Applied Solutions Clean Economy Newsletter
Applied Solutions publishes a monthly newsletter that is distributed to anyone with an interest in clean economy news. Our regular features include profiles of member projects from around the country, articles detailing tools developed by our national lab partners and updates on Applied Solutions' efforts around the country.


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Newsletter Archives

Spring 2015

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Clean Economy News and Resources
  • Webinar: Innovative Financing Ideas for Energy and Infrastructure Improvement Projects
  • Alaska's 99 Percent Renewable Community
  • A Lesson in Solar from a Northern Neighbor
  • State Policies Explored in 50 States of Solar
  • Community-Based Climate Change Risk Reduction

November/December 2014

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Applied Solutions' News
  •  Exploring 'The Future of Cities' in Austin, TX
  • Applied Solutions Report Finds Efficiency Financing Program Could Save Millions While Creating Local Jobs
  • New Year, New Affiliates

October 2014

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Applied Solutions' Webinars
  •  Insights into District Energy Recording
Project Profiles
  • Arlington, VA
Current News and Resources
  • Climate Change Will be Solved in Cities, or Not at All
  • Maximizing Solar for Communities While Keeping Local Government Costs to a Minimum
  • Solar Prices Continue to Drop, but Tedious Local Regulatory Processes Drive Price Differences
  • Learn How to Track and Evaluate Local Sustainability Programs
  • Californian Water-Energy Grant Program

Summer 2014

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Applied Solutions' News
  •  Upcoming Webinar: Insights into District Energy
Project Profiles
  • City of Burlingame, CA
Current News and Resources
  • Largest-Yet Electric Vehicle Purchase by Municipalities
  • Resources to Make Your Community Solar Ready
  • Support for California Local Governments to Take Action on Climate Initiatives
  • Study Finds Price of Wind at an All-Time Low
  • Solar Carport Market Grows

June 2014

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Applied Solutions' News
  •  Upcoming Webinar: Analyzing the Water-Energy Nexus - Case Studies that Examine the Crucial Connection
Project Profiles
  • Water and Energy Efficiency Efforts in Coconino County, AZ
  • Feasibility of Using Residual Woody Biomass to Generate Electricity for Sonoma County, CA
Current News and Resources
  • Key Design Considerations for On-Bill Programs
  • Water and Energy Utility Partnerships Address Water/Energy Challenges
  • Interested in Waste to Bioenergy?
  • Community Choice Aggregation Efforts in California

April/May 2014

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Applied Solutions' News
  •  Tell Us About Your Resource Efficiency or Sustainability Coordinator Experience
  • Upcoming Webinar: Analyzing the Water-Energy Nexus - Case Studies that Examine the Crucial Connection
Project Profiles
  • UC Davis West Village: Net Zero Water
Current News and Resources
  • National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
  • Indiana University Research Explores Perceptions of Water Use
  • New State and Local Energy Efficiency Policy Database Launched
  • Event: Silicon Valley Energy Summit
  • Event: ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum

March 2014

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Applied Solutions' Webinars
  •  Webinar Archive: Models for Promoting Electric Vehicles Within Your Community
Project Profiles
  • City of Roseville, CA
  • King County, WA
Current News and Resources
  • Why Cities Should Care About Energy Retrofits
  • Street Lighting Evaluation Tool
  • Muncipalities Increase Resources for Energy Projects
  • California to Launch Largest PACE Program
  • Mayors Look Towards Congress to Renew Energy Efficiency and Conservation Funds

January/February 2014

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Applied Solutions' Upcoming Webinars
  •  Models for Promoting Electric Vehicles Within Your Community
Project Profiles
  • City of Bellevue, WA
  • City of Los Angeles, CA
Current News and Resources
  • Powering County Resilience: Renewable Energy Solutions Forum
  • Survey of Mayors Reveals Top Energy Priorities
  • EPA Releases Green Power Procurement Guide for Local Governments

December 2013

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Applied Solutions' News
  •  Upcoming Webinar: Models for Promoting Electric Vehicles Within Your Community
Project Profiles
  • Sustainable Energy Bond Program Allows Public Agencies to Build Clean Energy Infrastructure through Self-Funding Financing
Current News and Resources
  • Counties Have Ample Opportunity to Increase Energy Savings in County-Owned Buildings
  • Property-Assessed Clean Energy Financed Project Facts
  • Toolkit for Community Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness
  • A Look Back at 2013

