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February 2014 Volume 64
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. U.S. EPA Proposes Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources
  2. Prepare for Town Meeting with ENERGY STAR

ARTICLES

  1. Maine Clean Communities Receives Grant for an All-Electric Nissan Leaf
  2. Clean Energy Collective Digs into Solar Gardens in Massachusetts
  3. University of Rhode Island Researcher Releases Study, Finds Wind Turbines Have No Effect on Property Values

EVENTS

  1. North Haven, CT – Energize CT 2014 Residential Program Roll-Out – February 4
  2. Orange, CT - Becoming an LED World – February 4
  3. Falmouth, ME – Green Eggs: UNE Dental School – February 5
  4. Rocky Hill, CT - Becoming an LED World – February 5
  5. Burlington, VT – Better Buildings by Design – February 5 & 6
  6. Massachusetts statewide – Solarize Mass – Solar 101 – February 5 thru 12
  7. Portland, ME – Carbon Nation Film Showing and Address by George Jacobson – February 13
  8. Meriden, NH – Button Up NH workshop – February 19
  9. Tilton, NH – 6th Annual Local Energy Solutions Conference – April 12

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. EPA Seeks Environmental Education Grant Applications – deadline February 4
  2. MassDOER – Energy Manager Grant Opportunity – deadline February 14
  3. Georgetown University – Energy Prize – submit letter of intent before February 2014
  4. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center – Commonwealth Wind Development Grants – deadline May 15 or until funds run out
  5. Efficiency Maine Home Energy Savings Program

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
  2. U.S. Energy Information Administration Releases Updated State Energy Profiles

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. U.S. EPA Proposes Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources
    The U.S. EPA proposed new standards of performance for new affected fossil fuel-fired electric utility steam generating units and stationary combustion turbines. Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted through March 10, 2014. The proposed rule is available.
  2. Prepare for Town Meeting with ENERGY STAR
    ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager can help you produce graphs and charts that illustrate energy usage and cost over time. Having this information helps prioritize energy efficiency projects and set goals.

    If you are already using Portfolio Manager, simply click on Reports, make one for your town, then create a chart! You can help convey your message with visual aids and improve understanding of energy use in your town.

    View a sample of a graph used by a real New England town.

    For assistance, please contact Region 1 Energy Star staff: Linda Darveau at darveau.linda@epa.gov or Cyndi Veit at veit.cynthia@epa.gov

    If you would like to share your results, just let us know and we will highlight it in the CEC e-update. Email Cyndi Veit at veit.cynthia@epa.gov

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ARTICLES

  1. Maine Clean Communities Receives Grant for an All-Electric Nissan Leaf
    Maine Clean Communities, a Clean Cities Coalition and program of the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), was recently awarded a grant from Central Maine Power (CMP) for a two-year lease of an all-electric, Nissan Leaf electric vehicle (EV), and the installation of two Clipper Creek charging stations at their offices in Portland, Maine.

    So far, Maine Clean Communities has handed over the “key” of the Nissan Leaf to three communities in Maine; South Portland, Portland and Scarborough. The intent is to allow municipalities to try out the vehicle firsthand. In January, the Town of Standish will borrow the vehicle, and Town Manager Gordy Billington has already seen to it that the Town has installed a Level II charging station at their Town Hall.
  2. Clean Energy Collective Digs into Solar Gardens in Massachusetts
    Colorado-based community-solar garden developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) announced that it’s building new community solar gardens in Massachusetts. The solar gardens will allow the majority of Massachusetts residents and businesses to harvest the benefits of solar—even if they can’t put it on their roof or in their yard—by purchasing a part of the garden’s panels and then using the power produced to offset some or all of their electric bill.
  3. University of Rhode Island Researcher Releases Study, Finds Wind Turbines Have No Effect on Property Values
    University of Rhode Island economist Corey Lang conducted a study that concludes that the planning, construction, and operation of wind turbines in Rhode Island does not depress nearby property values. The study analyzes the sale prices of 48,000 homes in Rhode Island over the last 15 years and compares homes near one of the state’s 12 wind turbines to homes far from the turbines. The study was funded by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources.

