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July 2010 Volume 21
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: Stafford, CT
  2. Vermont – financial incentives for home energy audits and weatherization
  3. Update on the Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange – deadline July 31

ARTICLES

  1. Three Fairfield County (CT) Facilities Go Green with Solar
  2. Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Have New England's Largest Solar Array
  3. Iberdrola sells off gas assets to boost Maine wind transmission
  4. Maine - Energy Department Commits New Funding for Offshore Wind Development

EVENTS

  1. Essex, VT – Do-it-Yourself Weatherization Skillshops and Home Energy Efficiency Program – July 17

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. EPA Climate Showcase Community grants solicitation – deadline July 26
  2. HUD Community Challenge Planning Grants/DOT TIGER II Planning Grants – deadline July 26
  3. DOE Weatherization Assistance Program – last announcement – deadline August 1
  4. US Dept of Commerce – Economic Development Administration – Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund – deadline September 30

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. Energy Technical Assistance and Planning for NH Communities (ETAP)
  2. ENERGY STAR free webinars
  3. NH Community Energy Project WIKI Page

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Welcome to the Newest Members of the Community Energy Challenge: Stafford, CT
    EPA New England welcomes the newest members of the Community Energy Challenge: Stafford, CT! This community has pledged to form a local energy committee, benchmark their municipal buildings, and reduce energy use by 10%. With this addition there are 176 CEC members. Welcome!

    For more information »

  2. Vermont – financial incentives for home energy audits and weatherization
    Vermonters can find a statewide list of Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified contractors to conduct audits and retrofits through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program, as well as a description of the program and up to $2,500 in financial incentives it offers, at www.efficiencyvermont.com/homeperformance/ or by calling 888-921-5990.
  3. Update on the Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange – deadline July 31
    The Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange is nearing completion. Purchases have been made and checks are being sent out. Reservation holders now have until July 31, 2010 to take delivery of their new appliances, have the old, inefficient ones picked up for recycling, and submit the necessary paperwork.

    For questions about the program, please continue to call 1-877-MASWAP1 (627-9271). If you would like to speak to the Department of Energy Resources, please call 1-617-626-7350.

    Another rebate program for residents and businesses will be offered later this year. This one too is expected to boost the Massachusetts economy and deliver significant energy savings.

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ARTICLES

  1. Three Fairfield County (CT) Facilities Go Green with Solar
    The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) today announced that solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are completed and successfully operating at the Fleet Management Facility in Stamford, Conn., Stop & Shop Supermarket in Fairfield, Conn., and the 1011 High Ridge Road office building in Stamford, Conn. The three installations bring on line more than 355 kilowatts (kW) of new solar energy generating capacity and were supported with grants from CCEF's On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation Program.

    Read full articles »

  2. Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Have New England's Largest Solar Array
    The western Massachusetts city of Pittsfield will soon be the home of the largest solar installation in New England.

    Read full article »

  3. Iberdrola sells off gas assets to boost Maine wind transmission
    Spanish energy giant Iberdrola is selling three natural gas distribution subsidiaries to raise $1.3 billion for 500 miles of new transmission lines to help bring online more wind farms in Maine.

    Read full articles »

  4. Maine - Energy Department Commits New Funding for Offshore Wind Development
    Governor John E. Baldacci today welcomed news that the U.S. Department of Energy is committing $20 million to further the development of deepwater offshore wind energy development. The University of Maine's efforts already under way to develop components and test deepwater offshore wind turbines for energy production could receive support from these funds.

    Read full article»

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EVENTS

  1. Essex, VT – Do-it-Yourself Weatherization Skillshops and Home Energy Efficiency Program – July 17, 9am-4pm
    Learn How to Make Your Home More Comfortable and Energy-Efficient – Weatherization Skillshop courses are designed to give you a solid understanding of building science and to teach the skills you need to accomplish specific weatherization tasks. You will learn the core fundamentals as well as the hands-on techniques needed to begin improving building efficiency on your own.

