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Mason Presentation EE


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

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Mason Presentation EE

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