Starting this spring, Virginia will replace 9,600 lights on limited-access highways, interchanges, park-and-ride lots, rest areas and weigh stations with efficient light-emitting diode products. The LED changeover will reduce energy consumption by at least 50% and cut 8,800 tons of heat-trapping gas emissions, according to Virginia Department of Transportation estimates.
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The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council presented the fourth annual Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards recognizing innovative programs and projects throughout Virginia. Charlottesville nonprofit organization The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was one of the winners.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, 2RW Consultants, Inc. and Matthews Development Company, LLC implemented the Monticello Mountaintop project Geothermal-Electric Plant to help restore Monticello.
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Today, the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Alliance industry coalition spotlighted the new programs authorized in New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Massachusetts.
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Christiansburg-based Community Housing Partners has been recognized for two first-place energy efficiency awards. The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council has recognized Community Housing Partners for its work on the Appalachian Power Low-Income Weatherization Program and the low-income Apartments at Kingsridge in Richmond.
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Richmond property owners rehabbing or developing commercial properties soon will have a new financial incentive to include clean energy and water efficiency upgrades in their projects.
City Council last week adopted Richmond’s first C-PACE program, formally called a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing Program. It allows property owners to pursue 30-year loans to help finance clean energy improvements for both existing buildings and new construction.
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An endeavor by city employees in Roanoke to button up its civic center, libraries, fire stations and recreation centers has reduced its energy footprint 23% since 2012 and saved taxpayers $400,000 annually on utility bills.
It’s also earned the Virginia city status as a 2019 Better Buildings Challenge Goal Achiever from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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Soon, affordable housing owners in the District of Columbia will have new tools to promote resilience and resource conservation in their buildings. Through funding from the District’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) Solar for All program, Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) announced today that it has assembled a new team of advisors with New Ecology, Inc., the National Housing Trust and Clean Energy Group to develop a vulnerability and resilience opportunity assessment tool for affordable housing owners to promote sustainability and resilience in their properties. The project will advance the goals of Climate Ready DC, the DC’s plan to prepare for the impacts of climate change including heatwaves, flooding, and severe storms.
Virginia ranked 29th in the recent ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. While the state scored lower than in previous years, the annual report did not factor in Governor Northam’s Executive Order as it had not yet been signed.
“It’s a really good time to be involved in clean energy in Virginia,” said VAEEC Executive Director Chelsea Harnish. “We’re on the cusp of something exciting.”
Virginia and other states with modest starting points can begin with basics such as efficient lighting before addressing more advanced measures such as appliance standards, building code upgrades, attic insulation, building retrofits, smart meters and demand-response programs.
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Gov. Northam unveiled an executive order on energy that will bring key improvements to Virginia’s energy system. Gov. Northam’s Executive Order 43 highlights a strong commitment to advance clean energy in Virginia. As one of the co-hosts of the inaugural Virginia Clean Energy Summit, the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council appreciates the Governor for announcing this Executive Order this morning at the Summit. Energy efficiency is one of the most practical, cost-effective tools to reduce our energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels, which in turn, helps reduce carbon emissions.
Important items include a greater number of jobs in the energy efficiency sector; annual spending targets for energy efficiency in-line with the Grid Transformation & Security Act’s total energy efficiency spending; a plan for the state government to meet their 10% energy efficiency goal by 2022; and a commitment to utilities. We applaud the Governor’s Lead-by-Example strategies as outlined in Executive Order 43. For example, his recognition and prioritization of Energy Performance Contracting is a great financing mechanism to meet public savings targets. As the Governor noted this morning, Energy Performance Contracting is the best way to maximize energy savings for public buildings.
The VAEEC can serve as an expert source on the executive order and what this means for energy efficiency in the Commonwealth. VAEEC is committed to providing resources and continuing to work with DMME, to ensure the Governor’s goals are fulfilled as part of his climate legacy. “This is a positive step forward for the energy efficiency industry in Virginia,” Chelsea Harnish, executive director of VAEEC, said. “We applaud the Governor for prioritizing Workforce Development and advancing energy efficiency jobs across the Commonwealth. As the Governor mentioned this morning, the workforce in these growing industries is skilled and well-positioned to adapt to the energy job demands of the future.”
This new document responds to a changing paradigm where both energy efficiency (EE) and health care sectors face major challenges and opportunities to improve customer engagement and better manage costs. The 84-page Playbook offers insights and examples of collaborations that combine EE and health resources.
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