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Saving Money at Iowa’s Schools

TEG will be connecting with Iowa School Buildings and Grounds Association (ISBGA) members at the ISBGA Spring Conference this week. If you are attending, stop by and see us!

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Mayor, City of Ames, ISU Praise Local Businesses

Don Kom and Steve Wilson of City of Ames Electric, Merry Rankin of ISU, and Mayor Haila recognized six local businesses for their commitment and success in applying sustainable and energy efficient strategies during a ceremony at Reiman Gardens in late January. TEG wishes to congratulate The Loft, Duckworth Wearing, Fighting Burrito, Green Hills Retirement, McFarland Clinic, and Wheatsfield Cooperative for their efforts! 

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TEG Adds Alternative Energy Analysis to Portfolio

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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Funding Available for Rural Programs & Projects

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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The EPA named Des Moines Public Schools ENEGY STAR Partner of the Year

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year this week! DMPS has put an emphasis on improving its schools through energy management and whole building improvements.  This emphasis has garnered Forty-three out of Des Moines’s 60 schools to be ENERGY STAR – rated, meaning they cost forty cents per square foot less to operate than the average performers. EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson released a statement about the award. “As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program, EPA is proud to recognize Des Moines Public Schools with the […]

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Energy Use Reimbursements for Businesses

Your operation may be eligible to receive reimbursements for energy use! Greenhouses, Farming Operations, Agricultural Production, Manufacturing, and Food Service may be able to receive Energy Sales & Use Tax Reimbursements from the state Department of Revenue. A portion of electric and gas usage for operations above may be exempt; this portion could be as high as 99% and could equate to hundreds or even thousands of dollars! Businesses looking to receive reimbursement are required to have an Energy Services Professional conduct an Energy Audit to determine the percentage of exempt versus taxable energy used during operation. These results, along […]

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