November 2022 Newsletter

Energy Independence

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 neutral and create a path toward economic development and local job creation. Read more here

Farmers are getting renewable Standalone Power Systems as Western Australia's regional power grid is dismantled

Devastating summer bushfires torched the power poles and knocked Craig Poultney's farm off-grid, but there's a silver lining: the solar panels and batteries that were installed the following winter. Read more here
EVs charging back to the grid

New York City’s first vehicle-to-grid charging installation is live in Brooklyn

New York City’s first vehicle-to-grid two-way charging system went live last month in Brooklyn following a successful testing period over the summer. The three Fermata Energy bidirectional chargers can export approximately 45 kW back to the grid during times of peak demand.  Read more here

ICAST Policy Blog
White House Announcements

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, treatment of cost-benefit analyses, and key design elements that will ensure program goals are met. HUD expects to make multiple funding rounds available to support energy and water retrofits and climate resilience of HUD-assisted multifamily properties.

The IRS is Working to Deliver Inflation Reduction Act Tax Incentives

With the Inflation Reduction Act’s (IRA) passage in August, the IRS has been brought to the forefront of the Federal Government’s renewable energy push. Of the nearly $370 billion of climate spending in the new law, about $270 billion will be delivered through tax incentives for electric vehicles, energy-efficient buildings, solar power, and other “clean” energy technologies. To support these efforts, the IRS has issued six notices asking for comments on different aspects of extension and enhancements of energy tax benefits in the IRA; they anticipate that these comments will “aid the agency in drafting guidance items most reflective of the needs to taxpayers entitles to claim energy credits.” Read more here.

Man installing insulation

ICAST In The News

Community Action highlights weatherization efforts 

Additional funding for weatherization means that public and private partnerships are more important than ever in tackling Missouri’s housing renovation needs, according to North East Community Action Corporation. North East and top representatives of federal and state weatherization programs highlighted last week a successful partnership that is bringing $300,000 of upgrades at two of the agency’s 28 apartment complexes. Read more here.

multifamily family housing complex

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 affordable housing, create local jobs, and address climate change. Read more here.

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