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Energy and Global Climate Change in New England

June 2014 Volume 68
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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. Obama Administration Releases Third U.S. National Climate Assessment
  2. U.S. President Obama Announces Commitments and Executive Actions to Increase Solar Deployment and Energy Efficiency

ARTICLES

  1. Kingston, Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Projects Save Nearly $118,000 per Year
  2. Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Announces Funding for Solar Energy Projects
  3. Yale Project on Climate Change Communication Releases Climate Policy Survey

EVENTS

  1. Watertown, MA – Solarize Watertown: Meet The Installer Night – June 2
  2. Newport, RI – 2014 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit – June 2-3
  3. West Barnstable, MA - 2nd Annual Cape Coastal Conference: State of the Cape: Implementing Strategies to Improve Water Quality and Build Coastal Resilience & Environmental Summit – June 5-6
  4. Laconia, NH – Green Your Fleet – June 6
  5. South Portland, ME – Solar Open House – June 7
  6. Wallingford, CT – Energy Town Forum – June 11
  7. Brunswick, ME – Residential Solar Open House – June 12
  8. Stratford, CT – The Great Bulb Exchange – June 21

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. U.S. DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement for State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards – deadline June 30
  2. USDA Renewable Energy for America (REAP) Business and Cooperative Programs – deadline July 7

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
  2. U.S. Conference of Mayors Releases Survey on Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Action
  3. Union of Concerned Scientists Releases Report to Address Electricity Grid Climate Vulnerability
  4. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Releases Policy Database
  5. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Releases Report on Energy Efficiency Benefits on the Economy and Emissions
  6. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Releases Report on Commercial Building Efficiency
  7. U.S. Department of Energy Releases Offshore Wind Tool

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. U.S. Obama Administration Releases Third U.S. National Climate Assessment
    The U.S. Obama Administration released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA), a report about climate changes that are happening in the United States and further changes expected over the next century. The report confirms that climate change is affecting Americans in every region of the United States and key sectors of the national economy.

    The White House also released individual state fact sheets which provide findings from the NCA relevant to each state and its region as well as examples of efforts underway in each state to address climate change.
  2. U.S. President Obama Announces Commitments and Executive Actions to Increase Solar Deployment and Energy Efficiency
    U.S. President Barack Obama announced more than 300 private and public sector commitments to increase solar deployment and energy efficiency. The commitments represent more than 850 megawatts of solar deployed as well as energy efficiency investments estimated to lower bills for more than one billion square feet of buildings. Additionally, the President announced new executive actions that are expected to lead to $2 billion in energy efficiency investments in federal buildings as well as training programs at community colleges across the country anticipated to assist 50,000 workers to enter the solar industry by 2020.

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ARTICLES

  1. Kingston, Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Projects Save Nearly $118,000 per Year
    The town of Kingston, Massachusetts set a goal in 2010 to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent within five years. The town announced that it has met that goal, and has reduced energy consumption by 23 percent within four years.

    The town participated in the Massachusetts Green Communities program and used grants from the program to fund a series of green energy projects. The projects are saving the town approximately $118,000 per year in energy costs.
  2. Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Announces Funding for Solar Energy Projects
    The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation approved $173,709 in grants from the state Renewable Energy Fund for 25 solar electric and five solar hot water installations around the state. The grants cover between 25 percent and 31 percent of total project costs, and are financed from a surcharge on electric ratepayers. The funding is projected to support nearly 130 kilowatts of solar generation capacity.
  3. Yale Project on Climate Change Communication Releases Climate Policy Survey
    The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication released a survey that measures support for greenhouse gas regulation. The survey finds that 65 percent of Americans support setting strict limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired plants, even if the cost of electricity to consumers and companies increases.

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EVENTS

  1. Watertown, MA – Solarize Watertown: Meet The Installer Night – June 2
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Watertown Middle School Auditorium, 68 Waverley Ave., Watertown, MA

    Come see presentations from the Mass Clean Energy Center, the Watertown volunteer team and competitively selected installer Next Step Living.

    Solarize Watertown
  2. Newport, RI – 2014 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit – June 2-3
    Hyatt Regency Newport, 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI

    Join NEEP and 2014 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit Co-Chairs, Marion Gold, Rhode Island Commissioner of Energy Resources and Tim Horan, President - National Grid Rhode Island, for the ninth annual Summit to be hosted in beautiful Newport on June 2 & 3.

