROM

Important: US EPA Offers AERMOD Modeling Suite (Version 14134) Webinar

On Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 the US EPA will present a webinar on the recent revisions to the AERMOD Modeling Suite (AERMOD Version 14134 and AERMET Version 14134).

The webinar will focus on:

  1. Important bug fixes since last December’s AERMOD Version 13350 release.
  2. Release of a supplemental 1-hour NO2 clarification memorandum.
  3. Status of the ARM and ARM2 Tier 2 modeling approaches.
  4. Selection and application of the NO2/NOx in-stack ratio for use in Tier 3 NO2 modeling applications.
  5. Appropriate applications for the OLM and PVMRM Tier 3 NO2 modeling schemes.
  6. Treatment of background sources and monitoring data in compliance demonstrations.

 

Registration is not required for the webinar. You will only need to access the link that is provided below and enter the webinar as a "Guest."

Webinar Logistics:

Subject:

AERMOD Modeling System / 1-hr NO2 Clarification Memo Webinar for Stakeholders

Date:

Tuesday, August 12th

Time:

2:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Location:

https://epa.connectsolutions.com/aermodstake

Thank you!

Lakes Environmental Team

www.webLakes.com
Tel: +1.519.746.5995 | Fax: +1.519.746.0793

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Tribal Energy Program

Learn More About DOE's Tribal Funding Opportunity: Attend the Informational Webinar Next Thursday, Aug. 14

The DOE Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands.
Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

  • Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings
  • Deploy clean energy systems on a community scale

An informational webinar on the FOA will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain time. The webinar will highlight essential details about the FOA application process, including:

  • Types of applications sought
  • Who is eligible to apply
  • Cost share and other requirements
  • What the application needs to contain
  • How to ask questions
  • How applications will be selected for funding.

Register for the FOA webinar.
To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity page.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov
For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Nearly $54 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), and the Department of Energy (DOE) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

EPA National Clean Diesel Funding Tribal Assistance Program - $1 million

EPA is soliciting proposals for tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines 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 verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, certified engine repowers, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacement.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOI Tribal Energy and Mineral Development Grant - $11 million

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is making available funds for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Eligible energy projects considered include conventional energy, minerals, and renewable energy projects of various scales, including community scale or industrial scale projects.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers: Science Supporting Solutions - $30 million

EPA is seeking proposals to support research on the development of sound science to inform state and local policy makers regarding the development of approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution. Research areas include enhancing understanding of spatial and temporal differences in individual pollutants and advancing scientific knowledge and tools needed to develop strategies for air pollution control, including strategies that address climate change preparedness.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Grant  - $4 million

EPA is making available funds to support development of area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Plans must include implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields sites as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The funding is intended to support research, technical assistance, or training activities.

For more information, visit the grant guidelines.

DOE Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands – up to $7 million

DOE is seeking proposals to support development of clean energy and energy efficiency projects on Indian lands. Proposals must either relate to installing clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings, or deploying clean energy systems on a community scale. Projects, which are estimated to result in over 8 megawatts of new generation capacity, should intend to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian tribes and tribal members.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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08/07/2014

 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Register Today for the Free Tribal Energy by Design Forum August 19–20 in Montana

Aug. 19–20, 2014
Blackfeet Community College
Southwind Lodge
504 SE Boundary Street
Browning, Montana 59417

Focused on emerging technologies, developing trends, and new frontiers, this forum is designed to inspire attendees to think creatively about how energy development can produce community and economic value and promote efficiency and stewardship. For details about topics to be addressed and guest speakers, see the attached agenda and flier. For more information, email dsoriano@opportunitylinkmt.org or contact Barbara Stiffarm, Opportunity Link Inc., (406) 265-3699.

Sponsors

The following tribes and organizations are collaborating to bring you this event:

Who Should Attend

The forum is targeted to tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff, specifically from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming; however representatives from any tribe are welcome. Utility companies, energy developers, industry experts, and other stakeholders are also invited to join the discussion.

Registration and Lodging

Registration is free through Aug. 14; after that, there is a $50 registration fee. Register for the forum. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals (other than lunches during the forum), and travel costs. See the attached flier for lodging options. Please book your lodging soon; it's tourist season in Glacier National Park, and availability may be limited.

