Meeting Minutes for December 7, 2015

DOUGLAS COUNTY SMART ENERGY

Meeting Notes

December 7, 2015

 

Website – www.dcsmartenergy. org

Phil is posting the News-Review Smart Energy articles and meeting notes on the website . He asked group members to bring relevant articles to the meetings for vetting. Todd said he has information on Douglas Electric Co-op’ s new programs. Phil is waiting for Energy Trust to send their item on selecting a contractor. Todd said Douglas Electric will send payment for website design to Matt Danskine and remind Avista and Pacific Power to contribute .

News-Review Smart Energy Article Schedule

Diana Knous will submit an article from Pacific Power for January publication .. Avista confirmed for the February article .

Spring Workshop – Making Energy Work for Douglas County

Melanie presented the workshop format with a handout on audience, potential projects, logistics, and resources. The workshop will run from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm.                 ·

A.M. – Jim Walls of Lake County will give the welcome presentation to energize the participants . He will tailor his presentation to lessons learned in moving a challenging agenda forward,with reference to Douglas County’ s unique energy profile. Group members gave additional suggestions for engaging speakers/topics.

-John Lapham said Earth Advantage is an excellent resource for contractor.s on how to build energy efficient structures.

-Todd, M.A. , and Gary promoted speakers to discuss technology-based tools to grab people and give them feedback on their energy consumption, a proven motivator.

– Melanie proposed using the afternoon to identify community projects, getting into what they would actually look like.

The group previously agreed on:

-Energy efficiency upgrades for low-income residents

-Renewable energy projects for non-profits, including churches

-Utilizing technology to target energy use before and after upgrades, such as lighting. Randy gave the example of a whole community tracking its energy consumption with grant funding.

Facilitated discussion · will set action goals.    Ideally, the process will continue beyond the workshop with action groups and, hopefulli, funding.

Questions:

-Do we come in with an agenda or be guided by ideas of participants?

The agenda will be driven by the goals of the planning team, with input from participants.

-Who is our audience?  How do we get them?

Local citizens, officials, businesses, and organizations who have demonstrated interest in energy efficiency and clean energy and the. will to act on it.

Suggestions on potential participants:

-Roseburg Forest Products staff whose job it is to identify and implement efficiency upgrades. (John)

-Small businesses who have made efficiency upgrades, such as lighting. (Esther)

Providers of incentives, such as utilities and Energy Trust. Incentives for mobile home owners?

-Homebuilders/landlords

Phil pointed to the difficulty to bring benefits of energy efficiency to low-income residents.  The group feels this is an important concern to be addressed.

-County Commissioners and city governments, especially The Roseburg Economic Development Commission . (Gary)

Because of the importance of involving stakeholders, invitations and word of mouth will be primary strategies to get participants. Melanie said Lee Rahr of Sustainable Northwest feels we should have preregistration and a charge for the workshop. A minimal charge of $10 was suggested with provision for scholarships. Sponsorships could cover this cost.

Stuart suggested a subcommittee to make up a. list of potential participants and divvy up names, with input from the full group. Volunteers for the group are, Melanie, Esther, M.A. , Randy , Polly , and Stuart. The subcommittee will meet before January’s meeting. Additional ideas for suggestions of both presenters and participannts should be emailed to Melanie.

Workshop Date –   Melanie suggested the week after Spring Break, March 2   to 31.

Location: Stuart volunteered to get availability and cost information on the Library’ s Ford Room and the Roseburg Public Safety Center.   Melanie will check out the Umpqua Business Center.  Todd suggested a venue where organizations could set up information tables.

SPARC

Melanie announced a new Solar Initiative from the U.S. Department of Energy. SPARC (Solar Powering America Recognizing Communities) will provide a no-cost technical assistance program for local governments to become “Sola:r Communities. ”  She gave Stuart a copy of the grant application.