    For more information, contact Laurie Fielder, 802-476-2093 x116 or http://www.weatherizationskillshop.com/schedule

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. EPA Climate Showcase Community grants solicitation – deadline July 26
    RFP# EPA-OAR-CPPD-10-09
    Climate Showcase Communities (PDF)
    (29 pp, 253 K)

    This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities to compete for financial assistance through the Climate Showcase Communities Grant Program. This program will assist local and tribal governments in developing plans, conducting demonstrations, and implementing projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while achieving additional environmental, economic, public health, and/or community benefits. The overall goal of the Climate Showcase Communities program is to create replicable models of sustainable community action that generate cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions while improving the environmental, economic, public health, or social conditions in a community.

  2. HUD Community Challenge Planning Grants/DOT TIGER II Planning Grants – deadline July 26
    This notice announces the availability of funding and requests proposals for HUD's Community Challenge Planning Grants in conjunction with a portion of the Department of Transportation's National Infrastructure Investments Grants that can be used for transportation planning grants.

    HUD's $40 million Community Challenge Planning Grant Program will foster reform and reduce barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital, and sustainable communities. Such efforts may include amending or replacing local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes, either on a jurisdiction-wide basis or in a specific neighborhood, district, corridor, or sector to promote mixed-use development, affordable housing, the reuse of older buildings and structures for new purposes, and similar activities with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local or neighborhood level. HUD's Community Challenge Planning Grant Program also supports the development of affordable housing through the development and adoption of inclusionary zoning ordinances and other activities such as acquisition of land for affordable housing projects. DOT is authorized to use up to $35 million of the funds available for TIGER II Discretionary Grants for TIGER II Planning Grants to fund the planning, preparation, or design of surface transportation projects that would be eligible for funding under the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program.

    To read the full announcement, visit http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/nofa10/huddotnofa.cfm or http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=55374 for more information.

  3. DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) ($210 million) – deadline August 1
    DOE requests proposals for Weatherization Formula Grants to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. WAP assists persons who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burdens. Prime applicant eligibility is restricted to agencies responsible for administering the annual WAP formula allocation. Fifty-eight awards are anticipated. The response due date depends on the fiscal year end of the prime applicant, with range of 2/15/10 – 8/1/10.

    More information »

  4. US Dept of Commerce – Economic Development Administration – Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund – deadline September 30
    Eligible Entities: State and local governments, nonprofit organizations
    The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) advances economic growth by assisting communities experiencing chronic high unemployment and low per capita income to create an environment that fosters innovation, promotes entrepreneurship, and attracts increased private capital investment. EDA requests proposals for the following programs: Public Works, Planning, Local Technical Assistance, and Economic Adjustment Assistance. Under the Economic Adjustment Assistance program, EDA has allocated $14.7 million to the Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund, which supports projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality. Proposals are being accepted and are being reviewed on an ongoing basis.

    For more info, including contact info »

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. Energy Technical Assistance and Planning for NH Communities (ETAP)
    This is a two year program providing energy efficiency technical assistance free of charge to NH communities and counties. ETAP's goal is to advance energy efficiency in all NH municipalities and provide the tools communities need to monitor energy performance.

    ETAP offers services for every community, regardless of where you are in the energy planning process. For communities that are just beginning, ETAP can provide assistance with energy inventories and preliminary roadmaps. For those communities that have already completed inventories and are looking to implement projects, ETAP can provide a number of services, including:
    • Grant writing assistance
    • Energy audits
    • Energy master plans
    • Capital improvement plans for energy efficiency
    • Development of procurement documents and service procurement support
    If you are interested in participating, please contact Jill Longval (jilll@nashuarpc.org or 603-424-2240). For additional information, visit http://www.etapnhc.org

  2. ENERGY STAR webinars (all times are EST; registration required but free)
    • July 14, 2pm, Responding to the Climate Change Imperative: Setting Energy Use Targets with ENERGY STAR
    • July 20, 1pm, Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
    • July 21, 1pm, Purchasing and Procuring Efficient Equipment
    • July 22, 2pm, K-12 Benchmarking 101
    • July 29, 2pm, Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars »

  3. NH Community Energy Project WIKI Page
    Town Committees are strongly encouraged to create their own Wiki page on this new site. This interactive page helps to organize NH energy committee information so that users can learn, edit, and update content for sharing with everyone. This site will only succeed if towns share their information and experiences. So log on, create an account, learn what other towns are up to, and share your committee's story.

    More information »

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