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Find out about events and news of interest to those who live and work in Indian country, including upcoming training, conferences, workshops and the latest TribalAIR news.

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02/04/16

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Click here for Save the Date for the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference at Port of Dubuque, IA


EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

This message provides details about 11 upcoming webcasts offered by federal agencies and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcast

  • February 24, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Financing Opportunities for Implementing Green Infrastructure Projects to Manage Stormwater

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

  • February 10, Noon-1:00 PM (EST) – Ask the Expert
  • February 11, Noon-1:00 PM (EST) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
  • February 16, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 101
  • February 17, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Ask the Expert
  • February 17, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 201
  • February 18, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 301
  • February 24, Noon-1:00 PM (EST) – Ask the Expert

SEE Action Webcasts

  • February 11, Noon-1:00 PM (EST) – Making it Count: Understanding the Value of Energy Efficiency Financing Programs
  • February 18, Noon-1:00 PM (EST) – Making it Count: Energy Efficiency Financing Case Studies

NREL Webcast

  • February 24, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – Using Power Purchase Agreements for Solar Deployment at Universities

EPA Webcast

February 24, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Financing Opportunities for Implementing Green Infrastructure Projects to Manage Stormwater
Josh Kurtz of The Nature Conservancy will provide an overview of work done around the country that enables the utilization of public and private funding sources to implement green infrastructure. Holly Galavotti of EPA's Office of Wastewater Management will also provide an overview of innovative financing for green infrastructure projects through state revolving funds.
Register

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

February 10, Noon-1:00 PM (EST) – Ask the Expert
This is an open Q&A format. There is no focus topic or demonstration. Come to “Ask the Expert” with your questions.
Register

February 11, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.
Register

February 16, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 101
Learn about the core functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; and generate template performance reports to assess progress.
Register

February 17, Noon-1:00 PM (EST) – Ask the Expert
This is an open Q&A format. There is no focus topic or demonstration. Come to “Ask the Expert” with your questions.
Register

February 17, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data.
Register

February 18, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 301
With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
Register

February 24, Noon-1:00 PM (EST) – Ask the Expert
This is an open Q&A format. There is no focus topic or demonstration. Come to “Ask the Expert” with your questions.
Register

SEE Action Webcasts

February 11, Noon-1:00 PM (EST) – Making it Count: Understanding the Value of Energy Efficiency Financing Programs
First in a two-part series examining the value of energy efficiency financing programs funded by utility customers, this webinar will present an overview of the recent SEE Action report, Making it Count: Understanding the Value of Energy Efficiency Financing Programs Funded by Utility Customers by its authors. This series is hosted by the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
Register

February 18, Noon-1:00 PM (EST) – Making it Count: Energy Efficiency Financing Case Studies
The second in a two-part series, this webinar highlights examples from the recent SEE Action report, Making it Count: Understanding the Value of Energy Efficiency Financing Programs Funded by Utility Customers. This webinar will feature Bryan Garcia from the Connecticut Green Bank and Deana Carrillo from the California Alternative Energy & Advanced Transportation Financing Authority. This series is hosted by the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
Register

NREL Webcast

February 24, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) – Using Power Purchase Agreements for Solar Deployment at Universities
More than 60 universities have used solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) to deploy more than 100 megawatts of solar PV on campuses around the country. This webinar is intended for university financial planners and other stakeholders who are assessing the financial aspects of deploying solar. The speakers from NREL will provide an overview of how universities are using PPAs and key PPA components. In addition, they will discuss the process of using PPAs, why PPAs make sense for campus solar deployment, and the benefits and challenges for universities. Tools and other resources will be shared to help universities interested in using PPAs for campus solar deployment.
Register

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.


01/27/16

EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

More than $137 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from Partners for Places, Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the Department of Energy (DOE) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2015 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

NOTICE OF INTENT: DOE Establishment of an Inter-Tribal Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network

  • To Be Released: February 2016
  • Eligible Entities: Tribal governments

DOE announced a notice of intent to issue funding for inter-tribal organizations to promote Indian tribal energy development, efficiency, and use; reduce and stabilize energy costs; enhance and strengthen Indian tribal energy and economic infrastructure relating to natural resource development and electrification; and bring electric power and service to Indian land and homes.

