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KSDK Covers MAAEP member Kellye Markowski on Home Energy Savings

June 8, 2012 –– Our St. Louis local NBC affiliate KDSK had MAAEP Board member Kellye Markowski, owner of Energy Smart Homes, share the many homeowner benefits of energy audits and retrofits. There is also an offer to receive a free energy audit through Ameren. Go Kellye!

Energize Missouri Homes Program Survey Report to be Released 4/10/11

This survey was conducted from Jan. 7th to Feb. 10th, 2011 by the Missouri Association of Accredited Energy Professionals (MAAEP).

Read the complete 57-page report with survey analysis, raw data, summary and conclusions here: MAAEP-EMH-program-survey_data.pdf

The non-profit trade group Missouri Association of Accredited Energy Professionals (MAAEP) conducted this survey to gauge the success of the Energize Missouri Homes – Homeowners Upgrade with Geothermal (EMH-HUG) program in relation to its stated goals. A secondary purpose of the survey was to gain insight into the status of the market for energy efficiency for the benefit of our membership. Finally, MAAEP believed that a survey could provide valuable information that could be utilized to improve future energy efficiency programs. EMH-HUG was a $7.75 million stimulus program to incentivize energy efficiency homeowner upgrades. There were one hundred eleven (111) Missouri energy auditors listed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as qualified auditors for the EMH-HUG program and MAAEP received thirty-one (31) responses to the survey, or 28% of the qualified EMH-HUG program energy auditors in Missouri.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) legislation passes in Missouri!

Members: We have been working very hard to get PACE passed, special thanks to all who helped to move this forward. Get ready to ramp up! -- MAAEP Exec. Board

Coalition for new jobs, energy independence and environment puts Missouri on PACE

Jefferson City, Mo. / May 14, 2010 - On Friday, a broad coalition of state wide groups came together to help pass historic job-creating clean energy PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) legislation making Missouri the 20th state to adopt the program.

Missouri organizations including energy-efficiency professionals, environmental advocates, community bankers and individual Realtors garnered bi-partisan support for PACE which was amended to several bills in the final days and hours of the legislative session to ensure its passage.

"When signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon, PACE promises to improve and upgrade a significant percentage of Missouri's homes and commercial properties at little or no cost to the state or local municipalities, create thousands of local jobs, and save money for homeowners by lowing their utility bills and make our state and nation more energy independent," explained Byron DeLear of the Missouri Association of Accredited Energy Professionals (MAAEP).

MAAEP's membership is made up of the new emerging professions surrounding energy efficiency: "green jobs" including energy auditors, efficiency experts and home performance contractors. MAAEP joined forces with Renew Missouri, Missouri bankers, Missouri Votes Conservation, Armstrong Teasdale's Future Energy Group and other stakeholders to outreach to key legislators to get PACE passed.

"Renew Missouri was honored to have played such an instrumental role in helping to craft and get PACE passed," remarked Erin Noble, Energy Policy Director for Missouri Coalition for the Environment / Renew Missouri. "With PACE, we are building on our past success of 2008's Proposition C Clean Energy Initiative in advancing the cause of smart and sustainable clean-energy policies for our state, in addition to restoring our economy through job creation."

"We need jobs--electrical workers, carpenters and home builders looking for work are now getting qualified for upcoming energy efficiency opportunities upgrading and improving tens of thousands of homes, offices and buildings throughout Missouri," said attorney and MAAEP board member Tom Appelbaum, "PACE has the potential to bring an entire new industry to the Midwest, we are all very excited and pleased."

MAAEP board member and owner of Home Green Home, Marc Bluestone exclaimed, "This is just what we need (PACE) to kick start Missouri into playing a lead role in the American clean-energy transformation!"

MAAEP to conduct organizational meeting for professional members on May 25th in Springfield, MO. (time and location to be announced)

MAAEP invited by Efficiency First to Washington DC to promote Home Star legislation in US Senate

MAAEP will be traveling to our nation's capitol representing Missouri to lobby for energy-efficiency jobs. We have been invited by the national non-profit trade association, Efficiency First, to promote Home Star legislation in Washington DC. The momentum is growing for HOME STAR legislation in Congress. HOME STAR legislation passed (see below item for details) the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and both the House and Senate bills have support from Democrats AND Republicans. Come to DC on May 19-20 to bring HOME STAR home!

Click Here for info on Efficiency First DC Trip

Home Star Energy Retrofit Act will create jobs, cut dependence on foreign oil

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri, joined a strong, bipartisan majority to pass H.R. 5019, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010. The legislation, which was approved by a vote of 246-161, is expected to create nearly 170,000 jobs in construction, retail and manufacturing. The bill would offer rebates for whole-home retrofits, saving American families $9 billion on their utility bills over the next 10 years.

"These new Home Star Energy rebates will provide immediate incentives to working families who renovate their homes to become more energy-efficient," said the Congressman. "Home Star will stimulate our economy by creating good jobs for local energy contractors, builders and hardware store employees. This legislation will also move the United States towards energy independence."

The bill features two levels of rebates that will help an estimated 3 million American homeowners.

