January 12, 2021

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Black Hills Energy DSM Update & Potential Study
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The meeting is to provide an update on the current DSM Plan results of 2020 and start the discussion to develop the next Colorado Electric DSM Plan. The agenda for the meeting and Zoom call information is below. They will review the Potential Study, measure list, and methodology along with key changes to the new DSM Plan. Your input is critical as Black Hills Energy develops a program that benefits customers and the environment.
Meeting Agenda
— Safety Share
— Update on 2020 DMS Performance
— Update on pilot programs in 2020
— Update - Cannabis Energy Audit Pilot Program
— Update - Small Business Direct Install Program
— Potential Study methodology and draft results
— Electrification introduction in the new DSM Plan
— Low-income program discussion
PLEASE RSVP TO | Patti Olenick, Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator
Black Hills Energy | patti.olenick@blackhillscorp.com
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JOIN BY TELEPHONE | US: +1 720 928 9299 Meeting ID: 950 1078 9930
UPDATE | Elise Jones, Next SWEEP Director

The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is pleased to announce that Elise Jones will become the organization's next Executive Director, starting on January 25, 2021. For the past eight years, Elise has served as a Boulder County Commissioner. Prior to serving as an elected official, Elise was for 13 years the Executive Director of the Colorado Environmental Coalition, the predecessor to Conservation Colorado.

Elise will succeed Howard Geller, SWEEP’s founder and Executive Director since 2001. "While Howard's will be big shoes to fill, I'm very excited to be joining the SWEEP team and carrying on the organization's successful track record of policy advocacy to cut energy waste, reduce emissions, and promote clean transportation," Elise commented.

Geoexchange tax credits have been extended, both residential and commercial. Also changes in the federal definition of renewable energy, and enhancements to Section 179D Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction. From the GSHPA January 2021 newsletter:
UPDATE from GeoExchange
Federal Budget and Stimulus Signed into Law – Credits for Geo Included
"On December 27th, President Trump signed into law a massive budget, economic stimulus, and Covid-19 relief package", reports Ryan Dougherty, COO of the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO). This legislative package includes an extension for commercial and residential geothermal heat pump (GHP) tax credits.

The new law extends the credits for GHP installations through 2023. Residential credits are 26% through 2022, step down to 22% in 2023, and expire January 1, 2024. Commercial credits remain at 10% through 2023.

Additionally, the law sees the implementation of a long-sought change in the federal definition of renewable energy. That section in federal procurement law was amended to define “energy avoided” by a GHP as “energy produced” for the purposes of meeting clean energy targets in federal buildings. This change will further incentivize federal agencies’ adoption of GHPs and will have a cascade effect in-state renewable energy and procurement policies.

The law also makes the Section 179D Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction permanent and indexed to inflation. Professionals at Energy Tax Savers are considered experts on this deduction and if your business is involved in any commercial GHP installations. Learn more about Energy Tax Savers and the deduction at http://www.energytaxsavers.com/About.php.

The U.S House of Representatives Small Business Committee has released a stimulus fact sheet that can be read at https://www.geoexchange.org/wp-content/uploads/12.21.20-Stimulus-Fact-Sheet- SBC.pdf.

Questions about the legislation or the tax credits, please reach out to info@geoexchange.org.
NOTICE | Clean Energy and Sustainability
Accelerator Proposal

The Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator Proposal in Congress would create a federal green bank that funds state and local green banks around the country. The Clean Energy Fund is looking to marshal support for the bill by adding organizations to a letter of support that will be sent to Congressional leadership.

Organizations that have already pledged their support:
  • Major national environmental organizations like NRDC, Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, etc.
  • Industry trade associations like the Solar Energy Industries Association, Energy Storage Association, etc.
  • Large and small businesses from all over the U.S. 
  •  Elected officials and government agencies.

If you wish to join the letter, send an email to Katherine Hamilton at katherine@38northsolutions.com and you will be added as a signatory. 
Signatories will be accepted for the letter through Wednesday, January 13th, 2021.
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