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February 2010 Volume 16
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. Welcome to the Newest Members of the Community Energy Challenge: Greenwich, CT and Wethersfield, CT
  2. Montpelier, VT receives Recovery Act funds for Community Renewable Energy Deployment Projects
  3. March 30 - Application Deadline for 2010 Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education

ARTICLES

  1. Maine Governor Baldacci Delivers State of the State Address, Discusses Green Energy

EVENTS

  1. February 4 - Green Communities Workshop, Attleboro
  2. February 6 - Insulating Older Homes, Newton, MA

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Commercial and Residential rebates for installation of photovoltaic (PV) projects in Massachusetts
  2. EPA Seeks Applications for Environmental Community Grants – deadline March 9

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ConcordConserves.org created its own Carbon Calculator
  2. February 17– ENERGY STAR Webinar "Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment"
  3. February 23 – How to Conduct a Public Meeting for Energy Infrastructure Siting
  4. March 4 – No-Cost Web Training Available - Maximize Your Energy Efficiency Stimulus Funding

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Welcome to the Newest Members of the Community Energy Challenge: Greenwich, CT and Wethersfield, CT
    EPA New England welcomes the newest members of the Community Energy Challenge, Greenwich, and Wethersfield, CT! These communities have pledged to form local energy committees, benchmark their municipal buildings, and reduce energy use by 10%. With these additions there are 161 CEC members. Welcome!
  2. Montpelier, VT receives Recovery Act funds for Community Renewable Energy Deployment Projects
    U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the selection of five projects to receive more than $20.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support deployment of community-based renewable energy projects, such as biomass, wind and solar installations. These projects will promote investment in clean energy infrastructure that will create jobs, help communities provide long-term renewable energy and save consumers money. They will also serve as models for other local governments, campuses or small utilities to replicate, allowing other communities to design projects that fit their individual size and energy demands. Montpelier, VT received $8M to fund a 41MMBtu combined heat and power district energy system fueled by wood chips. The CHP system will provide heating to the Vermont Capitol Complex, city owned schools, the City Hall Complex, and up to 156 buildings in the community’s designated downtown district for a total of 1.8 million square feet served. Read about the five cities and their projects »
  3. 2010 Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education – deadline March 30, 2010
    All Massachusetts schools (K-12) that offer energy and environmental education programs are eligible to apply for the Secretary’s Award from the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Ian Bowles. In 2008, 25 schools participated in programs that covered topics ranging from renewable energy, recycling, energy conservation, water testing, climate change, conservation ecology and Atlantic salmon egg-rearing. The Secretary’s Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education will review applications through mid-April. Qualified entrants are invited to attend a formal award ceremony with Secretary Bowles at the State House later in the spring. For application materials, go to: http://commpres.env.state.ma.us/exedu/ or contact Meg Colclough (meg.colclough@state.ma.us or at 617-626-1110).

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ARTICLES

  1. Maine Governor Baldacci Delivers State of the State Address, Discusses Green Energy
    In his address, Governor Baldacci stated that developing renewable energy sector and pursuit of energy efficiency goals provide promising areas of growth. Maine leads New England in wind power generation, and with federal grants and partnerships from the private sector, exciting new opportunities exist to harness deep sea wind energy. The Governor announced that he will submit legislation based on his Ocean Energy Task Force report to put increased emphasis on the technologies that will enable Maine to aggressively produce offshore wind by 2030 and create new jobs. Read the entire address »

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EVENTS

  1. February 4 – Green Communities Workshop, Attleboro, MA
    City Hall Council Chambers, 77 Park Street, Attleboro, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    Learn how to make your town a ‘green community’ and qualify for new sources of state funding to promote municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.  For more information »
  2. February 6 - Insulating Older Home, Newton, MA
    The Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington St., Newton, MA, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Insulating your home properly is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to minimize energy waste and maximize energy dollars. It is possible to weatherize older homes without compromising its historical character. This workshop will include hands-on demonstration of various energy-saving tools, such as blower doors and infrared cameras. For more information »

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Commercial and Residential rebates for installation of photovoltaic (PV) projects in Massachusetts
    Building on the success of the Commonwealth Solar rebate program, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has opened solicitations for the first blocks of the new Commonwealth Solar II and Commonwealth Solar Stimulus Rebate Programs. Commercial and residential projects are eligible. Apply »
  2. EPA Seeks Applications for Environmental Community Grants – deadline March 9
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making $2 million available to reduce pollution at the local community level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program.

    EPA will award CARE cooperative agreements in two levels: Level I awards range from $75,000 to $100,000 and will help establish community-based partnerships to develop local environmental priorities. Level II awards, ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 each, will support communities that have established broad-based partnerships, have identified the priority toxic risks in the community, and are prepared to measure results, implement risk-reduction activities and become self-sustaining.

    Applications for the CARE grants are due March 9, 2010. EPA will conduct three Webcasts to answer questions from prospective applicants about the application process on Feb. 2, 23, and 26, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. eastern time.

    For more information about the grants »

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. ConcordConserves.org created its own Carbon Calculator
    Concord Conserves launched the creation of an easy, free, online calculator which includes 3 parts: first, the ability to measure the amount of carbon a household uses; second, the ability to quantify reductions of carbon by completing energy saving initiatives from a lengthy list of reductions and third a 'compete' feature whereby groups can compete against each other to see who can reduce the most. The calculator also shows how you stack up to other people in the US and around the world and your impact on the environment. Start calculating your footprint »

  2. February 17– ENERGY STAR Webinar "Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment"
    Purchasing products with the ENERGY STAR label can substantially reduce your organization's energy use and costs. This training includes information about EPA support to help your organization purchase products with superior energy performance; guidelines that define energy performance for numerous products; sample procurement language for stipulating energy performance attributes to vendors; lists of ENERGY STAR labeled products; and energy savings software that calculates the life cycle costs of ENERGY STAR products and their less efficient counterparts. Register »
  3. February 23 – How to Conduct a Public Meeting for Energy Infrastructure Siting
    12:00 – 1:30 PM EST (online)
    This web conference will address key issues such as finding the right venue, the appropriate window of availability, and assembling the perfect mix of experts, along with how to effectively set up information booths and implement a fruitful and well managed town-hall style discussion. Register »
  4. March 4 – No-Cost Web Training Available - Maximize Your Energy Efficiency Stimulus Funding
    Do you need help in planning, implementing, and monitoring your energy efficiency initiatives funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009? If so, further assistance is available through another free ICMA-hosted Web training session on March 4, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. ET in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This webinar is designed for local government leaders, finance directors, and building officials. Register »

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