The Silver Star program would provide up-front rebates of up to $3,000 for the installation of proven energy-saving technologies, such as insulation, duct sealing, window and door improvements, air sealing, and advanced water heaters.

The Gold Star program rewards homeowners with up to $8,000 for conducting a comprehensive energy audit and substantially reducing their energy use at home.

This bill would boost our construction and manufacturing industries in the short term by creating jobs immediately. More than 90% of the materials and products used in eligible measures are made in the U.S.

This legislation builds on our previous accomplishments offering tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements in the Recovery Act. Through the end of 2010, homeowners can receive a tax credit for 30 percent of the cost of these improvements, up to $1,500. More information is available at http://www.energysavers.gov/financial.

The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act has received bipartisan support, and has been endorsed by a broad range of business, labor, environmental, and consumer groups, including the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Home Builders.

Home Improvement: Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with ENERGY STAR

MAAEP discusses PACE legislation, new jobs and energy-efficiency

MAAEP organizational meeting in Springfield, MO. for industry professionals on May 25th

Please join us for a energy efficiency industry forum in Springfield, Missouri on May 25th early evening. We will discuss the latest industry developments such as PACE legislation, Home Star bill, jobs and stimulus programs, new energy conservation and building codes and issues specific to Greene and surrounding counties.

(Specific time and location to be announced shortly)

MAAEP Receives $30,000 Award to Promote Energy Conservation Code Throughout Missouri

In collaboration with Sierra Club's Cool Cities campaign, MAAEP will educate the public and officials on the benefits and importance of adopting the up-to-date energy conservation building code for homes in Missouri.

MAAEP is a non-profit association of certified energy auditors, home performance contractors and related industry professionals and organizations. We promote renewable and green energy solutions for existing homes, buildings and new construction. Our accredited energy professionals perform energy audits and then recommend energy efficiency upgrades to save on energy and utility bills. We help create new “green-collar” jobs and train energy professionals. MAAEP offers affiliate and associate memberships in addition to sponsorship from industry related individuals and organizations. MAAEP has organized across the state and has participated in lobbying efforts in the Missouri legislature with over 150 participants.

MAAEP's Program Manager for the IECC 2009 Conservation Code Campaign will be Tom Appelbaum, a member of the executive board of MAAEP and an attorney and geologist. He will be coordinating efforts within MAAEP and relying on the experience of the entire MAAEP team in carrying out the Campaign.

Partnering with MAAEP will be Matt Belcher, of Belcher Consulting. Mr. Belcher is an expert in building codes and green building and has been in the process of building coalitions and training with regards to green building codes. Mr. Belcher was 2007 President of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri (HBA-STL) and served on its Building Codes committee for 15 years, 7 as Chair.

"MAAEP is in alignment with the Sierra Club in promoting the improvements in the new model code (IECC 2009)," explained Mr. Appelbaum, "and we look forward to bringing our good name and standing in the community to assist in the implementation of this worthy project."

Energy-Efficiency Stakeholder Roundtable at Missouri State Capitol

Jobs, economic reinvigoration and industry trade-alliances were the focus of much of the discussion at the MAAEP sponsored morning session held in a Mo. House Hearing Room on March 31st, 2010.

Energy-efficiency stakeholders representing both the public and private sector participated, including: Fred Kratky CEO of St. Louis Board of Realtors (SLAR), Linda Martinez of Bryan Cave Law Firm, Elena Seon and Jim Trout of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Matt Belcher Former President of the St. Louis Home-Builder''s Association and Chairman of the Missouri Greening Homes Conference, Russ Rudy and Linda Brinkerhoff of the Energy and Environmental Training Center of Kansas City (EETCKC), Prof. Robert Reed from Univ. of Missouri, and Glenn Kage Jr. and Greg Landwehr, former AFL-CIO affiliated Auto Workers.

Everyone told their story of what made them a stakeholder in the energy-efficiency industry and what issues they were concerned about, as well as exciting upcoming industry developments.

A brief outline of subjects discussed:

* Energy-efficiency and renewables to create 10,000 to 15,000 jobs in less than a decade for Missouri
* Direct benefit to homeowners, renters and landlords, the economy and environment
* Up to 10 billion dollars of local economic activity
* Developing training standards for energy auditors and home performance contractors
* Ramifications of "quick-buck clipboard audits" with sole agenda to sell new windows, etc.
* Establishing best practices for energy audits with standardized metrics on deliverables
* Quality-control issues to facilitate underwriters in sustainable PACE implementation
* Improving homes to achieve "NET ZERO" energy consumption

MAAEP has been developing market friendly standards and promotional campaigns with the goal of working with REALTORS to promote energy efficiency upgrades to the state''s housing stock. MAAEP board member Byron DeLear commented on the potential of the REALTOR/Energy Auditor partnership, "Trade alliances and innovative public-private partnerships are what's necessary to increase the number of energy-efficient home retrofits nationally from 250,000 per year--to millions. It's essential to grow the demand organically from the ground up with a sound business model. Missouri REALTORS can be an effective energy-efficiency marketing force because they know properties the best--and by championing a narrative of saving folks on energy bills and increasing home owner equity--they will be seen as heroes having restored home values across Missouri during a stalled housing market. REALTORS, auditors and efficiency contractors will be actively promoting jobs, economic recovery and quality of life for our state."

