Resources Strategy for the Holland Community Energy Strategy Presentation to the Holland City Council, the Holland Board of Public Works, and the Holland CES Steering Committee. Final Version, July 2013. Overview of Presentation. Purpose of “Resources” Project
Resources Strategyfor theHolland Community Energy StrategyPresentation to the Holland City Council, the Holland Board of Public Works, and the Holland CES Steering Committee
Final Version, July 2013
I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy. . . . I’m also issuing a new goal for America: Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next 20 years. We'll work with the states to do it. Those states with the best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make that happen.
-- President Obama, 2013 State of the Union Address
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The City of Holland and the Holland Board of Public Works should consider formation of a “Task Force” to explore the creation of a “Holland Energy Trust” that includes diverse members that could include the existing Holland CES Steering Committee, a representative of philanthropy, a prominent business representative, Hope College, and possibly representatives from key state and federal energy organizations such as the Michigan Energy Office or the offices of Congressman Fred Upton and Senator Debbie Stabenow.
The Task Force should be directed to develop and report back to the City and BPW, within a short period (such as three months), a set of recommendations on whether and how to form a Holland Energy Trust, how it should be structured, what roles it would fulfill, how it would attract and utilize funding resources to implement the CES, how it would integrate with established entities like the BPW for implementation, and how it would make use of external expertise such as Schneider Electric, Michigan Saves, or other consulting organizations.
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