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March 2011 Volume 29
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Mass Energy Insight (EIS) now accepts Portfolio Manager data

ARTICLES

  1. Two-Year Recovery Act Anniversary: Clean Energy Successes Highlighted
  2. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Join Forces to Accelerate Energy Efficiency

EVENTS

  1. Boston, MA – NESEA Building Energy 2011 Conference and Trade Show – March 8-10
  2. Fitchburg, MA – Energy Management Roundtable for Water and Wastewater Utilities – March 15
  3. Springfield, VT – Home Energy Expo – March 19
  4. Penacook, NH – Third Annual Local Energy Solutions Conference – April 2

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. We Can Change the World Challenge – deadline March 15
  2. Community Action and the Environment (CARE) – deadline March 22
  3. US EPA Pollution Prevention Grant Program – deadline March 28
  4. US DOL Green Jobs Innovation Fund – deadline March 29
  5. US EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – deadline March 31
  6. US EPA Technical Assistance to Build More Sustainable Communities grants – deadline March 31

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR free webinars
  2. Massachusetts – Municipal Energy Success Stories & Lessons Learned – webinar – March 9
  3. Local Government Tools for Sustainable Design and Green Building Implementation: Removing Barriers and Providing Incentives for Change – webinar – March 9
  4. Small and Distributed Wind – US DOE webinar – March 16

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Mass Energy Insight (EIS) now accepts Portfolio Manager data
    Mass Energy Insight (EIS) now accepts Portfolio Manager data
    • Import Portfolio Manager data into Mass Energy Insight
    • View the data using Mass Energy Insight's graphically based reports
    This feature is available to all Massachusetts cities and towns, regional school districts, and other regional entities like wastewater treatment plants, but it is especially targeted for those that already have their departments and buildings set up in Mass Energy Insight.

    Visit MassEnergyInsight for more information, or contact Customer Support.

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ARTICLES

  1. Two-Year Recovery Act Anniversary: Clean Energy Successes Highlighted
    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has helped to fund more than 300 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Now underway or completed, these projects are putting hundreds of people to work, helping the state and municipalities meet nation-leading clean energy goals, and fueling the Commonwealth's rapidly-growing clean energy business sector. In Western Massachusetts, more than 70 Recovery-funded clean energy projects have been completed or are underway. In Central Massachusetts there are more than forty.

    Read full article »

  2. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Join Forces to Accelerate Energy Efficiency
    Energy utility commissioners and energy efficiency leaders in the Northeast and Mid- Atlantic regions have agreed to implement a common set of statewide guidelines for reporting energy efficiency savings and associated costs, emissions and job impacts. This agreement by the Regional Evaluation, Measurement, & Verification Forum's (EM&V Forum) Steering Committee marks a significant milestone in laying the groundwork for building greater transparency and credibility of energy efficiency as a reliable, plentiful energy resource in the region and further drives the energy efficiency agenda nationally.

    Read full article »

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EVENTS

  1. Boston, MA – NESEA Building Energy 2011 Conference and Trade Show – March 8-10
    Seaport World Trade Center


    For Renewable Energy and Green Building Professionals

    BuildingEnergy11 has developed nine tracks of high-level content on energy efficiency and renewables as they relate to the built environment. The case studies being presented meet rigorous qualification guidelines based on an article published by Chris Benedict, R.A., in the Fall 2009 edition of the Northeast Sun.

    Sessions receive continuing education units from the following professional organizations: AIA, BOMI, BPI*, InterNACHI, NAHB and NARI

    For more information, including Conference Schedule and to register »

  2. Fitchburg, MA – Energy Management Roundtable for Water and Wastewater Utilities – March 15
    Falulah Water Treatment Facility, 1200 Rindge Road, Fitchburg, MA
    9am


    Open to water and wastewater utility facility managers, the roundtable encourages people to continue sharing experiences between water and wastewater utilities in:
    • Conducting energy audits
    • Implementing audit findings and recommendations
    • Funding energy efficiency programs and renewable sources of energy
    • Getting and maintaining buy-in
    For more information, contact Linda Darveau (darveau.linda@epa.gov) or Jason Turgeon (turgeon.jason@epa.gov)

  3. Springfield, VT – Home Energy Expo – March 19
    River Valley Technical Center, 307 South Street, Springfield, VT
    9am-3pm


    The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission, in conjunction with the Energy Committees of Springfield, Windsor, West Windsor, and Weathersfield, are hosting a Home Energy Expo: a free, energy-efficiency event for area families, home and farm owners, and businesses, to learn more about programs and products that will reduce consumption, decrease energy costs, and improve the community.

    The event will feature local experts and how-to workshops that include:
    1. Energy-efficiency rebate and assistance programs and how they work for homeowners and businesses
    2. Easy ways to tighten up your home, office, barn, or building
    3. Making the right investments in lighting, heating, appliances, and building structures
    4. Solar, wind, and other options to consider
    The all-day expo will feature hands-on displays, products, and door prizes from local vendors, schools, and recycling programs.

    Attendance is free of charge.

    More Information »

  4. Penacook, NH – Third Annual Local Energy Solutions Conference – April 2
    Merrimack Valley High School
    8am - 4:30pm


    The third year of the Local Energy Solutions Conference is shaping up to be another vibrant, information-rich opportunity for NH citizens to address local energy issues.

    Merrimack Valley High School is an ideal venue for local energy committee members, municipal and school staff/volunteers, legislators, and interested citizens from around the state and region to convene to discuss and learn about local energy projects, issues and solutions. Merrimack Valley High School, centrally located just off interstate 93 north of Concord, has been a leader in implementing renewable energy projects and energy efficiency building upgrades. Facility tours will be integrated into the conference agenda.