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For a complete listing of upcoming workshops and events that may be of interest to tribes, please visit our events calendar.

Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


08/06/2014

EPA Seeking Nominations for Members to serve on Clean Air Act Advisory Committee

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation is seeking nominations for a diverse group of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC), a federal advisory committee to the EPA. The CAAAC was established in 1990 to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on policy and technical issues associated with implementing the Clean Air Act. These issues include the development, implementation and enforcement of the regulatory, voluntary, and market-based programs required by the Act. The programs falling under purview of the committee include criteria air pollutants, emissions from vehicles and fuels, air toxics, greenhouse gas emissions, air permitting, and other Clean Air Act authorities.

The CAAAC has approximately 40 members representing industry, utilities, trade associations, environmental and public interest groups, and educational institutions. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for two-year terms. More information about the CAAAC can be found at http://www.epa.gov/air/caaac.

EPA is seeking nominations from academia, industry, non-governmental/ environmental organizations, state and local government agencies, tribal governments, unions, trade associations, utilities, and lawyers/consultants. It would be helpful if nominees have a strong background in air quality issues. If you know of individuals who would be interested in serving on the committee and would in your view be good candidates, we encourage you either to nominate them or to let them know about the opportunity so they can express interest directly.

The deadline for nominations is September 1, 2014 and should be sent to Jenny Craig, Designated Federal Officer for the CAAAC, at craig.jeneva@epa.gov, or at (202) 564-1674.

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Announcing the National Disaster Resilience Competition

On June 14, 2014, President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Responding to demand from state, local and tribal leaders who are working to increase the safety and security of their communities, the nearly $1 billion competition will invite communities that have experienced natural disasters to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters.

The competition will support innovative resilience projects at the local level while encouraging communities to adopt policy changes and activities that plan for the impacts of extreme weather and climate change and rebuild affected areas to be better prepared for the future. As last month's National Climate Assessment made clear, climate change is no longer a distant threat. Average temperatures across the United States have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit since recordkeeping began in 1895. Heat waves, hurricanes, and severe storms have all become more frequent and more intense. And sea level rise is causing some communities to flood at high tides and threatening homes and critical infrastructure. These facts underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change, protect American citizens and communities today, and build a sustainable future for our kids and grandkids.

Communities across the country are contending with more frequent or severe storms, flooding, drought, and wildfire, and have already recognized that in order to be prepared they must plan differently for a new and more uncertain reality. The competition underscores the ability communities have to not only recover from recent disasters but also rebuild better and stronger for the future. It will allow them to engage local stakeholders, nongovernmental organizations and the philanthropic sector to protect their own communities from the impacts of climate change by enhancing resilient infrastructure, building on sound science, and deploying innovative approaches to investments. These funds will enable eligible communities to access resources that help both recover from the previous disaster and make plans, decisions, and investments that make them more resilient to the next disaster.

Of the nearly $1 billion available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, about $820 million will be available to all states and local governments that experienced a Presidentially-declared major disaster in 2011, 2012, and 2013. States in the Hurricane Sandy-affected region will be eligible to compete for approximately $180 million, to help address critical housing needs, building on the successful model set forth by HUD's Rebuild by Design competition. All successful applicants will need to show how their proposed action relates to the disaster from which they are recovering. HUD will ensure that geographic diversity is a consideration in the selection of participating communities.

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Green Heat Newsletter, Issue No. 60 – EPA Proposed New Heater Regulations

Green Heat News - Alliance for Green Heat


08/05/2014

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

EPA Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

SunShot Outreach Partnership Webcasts

EPA Webcasts

August 6, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) - Greening Vacant Properties

EPA’s Smart Growth Program hosts this webinar on how the city of Detroit has moved from plans to action in the revitalization of vacant properties.

Join the webcast

August 13, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) - Flood Resilience and Recovery Assistance: Lessons Learned from Vermont

The state of Vermont experienced major damage to roads, houses, and businesses due to flood impacts from Tropical Storm Irene in fall 2011. Vermont's Agency of Commerce and Community Development, along with the Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Transportation, and the Mad River Valley Planning District, requested assistance from EPA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recover from flood impacts and plan for long-term resilience to future disasters. Through EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, EPA and FEMA worked with state agencies and communities in Vermont to identify smart growth strategies that can help vulnerable communities prepare for and recover from floods. The project resulted in the report, Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities, and a Flood Resilience Checklist, available here.

