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Spring has sprung!

Spring is here, keep an eye out for our upcoming webinars!  Also, you may notice a few changes around our website, spring cleaning is under way!  All of the content you are used to will still be here, but it may move around.  If you have any questions or trouble finding a resource, please let me know.

Also, as usual, if there is anything I can help you with, please contact me and I will do my best to assist you. 

-Emily

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USDA Announces $349 million for Rural Electric Infrastructure

   The United States Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that it will provide over $349 million in funding for  fifteen rural electric cooperatives to upgrade distribution and transmission lines. The funding includes over $17 million for smart grid technology. Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, said that investing in this next-generation technology will make our electric systems "more reliable, efficient and effective." 

Here is a link to the USDA's article:

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/07/0213.xml&contentidonly=true

A list of the fifteen projects that will receive funding can be found here:

http://www.rd.usda.gov/files/RUS_ElectricLoans_07_14_15.pdf

Posted by Emma Weiss-Burns on July 22, 2015 at 3:35pm

Upcoming Webinar Briefing by EESI

live webcast will be streamed at 10:00 AM EDT at www.eesi.org/livecast (wireless connection permitting)

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing featuring rural electric cooperatives (co-ops) which are taking significant action on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Member-owned, not-for-profit electric co-ops are typically smaller than investor-owned utilities, and they are less likely to have significant capital reserves or other resources to implement clean energy programs. But their small size and strong relationships with their member-consumers allow co-ops to be nimble and innovative, particularly with programs directly involving co-op members. As a result, many electric co-ops around the country have become successful clean energy laboratories.

This briefing will feature leaders…

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Posted by Emily Stark on July 22, 2015 at 12:04pm

The Potential of Energy Storage

   Renewable energy is widely criticized as being impractical due to concerns about its variability. The rising efficiency of energy storage, however, could put an end to those concerns. Energy storage allows renewable energy to be used even when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing. 

   Our use of energy storage technology is now limited to mostly pumped hydroelectric power, but the increase in battery storage capacity and cost effectiveness make batteries an ideal solution to the pressing issue of how to integrate intermittent energy sources into the grid. 

This article discusses the future of energy storage:

http://www.agmrc.org/renewable_energy/renewable_energy/the-coming-electricity-storage-revolution/

Posted by Emma Weiss-Burns on July 15, 2015 at 4:16pm

Geothermal HVAC Systems: A Cool Way to Boost Energy Efficiency

Drastic changes in air temperature can make heating and cooling energy-intensive and expensive. Four to six feet underground, however, the temperature is relatively constant. Geothermal HVAC systems utilize this thermal reservoir to decrease the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling. This technology can increase energy efficiency and cut the high costs of heating and cooling our buildings. 

This article addresses some of the common myths associated with geothermal HVAC systems:

http://energyblog.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/17/10-myths-about-geothermal-heating-and-cooling/

Posted by Emma Weiss-Burns on June 22, 2015 at 11:30am

New Resources for Community Energy Planning

Community energy planning is not a new idea, but it's back in the news lately, as local leaders everywhere try to ease the pinch of higher gas prices and to create more green jobs. If your community is ready to visit--or revisit--this important topic, CEA can offer helpful advice and references! Here is a sampling:
 
 
One new release: the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has a new report: Local Energy Planning in Practice: A Review of Recent Experiences.It looks at the work of local governments which, like Arlington County, Virginia, have developed plans to capture these benefits for their communities. We're impressed that the ACEEE team has applied knowledege and tools that have been around for decades, to try to come up with a "best practices" strategy for today.

 

Another source of inspiration is the website of the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference. This is now an annual conference, which is largely focused on local planning in action. That is, what kinds of local programs and activities might you aim for, considering which have proven exciting and successful already? See www.beccconferenece.org and don't miss the YouTube videos of conference "lightening presentations". Also, look for a trend among presentations that use social networking, competitions, and other new marketing techniques. CEA has tapped these resources from time to time for our own work.
This full factsheet will be updated and posted in the Forum Section soon-- Check back next month or drop us a line through the Member Messages tool!


 

 

 
 
 

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