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ICAST Deepens Colorado Partnerships

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ICAST Deepens Colorado Partnerships  ICAST’s Director of Business Development, Ryan Kristoff, joined the Energy Efficiency Business Coalition’s (EEBC) Board of Directors as their Fundraising Committee Chair. He has been helping them secure funding for programs and operations. EEBC is a statewide trade association of non-utility companies that provide energy efficiency, demand response, and data analytics products and services in Colorado. Mr. Kristoff hopes to …

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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act: What ICAST is Watching

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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act: What ICAST is Watching Within the space of a year, President Biden signed two bills into law that contain billions of dollars for clean energy and underserved communities. Funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will go toward building out the nation’s EV charging infrastructure, incentivizing …

ICAST Presents at NASCSP Annual Conference

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ICAST’s Director of Business Development, Ryan Kristoff, and Sales Development Representative, Curt Shepard attended the National Association for State Community Service Programs (NASCSP) Annual Training Conference in late October. ICAST was proud to be both a presenter and exhibitor at the event which focused on discussing two core federal programs the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the Community Services Block …

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December 2022 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* Biden-Harris Administration Announces State and Tribe Allocations for Home Energy Rebate Program The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) provided an update on the allocation of funds from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) for consumer home energy rebate programs that will help households pursue energy efficiency and electrification for their homes. Allocations have been …

ICAST Experts Weigh In: The Need to Grow the Clean Energy Workforce

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Audrey Knox | Training Program Coordinator A recent study by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has determined that heat pumps are “the central technology in the global transition to secure and sustainable heating” and estimate that heat pumps could provide one-fifth of the world’s heating needs by 2030. In the US, as more ambitious carbon-reduction goals take effect in states …

How Utility Programs Can Drive Electrification and Energy Efficiency in Multifamily Affordable Housing

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by Ravi Malhotra, Founder & President, ICAST Originally published in NH&RA’s Tax Credit Advisor Magazine, December 2022 While the federal, state and local governments are picking up the pace in their decarbonization efforts, very few of those programs, and even fewer utility rebate programs, specifically target multifamily housing. Unless the multifamily sector acts, it runs the risk of missing out …

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ICAST Selected to Help Pueblo of Jemez Achieve Energy Independence

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ICAST Selected to Help Pueblo of Jemez Achieve Energy Independence ICAST was recently selected by the Pueblo of Jemez (POJ), a federally recognized sovereign nation in New Mexico, to help them achieve energy independence. We will work with POJ and other project partners to develop the plans to acquire and/or create the energy infrastructure necessary for POJ to be carbon …

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TBL Fund Receives Award to Facilitate Green Projects in Underserved Communities

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TBL Fund Receives Award to Facilitate Green Projects in Underserved Communities Triple Bottom Line Foundation (TBL Fund) was recently awarded $125,000 from the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, which it will leverage to increase its capacity to finance green projects for multifamily affordable housing and disadvantaged communities. TBL Fund provides development services and customized financial products to help preserve …

November 2022 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* Department of Housing and Urban Development Receives Multifamily Program Comments On October 27, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) closed its Request for Information (RFI) to obtain public input regarding the development of its Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP). The RFI sought guiding information on prioritizing the GRRP’s work, …

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How Do We Move WAP Funding Into Multifamily Affordable Housing? 

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How Do We Move WAP Funding Into Multifamily Affordable Housing?  By Ravi Malhotra / Issue: October 2022 National Housing & Rehabilitation Association The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) provided $3.5 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP); a ten-times increase that is to be spent in the next five years. This is on top of the regular WAP funds the states receive annually. As explained …