According to the release, the most popular Green Stimulus program is incentives to install heat pumps which have seen a fivefold increase in installations sine the program launch.
Under the program, up to 75 pct of the cost of a residential heat pump is covered by rebates and incentives for low- and moderate-income customers. The Green Stimulus Program also includes incentives and loan programs for weatherization, energy efficiency and other projects. (Source: Burlington Electric, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Burlington Electric Department, Chris Burns, Director of Energy Services, (802) 865-7300, www.burlingtonelectric.com; Efficiency Vermont, (888) 921-5990, www.efficiencyvermont.com
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The filing represents a shift from prior planning models. While the Company will continue to add customers within its existing footprint, this plan considers decreasing natural gas loads and strategies under which VGS can promote such further reductions through efficiency and weatherizations, as well as meeting the needs of customers through expanded energy services.
VGS serves over 54,000 homes, businesses, and institutions in Franklin, Chittenden and Addison counties and plays an important role in Vermont's clean energy future by displacing higher-emitting fuels, offering renewable natural gas service, and delivering award-winning energy efficiency programs. VGS is leading the country in the development of local renewable energy generation and has targeted a 30 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and full elimination by 2050. (Source: Vermont Gas, PR, 18 Jan, 2021) Contact: Vermont Gas, Neale Lunderville, CEO, Beth Parent, Brand Manager, (802) 865-1460 / (802) 578-2776, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vgsvt.com
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The Filing represents a shift from prior planning models. While the Company will continue to add customers within its existing footprint, this plan considers decreasing natural gas loads and strategies under which VGS can promote such further reductions through efficiency and weatherizations, as well as meeting the needs of customers through expanded energy services.
VGS serves over 54,000 homes, businesses, and institutions in Franklin, Chittenden and Addison counties. The company plays an important role in Vermont's clean energy future by displacing higher-emitting fuels, offering renewable natural gas service, and delivering award-winning energy efficiency programs. VGS is leading the country in the development of local renewable energy generation and has targeted a 30 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and full elimination by 2050. (Source: Vermont Gas, PR, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Vermont Gas, Neale Lunderville, CEO, Beth Parent, Brand Manager, (802) 865-1460 / (802) 578-2776, email@example.com, www.vgsvt.com
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Funding includes $180 million from the province of Albert's industry-funded Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) Fund and up to $100 million from the federal government's Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund (LCELF).
The Government of Alberta will put up to $55 million towards Emission Reduction Alberta's (ERA) Energy Savings for Business program which targets small and medium-sized industrial and commercial facilities through the TIER fund. The TIER fund will leverage $30 million in funds with public and private investment including $25 million from the federal Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund.
Alberta businesses will be eligible for funding to cover a portion of their costs for cost-saving and emission reduction projects once the program launches in January 2021.
Projects can include commercially available energy-efficient upgrades such as HVAC technologies, weatherization, hot water systems, indoor/outdoor commercial and industrial lighting and control systems, and alternate power source, the release stated.
(Source: Emission Reduction Alberta, DCN-JOC News, 5 Nov., 2020)
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Every $1 invested in WAP returns $4.50 in benefits, including energy savings and the health and safety of individuals, according to WAP. Under the WAP program, DICSA has weatherized 1,315 homes in Iron County and 2,015 homes in Dickinson County since 1989, at no cost to the home owner. Rental units also are eligible with landlord approval and 25 pct contribution on costs.
Qualifying weatherization and energy efficiency measures include major bypasses, duct sealing/repair/replacement, duct insulation, attic insulation, smart thermostat, knee wall insulation and exterior wall insulation. Reducing electric baseload, such as refrigerator replacement and compact fluorescent lamps, smoke detectors, clothes dryer vents, combustion appliance testing/repair and/or replacement.
Download DOE Weatherization Assistance Program details HERE.
(Source: Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, Daily News, 30 Oct., 2020) Contact: Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, 906-774-2256, www.dicsami.org
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As of 2018, the Helping Home Fund has assisted over 4,300 North Carolinians most burdened by high energy bills. A study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and EEFA found the median household in Charlotte, for example, spent 4 pct of their income on energy, while the median low-income household spent about twice that much. And the most under-resourced households spent more than 3.5 times as much.
The Helping Home Fund is administered by the North Carolina Community Action Association and provides funding for its member agencies that provide energy efficiency weatherization assistance to low-income households. (Source: Duke Energy, NRDC, 31 July, 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Helping Home Fund, www.duke-energy.com/home/products/income-qualified/helping-home-fund;
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Under the program, qualifying homes receive an energy audit to determine the most cost-efficient measures. Common improvements include installing extra insulation in the attic, walls and floor; sealing air leaks around doors and windows; repairs or tune-ups for air conditioning and heating units; and replacing incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency bulbs.
