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Affordable Multifamily Property Projects – East View Manor

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The Energy Group recently installed free energy efficiency items at East View Manor, a senior, affordable multifamily property managed by the City of Des Moines. The energy saving items were provided and installed for free as part of the energy efficiency program for affordable multifamily housing. The program, sponsored by Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy and MidAmerican Energy Company, also offers enhanced rebates for energy efficient projects such as heating, cooling, windows, insulation, and additional lighting updates. Rebates can be as high as 40% for materials and labor. For some insulation projects, the rebate can be as high as 70% [...]

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2016 TEG Accomplishments: Affordable Housing in Iowa

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Residential buildings, including multi-family housing, are one of many sectors The Energy Group serves. Check out the graphic below to see the ways in which TEG assisted affordable housing facilities in the state of Iowa during 2016. To learn more about our residential services, click here.    

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City of Ames Smart 150 Challenge

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The City of Ames is using their city’s sesquicentennial to reiterate their commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability through a new program. The City of Ames is calling for 150 businesses to participate in “Smart Business” or to take the “Smart 150 Challenge” to make Ames a more sustainable city.  The Smart 150 Challenge takes aim at improving the following sustainable measures: Energy and Water Conservation Transportation Waste Reduction Indoor & Outdoor Environmental Quality Carbon Footprint Community Engagement By participating, businesses can take advantage of rebate programs and implement a business energy plan that not only saves money, but helps [...]

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TEG to Assist Dubuque’s GHG Reduction Plan

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Have you heard of Green Dubuque? It is a volunteer-led, 501(c)3 non-profit formed in 2007 to serve the Dubuque region. These cats are focused on clean air and water, social equity, climate action, and energy efficiency (among other relevant issues). They’ve set an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their community 50% by 2030! They aim to achieve this goal, not through regulation, but through “no regret solutions” which, regardless of the severity of climate change or who’s to blame, will positively impact the community and environment. TEG will be working with Green Dubuque as they expand their solutions [...]

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Birthday & Energy Efficiency at Botanical Center

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Today we celebrate the birthdays of Emily Rice and Abraham Lincoln. In an attempt to bring summer to February, TEG staff grabbed their tropical shirts and headed down to the Botanical Center in Des Moines for lunch. If you haven’t been, you should go. And if you haven’t been recently, you should go back. They recently remodeled and have a wonderful plant-inspired menu, beautiful gardens, and 84 degree balmy weather! During the recent remodel Stefan Ganev, engineer and energy analyst at TEG, performed the energy analysis to assist the Botanical Center with their rebates from MidAmerican Energy’s custom energy efficiency program. While we waited for [...]

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IAMU 2014 Leadership Conference

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

TEG attended the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) Leadership Conference in Des Moines, IA last week. IAMU is a member-driven organization that serves Iowa’s municipal utilities and their interests. Each year they invite their members, vendors, and industry leaders to this event for state regulatory, legislative and policy updates. They recognize leaders with the Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards as well as conduct committee and business meetings. Debbie Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority stopped by to share how “Iowa is Working”. Attendees got to hear about the innovative ways IEDA is attracting businesses to Iowa, creating job opportunities and generating [...]

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2013 Earth Day Trash Bash

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Last month, The Energy Group participated in the 2013 Earth Day Trash Bash created and run by the City of Des Moines Park and Recreation Department.  The annual event is an ever growing effort to clean up streets and parks around the Des Moines Metro Area.  This year, over 1,400 volunteers braved the cold, windy day to participate in the citywide cleanup.  With the record number of participants, over 24,000 pounds of litter, brush & recyclables were removed from Des Moines parks and waterways.  The Principal Financial Group won the “Big Buttowski” Award of the event by picking up the [...]

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Recent REAP Program Development

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

For a short time, $60 million is available through the REAP Program during FY 2013!  The available amount is $40 million more than expected because the 2013 Appropriation Bill did not include specific language preventing the remaining funds provided by the 2008 Farm Bill to be used.  These additional funds are three times the amount originally expected.  With these increased funds, the application deadline for requesting grants, including feasibility study grants, and combination loan and grant will be extended from April 30th, 2013 to May 31st, 2013. The USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is a federal [...]

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Blood Drive and Money for Hurricane Sandy Victims

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Hurricane Sandy was a tropical storm that developed and impacted 24 states from Florida to Maine through October 22 to October 31.  In only ten days, Hurricane Sandy killed at least 131 people and destroyed the homes and livelihood of millions of people.  The storm’s estimated destruction total is $65.6 Billion, making it the second most expensive Atlantic Storm in history behind Hurricane Katrina. TEG staff decided to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy by donating the two things needed most in times of need,- blood and money.  90% of our eligible staff members donated blood at the Blood Center of Iowa and  all [...]

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TEG Acknowledged in The Simpsonian

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The Simpsonian, Simpson College’s student newspaper, published an article discussing the college’s recent outdoor LED lighting project.  The Indianola college updated 200 of their outdoor lighting fixtures from 81 Watt high pressure sodium lamps to 51 Watt LED lamps.  In the article, TEG is credited for helping to secure the funds to complete the project. We were able to provide the energy analysis necessary for Simpson to apply for a State Energy Program grant as well as facilitate the selection and purchase of materials. Perks of the lighting upgrade not only include decreased utility and maintenance costs, but also a cut [...]

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