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Happy New Year from The Energy Group

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

    As 2016 comes to an end, we take the time to reflect on our accomplishments and look ahead to the coming year. Like many of you, we’ve come up with a few New Year’s Resolutions that will help us grow personally and professionally.   Affirm our commitment to healthy and sustainable practices The Energy Group is committed to implementing and practicing sustainability measures, as stated in our Sustainability Commitment. In 2017 we plan on encouraging carpooling and utilizing mass transportation among staff to further our sustainability aims, and promoting health initiatives for our staff. These initiatives include biking [...]

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James Brown Discusses Blower Door Test

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Yes, James Brown. You read that right. The King of Funk talks about the importance of a blower door test for residential buildings in this video: James Brown Blower Door Test Video. You too can be super fly; learn about blower door tests (BDT) while we perform a residential energy audit for your home. Not only will we perform a BDT, but we will assess your lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, water heating, controls, and insulation levels. This process may uncover significant energy saving opportunities to lower your gas and/or electric bill, which we will discuss with you thoroughly. City of [...]

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Iowa Bills Bolster Renewable Energy Industry

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The bipartisan bill SF 2340, which passed “without any opposition”, increases the annual limit for the existing Solar Energy System Tax Credit from $1.5 million to $4.5 million, retroactive to January 1, 2014. In addition, the bill provides that if the annual credit cap is not fully utilized in one year, the unused credits remain available in a future year, state fiscal analysts said. This bill allows a taxpayer to claim an Iowa credit equal to 60 percent of the federal solar energy tax credit instead of the 50 percent currently allowed. It also increases the credit cap available for individual [...]

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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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TEG Adds Alternative Energy Analysis to Portfolio

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The Energy Group is pleased to announce the most recent addition to our suite of energy efficiency services: analysis and feasibility studies for alternative energy projects. Our team is using National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) methodology to assess a variety of alternative energy projects; solar photovoltaic, conventional thermal, wind energy, biomass, and biogas. We’ve received significant interest in assessing solar photovoltaic projects, ranging from individual solar panels for a home or business to community solar gardens. If you have a solar project in mind you can contact Jonathan Roberts and if you are thinking of applying for a REAP grant to fund your alternative [...]

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New Addition to TEG

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The Energy Group has added a new member to our staff!  Kate Kennedy started this month as our Energy Analyst Intern.  She will primarily be helping us run the City of Ames Residential Energy Audit program.  Kate will be assisting with residential energy audits and blower door tests.  She is currently a senior at Iowa State University studying Mechanical Engineering and spent the previous year with the Industrial Assessment Center Program (IAC) at Iowa State University. The IAC program provides free energy use, productivity enhancement, and waste assessments to qualifying manufacturers.  It is one of 26 locations nationwide and is funded by [...]

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Funding Available for Rural Programs & Projects

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

During FY 2014 91 million dollars will be available for loans and 10 million dollars available for grants through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program. This program enables revolving loan funds, managed through local rural utilities, to fund and assist with projects that will stimulate the local economy. These dollars would be awarded to entities that: Have borrowed and repaid or pre-paid an insured, direct, or guaranteed loan received under the Rural Electrification Act or, Be a not-for-profit utility that is eligible to receive assistance from the Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Program Be a current Rural [...]

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City of Ames Energy Efficiency Programs

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Earlier this year The Energy Group was awarded the contract to perform energy audits for the City of Ames Residential Program. These audits are intended to help customers identify energy savings opportunities in their homes as well as assist with the rebate process for applicable projects. Homes built prior to 2000 will receive a blower door test as part of the audit.  To sign up, Ames Residential customers can sign up online. Additionally TEG’s contract for the Commercial Programs has been extended. Our team will continue to assist Commercial and Industrial customers with energy efficiency needs. Interested customers can fill out [...]

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USDA NCAH Green Team Sustainability Fair

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

In late April, Chad and Jesse represented The Energy Group at the USDA National Center for Animal Health (NCAH) Green Team Sustainability Fair in Ames, Iowa.  The purpose of the fair was to promote local sustainability and “green” companies to USDA employees.  Exhibitors ranged from the City of Ames and Boone County Landfills to local food coops.  The official mission of the NCAH Green Team is “to assist the NCAH Board of Directors in promoting environmental stewardship at NCAH through increased awareness, continuous improvement and employee participation”.  During the fair The Energy Group helped educate employees about energy efficiency programs [...]

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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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