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Michigan Energy Office Joins ASERTTI

ASERTTI is pleased to welcome the Michigan Energy Office (MEO) as a new ASERTTI member in 2013!

MEO promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy resource development to Michigan's residents, businesses and public institutions. Its program activities are designed to encourage the use of new technologies and alternative fuels in buildings, industrial processes, vehicles, and in power generation. Program objectives are advanced through a variety of services, including information dissemination, technical assistance, financial assistance, and demonstration projects.

Robert Jackson, Manager of MEO’s State Energy and Loan Programs will serve as the organization’s representative to ASERTTI.

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Reflections from Washington; the 2013 NASEO / ASERTTI State Energy Outlook Conference

ASERTTI members gathered with more than 250 participants from across the U.S. for the 2013 NASEO/ASERTTI Conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.

For the first time, conference highlights were being shared on ASERTTI’s LinkedIn page throughout the event.

Participants heard bipartisan congressional insights from the Honorable Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY), along with staff members from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Senators Portman, Shaheen, and Wyden’s offices; a look at technological advances driving cloud computing for energy management, from GE, Microsoft, EPRI, and SMLC; and models for public-private partnership in advanced manufacturing from leaders at NIST, NAMII, ORNL, and DOE.

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ASERTTI Member News

NYSERDA Announces Energy Efficiency Projects at Binghamton University in Support of Governor Cuomo’s Build Smart NY Initiative (01-29-2013)

NYSERDAThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced energy efficiency projects at the State University of New York at Binghamton that are projected to save the university $355,000 in energy costs every year and will result in the avoidance of over 2,190 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. These projects support Governor Cuomo’s ambitious Build Smart NY initiative to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years by strategically accelerating priority improvements in energy performance. This initiative will save millions of dollars for taxpayers and create thousands of jobs while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

NEEA Releases Comprehensive Residential Energy Study (02-14-2013)

NEEANorthwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has published the first two in a series of reports that will impact the future of residential energy efficiency in the Northwest. The Residential Building Stock Assessment (RBSA) is a comprehensive research study of energy consumption in more than 1,600 Northwest residential buildings. It will establish a regional baseline for single-family, manufactured and multi-family homes that will inform the region's future energy planning efforts.

Statewide Taskforce Releases North Carolina’s First Plug (02-19-2013)

Advanced EnergyThe North Carolina Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Taskforce, in collaboration with several statewide partners, including ASERTTI member Advanced Energy, released the state’s first PEV Readiness Plan along with four regional plans. The NC PEV Readiness Plans were created through the NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging-in from Mountains to Sea – one of only 16 projects awarded across the United States through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The project covered the entire state of North Carolina with a focus on four metropolitan areas in the Greater Asheville, Charlotte, Piedmont Triad and Triangle areas.

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National News

Obama Proposes $200 Million In Energy Efficiency Funding (02-21-2013)

President Barack Obama will propose $200 million in his next budget for a "Race to the Top" program rewarding states that pursue energy efficiency, asking Congress to put teeth on an initiative to help the US use less electricity. Mr. Obama's mentioned the idea in Tuesday's State of the Union address but did not outline a dollar figure or other specifics. The budget proposal is expected next month.

Source indicates Obama settles on EPA, Energy Department nominees (02-20-2013)

President Barack Obama intends to nominate air quality expert Gina McCarthy to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz to head the Department of Energy as early as this week, according to a source familiar with the process. Moniz, a former undersecretary of energy during the Clinton administration, is director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Energy Initiative, a research group that gets funding from industry heavyweights including BP, Chevron, and Saudi Aramco for academic work on projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gases.

Renewable Energy Advisory Committee Named (02-20-2013)

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank on Wednesday announced the appointment of 37 private-sector representatives to the Secretary's newly re-chartered Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee during the group's initial meeting at the Department of Commerce. RE&EE members come from a diverse group of companies, trade associations, and non-profit organizations from many different energy sectors, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, hydropower, biofuels, fuel cells, smart grid, and energy efficiency industries.

FERC: All new U.S. electricity capacity in January from renewable sources (02-20-2013)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released data for January showing that all new energy created in the month was provided by renewable energy sources. According to the report, 77.8 percent of new power generated in January was created by wind power, while 21.7 percent was solar power and 0.5 percent was biomass-fired power. Those numbers are drastically different from January 2012, when more than 70 percent of new generating capacity was provided by fossil fuels. In that month 47.7 percent of new capacity was created by coal-fired sources and 26.3 percent was provided by natural gas fired units.

Funding Opportunities

ARPA-E Releases Funding Opportunity for Robust Affordable Next Generation EV-Storage (02-15-2013)

ARPA-EThis program seeks to fund the development of transformational electrochemical energy storage technologies that will accelerate widespread electric vehicle adoption by dramatically improving their driving range, cost, and reliability. To achieve this long-term objective, this program aims to maximize specific energy and minimize cost of energy storage systems at the vehicle level. Central to this system-level approach is the use of robust design principles for energy storage systems. Submission deadline is still TBD. More information can be found HERE.

Application for Solar Policy and Program Technical Assistance in 2013 - Round 3 (02-01-2013)

The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative that is implemented in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This year, DOE is offering technical assistance to cities and states targeting policy and programmatic improvements that will open and develop markets for distributed generation (DG), specifically solar rooftop photovoltaics (PV). This is not a financial award. Successful applicants will be partnered with DOE and NREL expert staff to determine the most effective use of assistance in forwarding market opening policies and programs. If you applied for assistance under Rounds 1 or 2 in 2013, you only need to reapply if your proposal is for different assistance than previously requested.

Solicitation Announcement from DoD’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (02-12-2013)

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) released a solicitation on February 12, 2013, requesting proposals for demonstrations of installation energy technologies. The DoD Call for Proposals, the Non-DoD Federal Call for Proposals, and the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) request pre-proposals for the following topics:

  1. Smart and Secure Military Installation Energy Management; and
  2. Advanced Building Energy Management and Control.

Researchers from Federal organizations, universities, and private industry can apply for ESTCP funding. The due date for all pre-proposals is Thursday, March 28, 2013. More information about the solicitation, including instructions and deadlines, is available on the SERDP and ESTCP web site HERE.

DOE NETL Funding Opportunity for Advanced Gasification Technologies Development and Gasification Scoping Studies for Innovative Initiatives (02-15-2013)

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Gasification Technologies Program issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on February 15, 2013. There will be 3 Areas of Interest (AOIs) under this FOA. The first 2 AOIs (Coal Feed Technologies - Low-rank Coal Feed or Coal-woody Biomass Feed Technologies and Lower-cost Oxygen Production Systems) will look to further develop and expand on concepts already included in the Gasification Systems Program that will significantly reduce gasification’s capital and operating costs. The third AOI (High Hydrogen Syngas Production) will begin exploration (through systems analysis and small-scale R&D) of novel technologies to reduce the cost of creating chemical-grade hydrogen and/or high-hydrogen syngas. Applications must be received by 04/22/2013. More information is available HERE.

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