This webinar will discuss the project, highlighting Smart growth approaches and strategies communities can consider to become more flood resilient and what the state of Vermont and communities in the Mad River Valley have done since Irene to help enhance flood resilience by building back better than before.

Join the webcast

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

August 12, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Portfolio Manager

Learn how to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants to other peer facilities across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions in water and wastewater treatment plants to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time.

Register

August 14, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager

This webcast will teach federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the ENERGY STAR® measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. The focus is on the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Existing Buildings.

The Federal Energy Management Program, the General Services Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR program, partnered to incorporate the Guiding Principles Checklist with Portfolio Manager because Portfolio Manager can provide useful energy and water performance metrics for buildings across entire agency inventories. The Checklist can help Federal Buildings comply with Guiding Principles in the following ways:

• Conducting building assessments

• Tracking and viewing progress

• Storing compliance documents

• Creating a report showing compliance for entire building inventories

• Reviewing up-to-date energy and water metrics generated by Portfolio Manager

• Reporting compliance in the Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP)

The purpose, scope and benefits of Portfolio Manager and the Guiding Principles Checklist will be discussed and federal professionals will come away with an understanding of relevant policy background and how to establish, share, use, and report data for compliance. Students will receive a brief introduction to the Guiding Principles requirements and recommended evidence of compliance. The webcast will also provide information on using Portfolio Manager to meet energy benchmarking requirements required under 42 USC §8253(f).

Those who cannot attend this webcast can request tailored, complimentary training from FEMP by contacting Erin Zayko, or search on the FEMP training page for additional webcast and in-person opportunities to learn about the Guiding Principles.

Register

August 21, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Sharing – Part 1 (Sharing Tab, Contact Page, Sharing Report, and Bulk Sharing)

Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In 2014, Office Hours will be held once a month. We will plan to spend the first 20-30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).

If you would like to skip the specific topic portion, feel free to join the call at 1:30 for the Q&A portion.

Register

August 26, 1:00- 2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101

Join ENERGY STAR as they introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.

Register

August 27, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201

Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

Register

August 28, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

Learn how to apply for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

Register

DOE Webcasts

August 8, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Project Implementation and Operations and Maintenance

Attendees will become familiar with the last two steps of the five steps of the Energy Project Framework: project implementation (step #4) and Operations and Maintenance (step #5). Information on project management, reporting, monitoring, and commissioning will be provided. Other topics discussed include project agreements, vendor contracting process, preconstruction tasks, and equipment installation. The importance of developing a long-term Operations and Maintenance (O&M) plan, establishing a maintenance schedule, replacing worn or disabled equipment, establishing and enhancing an effective and motivated O&M staff, evaluating warranty agreements and extensions, and budgeting for operation and maintenance will be stressed.

Register

August 13, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (MDT) – Community Solar Scenario Tool: Planning for a Fruitful Solar Garden

As part of a Do-It-Yourself Solar Market Analysis summer series, NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) is presenting a live webinar titled, "Community Solar Scenario Tool: Planning for a fruitful solar garden." Join us to learn about a new model that was developed to help municipal utilities, solar developers, and state and local advocates perform a "first cut" analysis of different community or shared solar program options. The Community Solar Scenario Tool allows users to see how various inputs, such as system size, location, and project costs, impact the economics of a project and from both a potential customer's perspective as well as the sponsoring utility.

Register

August 27, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) - DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Introduction to Facility and Community Scale Project Financing

Although smaller in scale than the projects covered in the July webinar, these projects often cannot hurdle the financing barrier. Attendees will become knowledgeable on the forms of project financing for the smaller projects that serve an individual facility or community and their advantages and disadvantages to the Tribal communities. They will also learn about the importance of including cost effective energy efficiency improvements in the project design and how to calculate the life cycle cost of various options under consideration.

Register

SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership Webcasts

August 27, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) - Solar Permitting & Inspection – Part 3

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A. and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) present a series of three webinars on Solar Permitting & Inspection. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, the series is reviewing the components of rooftop solar permitting processes, and share best practices and tools for improving them.

During the third and final webinar of the series presenters take a step back and examine how communities can change their permitting processes, with a particular focus on voluntary regional and statewide collaborations.