MAAEP Executive Board members in attendance were David Rabenau, Harvey Ferdman, Marc Bluestone, Tom Appelbaum and Byron DeLear. MAAEP will conduct an organizational meeting for professional members in Springfield, MO. in the 2nd Quarter of 2010.

Advancing Energy Efficiency in Jefferson City

On Feb. 3rd in Jefferson City, the Missouri Association of Accredited Energy Professionals (MAAEP) was honored to have the opportunity to work with Renew Missouri and Missouri Coalition for the Environment to bring together over 150 small business owners, activists, green energy experts and other stakeholders to voice sensible arguments and deliver important information to legislators about the latest developments in energy efficiency. At a press conference on the Capitol steps, Marc Bluestone of Home Green Home and Damien Flaherty of EnergyAudits.com gave engaging speeches on the benefits and necessity of energy audits, efficiency and new enabling legislation like "PACE".

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) programs are coming online in 18 states and are often considered a "game-changer" for energy efficiency and renewable energy. PACE is state-enabling legislation that allows cities to pursue bonds to pay for a revolving loan program that lends money to both commercial and residential property owners for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. It alleviates the upfront cost of efficiency and renewable upgrades by allowing home or business owners to finance their projects over a period of time.

PACE’s revenue neutral characteristics make it an easy win for legislators and municipalities; it is already receiving bipartisan support in Jefferson City. Last Wednesday, April 7th, PACE was approved by the Missouri State Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment.

“PACE provides a longer-term financing scheme for energy efficiency upgrades, so home-owners will make improvements with very low up-front costs. By spreading out the payments over the course of 15-20 years, the energy savings gained each month on electric bills often make the upgrades net positive from day one," says Marc Bluestone, of Missouri Association of Accredited Energy Professionals (MAAEP).

MAAEP Educates Legislators and Testifies on PACE in Mo. Sen. Committee

On March 29th, Renew Missouri held an educational session for Capitol legislators on PACE legislation, in which Byron DeLear spoke on jobs and workforce issues.

In the Missouri State Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment on March 30th, MAAEP was on record testifying in support of PACE. An energy omnibus version of the bill was approved by the committee on April 7th, by a vote of 5-1.

Click Here for PACE Bill Summary: SB 1037 (Bray)

MAAEP Board Member Invited by Repower America to DC to Promote Clean Energy

After presenting on behalf of MAAEP at a Creve Coeur community meeting, Tom Appelbaum was invited by Repower America to travel to DC to promote clean energy initiatives. Comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation can bring 29,000 jobs to Missouri and reduce our dependence on foreign oil – something that Tom and LaDonna Appelbaum and Brian Wahby want Senator Claire McCaskill and other elected officials to remember from their visit with them in March of this year. Tom Appelbaum, attorney and Executive Board member of MAAEP, and his wife LaDonna Appelbaum, a small business owner, along with Brian Wahby, a local Missouri political leader met with Senator McCaskill and others on Capitol Hill to share the views of everyday Missourians about the benefits of clean energy and climate legislation to Missouri.

“It is important for Senator McCaskill to know just how important passing comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation is for the people of St. Louis and for every Missouri resident,” Wahby said. “This week, I’m helping to put power where it belongs, putting front and center the voices of everyday working Missourians to their leaders in Washington.”

Click Here for Business and Political Leaders Bring Missourian Support for Clean Energy

Energy Audit Demonstration Video Courtesy of MyGreenToolkit (MyGreenToolkit.com)


U.S. Sec. of Energy Steven Chu: Towards of More Energy Efficient World

First, the Department is working to develop a strong home retrofit industry. We are creating a state-of-the-art tool that home inspectors can use on a handheld device to assess energy savings potential and identify the most effective investments to drive down energy costs. We’re also investing in training programmes to upgrade the skills of the current workforce and attract the next generation. The Department is also focused on measuring results – to both provide quality assurance to homeowners and promote improvement. For example, we’re pursuing new technologies such as infrared viewers that will show if insulation and caulking were done properly. Post-work inspections are a necessary antidote and deterrent to poor workmanship.

To address inconvenience and to reduce costs, we’re launching an innovative effort called “Retrofit Ramp-Up” that will streamline home retrofits by reaching whole neighbourhoods at a time. If we can audit and retrofit a significant fraction of the homes on any given residential block, the cost, convenience and confidence of retrofit work will be vastly improved. Another goal of this programme is to make energy efficiency a social norm.

To help pay for investments, we’re working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to encourage new financing tools. For example, homeowners might pay back energy improvement loans via an assessment on their property tax bill. Out-of-pocket expenses are eliminated and energy savings will exceed the increase in property tax. Both the savings and the loan payments would stay with the house if the owners decide to sell.

Click Here for World Economic Forum: Energy Vision Update 2010