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Project Timeline

  • Town Meeting

    Town Meeting
    Town Meeting to gauge project interest; New Berlin Energy Independence Committee appointed by Borough Council
  • Committee Appointed

    Committee Appointed
    New Berlin Energy Independence Committee appointed by the Borough Council.
  • Project Launch

    Project Launch
    The New Berlin Energy Independence Project is formally launched.
  • Residential surveying Begins

  • New Berlin residential participation reaches 85%

    New Berlin residential participation reaches 85%
  • NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald

    NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald
    Articles about the New Berlin Energy Independence Project were featured in the December 2009 edition of The New Berlin Herald.
  • Project Website Design Begins

  • SEDA-COG begins to work with New Berlin Manfacturers

    SEDA-COG begins to work with New Berlin Manfacturers
  • New Berlin manufacturers complete lighting retrofits recommended through energy assessments.

  • PPL Town Meeting

    PPL Town Meeting
  • NBEI featured in The New Berlin Herald

    NBEI featured in The New Berlin Herald
    Articles about the New Berlin Energy Independence Project were featured in the April 2010 edition of The New Berlin Herald.
  • Community-wide energy audit is completed

  • Project Briefing for Partnering Organizations

  • TEDs installed in 4 New Berlin homes

    TEDs installed in 4 New Berlin homes
    The Energy Detectives, or TEDS, were installed in four New Berlin homes. A TED is a home electricity monitor that provides real time feedback on a home’s electricity usage. TEDs provide instantaneous information about electricity use so that you can take steps to save. Research indicates a link between energy awareness and savings.
  • Residential Walkthrough Energy Surveys begin

  • Comprehensive facility energy assessments

    Comprehensive facility energy assessments
    Proposals for comprehensive facility energy assessments presented to manufacturing firms.
  • New Berlin Energy Independence Project Website Launched

  • NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald

    NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald
    Articles about the New Berlin Energy Independence Project were featured in the August 2010 edition of The New Berlin Herald.
  • UBA provided to New Berlin

    Utility Bill Analysis provided by SEDA-COG to the borough of New Berlin.
  • Energy Contractor Expo

    Energy Contractor Expo
    Energy Contractor Expo held to connect community with qualified contractors.
  • Energy Assessments for non-profits

    Energy Assessments for non-profits
    Energy assessments provided to New Berlin’s non-profit facilities using funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
  • NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald

    NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald
    Articles about the New Berlin Energy Independence Project were featured in the October 2010 edition of The New Berlin Herald.
  • Energy assessment findings and recommendations presented to non profits

  • Bucknell Students Present Renewables Research

    Bucknell Students Present Renewables Research
    Ten teams of senior Chemical Engineering students from Bucknell University presented their findings on possible renewable energy resources for New Berlin.
  • DIY Weatherization Workshop

    DIY Weatherization Workshop
    Do-it-Yourself Weatherization Workshop for residents and institutional facilities.
  • Technical assistance provided to the Borough of New Berlin to procure qualified contractor to implement recommended energy conservation measures

  • New Berlin Borough implements and installs energy conservation measures recommended through energy assessment

  • NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald

    NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald
    Articles about the New Berlin Energy Independence Project were featured in the March 2011 edition of The New Berlin Herald.
  • Presentation given to Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors

    Presentation given to Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors
    A presentation on the New Berlin Energy Independence Initiative was given at the PSATS at their 89th Annual Educational Conference and Tradeshow.
  • NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald

    NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald
    Articles about the New Berlin Energy Independence Project were featured in the May 2011 edition of The New Berlin Herald.
  • July, 2011 – Sun-TECH completes a $1.8 million energy retrofit performed by an energy service company.

    The New Berlin vocational school serving 5 school districts completes a lighting retrofit and converts its HVAC from electricity to propane. Documented annual savings as of July 2012 are $___.
  • Follow-up surveys completed for 100 households that received Free Walkthrough Energy Surveys and Reports

  • The Energy Detective Open House

    The Energy Detective Open House
    An open house was held at the Finkbiner home to demonstrate The Energy Detective (TED).
  • NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald

    NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald
    Articles about the New Berlin Energy Independence Project were featured in the August 2011 edition of The New Berlin Herald.
  • Rental Property Weatherization Seminar

    SEDA-COG Weatherization program chief meets with New Berlin landlords to discuss the process and ability to provide free weatherization services to qualifying rental properties.
  • New Berlin Resident installs Solar Hot Water System

    New Berlin Resident installs Solar Hot Water System
    New Berlin resident, Michael Palermo installed a solar hot water system in August of 2011. Michael and his family have worked to conserve their energy consumption, which allows their new solar hot water system to save them an estimated 300 gallons of heating oil per year and 90% of their domestic hot water demand.
  • Information Session for Landlords

    Staff from SEDA-COG's Energy Resource Center and Weatherization Department held an informational meeting for all New Berlin landlords. Walkthrough Energy Surveys and Weatherization retrofits were covered as opportunities available to both landlords and tenants.
  • Residential Walkthrough Energy Surveys continue

    Homeowners continue to receive Free Walkthrough Energy Surveys to determine ways to improve energy efficiency and save money.
  • New Berlin Energy Independence Project wins National Award

    New Berlin Energy Independence Project wins National Award
    Congratulations to the New Berlin Community! The New Berlin Energy Independence Initiative has won a National Association of Development Organizations 2011 Innovation Award. 2011 NADO Award Winners
  • Messiah Lutheran Church installs High-Efficiency Boiler

    Messiah Lutheran Church installs High-Efficiency Boiler
    The Messiah Lutheran Church has completed installation of a new high-efficiency boiler recommended in their Energy Assessment by Envinity, Inc.
  • NBEI Information Exchange Bulletin Board

