Obama Administration Green Energy Twitter Town Hall

Oct 12
2014



>>> HELLO, EVERYBODY. AND WELCOME TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION GREENENERGY TWITTER TOWN HALL. TODAY WE'RE GOING TO BE WELCOME TO THE OBAMAADMINISTRATION GREEN ENERGY TWITTER TOWN HALL. WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT FROM THE H. U. D. , DEPARTMENTOF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. THESE POLICIES WILL MOSTLY AFFECT BUSINESSES,MULTIFAMILY PROPERTIES AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL FAMILY OWNERS WHO WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OFTHESE INITIATIVES TO HELP THEM SAVE ENERGY AND MONEY. SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO FOLLOWING YOUR QUESTIONS TODAY ON OUR LIVE TWITTER STREAM. WE'RE USING GREEN ENERGY CUES AND WE COUNT TODAY WITH THE PARTICIPATION WONDERFUL PEOPLEWHO JOINED THE ADMINISTRATION. WE HAVE KATHLEEN HOGAN WHOSE THE DEPUTY ASSISTANTSECRETARY FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. WE HAVE PATRICIA MILLER WHO IS SENIOR ADVISER FOR ENERGY POLICY FOR H. U. D. AND WE HAVE ELIZABETHCRAIG WHOSE THE DIRECTOR OF CLIMATE PROTECTION PARTNERSHIP FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONAGENCY. IF YOU WOULD PLEASE GIVE US SOME QUICK INTRODUCTIONSAND WE'LL START TAKING YOUR QUESTIONS. >> TERRIFIC AND THANK YOU. WE'RE CERTAINLY EXCITED TO BE HERE TO TALKABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP WE HAVE WITH H. U. D. AND THE B EPA AND OTHERS FOR ENERGY SAVINGS. ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLEAN ENERGY CAN DO A LOT FOR OUR COUNTRY AND FOR MULTIFAMILYHOUSING IN PARTICULAR. IT OFFERS TREMENDOUS SAVINGS ACROSS OUR HOMESAND OUR BUILDINGS, TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR. IF WE TAKE A NUMBER OF STRAIGHTFORWARD STEPS TO CUT THE WASTE THAT'S IN MANY OF OUR HOMESAND OTHER BUILDINGS, WE CAN REALLY ACHIEVE THESE SAVINGS. IT ALSO PROVIDES JOBS, REDUCES AIR POLLUTION, INCLUDING GREENHOUSE GAS POLLUTANTS WHICHMAYBE YOU'LL HEAR MORE ABOUT FROM EPA. YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT RECOGNIZING ALL OFTHIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY HAS CALLED ON ALL OF US TO CUT OUR ENERGY WASTE BY 50%. AND AT THAT DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, WHAT WE DO IS FIELD A BROAD PORTFOLIO OF EFFORTS TOHELP US DO JUST LIKE THAT. WE DO THINGS LIKE UTILIZE MINIMUM STANDARDSFOR PRODUCTS, HELP BRING NEW TECHNOLOGY TO THE MARKET, SOME OF THEM OFFERING SAVINGSUP TO 80% SUCH AS SOME OF THE NEW STATE LIGHTING TECHNOLOGIES AND HELP ENERGY INVEST IN COMPETITIVEMANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES. BUT IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE WORK IN PARTNERSHIPWITH LEADERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO SHOWCASE SOLUTIONS THAT REALLY WORK AND WHERE PEOPLECAN REALLY SEE THEM AT WORK. THAT'S REALLY WHERE THE BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGECOMES IN. THIS IS AN INITIATIVE LAUNCHED BY PRESIDENTOBAMA IN 2011 TO HELP WITH AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS AND JOB CREATION AND REALLY HELPING BUSINESSESSAVE MONEY THROUGH ENERGY EFFICIENCY. WITH THE BETTER BUILDING CHALLENGE, THE PRESIDENTASKED LEADING CEOS AND EXECUTIVES OF U. S. COMPANIES, UNIVERSITIES, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTSAND OTHERS TO COMMIT TO REDUCING THE ENERGY USE ACROSS THEIR BUILDING PORTFOLIOS BY 20%OR MORE OVER TEN YEARS. AND HE ASKED THESE CEOS TO ACTUALLY DO EVENMORE, WHICH WAS TO TRANSPARENTLY SHOWCASE THESE SOLUTIONS THAT THEY USE AND THE RESULTSTHEY ACHIEVE SO THAT IN TURN WE COULD SPUR BILLIONS ADDITIONAL IN NEW INVESTMENT ANDSAVINGS ACROSS THE NATION. AND IT'S GREAT SINCE THIS WAS LAUNCHED. WE'RE MAKING GREAT PROGRESS. WE'VE GOT OVER 120 LEADING ORGANIZATIONS SIGNINGON REPRESENTING MANY OF THE SEGMENTS IN OUR COMMERCIAL AND MANUFACTURING SECTORS THATARE SO PROMINENT. AND THESE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE DEMONSTRATEDALREADY THAT THEY'RE ON TRACK TO MEETING THE PRESIDENT'S GOAL. CUTTING ENERGY USE BY ON AVERAGE 2. 5% A YEAR EQUIVALENT AT THIS POINT TO ABOUT $58 MILLIONIN ENERGY SAVINGS PER YEAR. SO REALLY A GREAT START. BUT WE OFTEN KNOW THERE'S TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITIES TO SAVE ENERGY AND MONEY IN MULTIFAMILY HOUSINGAND THAT'S WHY WE'RE SO PLEASED TO BE HERE TODAY. WE'RE PLEASED WITH OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH H. U. D. AND EPA. WE HAVE MULTIFAMILY HOUSING AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING THIS CONVERSATION WITH YOU. WITH THAT, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO TRICIA MILLER. >> GREAT. THANK YOU, KATHLEEN. IT'S TRULY AN OUTSTANDING PARTNERSHIP ACROSS THE FEDERAL FAMILY TO DELIVER ON THE CLIMATEACTION PLAN AND JUST WITHIN THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION'S EFFORTS, WE JUST HIT A RECORD NUMBER OF GREENUNITS THAT WERE RETROFITTED OR BUILT TO ENERGY EFFICIENT STANDARDS AND THAT'S IN LARGE PARTBECAUSE OF THE LEADERSHIP BY EPA AND DOE. WE'RE DELIGHTED TO BE PART OF TODAY'S CONVERSATIONAND TO SEE NOT ONLY THE 1. 7 MILLION UNITS OF GREEN AFFORDABLE HOUSING THAT WE'VE HITTOGETHER TO DATE THROUGH WEATHERIZATION AND H. U. D. 'S PROGRAMS DIRECTLY, BUT ALSO TO CONTINUEALONG THE PATH OF THE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN AND ELEVATE THE WORK WE'RE DOING IN REAL TIMETO DELIVER ON THE PRESIDENT'S GOAL OF CUTTING CARBON POLLUTION, PREPARE FOR THE IMPACT OFCLIMATE CHALLENGE AND LEADING BY EXAMPLE INTERNATIONALLY. H. U. D. 