For more information, visit the notice of intent.

Partners for Places Spring 2016 Grant Cycle – $500,000

  • Applications Due: January 29, 2016
  • Eligible Entities: Sustainability director of a local government partnered with a local foundation

Partners for Places is making available funding for building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. Funding is intended to support local projects developed through these partnerships to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being for all residents. Selection criteria for the funding include climate change preparation, greenhouse gas mitigation, adopting community-wide sustainability performance metrics, and neighborhood sustainable development.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Program – $50 million

  • Applications Due: February 1, 2016
  • Eligible Entities: Agricultural producers and rural small businesses

USDA announced funding to assist agricultural producers and small business owners in applying for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Eligible renewable energy systems include wind, solar, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydroelectric, ocean, geothermal, or hydrogen derived from these renewable resources.

For more information, visit the Federal Register notice.

NFWF Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program – $2.5 million

  • Applications Due: February 3, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions

NFWF is making available funding for diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds, and the species and habitats they support. Projects should address stormwater management by designing and implementing green infrastructure such as tree canopies, bio-swales, permeable pavers, bio-retention, green roofs, downspout disconnection, and native vegetation.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program – $10 million

  • Applications Due: February 9, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), local governments, tribal entities, and nonprofits

HUD announced funding to leverage investments in public schools and education programs, early learning programs and services, crime prevention strategies, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs. Eligible projects should incorporate sustainable development into their proposals, such as energy efficiency, green building, renewable energy, and public transportation.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement – $1.2 million

  • Applications Due: February 12, 2016
  • Eligible Entities: Tribal governments, Native American organizations, and nonprofits

EPA announced funding to support community-based organizations to collaborate with industry, government, academia, and other stakeholders to develop and implement solutions that address local environmental and public health issues. Proposals should include outreach to affected underserved vulnerable communities and residents about environmental and public health issues and engage them in activities to plan, access, improve, and benefit from their local environment.

For more information, visit the request for proposals.

BIA Climate Change Adaption: Tribal Liaison Program – $1.2 million

  • Applications Due: February 12, 2016
  • Eligible Entities: Tribal non-profits, colleges, universities

BIA announced funding for tribal groups to hire tribal climate science liaisons to address tribal climate science needs. The program is designed to improve decision making for climate change preparedness and resilience by making recommendations for climate adaptation research, policy, and funding needs.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

FWS 2016 North American Wetlands Conservation Act United States Standard Grant – $50 million

  • Applications Due: February 26, 2016
  • Eligible Entities: State and local governments

LFWS announced funding to conserve wetlands and wetlands-dependent fish and wildlife through acquisition (including easements and land title donations), restoration, and enhancement. Projects are required to specify how the project area and tracts might be affected by climate change within the next 30 to 50 years and how the proposed activities address climate adaptation. Projects should describe whether they have conducted a climate risk assessment, climate resilience, and climate-adaptive features.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOE State Energy Program 2016 Competitive Awards – $5 million

  • Applications Due: March 31, 2016
  • Eligible Entities: State governments

DOE issued a funding opportunity announcement designed to increasing funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy through technology deployment, communications and outreach activities, and access to new partnerships and resources. DOE is seeking projects involved in state energy planning, opportunities for innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy practices, and technical assistance to advance clean energy activities.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

FWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program – $17 million

  • Applications Due: June 29, 2016
  • Eligible Entities: State governments

FWS announced funding to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal states through competitive matching grants to state agencies. Ranking criteria for proposals include describing how the proposed project addresses climate change concerns, how it will be affected by climate change impacts, and references to any relevant plans and models.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


01/26/16

EPA Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Public Notices for Permit Actions

EPA is proposing to revise its public notice regulations for the New Source Review, Title V and Outer Continental Shelf permit programs of the Clean Air Act. The proposal would remove the mandatory requirement to provide public notice of a draft permit through publication in a newspaper and instead allow for electronic noticing (e-notice).

EPA is seeking comment on a number of aspects of the proposal, including:

  • whether an air agency must use a consistent noticing method for all permit actions
  • whether an agency may use an alternative noticing method if its website is offline for a period of time.

