ICAST Partners for Energy Savings Work at Santa Fe Homeless Shelter

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Jim Weber, Santa Fe New Mexican (October 13, 2021) Casa Milagro, a Santa Fe homeless facility for people with mental illnesses, intends to brighten its atmosphere with solar energy. Desirée Bernard, executive director of Casa Milagro, said the stars (including the sun) aligned to provide big benefits for her place on Camino Bajo, south of Santa Fe. First, Casa Milagro’s …

October 2021 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst Congressional Infrastructure and Budget Bills Update  The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill has stumbled across a bit of a roadblock on its way to passage. Progressive Democrats argue that they will not vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill until the partisan $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill has been passed; meanwhile, moderate Democrats continue to argue that they will not vote in favor …

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 Announces Partnership with Pepco

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The Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), an electric utility based out of Washington DC, has awarded ICAST a three-year contract to implement its new energy efficiency program for low-income multifamily housing in the District of Columbia. ICAST will focus on deep retrofit measures such as energy-efficient heat-pump HVAC and hot water upgrades to maximize savings. Income qualified properties with three …

ICAST Launches Low-Income Multifamily DSM Program for Evergy, Inc.

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ICAST is partnering with ICF to manage Evergy’s Low-Income Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program in Kansas City and Western Missouri. The whole building’s custom program focuses on impactful “deep energy” retrofits, such as HVAC replacements, domestic hot water replacements, increased insulation, etc. ICAST is bringing its innovative, hassle-free, one-stop-shop service model to help. The goal of this program is to achieve …

ICAST Awarded Grant from Albuquerque Community Foundation

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ICAST is excited to announce that it was selected to receive its first grant award from Albuquerque Community Foundation’s Emergency Action Fund for its New Mexico green job initiative. In light of COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn, ICAST has retooled its Green Construction Careers (GC2) initiative to serve the greater Albuquerque community impacted by COVID. ICAST will work with …

ICAST Receives Grant from Wells Fargo for its New Mexico Work

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Wells Fargo continues to support ICAST for our work in New Mexico, including affordable housing, climate change, and workforce training initiatives. This funding will allow for us to serve 2,500 low-to-moderate income households across the state. In 2019, ICAST was able to achieve in New Mexico, in part due to support from Wells Fargo: 85 projects completed $19M in lifetime …