    Each year the Summit brings over 300 people together to share ideas, network and learn about how energy efficiency acts as a cornerstone of sustainable energy policy to help achieve a cleaner environment and a more reliable and affordable energy system.

    In 2014 NEEP will be looking at how to scale up energy efficiency as we move towards a low-carbon future. NEEP is introducing the NEEP Power Talks as a way to engage the audience, spur discussion and bring Summit attendees some of the brightest minds working on paving the way to a low-carbon future using energy efficiency.
  3. West Barnstable, MA - 2nd Annual Cape Coastal Conference: State of the Cape: Implementing Strategies to Improve Water Quality and Build Coastal Resilience & Environmental Summit – June 5-6
    8:00 Am – 3:00 PM
    Tilden Arts Center, Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable

    The Cape Coastal Conference is a forum where local decision-makers on Cape Cod can learn about pressing and emerging coastal management issues facing the region and receive relevant science-based information, tools and resources that they can apply in addressing these issues.

    This year’s conference will highlight:
    • plans, projects and processes underway at both regional and local community scales to tackle nutrient pollution and restore water quality
    • how communities can better prepare and build their adaptive capacity to handle storms, sea level rise and climate change impacts
    By blending science, policy, case studies and local knowledge, this conference will offer information and inspiration to decision-makers who work in various capacities to manage coastal resources.
  4. Laconia, NH – Green Your Fleet – June 6
    9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Lakes Region Community College, 379 Belmont Rd., Laconia, NH

    Green Your Fleet! is a free workshop hosted by Granite State Clean Cities Coalition. The event features the latest in alternative fuels, vehicles and petroleum reduction strategies. New England fleet managers share their experiences with new technology and fuels, and provide money-saving tips on reducing fuel consumption.

    Keynote Speaker – Tim Myhaver, Ryder Truck

    For more information and to register »
  5. South Portland, ME – Solar Open House – June 7
    South Portland Planning Office, 496 Ocean Street, South Portland, ME
    9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    Come check out the South Portland Planning Office's solar array. You can learn more about solar energy systems, how they work in our Northeast climate, current pricing and incentives.

    You will have the opportunity to tour their solar electric system and learn more about how they are saving money and the environment.

    All are welcome to this event and refreshments will be provided.
  6. Wallingford, CT – Energy Town Forum – June 11
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Wallingford Town Hall, Council Chambers, 45 South Main Street, Wallingford, CT

    Residents of the Town of Wallingford are invited to attend an Energy Town Forum hosted by the Energize Connecticut partners. A panel of representatives will present real stories of Connecticut residents that saved through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and natural gas. The event is free and open to the public.

    Contact: Violette Radomski at violette.radomski@nu.com or phone 860-665-5445
  7. Brunswick, ME – Residential Solar Open House – June 12
    5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Quaid Residence, 288 Mere Point Road, Brunswick, ME

    Come learn how solar can work for you, the homeowner. Join Revision Energy for light refreshments and a tour of the Quaid’s recently installed solar energy system.

    This is a great opportunity to get answers to questions regarding the cost of solar, your return on investment, and how these systems operate in our Northeast climate.

    For more information, contact Revision Energy at 207-221-6342.
  8. Stratford, CT – The Great Bulb Exchange – June 21
    9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    The Home Depot, 350 Barnum Avenue Cutoff, Stratford, CT

    Residents of Stratford are invited to take control of their energy future by trading in their old incandescent light bulbs for high-efficiency LED counterparts. This town-wide initiative is focused on reducing energy usage, saving members of the Stratford community money.

    Come meet Mayor Harkins and enjoy refreshments while exchanging your bulbs. To participate in the exchange, residents must present either the postcard they receive in the mail outlining the event or a driver's license to validate their address. Limit 2 bulbs per household.

    Contact: Lisa Romano at lisa.romano@uinet.com or phone: 203-499-2942

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. U.S. DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement for State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards – deadline June 30 (PDF) (116 pp, 673 K)
    The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) State Energy Program is now seeking applications for Fiscal Year 2014 Competitive Financial Assistance Awards. This competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement will allow states to compete for EERE funding focused on two areas of interest:
    • State Energy Planning
    • Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices
    Please note that only states are eligible to apply for these awards. Submission deadline for full applications is June 30, 2014.