'S ABILITY TO FILL THE MISSION OF CREATINGSTRONG, SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES IS DIRECTLY IMPACTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE. THAT'S WHY WE'RE COMMIT TODAY A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN, FROMTHE MULTIFAMILY EXPANSION OF THE BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE THAT KATHLEEN HAS BEEN LEADING ANDWE'RE EXCITED TO PARTNER WITH YOU AND DELIVERING IN THAT GOAL, TOE DELIVERING ON CLEAN ENERGYAND HELPING COMMUNITIES BOUNCE BACK FROM NATURAL DISASTERS. TODAY WE'RE GOING TO SPEND SOME TIME TALKING ABOUT THE FIRST OF THESE PILLARS, LOWERINGCARBON POLLUTION THROUGH GREEN ENERGY SOLUTIONS. AT H. U. D. WE FOCUSED ON BOOSTING THE ENERGYEFFICIENCY OF OUR NATION'S HOMES AND PROMOTE BEING FEDERAL PARTNERSHIPS AND FINANCING TOOLSTHAT ARE GOING TO REDUCE THE CARBON FOOTPRINT IN THE RESIDENTIAL SECTOR. GIVEN THAT THE RESIDENTIAL SECTOR ACCOUNTS FOR 20% OF ALL ENERGY RELATED U. S. CARBONEMISSIONS, THE ACTION WE TAKE NOW TO INVEST IN OUR NATION'S HOMES WILL SAVE MONEY, CURBEMISSIONS AND ALSO PREPARE OUR COMMUNITIES FOR TOMORROW. H. U. D. IS ALSO EXCITED TO BE WORKING ON A NEW FEDERAL RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGET UNDERTHE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN TO BRING ON SITE RENEWABLES INTO LOW INCOME HOUSING. THIS INITIATIVE IS LINKED TO MUCH BROADER EFFORTS TO SUPPORT RESILIENCE AND ENERGY INDEPENDENCEACROSS THE UNITED STATES. AND IT'S WORTH NOTING THAT LAST YEAR FOR THEFIRST TIME IN OVER 15 YEARS, THE U. S. HAS INSTALLED MORE SOLAR CAPACITY THAN ANY OTHERNATION IN THE WORLD. WE WANT TO CAPITALIZE ON THAT MOMENTUM HEREAT H. U. D. AND ENSURE AMERICAN FAMILIES, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE HARDEST HIT ECONOMICALLY, CANREAP THE BENEFITS OF A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE. SO WE'RE EXCITED TO HEAR FROM BETH AT EPAAND BEGIN THE CONVERSATION WITH YOU THAT ARE LIVE ON THE TWITTER FEED. THANKS. >> THANK YOU, KATHLEEN. THANK YOU, TRICIA. IT'S A PLEASURE FOR ME TO BE HERE WITH YOU ALL TODAY TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN JOIN TOGETHERTO ADVANCE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN. AS KATHLEEN AND TRICIA BOTH SAID, WE HAVE COMMITMENTS THAT WE'VE MADE TO EXPLORE HOWWE CAN BECOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT BY THE TARGET DATES WITHIN THE PLAN. THE PLAN ITSELF ALSO LAYS OUT IN DETAIL HOW THE AGENCIES ARE WORKING TOGETHER ON ALL OFTHESE ITEMS. MANY OF THESE THINGS WE WERE DOING BEFORE,BUT THIS IS A DOCUMENT THAT HAS BROUGHT US TOGETHER. SO, IN SUPPORT OF THE PLAN, WE'RE WORKING WITH H. U. D. , AS WELL AS FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIEMAC SPECIFICALLY ON MULTIFAMILY BECAUSE THESE THREE ORGANIZATIONS INFLUENCE THE LARGESTSOURCE OF MULTIFAMILY LENDING IN THE COUNTRY. WITH DOE, WE'VE BEEN WORKING SINCE 1996 INTHE ENERGY STAR PROGRAM. IT'S THROUGH THE ENERGY STAR PROGRAM THATEPA HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH MULTIFAMILY BUILDING OWNERS, MANAGERSAND TENANTS TO DEVELOP STRATEGIES, TOOLS AND RESOURCES THAT WILL ASSIST THEM WITH SAVINGENERGY, SAVING MONEY AND REDUCING THE GREENHOUSE GASES THAT KATHLEEN DISCUSSED EARLIER. SO THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO BRING ALL OF OUR RESOURCES TOGETHER AND WORK WITHALL OF THE MULTIFAMILY COMMUNITY. SO I THINK WHAT I'M GOING TO DO IS STOP RIGHTTHERE BECAUSE A LOT OF THE DETAILS ARE ACTUALLY MAYBE PART OF THE QUESTIONS THAT THE PANELGETS. THANK YOU. >> EXCELLENT. WE'RE READY TO START TAKING QUESTIONS. GO AHEAD. OUR FIRST QUESTION COMES FROM GLOBAL GREENUSA. THEY ASK US, HOW IS THE ADMINISTRATION PLANNINGTO INCLUDE LOW INCOME FAMILY BUILDINGS IN THE BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE?EXCELLENT QUESTION. TRICIA, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE LEADON THAT. >> SURE. SO OVER THE SUMMER WHEN THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCEDTHE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN, ONE OF THE MESSAGES IN THAT PLAN WAS TO EXPAND THE BETTER BUILDINGCHALLENGES TO THE MULTIFAMILY SECTOR. AS KATHLEEN AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT, WE'REVERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS EXPANSION AND THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT LEADING AFFORDABLEHOUSING OWNERS, DEVELOPERS AND ALSO MARKET RATE OWNERS WHO ARE MAKING A COMMITMENT TOA 20% ENERGY REDUCTION IN THE NEXT TEN YEARS. OVER JUST THE LAST FEW MONTHS, WE'VE SEEN55 MULTIFAMILY OWNERS AND MANAGERS JOIN THE CHALLENGE, WHICH IS TERRIFIC. WE'RE HOPING TO GET TO 100 THIS YEAR. SO FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ARE OUT THERE WHO ARECONTEMPLATING THE CHALLENGE, PLEASE JOIN US, AND WE ARE GOING TO BE WORKING TOGETHER TOBRING TECHNICAL RESOURCES AND SUPPORT TO ALL OF YOU TO HIT THAT 20% TARGET AND UTILIZETHE TOOLS LIKE EPA'S PORTFOLIO MANAGER TO TRACK OUR PROGRESS EACH YEAR TOWARD THAT IS20% GOAL. BUT I WOULD NOTE THAT THE MAJORITY OF THEMULTIFAMILY OWNERS WHO ARE REPRESENTED IN THE CHALLENGE ARE AFFORDABLE HOUSING OWNERS. THE STEWARDS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR THE FUTURE, THEIR OWNERS ARE REPRESENTED IN THECHALLENGE REPRESENTING THE LARGEST AFFORDABLE HOUSING OWNERS IN THE COUNTRY. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES WHO HAVE JOINED THE CHALLENGE AND NON PROFITSWORKING AT THE LOCAL AND REGIONAL SCALE AS WELL. SO IT REALLY IS DESIGNED TO BE A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE WHERE WE CAN SUPPORT THROUGH THEFEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND AT H. U. D. THROUGH OUR POLICY INCENTIVES FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING OWNERS,ENERGY MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS THAT WORK THAT WILL PAY BACK AND GENERATE COST SAVINGS. >> AND LET ME JUST JUMP IN TO MAYBE TO ANSWER MAYBE SORT OF A DIFFERENT ASPECT OF THE QUESTION. YOU KNOW, WHAT DOES THE CHALLENGE REALLY ASK? IT ASKS FOR THIS 20% SAVINGS COMMITMENT OFAN ORGANIZATION ACROSS THEIR PORTFOLIO OF BUILDINGS, AND THEN IT ASKS THEM TO IDENTIFYONE BUILDING PRETTY SOON TO BE A SHOWCASED PROJECT TO SHOW REALLY HOW YOU CAN GO AT GETTING20% SAVINGS OR MORE AT THE BUILDING LEVEL JUST TO BE ABLE TO SHOW THE TECHNOLOGIES ANDTHE APPROACH PRETTY CONCRETELY QUICKLY. AND THEN TO REPORT ON YOUR RESULTS EACH YEARBACK TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SO WE'VE TALLIED UP ACROSS THE PORTFOLIO ANDREALLY SHOW THE IMPACT THAT'S BEING MADE, THE APPROACHES THAT ARE REALLY HAVING THERESULTS OVER THIS PERIOD OF TIME. THE OTHER THING I WOULD LIKE TO STRESS ISTHAT IT REALLY IS A TWO WAY STREET BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE WORKING WITH PEOPLE THAT ARETAKING ON THIS CHALLENGE ALSO SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE ISSUES YOU'RE FACING AND REALLYBRING THAT AND SPREAD IT OUT THROUGH THE COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE SO PEOPLE CAN REALLY LEARN FROMWHAT IT IS THESE LEADERS ARE CHALLENGING THEMSELVES WITH AND SHARED THOSE LEARNING SO WE CAN,AGAIN, SPUR THE INVESTMENT IN ALL OF THESE SECTORS. >> NEXT QUESTION. THE NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM PAMELA RILEY. SHE ASKS, CAN WE DISCUSS THE APPROPRIATE REHAB TREATMENTS FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS?FOR EXAMPLE, REPLACEMENT OF WINDOWS AREN'T ALWAYS NEEDED OR ARE BETTER. IT'S ACTUALLY A GOOD PRACTICAL QUESTION. >> WELL, IT'S REALLY A GREAT QUESTION BECAUSEI THINK THAT'S REALLY ONE OF THE REASONS WE HAVE OUR SHOWCASE BUILDING ELEMENT OF THEBETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE, IS TO BE ABLE TO SHOWCASE THE TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE BEINGUSED IN A WHOLE VARIETY OF DIFFERENT BUILDINGS TO GET YOU TO THESE HIGHER PERFORMANCE LEVELS. AND YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, IT ISN'T USUALLY ONE MEASURE IS THE ONE THING YOU NEED TO DOTO GET THERE. THERE'S TYPICALLY, YOU KNOW, SOME VERY STRAIGHTFORWARDTHINGS TO DO LOOKING FOR LEAKS, LOOKING AT THE HVAC SYSTEM, TUNING THINGS UP. THERE'S A WHOLE VARIETY OF THINGS TO LOOK AT. I THINK WHAT WE WOULD STRESS IS REALLY DOING THE RIGHT AUDIT FOR EACH OF THESE BUILDINGSTO UNDERSTAND WHAT THESE COST EFFECTIVE MEASURES ARE AND THEN FIGURING OUT AN INVESTMENT SCHEDULETHAT MAKES SENSE BASED ON FINANCES, ACCESS TO CAPITAL, ET CETERA THAT REALLY CAN WORKFOR THAT BUILDING. IT CAN BE FAIRLY BUILDING SPECIFIC. >> AND WE ACTUALLY AT EPA OFFER THE ENERGY STAR BUILDING UPGRADE MANUAL, WHICH OUTLINESA FIVE STAGE PROCESS THAT THE BUILDING OWNER CAN TAKE TO MAKE ENERGY EFFICIENT IMPROVEMENTS. AND OF COURSE THE FIRST STEP IS IDENTIFYING WHICH BUILDINGS YOU WANT TO TAKE ON FIRST,ESPECIALLY AS A BUILDING OWNER MAY HAVE A PORTFOLIO OF BUILDINGS. AT THAT POINT THEY COULD USE ENERGY STAR'S PORTFOLIO MANAGER WHICH WOULD GIVE THEM INSIGHTINTO WHICH BUILDINGS HAVE THE BEST POTENTIAL. AND THEN, YOU KNOW, THAT OVER TIME, AS KATHLEENSAID, THEY WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT THOSE SPECIFIC IMPROVEMENTS, MAKE THEMAND THEN BE ABLE TO SEE THE OUTCOMES OF THOSE IMPROVEMENTS BY USING PORTFOLIO MANAGER. >> I GUESS THE OTHER THING I WOULD ADD, BECAUSE IT'S ANOTHER EFFORT AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY,WE WORK WITH ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN WEATHERIZATION, LOW INCOME WEATHERIZATIONAND WE'VE DEVELOPED A SUITE OF TOOLS THAT PEOPLE CAN USE TO UNDERSTAND THE COST EFFECTIVEMEASURES THERE. WE'RE RIGHT ON THE CUSP OF SORT OF A NEW SUITEOF TOOLS IN THE MULTIFAMILY SPACE, ONE OF THEM CALLED MULTI FOR MULTIFAMILY ENERGY AUDIT. SO WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE WHAT IT CAN DO FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO IDENTIFY THE MEASURESFOR THEIR BUILDINGS AS WELL. >> I WOULD JUST ADD, I THINK TO BETH'S POINT, TAKING THE PORTFOLIO APPROACH IS SO IMPORTANTTO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY SPECIFICALLY WHICH PROPERTIES ARE THE WORST PERFORMERS, REPRESENTTHE BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR COST EFFECTIVE INTERVENTIONS. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE REALLY WORKINGON THROUGH THE BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY ACROSS THE SPECTRUMOF MULTIFAMILY OWNERS. WE ALSO HAVE A MULTIFAMILY ENERGY INNOVATIONFUND. THAT INITIATIVE INCLUDES THE DEVELOPMENT OFAN EASY RETROFIT TOOL THAT'S MEANT TO BE A LIGHTER TOUCH ALTERNATIVE TO AN ENERGY AUDITTO BUNDLE SOME OF THE COST EFFECTIVE MEASURES THAT HAVE THE QUICKEST PAYBACK AND ARE EASYTO INSTALL. SO THERE ARE A VARIETY OF NEW TECHNIQUES ANDTOOLS, INCLUDING MULTI AND GETTING STANDARDIZATION AROUND AUDIT PROTOCOLS IS GOING TO BE CRUCIALFOR THE INDUSTRY, AS WELL AS HAVING A VEHICLE FOR TOUCHING PROPERTIES AT THE TIME THAT THEYCOME IN IN H. U. D. PORTFOLIO FOR REFINANCE OR REDEVELOPMENT. WHEN YOU'RE ALREADY DOING A CAPITAL NEEDS ASSESSMENT, IT'S IMPORTANT TO PUT A CAPITALGREEN ENERGY PLAN SO THAT GETS EMBEDDED AND BECOMES PART OF THE TRANSACTION AS OPPOSEDTO BEING SEEN AS KIND OF A ONE OFF ENERGY PROJECT OR UPGRADE. I THINK THERE'S A VARIETY OF TOOLS THAT CAN BE UTILIZED ACROSS THAT CONTINUUM OF THE DEVELOPMENTSPECTRUM. >> TAKE OUR NEXT QUESTION. COMES FROM EEE HUB. IT ASKS, HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, EPA AND H. U. D. WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPLEMENT ENERGYEFFICIENCY IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS IN U. S. CITIES?MORE PARTICULARLY FOCUSED ON COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. >> WELL, CERTAINLY THERE'S A LOT GOING ONWITH OUR NATION'S CITIES. AND, YOU KNOW, SORT OF BACK TO THE BETTERBUILDINGS CHALLENGE, THERE ARE 50ISH OR SO STATES AND CITIES THAT HAVE SIGNED UP TO TAKETHAT CHALLENGE. ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS THAT THE CITIESARE DOING IN THE CHALLENGES, THEY'RE WORKING TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF THEIR OWN FACILITIES,BUT THE CITIES THAT JOIN ON ARE ALSO WORKING WITH THEIR BUSINESS COMMUNITIES TO CHALLENGETHEM TO ENROLL THEIR BUILDINGS AND ACHIEVE THE 20% SAVINGS THERE AS WELL. ONE OF THE INITIATIVES THAT WE LAUNCHED IN THIS AREA THAT WAS CALLED FOR IN THE PRESIDENT'SCLIMATE ACTION PLAN IS ACTUALLY SOMETHING WE'RE CALLING AN ACCELERATOR AND WE'RE WORKINGWITH CITIES HERE, TOO. BECAUSE ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT WE FIND ISIT IS HARD TO GET ACCESS TO THE WHOLE BUILDING DATA THAT BUILDING OWNERS NEED TO DO THINGSLIKE PORTFOLIO MANAGER TO GET ACCESS TO THE MULTIMEDIA DATA PARTICULARLY ACROSS MULTIPLETENANTS IN THE BUILDING SO YOU CAN DO THE WHOLE BUILDING BENCHMARKING. WE LAUNCHED THIS ACCELERATOR THAT IS BRINGING CITIES AND UTILITIES TOGETHER TO WORK OUTTHE BEST WAYS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT DATA AVAILABLE BACK TO THEIR BUSINESS COMMUNITIESAND THEN TO DO IT IN AS CONSISTENT A WAY AS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE'RE VERY EXCITED RIGHT NOW THAT WE'VE GOT 20 PAIRS OF CITIES AND UTILITIES COMING TOGETHERTO WORK WITH US TO DO THIS IN AS CONSISTENT A WAY AND STREAMLINED A WAY AS POSSIBLE TOMEET THE NEEDS OF THEIR BUSINESS COMMUNITY. WE'RE ALSO LOOKING TO SEE HOW WE CAN BRINGIN THE MULTIFAMILY ASPECT OF THIS AS WELL. BUT THERE'S JUST GREAT STUFF GOING ON RIGHTNOW ACROSS OUR NATION'S CITIES IN THIS SPACE. >> WELL, UNDER THE ENERGY STAR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS PROGRAM, WE'RE WORKING WITH MANYOF THE CITIES, WE'RE WORKING WITH THE CITIES THAT HAVE THE LOCAL MANDATES AND DISCLOSURELAWS. AND WHAT'S VERY EXCITING ABOUT THAT IS ACTUALLYSOME OF THOSE CITIES ARE BRINGING IN MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS. SO THAT'S JUST GREAT IN TERMS OF US GETTING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE TYPE OF DATATHAT THEY HAVE, AS WELL AS HOW WE CAN WORK WITH THEM IN TERMS OF IMPROVING THEIR ENERGYEFFICIENCY. MANY OF THOSE CITIES ALSO FOCUSED FIRST ONTHEIR OWN BUILDINGS. SO THE CITY OFFICE BUILDINGS. THAT'S GREAT BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THAT'S HELPFUL FOR US IN TERMS OF HOW WE, AS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT,CAN LEAD IN THIS AREA AS WELL. SO ALL OF IT I THINK GOES BACK TO HOW NOTONLY H. U. D. , DOE, EPA WORK TOGETHER BUT HOW WE'RE WORKING ACROSS THE WHOLE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTBY IMPROVING THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR BUILDINGS BY USING TOOLS LIKE PORTFOLIO MANAGER. >> NEXT QUESTION. THE NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM ACCESS ASSETS. THEY ASK, 18 MILLION LOW INCOME PEOPLE IN THE U. S. RENT, HOW CAN THESE GREEN ENERGYPOLICIES HELP SAVE THEM MONEY? TRICIA?>> SURE. IT'S A GREAT QUESTION. ONE OF THE REASONS WE'RE SO FOCUSED ON MULTIFAMILY AND SINGLE FAMILY AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTSAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN TO REALLY SUPPORT THE COMMUNITIES THAT WETOUCH DIRECTLY THROUGH H. U. D. 'S PORTFOLIO AND THROUGH THE FEDERAL FAMILY ACROSS THELOW INCOME TAX CREDIT AND THE USDA'S RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, WE'RE ALL WORKING TOGETHERTO TRY TO BRING MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT RESOURCES, BUT THE TECHNICAL RESOURCES REPRESENTED BYMY SISTER'S AGENCIES AND TO DELIVER MORE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL HELP INCREASE THE ENERGYPERFORMANCE IN OUR NATION'S MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES. YOU KNOW, AS WE LOOKED AT EXPANDING THE MULTIFAMILY BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE, THE REASON WEFOCUSED ON THAT IS WE WERE LOOKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND SAW THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLDSPENDS ABOUT $2,000 EACH YEAR ON THEIR UTILITY BILLS. THAT FIGURE BALLOONS TO 24% FOR LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLD. SO THE $2,000 IS EQUIVALENT OF 3% OF THE HOUSEHOLD'S ANNUAL INCOME. AGAIN, THE DIFFERENCE OF AN AVERAGE FAMILY SPENDING 3% OF THEIR INCOME FOR ENERGY ANDWATER UTILITY COSTS COMPARED TO NEARLY A QUARTER OF THEIR INCOME IF THEY'RE VERY LOW INCOMEIS SIGNIFICANT AND SOMETHING WE HAVE TO ADDRESS. WE'RE TRYING TO DO THAT THROUGH THE VARIETYOF PROGRAMS THAT YOU'VE HEARD US TALK ABOUT TODAY. ANOTHER EXCITING NEW LOAN FUND THAT I WANTED TO MENTION THAT'S COMING OUT OF THE USDA ISTHE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION LOAN PROGRAM THAT IS MAKING AVAILABLE $250 MILLIONAS A REVOLVING LOAN FUND RURAL THROUGH THE UTILITY SERVICE THAT WILL SUPPORT A VARIETYOF RESIDENTIAL HOUSING UNITS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND COULD REALLY DO A LOT TO STRENGTHEN LOWINCOME HOUSING ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES. ANOTHER PLACE TO LOOK IS ON THE DESIRE USAWEBSITE THAT THE CATALOGS, ALL OF THE STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL REBATES AND INCENTIVES FORENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES. SO THAT'S ANOTHER SOURCE. >> NEXT QUESTION. NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM PLANNING RESOURCESAND THEY ASK, ARE YOU WORKING WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR GREEN ENERGY POLICIES?WHAT SPECIFIC POLICIES ARE BEST?