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Updated Resource Highlights Technical Assistance for State and Local Leaders

DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resources for State and Local Leaders compiles the most current and popular technical assistance resources to support the energy priorities of state and local governments. WIP helps state and local governments meet their energy goals by:

  • Developing tools and solutions to address barriers
  • Convening and creating peer exchanges to showcase public sector leadership and effective private-public partnerships
  • Providing information from leading technical experts.

Featured topics include benchmarking building energy use, assisting rural communities, and supporting energy efficient wastewater infrastructure. Access the resource.

2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit Presentations Now Available

Across more than 60 sessions, more than 120 speakers shared their expertise, insight, and experience at the 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit in Arlington, Virginia, on July 10–11, 2019. Speakers engaged with attendees on subjects such as resilience project financing, grid-interactive efficient buildings, communications strategies, energy security planning, and more. Download presentations.

More than 2,000 Minnesota Homes Receive Weatherization Services in One Year

With annual funding from WIP's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), Minnesota's WAP has made strides in reducing the energy burden and providing a healthier home environment for low-income households in the state. Between July 2017 and June 2018, the agency provided weatherization services for more than 2,000 homes across the state. Implementing energy-saving improvements in a home can reduce energy costs and keep homes safer and more livable. For more information on weatherization and testimonials from weatherization recipients, read the success story.

Eliminating Energy Waste in the Heartland: Clarifying the Combined Heat and Power Permitting Process in Iowa

To help its food production and industrial sectors reduce energy waste, the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Department of Natural Resources sought to streamline the permitting process for combined heat and power (CHP) systems. With financial assistance from WIP’s State Energy Program, in collaboration with DOE's Midwest Technical Assistance Partnership, Iowa launched a collaborative process to address questions from business and industry on how to permit and finance CHP systems. As part of this effort, Iowa released a CHP Resource Guide and Biogas Assessment Model to increase market understanding of CHP systems. Read the success story.

Join A Nationwide, Student-Led Energy Competition

Renew Our Schools, a Colorado-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) energy conservation competition, is now available to any school in the nation. Participants utilize real-time energy monitors to access their electricity use through an easy-to-use web portal. With the push of a button, students interact with a hands-on learning environment that empowers them to investigate and understand their school's energy usage. This five-week challenge has saved Colorado districts up to $10,000 per competition and reached 100,000 students, providing an opportunity to become leaders in their school and community.

Renew Our Schools is looking for a select number of schools to compete in a nationwide competition in the spring of 2020. Grant funding available for under-served middle schools and the first school in every state to sign up.

To learn more or reserve your spot, contact Kathy Croasdale, Program Manager at kcroasdale@resourcecentral.org or 303-999-3820 ext. 223.

New Tool to Help Utilities, State and Local Governments, and the Public Access Energy Data

The Natural Resources Defense Council recently launched a tool that compiles U.S. Energy Information Administration historic data and National Renewable Energy Laboratory projection analysis to help utilities, institutions, state and local policymakers, and the public assess power-sector energy data more effectively. The new tool improves upon existing methods to compare—on an apples-to-apples basis— the cost of producing power from different technologies in each state and region of the country. Technology options provided include large solar facilities and onshore wind farms, as well as gas, coal, and nuclear plants. For each power source, the tool calculates the levelized cost of the electricity, which is the minimum price that electricity must be sold at in order for the energy project generating it to break even. The tool also allows users to see exactly how the levelized costs for different technologies are expected to change annually through 2030 for their state and across the country. Access the tool.

Infrastructure Investments in the News

USDA invests in energy efficiency improvements to help farmers and rural businesses: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its awarding $9.3 million in grants through the Rural Energy for America Program for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in all states and Puerto Rico to reduce energy costs for farmers, agricultural producers, and rural-based businesses and institutions.

USDA invests $181M in loans for rural electric upgrades: The USDA is investing $181 million to upgrade rural electric systems in 10 states, including $7.7 million to finance smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security.

EDA makes $587M in disaster aid available to communities: The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) made $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by natural disasters in 2018, and floods and tornadoes in 2019.