This webinar is targeted at municipal permit review staff and inspectors, but should be useful to a diverse audience, including other municipal staff, solar installers and others in the solar industry, and individuals and organizations interested in seeing changes to the permitting processes in their communities.

Register

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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07/30/2014

Clean Power Plan resources

EPA has these Clean Power Plan informational materials available on the Carbon Pollution Standards website - http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards:

Overview Presentation: This presentation is designed to provide an overview for the general public and serve as a basic review for other stakeholders. This 25 minute video includes an overview of climate change, a review of Clean Air Act Section 111, and a broad overview of the important components of the proposed Clean Power Plan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDJGspRbIA4

Webinar Series: EPA hosted a series of three online webinars to provide states, tribes and local air and energy agencies with more detailed information on key components of the proposed Clean Power Plan. The three webinar topics are: Setting State Goals, Meeting State Goals, and Implementation. The webinar slides and recordings of the webinars are available at http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplantoolbox/epa-webinar-series-proposed-clean-power-plan

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Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

EPA will hold a public hearing on August 12, 2014, in Washington, DC at the William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. The public hearing will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). There will be a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please contact Ms. Virginia Hunt at (919) 541-0832 or at hunt.virginia@epa.gov to register to speak at one of the hearings. The last day to pre-register in advance to speak at the hearings will be Friday August 8, 2014. Additionally, requests to speak will be taken the day of the hearing at the hearing registration desk, although preferences on speaking times may not be able to be fulfilled.


07/28/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Tribal Energy by Design Forum: Developing an Energy Roadmap on Tribal Lands

Aug. 19–20, 2014
Blackfeet Community College
Southwind Lodge
504 SE Boundary Street
Browning, Montana 59417

This energy forum will focus on emerging technologies, developing trends, and new frontiers. We hope to inspire our attendees to think creatively about how energy development can produce community and economic value, efficiency, and stewardship. For details about topics to be covered, see the attached agenda. For more information, contact Barbara Stiffarm, Opportunity Link Inc., (406) 265-3699.

Sponsors

The following tribes and organizations are collaborating to offer you this event:

Who Should Attend

Tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff, specifically from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming, although representatives from any tribe are welcome. Utility companies, energy developers, industry experts, and other stakeholders are invited to join the discussion as well.

Registration and Lodging

A registration fee of $50 per person covers all forum sessions, materials, and lunches. Register for the forum. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals (other than lunches during the forum), and travel costs.

A block of rooms is available to participants at the Holiday Inn Express, 50 Museum Loop, in Browning, at a discounted rate of $109 plus tax per night through July 28, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. To make reservations, call 406-338-2400 and mention the "DOE Tribal Energy Summit." Otherwise, book online by visiting the hotel website. Other lodging options include Going-to-the-Sun Inn & Suites and Glacier Park Lodge.

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For a complete listing of upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes, please visit our events calendar.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


07/24/2014

EPA Funds Environmental Health Research for Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON – To identify and reduce tribal health risks associated with climate change, indoor wood smoke exposure, environmental asthma, waterborne diseases, and other unique tribal concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding tribal environmental health research grants to six groups, including universities and tribes.

“We're working together to help tribal communities combat the threats from climate change, and reduce environmental and public health risks,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “After more than a decade of funding this research, which addresses the unique needs of American Indian and Alaska Native communities, we have important data, tools, products and knowledge available to help communities determine a path forward to take action on climate change."

EPA funds research focused on tribal communities through the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. Because many tribes rely on natural resources, it is essential for tribal-focused research to identify possible environmental health risks and the most efficient methods of avoiding or addressing these risks.

Over the last decade, EPA grants have helped tribes make significant progress in addressing health risks. For example, the funding has resulted in the creation of fish advisory maps that have helped various tribal fishing communities avoid mercury and other contaminant-laden fish. The funding has also caused Washington and Oregon to revise their water-quality standards to offer greater protection. In addition, a library of resources in the Mohawk language was created to enhance education about toxic substances and empower the community to protect the health of its citizens.

