New Resource—ESPC Guide for Water Resource Recovery Facilities
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released an Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Series for state and local government sectors, which introduces ESPC to increase energy efficiency and upgrade facilities in particular government sectors. Each guide provides critical detail for owners to consider ESPC as an option and core resources to take the next step to initiate a project. Read more about the first guide, Energy Savings Performance Contracting: A Primer for K-12 Schools.
The newest guide, Energy Savings Performance Contracting for Water Resource Recovery Facilities, explores the ESPC process, energy efficiency potential for the wastewater sector, and case studies of ESPC projects in wastewater facilities.
C-PACE Technical Assistance Opportunity
DOE is now recruiting participants for the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Working Group, a cohort of state and local governments working together to learn about, launch, and refine C-PACE financing programs. This DOE initiative will leverage technical assistance from leading C-PACE experts and market partners to develop tools and solutions to barriers facing state and local governments, convene and create peer exchanges to showcase public-sector leadership and effective public-private partnerships, and provide information from leading technical experts. The goal of these efforts is to stimulate $60 million in C-PACE investments by 2022.
To learn more, download the C-PACE Working Group Fact Sheet and submit your Expression of Interest form to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 20.
Lessons in Commercial PACE Leadership Webinar Presentation and Recording Now Available
Hosted by the State and Local Solution Center, this webinar, held March 15, 2018, covered the latest DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) report, Lessons in Commercial PACE Leadership: The Path from Legislation to Launch. Speakers reviewed key takeaways from the report as it relates to C-PACE enabling legislation, program set up, stakeholder engagement, and much more. Speakers included Sean Williamson, DOE, and Greg Leventis, LBNL.
USDA Opportunity: Rural Energy for America Program—Apply by April 30
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications to provide guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Eligible entities include agricultural producers with a minimum of 50% gross income from agricultural operations and small businesses in eligible rural areas. The loan terms guarantee amounts between $5,000 and $25 million and cover a number of possible retrofits.
Michigan's First Community Solar Garden for Low-Income Households
Funded by the State Energy Program (SEP), Michigan launched a pilot program for a community solar garden specifically for low-income households. In 2016, DOE launched the Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator (CELICA) and has been working with Michigan to identify opportunities to address the disproportionately high energy burden faced by low-income households. By targeting participants of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), Michigan recruited households that previously received energy efficiency upgrades to participate in this first-in-the-state low-income community solar pilot. It showcases how states leverage federal programs to address the energy needs of low-income households. Listen to this February podcast to hear Cherryland Electric Cooperative speak with project partner Sarah Mulkoff of the Michigan Agency for Energy about this new project.
Ask an Energy Auditor: 5 Questions with Ethan Heslep, Community Housing Partners
Ethan Heslep has served as an Energy Auditor with Community Housing Partners (CHP) for the last eight years. For 40 years, CHP has partnered with WAP and is one of 19 weatherization service providers in Virginia, and one of the first Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Accredited training providers in the nation. CHP has weatherized more than 2,800 homes since 2017 and can attribute this success to their expertly trained energy auditors like Heslep. DOE interviewed Heslep on energy audits and why he finds his job rewarding.
Expanded Electric Vehicle Access in Eight Western States
Eight states, including Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, have all recently united to electrify over 7,000 miles of interstate and support 20,000 electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrids. The states signed a memorandum of understanding at the 2017 Energy Innovation Summit to expand the infrastructure needed to support EV use in the region. To support the regional EV (REV) West Plan, the states will use SEP funds. This plan expects to produce both environmental and economic benefits to the states involved.
Monthly ESPC Webinar Series
Register for DOE’s Better Buildings Program five-part series in the ESPC Toolkit. The first webinar, Considering ESPC, is geared toward practitioners considering ESPC for energy efficiency projects and includes tools for making this decision and establishing the conditions for ESPC.
The webinar series will focus on best practices developed in collaboration with 25 state and local organizations to overcome common barriers to implementing ESPC, streamlining the ESPC process, empowering the ESPC market with project data, building a national ESPC framework, and using innovative approaches for applying ESPC in new market sectors.
Bond Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Overview for State and Local Leaders
April 19, 2018; 3–4 p.m. EDT
Hosted by DOE, this webinar will help state and local leaders better understand how bond financing can advance their energy efficiency, renewable energy, and related infrastructure investment objectives. The webinar will introduce types of bonding tools, provide a market update of how bonds have been used to finance energy-related projects, and discuss special considerations for bond authorities for energy-related financing. Speakers include Elizabeth Bellis of the Energy Programs Consortium and Sean Williamson, DOE. The webinar will also include Q&A.
Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy
April 25, 2018; 2–3 p.m. EDT
Every school district should be able to create zero energy schools because of recent advancements in technology. So what are some strategies to get there? Join us on April 25 for a review of the recently released, Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy (AEDG).
Recognizing that many schools have limited staff and resources, the AEDG provides step-by-step direction to support elementary, middle, and high schools in their pursuit of zero energy performance goals for deep retrofits and new construction projects. The technical guidance should enable school districts to take energy-efficiency goals from concept to fruition, and is meant to complement existing resources and strategies.
Upcoming NASEO Regional Meetings
The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) will hold their annual series of regional meetings designed for state and territory energy officials and key staff with participation from federal agencies and NASEO affiliated members. Upcoming meetings include:
Registration Now Open: 2018 Better Buildings Summit & Energy Exchange
DOE will host the 2018 Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio, August 21–23, 2018. The Summit is one of the premier events for energy professionals to engage with one another and explore and share innovative strategies, emerging technologies, financing trends, and much more. For 2018, the Summit will be held with DOE’s annual Energy Exchange, focused on federal facility energy management, to provide greater access to technical discussions and training while also providing the great panel sessions, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities.
Highlights and featured topics include:
- Emerging and advanced technologies
- Contingency planning and effective implementation for energy resilience
- Smart building design and operation
- Barriers and opportunities for energy and water efficiency and employing renewable energy
- Energy Exchange Trade Show
- Peer-to-peer networking
- Courses offering Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits
- Discussions with DOE national lab experts and Better Buildings Financial Allies
- Local tours of high efficiency buildings and manufacturing plants.
Infrastructure Investments in the News
- Milwaukee Hotel Fills Financing Gap with PACE - The largest PACE Wisconsin project at $21 million has been funded through PACE Equity to complete renovation funding for the historic Hotel Retlaw in Milwaukee.
- California School District Looks to Save More than $5 Million with Energy Partnership - Pasadena Unified School District has partnered with Schneider Electric to make infrastructure improvements using an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) resulting in $5.3 million in energy and operational savings.
- Parking Garage Retrofits Impact Kansas City’s Energy Consumption - A Kansas City parking garage has won an award for the energy savings achieved after retrofits were implemented.