November 2013

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Applied Solutions' News
  •  9 Tools for Building a Clean Economy
Project Profiles
  • Florida City Offers Rebates to Prevent Flushing Unnecessary Water (and Money!) Down the Toilet
  • Sonoma Clean Power Set to Deliver More Renewable Energy Than Region's Dominant Utility
Current News and Resources
  • Guide to Community Energy Strategic Planning
  • ICMA Releases Defying the Odds: Sustainability in Small and Rural Places
  • Ohio School District Saves $117,000 Annually
  • ChargePoint Launches New Financing Program to Install EV Chargers
  • NREL Releases 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book

October 2013

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Applied Solutions' News
  • Call for Clean Energy Projects
  • Follow Applied Solutions on Twitter
  • Webinar Archive
Project Profiles
  • Financing Energy Projects in Monroe County, IN
  • Solar Panels Power Fire Station in Santa Fe, NM 
Current News and Resources
  • Report Reveals Top States for Solar
  • Sacramento Wins Top Government Green Fleet Award
  • Water-Energy Toolkit for Sustainable Development Released
  • Property Assessed Clean Energy Replication Guide for Local Governments

August/September 2013

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Webinars
  • Upcoming Webinar: Turning Trash Into Cash with Landfill Gas-to-Energy Projects
Project Profiles
  • Cerro Colorado Landfill - Albuquerque, NM
  • Prairie View Landfill - Will County, IL
Current News and Resources
  • South Carolina Schools Save $4 Million Through Energy Efficiency
  • City Cuts Energy Cost in Half by Switching to LED Streetlights
  • Solar Thermal Panels Supply Hot Water to Minnesota Law Enforcement Building
  • NREL Report: Geothermal Market and Policy Impacts Update
  • LBNL Study: Price of Wind Near All-Time Low
  • Water and Power: Can't Have One Without the Other

July 2013

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Webinars
  • Upcoming Webinar: On-Bill Financing Spurs Water and Energy Retrofits
Project Profiles
  • How$martKY Provides an Energy Efficiency Program for Everyone
  • California Efficiency Program Really PAYS Off
Current News and Resources
  • EPA Releases Guide on Reducing GHG Emissions Through Energy Efficiency in Water Facilities
  • Geothermal Energy Provides Savings to Kent County, MI
  • Houston, TX to Become Largest Municipal Purchaser on Renewable Energy in the U.S.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Get a Boost in Rhode Island

May/June 2013

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Webinars
  • Upcoming Webinar: Three Water Agencies in California & Washington Seek Input in Pursuit of GHG-Free Water
Project Profiles
  • City of Seattle Public Utilities, WA
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District, CA
  • Sonoma County Water Agency, CA
Current News and Resources
  • Study Looks at Energy Efficiency Across the South
  • Best Communication Practices for Renewable Energy Projects
  • LBNL Report: Low Gas Prices Jeopardize Energy Efficiency Programs
  • Water Partnerships Provide Investment Capital and Debt Relief

 

March/April 2013

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Applied Solutions News
  • The Local Energy Outlook
Webinars
  • Upcoming Webinar: Two Successful On-Bill Financing Models
Project Profiles
  • Clean Energy Works Oregon
  • Midwest Energy How$mart
Current News and Resources
  • Innovative Energy Efficiency Financing in Pennsylvania
  • Study Reveals Hidden Costs of Electricity
  • Better Buildings Summit: Unlocking a Clean Energy Economy for State and Local Governments
  • From a Dump to a Million Dollar Solar Farm
  • Webinars to Highlight City Leadership in Sustainability
  • The State of Adaptation in the U.S.