>> ACTUALLY, I'M GOING TO TRY TO TAKE THIS AND I'M SURE BOTH MY COLLEAGUES HAVE OTHERIDEAS. IN OUR 2009 AND 2010 BUDGETS, WE RECEIVEDFUNDING FROM CONGRESS TO PUT TO AWARD GRANTS TO 50 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND TRIBAL NATIONS,AND THE FOCUS WAS FOR AND THEY WERE CLIMATE GRANTS. AND THEY WERE FOCUSED ON GREENHOUSE GAS MITIGATION, BUT THE WONDERFUL THING ABOUT THESE GRANTSIS THESE ARE LEADERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND PART OF THE GRANT REQUIREMENTS WERE THAT THESEWOULD BE REPLICABLE PROJECTS THAT WE COULD SHARE ACROSS THE NATION. THEY LOOKED AT IT FROM THE ISSUE OF REDUCING WASTE, REDUCING OTHER TRANSPORTATION ISSUES. AND THESE HAVE BEEN MENTORS ACROSS THE NATION AND THE COMMUNITIES. THESE ARE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT COME FROM THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND HOW DO WE, AT THEFEDERAL LEVEL, HELP TO SHARE THAT ACROSS THE COUNTRY?>> AND THAT WILL REALLY HAVE A LOT OF GREAT EXAMPLES FOR PEOPLE TO DRAW UPON. I GUESS AS I THINK ABOUT OUR WORK AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, OF COURSE IT'S FAIRLY ENERGY FOCUSED. A LOT OF WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH THE CITIES, WITH POLICIES I THINK REALLY GOES TO SORTOF THE HEART OF ONE OF THE ISSUES WE SEE WITH OUR BUILDINGS IS WE TRULY DON'T UNDERSTANDHOW EFFICIENT THEY ARE OR HOW INEFFICIENT THEY ARE, AND WE'RE SO FAMILIAR WITH THATINFORMATION ABOUT OUR CARS, RIGHT? MILE PER GALLON RATING FOR OUR CARS. WE DON'T HAVE THAT FOR OUR BUILDINGS. THAT'S CERTAINLY SOMETHING EPA HAS BEEN WORKINGON FOR QUITE AWHILE WITH PORTFOLIO MANAGER. AS FAR AS WHAT WE'RE SEEING AT THE CITY LEVELRIGHT NOW IS CITIES ASKING FOR THAT INFORMATION ON THEIR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, BUILDINGS ABOVEA CERTAIN SIZE AND WHAT CITIES ARE DOING. IT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT FROM CITY TO CITY,WHAT SIZE AND ABOVE, THE INFORMATION THEY'RE LOOKING FOR. I THINK WHAT WE'RE DOING IS HELP TO SEE THAT INFORMATION IS BROUGHT FORWARD, AGAIN, ASIN EASY A WAY AS POSSIBLE. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE ACCESS TOTHAT INFORMATION. WHAT YOU'RE ALSO SEEING IS SOME CITIES AREASKING FOR AUDITS TO BE DONE ON THOSE BUILDINGS AT SOME FREQUENCY SO THERE'S NOR INFORMATIONON NOT JUST HOW EFFICIENT OR INEFFICIENT THE BUILDING IS BUT WHAT COST EFFECTIVE MEASURESCAN BE TAKEN IN THE BUILDING TO HELP INFORM THE BUILDING OWNER WHAT TO DO. WHAT'S THAT NOW DOING IS TEEING UP THAT THERE'S A NEED FOR SOME MORE QUALIFIED PEOPLE TO COMEIN AND DO THOSE AUDITS AND OTHER THINGS, AND WHAT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IS DOING ISHELP INVEST IN THE SORT OF CREDENTIALING SYSTEM FOR BUILDING PROFESSIONALS THAT CAN GO INAND DO THAT. WE JUST KICKED OFF A NEW EFFORT THIS JANUARYTO DEVELOP SORT OF THE EMERGENCY AND SKILL ASSESSMENTS NECESSARY TO DEVELOP SORT OF ATRAINING AND ACCREDITATION EFFORT THAT CAN SUPPORT ALL THIS GREAT WORK OF THE CITIES. THEN I GUESS THE OTHER THING I WOULD POINT TO THAT THE CITIES ARE DOING IS IN THE AREAOF PARTNERSHIPS IN TERMS OF ACCESS TO FINANCING. WE ALL KNOW THAT PROVIDING DOLLARS SO PEOPLECAN DO THIS, WHETHER IT'S A LOAN FUND OR SOMETHING ELSE, IS CRITICAL TO HAVE RIGHT THERE WHENSOMEBODY IS INTERESTED IN TAKING ON ONE OF THESE IMPROVEMENTS. SO WHAT THE CITY CAN DO TO HELP WITH THOSE PARTNERSHIPS, WHETHER IT'S USING SOME OF THEIRBONDING AUTHORITIES OR OTHER THINGS, IS A GREAT THING THAT WE SEE HAPPENING ACROSS THECOUNTRY AS WELL. >> AND I WOULD JUST ADD, RECENTLY THROUGH OUR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE ATH. U. D. , WE'VE MADE INVESTMENTS IN 143 LOCALES OR REGIONAL GOVERNMENT JURISDICTIONS. SO WE ARE DIRECTLY PARTNERING SINCE BACK IN 2010 WHEN WE FIRST INITIATED THE GRANT PROGRAM,WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS TO ADVANCE SUSTAINABILITY WHICHDEFINITELY SUPPORTS ENERGY EFFICIENCY GOALS BUT ALSO INTERSECTS THROUGH THE PARTNERSHIPFOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND EPA TO SUPPORT THOSELOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND REALLY EMBODYING IN THE LIVABILITY PRINCIPLES AND THINKING ABOUTTRANSPORTATION, ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION MAKING, LAND USE AND HOUSING ISSUES AS INTERRELATEDRATHER THAN KIND OF THE SILOED FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT THEY USED TO BE. SO WE'VE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS IN ACCOMPLISHING THOSE GOALS TOGETHER WITH THE STATE AND LOCALLEADERS THAT ARE REPRESENTED THROUGH THE PARTNERSHIP AND THROUGH OUR DIRECT GRANTS AND ARE HOPINGTO DO MUCH MORE IN THE YEARS TO COME AS THESE GRANTEES ARE MOVING FROM PLANNING TO IMPLEMENTINGTHEIR VISION FOR A HOLISTIC ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE AND ECONOMICALLY VIABLE FUTURETHAT BUILDS OFF OF THE SUCCESS OF THE SUSTAINABILITY COMMUNITIES GRANT. >> AND ALL OF THREE OF THE AGENCIES WHICH ARE PART OF THIS PARTNERSHIP HAVE OFFICESTHAT FOCUS ON THIS AND HAVE MATERIALS AND DOCUMENTS ON OUR WEBSITES WHICH I THINK WOULDBE OF USE TO COMMUNITIES. >> NEXT QUESTION. OUR NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM MELODY FRAZIERCOOK AND SHE ASKS, HOW DOES THE BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE WORK WITH RESIDENTS AND OCCUPANTSTO HELP ACHIEVE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY GOALS OF THEIR BUILDINGS?HOW DO YOU KNOW THIS IS WORKING?