December 2019 Newsletter

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ICAST Brings its Entire Staff Together for
a Yearly Strategic Planning Meeting.


Last month, ICAST held its annual strategic planning meeting at The Daniels Fund building in Denver.  This year’s theme focused on a more customer-centric relationship model.  Over the past year, ICAST expanded into Missouri through a partnership with Ameren Missouri to oversee the utility’s multifamily DSM programs for income qualified and market rate properties.  ICAST added 27 new positions in 2019 and has multiple available positions open. The strategy meeting discussed plans to expand into new territories and programs such as Solar and distributed energy resources (DER) offerings.


Cities on a Pathway to Decarbonization Begin to Ban
Residential Natural Gas.


Thirteen California cities and one county have enacted new zoning codes encouraging or requiring all-electric new construction. The codes are meant to prevent builders from running natural gas lines to new homes and apartments, with an eye toward creating fewer legacy gas hookups as the nation shifts to carbon-neutral energy sources. “There’s no pathway to stabilizing the climate without phasing gas out of our homes and buildings. This is a must-do for the climate and a livable planet,” said Rachel Golden of the Sierra Club.

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Companies Not Addressing Climate Change Will Be
Delisted from the London Stock Exchange. 


Firms failing to tackle the climate crisis will be delisted from the London Stock Exchange, according to the British Labor party. John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, pledged his government would ensure firms are “pulling their weight” to tackle the “existential threat” to the planet. He warned: “For those companies not taking adequate steps under Labor they will be delisted from the London Stock Exchange.” The Corporate Governance Code would be beefed up to “set out a minimum standard for listing related to evidencing the action being taken to tackle climate change. If we are to meet the climate change target to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, we need to ensure that companies are pulling their weight alongside government,” he told an event in London.

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Construction Begins on a New Mexico Solar Project.


ICAST will start energy upgrades this month on three Santa Fe County Housing Authority properties. The multifamily properties will receive upgrades including furnaces, aerators, showerheads, toilets, LED lighting, smart thermostats and solar PV. Installed energy efficiency measures will save an estimated 73,500 therms and 295,000 kW per year.  Financing for the project will be provided by TBL Fund through an Energy Performance Contract (EPC).  This project comes on the heels of completing another EPC project in Truth or Consequences, NM.

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