I've somehow gotten the honor and opportunity to help advise how Oklahoma City will spend $5.4 million in federal funds on Energy Efficiency and Conservation. There are seven focus areas that we will be preparing strategies for:
1. Building Management and Energy Conservation
2. Transportation and Land Use
3. City Fleet Management
4. Economic Development
5. Environmental Conservation
6. Waste Management; and
7. Advocacy and Outreach
I'm serving as a temporary replacement for the woman who actually serves on this committee, and I know that she's already recommended reserving some money to create an Energy Transition Plan as we come off our fossil fuel high. Brilliant woman!
The money can be used for such diverse activities as building codes and energy audits, energy distribution tech like distributed generation and CHP, material conservation programs, renewable energy on government buildings, energy efficiency programs for gov't buildings, land use policies and transportation programs, and financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements.
The Dept of Energy (our sugar daddy in this situation) encourages us to prioritize programs that:
- Leverage other public and private resources,
- Enhance workforce development,
- Last beyond the funding period, and
- Promote energy market transformations such as low-cost loans, energy savings performance contracting, advanced building codes, retrofit incentives and policies, and transporation programs and policies.
- That's a mouthful.
So do you have any innovative ideas, or deceptively simple but devastatingly effective strategies? Bring them on for me to consider and pass along to the PTB! Thanks in advance!