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November 2012 Volume 49
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Resources for the Future Report Projects 17 Percent Reduction of U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 2020
  2. U.S. EPA Announces Updated Version of Clean Energy Tool
  3. U.S. EPA Awards $30 Million for Clean Diesel Projects

ARTICLES

  1. U.S. Cities, Town, and Institutions Save Money, Energy through Energy-savings Performance Contracts
  2. Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Awards Energy Grants for Farms
  3. Massachusetts Announces Energy Savings From Statewide Energy Efficiency Plans

EVENTS

  1. New Haven, CT – K-12 Educator Workshop on Climate Change – November 6
  2. New Hampshire – Commercial and Residential NH Energy Code & Beyond Code Workshops – November 8 (Hampton - Commercial) and November 20 (Nashua – Residential)
  3. Freeport, ME – Efficiency Maine Annual Awards Ceremony and Symposium – November 14
  4. Fairlee, VT – 5th Annual Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference – December 1

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. U.S. EPA 2012 Environmental Education Regional Model Grants Solicitation – deadline November 21
  2. Clean Air – Cool Planet’s Community Catalyst Fund – rolling deadline
  3. Vermont Community Foundation Small and Inspiring Grants – monthly deadlines on the 15th of each month

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
  2. ICLEI Releases Community Greenhouse Gas Accounting Protocol

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Resources for the Future Report Projects 17 Percent Reduction of U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 2020 (PDF) (23 pp, 783 K)
    According to an article published October 24, 2012, a new study by Resources for the Future projects United States carbon emissions will fall nearly 17 percent by 2020. The report, “US Status on Climate Change Mitigation,” finds that the largest portion of projected emissions reductions is expected to come from U.S. EPA regulations on cars and light trucks, power plants, and industrial facilities.

    The study is available (PDF) (23 pp, 783 K).
  2. U.S. EPA Announces Updated Version of Clean Energy Tool
    On October 24, 2012, the U.S. EPA announced that has released an updated version of the Co-Benefits Risk Assessment (COBRA) screening model. This is a free tool that helps state and local governments estimate and map the potential air quality, human health, and related economic benefits of clean energy policies or programs. Version 2.4 contains updated emissions levels, health impact functions, health incidence data, population projections, economic values, and discount rate options.

    Additional information on Cobra 2.4 is available.
  3. U.S. EPA Awards $30 Million for Clean Diesel Projects
    On October 11, 2012, the U.S. EPA awarded $30 million for clean diesel projects. The Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) is designed to replace, retrofit, or repower older diesel-powered engines like marine vessels, locomotives, trucks, and buses. The clean diesel projects funded through these grants are expected to address the more than 11 million older diesel engines that continue to emit higher levels of pollution.

    A complete list of projects awarded is available

    Read full article.

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ARTICLES

  1. U.S. Cities, Town, and Institutions Save Money, Energy through Energy-savings Performance Contracts
    According to an article published October 23, 2012, U.S. cities, town, and institutions such as universities and hospitals have adopted energy-savings performance contracts that are designed to require no upfront costs for energy efficiency improvements and allow organizations to pay for the project over time by using the savings on utility bills. The business model and performance-based contracting market offered by energy service companies began to form in the early 1980s and the use of the model among public entities has grown. Now, 80 to 90 percent of energy service company revenues come from projects with municipalities, public universities and schools, hospitals, and federal government agencies. Energy service companies account for 10 to 15 percent of the jobs created among companies that provide energy efficiency improvements.

    Read full article.
  2. Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Awards Energy Grants for Farms
    On October 23, 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) awarded 27 grants totaling $325,000 to Massachusetts farmers to implement renewable energy systems and improve energy efficiency on farms. The grants, through DAR’s Agricultural Energy Grant Program, are expected to fund projects such as photovoltaic systems for vegetable and orchard operations, variable speed vacuum pumps for dairies, reverse osmosis machines for maple syrup operations, and thermal blankets for greenhouses.

