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Download New Resource on How to Improve Resilience in Public Buildings

Chart showing distributed energy resources for resilience.

A recently released resource, How Distributed Energy Resources Can Improve Resilience in Public Buildings: Three Case Studies and a Step-by-Step Guide, provides facility-specific assessments of microgrid installation costs, payback periods, and upfront savings achieved by first implementing energy efficiency. The resource features two free publicly available tools so you can conduct your own resilience analysis.

This guide also features how the State of North Carolina successfully identified six critical facilities that could power critical loads during a 48-hour simulated outage using a combination of solar photovoltaics (PV) and storage. If installed, the upgrades would generate enough power to provide 20%–28% of the facility’s annual electricity consumption. Access the guide to learn more!

Energy Efficiency Jobs in America: 2019 Update Now Available

For the second year in a row, energy efficiency is America’s fastest-growing energy industry—accounting for about half (76,000) of the sector’s entire job growth in 2018 (151,700)—now eclipsing 2.3 million American workers. This report is packed with compelling graphics that provide an in-depth look at the industry. See the scale and scope of energy efficiency jobs in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The report provides job numbers by:

  • Congressional and state districts
  • County and metropolitan areas
  • Sectors
  • Supply chain categories
  • Percentage of veterans in energy efficiency.

Read the guide for more information.

Georgia Trained Workforce Reduces Building Energy Use and Yields Cost Savings

With financial assistance from EERE's State Energy Program, Georgia's State Energy Program provided Building Operator Certification training and education to building operators in state-owned buildings. The goal was to provide state employees with the tools and resources to better understand how to reduce energy waste in their facilities, which can lead to energy-cost savings. After completing the training, seven facilities decreased their energy use more than 2,000 million British thermal units, saving an average of $3,300 per year on energy costs. Read the success story.

New Mexico's Forestry Division Saves Money by Switching to Solar

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In 2018, the Ute Park wildfire destroyed thousands of acres in the Cimarron and Ute Park communities in New Mexico and knocked out power to the Cimarron District Office of New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department Forestry Division and nearby communities. All Forestry Division operations during this period, including firefighting operations, were powered by an expensive on-site backup propane generator. Additionally, the annual cost to the Forestry Division of replacing damaged technology, such as data processing systems due to poor power quality, has been $1,000 to $2,000 for the past four years.

Utilizing a $58,000 grant from EERE’s State Energy Program, New Mexico’s Forestry Division installed a 10.3-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic system, an 8-kW inverter/battery input and output, and a 16-kW-hour battery bank to combat challenges due to the 2018 wildfire. Read more in the success story.

Events

2020 Better Buildings Summit
June 8–10, 2020
Arlington, Virginia

Mark your calendars! DOE’s 2020 Better Buildings Summit will be June 8–10, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia (just outside Washington, D.C.). Early-bird registration opens in January 2020. Stay tuned for more information on sessions, speakers, special events, and more.

View highlights from the 2019 Summit.

PACE Webinar Series for State and Local Officials and their Partners

Nov. 12, 2019
2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

In collaboration with the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities, PACENation is hosting a new webinar series starting in November to support the growth of property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing in new and existing markets. This series will address recent developments and common questions related to both commercial and residential PACE programs. Register for the webinar. For more information on DOE PACE resources, visit our PACE Programs web page.

Infrastructure Investments in the News

Resiliency Redefined: Massachusetts Emergency Shelter Can Be Powered by Solar in Event of An Outage: A recently completed resiliency project at the Town of Wayland Middle School, which serves as the community’s emergency shelter, consisted of integrating an existing 230-kW solar canopy facility with the shelter’s emergency diesel generator.

City College of New York will get $26 Million in Energy Efficient Upgrades: The New York Power Authority and the City University of New York are partnering on $26 million in comprehensive energy efficiency improvements at the City College of New York to save 15% in electricity consumption annually.

Asheville, North Carolina, to Fund 5 Electric Bus Charging Stations: A $200,000 grant from Duke Energy will help the Asheville Redefines Transit system fund five electric bus-charging stations.