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Deployment and Market Transformation at NREL - April 2012 Newsletter

Deployment and market transformation (D&MT) activities at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) encompass the laboratory's full range of technologies, which span the energy efficiency and renewable energy spectrum. NREL staff educates partners on how they can advance sustainable energy applications and also provides clients with best practices for reducing barriers to innovation and market transformation.

The Deployment and Market Transformation at NREL quarterly newsletter highlights D&MT activities from the past three months. Features include major partnership projects, new websites, updates to our models and tools, and our latest publications.

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Here is the latest news on D&MT activities at NREL.

Partnership Projects

UC Davis Completes Initial Phase as Largest Planned U.S. Net Zero-Energy Community

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The University of California at Davis (UC Davis) West Village recently reached a major milestone by completing the first phase in its goal of becoming the largest community in the United States to generate as much energy as it consumes. UC Davis is one of the projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Community Renewable Energy Deployment effort aimed at helping communities implement long-term renewable energy technologies, create jobs, and provide examples for replication in other local governments, campuses, or small utilities. Read the full story on the EERE Deployment website.

Greensburg Buildings Save Big on Energy and Costs

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The citizens of Greensburg, Kansas, turned disaster into opportunity following a devastating tornado in May 2007, and created a plan to rebuild as a sustainable community with the help of a diverse group of experts, including DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Read the full story on the Applying Technologies website.

Tribal Leaders and Energy Officials Team up for Business Opportunities

Tribal Leaders and Energy Officials Team up for Business Opportunities

In early February, top tribal leaders, industry and tribal executives, and federal representatives came together for the DOE Office of Indian Energy forum on "Exploring the Business Link Opportunity: Transmission & Clean Energy Development in the West" held in Denver, Colorado. Read the entire blog on the DOE Office of Indian Energy website.

Recent Publications

Clean Cities Publishes Overview of National Clean Fleets Partnership

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NREL recently published an overview (PDF) of Clean Cities' National Clean Fleets Partnership, which is open to large private-sector companies that have fleet operations in multiple states. Companies that join the partnership receive customized assistance to reduce petroleum use through increased efficiency and use of alternative fuels. More information about the National Clean Fleets Partnership can be accessed on the Clean Cities website.

Annual Report Highlights Fleet Compliance Results for FY 2011

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The laboratory has published an annual report (PDF) that summarizes the compliance results of state and alternative fuel provider fleets covered by the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct) for model year 2010/fiscal year 2011. The compliance rate for these 291 covered fleets was 100%. The fleets used either Standard Compliance or Alternative Compliance. The 279 fleets that used Standard Compliance exceeded their aggregate model year 2010 acquisition requirements by 61%. The 12 covered fleets that complied using Alternative Compliance exceeded their aggregate model year 2010 petroleum-use-reduction requirements by 89%. NREL also provides information for state and alternative fuel provider fleets on the EPAct Transportation Regulatory Activities website.

"How-To" Publication Guides Federal Agencies Through Solar-Project Financing

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Implementing solar energy projects at federal facilities requires careful project planning to establish goals, build a team, determine site feasibility, and select the appropriate project funding tool. NREL provides practical guidance on this complex process in a recently published how-to guide (PDF) that offers guidance to federal decision makers on which project funding tools are best suited to a specific project. The guide also includes case studies that provide insight into how much some federal agencies spent—and saved—on their solar projects. Learn more about NREL's efforts to advance solar technology adoption on the Applying Technologies website.

Models and Tools

New Tool Helps Community Leaders Initiate Renewable Energy Projects

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Many community leaders want to install renewable energy but don't know where to start. The Department of Energy along with NREL has developed a new tool to help these individuals determine the types of large-scale renewable energy projects that are best suited to their resources and goals. The tool was developed through Community Renewable Energy Deployment (CommRE), a DOE effort funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help local communities implement long-term renewable energy technologies. For more information and a link to the tool, access the full story on the EERE Deployment website.

Mobile Vehicle Cost Calculator Offers Comparison Capabilities

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NREL has released a mobile Vehicle Cost Calculator, which helps car shoppers, small business owners, and fleet managers make side-by-side comparisons between thousands of conventional, electric drive, and alternative fuel vehicles. This mobile tool is a simplified version of the Vehicle Cost Calculator that the laboratory released in October. The Vehicle Cost Calculator allows users to compare emissions and lifetime operating costs of specific vehicle models, including conventional cars and trucks, as well as vehicles running on alternative fuels such as electricity, ethanol, natural gas, or biodiesel. If you have questions or suggestions regarding this tool, contact Trish Cozart.

NREL Develops Fleet Sustainability Dashboard

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NREL staff have developed the Fleet Sustainability Dashboard, or FleetDASH, which tracks participating federal agencies' fleet fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and vehicle inventories. The dashboard's interactive graphs show, for example, instances where alternative fuel is well utilized and opportunities for improvement. NREL developed FleetDASH for the DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to support the sustainability efforts of federal fleets, including reducing petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and increasing the use of alternative fuels. If you have questions or suggestions regarding this tool, contact Ryan Daley.

Announcements

Colorado's Wind for Schools Project to Receive Wirth Chair Award

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Colorado's Wind for Schools project will be honored with a Wirth Chair Award on April 25 for its work in integrating wind energy into classrooms throughout the state. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the Wirth Chair Awards and will celebrate the "Creators of a Sustainable Future." For more information about the award and the Wind for Schools project, access the full story on the Applying Technologies website.

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