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New EPA Resource for State and Local Governments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the 2018 edition of Quantifying the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: A Guide for State and Local Governments. The two-part guide describes methods, tools, and steps decision makers can use to quantify these benefits and comprehensively assess the value of energy program choices. Part one of the resource describes the multiple benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy and explains the value of quantifying these benefits along with costs. Part two describes methodologies, case studies, tools, and additional resources. Download the Guide.

Kentucky Elementary School Saves Big on Energy and Utility Costs

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Kentucky’s Mt. Washington Elementary School in Bullitt County Public School District achieved an annual energy savings of 32% and an annual cost savings of $28,000 through a project designed to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality. The school district replaced the rooftop heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system with a geothermal system and upgraded the interior and exterior lighting to LED fixtures. In addition to the energy and cost savings of the project, the district expects to improve the indoor air quality and lighting levels of the building. These project outcomes will have a positive impact on the learning environment for the students and teachers. Read more.

EERE Success Story— Alaska Develops Automated Building Monitoring

Since 2013, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) has used a portion of its State Energy Program formula funds to develop a building monitoring project called BMON – an automated system that combines equipment sensors with a wireless, web-based platform to compile building energy use data in real-time to maximize energy saving opportunities. It is extremely cost-effective; the set-up of BMON at the AHFC’s headquarters building in 2013 led to an 18% reduction in energy costs in the first year. Part of what makes BMON so effective is that it receives and integrates input from multiple data sources, such as automation systems, on-site sensors, local weather stations, utility companies, and other databases. This feedback from BMON allows facility managers to reduce maintenance burden and make more informed decisions about equipment sizing. Read more.

Virtual Technical Assistant for Energy Savings Performance Contracting

DOE recently released a tool, known as the Virtual Teaching Assistant, designed to support state and local practitioners of energy savings performance contracting (ESPC). The Virtual Technical Assistant offers detailed step-by-step instructions on ESPC, links to resources needed during the ESPC process, and advice for when users should consult the office responsible for ESPC technical assistance in their jurisdiction (or other experts as needed). The tool is available in two formats: as an online interactive guide and in a downloadable and fully customizable document. 

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Events

2018 Better Buildings Summit & Energy Exchange

There’s something for everyone at this year’s joint Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 21-23, 2018. The combined event will feature technical and cross-cutting sessions, sector-specific peer exchanges, tours of high-performance buildings, as well as pre- and post-conference workshops held on Monday, August 20, and Friday, August 24. This one-of-a-kind event is filled with opportunities to learn about a broad spectrum of building energy efficiency practices, policies, and programs spanning topics such as energy resiliency, energy data access and management, energy efficiency and renewable energy financing, and low-income energy programs, among many others.

Special workshops designed with the public sector in mind will be held on Friday, August 24: Workforce Matters: Training and Credentialing, eProject Performance: eProject Builder Training for ESPC, and Going Deep in Building Enclosure Commissioning. 

See building energy performance in action on August 21 and 22 by joining a building tour.

To see the more than 200 sessions available, view the full agenda.

Community Toolbox Webinar and Dialogue Series

The Better Communities Alliance (BCA) Community Toolbox Webinar and Dialogue Series delivers tools, resources, and other information to support local governments in the areas of integrated energy planning, building efficiency, transportation, solar energy, data management and analysis, and financing mechanisms. The series schedule is available on the BCA website.

Aug. 9, 2018, 3–4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
Benchmarking Trio of Tools 
This webinar will provide an overview of three benchmarking resources:

  1. Energy Data Accelerator Toolkit – a collection of resources that enable local governments and utilities to work together to overcome energy data accessibility challenges
  2. Evaluation of U.S. Building Energy Benchmarking and Transparency Programs – a summary of program design and implementation characteristics and impacts for jurisdictions
  3. Commercial building energy benchmarking data – a dataset that helps cities analyze city-specific tradeoffs between different commercial building benchmarking and disclosure design features.

Register for this webinar

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