Managing the implementation of the City of St. Louis' Park’s Climate Action Plan. Lotus is supporting the City of St. Louis Park through the first year of implementation for the City’s aggressive climate action plan, which includes a focus on reducing energy consumption in buildings, developing and supporting creative community partnerships for relevant organizations, and helping the City achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
Program Administrator for Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority's (GVRHA) Gunnison Valley Home Energy Advancement Team (GV-HEAT). Through an intensive Valley wide stakeholder process, we helped develop a new energy efficiency rebate program available to all Gunnison County residents, with an emphasis on income-qualified households. In tandem with GVRHA, we will also administer the program, manage contractors, manage rebate and program dollars, and report to all funders.
Facilitator for Colorado Energy Office's energy performance contracting program. We have helped dozens of organizations navigate the EPC process as an owner's advocate by providing guidance on the technical, contractual, and programmatic details of the entire process.
Manager of Boulder Housing Partners's Energy Empowerment Program. In concert with two other consulting firms, we helped Boulder Housing Partners reach their goal of becoming the nation's first net-zero energy housing authority through an innovative occupant engagement program. You can learn more about our work by clicking here.
Manager and co-developer of Colorado Energy Office's Energy Management Assistance Program. We have worked with school districts across the state to help them implement comprehensive energy management plans and implement energy efficiency improvements.
Manager and co-developer of Colorado Energy Office's Main Street Efficiency Initiative. On behalf of five Front Range communities, we have managed and implemented an energy efficiency rebate program for 50 small businesses that resulted in an annual energy savings of 15 percent.
Supported Trident Energy Services work with Missouri Department of Economic Development, Division of Energy. We provided recommendations and a prioritized action plan to guide Missouri towards a successful energy savings performance contracting program.
Programs we have managed include (*programs prior to working at Lotus):
Colorado Energy Office Energy Management Assistance Program*
Colorado Energy Office Main Street Efficiency Initiative*
Colorado Energy Office Greening Government Program*
Colorado Energy Office Colorado Carbon Fund*
Colorado Energy Office Energy Performance Contracting Program (Private and Public)
Prepared an analysis of residential home sales and the impact of home energy efficiency on market value of homes in Denver. These efforts will inform the development of a pilot program aimed at supporting greater energy efficiency and home energy reports in the residential sector for Denver.
Prepared outreach case studies for state run programs. Lotus prepared EPC outreach case studies for the Colorado Energy Office and Pollution Prevention (P2) outreach case studies for the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. Each study will be used to promote program benefits and opportunities and educate potential program participants.
Conducted research on promoting EPC in rural Colorado for the Colorado Energy Office. We have conducted research and made recommendations for the best tools, methods, and/or strategies to accelerate the uptake of energy performance contracting in small and rural Colorado public jurisdictions. The research focused on the financial, legal, technical, and communication barriers that are currently hindering the expansion of energy performance contracting in rural and small communities while creating a new approach that utilizes local and international best practices.
Supported National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) research. We advised and worked with NASEO on a variety of initiatives including researching, writing, and finalizing a report; promoting a new program to track energy efficiency and renewable energy construction led by State Energy Office programs; and tracking energy financing programs throughout the United States. You can access a recent collaboration titled Resilience through Energy Efficiency: Disaster Mitigation and Residential Rebuilding Strategies for and by State Energy Offices by clicking here.
Completed a study on behalf of Colorado and Company. Lotus completed a market analysis study for Colorado and Company that provided an overview of the current trends and outlook for "green" homes in the Denver metro area, as well as an overview of the policies and regulations that effect the real estate industry.
Provided due-diligence, document review, and Request-for-Proposal support for various companies including Impact Finance Center, POINT380, and Rocky Mountain Institute. Worked on a variety of topics including solar gardens, energy efficiency and renewable energy financing, impact investing, energy performance contracting, and Carbon Disclosure Project reporting.
Lead the development of a comprehensive GHG inventory and related Climate Action Plan for Summit County in collaboration with the High Country Conservation Center. Lotus is working with HC3 to develop a comprehensive GHG inventory and aspirational and achievable Climate Action Plan for Summit County, Colorado. This effort includes stakeholder facilitation, research, modeling strategies, and conducting a resource analysis for the community organizations that will be involved in the implementation of strategies.