    For more information, access the FY14 SEP Competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement (PDF) (116 pp, 673 K)
  2. USDA Renewable Energy for America (REAP) Business and Cooperative Programs – deadline July 7
    Funding Opportunity Number: RDBCP-REAP-2014

    Eligible Applicants: Small businesses and Individuals

    REAP provides grants to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. The program is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the Nation’s critical energy needs.

    Grant applications and combined grant and guaranteed loan applications for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvement projects under this Notice will be accepted up to July 7, 2014.

    Guaranteed loan only applications for renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement projects will be accepted on a continuous basis, but to compete for Fiscal Year 2014 funding, complete applications must be submitted to the Agency by July 31, 2014.

    For all applications submitted under this Notice, complete applications must be received by the appropriate USDA Rural Development State Office no later than 4:30 p.m. local time of the applicable application deadline date in order to be considered for Fiscal Year 2014 funds. Any application received after its applicable date and time, regardless of the postmark on the application, will not be considered for Fiscal Year 2014 funds.

    View the opportunity.

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ENERGY STAR webinars (free but registration required)
    • Jun 3, 2014, 2:00 pm, ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
    • Jun 4, 2014, 1:00 pm, Portfolio Manager Web Services: August 2014 Schema Changes
    • Jun 12, 2014, 2:00 pm, The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager
    • Jun 19, 2014, 1:00 pm ,Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: ENERGY STAR Certification
  2. U.S. Conference of Mayors Releases Survey on Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Action (PDF) (3 pp, 188 K)
    The U.S. Conference of Mayors released findings of a climate survey, showing that cities with a mayoral pledge or formal city council action to reduce carbon emissions are making progress on their goals, with two-thirds reporting quantifiable reductions in emissions from city operations and one-third for citywide emissions. The survey also found that three-quarters of cities in the survey now have plans in place to respond to power outages. The survey was based on responses from 282 mayors representing cities of all population sizes and from all regions.

    The report, "Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Actions in America’s Cities (PDF) (16 pp, 258 K)," is available.
  3. Union of Concerned Scientists Releases Report to Address Electricity Grid Climate Vulnerability
    The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report which finds that the U.S. electricity system is vulnerable to extreme weather events, including coastal flooding, extreme heat, drought, and wildfires. The paper determines that the U.S. can increase the electricity grid’s climate resilience by increasing renewable energy deployment, reducing electricity demand, and conducting vulnerability assessments.

    The report, "Power Failure: How Climate Change Puts Our Electricity at Risk—and What We Can Do (PDF) (16 pp, 907 K)," is available.
  4. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Releases Policy Database
    The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released a database tool that highlights the energy efficiency leadership, as well as opportunities for improvement, of state and local governments around the United States. The database tracks policy activity across multiple sectors, including state and local governments, utilities, transportation, buildings, combined heat and power, and appliance standards.
  5. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Releases Report on Energy Efficiency Benefits on the Economy and Emissions
    The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a report that evaluates the implications of using end-use energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. The results of this study show that an emissions standard for existing power plants set at 26 percent below 2012 levels can be achieved at no net cost to the economy.

    The report, "Change Is in the Air: How States Can Harness Energy Efficiency to Strengthen the Economy and Reduce Pollution (PDF) (85 pp, 1.6 MB)," is available.
  6. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Releases Report on Commercial Building Efficiency
    The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released a report that reviews over 25 building efficiency programs and recommends pathways that program administrators can adopt to increase market penetration and improve program outcomes. The report finds that advances in measuring real-time energy-use data and analytical capabilities are creating opportunities for whole-building assessments, identification of savings, and automated monitoring and tracking of energy-systems performance.

    The report, "The Promise and Potential of Comprehensive Commercial Building Retrofit Programs (PDF) (44 pp, 813 K)," is available.
  7. U.S. Department of Energy Releases Offshore Wind Tool
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) developed an interactive map that displays 42 grants the DOE made to offshore wind-related projects in 2011. The map also highlights areas of offshore wind potential and finds that over 4,000,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy potential exists.

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