 

February 2013

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Applied Solutions News
  • Turning Local Resources into Local Economic Growth
Webinars
  • Upcoming Webinar: Three Business Models for Organic Waste to Energy
Project Profiles
  • Montpelier Saves with Innovative Community District Energy System
  • Hillsboro, Oregon: A True Leader in Preparing for the Electric Vehicle
Current News and Resources
  • New LBNL Report Forecasts Utility Energy Efficiency Programs
  • National Geographic Forecasts the Future of Water Demand by 2035
  • New NREL Report: Residental Solar Photovoltaics: Comparsion of Financing, Benefits, Innovations, and Options
  • 12 Awards are Given for Recognizing the Relationship Between Energy and Water


January 2013

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Applied Solutions News
  • The Local Energy Outlook
  • Call for Participants in Sustainable Energy Utility Pilot Program
  • Find and Follow Applied Solutions on Facebook and LinkedIn
Webinars
  • Upcoming Webinar: 3 PACE Models to Collaborate To Provide Best Practices for an Emerging PACE Program
Project Profiles
  • Knoxville Receives Smarter Cities Challenge Grant
  • First Net Zero School Saves Budget in Kentucky
Current News and Resources
  • The Water Energy Nexus Explained
  • New NACo Publication on County Wind Ordinance Best Practices
  • Sewage Heat Recovery Saves City Money
  • Lake Worth Links Water and Energy
     

December 2012

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Applied Solutions News
  • Call to Submit Clean Energy and Water Projects for Peer Review
  • Applied Solutions Seeks Cities and Counties to Participate in Local Sustainable Energy Utility Initiative
  • The Local Energy Outlook
  • Find and Follow Applied Solutions on Facebook and LinkedIn
Webinars
  • Upcoming Technical Advisory Council Webinar: Larimer County Regional Energy Master Plan
Project Profiles
  • West Union Nears Completion of District Energy and Green Streetscape Pilot Program
  • Schools Learn to Read, Ride, and Retrofit
Current News and Resources
  • Economic Analysis of Electric Vehicle Deployment
  • IDEA Publishes Community Energy Guidebook
  • Largest Wind Farm in the U.S. to Generate Jobs
  • NREL Publishes a Guide to Developing Community Shared Solar
  • Texas Powers on Resourcefully
  • IRENA Publishes Policy Brief for Renewable Power

November 2012

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Applied Solutions News

  • Applied Solutions Launches Unique Clean Economy Membership Program
  • View from the Economist's Office
  • Invitation to Submit Clean Energy and Water Projects for Peer Review
  • Technical Advisory Council Provides Input to Allegheny County's Strategic Facilities Plan
Webinars
  • Riverside County's PACE Program Reveals the Secrets to their Success
  • Upcoming Technical Advisory County Webinar: Larimer County Regional Energy Master Plan
Project Profile
  • HERO- Riverside County's PACE Program
Current News and Resources
  • Sonoma County Program Supports School Energy and Water Retrofits
  • Redesigning the Grid with Renewable Energy
  • NREL Releases Renewable Energy Contracts Library

October 2012

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Applied Solutions News
  • Boulder Colorado Engages Applied Solutions to Perform Economic Assessment
  • View from the Economist's Office
  • Check out the Minnesota Flip Model for Clean Energy Development
Webinars
  • Technical Advisory Council Focuses Support on Allegheny County's Strategic Facilites Plan
Project Profile
  • Fort Collins Blazes the Trail for Local Renewable Energy and Economic Development
Current Events
  • California Launches Statewide PACE Program
  • Pennsylvania Utilizes Innovative Funding Model for Efficiency at Schools and Universities
  • Cities Explore Local Control over Street Lights
  • NREL Releases Report Outlining Financial Structures for Large Solar Developments
  • IDEA Releases New Planning Community Energy Guidebook

August/September 2012

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Applied Solutions News
  • Local Clean Energy Projects Library Captures Economic Impacts
  • Victory Bonds Offer Possible New Funding Mechanism for Clean Energy
Webinars
  • Technical Advisory Council to Discuss Allegheny County's Strategic Facilites Plan
  • Milwaukee Improves Upon Technical PACE Model
Current Events
  • Project Profile: Lancaster, CA Installs 27 Megawatts Solar-Now For The Schools!Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory Highlights Clean Energy Financing Policy Briefs
  • Colorado County Consortium Releases Energy Master Plan Framework
  • PACE Pushes Onward through Sign-On Effort
  • Virginia Provides Legal Analysis of District Energy Systems
  • New Guidebook: Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communties