The grants, which are administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, are drawn from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Energy. (Source: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, PR, 8 June, 2020) Contact: Governor Kay Ivey, governor.alabama.gov; Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, adeca.alabama.gov
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Some of the programs to be offered at the site include the Interstate Renewable Energy Council training and home energy training programs for retrofitting homes and facilities to make sure that they are more energy efficient. (Source: Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 27 April, 2020) Contact: Pennsylvania College of Technology, 570-326-3761, www.pct.edu; National Sustainable Structures Center, (202) 370-3657www.nascsp.org/training/pennsylvania-college-of-technology-national-sustainable-structures-center-pa
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Over 900 community members including individuals, businesses, and civic organizations presently support the campaign.
(Source: City of Harrisonburg, Augusta Free Press, Mar., 2020) Contact: City of Harrisonburg,
540-432-7701, www.harrisonburgva.gov; 50by25 Harrisonburg, www.50by25Harrisonburg.org; Harrisonburg Electric Commission, 540-434-5361, www.harrisonburgelectric.com
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Vermont legislators set a goal to weatherize 80,000 homes by 2020 but as of 2018, only 27,186 homes had been weatherized, according to a 2020 energy report from the state Department of Public Service.
Vermont Energy Burden Report 2019 HERE. Source: Efficiency Vermont, Vermont Digger, 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: Efficiency Vermont, (888) 921-5990, www.efficiencyvermont.com
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Eligible home improvements include: electrical and plumbing upgrades, structural repairs, accessibility modifications, septic repairs or replacement, heating and hot water system repairs or replacement, replacing windows, roof repairs or replacement, wells, lead paint abatement, insulation and weatherization and other energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Town of Hawley, Greenfield Recorder, 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority, 413-863-9781, www.fcrhra.org
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The Attic Insulation Program provides cash incentives of $0.15/per square foot with a maximum incentive of $300 per existing residential dwelling for attic insulation.
(Source: City of Alliance, Star Herald, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: Energy Efficiency Program Details, City of Alliance, Kirby Bridge, (308) 762-1907, www.cityofalliance.net; Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraskawww,mppenergy.org/mean
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Fayetteville Public Works Commission will use the funding to support the participation of 10 eligible households in their PWC Community Solar Weatherization Pilot project.
Blue Ridge Energy's Community Solar Savings Pilot will serve 10 households, with each receiving a bill credit for the energy generated by solar panels plus a rate reduction from the standard residential energy charge.
Roanoke Electric Cooperative will serve 20 homes participating in the Upgrade to Save Community Solar Program. The community solar participation will allow the households to share in the community solar garden and receive future billing credits estimated at approximately $365 per year per eligible household for a period of no less than 15 years. (Source: NCWAP, rrspin.com, 15 Oct., 2019) Contact:
N.C. Weatherization Assistance Program , www.nc.gov/weatherization-assistance-program
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According to a release, the program will help residents reduce their utility costs, decrease the carbon footprint of the city and Albemarle County, and reduce household water consumption.
Qualified residents will work with a LEAP Home Energy Coach, who will perform an energy audit of their home and select the most appropriate energy-efficiency measures. The no-cost program is open to both home owners and tenants.
(Source: Charlottesville Department of Utilities, CBS19, 5 Sept., 2019)
Contact: Charlottesville Department of Utilities, Irene Peterson , (434) 970-3812, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.charlottesville.org
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The legislation, as existing law provides, continues to extend flexibility to local and state governments to invest these new resources across 14 categories of eligible projects and programs, including the development of comprehensive energy conservation and efficiency plans; conversion of street lighting to highly efficient LED lighting; installation of renewable energy technology (e.g., solar, wind, fuel cell and biomass energy) on municipal and other qualifying buildings; and weatherization of government buildings.
Under the bill, the Department of Energy retains responsibility for implementing the program, as it did in the 2009-2010 period when the first round of EECBG funding was appropriated and provided to local and state governments. The EECBG Program, which was authorized in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 enacted by President George W. Bush, was first funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
(Source: U.S. Conference of Mayors, 18 July, 2019) Contact: U.S. Conference of Mayors, www.usmayors.org; Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, www.energy.gov/eere/wipo/about-energy-efficiency-and-conservation-block-grant-program
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The new $500 incentive is available to Vermont households with incomes less than 120-pct of the area median income. It will be combined with existing programs. For example it would increase the Home Performance with Energy STAR program incentive from $2,000 to $2,500. (Source: WAMC, 6 April, 2019) Contact: Burlington Electric Department, Chris Burns, Director of Energy Services, (802) 865-7300, www.burlingtonelectric.com; Efficiency Vermont, (888) 921-5990, www.efficiencyvermont.com
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"This proposal would take an axe to innovation in our energy sector, cutting critical research funds and energy efficiency investments that have a proven track record of reducing energy costs for consumers and businesses" said Jason Hartke. "We look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to fight for these programs in the coming months."