For additional examples of outcomes from the Tribal Environmental Health grants, view the Tribal Synthesis Report: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/tribalresearch/news/results-impacts.pdf

The six grants total about $5 million. The recipients are:

More information about the grants awarded:
http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipients.display/rfa_id/569/records_per_page/ALL

For more information on Tribal Environmental Health Research: http://epa.gov/ncer/tribalresearch/

Information on the American Indian Environmental Office Tribal portal: http://www.epa.gov/tribalportal/


07/22/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Upcoming Workshops and Webinars for Tribes

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share information on our summer workshops and webinars for tribes.

Workshops

Make plans to attend one or more of the following DOE workshops this summer! For more information or to register, visit the links below.

Commercial-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop

July 29–31, 2014
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Golden, Colorado

Registration and Lodging

There is no cost to attend this workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.Online registration is now closed; however, those wishing to attend may still register by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov.

Be sure to book your lodging soon! The closest hotel to NREL, the Denver West Marriott, has reserved a block of rooms for workshop attendees; however, room availability and the discounted group rate of $156/night were only guaranteed through July 14, 2014. To inquire about availability and make reservations, call Marriott Reservations directly at 1-800-228-9290 or 303-279-9100 and ask for the group name “NREL Indian Energy Workshop.”

Tribal Energy by Design: Developing an Energy Road Map for North Central Montana

Aug. 19–20, 2014
Blackfeet Community College
Browning, Montana

Registration and Lodging

A registration fee of $50 per person covers all forum sessions, materials, and lunch on August 19. Register now.

The Holiday Inn Express, 50 Museum Loop, in Browning, is offering workshop attendees a discounted nightly rate of $109 plus tax. through July 27, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. Please call hotel directly at 406-338-2400, and mention event "DOE tribal energy workshop" to receive the group discount.

Community- and Facility-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop

Aug. 26–28, 2014
Mystic Lake Hotel
Prior Lake, Minnesota

Registration and Lodging

Advance registration for the workshop is requested by Aug. 12, 2014. Register online. A block of rooms is available at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel at a discounted rate of $99 per night through August 4, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. To make reservations, call 954-445-9000 or 800-813-7349 and ask for the “NREL Tribal Energy Program Workshop,” or visit the hotel website and enter "1408NREL" in the Group Code field.

Webinars

In addition to sponsoring two more tribal renewable energy series webinars this summer, the Tribal Energy Program is hosting an informational webinar on the new tribal funding opportunity announced this week. Learn more at the links below, and register today!

DOE Tribal Renewable Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Project Implementation and Operations & Maintenance

Aug. 8, 2014
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mountain time

Sponsored by the DOE Tribal Energy Program, Office of Indian Energy, and Western Area Power Administration, this webinar will focus on Project Implementation and Operations and Maintenance (O&M)—the last two steps of a framework developed for successful tribal energy project development. Attendees will learn about project management, reporting, monitoring, and commissioning. The webinar will also cover project agreements, vendor contracting process, preconstruction tasks, and equipment installation. Presenters will stress the importance of developing a long-term O&M plan, establishing a maintenance schedule, replacing worn or disabled equipment, establishing and enhancing an effective and motivated O&M staff, evaluating warranty agreements and extensions, and budgeting for O&M.

There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. Register now.

Note: This webinar was originally scheduled for July 30. If you already registered, you do not need to re-register. The same log-in information can be used for the Aug. 8 webinar.

Tribal Energy Program Funding Opportunity Webinar: Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands (DE-FOA-0001021)

Aug. 14, 2014
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mountain time

The Energy Department has announced the availability of up to $7 million to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects in tribal communities, reducing reliance on fossil fuel and promoting economic development. Under this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the department's Office of Indian Energy, will help Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to install community- or facility-scale clean energy and energy efficiency projects. The FOA is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

1.Tribal Building Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Retrofits (Topic Area 1)

2.Community-Scale Clean Energy Deployment (Topic Area 2).

The full funding announcement is available via EERE's Exchange website and the Tribal Energy Program website. For those interested in learning more, DOE will be hosting a webinar highlighting essential details about the application process, including:

Register for the webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees:
Required: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac-based attendees:
Required: Mac OS X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees:
Required: iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet

Tribal Renewable Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Sandia Modeling Tool

Sept. 10, 2014
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mountain time

Sponsored by the DOE Tribal Energy Program, Office of Indian Energy, and Western Area Power Administration, this webinar is a new addition to the 2014 Tribal Renewable Energy Series. Attendees will learn what collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling is, how the models developed have been and could be used, and how specifically this process and resulting models might be utilized in Indian Country. Presenters will explain the process by which a collaborative model is constructed and vetted with stakeholders; present real and theoretical case studies, with the theoretical case studies focused on potential applications for tribes; and outline the tangible deliverables that collaborators and stakeholders can expect to walk away with. Attendees will learn what will be expected of a tribe engaging in the collaborative process so that the tribe can realize the greatest benefit. Register for the webinar.