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EVENTS

  1. North Haven, CT – Energize CT 2014 Residential Program Roll-Out – February 4
    Best Western North Haven, 201 Washington Avenue, North Haven, CT
    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Energize Connecticut in partnership with United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas, Connecticut Natural Gas and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority are offering a free informational session to learn about Energize CT's 2014 residential energy efficiency rebates and innovative financing programs.

    Programs covered will include Home Energy Solutions Rebates, HVAC and Water Heating Rebates, CT Housing Funding Comprehensive Energy Loan, CEFIA Smart-E Loan, New Energize CT Heat Loan Program and New Boiler Reset Control Training. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Space is limited so register online today or call (877) 947-3873
  2. Orange, CT - Becoming an LED World – February 4
    Courtyard by Marriott, 136 Marsh Hill Road, Orange, CT
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

    In partnership with Energize Connecticut and United Illuminating, this seminar will be presented by Lighting Wizards' Stan Walerczyk. If your role includes lighting, this updated seminar is for you. The focus will be on LED lighting with discussion on both interior and exterior applications. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

    To register please send your contact information with "LED Seminar 2.4.14" in the subject line to seminars@uinet.com
  3. Falmouth, ME – Green Eggs: UNE Dental School – February 5
    Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm Education Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, ME
    7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

    Join Efficiency Maine’s Rick Meinking for a discussion of the University of New England’s high performance dental school building at the Maine USGBC Chapter’s monthly green eggs workshop.

    For more information and to register »
  4. Rocky Hill, CT - Becoming an LED World – February 5
    Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, 100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill, CT
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

    In partnership with Energize Connecticut and CL&P, this seminar will be presented by Lighting Wizards' Stan Walerczyk. If your role includes lighting, this updated seminar is for you. The focus will be on LED lighting with discussion on both interior and exterior applications. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

    Register »
  5. Burlington, VT – Better Buildings by Design – February 5 & 6
    Sheraton Conference Center, Burlington, VT

    Conference Theme: NET ZERO by 2030

    A net zero energy building is one whose energy usage and carbon emissions equal zero when measured over the course of a year. But what’s the right mix of energy efficiency and renewables? How are these buildings best maintained to continue to perform well year after year? What other build designations might be important to consider? And how will we as a country reach this goal by 2030?
    • Keynote Speaker: Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, with over 20 years of experience in green building
    • Hear from the Experts
    • Strengthen Your Competitive Edge
    • Make Key Contacts
    • See the Latest Products & Services
    • Technical Workshops
    • Exhibit Hall Trade Show
    • Winners of Efficiency Vermont’s 2014 Best of the Best Awards in Building Performance
    • Evening Reception – February 5
    For more information and to register »
  6. Massachusetts statewide – Solarize Mass – Solar 101 – February 5 thru 12
    Come to these Solar 101 events to learn about the basics of going solar and the Solarize Mass program.

    Watertown – February 5
    Watertown Free Library, 123 Main Street, Watertown, MA
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Needham – February 6
    Community Room, Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA
    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Williamsburg/Whatley/Chesterfield – February 12
    Williamsburg Town Offices, Auditorium, second floor, 141 Main Street, Williamsburg, MA
    Entrance and parking at rear, access from High Street, behind church
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Adams – February 12
    Adams Free Library in the G. A. R. Memorial Hall (2nd Floor), 92 Park Street, Adams, MA
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  7. Portland, ME – Carbon Nation Film Showing and Address by George Jacobson – February 13
    Portland Public Library, Monument Square, Portland, ME
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Join the U.S. Green Building Council - Maine Chapter for a showing of the film Carbon Nation. George Jacobson, the State of Maine Climatologist and Professor Emeritus, Climate Change Institute & School of Biology and Ecology will address the group on the topics of climate change, energy and ecology and introduce the film.

    Refreshments will be served. The cost to attend is $5 at the door.

  8. Meriden, NH – Button Up NH workshop – February 19
    Plainfield Elementary School, 92 Bonner Rd, Meriden, NH
    6:00 PM – 8:00 pm

    Button Up NH workshops are designed to provide homeowners with information and techniques to help them reduce home energy use and save money. The workshop will be presented by Bob Walker, director of Sustainable Energy Resource Group.

