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January 2013 Volume 51
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. U.S. Federal Highway Administration Solicits Pilot Projects for Vulnerability and Adaptation Analysis – applications due January 22
  2. Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation – Applications for 2013 Vermont Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence – deadline January 25
  3. U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Investments in Pioneering U.S. Offshore Wind Projects

ARTICLES

  1. U.S. Department of Energy Updates Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy State Resources
  2. Rhode Island Climate Change Commission Releases Adaptation Progress Report

EVENTS

  1. Willimantic, CT – Home Energy Basics Workshop – January 8
  2. Waltham, MA – New England Association of Energy Engineers’ Annual Energy Forum – January 9

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – deadline January 7, 2013
  2. National Endowment for the Arts FY 2013 Our Town Initiative – deadline January 14, 2013

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
  2. U.S. EPA and Department of Energy Release 2013 Fuel Economy Guide
  3. Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Releases Report on Impacts of Investments
  4. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Releases Guide on Improving Travel Efficiency

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. U.S. Federal Highway Administration Solicits Pilot Projects for Vulnerability and Adaptation Analysis – applications due January 22
    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced the solicitation of pilot projects from State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs), and Tribes to conduct analysis in one of two areas related to climate change and extreme weather adaptation: 1) assessments of transportation vulnerability to climate change and extreme weather events, or 2) developing options for improving resiliency of transportation facilities or systems to climate changes and/or extreme weather events.

    Project applications are due January 22, 2013.
  2. Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation – Applications for 2013 Vermont Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence – deadline January 25
    These annual awards honor the actions taken by Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution and promote sustainability. Applications are encouraged from: business, industry and trade or professional organizations; environmental, community and non-profit organizations; individual citizens; institutions such as schools, hospitals and municipalities; teachers and students; and public agencies.

    Applications must be received electronically, no later than Friday January 25, 2013.
    Application materials are available on the internet.

    For questions or to obtain email copies of the application, contact Gary Gulka at gary.gulka@state.vt.us or 802-241-3626.
  3. U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Investments in Pioneering U.S. Offshore Wind Projects
    The U.S. Department of Energy announced funding for seven offshore wind projects in Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia. These engineering, design, and deployment projects are intended to support offshore installations in state and federal waters for commercial operation by 2017.

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ARTICLES

  1. U.S. Department of Energy Updates Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy State Resources
    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) updated its state website to link to EERE resources for each state. The new site is called “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in My State” and links to state-specific content published by EERE. The site also publishes graphs of DOE energy statistics reflecting the status of energy efficiency and renewable energy in each state. Finally, the site also publishes state news relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency activities sponsored by EERE technical programs or facilitated by the state or local governments.

    The new website is available.
  2. Rhode Island Climate Change Commission Releases Adaptation Progress Report
    The Rhode Island Climate Change Commission issued its first progress report, summarizing key climate risks in the state and social, economic, and environmental vulnerabilities to them. The report also summarizes current and projected climate change impacts upon human health and welfare, public and private infrastructure, and the natural environment. The report identifies current private and public climate change adaptation initiatives, highlights adaptation needs yet to be addressed, and outlines the steps the commission plans to take in 2013.

    The report, "Adapting to Climate Change in the Ocean State: A Starting Point" (PDF) (38 pp, 1.2 MB), is available.

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EVENTS

  1. Willimantic, CT – Home Energy Basics Workshop – January 8
    Eastern Connecticut State University
    Science Center Auditorium
    83 Windham Street
    Willimantic, CT
    10:00 am – 11:30 am

    Workshop serving Lebanon, Mansfield, Windham: Find out how your home is using unnecessary energy all year long and how you can reduce your home heating and cooling bills.

    Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge staff will be discussing Home Energy Solutions, the state-approved energy assessment for your home. Neighbor to Neighbor staff will give a short presentation on the program and how you can qualify for a free visit, as well as answer any questions you may have. They will also discuss steps you can take after your assessment to further reduce your home’s energy waste. With every step you take in the challenge you will earn the town, points that can be redeemed for energy saving prizes.

    Please RSVP by December 30th at (860) 372-4406 or katedonnelly@ctenergychallenge.com

    For more information »
  2. Waltham, MA – New England Association of Energy Engineers’ Annual Energy Forum – January 9

    Raytheon Headquarters
    870 Winter Street
    Waltham, MA
    7:30 am – 12:00 pm (Breakfast at 7:30 am, presentations begin at 8:30 am)

    “Pertinent New England Energy Issues - Energy Efficiency, Natural Gas Issues/Costs and Energy Outlook”

    Presenters:

    • MassDOER, with an update on the new “Three Year Plan” regarding the funding of energy efficiency across the Commonwealth
    • Spectra Energy, discussing the need for new gas transmission capacity in response to the increase in Northeast shale supplies
    • Cummins Westport, discussing the increased use of natural gas engines and what the future holds for natural gas as a transportation fuel for Fleets
    • Harvey Leonard, Chief Meteorologist - WCVB-TV – Boston. Harvey will discuss the past, current and future weather trends and what we are likely to see moving forward
    • Raytheon, an overview of Raytheon’s Energy Journey
    Pre-register ($50) for this event by going to the New England AEE Website.

    Also bring a photo ID with you for security purposes to enter the facility.

    For more information »

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – deadline January 7, 2013
    The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program provides funding for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The grants enable award recipients to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution.

    Eligible Entities: Federally recognized tribal governments; tribal organizations working to educate, empower and enable their communities; or incorporated nonprofits.

    For more information »

  2. National Endowment for the Arts FY 2013 Our Town Initiative – deadline January 14, 2013
    The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The Our Town initiative will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development.

    Eligible Entities: All applications must involve two primary partners: a local government entity and a nonprofit organization. Local governments include counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments.

    For more information »

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
    • Jan 10, 1 PM, Data Center Energy Efficiency Opportunities: What Managers Should Know
    • Jan 15, 2 PM, The Basics of Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars.
  2. U.S. EPA and Department of Energy Release 2013 Fuel Economy Guide
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. EPA released the 2013 Fuel Economy Guide, which provides information on the most fuel efficient and low-emission vehicles in different classes and sizes. EPA and DOE have also included a second top ten list of the most efficient vehicles, separating advanced technology vehicles from conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles.

    The Guide also provides an estimated annual fuel cost for these vehicles.
  3. Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Releases Report on Impacts of Investments
    The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) released a report summarizing the consumer, economic, and environmental impact of investments made using proceeds from RGGI’s carbon dioxide allowance auctions. The report analyzed the lifetime impact of RGGI investments made from 2009 to 2011 in the nine RGGI states. The report estimates that RGGI investments will offset the need for more than 27 million megawatt hours of electricity generation and 26.7 million British Thermal Units of energy generation. These savings are expected to help avoid the emission of 12 million short tons of carbon dioxide pollution. From 2009 to 2011, RGGI investments generated an estimated $1.3 billion in lifetime energy bill savings for utility customers.

    The report "Regional Investment of RGGI CO2 Allowance Proceeds, 2011" (PDF) (39 pp, 1.3 MB), is available.
  4. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Releases Guide on Improving Travel Efficiency
    The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a guide designed to help municipalities and metropolitan regions identify policies to expand transportation choices and improve transportation system efficiency. The toolkit is targeted at local policymakers and stakeholders interested in reducing transportation-related fuel consumption in their communities.

    The guide, "Improving Travel Efficiency at the Local Level", is available.

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