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For a complete listing of upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes, please visit our events calendar.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


07/17/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

DOE Issues FOA for Tribal Clean Energy Development

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to announce the availability of up to $7 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands. For more information, read the Progress Alert or follow the link below to view the complete funding opportunity announcement (FOA):

Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands (DE-FOA-0001021)
Submittal deadline: October 2, 2014.

Through this funding opportunity, the Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, will help Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia:

(1) Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings, and

(2) Deploy clean energy systems on a community scale.

Please note that only applications submitted through the EERE Exchange website will be considered. Any questions related to the FOA should be sent via email to tribal@ee.doe.gov.

Informational Webinar: Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands (DE-FOA-0001021)

Date: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mountain time

For those interested in learning more about this FOA, DOE will be hosting a webinar highlighting essential details about the application process, including:

Register for the webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System Requirements:

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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The Energy Department’s Tribal Energy Program promotes tribal energy sufficiency and fosters economic development and employment on tribal lands through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The program, which has invested $41.8 million in 175 tribal clean energy projects since 2002, provides financial and technical assistance to tribes for the evaluation and development of their renewable energy resources, implementation of energy efficiency to reduce energy use, and education and training to help build the knowledge and skills essential for sustainable energy projects. Learn more about the Tribal Energy Program.

For a complete listing of current funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes, please visit our Related Funding Opportunities page.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

 


07/16/2014

Brownfields in Your Backyard: Tribal Opportunities, July 31, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Brownfields in Your Backyard: Tribal Opportunities, a webinar, will be available free to all interested parties! As part of the Environmental Management and Planning for Tribal Professionals Module, a FREE webinar is being offered to provide an introduction to tribal brownfields with an emphasis on US EPA 104 (k) ARC Grants. What are brownfields? Who is currently using brownfields grant money? How can you tap into this funding?

Presented by:
Dale Mitchell, Brownfields Program Coordinator, Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe
Amy Jean McKeown, Brownfields Project Officer, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Rich Campbell, Geologist, Campbell Environmental Group

Please register for Brownfields in Your Backyard: Tribal Opportunities, scheduled on Jul 31, 2014 10:00am-11:30am PDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5001328009856610305 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Priority for the question/answer period of this webinar will be given to participants registered for the Environmental Management and Planning for Tribal Professionals Module. Questions will be opened up to the larger audience if time allows.

Register by Thursday, July 17 to attend the entire two-week training module: Environmental Management and Planning for Tribal Professionals (additional details below). Registration for this module and other Tribal Environmental Management and Planning modules are available at www.nau.edu/Professional/Registration-Fees.

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Native American Environmental Management Training

Boost your professional credentials:
Earn 0.5 to 4.0 continuing education units (CEUs) with Northern Arizona University and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals' new online courses.

The first two courses (and their individual modules) provide unique, tribally focused, and applied instruction for environmental professionals.

Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) are pleased to offer professional development training to new and seasoned professionals through applied online courses.

Tribal Environmental Management and Planning $750
July 7 – August 31, 2014

Tribal Water Resources Management $750
September 1 – October 26, 2014

The first two courses (and their individual modules) will be offered by NAU faculty, Native American legal experts, and tribal instructors with support from Northern Arizona University’s College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences and the Applied Indigenous Studies program. The courses provide unique, tribally focused, and applied instruction to environmental professionals.

A team consisting of NAU faculty, Native American legal experts, and experienced tribal environmental professionals have developed the content of the courses. This team of experts will guide lesson plans and offer valuable knowledge and insight into current tribal environmental policy, technical, and management issues.

More courses are being developed, so remember to check back periodically for new course additions!

