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DEEP Releases Updated Comprehensive Energy Strategy.

On July 26, 2017, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) released an update to its Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) for the State. According to DEEP, the CES will "advance the State's goal to create a cheaper, cleaner, more reliable energy future for Connecticut's residents and businesses."

The full report and an executive summary can be access from DEEP's website. Chapter Two is dedicated to the building sector.

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Green Bank gets prestigious gov’t award

The Connecticut Green Bank beat out approximately 500 competitors for a government innovation award from Harvard University, which comes with a $100,000 prize.

The Innovations in American Government Award is presented by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, part of Harvard's Kennedy School. The award began in 1985 and is now given biennially.

Harvard said it chose the Green Bank to recognize its first-of-a-kind status in the United States and its leadership in green financing innovation. The bank, formerly called the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, says it has helped drive $1 billion worth of clean energy investment in Connecticut.

Harvard judges rate programs for their novelty, effectiveness, significance and transferability.

"The Connecticut Green Bank is an exemplar of how states can meet their climate change reduction targets by working to leverage private-sector dollars to help finance green energy infrastructure," Stephen Goldsmith, a professor and director of the awards program, said in a statement. "The success of Connecticut's Green Bank is spurring the adoption of similar efforts by states and cities across the country, and illustrates how Hartford's innovative approach to green energy financing can create jobs, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and lower energy bills."

Green Bank spokesman Craig Connolly said the quasi-public agency will use the award money to help further its Green Bank Academy in Washington, D.C., launched several years ago to teach other states about green financing.

The academy is also sponsored by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and the Coalition for Green Capital

Connecticut last received Harvard's award in 2006, when the university recognized the state's Supportive Housing Pilots Initiative.


 

Link to the full article from the Hartford Business Journal.

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Cities, Utilities, and Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency

The White House: Office of the Press Secretary

FACT SHEET; Cities, Utilities, and Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency.

Local Government, private sector, and utility actions spur access to energy data and accelerate energy efficiency investment & innovation in buildings and homes.

Making businesses and homes more energy efficient is a win for jobs and economic growth, operating costs and bottom lines, and the President’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. That is why, today, as part of the President’s Better Buildings Program, the Administration is announcing.... 

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USGBC APPROVES NEW CONSTRUCTION GUIDE FOR LEED PILOT CREDIT LIBRARY

(Portland, Ore.) Feb. 11, 2016 – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has approved the addition of New Buildings Institute’s (NBI) Advanced Buildings® New Construction Guide as a LEED Pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP). By following the prescriptive path in the New Construction Guide, projects can earn up to 10 energy points in LEED v4.

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