Lead the City and County of Denver's 80x50 facilitation and strategy development process, and revised and further developed strategies based on stakeholder and community feedback. We worked with Denver and a group of expert stakeholders to identify ambitious, yet feasible, GHG emission reduction strategies to meet Denver's ambitious 80% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050 plan. We also modeled these strategies for their relative impact on GHG emissions and on secondary criteria such as cost, ease of implementation, impacts on social equity and environmental justice, public health, and air quality. You can read the report by clicking here.
Developed calculation tools to determine GHG emission reduction potentials for various sustainability improvement strategies. To help the City of Lakewood understand the impact on GHG emissions from the implementation of various improvement strategies, Lotus built six Excel-based spreadsheet calculators to determine impacts from energy, transportation, waste, and materials. The results were integrated into the City's sustainability plan: http://www.lakewood.org/movingforward/splan/.
Prepared sustainability assessment reports for small businesses in Northern Colorado. Following on-site walkthroughs, Lotus quantified metrics for implementing recommended energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste reduction, and alternative transportation options for small businesses.
Selected utility management software. Lotus was contracted with an energy management company to help a Fortune 500 company select a utility management software tool, collect energy and water data for its 200+ facilities, and identify potential energy and water saving opportunities
Completed greenhouse gas emission inventories and inventory updates. We have helped multiple communities (including Cities of Westminster, Aspen, Lakewood, Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont and Park City, as well as Boulder County and Summit County) create GPC compliant greenhouse gas inventories. Alongside these inventories, we have created accompanying data management tools and inventory management plans. The data management tool is designed to easily input inventory values into ICLEI's ClearPath. We have also updated past greenhouse inventories to be GPC compliant.
Developed a tool for Alpine Bank to track their greenhouse gas emissions and normalize their utility data for weather. The tool will enable Alpine Bank to have a stronger understanding of their energy use and track their sustainability goals more effectively across their 37 locations. Lotus was also tasked with supporting the writing of Alpine Banks 2015 and 2016 Sustainability Reports.
Completed multiple greenhouse gas inventory updates for private companies. Lotus updated the 2015, 2016, and 2017 greenhouse gas emission inventory update and completed due diligence on Eco-Products' 2010-2014 data. We have worked on a United Nations' greenhouse gas inventory, as well.
Carbon Disclosure Project Due Diligence. Lotus provided due-diligence support for three Fortune 500 companies Third Party Verification of GHG Emissions Inventory.
Community Solar Garden ANalysis
Evaluated opportunities to integrate energy efficiency and income-qualified programs into the development of community solar gardens in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Lotus worked with local municipalities, the regional utility, and partner organizations to develop a road map for the integration of efficiency and income-qualified programs to increase the participation in and benefit of association with community solar gardens.
Developed detailed, relevant, and attractive case studies on community solar garden projects for project developers to use in communicating project opportunities, goals, and successes to potential investors and off-taking organizations. Lotus supported the development of multiple marketing and storytelling pieces that highlighted successful community solar projects for RC Cubed.
Developed program participation guidelines for community solar projects in New Hampshire. Lotus conducted detailed research and stakeholder interviews to develop a list of recommend program participation guidelines that will support the successful implementation of community solar gardens in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
Evaluated opportunities and risks for renewable energy project for local municipalities. To better inform the Highlands Ranch Community Association, the Cities of Lakewood and Wheat Ridge, and the Town of Carbondale of potential risks associated with participation in a solar garden, Lotus performed a technical due diligence review of proposed projects and quantified hypothetical risk scenarios.
Analyzed House Bill 10-1342 5% carve-out rule for low-income subscribers. Completed a study for the Colorado Energy Office to see how the low-income carve-out rule for community solar is currently being realized and identifying ways that the process can be improved. Click here to read the study.
Evaluated eight low-income Community Solar Demonstration projects across Colorado. Worked with the Colorado Energy Office to: 1) provide a detailed report of energy burden in Colorado; 2) provide an evaluation of eight low-income community solar models incorporated into the CEO’s demonstration project via discrete case studies; and 3) an analysis of the low-income community solar demonstration project as a whole, including an overview of overall impact on energy burden, approaches for replicability, and effectiveness of reducing energy burden.