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Rocky Mountain Power Presents Award to Planet-Friendly Multifamily Affordable Housing Development

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Rocky Mountain Power Presents Award to Planet-Friendly Multifamily Affordable Housing Development Each year at the Utah Housing Coalition (UHC) Utah Housing Matters Conference, the Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) Wattsmart Multifamily Program presents an energy efficiency award to a multifamily development. The recipient for 2022 was Box 500, built by Eco Box Fabricators. Box 500 is Utah’s first multi-story apartment complex …

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ICAST Receives Funds to Support Workforce Development and Energy Independence 

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ICAST Receives Funds to Support Workforce Development and Energy Independence  ICAST recently received $25,000 from Wells Fargo to support our Colorado workforce development program, the Denver Clean Energy Construction Career Accelerator (DCECCA). We are partnered with Energy Efficiency Business Coalition (EEBC) and Julius Education to help disadvantaged individuals access entry-level green jobs and to provide high-efficiency heat pump upskilling for …

October 2022 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* Department of Housing and Urban Development Releases New Guidelines for Community Solar Participants The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued new guidance to HUD Multifamily Housing field staff, owners, and management agents on the treatment of on-bill virtual net energy metering credits commonly resulting from a resident’s participation in …

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ICAST Registers New Carbon Credits

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ICAST Registers New Carbon Credits ICAST is excited to announce that we have posted a new carbon credit project on the GHG CleanProject Registry website that represents the reduction of over 7,000 tons of carbon emissions. The New Mexico (NM) Energy Conservation Measures Project illustrates the environmental benefits of delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in multifamily affordable housing …

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September 2022 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* Inflation Reduction Act Signed by President On August 17, the White House released a fact sheet regarding the Inflation Reduction Act and its priorities and most significant wins. The bill, which invests $369 billion in energy security and climate change alone, puts the United States on a path to reducing 31-44% of the …

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ICAST Receives Award to Pilot a Multifamily-Focused Redesign of the Weatherization Assistance Program

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ICAST Receives Award to Pilot a Multifamily-Focused Redesign of the Weatherization Assistance Program ICAST is excited to announce that we were recently awarded approximately $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to launch “WAP 2.0″— an innovative redesign of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The WAP, overseen by the DOE, helps reduce low-income (LI) households’ energy costs by …

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Weatherizing Multifamily Affordable Housing with BIL Funding   

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Weatherizing Multifamily Affordable Housing with BIL Funding    By Ravi Malhotra / National Housing & Rehabilitation Association Issue: August 2022  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) helps low-income households access energy efficiency, renewable energy and health and safety upgrades for their homes.  The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) that was passed last year provides $3.5 billion for WAP, increasing …

August 2022 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* Senator Manchin Continues to Stall Climate Action in Congress On July 28, Senate Democrats unveiled a surprise spending plan which contains $369 B for climate and energy programs over the next ten years. The plan has the blessing of Senator Joe Manchin, who previously stalled or disapproved of other climate/reconciliation bills. This comes …

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July 2022 Policy Blog

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  Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* White House Promotes Innovation Efforts in Renewables On June 28, the White House announced that its current $7.5b investment to create a nationwide electric vehicle charging network will receive an additional $700m in private investment, which will increase the government’s “capacity to manufacture more than 250,000 new electric vehicle chargers each year, …

Closing the Clean Technologies Skills Gap: Advancing Energy Efficiency Through Heat Pump Training for HVAC Contractors

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Originally published in the Association Energy Services Professionals’ (AESP) Energy Intel Magazine (https://pubhtml5.com/sicr/vayi), June 2022 — Air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) are an increasingly important tool in energy efficiency programs, as they can be several times more efficient than conventional systems for space heating and cooling such as furnaces, boilers, and central air conditioners. Heat pumps aren’t new; the technology has …