September 2022 Newsletter


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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 (MFAH). It captures savings achieved through low-flow water devices (e.g., showerheads, bathroom or kitchen aerators); LEDs; smart thermostats; high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); and solar arrays that were delivered from 2018 through mid-2021.

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San Diego Electric School Bus Puts Electricity Into The Grid

What’s cooler than an electric school bus? An electric school bus with vehicle-to-grid capability. And that’s what some schools in San Diego, California, now have.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the Cajon Valley Union School District, Nuvve have just kicked off a vehicle-to-grid trial with 8 electric school buses. Naturally, the plan is to help stabilize the grid and lower costs when there’s high demand for electricity and natural electricity supply might have a hard time handling that. Then, when there’s plenty of electricity being generated, the electric school buses can charge up a bit.

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ICAST Policy Blog
White House Announcements

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 biggest 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 nation’s net greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Some of the most notable wins in the climate sphere are as follows: 

  • Up to $14,000 for home energy efficiency upgrades, including up to $8,000 to install a heat pump. 

  • Spurring solar project development in communities with a 20% bonus credit for solar projects on federally-subsidized affordable housing projects and a 10% bonus credit for solar projects in low-income communities. 

For the full story, click here.

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$10.3 billion investment to upgrade Midwest, Michigan power grid for renewable energy

The operator of the Midwest's electrical grid on Monday approved a $10.3 billion upgrade of power transmission systems across nine states, including Michigan — an attempt to build a smarter, more interconnected and nimble power grid ready to better accommodate renewable energy.

The directors of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, or MISO, a nonprofit organization representing nearly 200 power generators and transmitters across the region, on Monday unanimously approved a collection of 18 projects spanning its Midwest subregion, including more than 2,000 miles of new transmission lines.

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