>> ONE OF OUR BETTER BUILDINGS PARTNERS IS THE BALTIMORE HOUSING AUTHORITY. WE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF GOING OUT ON A VISIT WITH THE H. U. D. SECRETARY JUST A COUPLE OFWEEKS AGO TO SEE WHAT THEY'RE DOING TOWARDS THEIR COMMITMENT OF HITTING THAT 20% PORTFOLIOWIDE REDUCTION GOAL. AND WE WERE REALLY EXCITED TO MEET THE RESIDENTSON SITE AS WE TOURED. ONE OF THEIR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN BALTIMOREAND WE WERE ABLE TO SEE THE DIRECT CONNECTION THAT BOTH PROPERTY ENGAGING THE PROPERTY MANAGERSAND O & M STAFF ALONG WITH THE RESIDENTS CAN HAVE WITH ENERGY REDUCTION. A RECENT STUDY FOR THE BALTIMORE HOUSING AUTHORITY FOUND THAT BECAUSE OF THE RESIDENT ENGAGEMENTPRACTICES AND O & M PRACTICES BEING IMPLEMENTED, THAT THEY WERE ALREADY WITNESSING A 30% REDUCTIONIN ENERGY. I THINK THERE'S A LOT MORE WE HAVE TO LEARNAND TOOL THAT IS WE REALLY NEED TO GET OUT THROUGH THE BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE ANDACROSS THE MARKET OF WHAT STRATEGIES WORK. ONE OF OUR ENERGY INNOVATION FUND GRANTEES,JONATHAN ROSE IS DESIGNING A NEW STRATEGIC PLAN. THEY'RE HAVING A KICK OFF NEXT MONTH. WE'LL BE FOLLOWING THE DIFFERENT TOOLS ANDTECHNIQUES WE'RE SEEING EMERGE FROM THE FIELD AND ALSO BE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO ELEVATE THOSETHROUGH THE BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE BECAUSE IT IS SUCH A CORRESPONDENT OF REALIZING ENERGYEFFICIENCY AND IMPROVEMENT AND GETTING TO SCALE WITH RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT. THANK YOU. >> NEXT QUESTION. THIS COMES FROM DARREN LOVES, WHAT ARE EPAAND H. U. D. DOING TO IMPROVE DATA SO QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS IN MULTIFAMILY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCYCAN BE BENCHMARKED?>> I'M GOING TO TAKE THIS ONE FIRST AND TRICIA CAN JOIN IN. WE SIGNED AN MOU WITH FANNIE MAE THAT WOULD BEGIN COLLECTING THE DATA THAT WOULD BE PARTOF THE PROCESS OF LOOKING AT HOW WE MIGHT BE AGENT TO PUT A 1 TO 100 SCORE ON MULTIFAMILYBUILDINGS UNDER THE ENERGY STAR PROGRAM. I KNOW WE'VE ALSO WORKED WITH H. U. D. AS THEY'VEHELPED US WITH DATA COLLECTION AS WELL. WE'RE NOW AT THE POINT WITHIN THE NEXT MONTHOR SO BEING ABLE TO FIGURE OUT IF WE HAVE THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF DATA AND IF THIS IS THERIGHT THING TO DO TO LABEL MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS. SO IT'S TOO BAD WE DIDN'T HAVE THIS IN A MONTHAND I'D BE ABLE TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION, BUT IT'S VERY EXCITING. WE DO KNOW THERE'S THE VALUE OF BENCHMARKING BY ITSELF. WE DID A STUDY AT EPA OF BUILDINGS WHICH HAD BEEN BENCHMARKED, NOT NECESSARILY JUST MULTIFAMILY,FROM 2008 TO 2011. WHAT WE FOUND IS OVER THOSE THREE YEARS, THERE'SA 7% IMPROVEMENT IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND 6% IN GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION. SO JUST BENCHMARKING ITSELF DRAWS THE ATTENTION TO IMPROVING THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF BUILDINGS. SO EVEN IF WE'RE NOT ABLE TO LABEL A MULTIFAMILY BUILDING, WHICH WE HAVE NOT MADE THE DECISIONON YES OR NO YET, BENCHMARKING ITSELF IS VERY POWERFUL IN TERMS OF HOW IT CAN HELP WITHBUILDING OWNERS AND OTHERS REALIZE, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S THE IMPACT OF IMPROVEMENTS AND MAYBEHELP THEM BECOME MORE STRATEGIC ON WHICH NEXT IMPROVEMENTS THEY WANT TO DO. >> THIS IS A CRITICAL ISSUE AND SOMETHING I JUST CAN'T STRESS ENOUGH, THE UTILITY DATAACCESS IN THE RESIDENTIAL SECTOR IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON UNDER THECLIMATE ACTION PLAN AND THROUGH DOE'S LEADERSHIP WITH THE UTILITY DATA ACCELERATORS, I THINKWE'RE SEEING TREMENDOUS PROGRESS WITH THOSE UTILITIES WHO ARE PARTNERING WITH CITIES ANDREALLY LEADING THE WAY. BUT WE NEED TO GROW THIS NATIONALLY. THIS IS A NATIONAL ISSUE, BUT IT BUBBLES UP IN LOCAL AND REGIONAL CONTEXT THROUGH PUCREGULATIONS AND THE VERSE JURISDICTIONS THAT GOVERN THE UTILITIES. SO IT'S A DIFFICULT ONE TO ADDRESS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, BUT SOMETHING THAT WE SEE ASBEING ONE OF THE MOST I'VE BEEN CALLING IT THE HOLY GRAIL THROUGH THE BETTER BUILDINGSCHALLENGE OF HOW DO WE GET MORE UTILITIES ON BOARD TO RELEASE WHOLE BUILDING DATA INA STANDARDIZED FORMAT SO TOOLS LIKE PORTFOLIO MANAGER WILL WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY AND WE'LLCONTINUE TO PUSH HERE AT H. U. D. AND COMMEND THE LEADERSHIP OF THE UTILITIES WHO ARE PAVINGTHE WAY FOR THE COMMERCIAL AND MULTIFAMILY SECTORS. WE DO HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO AND WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM MANY OF YOU WHO HAVE JOINED THETWITTER FEED OF WAYS THAT WE CAN HELP ADVANCE UTILITY DATA ACCESS THROUGH EFFORTS LIKE THEGREEN BUTTON INITIATIVE AND BEYOND. >> NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM IMT AND SAYS, WE COMMEND FHA FOR REVITALIZING THEIR ENERGYEFFICIENCY MORTGAGE PRODUCTS. ARE THERE ANY PLANS TO MARKET THE CHANGESAND EDUCATE LENDERS? GREAT QUESTION. TRICIA, WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE ON THAT?