The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Announces $20 Million Available for Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer. As part of this week’s funding opportunity (FOA) announcement from the Energy Department’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Office for approximately $37 million, [Read more…]
With over 200 education sessions and workshops, a trade show, and access to experts from all over the industry, the 2018 Summit is more packed than ever with advanced looks at the energy efficiency processes, technologies, and strategies that are changing the marketplace. Check out the full agenda here and we will see you in Cleveland!
BETTER BUILDINGS KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22: 12:30 PM
Please join us Wednesday at lunch to hear from a great slate of speakers, including representatives from Cleveland-area Better Buildings partners and the Mayor of Cleveland himself!
* Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, DOE
* Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland
* Jason Hartke, President, Alliance to Save Energy
* Bill Peacock, Chief Operating Officer, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
* John Selldorf, Chief Executive Officer and President, Legrand
* Asim Haque, Chairman, Ohio Public Utilities Commission
BETTER BUILDINGS PARTNER RECOGNITION
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23: 12:30 PM
On Thursday we will recognize this year’s Better Buildings Challenge Goal Achievers who have reached their energy, water, and/or financing commitments. Don’t miss it!
WHAT’S PLANNED FOR YOUR SECTOR
Check out the content that’s been tailored for your specific sector, from sessions and workshops to partner meet-ups.
See the sector list here.
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLES
Look Who’s Talking: Buildings and the Grid
Wednesday, August 22, 10:30 AM
Join a Roundtable discussion with leading retail, real estate, utility, and state executives exploring how buildings with advanced energy efficiency and load shaping capabilities will provide new benefits for building owners and tenants, help meet resilience needs, and better integrate renewables.
Wednesday, August 22, 2:00 PM
The Resilience Roundtable will focus on the federal, state, and city-level approaches to implementing resilience.
GET AN EXPERT’S OPINION AT THE ASK-AN-EXPERT LOUNGE
During breaks at this year’s event, attendees can meet with experts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, FEMP, and more to get answers and discuss energy performance trends in technology, process, data, and tools.
See the full schedule.
Wondering what to expect at the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit? Check out this infographic!
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ABOUT BETTER BUILDINGS SUMMIT AND ENERGY EXCHANGE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is bringing together the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio, August 21-23, creating the largest DOE training, trade show, and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing event of the year. Thought leaders from the federal, private, education, and state and local government sectors will convene to discuss best practices in the adoption of energy/water efficiency, integrated resilience, emerging and secure technologies, and replicable renewable energy solutions.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America Program has been a source of innovations in residential building energy performance, durability, quality, affordability, and comfort for 20 years. This world-class research program partners with industry (including many of the top U.S. home builders) to bring cutting-edge innovations and resources to market.
Learn about how this world-class research program can help the U.S. building industry promote and construct homes that are better for business, homeowners, and the nation. Continued below.
For example, the Solution Center provides expert building science information for building professionals looking to gain a competitive advantage by delivering high performance homes. At Building America meetings, researchers and industry partners can gather to generate new ideas for improving energy efficiency of homes. And, Building America research teams and DOE national laboratories offer the building industry specialized expertise and new insights from the latest research projects.
The Building America Program conducts applied research, development, and deployment in residential buildings. Building America projects are led by U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories and expert building science teams in partnership with leading industry players (e.g., builders, contractors, and manufacturers).
Energy Department Launches New Manufacturing USA Institute Focused on Recycling and Reusing Materials.
As part of the Manufacturing USA initiative, today the Energy Department announced its new Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, which will be headquartered in Rochester, New York and led by the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance. REMADE will leverage up to $70 million in federal funding, subject to appropriations, and will be matched by $70 million in private cost-share commitments from over 100 partners.
THE SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING INNOVATION ALLIANCE WILL LEAD $140 MILLION INSTITUTE IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK TO IMPROVE COMPETITIVENESS OF U.S. MANUFACTURING. WASHINGTON — As part of the Manufacturing USA initiative, today the Energy Department announced its new Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, which will be headquartered in Rochester, New York and led by the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance. REMADE will leverage up to $70 million in federal funding, subject to appropriations, and will be matched by $70 million in private cost-share commitments from over 100 partners.
The REMADE Institute will focus on driving down the cost of technologies needed to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste and aims to achieve a 50 percent improvement in overall energy efficiency by 2027. These efficiency measures could save billions in energy costs and improve U.S. economic competitiveness through innovative new manufacturing techniques, small business opportunities, and offer new training and jobs for American workers.
“The REMADE Institute is a key example of how public-private partnerships like Manufacturing USA are critical to advancing America’s low-carbon economy and strengthening manufacturing industries across the country,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “This Institute will be an important catalyst to leverage innovation and energy efficient technologies that will reduce harmful emissions while creating jobs and building America’s 21st century economy.”
