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Energy Efficiency in the Pioneer Valley by Chris Mason from the Northampton Energy Office

Energy Efficiency in the Pioneer Valley by Chris Mason from the Northampton Energy Office

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    • 1. Energy Efficiency in the Pioneer Valley An Overview of Where We Are So We Can Organize to Move Forward
    • 2.  
    • 3. Pioneer Valley Clean Energy Plan
      • A reduction in energy consumption to 2000 levels by the end of 2009 and reduction of that by 15% by 2020
      • An 80% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050
      • Creation of local jobs in the clean energy sector
      • A 28% reduction in energy use through efficiency improvements (in buildings) over 10 years
    • 4. New Buildings
      • MA building code has adopted the IECC 2009 as part of the State Building Code
      • MA building code will likely include an optional “stretch code” that will require residential homes to be built to a HERS rating of 60
      • The Patrick Administration has developed recommendations toward universal adoption of zero net energy buildings by 2030 “ Getting to Zero ”
    • 5. For Most Existing Residential Buildings
      • MassSAVE – free audit, pays for 75% of recommended improvements up to $2,000, 0% financing for up to $15,000
      • EnergyBucks (community action partner agencies) – aid to income eligible
      • Some Banks and Credit Unions – energy efficiency loans, loans to overcome barriers
      • CoopPower programs
      • Ener-G-Save – added attic insulation
    • 6. Gaps in Programs
      • Residential customers only, leaving many mixed use buildings ineligible
      • More than four-unit buildings not covered
      • Often residents of towns with municipal power companies are not eligible
      • Measures offered don’t go far enough
    • 7. Hurdles
      • Lack of knowledge of programs available
      • Misinformation (e.g., “I thought that was only for low income households”, . . .)
      • Physical barriers (e.g., knob & tube, mold, vermiculate in the attic)
      • Financial (perceived or actual)
      • Split incentives
    • 8. Hurdles to Growing the Programs
      • Lack of trained workers
      • Lack of follow-through after audits
      • Up-front costs / distrust of financing
      • Inadequate marketing
    • 9. Hurdles to Growing the Programs
      • Lack of public data on what has been done
      • Lack of inexpensive home energy rating
      • Program inconsistencies
      • Confusion with or lack of trust of multiple step process
      • Lack of knowledge on possible depth of retrofit
    • 10. Who’s Taking Action?
      • MA DOER Energy Efficiency Advisory Council
      • MA Clean Energy Education Centers
      • Western MA Green Consortium
      • Green Economy Task Force
      • Pioneer Valley Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant group
        • Pioneer Valley Renewable Energy Collaborative
        • Western MA Energy Alliance (ad-hoc group)
    • 11. Energy Efficiency Advisory Council
      • Design and approve MA’s utility- and municipal aggregator-operated EE programs
      • Six subcommittees working on the following topics
        • program strategies / standardizing the audit program offerings
        • technical evaluation – reevaluating what efficiency measures are cost effective 
        • market evaluation
        • existing homes ratings
        • single statewide audit results
        • comprehensive education package
    • 12. Clean Energy Education Centers
      • Provide workers for the energy efficiency jobs market (e.g., energy auditors, insulators, air sealers, designers)
      • At least three centers across MA
      • Will likely involve community colleges, technical high schools, and adult education programs
      • Funding through the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC)
    • 13. Western MA Green Consortium
      • Working to incentivize and make affordable “deep energy retrofits” - energy-use reductions of 50% to 90%
      • www.westernmassgreenconsortium.org
    • 14. Green Economy Task Force
      • Task force of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) to develop, refine, and launch a “Green Region” action strategy as an important new component of the Plan for Progress
    • 15. PV-EECBG Potential Objectives
      • Assist companies in the energy efficiency (EE) sector ramp up business
      • Connect EE job sector classroom training with on-site experience (internships)
      • Help local energy groups launch social marketing and outreach efforts to promote EE programs
      • Provide coaching/mentoring to customers from audit to install
    • 16. PV-EECBG Potential Objectives
      • Assist municipalities with policies and ordinances that facilitate growth in the EE job sector
      • Assist municipalities in identifying high priority sectors for outreach
      • Guide financial institutions in appropriate financing for home EE investments
      • Assist sectors not served by current EE programs
    • 17. Contact to receive PowerPoint
      • Chris Mason
      • Energy and Sustainability Officer
      • City of Northampton
      • [email_address] gov
      • 413-587-1055

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