How to Comment:

EPA will accept comments for 60 days beginning when this proposal is published in the Federal Register. All comments should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0090 and submitted to the Federal e-rulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. If anyone requests a public hearing within 15 days of the proposal date, one will be held at EPA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, NC.

For additional information about other ways to submit comments, please visit www.epa.gov/dockets/comments.html.

Interested parties can download the proposed rule at: www.epa.gov/nsr.

For general information about this proposed rule, contact Dave Svendsgaard at (919) 541-2380, svendsgaard.dave@epa.gov, or Grecia Castro at (919) 541-1351, castro.grecia@epa.gov, of EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.


01/12/16

EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series
Bringing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to Low-Income Communities: What's Working

Sponsored by
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Join us for the second webcast in a multi-part series highlighting efforts by state and local agencies, non-profits, and utilities to bring energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE/RE) to low-income communities. The webcast series is part of EPA’s commitment under the Clean Power Plan to help overburdened communities benefit from EE/RE.
The first webcast in the series explored the benefits of linking and leveraging energy programs for low-income households.
Webcast #2:
Beyond the Light Touch: Next Steps for Improving Energy Efficiency in Multi-Family Affordable Housing
January 19, 2016 | 1:00–2:30 PM EST
Millions of rental units across the country are publicly subsidized to ensure affordable housing for low-income families. Many of these units were not built or furnished with energy efficiency in mind, and thus represent a significant opportunity to reduce energy costs for low-income households nationwide. By focusing on facilitating and incentivizing action by building owners, a growing number of states and organizations have found ways to reduce household energy cost burdens and provide multiple benefits that go beyond those achieved by standard “light touch” efficiency improvements (e.g., installing energy-efficient light bulbs and low-flow shower heads). For example, a whole-building approach can help identify cost-effective opportunities for investments that maximize energy cost savings and other benefits to residents.
This 90-minute webcast will explore the specific challenges and opportunities faced by programs that aim to improve energy efficiency in multifamily affordable housing, with an emphasis on achieving multiple benefits through deeper retrofits.
Agenda
  • Introduction.  Todd Nedwick, assistant director for public policy, National Housing Trust; and Crystal Bergemann, senior energy analyst, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Economic Resilience.
  • Creating a One-Stop Shop for Building Owners. Angelina Benson-Glanz, manager of new market initiatives; and Peter Ludwig, director of building retrofits, Elevate Energy.
  • Enabling and Incentivizing Action by Building Owners. William Ariano, Jr., deputy director, Single-Family Housing and Energy Programs, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

Registration

Register here for the January 19 webcast. EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program


01/08/16

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy

Upcoming Events, Opportunities, and News for Tribes

Jan. 8, 2016
You are receiving this email because you subscribed to receive updates from either the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs or the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Tribal Energy Program. We are pleased to announce that the two programs have come together to help Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives maximize the value of their energy resources by providing education and capacity building, technical assistance, and access to capital.
You will continue receiving emails through the Office of Indian Energy. If, at any time, you no longer wish to receive email updates from the Office of Indian Energy, you can unsubscribe by following the instructions at the bottom of this email.
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The Office of Indian Energy is pleased to share the following information that may be of interest to tribes:

Upcoming Events

2016 Tribal Energy and Economic Development Webinar Series to Kick Off Jan. 27

The Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, is pleased to continue its sponsorship of DOE's monthly tribal webinar series in 2016. The 2016 Tribal Energy and Economic Development Webinar Series is part of DOE's ongoing, coordinated efforts to provide education and capacity-building for tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations. 
The first webinar in the series, Energy Planning for Tribal Economic Development, will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Attendees will learn about tools and resources available to establish a clean, diverse, and affordable energy plan based on energy efficiency and wise use of renewable resources, with maximum local control and ownership of energy issues. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register now.
See the full schedule of 2016 webinars

Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop

Tribal leaders and staff are invited to attend the Office of Indian Energy's community-scale tribal renewable energy workshop at the Agua Caliente Resort and Casino in Rancho Mirage, California, Feb. 9–11, 2016. The workshop will walk participants through the process for developing community-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands.
The workshop offers a unique opportunity for participants to learn from renewable energy project experts, get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies, and hear from other tribes about lessons learned.
Workshop participants will learn about the five steps necessary to develop and finance renewable energy projects on tribal lands, including how to:

  • Assess project potential
  • Determine technology options
  • Select the appropriate business structure for their tribe's energy projects
  • Understand the various financing options
  • Issue and evaluate requests for proposals
  • Plan for project operation and maintenance.