June/July 2012

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Applied Solutions News
  • Energy and Economic Analysis Details Benefits of Local Clean Energy Projects
  • Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds Guidance from IRS Clarifies Key Options for Local Financing
  • Applied Solutions: Call for Clean Energy Projects
Current Events
  • Project Profile: Hennepin County Builds Energy Steam Line
  • Iowa Energy Bank Offers a New Financing Model
  • New Jersey Makes it Easier for State, Local Governments to Save Energy
  • LBNL Releases New Report: Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification of Residential Behavior-Based Energy Efficiency Programs
  • LBNL Releases New Report: Evolution of the U.S. Energy Service Company Industry
  • Grant Announcement: U.S. Department of Agriculture Provides Support for Sustainable Economic Development

May 2012

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Applied Solutions Updates
  • Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds Local Government Guidebook
  • Local Government Member Project Profile
  • Annual Conference Motivates Local Clean Energy Actions
  • Tell Us About Your Local Clean Energy Projects
Headlines
  • NREL: Communities Purchase Bulk Solar to Drive Down Costs
  • NYC Leads on EV Issues, Hopes Others Follow
  • Chicago Establishes Infrastructure Trust

April 2012

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Applied Solutions Updates
  • Applied Solutions Local Technical Advisory Council
  • GSC West Conference May 2nd and 3rd
  • Project Profile: Ball State University Geothermal Energy System
Headlines
  • LBNL Releases Paper on Incentivizing "Clean" Technologies in the Private Sector
  • Purcellville Wins National Sustainability Award
  • Delaware Launches Solar Energy Credit Market
  • Register Now: NACo Forum on Innovative Waste Management
  • Webinar: Learn How CLEAN Programs Can help You Reach Renewable Energy Goals

March 2012

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Applied Solutions Updates
  • Landmark Legislation Will Create New Financing Model for Local Clean Energy Projects
  • Applied Solutions Webinar: Sustainable Energy Utilities
  • Applied Solutions Hosts Local Clean Economy Conference in May
  • Project Profile: The City of Farmington Hills, MI
Headlines
  • Study Emphasizes Benefits of White Roofs
  • NREL Checklist for Power Purchase Agreements
  • LBNL Policy Brief: Scaling Energy Efficiency in Middle Income Households
  • EPA Announces New Green Infrastructure Website and Technical Assistance

January/February 2012

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Applied Solutions Updates
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • Leadership Symposium: 21st Century Local Energy Innovation
  • West Coast Conference to Develop Federal Agenda for Sustainability
  • AS Partner EDN Announces Cities Participating in Billion Acts of Green®
Headlines
  • Delivering Energy Efficiency to Middle Income Single Family Households
  • Two Levelized Cost of Energy Tools - Which one is right for you?
  • A Mismatch Between Grid Regulation and Modern Needs
  • Greening of Building Sector on Track to Deliver Trillions in Savings by 2030
  • Recommended Reading: Making Good
  • Earth Day Network Announces Campaign for Communities

November/December 2011

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Applied Solutions News
  • Call for Action: Sign the QECB Petition!
  • What are QECBs?
  • Webinar:2012 Federal Sustainability Policy and Funding Outlook
  • Project Profile
  • Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Town of Okotoks in Alberta, Canada
  • St. Louis County SAVES in St. Louis County, MO
Headlines
  • Energy Savings in Retrofitted Buildings Studied
  • EPA App for Replacing Lightbulbs
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Sustainable Communitites Planning Grant and Incentive Program

October 2011

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Applied Solutions News
  • Call for Action: QECB Petition to the White House on Financial Hurdles
  • Webinar Series: Community Choice Aggregation (November)
  • Webinar Series: Climate Communities Legislative Review (December)
  • Update: Local Energy Prosperity Initiative (Formerly LGEPP)
Project Profile
  • The Maroney Commons in the City of Howard, South Dakota
Headlines
  • Village of Oak Park, IL, Opts for 100% Renewables Mix for New CCA
  • Easy-to-use NREL Model Helps Evaluate Cost of Installing Renewable Energy Projects
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Community Health and Climate Change

