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May 2010 Volume 19
Community Energy Challenge (CEC) Monthly Update

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Call for Projects to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Commercial Building Partnerships initiative (no direct funding) – due May 10
  2. Applications being accepted for Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Advocacy – due May 15
  3. Maine's Draft Triennial Plan released through Efficiency Maine Trust
  4. EPA Requests Nominations for Green Power Leadership Awards – due May 18
  5. Accepting applications for the 2010 ENERGY STAR Congregations Awards – due June 1
  6. Second Annual Local Energy Solutions Conference, Concord, NH – June 19

ARTICLES

  1. Maine receiving $30 million to create green loan program
  2. Department of Energy Announces up to $10 Million for Solar Energy Education for Local Governments
  3. Governor Lynch Announces NH Awarded $10 Million for Its Beacon Communities Project

EVENTS

  1. Loudon, NH – Formula Hybrid race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway – May 3-6
  2. Boston, MA – NEXUS Showcase – The Existing Building Challenge: Achieving Measureable Savings in Building Operations – May 5
  3. Nashua, NH – 2010 OEP Spring Planning and Zoning Conference – May 8
  4. Cambridge, MA – Residential Energy Code Training – May 18

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Massachusetts Wind Feasibility Study and Design & Construction Grants – deadline May 4
  2. RI Office of Energy Resources – EECBG Competitive Grant Application – deadline extended to May 7
  3. National Science Foundation Climate Change Education – deadline May 24
  4. DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory - State Energy Program – deadline May 24
  5. DOE Weatherization Assistance Program – deadline varies depending on fiscal year of applicant
  6. EPA Climate Showcase Community grants solicitation – late spring release

TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. Better Buildings by Design conference presentations
  2. The Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools Operations and Maintenance Guide
  3. ENERGY STAR free webinars
  4. EPA – Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Guides:
    Smart Growth: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Call for Projects to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Commercial Building Partnerships initiative (no direct funding) – due May 10 at 3pm EST
    The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are seeking proposals for building projects to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Commercial Building Partnerships initiative.

    Through this Call for Projects, they are asking building owners, developers, tenants, and operators to submit project proposals for new and existing energy-efficient buildings. Online applications are due by 3:00 p.m. Eastern on May 10, 2010. Successful applicants (participants) will work with researchers at the national laboratories and with technical experts under contract to the national laboratories to achieve energy goals. Participants will receive no direct funding, but will have access to the technical expertise of both national laboratory personnel and consultants.

    For more information »
  2. Applications being accepted for Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Advocacy – due May 15
    Earth Island Institute requests applications for the Brower Youth Awards, to recognize young people for outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and environmental justice advocacy. Individual awards $3K, six awards anticipated. Visit the Youth Awards website for more information and to access the online application.
  3. Maine's Draft Triennial Plan released through Efficiency Maine Trust
    On April 5, the Efficiency Maine Trust presented a briefing on the Final Draft Triennial Plan to the Maine Joint Standing Committee on Utilities and Energy. The Draft Triennial Plan (2011-2013) proposes to implement $180 million in energy efficiency portfolios for residential and business customers. The plan to expand energy efficiency programs is designed to meet the goal of weatherizing every home and half of the businesses in the state. That law also aims to cut consumption of electricity and natural gas by nearly one-third over the next decade, and to reduce the use of heating oil by 20 percent.

    Efficiency Maine Trust presentation (PDF) (24 pp, 753 K) »
    Complete copy of the draft plan »
  4. Requests Nominations for Green Power Leadership Awards – due May 18
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will accept nominations for the 2010 Green Power Leadership Awards between April 27 and May 18, 2010. The awards will be presented at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference, to be held in Portland, Oregon, from October 19-22, 2010.

    EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Center for Resources Solutions co-sponsor the Green Power Leadership Awards annually to recognize leading green power partners for their environmental achievements. A Green Power Leadership Award offers organizations the opportunity to:
    • Demonstrate environmental leadership,
    • Receive EPA recognition,
    • Become part of a prestigious group of award winners, and
    • Be featured at the 2010 Renewable Energy Markets Conference.
    • Awards are presented for On-Site Generation, Green Power Purchasing, and Green Power Partner of the Year. This year, there will be a new Green Power Community Award (only EPA Green Power Communities are eligible to apply).
    For nomination instructions »

    To learn more about the awards and the Renewable Energy Markets Conference, visit the 2010 EPA Green Power Leadership Awards webpage or the Renewable Energy Markets Conference webpage. Please email GPLA@icfi.com or call Lindsay McAlpine at (703) 934-3053 with questions.
  5. Accepting applications for the 2010 ENERGY STAR Congregations Awards – due June 1
    The 2010 ENERGY STAR Congregations Awards are open to any congregation that has increased the energy efficiency of its facility through energy management improvements during the last two years. Preference will be shown to congregations that have used ENERGY STAR tools and resources to achieve success. The free online Portfolio Manager tool can help you track your energy savings and demonstrate your success for the application. Free webcast training for Portfolio Manager is also available.