    NBEI Information Exchange Bulletin Board
    A New Berlin Energy Independence Project information exchange bulletin board has been posted in the New Berlin Post Office. The board serves as another resource for residents to find information about the project as well as to share information relative to the project with each other.
  • Bucknell Students Present Renewables Research

    Bucknell Students Present Renewables Research
    Nine teams of senior Chemical Engineering students presented their class project studies on renewable energy options for New Berlin.
  • NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald

    NBEI Featured in The New Berlin Herald
    Articles about the New Berlin Energy Independence Project were featured in the January 2012 edition of The New Berlin Herald.
  • New Berlin Manufacturing Firm to Invest in ECMs

    QCast Aluminum has made the decision to invest $36,800 in energy conservation measures recommended to them through their comprehensive energy assessment. This investment is projected to reduce their electricity consumption by 76,000 kWh per year. QCast's first-year electricity cost savings will be $7,000, with additional annual savings as electricity cost increases over time.
  • New Berlin Farmer Installs Solar PV

    New Berlin farmer, Dennis Spangler, installed a ground-mount solar PV array to supplement his electricity use for his home and farm. In previous years Dennis had invested in conservation measures on his farm enabling him to take the next step of renewable energy.
  • Draft Renewable Energy Study Completed

    The federal Appalachian Regional Commission accepts the draft study and approves project third-year funding.
  • NBEI presented at PAGOG meeting

    NBEI presented at PAGOG meeting
    The New Berlin Energy Independence Project was selected by the PA Association of Councils of Governments as a presentation topic for their 2012 Annual Conference held in September 2012 in Gettysburg, PA.
  • NBEI presented at the PAEP 2012 Annual Conference

    NBEI presented at the PAEP 2012 Annual Conference
    A New Berlin Energy Indpenedence Project presenatation was given at the PA Association of Environmental Professionals 2012 Annual Conference.
  • New Berlin Manufacturer completes implementation of recommended energy reduction measures

    Q-Cast Aluminum, Inc. invests $47,000 in lighting retrofits and manufacturing process improvements that reduce its annual energy use by 26%.
  • NADO Innovations Award is presented to the New Berlin Community

    The National Association of Development Organization’s Innovations Award is presented in a ceremony to the New Berlin Borough Council and community members.
  • Funding for New Berlin Social Hall energy reduction measures procured

    Federal Community Development Block grant funds are awarded for the implementation of recommended energy reduction measures at the New Berlin Social Hall, owned by the New Berlin Fire Company and used to generate funds to provide emergency services to the New Berlin community.
  • Energy program managers from other regions in PA tour New Berlin.

    Pennsylvania Energy Partnership members and ARC state program staff tour New Berlin residents, receive TED presentation and meet with community members to discuss implementing similar community-wide energy reduction initiatives in their regions.
  • Community-wide documentation of project results begins

    New Berlin Herald announces energy survey mailing and requests that all New Berlin residents to their January 2013 electricity bills. Project database was used to mail surveys.
  • Final Bucknell University renewable energy technical studies are completed.

    Final Bucknell University renewable energy technical studies are completed.
    Bucknell senior Chemical Engineering Students present biomass and biofuels technical studies as final exam. Results of the studies inform the project’s renewable energy report.
  • Survey to New Berlin residents is mailed to coincide with receipt of electric bills

    New Berlin Borough Council mails survey to all New Berlin residents requesting their response to document residential energy savings achieved. Project database was used to track returned surveys, document and assess energy savings.
  • SEDA-COG initiates energy reduction activities at the New Berlin Social Hall

    SEDA-COG competitively procures engineering services to develop specifications for the installation of the New Berlin Social Hall energy reduction measures.
  • SEDA-COG uses PPL electric utility’s on-line “Energy Analyzer” accounts to document non-residential electricity savings

    2012 energy bills begin to be procured from New Berlin institutional organizations and manufacturing firms to document savings achieved.
  • Residents continue to procure free energy assessments

    SEDA-COG’s Weatherization technicians provide energy assessment to the 135th New Berlin home.
  • New Berlin Social Hall energy reduction activities continue

    SEDA-COG competitively procures HVAC and lighting contractors to implement energy reduction measures at the New Berlin Social Hall.
  • New Berlin Borough completes all recommended energy reduction measures at its Borough building and Community Center

    Borough reduces its energy use by 23% by implementing measures recommended in the utility bill analysis and energy assessment provided through the project in 2010. SEDA-COG procured a DCED grant in 2010 on behalf of the Borough to finance the retrofits.
  • Timeline Project Presentation to the Rivertown Coalition

    Timeline Project Presentation to the Rivertown Coalition
  • SEDA-COG continues to educate the public about the project’s purpose, process and results

    SEDA-COG continues to educate the public about the project’s purpose, process and results
    The New Berlin Project is presented in a sustainability workshop at Riverfront Coalition conference.
  • Final Renewable Energy Study submitted to ARC

    Renewable Energy Report The community-wide renewable energy study recommends solar thermal, solar PV and biofuels as the renewable energy investments in New Berlin most beneficial to further contribute to the community’s energy independence and economic resiliency.
  • New Berlin Social Hall roof-top solar array receives funding

    Union County Board of Commissioners awards $65,000 toward the cost of a 10-kw rooftop solar array that, coupled with energy reduction measures, are estimated to reduce the New Berlin Social Hall’s2009 energy use by 56%.
  • Energy project data collection is explained to the New Berlin Community at the local post office

    New Berlin Energy Independence Committee displays and explains the purpose and timeframe of the final survey in the New Berlin post office.