Hotel Registration
A block of rooms is available to workshop participants at a discounted rate of $119.99 per night. Please call 1-800-854-1279 to reserve a room. The deadline for the government rate discount ends Jan. 18, 2016, at 5 p.m.
How to Register
The workshop is limited to elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, dinner, and travel costs.

Register now to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities

Solar Technical Assistance for Tribal Utilities

Applications due: Jan. 8, 2016
Eligible entities: Tribally owned utilities
Under the DOE SunShot Program, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is offering support to tribally owned utilities in the following, limited areas:

  • Programmatic considerations and strategies for utility-owned rooftop solar
  • Programmatic and technical design of community solar 
  • Strategies for implementing advanced inverter protocols
  • Deployment considerations for photovoltaic-enabling technologies, such as storage, grid, routers, and cybersecurity
  • Streamlining interconnection screening methods and application processes.

Learn more and apply.

BIA Climate Change Adaption—Tribal Liaison

Applications due: Feb. 12, 2016, at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Eligible entities: Tribal nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations, tribally controlled colleges or universities
The U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is accepting proposals from eligible entities impacted by climate change to enter into a cooperative agreement for the identification and hiring of tribal climate change liaisons to address tribal climate change science needs. This opportunity is designed to benefit communities across Indian Country and Alaska Native villages.

For more details on how to prepare and submit an application, view the full funding opportunity announcement.

Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition

NOTAThe Office of Indian Energy and EERE have issued a Notice of Technical Assistance (NOTA) to significantly accelerate efforts by remote Alaskan communities to adopt sustainable energy strategies. The Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition will empower Alaskan communities and Alaska Native villages to develop effective tools to advance the use of reliable, affordable, and energy efficient solutions that are replicable throughout Alaska and other Arctic regions.
There are two phases to this competition:

  • Phase 1: Pledge Designation—Applications due Jan. 26, 2016
    DOE is asking eligible applicants to sign a pledge to improve community energy efficiency by 15% or more by 2020. Selected communities who pledge will become part of a peer network of “Community Efficiency Champions” and be eligible to apply for technical assistance to prepare implementation plans in Phase 2 of the NOTA.
  • Phase 2: Technical Assistance—Applications due March 31, 2016
    Only selected Community Efficiency Champions from Phase 1 will be eligible to apply for Phase 2 of the competition to receive technical assistance from DOE. Selected communities will be eligible to compete for up to $1 million in grant funding ($3.3 million total) to implement energy saving measures.

Applications for both phases will be accepted online through EERE Exchange, via email, or fax at 240-562-1640.

More Opportunities

Visit our website for more funding, financing, and technical assistance opportunities available to tribes.

News & Resources

NREL Seeks Intern to Support Tribal Work

NREL is currently accepting applications for a year-round student internship supporting the laboratory’s work to foster clean energy development on tribal lands.

Located in Golden, Colorado, NREL applies its world-class science and analytics expertise to advance the development and deployment of clean energy technologies on tribal lands by partnering with Native American Tribes and Alaska Native villages, the Office of Indian Energy, and other federal agencies, nonprofits, and intertribal organizations.

The internship will support three areas of focus: strategic energy planning, technical assistance, and analytical studies. Applicants should have a technical background that provides a foundation for their participation in scientific analysis of tribal energy data, renewable energy potential, renewable energy project financing, and energy efficiency options.

NREL is eager to fill this position as soon as possible. Learn more and apply.
Regards, 
The Office of Indian Energy

For more information on the Office of Indian Energy, visit our website and see our brochure.