U.S. manufacturing accounts for nearly 25 percent of the nation’s total annual energy use. The physical products that are created as a result of manufacturing embody most of that energy. The research and deployment of cost-effective technologies that could reduce the energy used in materials production could offer energy savings of up to 1.6 quadrillion BTU annually in the U.S.– more than the electricity, oil and other energy consumed by New Hampshire, Hawaii, Delaware, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C. and Vermont combined.
Extracting raw materials like steel and aluminum for manufacturing is energy intensive as is the manufacturing process used to make products with these materials. By enabling recycling and remanufacturing (the rebuilding of original products using a combination of reused or recycled parts) technologies, the Institute will dramatically reduce life-cycle energy consumption for products and improve overall manufacturing efficiencies. The focus also includes new ways for information collecting; gathering, identification and sorting of end-of-life and waste materials; separating mixed materials; removal of trace contaminants and robust and cost-effective reprocessing and disposal methods.
REMADE is the fifth Energy Department-led institute in the multiagency network known as Manufacturing USA, also known as the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Since it was established four years ago, Manufacturing USA has grown from a single institute to a network of 13 institutes. Led by manufacturing experts renowned in their field, the Manufacturing USA Institutes have attracted over 1,300 companies, universities and nonprofits as members – starting with 65 members and now at more than 1,000.
The institutes continue to attract new business investment to their regions, develop cutting-edge technology and train American workers to apply new skills to our growing manufacturing sector. To date, the federal government’s commitment of more than $920 million has been matched by more than $1.87 billion in non-federal investment. For more information about the REMADE Institute and participating organizations, visit Energy.gov.
Dear SunShot Supporter: Have you heard about the Solar in Your Community Challenge yet? It’s a $5 million prize competition funded by the SunShot Initiative that aims to expand solar electricity access. Specifically, it focuses on low-and moderate-income (LMI) households and nonprofits that haven’t been able to take advantage of the booming solar market. Challenge participants are eligible to win cash prizes and technical assistance over the course of 18 months.
So how can you participate? Lead a team. Teams can include a wide array of organizations like local governments, businesses, nonprofits, community serving organizations, utilities, banks, and citizen associations. Teams work together to either create either a portfolio of solar projects or a new solar program.
Be part of a team. Do you want to be part of a team, but don’t know where to start? Signing up as a supporter is your best bet. Supporters can be recruited to join a larger team, or can band together to start a brand new team.
Lend your expertise. Experts provide technical assistance to teams throughout the challenge. These experts can either be a consultant or a coach—consultants provide hands-on assistance, whereas coaches help guide teams through the process. Both coaches and consultants will be compensated for their efforts. The early application deadline is January 6, 2017, so visit the Solar in Your Community Challenge webpage today to learn more about the structure of the Challenge, the prizes participants can win, and read the official rules.
The SunShot Team
The Energy Department today released a first-of-its-kind assessment of the potential future growth of distributed wind energy in the United States through 2050. Distributed wind differs from utility-scale wind in that it is installed at or near the point of end-use to meet on-site demand, such as at a farm, industrial or manufacturing facility, or rural home. The report titled, “Assessing the Future of Distributed Wind: Opportunities for Behind-the-Meter Projects” quantifies the size of the resource as well as the economic and market potential for locally-produced, clean distributed wind energy at homes and businesses nationwide.
While utility-scale wind capacity has grown more than six-fold over the past decade to its current capacity of more than 75 gigawatts (GW), growth in distributed wind has been more modest and currently supplies only about 1 GW of U.S. capacity. The report released today, which was commissioned by the Energy Department and authored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, focuses on grid-connected projects that are located on the customer side, also known as behind-the-meter systems. Distributed wind can also be connected in front of the meter or used in remote, off-grid applications, but these potential opportunities are not assessed in this report.
The report finds that behind-the-meter, distributed wind systems are technically feasible for approximately 49.5 million residential, commercial, and industrial sites. The overall maximum resource potential for distributed wind turbines of less than 1 megawatt in size is estimated at 3 terawatts (TW) of capacity or 4,400 TW-hours (TWh) of generation—more electricity than the United States consumes in a year. Larger megawatt-scale distributed turbines could provide an additional 5.1 TW of capacity or 14,000 TWh of annual energy generation, but in some cases this megawatt-scale resource potential overlaps with areas that would also be suitable for utility-scale (non-distributed) wind development.
Considering “business-as-usual” economics as well as consumer behaviors, the report authors estimate potential future deployment levels of 1.5 GW of cumulative distributed wind capacity by 2030 and 3.7 GW by 2050. Achieving this level of deployment would represent a 300% increase in the market by 2030 and three doublings of cumulative capacity by 2050. If technology costs can be reduced significantly through additional research and development, or if new business models make distributed wind systems easier for consumers to purchase and install, deployment could be much higher. For example, the report finds that with more aggressive technology cost reductions and higher consumer adoption, 3.9 GW of behind-the-meter distributed wind could be deployed by 2030 and 20 GW by 2050.