    A complete list of project recipients is available.
  3. Massachusetts Announces Energy Savings From Statewide Energy Efficiency Plans
    On October 17, 2012, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced that the Commonwealth has continued electric, natural gas, and greenhouse gas emission reductions from energy efficiency improvements in 2011. The energy efficiency improvements were implemented by homeowners, businesses, and state and local government across the Commonwealth. The savings are equivalent to the annual electricity usage of 109,000 homes, the annual natural gas usage of nearly 15,000 homes, and the annual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from more than 84,000 cars. These savings were delivered in the second year of the 2010-2012 energy efficiency plans and are outlined in the 2011 Report of the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council.

    The report is available (PDF) (24 pp, 1.2 MB).

    Read full article.

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EVENTS

  1. New Haven, CT - K-12 Educator Workshop on Climate Change – November 6
    Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium
    355 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT
    8:30am to 3:30pm

    Energize CT’s eesmarts program has partnered with Yale Peabody Museum to host a professional development workshop for middle/high school level instructors on Climate Change Education. Earn CEUs and receive a $100 stipend, free lessons and materials and a free class field trip to the Peabody Museum’s “Seasons of Change” exhibit.

    Register .
    *please note address at url incorrectly lists 355 Prospect Ave*

    For more information, contact Gio Koch (gkoch@crec.org or 860-509-3686).
  2. New Hampshire – Commercial and Residential NH Energy Code & Beyond Code Workshops – November 8 (Hampton - Commercial) and November 20 (Nashua – Residential)
    The NH Building Code Challenge was a campaign to make New Hampshire one of the most energy efficient places in the country. In 2009, Governor John Lynch made the assurance that NH would achieve 90% compliance with the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) by the year 2017. 90% compliance is quite the challenge - however, over a two-and-a-half year period GDS Associates worked closely with the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning to bring NH closer to achieving this ambitious goal.

    GDS and the OEP worked together to help create a plan to significantly improve compliance and enforcement of building energy codes across the state. As part of this process, GDS developed a baseline of compliance analysis which helped to give us a better "snapshot" level of understanding as to where compliance now stands with the energy code. In addition, GDS reached out to train building professionals, the general public, and many others connected to the building profession. Perhaps most importantly, as a culmination of this process, GDS developed an action plan, the NH Building Energy Code Compliance Roadmap, which will help to put NH on a path to reach 90% compliance with the IECC by 2017.

    For more information »

    Register.

    For more information, contact Meaghan White, NHBCC Project Manager (Meaghan.White@gdsassociates.com or 603-656-0336).
  3. Freeport, ME – Efficiency Maine Annual Awards Ceremony and Symposium – November 14
    Hilton Garden Inn
    5 Park Street, Freeport, ME
    2:00 – 8:00pm

    Efficiency Maine will host its third annual Awards Ceremony and Symposium on Wednesday, November 14, at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Freeport. In Maine, saving energy has a tremendous impact on the bottom line, and energy efficiency has become a priority for businesses, municipalities, and homeowners alike. A panel of industry contractors and experts will discuss emerging trends in energy efficiency, including opportunities for further gains and innovations. Come hear success stories and best practices from Maine's energy industry and prominent Maine businesses that have made cutting-edge energy improvements in their organizations.

    Whether you're a contractor, energy enthusiast, business leader, or policy maker, you'll hear relevant information you should know! After the panel, we'll present our annual awards recognizing industry leaders among our many suppliers, Qualified Partners, retailers, Participating Energy Advisors, customers, and more! Heavy appetizers will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

    For additional information and to register, contact paul.badeau@efficiencymaine.com or visit: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=9m7pibjab&oeidk=a07e6fyy0d857c214a3&oseq
  4. Fairlee, VT – 5th Annual Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference – December 1
    Lake Morey Inn
    1 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, VT
    9:00am – 4:00pm

    This year’s energizing event “Getting to 90 Percent Renewable by 2050” will be held on Saturday, December 1st at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee, Vermont. Designed to inspire, strengthen and grow the statewide network of town energy committees and other energy-ambitious Vermonters, don’t miss this opportunity to join municipal officials, technical experts, state and regional planners and others interested in saving energy, reducing waste and developing renewable energy solutions to tackle climate change.