REGISTER NOW

NAU Professional and Continuing Education>
www.nau.edu/professional
Professional@nau.edu
Jennifer Williams: 928-523-0673


07/15/2014

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Nearly $113 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

Special Announcement: DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a notification of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement for the Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands Program. The program aims to promote tribal energy sufficiency and spur increased deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency projects on Indian lands.

For more information, visit the notice of intent.

EPA Local Foods, Local Places Grant - $650,000

EPA is soliciting proposals for the Local Foods, Local Places program to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, foster entrepreneurship, and improve access to healthy local food, particularly among disadvantaged groups with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, the program aims to revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers’ markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and other kinds of local food enterprises, and provide people with affordable choices for accessing those amenities, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DHS Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program Grant - $63 million

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is making available grants to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on federal funding from future disasters. The grant program will prioritize the development and updating of hazard mitigation plans, as well as cost-effective hazard mitigation projects that do not duplicate other hazard mitigation grant programs.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

USDA Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant - $7 million

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting proposals for projects that assist communities with extremely high energy costs. Funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities with average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeding 275 percent of the national average. Eligible project also include on-grid and off-grid renewable projects, implementation of energy efficiency, and energy conservation projects.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA National Clean Diesel Funding Tribal Assistance Program - $1 million

EPA is soliciting proposals for tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines 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 verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, certified engine repowers, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacement.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOI Tribal Energy and Mineral Development Grant - $11 million

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is making available funds for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Eligible energy projects considered include conventional energy, minerals, and renewable energy projects of various scales, including community scale or industrial scale projects.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers: Science Supporting Solutions - $30 million

EPA is seeking proposals to support research on the development of sound science to inform state and local policy makers regarding the development of approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution. Research areas include enhancing understanding of spatial and temporal differences in individual pollutants and advancing scientific knowledge and tools needed to develop strategies for air pollution control, including strategies that address climate change preparedness.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

New Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Workshops for Tribes

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share new information on a forthcoming funding opportunity for tribes and a recently announced funding opportunity for Alaska Native villages. We also want to remind our subscribers that the advance registration and hotel reservation deadlines for the tribal renewable energy project development and financing workshops in Minnesota and Colorado are approaching. Don't miss the opportunity to attend one of these FREE workshops near you! Register today and reserve a spot!

Funding Opportunities

EERE has extended the anticipated date of its forthcoming funding opportunity announcement (FOA) from June 20 to July 15. In addition, the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund issued a new FOA on July 2. Read more in the articles below.

EERE Plans to Issue FOA for Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands on July 15

The Tribal Energy Program, in coordination with DOE's Office of Indian Energy, will be continuing its efforts to promote tribal energy sufficiency and to spur increased deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency on Indian lands. In support of these goals, EERE intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to: (1) install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings; and (2) deploy clean energy systems on a community scale. EERE has modified its original notice of intent to issue an FOA, changing the anticipated date of the announcement from June 20, 2014, to July 15, 2014. For more information, see the modified notice of intent.To be notified when the FOA is issued, please subscribe to the Tribal Energy Program’s email list.

Alaska Renewable Energy Fund Solicits Grant Applications for Renewable Energy Projects

Applications Due: Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: To be eligible for a grant recommendation the applicant must demonstrate formal approval and endorsement of its project by its governing authority (such as board of directors or executive management if it does not have a governing board) and be one of the following: an electric utility, an independent power producer, a local government, or a governmental entity, which includes tribal councils and housing authorities.

The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is soliciting competitive applications from qualified applicants for the purpose of recommending grants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature. For more information, see the request for applications.

Upcoming Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshops

Don’t miss the opportunity to reserve your spot and receive the group discounts on lodging for the upcoming tribal renewable energy project development workshops in Colorado and Minnesota. Hosted by the DOE Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), these workshops are designed for elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community-, facility-, and commercial-scale renewable energy projects.

For more information or to register, see the Tribal Energy Program website at the links below.

1) Commercial-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
July 29-31, 2014
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, CO

Registration deadline: July 15, 2014
Hotel reservation deadline: July 14, 2014. The Denver West Marriott is offering workshop attendees a discounted rate of $156/night through July 14, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. Book online or call Marriott Reservations directly at 1-800-228-9290 or 303-279-9100 and ask for the group name “NREL Indian Energy Workshop.”

2) Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
Aug. 26-28, 2014
Mystic Lake Hotel
Prior Lake, MN

Registration deadline: Aug. 12, 2014
Hotel reservation deadline: Aug. 4, 2014. A block of rooms is available at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel at a discounted rate of $99 per night through August 4, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. To make reservations, call 954-445-9000 or 800-813-7349 and ask for the “NREL Tribal Energy Program Workshop,” or visit the hotel website and enter "1408NREL" in the Group Code field.

In preparation for these workshops, we ask that attendees review the "Foundational Topics" course material on the National Training & Education Resource website.

Registration and Lodging
There is no cost to attend these workshops, but advance registration is requested. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.

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For a complete listing of upcoming events and current funding opportunities that are of interest to tribes, please visit our events calendar and our funding opportunities listing.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


07/02/2014

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

This message provides details about six upcoming webcasts offered by the federal agencies and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.
ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

July 17, 2:00-3:15 PM (EDT) – Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR

Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.

Register

July 24, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Green Power

Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In 2014, Office Hours will be held once a month. We will plan to spend the first 20-30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).

Register

July 29, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101

Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.

Register

July 30, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201

Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

Register

July 31, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

Join us to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

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DOE Webcasts

July 30, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) - Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Project Implementation and O & M

Attendees will become familiar with the last two steps of the five steps of the Energy Project Framework: project implementation (step #4) and Operations and Maintenance (step #5). Information on project management, reporting, monitoring, and commissioning will be provided. Other topics discussed include project agreements, vendor contracting process, preconstruction tasks, and equipment installation. The importance of developing a long-term Operations and Maintenance (O&M) plan, establishing a maintenance schedule, replacing worn or disabled equipment, establishing and enhancing an effective and motivated O&M staff, evaluating warranty agreements and extensions, and budgeting for operation and maintenance will be stressed.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

July 2014 – Funding Opportunities and New Resource for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities and a new online resource that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities

Up to $8 million in funding is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including developing and improving energy efficiency, sustainable communities, and fuel efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below. 
Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

USDA Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant – $7 Million

Applications Due: Aug. 1, 2014
Eligible Entities: For-profit entities; educational institutions; nonprofits; state, county, and local governments; tribes; public housing authorities; school districts; small businesses; individuals; and federal agencies
The USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces the availability of up to $7 million in FY 2014 for competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities with average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeding 275% of the national average. On-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects and energy efficiency and energy conservation projects are also eligible. Grant funds may not be used for the preparation of the grant application or for payment of utility bills, fuel purchases, routine maintenance, or other routine operating costs, or for the purchase of any equipment, structures, or real estate not directly associated with provision of community energy services.
For details on eligibility and application requirements, the criteria that will be used by RUS to award funding, and information on how to obtain application materials, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA State Bulk Fuel Revolving Fund Grant – $1 Million

Applications Due: Aug. 1, 2014
Eligible Entities: state governments
The USDA RUS announces the availability of up to $1 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 for competitive grants to state entities to establish and support a revolving fund to provide a more cost-effective means of purchasing fuel where the fuel cannot be shipped by means of surface transportation. To be eligible under this program, the state entity must have been in existence on Nov. 9, 2000. The revolving fund supported by grant funds must be used to facilitate cost-effective fuel purchases for persons, communities, and businesses in eligible areas.
For details on eligibility and application requirements, the criteria that will be used by RUS to award funding, and information on how to obtain application materials, see the funding opportunity description.

New Online Tool Provides State and Local Data for Tribal Energy Planning
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), with help from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has launched a new website that provides state and local decision makers easy access to a wealth of energy data specific to their location. The resources and data provided can be used to support strategic energy planning processes and deployment of clean energy projects. 

By entering a city and state or ZIP code into the State and Local Energy Data (SLED) online tool, users can see how their current electricity prices compare to the state and national averages, learn about applicable policies and incentives that could affect clean energy projects in their state, find available renewable energy resources, get details on alternative transportation fuel costs, and much more—all in one location. SLED, which replaces the Community Renewable Energy Deployment Project Development tool, aggregates data from a wide variety of sources, includi ng the Energy Information Administration, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, the EERE Alternative Fuels Data Center, and NREL. 
Watch the SLED video for an overview of the tool as well as an example of how the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, anticipates leveraging it for future planning efforts.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

 

 

 


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