>> SURE. OVER THE SUMMER WE HAD A GREEN MORTGAGE ROUNDTABLEWHERE WE BROUGHT INVESTORS, LENDERS, OTHER INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS TOGETHER TO FOCUS ONENERGY EFFICIENCY AND MORTGAGE UNDERWRITING IN THE SINGLE FAMILY SECTOR. IT LED TO A SERIES OF RECOMMENDATIONS AND POLICY IDEAS THAT WE'VE REALLY TAKEN TO HEARTHERE AT H. U. D. AND HAS RESULTED IN SOME CHANGES TO THE FHA HANDBOOK, SOME CLARIFICATION ONHOW OUR ENERGY EFFICIENT MORTGAGE PRODUCT CAN WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY, WAYS TO INTEGRATESOLAR INTO THE APPRAISAL PRACTICES FOR SINGLE FAMILY. SO ALL OF THOSE STEPS THAT WE'RE TAKING NOW, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE COMMUNICATINGTO THE LENDERS ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO MAKE THAT A PRIORITY. >> NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM STEVEN CONLEY. HE ASKS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ARE THEREANY GRANTS TO HELP PROPERTY MANAGERS BECOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT?>> YEAH, I THINK THAT'S A QUESTION WE ALL GET AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER. WHERE IS THERE MONEY TO HELP? CERTAINLY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, WE'RENOT PROVIDING GRANTS TO HELP ENERGY MANAGERS BECOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT. WHAT WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO DO IS PROVIDE THE TOOLS AND SORT OF THE KNOW HOW AND MODELSSO THAT PEOPLE CAN REALLY DO WHAT IS LARGELY, IN MANY CASES, IN THEIR OWN SORT OF FINANCIALTO THEIR OWN FINANCIAL BENEFIT. CERTAINLY WE KNOW THERE'S SPLITS IN INCENTIVESIN MULTIFAMILY SPACE WHERE IT'S HARD TO BE ADDRESSED. SO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY OR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISN'T REALLY BRINGING THOSE TYPESOF DOLLARS TO THE TABLE, BUT CERTAINLY THERE ARE OTHER PROGRAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, SUCHAS WITH THE UTILITIES THAT ARE SEEKING ENERGY SAVINGS SO THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO BUILD THENEXT POWER PLANT. SO THOSE SAVINGS HAVE GREAT VALUE TO THE UTILITIESAND THEY WILL PAY FOR THOSE SAVINGS THROUGH INCENTIVES AND OTHER TYPES OF ASSISTANCE TOIMPROVE THE BUILDINGS. I THINK, YOU KNOW, TRICIA REFERRED TO A GREATPLACE TO GO LOOK FOR THOSE INCENTIVES. IT WAS THE DESIRE DATABASE. THAT'S ONE GREAT PLACE AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF OTHERS OF STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS THATARE OUT THERE AS WELL. >> OUR NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM GABRIEL Z. WHAT IS THERE FOR BUILDINGS FOR RETROFITTING? >> THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION, TOO. ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT EFFICIENCY AND THE POTENTIAL FOR EFFICIENCY IN THE NATION'S BUILDINGSWHEN YOU LOOK AT THEM, WHAT YOU SEE IS THERE'S TYPICALLY SORT OF SIMILAR POTENTIAL IN OLDERBUILDINGS VERSUS BUILDINGS OF 20, 30 YEARS AGO OR EVEN SOME OF THE RECENTLY CONSTRUCTEDBUILDINGS, SO JUST GREAT POTENTIAL SAVINGS IN SO MUCH OF OUR EXISTING BUILDING STOCK. BUT I GUESS WHEN WE LOOK AT SOME OF THE OLDER BUILDINGS, THEY CAN HAVE PARTICULAR ISSUES,SOMETIMES HISTORIC PRESERVATION ISSUES OR SOMETHING ELSE LIKE THAT. BUT CERTAINLY THERE'S A LOT OF TOOLS AND RESOURCES OUT THERE TO HELP WITH THESE BUILDINGS. I ACTUALLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO OUT AND VISIT ONE OF OUR SHOWCASED BUILDINGS UNDERTHE BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE IN LOS ANGELES A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. ACTUALLY, IT WAS TO VISIT THE ICONIC L. A. LIBRARY BUILT IN 1920, AND THEY WERE ABLE1923, I BELIEVE. THEY WERE ABLE TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OFTHAT BUILDING BY 20% BY INCREASING OR IMPROVING THE CHILLERS IN THE BASEMENT, IMPROVING THELIGHTING AND PUTTING A NICE WHITE ROOF WHICH HAVEN'T TOTALLY WHITE ON TOP OF THE ROOF. IT WAS TAINTED JUST SO IT WOULDN'T CREATE GLARE FROM THE OTHER BUILDINGS. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE WHAT THEY COULD DO IN THAT BUILDING. AGAIN, I'D GO BACK TO THAT'S REALLY WHAT THE BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE IS ALL ABOUT, TRYINGTO BE ABLE TO REPRESENT MODELS OF SO MANY OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE OUT THERE SOTHAT PEOPLE CAN SORT OF GET THEIR HANDS ON THEM AND FIGURE OUT SOME GREAT SOLUTION PATHWAYS. >> I WOULD JUST ADD, A NUMBER OF THE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES GRANTEES ARE INVOLVED IN EFFORTSTO ADDRESS DIRECTLY THE MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS AND HAVE BEEN VERY ENTREPRENEURIAL AND THOUGHTFULON HOW TO LEVERAGE A VARIETY OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SOURCES OF CAPITAL TO MAKE ENERGYEFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS. THERE'S ALSO THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACTINGVEHICLE, TOO, THAT'S TIED TO THE RELAUNCH OR EXPANSION OF BETTER BUILDINGS UNDER THEACCELERATORS WHERE THERE HAVE BEEN A REAL RENEWED COMMITMENT TO GETTING MORE PERFORMANCECONTRACTS OUT THERE IN THE MARKET WITH LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS LEADING THE WAY. AND THEN ONE THING, I KNOW THIS IS FOCUSED ON MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS, WITH THE FHA QUESTIONTHAT WAS ASKED EARLIER, I JUST ALSO WANTED TO RAISE A DIRECT RESOURCE THAT FHA OFFERSRIGHT NOW FOR SINGLE FAMILY RETROFITS, THAT'S THE POWER SAVER LOAN PROGRAM. IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN THAT PRODUCT, WE'LL PUT THROUGH THE TWITTER FEED A LINK TO THATRESOURCE. IT'S AVAILABLE IN 23 STATES RIGHT NOW. >> AND ACTUALLY, THANK YOU FOR MENTIONING THE PERFORMANCE CONTRACTING, BECAUSE THATIS SUCH AN IMPORTANT TOOL FOR CITIES. INDEED, WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER ANOTHER ONE OFTHE BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE ACCELERATORS WHERE STATES AND CITIES HAVE COME TOGETHER. I THINK RIGHT NOW THEY'VE COMMITTED I THINK $1. 