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January 2010 Volume 15
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Registration now open for NEEP’s March 30-31 Energy Efficiency Summit
  2. NH OEP's Appliance Rebate Plan Approved by DOE

ARTICLES

  1. Maine Schools Awarded Energy Saving Audits
  2. Farmington, CT Resolution to have 20% Clean Energy by 2010
  3. Massachusetts School Opts for 10 Kilowatt Solar System for Education

EVENTS

  1. January 12 – New Hampshire Farm Energy Conference in Concord, NH
  2. January 17 - Energy Fair/Exchange at Gilford Town Hall in Guilford, NH
  3. February 10-11 - Better Buildings By Design Conference 2010 in Burlington, VT

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. $6.6 Million in NH Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program - deadline January 15, 2010
  2. Commercial Building Partnership (CBP) Program proposal solicitation – deadline January 15, 2010
  3. Over $523 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments
  4. EPA Seeks Applications for Environmental Community Grants

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. Multifamily Benchmarking with EPA’s Portfolio Manager – January 19, 2010
  2. New Hampshire Handbook on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change – Volume I and II available

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Registration now open for NEEP’s March 30-31 Energy Efficiency Summit
    NEEP's Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit is a regional forum to learn about and become involved in energy efficiency in the Northeast. The summit highlights successful energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies and applications that are helping to meet energy, economic and environmental goals. The two-day event brings together leaders from across the region in public policy, business, energy efficiency solutions, and consumer and environmental advocacy, to support the vision of energy efficiency as a solution to the challenge of reliable and clean energy. For more information »
  2. NH OEP's Appliance Rebate Plan Approved by DOE
    On December 4, 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy approved the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning’s (OEP) Appliance Rebate Program proposal. The program will offer $1.2 million in rebates for the purchase and installation of solar-thermal hot-water systems and for upgrading heating systems, including boilers, furnaces and hot-water heaters to more energy-efficient models. Savings for residents, in some instances, would be as high as 50 percent. The program will be available to all New Hampshire residents, including municipal utility ratepayers. For more information, please visit http://www.nh.gov/oep/recovery/seearp.htm or contact Eric Steltzer at OEP (603) 271-1759.

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ARTICLES

  1. Maine Schools Awarded Energy Saving Audits
    Six Maine schools are receiving grants of up to $1,400 to perform energy audits of their facilities. The audits will identify opportunities for energy-saving strategies, and for installation of improvements that will save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Building managers may also be eligible to put this money toward energy efficiency projects to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. View article »
  2. Farmington, CT Resolution to have 20% Clean Energy by 2010
    The town of Farmington, CT passed a resolution in spring of 2009 to commit to the goal of obtaining at least 20% of its municipal energy purchases from clean renewable energy resources by the year 2010. View full-length resolution »
  3. Massachusetts School Opts for 10 Kilowatt Solar System for Education
    In Ashburnham, Massachusetts, the successful installation of a solar photovoltaic system at the town’s municipal light plant has inspired town and light plant officials to ask for a federal grant to take solar a step further; installing solar panels at both Oakmont Regional High School and the Ashburnham Public Safety Building. View article »

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EVENTS

  1. January 12 – New Hampshire Farm Energy Conference in Concord, NH
    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    NH Department of Environmental Services
    29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH

    The morning session will feature the importance of farm energy, a description of the energy audit process and a brief overview of available energy incentives. Participants will spend the afternoon delving into these topics in greater detail. This project was made possible through a Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative grant from NH Public Utilities Commission.

    For more information on the NH Farm Energy Initiative, please contact the Southern NH RC&D Area Council at (603) 223-6023 or www.nhrcd.net
  2. January 17 - Energy Fair/Exchange at Gilford Town Hall in Guilford, NH
    11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    The Gilford Energy Committee invites all members of the public to attend a free Energy Fair on Saturday, January 17 at the Town Hall. Featuring a number of renewable and alternative energy equipment dealers and experts, the event seeks to expose residents to the growing variety of offerings being made available for home use. For more information »
  3. February 10-11 - Better Buildings By Design Conference 2010 in Burlington, VT
    Better Buildings by Design is the region's premier design and construction conference, featuring interactive learning about building durability, efficiency, and value for both residential and commercial projects. Find out what works, what doesn't, and what you can put into practice immediately through the research and experience of nationally and locally recognized leaders in the field.
    Register by January 15 »

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. $6.6 Million in NH Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program - deadline January 15, 2010
    The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) announces the availability of $6.6 million through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. This grant program will fund projects that reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency. OEP is currently targeting the following timetable:
    Grant Application Released: January 8, 2010
    Intent to Bid Letter Due: January 15, 2010
    Applications Due: February 15, 2010
    Grants Awarded: March 10, 2010
    For more info »
  2. Commercial Building Partnership (CBP) Program proposal solicitation (PDF) (4 pp, 1.6 MB) deadline January 15, 2010
    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Commercial Buildings Team is soliciting proposals for its Commercial Building Partnership (CBP) Program, which is part of the Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative. The objective of the program is to accelerate market adoption of currently available and near-ready energy saving technologies into standard design practice for commercial buildings, as well as the related operations, maintenance, and monitoring activities needed to attain high levels of performance. Working with the Commercial Building Partner, the DOE Commercial Team will make a business case for such investments by showcasing the building projects selected for this program.

    Successful candidates will be recognized as Commercial Building Partners and provided with no-cost technical support from the Department’s National Laboratories to develop, incorporate, test, and share energy-efficient designs and practices. The array of options available and the final building performance will be documented in the form of a case study project report so that others in the commercial building sector can learn from this experience. For more information (PDF) (4 pp, 1.6 MB) »
  3. Over $523 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments
    More than $523 million in funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments is available from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support climate and energy initiatives including public transit, source reduction, energy efficiency, and community education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.
  4. EPA Seeks Applications for Environmental Community Grants
    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. Multifamily Benchmarking with EPA’s Portfolio Manager – January 19, 2010
    Learn how EPA's Portfolio Manager can help you evaluate the energy performance of multifamily buildings you own or manage. This webinar lasts one and a half hours. For mores information and to register »

  2. New Hampshire Handbook on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change – Volume I and II available
    Volumes I and II cover a brief introduction on how to help mitigate climate change at the local level, including community-scale activities such as energy benchmarking and efficiency upgrades, and financial resources available to communities. Download these Volumes »

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