September 2011

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Applied Solutions News
  • Webinar Series: Municipalization in the City of Boulder, CO
  • Clinton Global Initiative Recognizes Earth Day Network and Applied Solutions
Project Profiles
  • Milwaukee Shines Solar Loans in Milwaukee, WI
  • Biodiesel in Hoover, AL
Headlines
  • Drought a Threat to Energy Production: Energy –Water Nexus
  • Power Demand from U.S. Homes is Falling
Grants
  • Sustainability Research Networks
  • NSF SBIR Phase I

August 2011

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Applied Solutions News
  • Applied Solutions Webinar on CLEAN Porgrams (Feed-in-Tariff)
  • Applied Solutions Executive Director Testifies at Congressional Hearing
Project Profiles
  • Geothermal Civic Ice Arena in Eagan, MN
  • Smarter Travel Pilot Study in Dubuque, IA
Headlines
  • Department of Energy Launches New Tools to Accelerate Adoption of Electric Vehicles
  • Roadside Emergency Charging Pilot for Electric Cars Announced by AAA
  • CA SB 489 Would Help Reach Renewable Energy Goals
  • Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs

July 2011

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Headlines
  • PACE Legislation Introduced in Congress
  • Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment
  • Bike-Friendly? Check the City’s Mass Transit System
Project Profiles
  • Geothermal Civic Ice Arena in Eagan, MN
  • Smarter Travel Pilot Study in Dubuque, IA
Applied Solutions News
  • First Module Now Available: CLEAN Program Guide
  • Applied Solutions Participates in White House Meeting with the CEDC to Highlight Efforts of Gulf Coast Communities
  • Applied Solutions, NASEO and CEDC Partner on the Local Government Energy Prosperity Project
  • Applied Solutions Announces Partnership with Local Power

June 2011

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  • New Feature: Member Project Profiles
  • Land-of-Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition
  • Sonoma County’s Farms to Fuel Project
Headlines
  • Google Releases Report on Importance of Cleantech Innovations
  • Wind Power Benefits Rural Oregon
  • Former Republican Congressman to Launch Conservative Coalition to Address Climate Change
  • Bill Clinton and Michael Bloomberg fight against Climate Change
Grants
  • Energy for Sustainability
  • HUD: Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants

May 2011

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Headlines
  • Applied Solutions Update: Efficiency Utilities
  • Presidential Memo Calls for Fuel Efficient Vehicles
  • Green Bonds Could Help Spur Green Economy
  • Applied Solutions Attends Ceres Conference
Grants
  • Feasibility Studies for Rural Renewables
  • Rural Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development
  • Rural Renewable Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • Geothermal Technology Advancement
Energy Research
  • The Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge

April 2011

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Headlines
  • State and Local Policies Key to Clean Energy Development
  • California Homes with Solar PV Systems Sell for a Premium
  • Waste-to-Energy Plan Draws Mixed Response in N.Y.
  • Green Mountain Energy Plans to Lease Solar Panels to Texas Homeowners
  • Free Rain Barrels for New Yorkers
Grants
  • Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure
  • Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems

March 2011

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Headlines
  • President Obama’s National Blueprint to Advance Energy Security
  • Bureau of Land Management Projects
  • The Federal Surface Transportation Policy and Planning Act of 2011
  • U.S. Economic Development Administration’s i6 Green Challenge
  • Renewable Energy Investment in Oregon surpasses $5.4B
  • Pocket Neighborhoods—Compact, Energy Efficient Living
  • Top Ten CleanTech Cities

February 2011

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Headlines
  • HUD Release Proposed FY2012 Budget
  • Leading by Example: The Federal Government’s Sustainable Future
  • Rockefeller, Lautenberg Legislation Will Reform America's Rail, Highway and Waterway Systems
  • President's Energy Budget Invests in Innovation, Clean Energy, and National Security Priorities
  • EPA's Power Plant Rules Would Spur Job Creation
  • Upcoming Hearing: Committee on Natural Resources : Full Committee Oversight Hearing on "Department of the Interior Spending and the President’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Proposal"
  • Cincinnati at forefront of sustainable schools
  • New Jersey Nonprofit Releases Greenbuild Application for Corporate Partners

January 2011

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  • Special Points of Interest
  • Analysis of New Congress
  • Key Trends to Watch
  • Deficit Pressure, New Members, Earmarks, Executive Branch Assertiveness, House Investigations
  • Renewable Energy Grants