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October 2013 Volume 60
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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Welcome to the Community Energy Challenge Monthly Update, a monthly publication by EPA New England promoting energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. EPA Issues New Proposal for Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants
  2. October is National Energy Awareness Month

ARTICLES

  1. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Releases Report Ranking U.S. Cities' Energy Efficiency Efforts
  2. Gains in Massachusetts renewable energy industry; Boston tops in efficiency
  3. East Hartford Energy Efficiency Project - C-PACE - To Bring Down Operating Costs

EVENTS

  1. Northeast Region – NESEA Green Buildings Open House – October 5
  2. Norwood, MA – 8th Annual AltWheels Fleet Day – October 7
  3. Medford, MA – Harvest Your Energy Festival 2013 – October 26
  4. South Burlington, VT – Renewable Energy 2013 Conference and Expo: Community Solutions for Vermont – October 28 & 29

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Federal Emergency Management Administration grants for Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation – deadline October 18
  2. NOAA Climate Program Office funding opportunity for FY 2014 now available – deadline November 14
  3. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center – Commonwealth Wind Development Grants – deadline May 15, 2014 or until funds run out
  4. Upcoming opportunity: U.S. Department of Energy Announces Energy Efficiency Competition for Municipalities

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
  2. U.S. Department of Energy Announces Webinar on Communicating the Value of Energy Efficiency with Financial Decision Makers – October 1
  3. U.S. Department of Energy Releases Clean Energy Finance Guide
  4. U. S. Department of Energy and U.S. EPA Release Fuel Economy Tool for Used Vehicles

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. EPA Issues New Proposal for Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants
    EPA has issued new proposed Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants in order to combat climate change and improve public health. In addition, EPA has initiated broad-based outreach and direct engagement with state, tribal, and local governments, industry and labor leaders, non-profits, and others to establish carbon pollution standards for existing power plants and build on state efforts to move toward a cleaner power sector.

    “Climate change is one of the most significant public health challenges of our time. By taking commonsense action to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, we can slow the effects of climate change and fulfill our obligation to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our children,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. “These standards will also spark the innovation we need to build the next generation of power plants, helping grow a more sustainable clean energy economy.”

    Under the proposal, new large natural gas-fired turbines would need to meet a limit of 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour, while new small natural gas-fired turbines would need to meet a limit of 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour. New coal-fired units would need to meet a limit of 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour, and would have the option to meet a somewhat tighter limit if they choose to average emissions over multiple years, giving those units additional operational flexibility.

    Learn more about the proposed standards.
  2. October is National Energy Awareness Month
    October is National Energy Awareness Month, a national effort to underscore how central energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. In commemoration of National Energy Awareness Month, a series of clean energy events and activities will be held. Senior officials across the federal government will be highlighting the work they are doing to position our country for a sustainable future, create new clean energy jobs and lay the foundation for our long-term economic security.

    View the calendar.

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ARTICLES

  1. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Releases Report Ranking U.S. Cities’ Energy Efficiency Efforts
    The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released a new report that ranks 34 of the most populous U.S. cities on their policies to advance energy efficiency. The “2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard” also includes recommendations and strategies for all cities to reduce energy use, such as leading by example, adopting energy savings goals, and others.

    According to the report, Boston, Massachusetts, achieved the highest overall score, with Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, San Francisco, California, and Austin, Texas leading in various other categories.

    View the press release.

    The report and an accompanying infographic are available.
  2. Gains in Massachusetts renewable energy industry; Boston tops in efficiency
    The state’s clean energy industry continues to thrive, according to two separate reports, with more than 20,000 employees working in renewable energy in Massachusetts and Boston is ranked the most energy-efficient US city.
  3. East Hartford Energy Efficiency Project - C-PACE - To Bring Down Operating Costs
    East Hartford is among over 50 Connecticut municipalities that are now taking advantage of a financial tool that promotes energy efficiency and clean energy projects. This special financing tool is available to commercial and industrial property owners as well as owners and developers of multi-family properties with five or more units and non-profits.

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EVENTS

  1. Northeast Region – NESEA Green Buildings Open House – October 5
    The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) hosts its annual Green Buildings Open House (GBOH) across the region on Oct 5. GBOH is an opportunity for the public to learn about energy improvements in their communities, and connect with NESEA members.

    Host a site, find sites in your area, and learn more.
  2. Norwood, MA – 8th Annual AltWheels Fleet Day – October 7
    Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Route 1, Norwood, MA

    The day consists of panels, exhibits, and vehicles offering a showcase of alternative transportation solutions — from concept vehicles, to vehicles that are available and affordable today. This year's Fleet Day will be hosted at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel and conference center on Route 1 in Norwood, MA in their state-of-the-art conference space with a large outdoor vehicle display.

    For more information visit altwheels.org/fleetday.html or contact Classic Communications (info@classic-communications.com or 508-698-6810).
  3. Medford, MA – Harvest Your Energy Festival 2013 – October 26
    11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Base of the Medford Wind Turbine/Riverbend Park
    Rain Location: McGlynn School Building Cafeteria

    Fun, Education, Music and More
    • • Take a tour of "Windy" the Wind Turbine
    • Support and learn about local organizations' green products and practices
    • Find out about green energy and discount heating oil from Mass Energy
    • Enjoy a beautiful Fall day along the Mystic River
    • Live music and entertainment from local artists
    • Learn how to save energy and money with free home energy assessments, tap the power of solar energy, and MORE!
    • Paper shredding - brought to you by Mayor McGlynn and Counselor Camouso
    • Electronics recycling fundraiser for Medford Crew Team, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, located at Hormel Stadium parking lot
    Medford is currently looking for additional businesses and organizations to display at and sponsor the Festival. For more information please download the exhibitor application to have a table or contact Alicia Hunt in Medford's Office of Energy and Environment at ahunt@medford.org or 781-393-2137 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

    The Medford Wind Turbine is located behind the McGlynn Middle School in Medford, MA.