Announcement to Stakeholders on the Clean Energy Incentive Program:
Future Notice and Comment Opportunity

EPA’s Clean Energy Incentive Program, or CEIP, was established under the Clean Power Plan and is designed to provide additional incentives for early investments in zero-emitting wind or solar power generation, and energy efficiency measures in low-income communities.  EPA intends to propose an action that outlines aspects of the CEIP that were not finalized in the Clean Power Plan, including addressing how the program would be implemented. In the coming months, EPA will be issuing this proposal for public review and comment.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the four stakeholder outreach calls we hosted in November and December 2015 on the program, as well as those who submitted written comments. We are reviewing this important input as we develop this proposed action. For those individuals and organizations who wish to share their views on the CEIP with EPA prior to the comment period for this upcoming proposal, you can continue to submit your comments to the non-regulatory docket for the CEIP (ID #EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0734). It is important to note that while EPA will do our best to review any input that is submitted, we are not under a legal obligation to consider or respond to such comments.

Separately, you may submit comments on the CEIP-related issues discussed in the preamble of the proposed Federal Plan and Model Rules (ID # EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0199). That docket will remain open for comments through January 21, 2016.

For more information on the CEIP, please visit www.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan/clean-energy-incentive-program


EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

New Resources

  • State and Local Guide to U.S. EPA Climate and Energy Program Resources
  • Making it Count: Understanding the Value of Energy Efficiency Financing Programs Funded by Utility Customers
  • The Urban Clean Energy Revolution
  • Recognizing the Value of Energy Efficiency’s Multiple Benefits

New Opportunity

  • Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition

New Resources

State and Local Guide to U.S. EPA Climate and Energy Program Resources
EPA released the updated State and Local Guide to U.S. EPA Climate and Energy Program Resources, a guide designed for state and local government staff that describes EPA programs and resources that can help them develop or expand their own energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives or meet regulatory requirements.

Making it Count: Understanding the Value of Energy Efficiency Financing Programs Funded by Utility Customers
The State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) released Making it Count: Understanding the Value of Energy Efficiency Financing Programs Funded by Utility Customers, a new report that lays the groundwork for a dialogue to explore regulatory and policy mechanisms for ensuring that efficiency financing initiatives provide value for society and protection for consumers. Through case studies of Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, California, and Maryland, the report explores emerging issues that jurisdictions will need to tackle when considering an increased reliance on financing, including:

  • Can financing be placed in a regulatory context that would preserve accountability while providing sufficient flexibility to program administrators and customers?
  • Can the tools that have been used to screen traditional EE programs for cost-effectiveness and assess potential savings and impacts be adapted in ways that make them work for EE financing programs?

The Urban Clean Energy Revolution
Climate Solutions released The Urban Clean Energy Revolution, a new report describing the state of play of the low-carbon city movement and offering a rich compendium of the world’s leading examples of urban building energy efficiency, renewable energy adoption, and low-carbon transportation. A direct link to the report is here.  

Recognizing the Value of Energy Efficiency’s Multiple Benefits
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released Recognizing the Value of Energy Efficiency’s Multiple Benefits, a new report examining the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, their role in program marketing, and current best practices for including them in cost-effectiveness testing.

New Opportunity

Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced a new energy efficiency competition to help remote Alaskan communities with energy challenges. This competition is intended to significantly accelerate efforts by remote Alaskan communities to adopt sustainable energy strategies. The Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition will empower Alaskan communities and Alaska Native villages to develop effective tools to advance the use of reliable, affordable, and energy efficient solutions that are replicable throughout Alaska and other Arctic regions. Learn more about the competition and how to apply. EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program


EPA's Tribal, State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

This message provides details about ten upcoming webcasts offered by federal agencies and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

EPA Webcasts

  • January 11, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Clean Power Plan Informational Webcast: Trading 101
  • January 14, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Clean Power Plan Informational Webcast: Energy Efficiency and EM&V
  • January 19, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Beyond the Light Touch: Next Steps for Improving Energy Efficiency in Multi-Family Affordable Housing
  • January 28, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Clean Power Plan Informational Webcast: Renewable Energy

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

  • January 13, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
  • January 26, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 101
  • January 27, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 201
  • January 28, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 301
  • January 28, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Tackling WaterSense: Sanitary Fixtures and Equipment

DOE Webcast

  • January 12, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Lessons Learned from Outdoor Connected Lighting System Installations

