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Pursuing Green Projects: How Multifamily Affordable Housing Can Benefit from the IRA and BIL

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Pursuing Green Projects: How Multifamily Affordable Housing Can Benefit from the IRA and BIL  by Ravi Malhotra National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, February 2023 The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) dramatically expand opportunities for multifamily affordable housing to pursue green projects via cash rebates, tax credits and other incentives. The IRA is by far the largest investment in …

ICAST Experts Weigh In: What Virtual Power Plants Can Mean for Multifamily

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Nick Grahf | Demand-Side Management Program Manager Mr. Grahf furthers ICAST’s mission to drive economic, environmental, and social change by designing and implementing demand-side management programs. ICAST supported a large-scale virtual power plant (VPP) development at the Soleil Lofts property through its implemented Rocky Mountain Power Wattsmart Multifamily Program. These net-zero apartments utilize clean energy and are equipped with 5.3 …

Update on ICAST’s Program to Deploy Heat Pumps in Multifamily Housing

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ICAST is nearing the end of its program to catalyze the mass adoption of very high-efficiency (VHE) heat pump HVAC systems and water heaters in multifamily (MF) housing, especially MF affordable housing (MFAH). It installs thousands of VHE heat pumps in MF and MFAH each year. However, with funding from the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, it has …

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February 2023 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* White House Unveils New and Updated Tenant Protections On January 25, the Biden-Harris Administration announced new actions to increase fairness in the rental market and further principles of fair housing. The announcement includes, but is not limited to, the following items: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) …

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January 2023 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* 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 …

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ICAST Experts Weigh In: Don’t-Miss Decarbonization Updates from 2022 

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ICAST Experts Weigh In: Don’t-Miss Decarbonization Updates from 2022   Ryan Kristoff | Director of Business Development  Mr. Kristoff grows the organization by securing the funding and partnerships necessary to build new programs, expand to new geographies, and add services to its one-stop shop. Before we turn all our attention to 2023 and the feeding frenzy created by the Inflation Reduction …

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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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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 …

Closing the Clean Technologies Skills Gap: Advancing Energy Efficiency Through Heat Pump Training for HVAC Contractors

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Originally published in the Association Energy Services Professionals’ (AESP) Energy Intel Magazine (https://pubhtml5.com/sicr/vayi), June 2022 — Air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) are an increasingly important tool in energy efficiency programs, as they can be several times more efficient than conventional systems for space heating and cooling such as furnaces, boilers, and central air conditioners. Heat pumps aren’t new; the technology has …