    For more information »
  6. Second Annual Local Energy Solutions Conference, Concord, NH – June 19, 8:00am – 4:30pm
    This is a one-day conference for officials and volunteers of towns and schools, citizens, and local energy committees to learn about resources to reduce energy costs and save taxpayer dollars. Registration is open. Organized by Clean Air-Cool Planet and the Local Energy Committee Working Group. It will be held at the Grappone Center.

    For more information »

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ARTICLES

  1. Maine receiving $30 million to create green loan program
    This is a one-day conference for officials and volunteers of towns and schools, citizens, and local energy committees to learn about resources to reduce energy costs and save taxpayer dollars. Registration is open. Organized by Clean Air-Cool Planet and the Local Energy Committee Working Group. It will be held at the Grappone Center.

    For more information and to register »
  2. Department of Energy Announces up to $10 Million for Solar Energy Education for Local Governments
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $10 million over five years for two organizations to help accelerate the adoption of solar energy among local governments. The selected organizations, the International City-County Management Association (ICMA), and International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) will conduct outreach to thousands of local governments across the nation, sharing best practices for increasing solar energy use in their communities.

    To read the full text »
  3. Governor Lynch Announces NH Awarded $10 Million for Its Beacon Communities Project
    Governor John Lynch today announced that New Hampshire has received a $10 million federal grant for its Beacon Communities Project, which will allow the state and local communities to partner to make homes, businesses and local public buildings more energy efficient. The Beacon Communities Project will allow the communities of Nashua, Berlin and Plymouth to embark on large-scale energy efficiency projects, which will save homeowners, businesses and taxpayers on energy costs.

    Read the full article »

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EVENTS

  1. Loudon, NH – Formula Hybrid race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway – May 3-6
    Formula Hybrid challenges college and university students to design, build, and race high-performance, plug-in hybrid vehicles. Building on the Formula SAE program, Formula Hybrid adds an extra level of complexity: fuel efficiency. With technological challenges for students with backgrounds in electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering, Formula Hybrid encourages interdisciplinary teamwork and innovation.

    The competition is organized by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and carries the endorsement of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc. (SAE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). The event also includes an educational program for high school students interested in learning more about Formula Hybrid.

    For more information »
  2. Boston, MA – NEXUS Showcase – The Existing Building Challenge: Achieving Measureable Savings in Building Operations – May 5, 4:00 to 7:00 pm
    NEXUS green building resource center, 38 Chauncy Street, 7th Floor, Boston. This is an exhibitor showcase and will include presentations.

    RSVP to NEXUS online or by calling 617-374-3740.
  3. Nashua, NH – 2010 OEP Spring Planning and Zoning Conference – May 8
    This conference is designed to help fulfill statutory obligations under RSA 673:3-a by providing information sessions on planning, zoning and transportation issues for municipal land use boards. Since 1993, NH OEP has organized this conference to meet the training needs of local volunteers on these boards. This year's Spring conference will offer Planning and Zoning Board members topics of municipal and statewide interest. Attendees will acquire new ideas and greater knowledge to help support their role in serving New Hampshire's communities.

    Register »
  4. Cambridge, MA – Residential Energy Code Training – May 18, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Robert W. Healy Public Safety Building, 125 Sixth Street, Cambridge. MA The training will cover the Stretch Energy Code provisions that will go into effect in Cambridge on July 1, 2010.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Massachusetts Wind Feasibility Study and Design & Construction Grants – deadline May 4 at 4pm
    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is pleased to announce the Commonwealth Wind Community Scale Initiative is seeking applications for Feasibility Study and Design & Construction Grants.

