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WIP Project Map is now LIVE!

Screenshot of WIP project map.

Check out our new interactive project map developed to provide state and local leaders with a useful and convenient tool for finding information about state-led, WIP-funded projects and programs across the country. Click on each state to open a new webpage summarizing its State Energy Program (SEP) and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) projects, recently published WIP successes stories, and state-related Better Buildings initiatives.

View the map to learn about and replicate successful energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and programs led by states and U.S. territories.

View the map.

Three New Tools for Advancing Energy Affordability in Low Income Communities

Energy burden can be defined as the share of annual household income that is used to pay annual energy bills. Low income households bear a disproportionate amount of energy burden compared to other households.

DOE's Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator (CELICA) has developed three new tools for advancing energy affordability in low income communities.

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Are You an Electrification Enthusiast?

Check out a new EERE-funded report on technology cost and performance projects for end-use electric technologies in the transportation, buildings, and industrial sectors. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is using these projections in the Electrification Futures Study scenario analysis—slated for release this spring—and until then, has released this dataset to benefit other researchers studying the impacts of end-use electric technology adoption.

Read the full report.

New Resource: SEE Action Guide for States: Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification Frameworks—Guidance for Energy Efficiency Portfolios Funded by Ut

This State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) guide describes frameworks for evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) of utility customer–funded energy efficiency programs. The authors reviewed multiple frameworks across the United States and gathered input from experts to prepare this guide. The guide provides state leaders with both the contents of an EM&V framework, along with the processes used to develop and update EM&V frameworks.

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New Resource: The Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy

This new resource supports elementary, middle, and high schools in their pursuit of zero energy performance goals for deep retrofits and new construction projects. Zero energy buildings are extremely energy efficient buildings that produce enough renewable energy onsite to meet annual consumption needs through a combination of innovative design strategies, efficient technologies, and improvements in the management of building operations. The Advanced Energy Design Guide provides technical guidance for school districts to take energy efficiency goals from conception to fruition, and is meant to complement existing resources and strategies.

Read the guide.

Chicago and D.C. Receive Awards, Better Buildings Challenge Partners Convene to Share Energy Solutions

In December, two Better Buildings Challenge Partners – Chicago and the District of Columbia– received recognition for their leadership in energy and sustainability.

  • Chicago received an award for their Retrofit Chicago program, which encourages, supports, and recognizes voluntary energy efficiency leadership in residential, commercial, institutional, and municipal buildings.

The District of Columbia received the award in recognition of their Climate Ready D.C. plan. The plan outlines 77 actions the District can take to mitigate climate related stresses and threats across four categories: utilities and transportation infrastructure; buildings and development; neighborhoods and communities; and governance.

Find out more.

Events

This Thursday: Webinar—Using Data to Drive Low Income Energy Solutions: DOE Tool Demo and Case Studies

February 8; 3:00-4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

As part of CELICA, DOE has developed the Low-income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) tool in partnership with state and local agencies to assist them in identifying energy needs and housing characteristics of a variety of low income communities and inform their low-income program planning. During the webinar, DOE will demonstrate the new tool with state, county, and city data, and hear from two CELICA partners – the State of Connecticut/Connecticut Green Bank and the City of Rochester, NY – about how they have utilized this data tool to answer key program planning questions.

Register now.

PACENation Summit

March 19-21, 2018
Denver, Colorado

This year’s PACENation Summit will feature three days of content, interactive sessions, expert speakers, a live podcast, and networking opportunities. Join PACENation, along with over 450 attendees and 260 organizations for the third annual PACENation Summit.

Register now.

Save the Date: Announcing the 2018 Better Buildings Summit/Energy Exchange

Save the date for Better Buildings Summit.

Mark your calendar!

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host the 2018 U.S. DOE 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 attendees expect at the Summit.

Highlights/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.

Registration will open soon—stay tuned for an announcement!

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