January 2023 Newsletter
ICAST Experts Weigh In: Don’t-Miss Decarbonization Updates from 2022
Energy Efficiency Jobs in America 2022: Setting the Stage for Transformation
Good news! A stronger workforce is coming. Already, nearly 2.2 million Americans are employed by the energy efficiency sector. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) bring historic investments in efficiency to all sectors of the U.S. economy.
The new Energy Efficiency Jobs in America provides details for energy efficiency jobs, the largest portion of the overall U.S. clean energy workforce. Read more here
Australian company 5B has developed a hinged, folding solar array for ridiculously quick and easy installation at industrial scale. In May, 5B showed just how quick: a team of 10 covered the area of a soccer field with a 1.1-MW array in a single day.
The company says it's not just the fastest array to install – it's also much easier to pack down and move than other designs, making it appropriate for non-permanent sites. Read more here
ICAST Policy Blog
White House Announcements
Biden-Harris Administration Announces $45 Million to Support Resilient and Efficient Building Energy Codes
Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) has announced $45M in competitive grants to help states and partnering organizations implement updated building energy codes and reduce energy bills. According to U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, homes and businesses account for more than one-third of emissions across the country. Building energy codes establish minimum acceptable energy efficiency (EE) standards for new buildings, additions, and major renovations in residential and commercial buildings. DOE estimates that by 2040, these modern energy codes would save homes and businesses $138B on their utility bills (equivalent to $162 in annual savings per residential unit).
White House Releases Inflation Reduction Act Guidebook for Clean Energy and Climate Programs
Through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the Biden Administration aims to build a clean energy economy, reduce energy costs, tackle climate change, and curb harmful pollution. On December 15th, the White House released an IRA guidebook that clearly describes the Act’s tax incentives and funding programs and background information on each program’s purpose, eligibility requirements, period of availability, and more. Read more here
Heat Pump Project at 47 Seventy Recognized by Utah Housing Coalition
Utah Housing Coalition (UHC) gives awards to individuals, agencies, and projects that increase housing affordability. Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) nominated 47 Seventy Settler’s Point for a green renovation incorporating dual fuel heat pump upgrades this year. The results are in, and 47 Seventy took home a Project of the Year award for energy preservation.
47 Seventy is a 416-unit “naturally occurring affordable housing” property in Utah. It is owned by Marble Partners, LLC, and managed by Apartment Management Consultants (AMC), LLC. The owner’s initial goal was to replace their old central air conditioners (CACs).
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