5 BILLION TO IMPROVEMENTS IN PUBLIC FACILITIES,YOU KNOW, AND TO WORK TOGETHER, AGAIN, TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN BUT TO DO IT IN A STREAMLINEDWAY WHERE WE CAN IMPROVE THE STANDARDIZATION WHEREVER IT MAKES SENSE WITH THE HOPE THATTHROUGH WORKING TOGETHER AND SHARING THE TOOLS AND MODELS THAT THEY DEVELOP, PEOPLE WILLHAVE EVEN BETTER TEMPLATES FOR MOVING FORWARD AND REDUCING THE TRANSACTION COSTS. AND CERTAINLY, ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACTS IS SOMETHING WE SAW USED A LOT AT THE LOCALLEVEL THROUGH THE RECOVERY ACT INVESTMENTS TO HELP UPGRADE A WHOLE NUMBER OF PUBLIC FACILITIES. SO THAT IS A GREAT MECHANISM TO USE. I THINK MOST STATES CAN DO IT, BUT WE ARELOOKING TO, YOU KNOW, FIGURE OUT WHO SYSTEM HAS ISSUES IN THAT AREA AND WOULD LIKE SOMEHELP TO TAKE UP THE NEXT STEP WHEREVER THEY ARE. >> THIS IS TURNING OUT TO BE A GREAT DISCUSSION. BUT WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WE'RE ALMOST GETTING THERE. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE ONE LAST QUESTION FROMTHE GROUP. SO LAST QUESTION COMES FROM THE FAIR HOUSINGPROJECT IN VIRGINIA. THEY ASK, EXPLAIN THE CONNECTION[INAUDIBLE] PLANNING AND ZONING. HOW DO THESE AREAS INTERACT TOGETHER? TRICIA OR ELIZABETH?>> I'LL START AND I THINK OTHERS WILL WANT TO JOIN IN. EPA DOES HAVE AN OFFICE OF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES WHICH HAS PUT TOGETHER MANY MATERIALS ANDRESOURCES WHICH WOULD BE THAT LOCAL COMMUNITIES COULD USE. I THINK WE MAY HAVE ACTUALLY HAVE SOMEONE WHO IS MONITORING THIS TWITTER TOWN HALL WHOCOULD SEND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SO MANY OF THOSE MATERIALS. >> TRICIA?>> GREAT. SO THE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES INVESTMENTSTHROUGH THE PARTNERSHIP DIRECTLY ADDRESS THE INTERSECTION OF THESE VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES. ONE OF THE CONDITIONS OF THE GRANT IS DOING A REGIONAL EQUITY ASSESSMENT. SO IT'S BROADER THAN THE PHYSICAL THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF THE PHYSICAL SPACES THAT WE'RE TOUCHING,BUT THINKING ABOUT EQUITY AND INCLUSION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INVESTMENTS WE'RE MAKINGAS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN PLACES WHERE WE'RE PUTTING TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE, BUILDINGNEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING, THINKING ABOUT BROWNS FIELDS REDEVELOPMENT AND RECLAMATION. SO THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS THE GRANTEES HAVE MADE COULD POINT THE QUESTIONER TO SOME REAL MODELSTHAT CAN BE REPLICATED ACROSS THE COUNTRY. JUST ONE THAT COMES TO MIND IS IN AUSTIN,TEXAS WHERE THERE IS UNDER THE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES GRANT AN INTEGRATED RAIL SYSTEMNETWORK THAT'S BEING BUILT OUT AS PART OF THE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN THAT WILLADDRESS THE PROXIMITY OF HOUSING AND JOB ACCESS ALONG WITH EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGYTHAT IS BUILD OFF OF THE BRICKS AND MORTAR TIED TO THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN. >> KATHLEEN, ANY FINAL THOUGHTS?>> YEAH. I'LL JUST ADD, ONE OF THE ENGAGEMENTS WE'VEHAD WITH CITIES WITH THE RECOVERY ACT PERIOD AND CONTINUING IS ASSISTING THEM IN SORT OFCLEAN ENERGY PLANNING. WHAT THAT DOES IS IT SORT OF GIVES THEM SORTOF THE TEMPLATE FOR HOW TO GO OUT AND WORK WITH, YOU KNOW, THE LEADING INFLUENCERS INTHEIR COMMUNITY TO DEVELOP A PLAN USING WHATEVER TOOLS REALLY THEY HAVE AVAILABLE, MECHANISMS,ORDINANCES THROUGH THE CITY COUNCIL AND OTHERS TO HELP DEVELOP SOMETHING THAT MAKES SENSETO THEM. SO WE'VE HAD SOMETHING CALLED THE CLEAN ENERGYPLANNING ACADEMY FOR AT THE MUNICIPAL LEVEL. ALL THOSE TOOLS, RESOURCES OR ON OUR WEB ASWELL FOR SOMEONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A LOOK AT THAT. >> AND ANOTHER PROGRAM THAT DOE OFFERS THAT I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IS THE SUNSHINE INITIATIVE,WHICH RIGHT NOW HAS THE SOLAR CHALLENGE WHERE CITIES ARE COMPETING TO BRING DOWN THE COSTOF SOLAR ENERGY WITH THE GOAL OF MAKING IT COST COMPETITIVE WITH OTHER FORMS OF ELECTRICITYWITHIN THE DECADE. SO THIS IS A REALLY LABORATORY ON THE GROUNDFOR CITIES TO ADDRESS THE DEPLOYMENT OF CLEAN ENERGY. WE SEE THAT AS REALLY THE VALUE OF THE PROPOSITION IS IT'S A DRIVER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ANDJOB CREATION, IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE BENEFITS OF CLEAN ENERGY IN LOW INCOME COMMUNITIESAND IT'S A WAY TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. SO WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THAT PARTNERSHIP. >> EXCELLENT. WELL, I HOPE THAT EVERYBODY WHO FOLLOWED THETWITTER VIA LIVE STREAM LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE OUT THERE. IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION, LET ME GIVE YOU A FEW WEB SIDES. VISIT US AT HUD. GOV, ENERGY. GOV AND EPA. GOV. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WATCHING. UNTIL NEXT TIME.

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