EPA Webcasts

January 11, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Clean Power Plan Informational Webcast: Trading 101
As EPA works with states, utilities, and other stakeholders to implement the Clean Power Plan (CPP), we have received requests for information on several subjects, including trading. In this webcast, EPA will provide a basic overview of trading, an explanation of common terms (including budgets, set-asides, etc.), a general description of how mass-based and rate-based trading works, and a discussion of tools and resources. A Q&A session with EPA staff will follow.
Register

January 14, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Clean Power Plan Informational Webcast: Energy Efficiency and EM&V
As EPA works with states, utilities, and other stakeholders to implement the Clean Power Plan (CPP), we have received requests for information on several subjects, including energy efficiency and evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V). In this webcast, EPA will discuss how energy efficiency can be used as a compliance measure in the CPP, and what the rule says about EM&V, followed by a Q&A session with EPA staff.
Register

January 19, 1:00-2:30 PM (EST) – Beyond the Light Touch: Next Steps for Improving Energy Efficiency in Multi-Family Affordable Housing
Millions of rental units across the country are publicly subsidized to ensure affordable housing for low-income families. Many of these units were not built or furnished with energy efficiency in mind, and thus represent a significant opportunity to reduce energy costs for low-income households nationwide. By focusing on facilitating and incentivizing action by building owners, a growing number of states and organizations have found ways to reduce household energy cost burdens and provide multiple benefits that go beyond those achieved by standard “light touch” efficiency improvements (e.g., installing energy-efficient light bulbs and  low-flow shower heads). For example, a whole-building approach can help identify cost-effective opportunities for investments that maximize energy cost savings and other benefits to residents. This webcast will explore the specific challenges and opportunities faced by programs that aim to improve energy efficiency in multifamily affordable housing, with an emphasis on achieving multiple benefits through deeper retrofits.

AGENDA:

  • Introduction. Todd Nedwick, assistant director for public policy, National Housing Trust; and Crystal Bergemann, senior energy analyst, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Economic Resilience.
  • Creating a One-Stop Shop for Building Owners. Angelina Benson-Glanz, manager of new market initiatives; and Peter Ludwig, director of building retrofits, Elevate Energy.
  • Enabling and Incentivizing Action by Building Owners. William Ariano, Jr., deputy director, Single-Family Housing and Energy Programs, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

Register

January 28, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Clean Power Plan Informational Webcast: Renewable Energy
As EPA works with states, utilities, and other stakeholders to implement the Clean Power Plan (CPP), we have received requests for information on several subjects, including renewable energy. In this webcast, EPA will explain how renewable energy was used in the Best System of Emission Reduction, and how states can use renewable energy to reduce emissions as part of a state plan. A Q&A session with EPA staff will follow.
Register

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

January 13, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.
Register

January 26, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 101
Learn about the core functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; and generate template performance reports to assess progress.
Register

January 27, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data.
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January 28, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) – Portfolio Manager 301
With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
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January 28, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) – Tackling WaterSense – Sanitary Fixtures and Equipment
Sanitary fixtures and equipment use in restrooms and laundries can account for nearly 50 percent of water use within a facility. During this session, attendees will learn about operations and maintenance tips, retrofit options, and replacements that can help reduce water and energy use in public and private bathrooms and commercial laundries. EPA will discuss what it means to look for the WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labels, and how using labeled products can significantly reduce your facility operating costs.
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DOE Webcast

January 12, 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) – Lessons Learned from Outdoor Connected Lighting System Installations
The adoption of LED technology in outdoor lighting applications brings with it an opportunity for controls not possible with previous technologies. A growing number of vendors—some familiar and some new—have been developing and aggressively marketing new software and hardware products promoting the many potential benefits of controls. However, actual field experience remains relatively limited and the various components and associated standards and protocols continue to evolve. As a result, many questions persist for potential new users of networked outdoor lighting control systems.

This webinar presented by the DOE Better Buildings program will review some of the lessons learned by early adopters of these systems over the course of multiple pilot projects. The focus will be on the following topics: justifying and financing an installation, writing a specification, start-up and commissioning challenges, dimming and energy savings, monetizing energy savings and utility tariffs, and identifying and qualifying additional value propositions. Presenter Michael Poplawski of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will answer questions following the presentation.
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