    Participants will learn basic building science concepts about air sealing, insulating, and conservation measures that reduce fuel and electricity use. Attendees will also learn about the Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) program run by the state’s electric utility companies. HPwES is open to all NH families, based solely on whether your home has a higher than average heating fuel bill. By signing up for the HPwES program, NH residents can access a Home Energy Audit for $100, financial incentives up to $4000 and technical expertise.

    Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. T
    Register »

    For more information contact:

    Zak Brohinsky (zak@plymouthenergy.org, 603-536-5030) or Michael O’Leary (mol03766@tds.net, 603-469-3233)
  9. Tilton, NH – 6th Annual Local Energy Solutions Conference – April 12
    Winnisquam Regional High School, 435 West Main Street, Tilton, NH

    Brought to you by the New Hampshire Local Energy Work Group, the annual LES conference provides critical resources, information, and guidance for local governments and school districts across the state seeking to implement an energy reduction project in their municipality. The conference provides an ideal forum to meet and learn from other New Hampshire residents who have successfully implemented an energy project, hear best practices, identify financing options, and much, much more!

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. EPA Seeks Environmental Education Grant Applications – deadline February 4
    EPA is currently accepting applications for environmental education projects under the agency’s Environmental Education Grant Program. The program works to engage communities across the country through a wide variety of educational projects that have a lasting impact on people’s health by facilitating environmental stewardship. Projects in the past have engaged students in stream monitoring, created sustainable mentoring communities, and provided professional development to teachers on subjects including science, technology, engineering and math.

    Eligible organizations include local education agencies, colleges or universities, state education or environmental agencies, tribal education agencies, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and noncommercial educational broadcasting entities working in education.

    This competitive grants program will total $2.77 million. Each of the ten EPA regional offices will award two or three grants and one or two grants will be awarded from EPA’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Each award will be an estimated $75,000 to $200,000. EPA expects to award between 22 and 32 grants nationwide.

    For more information about the program and how to apply »
  2. MassDOER – Energy Manager Grant Opportunity – deadline February 14
    MassDOER's Green Communities Division is now taking applications for a two-year Energy Manager Grant program that will enable additional communities to devote specific staff to local energy matters.

    A total of $1.7 million is available over the 2-year period for municipalities and regional school districts to hire their own full- or part-time energy managers, or to increase the hours of an existing energy manager now working no more than 15 hours per week. This opportunity is open to all cities and towns, regardless of Green Community designation, and regional planning agencies may apply on behalf of two or three municipalities.

    For more information and the application, visit this link and scroll down to Publications and Reports »
  3. Georgetown University – Energy Prize – submit letter of intent before February 2014
    Eligible Entities: For this competition, a “community” is defined geographically by the limits of a municipality – a town, city, or county that has corporate status and local government. All small to medium municipalities in the U.S.A. with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to apply.

    The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a competition in which communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable, and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. Participating communities will be asked to develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and to demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two-year period. Participating communities will benefit from access to various resources and the winning community will receive $5 million, which will help to support their continuing community-based energy efficiency efforts. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a non-binding letter of intent as soon as possible.
  4. 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.

    For more information and to apply »
  5. Efficiency Maine Home Energy Savings Program
    Slash energy costs by at least 20%
    Upgrade your heating system, weatherize your home, or make other improvements to lower your energy bills with Home Energy Incentives and a Home Energy Loan.
    • Receive up to $1,500 in incentives
    • Upgrade your heating system and building envelope
    • Connect with heating and home performance contractors
    • Finance up to $25,000 with 4.99% APR financing and no closing fees
    • Make low monthly payments and offset the cost of your loan through your energy savings

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
    • Feb 18, 2:30 pm, Portfolio Manager 101
    • Feb 19, 1:00 pm, Portfolio Manager 201
    • Feb 20, 1:00 pm, Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Campuses
    • Feb 20, 2:00 pm, ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
    • Feb 20, 3:00 pm, How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
  2. U.S. Energy Information Administration Releases Updated State Energy Profiles
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) updated its State Energy Profiles, which are available through the EIA State Energy Portal. There are new analytical narratives on the energy sectors of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. State Energy Profiles give users detailed portraits of energy production, consumption, and energy prices at the state level. They feature almost 90 key data series, state Quick Facts, and charts for each state.

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