Hartke added that there is no room for complacency, because this is an existential threat to the backbone of energy efficiency and all of its many economic and environmental benefits. Even if the endgame for the administration is more modest cuts negotiated with Congress, that is still a major threat. These programs are among the smartest investments the federal government makes, and they should be made stronger, not weaker." (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, Jason Hartke, Pres., (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org
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Highlights of the draft plan include:
Energy efficiency --
"the cheapest unit of energy is the one you don't use" -- is the guiding principle behind the plans for energy efficiency in the Capital City of 43,000 +- residents.
As a whole, Concord consumes 390 million kWh of energy each year. To bring that figure down, the plan calls for the city and its community to cut consumption by encouraging and incentivizing weatherization. The plan also encourages the city to prioritize energy conservation efforts, like switching the streetlights to LED and having all city buildings US Green Building Council LEED certified or meet LEED standards without going through the certification process.
(Source: City of Concord, Concord Monitor, 2 Feb., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; City of Concord,
Tom Aspell, City Manager, 603-225-8570, www.concordnh.gov/288/City-Manager
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Starting in January 2019, South Jersey Gas will offer new residential and commercial energy-efficiency programmes that include: a Residential Efficient Products Programme; Residential Assessment with Direct Install Programme; Residential Retrofit Weatherization Programme; Online Energy Audit; and a C&I Engineered Solutions Programme that offers municipalities and non-profit facilities tailored energy-efficiency solutions and financing assistance for large-scale energy-efficiency projects.
(Source: South Jersey Gas, Smart Energy Int'l., 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: NJBPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres., www.bpu.state.nj.us;
South Jersey Gas, Craig Jennings, Pres., www.southjerseygas.com
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Funding from the program can be used for various energy efficiency projects including insulation, LED lighting, weatherization, and others.
According to Joe Doiron, Deputy Director & State Energy Program Administrator with the N.H. Office of Strategic Initiatives in Concord, the SEED program is focused on small schools that have limited access to funds, with the hope that the winning project will be replicated.
(Source: US DOE School Energy and Efficiency Development, NH Public Radio, 22 Oct., 2018)Contact:
US DOE School Energy and Efficiency Development, https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-08/documents/k-12_guide.pdf; N.H. Office of Strategic Initiatives, 603-271-2155, https://www.nh.gov/osi
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Residents in any of 19 participating communities will qualify for free home energy "walk-throughs" by qualified contractors who will then provide a proposed project scope, estimated savings, and estimated cost for completing the energy efficiency and weatherization work recommendations. Contractor will also help participants access incentives that may be available from power producers, utilities and others. Programs, incentives, and resources are available statewide from Button Up Vermont partners.
Vermont has a statewide goal of achieving 25 percent energy savings in at least 80,000 homes by the year 2020. (Source: Buton Up Vermont, PR, VT Digger, Oct., 2018) Contact: Button Up Vermont, www. buttonupvermont.org; Efficiency Vermont, (888) 921-5990, www.efficiencyvermont.com
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Among the six recipient communities, Orange and Royalston are new to the program this year, and will be eligible to apply for these competitive grants when the initial grants are exhausted.
The town of Warwick was awarded $225,807 and is expected to collaborate with Northfield, which was awarded $244,929. The funds will be applied to
school HVAC system improvements, upgrades to motors and drives, weatherization projects and other energy efficiency projects that are expected to reduce the regional school district's energy costs by $80,000 a year.
(Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Athol Daily News, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources
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While the city-owned EPB utility helps residents get new HVAC systems and weatherization, TVA is conducting a field study of energy efficiency and improved quality of life that could ultimately improve the health of residents.
(Source: Chattanooga Electric Power Board, News9, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: Chattanooga Electric Power Board, Greg Eaves, Pres., Diana Bullock, VP Economic Dev., 423-648-1372, https://epb.com; TVA, John Myers, Dir. Policy & Regulatory Affairs, (865) 632-2101, email@example.com, www.tva.gov
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In addition, Council also approved acceptance of $226,394 federal grant for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program Enhancement use for household at 175 pct of the poverty level.
The Council also authorized an agreement with Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy to provide $185,000 in energy-efficiency education and repair services. The money will be used for such things as replacing inefficient light bulbs and some appliances with energy-efficient models for qualified residents. (Source: Summit County Council, Akron Beacon-Journal, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: Summit County Council, (330) 643-2725, https://council.summitoh.net
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