    The theme focuses on “Your Role in Turning the 2050 Goal from Challenge to Opportunity” via 14 workshops, a range of roundtable discussions on hot topics, keynote speaker Chris Martenson and far more.

    Cost for the day is $25 and includes a largely local lunch. Mark your calendar for December 1!

    Register.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. U.S. EPA 2012 Environmental Education Regional Model Grants Solicitation – deadline November 21
    EPA's Office of Environmental Education grants program supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions towards the environment.

    The 2012 EE Regional Model Grants Solicitation Notice was updated August 27, 2012 to reflect the new electronic submission procedures for grants.gov. Please see Appendix D for the updated instructions.

    EPA will host two (2) webinars/conference calls for potential applicants interested in additional information about the application process. The date, time and call-in information for the webinars/conference calls will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/education/grants/index.html

    You may submit questions up to two (2) business days prior to each webinar/call to EEGrants@epa.gov. A consolidated list of the questions will be answered on the calls and/or on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

    The title of the new RFP is Environmental Education Regional Grants -- Solicitation Notice for 2012. The RFP number is EPA-EE-12-01; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 66.951.

    Applications must be postmarked by November 21, 2012, 11:59 pm local time; hand delivered by the end of the business day November 21, 2012, in the regional office to which the application is being submitted; or submitted electronically via www.grants.gov by November 21, 2012, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) in order to be considered for funding.

    The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $2,160,000 nationwide. EPA expects to award one (1) grant per Region for an expected 10 grants nationwide; the award amount is approximately (but no more than) $216,000, subject to the availability of funds, the quality and quantity of applications received, and other applicable considerations.

    Access the RFP or further clarifying information on our website or in the online Frequently Asked Questions.
  2. Clean Air – Cool Planet’s Community Catalyst Fund – rolling deadline
    Through generous support from The Overbrook Foundation, Community Catalyst Fund grants are available to groups in New York, New Jersey and the six New England states working to improve local environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

    To be eligible, an applying organization must have an annual budget of less than $150,000, and the project in question must serve at least one community of fewer than 25,000 permanent residents.

    Grants in this program will range in size from $250 to $2,500. There are no deadlines for grant submission, and proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis. Successful applicants will be asked to submit a short grant report (250-500 words) to be posted to Clean Air-Cool Planet's blog site once their project has been completed or Community Catalyst Fund grant monies have been spent.

    For more information »

  3. Vermont Community Foundation Small and Inspiring Grants – monthly deadlines on the 15th of each month
    Applications will be considered from nonprofit organizations, schools, municipal entities, or groups with a fiscal sponsor for projects that address the Community Foundation’s purposes, including projects that:
    • connect people to each other through volunteer work or community-building efforts
    • connect people to the environment around them in new ways
    • bring people together and provide opportunities for positive social interaction and benefit
    Grant applications will be accepted from organizations that are located in or serve the people of Vermont. Organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public agency or municipality in the state of Vermont.

    Grants will be in the range of $500-$2,500.

    For more information »

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
    • Nov 7, 1pm, Overflowing Value: Best Practices to Save Water and Money
    • Nov 8, 1pm, Data Center Energy Efficiency Opportunities: What Managers Should Know
    • Nov 8, 2pm, ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
    • Nov 13, 1pm, Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars.
  2. ICLEI Releases Community Greenhouse Gas Accounting Protocol
    ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA has released the U.S. Community Protocol for Accounting and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, a national standard for measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions associated with communities. It is intended to simplify and standardize the technical guidance necessary to complete a greenhouse gas emissions inventory.

    Additional information is available.

    ICLEI is hosting a free webinar on Nov. 7 to answer your basic questions.

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