This analysis finds that distributed wind has the potential to play a significant role in the U.S. electricity sector. Continued efforts to reduce the costs of distributed wind technologies and improve turbine performance will be crucial to realizing this potential. Increasing access to low-cost capital, facilitating consumer adoption, and standardizing site assessment, project development, and installation processes could also be important drivers.
The Energy Department’s Wind Energy Technologies Office leads the nation’s efforts to research and develop innovative technologies, lower the costs, and accelerate the deployment of wind power. Read more about the Office’s support for distributed wind.
ENERGY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES $6.5 MILLION TO SCALE UP THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF US COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS!
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: DE-FOA-0001518: The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced the availability of $6.5 million for DE-FOA-0001518, “Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages.” BTO seeks proposals driving innovation in real building technology demonstrations while also fostering the collaboration of dynamic demonstration teams. The General Services Administration (GSA) Green Proving Ground program is a key collaborator, will participate in the review committee, and offer demonstration host sites.
Successful applicants will propose high impact real building demonstrations led by strategically structured teams who will identify and verify the cost and energy performance of multi-system energy efficiency packages (groups of technologies that improve efficiency across two building systems: envelope, lighting/electrical, plug, process, heating, ventilation, cooling, refrigeration, energy management and information, sensors and controls).
The objective of this funding is to generate and disseminate data, case studies, and information that lowers perceived risk regarding the efficacy and economic benefits of innovative and under-utilized commercial building technology packages that can save significant amounts of energy in new and existing commercial buildings. Demonstrations of the technology packages funded through this FOA are likely to meet the investment hurdles for the commercial real estate market at scale, but may not at the current time, and will have the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption in U.S. commercial buildings. The technical and/or non-technical products of this funding will enable investment-level decision-making, and will accelerate the development of utility programs for packages of technologies that meet cost-effectiveness thresholds.
A Teaming Partner List is attached in EERE Exchange. Proposed projects or approaches may reference the goals in the BTO Multi-Year Program Plan. Interested parties should consider responding to the GSA Green Proving Ground Program Request for Information GS-00-P-17-CY-C-7001.
More information, submittal requirements, and instructions for applying to this funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0001518) can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website. To be eligible for consideration, a concept paper must be submitted no later than 11/21/2016 5:00 PM ET. Questions about this FOA may be sent to email@example.com.
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 11/21/2016 5:00 PM ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 2/21/2017 5:00 PM ET
Informational Webinar: Please join BTO’s Commercial Buildings Integration Program for an overview of this funding opportunity. Register soon, space is limited.
November 2, 2016 at 12:00 PM ET: Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6534736631364875266
Better Buildings is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation.
Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment and sharing of successful best practices.
September’s Top-10 Solutions:
LINC Housing Implementation Model: Replicable and Scalable Near-Zero Net Energy Retrofits for Low-Income Housing
Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Showcase Project: South Campus Energy Project
Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) Showcase Project: Omnivore Co-Digestion and Recuperative Thickener
Offshore wind energy holds the promise of significant environmental and economic benefits for the United States. It is an abundant, low-carbon, domestic energy resource. It is located close to major coastal load centers, providing an alternative to long-distance transmission or development of electricity generation in these land-constrained regions. Once built, offshore wind farms could produce energy at low, long-term fixed costs, which can reduce electricity prices and improve energy security by providing a hedge against fossil fuel price volatility.
Realizing these benefits will require overcoming critical challenges in three strategic themes: 1) reducing the costs and technical risks associated with domestic offshore wind development, 2) supporting stewardship of U.S. waters by providing regulatory certainty and understanding and mitigating environmental risks of offshore wind development, and 3) increasing understanding of the benefits and costs of offshore wind energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy, through its Wind Energy Technologies Office, and U.S. Department of the Interior, through its Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, have jointly produced this updated national strategy to facilitate the responsible development of offshore wind energy in the United States.
This post was taken from the Building Technologies Digest, which provides a weekly roundup of the latest news, funding opportunities, reports, events, and webinars from DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO). The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality.
140 Million Places to Save Energy, By David Nemtzow, Acting Director
I recently spoke with two distinct audiences about the importance of buildings in the U.S. energy space. Both the FEMP Energy Exchange conference and a group hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy had roomfuls of energy savvy professionals, many – but I suspect not all – of whom recognize the scope of opportunities the U.S. buildings sector offers for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
So let’s start at the beginning: Improving energy use by buildings is at the center of the U.S.’s (and world’s) energy and climate challenges. Period.
There are currently some 130 million residential units in the United States – which most of you think as homes. We at the Building Technologies Office (BTO) are prone to think of them as energy consumption structures. The 5+ million commercial buildings that make up our offices, schools, hospitals, and grocery stores? They also represent a huge opportunity for energy savings. Together, all of these buildings represent 40% of the energy consumed within the U.S., 76% of all electricity, and are responsible for 34% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. That makes for a lot of space for improvement.
That’s what guides the work of BTO, helping improve energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings from research to locking in the savings.