    **PLEASE SEE DIRECTIONS. GPS AND GOOGLE MAPS WILL NOT TAKE YOU TO THE CORRECT LOCATION**

  4. South Burlington, VT – Renewable Energy 2013 Conference and Expo: Community Solutions for Vermont – October 28 & 29
    Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, VT

    Vermont is calling for 90% renewables by 2050. Throughout the country, state and local governments are establishing ambitious goals to reduce energy consumption, bolster renewable energy production and drive toward a more sustainable future by reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

    With more than 20 high-level conference sessions, this year’s agenda covers all the bases. From technology and innovation updates, to informational sessions on integrating renewables into businesses, to policy and regulatory updates, the 2013 agenda will reach across a broad spectrum of topics.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Federal Emergency Management Agency grants for Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation – deadline October 18
    The application period for Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) is open. The websites for these programs have been updated.

    For general information »

    For the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program »

    For the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program »

    FEMA has posted the Fiscal Year 2013 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Unified Guidance. This Guidance covers both grant programs as well as the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

    Please contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer for additional information on the Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant programs, and deadlines for applying.
  2. NOAA Climate Program Office funding opportunity for FY 2014 now available – deadline November 14
    NOAA's Climate Program Office (CPO) has announced a federal funding opportunity for the 2014 fiscal year. The full announcement of opportunity is available on the CPO Funding Opportunities page and on the Grants.Gov website.

    Letters of intent are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Sept. 10, 2013, and the deadline for final applications is Nov. 14, 2013.
  3. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center – Commonwealth Wind Development Grants – deadline May 15, 2014 or until funds run out
    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is pleased to invite applications for grants to support the development of community wind and commercial wind projects.

    Community wind projects may use development grants for both development activities (such as permitting, environmental impact evaluation, geotechnical studies, public outreach, interconnection studies, etc.) and for construction activities (such as turbine procurement, erection and commissioning). Commercial wind projects may only use development grants for development activities.

    This solicitation describes the general scope, grant levels, application process and payment process. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be accepted for evaluation on a first-come, first-served basis.

    As the program evolves over time, this solicitation may be updated or withdrawn without notice.
    MassCEC expects applications will be accepted through May 15, 2014.

    Please contact commwind@masscec.com with any questions.
  4. Upcoming opportunity: U.S. Department of Energy Announces Energy Efficiency Competition for Municipalities
    The U.S. Department of Energy and Georgetown University signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreement to collaborate on the Georgetown University Energy Prize. The competition intends to encourage new, replicable, and scalable approaches to reducing energy use in communities in the United States.

    Starting in February 2014, small to mid-sized U.S. municipalities are expected to be eligible to compete for the prize by reducing their energy use through developing a long-term energy efficiency plan and demonstrating initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two year period. The winning community is expected to receive $5 million from private sponsors.

    More information on the Georgetown University Energy Prize is available.

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
    • Oct 3, 2:00 pm, Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
    • Oct 8, 2:00 pm, How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
    • Oct 10, 2:00 pm, ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
    • Oct 16, 1:00 pm, Water: Benchmarking and Best Practices from WaterSense
    • Oct 17, 2:00 pm, Portfolio Manager 101
    • Oct 22, 1:00 pm, How to Launch an ENERGY STAR Energy Efficiency Competition
    • Oct 24, 1:00 pm, Portfolio Manager "Office Hours"
    • Oct 29, 2:00 pm, Portfolio Manager 201
  2. U.S. Department of Energy Announces Webinar on Communicating the Value of Energy Efficiency with Financial Decision Makers – October 1
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a live webinar entitled “Speaking the CFO Language: Building the Case for Energy Efficiency with Financial Decision-makers.” Scheduled for October 1, 2013, the webinar intends to share best practices for communicating the value of building energy efficiency projects and working with financial decision makers.

    Additionally, attendees are expected to learn about an online tool that lets users analyze the financial value of proposed energy efficiency upgrades in buildings.

    Registration for the webinar is available.
  3. U.S. Department of Energy Releases Clean Energy Finance Guide
    DOE released a resource designed to make it easier for state, local and tribal leaders, along with their partners in the private sector, to find capital for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. This guide lists the various federal financing programs for which energy efficiency and clean energy qualify. This first-edition guide is a product of a cooperative effort among seven federal agencies: the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation and Treasury, along with the EPA and Small Business Administration.

    The resource guide, “Federal Finance Facilities Available for Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Clean Energy Deployment (PDF) (58 pp, 859 K),” is available.
  4. U. S. Department of Energy and U.S. EPA Release Fuel Economy Tool for Used Vehicles
    The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. EPA released a new label that features EPA fuel economy and carbon dioxide estimates for used vehicles sold in the United States since 1984. The electronic graphic can be created and downloaded by consumers to be included in online advertisements or printed and affixed to vehicle windows.

    The car label is available.

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