September 2021 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst Congressional Infrastructure and Budget Bills Update On Tuesday, August 24, Congressional House Democrats resolved quarrels between centrist Democrats and the party to pass the $3.5 trillion partisan investment package – narrowly passing with a 220 to 212 vote. To appease the centrist Democrats during negotiations on the partisan bill, …

August 2021 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst Congressional Infrastructure and Budget Bills On Wednesday, July 28, the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package was announced to have bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate. An apparent problem is that billions of dollars of climate spending have been cut from the deal. For example, funding for public transit and electric …

Are Builders Getting Bang for the Buck?

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Reprinted from Tax Credit Advisor  Issue: May 2021 by Scott Beyer A Balancing Act Around Energy Efficient Construction Energy efficient construction (EEC) is a focus area for cities and states as they move to reduce carbon emissions – after all, current buildings account for nearly 40 percent of such pollution. In many jurisdictions, developers—and consumers, to whom costs are passed …

ICAST Approved by CNCS to be VISTAs Host Site

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ICAST has partnered with the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) as an AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) host site. ICAST has been approved by CNCS to host 5 full time VISTAs over the next year to help build its capacity in serving low-income communities and fighting poverty. The VISTA members will work with ICAST on research projects, …

UCAIR believes ICAST has the potential to help clean Utah’s air

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ICAST is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) has awarded us a 2020-2021 UCAIR Grant. The purpose of the UCAIR Grant is to maximize the effectiveness of UCAIR’s mission through collaboration with organizations, such as ICAST, working to improve Utah’s air quality. UCAIR is a Utah-based statewide clean air partnership created …

Project Sunlight – Key Insights on Developing and Financing Low-Income Solar Projects and DER

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ICAST was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to implement a national initiative to overcome the hurdles of deploying solar energy for low-income populations living in multifamily affordable housing (MFAH). Working closely with stakeholders representing utilities, MFAH owners, and investors, ICAST is completing its first 18-month phase of this three-year project. Critical deliverables …

The Metro Condos: Working During the Pandemic

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ICAST is performing energy upgrades to The Metro Condominiums, a midrise multifamily building in downtown Salt Lake City. Unlike most of our energy efficiency projects, this project focuses on common area lighting upgrades to the parking garage, exterior, hallway, and stairwells.