    Who Should Attend in 2011:
    • Local energy committee volunteers
    • Town administrators and employees
    • Board of selectmen, planning board, budget committee members
    • Legislators and interested citizens
    • School staff and facility managers
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    • Ways to finance your energy projects
    • Best practices and example of energy projects
    • How to measure municipal, school and residential energy use
    • Basics of energy technologies and practices
    • Elements of energy planning
    • Maximizing energy committee effectiveness
    For more Information »

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. We Can Change the World Challenge – deadline March 15
    The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association, request proposals for the We Can Change the World Challenge, a program designed to educate, empower, and engage students and teachers across the U.S. to become "Agents of Change" in identifying and solving environmental problems.

    Awards vary by grade levels and include savings bonds and school grants. Applications are being accepted from August 31, 2010 through March 15, 2011

    For more information »

  2. Community Action and the Environment (CARE)– deadline March 22
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program. CARE is community-based, community-driven, multimedia demonstration program designed to help communities understand and reduce risks due to toxic pollutants and environmental concerns from all sources. $2 million expected to be available, up to 9 awards anticipated.

    For more info, contact Dennis O'Connor (oconnor.dennis@epa.gov) or go to: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html
    Refer to Sol# EPA-OAR-IO-11-08.

  3. US EPA Pollution Prevention Grant Program – deadline March 28
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the Pollution Prevention Grant Program (P2). P2 supports projects that help businesses identify better environmental strategies and solutions for reducing or eliminating waste at the source.

    National focus areas include: Greenhouse gas reduction, toxic and hazardous materials reduction, resource conservation, creation of business efficiencies, and institutionalization and integration of P2.

    $4.1 million expected to be available, up to 50 awards anticipated.

    For more info, including Regional contacts »
    Refer to Sol# EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-04.

  4. US DOL Green Jobs Innovation Fund – deadline March 29
    The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of approximately $40 million in grant funds authorized by the Workforce Investment Act for the Green Jobs Innovation Fund (GJIF) to increase the number of individuals completing training programs who receive industry-recognized credentials and to increase the number of individuals completing training programs for employment in green jobs.

    The Labor Department proposes to fund approximately five to eight grants to national and statewide organizations with local affiliates with existing career training programs to provide technical and basic skills training that lead to green job opportunities in at least six communities per grant with this SGA.

    With these grants, the Labor Department is emphasizing critical steps along green career pathways by: 1) forging linkages between Registered Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, and/or 2) integrating the delivery of technical and basic skills training through community-based partnerships.

    For more information, visit http://www.dol.gov/dol/grants/ and search SGA-DFA-PY-10-07

  5. US EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – deadline March 31
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. This program supports projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community; it is designed to help communities understand and address their exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks.

    $1.2 million expected to be available, up to 44 awards anticipated.

    For more information, including Regional contacts »
    Refer to Sol# EPA-OECA-OEJ-11-01.

  6. US EPA Technical Assistance to Build More Sustainable Communities grants – deadline March 31

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Technical Assistance to Build More Sustainable Communities. Through this RFP, EPA seeks to increase local governments' and tribal communities' capacity to successfully implement smart growth and sustainable communities development approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, facilitate job creation and economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life.

    $2.5 million expected to be available, up to 3 awards anticipated.

    For more info, contact Kevin Nelson (nelson.kevin@epa.gov) or go to http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/grants/epa_op_osc_11_01.htm
    Refer to Sol# EPA-OP-OSC-11-01.

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (all times are EST; registration required but free)
    • Mar 3, 2pm, Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager for State and Local Governments
    • Mar 8, 2pm, K-12 Benchmarking 101
    • Mar 10, 2pm, Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager
    • Mar 15, 12pm, Office Buildings: Rating Energy Performance with EPA's Portfolio Manager
    • Mar 15, 1pm, Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
    • Mar 16, 12pm, Best Practices to Improve Energy Performance in Commercial Buildings
    • Mar 16, 1pm, Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment
    • Mar 17, 2pm, Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
    • Mar 23, 2pm, ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars »

  2. Municipal Energy Success Stories & Lessons Learned – March 9
    2-3 pm
    Tom Witkin, Communications Coordinator (note date change)


    Myriad cities and towns throughout Massachusetts have benefitted from energy projects ranging from improvements in lighting efficiency to demand response to photovoltaic arrays on landfills. Learn how municipalities have navigated the sometimes windy road to lower energy consumption, costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

    Efficiency Maine and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council invite you to attend the 2011 BOC Technical Webinar series "Lighting Solutions for IEQ and Energy Performance" at NO COST. This offer is valued at $200 per person.

    Register for the Webinar »

  3. Local Government Tools for Sustainable Design and Green Building Implementation: Removing Barriers and Providing Incentives for Change – webinar – March 9
    2-3:30pm


    Sponsored by EPA, this webinar will discuss how to promote and incorporate sustainable design and development components in local codes of ordinances, standards, and policies.

    The webinar will also introduce recently released EPA resources, including the Sustainable Design & Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments (PDF) (92 pp, 15 MB).

    Participants will be introduced to the concept of "Administrative Lean," and how it can be used to improve efficiencies and support green building incentive programs without increasing costs.

    Register for the Webinar »

  4. Small and Distributed Wind – US DOE webinar – March 16
    1pm


    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind & Water Power Program, this webinar will discuss small, distributed, and community wind.

    For more information, or to register »

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