    Applications will be accepted for the development of eligible wind energy projects with nameplate capacity of 100 kilowatts or greater that are located at commercial, industrial, institutional, and public facilities where 50 percent or more of the energy produced will be used onsite or net metered per the Green Communities Act. The applicant and project site must either be a customer of a Massachusetts investor-owned electric distribution utility or be a customer of a Municipal Light Plant Department that has elected to pay into the Renewable Energy Trust Fund.

    Please use this link to access the solicitation, application, and other associated documents.

    Also, please note that public projects are also eligible to apply to MassCEC for site assessment services on a rolling basis. If you have any questions about the solicitation, please contact MassCEC at commwind@masscec.com. Answers to frequently asked questions and the bidders' conference webinar (recorded) will be posted on the Commonwealth Wind program page.
  2. RI Office of Energy Resources – EECBG Competitive Grant Application – deadline extended to May 7
    This application is for municipalities to apply for grants to install energy efficiency measures on sub-state governmental buildings and grounds. There may be more possible uses of this funding mechanism. For full details, please read the application.
  3. National Science Foundation Climate Change Education – deadline May 24
    Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Program, Phase I

    The National Science Foundation requests proposals for the Climate Change Education Partnership Program. This program seeks to establish a coordinated national network of regionally or thematically based partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective, high quality educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts. $10 million expected to be available, up to 15 awards anticipated. Refer to Sol# 10-542.

    For more information, contact Karen Oates at koates@nsf.gov or go to: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf10542
  4. DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory - State Energy Program – deadline May 24
    The Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), on behalf of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) State Energy Program (SEP), is seeking applications to advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills, while achieving energy and climate security for the nation. This competitive announcement allows States to complete for funding designed to meet EERE nationally focused initiatives for the fundamental and permanent transformations of markets across all sectors of our economy.

    Area of Interest 1: Strengthening Building Retrofit Markets - this Area of Interest will assist states in developing approaches for retrofitting buildings in the nation's residential and commercial sectors.

    Area of Interest 2: Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action - this Area of Interest will assist states in generating the necessary policy and program frameworks to support investment in cost-effective energy efficiency for the long-term.

    For more information »
  5. DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) ($210 million) – deadline varies depending on fiscal year of applicant
    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.

    For more information »
  6. EPA Climate Showcase Community grants solicitation – late spring release
    U.S. EPA will be issuing a solicitation for a $10 million nationwide grant program for communities sometime this spring. The grant program will award 20-30 grants of $100,000.00 - $500,000.00, and will require a 50% match (that can be in-kind).

    Local governments, regional communities and tribes will be eligible to apply for funding for projects including mitigation, outreach and education, and implementation of energy efficient technology. More information will be distributed as the grant program is finalized.

    To receive notification when this funding is available, please sign up for their listserv.
    Information on the first grant solicitation »

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TOOLS/TRAINING

  1. Better Buildings by Design conference presentations
    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. The Better Buildings by Design 2010 conference was held February 10-11 in Burlington, VT.

    View the presentations »
  2. The Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools Operations and Maintenance Guide
    The Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools Operations and Maintenance Guide has been developed by NEEP and regional stakeholders for use in any existing school facilities, regardless of age. School districts can use this guide to adopt green, healthy, and energy efficient policies and practices in their buildings.

    High performance schools provide high quality learning environments for the community, conserve natural resources, and are easier to maintain, however, they will only continue to perform at these levels if proper operational and maintenance procedures are followed. NEEP's O&M Guide will provide you with the tools to keep your facility operating a peak performance.

    Download the Guide »
  3. ENERGY STAR webinars (all times are EST; registration required but free)
    • May 4, 10am-11am, FOR EFFICIENCY MAINE: Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
    • May 5, 2pm-3pm, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for EECBG Grantees and State and Local Governments
    • May 11, 2pm-3pm, Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
    • May 13, 2pm-3pm, K-12 Benchmarking 101
    • May 18, 1pm-2pm, Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
    • May 20, 2pm-3:15pm, Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Plants in Portfolio Manager
    • May 25, 2pm-3pm, Generating a Federal High Performance Sustainable Buildings Checklist in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
    Register for all ENERGY STAR webinars »
    Energy Star also now has a Portfolio Manager tool to assist Congregations.
  4. EPA – Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Guides:
    Smart Growth: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

    The Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Guides provide a comprehensive, straightforward overview of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction strategies that local governments can employ. Topics include energy efficiency, transportation, community planning and design, solid waste and materials management, and renewable energy. City, county, territorial, tribal, and regional government staff and elected officials can use these guides to plan, implement, and evaluate climate and energy projects.

    Download it »

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