DOE Technical Assistance Program March Webinar Schedule
March 09, 2011
Celebrate the coming of spring by attending a Technical Assistance Program (TAP) webinar! These webinars will offer best practices and technical information for state, city, county, and tribal energy stakeholders.
In March, registration is open for webinars that will address a range of topics including:
- Opportunities for partnerships between energy efficiency programs and community development finance institutions
- Benchmarking your buildings' energy performance using Portfolio Manager
- Tools for financial program management
- Workforce development and training for energy efficiency contractors
- Developing loan programs for multifamily retrofits
- Updates from the field on the use and implementation of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds
- Evaluation, measurement, and verification for residential retrofits
- A live question and answer session on energy savings performance contracting.
The complete webinar schedule for this month can be found below. Please remember the webinar details are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, and past TAP webinar presentations, please visit the Solution Center webcasts page. A description of each webinar, as well as sign up information can also be found on the TAP blog.
Financial Program Management for Continuous Improvement
Host: Chris Lohmann, U.S. Department of Energy
Date: March 16, 2011
Time: 2:30–4:00 EST
Description: A repeat of January's webinar, this session will examine tools and processes, including spreadsheet modeling, that financial program managers can utilize to increase visibility and drive improvements, while continuously capturing learning.
Community Development Finance Institutions—Opportunities for Partnerships with Energy Efficiency Programs
Host: Chris Lohmann, U.S. Department of Energy
Date: March 17, 2011
Time: 1:00–2:30 EST
Description: Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFI) are often excellent providers of capital to new energy efficiency programs. The Financial Market Development team will introduce grantees to the CDFI category of lenders, their mission, capabilities, and limitations. A CDFI and grantee that have successfully partnered on an energy efficiency program will present their experiences.
Workforce Development and Sales Training for Energy Efficiency Contractors
Host: Liz Stuart, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Date: March 22, 2011
Time: 2:00–3:30pm EST
Description: LBNL reports on energy efficiency services sector workforce size, expectations for growth, and training needs. Logan Brown from Efficiency Vermont presents on the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation's contractor development program, including supporting contractors with co-op marketing and training in business management. Attendees will also hear results from Efficiency Maine's contractor training program as well as options and best practices for developing sales training for contractors - to help them drive demand for EE programs and measures.
Developing Low-Interest Retrofit Loan Programs for the Multifamily Sector
Host: Sarah Busche and Karlynn Cory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: March 23, 2011
Time: 3:00–4:15 EST
Description: On this webinar analysts will discuss creating low-interest loan programs for the multifamily affordable housing sector. The presentation will cover several models for multifamily weatherization programs. These include a ratepayer funded on-bill repayment program offered jointly by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Authority (NJHMFA) and PSE&G, an ARRA-funded pilot program developed by the NJHMFA designed to reach low-income properties, and the low-interest loan pilot program offered by Enterprise Community Partners, a CDFI working nationally to serve borrowers investing in affordable housing. Additionally, information will be provided about selecting auditing firms and contractors, marketing a multifamily program to property owners, and verifying that energy savings and benefits are passed on to tenants.
Ask the Expert: Energy Savings Performance Contracting
Host: Meg Giuliano, ICF International; Karl Berntson and David McGeown, SRA International; and Doug Dahle, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: March 24, 2011
Time: 1:30–3:00 EST
Description: Save money, save energy! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get answers to your questions about energy savings performance contracting (ESPC). Our seasoned ESPC technical experts will address your pre-submitted questions and answer questions during the live call. Please submit your questions before the webinar by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Ask the Expert Questions."
Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs): Updates from the Field
Host: Mark Zimring, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Date: March 28, 2011
Time: 2:00–3:30 EST
Description: Local, state and tribal governments across the country are using federally-subsidized Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) to finance a wide array of energy conservation projects and programs. This webinar will feature an overview of how QECBs work, issuance trends, and presentations from several state and local governments that have used QECBs to help them achieve their energy use reduction goals.
Developing an Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification Plan: Residential Retrofits
Host: Julie Michals, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Date: March 29, 2011
Time: 2:00–3:00 EST
Description: This webinar will present guidance and case studies on evaluation, monitoring, and verification (EM&V) for residential retrofits. EECBG/SEP grantees that used their ARRA funds to perform home energy upgrades will be featured. The webinar will identify some basic EM&V steps, as well as address more comprehensive EM&V planning elements to support more sophisticated efforts.
Basic Benchmarking: Benchmarking Your Building's Energy Use Using ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager
Host: Peter Flippen, ICF International
Date: March 30, 2011
Time: 12:00–1:30 EST
Description: This webinar will provide an overview of the basic steps to benchmarking energy performance using EPA's Portfolio Manager tool. Portfolio Manager provides building owners and managers with energy performance benchmarks, greenhouse gas emissions calculations, and the opportunity to apply for the prestigious ENERGY STAR label. Training attendees will learn what building types are eligible for a 1 to 100 score, what data is required for benchmarking, and how to apply for the ENERGY STAR label. The training will include a live demonstration of Portfolio Manager and features for setting baselines, goal setting, creating campuses, sharing access to data, reporting results, and automated benchmarking.