President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, released on June 25, 2013, redoubled attention to prospective regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the electric power sector. In his plan and address, the President gave significant attention to fossil fueled electric power plants, which account for about one-third of U.S. GHG emissions (as carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent).
Scratching your head about how to fill out DSM information for EIA-861? You’re not the only one! Your public power peers and EIA experts have developed the resources on this page to answer your questions and help you avoid common mistakes on this often-confusing form.
Members of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) have taken a variety of approaches in developing consumer-facing resources for residential energy efficiency. From home energy use calculators to home retrofit guides, LPPC members are leading the way in providing their customers with innovative and inspiring energy efficiency materials to serve multiple needs and interest levels.
A constant challenge for electric utilities is to ensure compliance with air pollution regulations. The federal Clean Air Act (CAA) and state law impose significant and often costly pollution abatement requirements. States (and certain Indian tribes) are required to establish State (or Tribal) Implementation Plans (SIPs) that show how states with dirty air will meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and lead.
Building codes are one of the most important factors affecting the energy efficiency of a community. Widespread compliance with energy-efficient building codes reduces electricity demand, including during expensive peak periods, while reducing consumers’ electricity bills, and improving home comfort. Unfortunately, many consumers are not familiar with sometimes opaque and hard to understand energy codes.
“Smart” electric meters that measure real time power consumption have the potential to spur significant energy efficiency savings for consumers via real time feedback and price incentives. Utilities benefit from reduced maintenance costs, improved real time pricing structures, and improved capacity to manage peak demand. However, the road to widespread smart meter adoption has been a rocky one.
On Jan. 18, 2012, the Whitehouse Office of Science and Technology Policy joined several utility and technology executives to roll out a new consumer-friendly tool called the “Green Button.” Customers of participating utilities will be able to use this tool to get more information about their energy use from their utilities’ websites.
Interesting news item today from the Associated Press (AP). We spotted it on Energy Central. Under the headline, "Shocker," the story reports: Utility executives have been aware that the rate of demand growth is slowing, but a more dramatic shift than they expected may be under way. Executives were particularly surprised by a dip (in electricity use) during the first three months of this year, the most recent national quarterly numbers available.
New light bulb standards mean more options at the store and more ways to save money at home. Far from banning any type of bulb, the standards are part of a bill passed in 2007 that requires light bulbs to use about 30% less electricity. The information in this article can help you get your customers ready for this new standard. But what is the new standard?
Back in March, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards to limit hazardous air pollutant emissions from all coal- and oil-fired power plants. A panel discussion on the Mercury and Air Toxics Rule examining its reliability, affordability and impact on health, the economy and job markets was held by Center for American Progress on June 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. Presenters included:
Check out the Clean Energy Ambassadors website to find two recently produced, free public service announcements (PSAs) that you can use to promote energy efficiency to Spanish-speaking customers! You can see and download these videos directly from the site or request full-quality versions for your utility's use.
On May 12, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced a new energy efficiency bill to Congress. The new bill, called the Energy Savings & Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 (ESICA), intends to increase the use of energy efficiency technologies in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors of our economy, while fostering job creation.
The U.S. industrial sector accounts for approximately one-third of U.S. energy consumption. For utilities, industrial customers represent a major opportunity to capture energy savings and reduce peak demand. However, participation by industrial customers in demand-side management programs has lagged behind other sectors due to the challenges of tailoring programs to address the diversity of processes and equipment in industrial facilities.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released its assessment of the top utility green power programs in the U.S. for 2010. Public power utilities once again featured prominently in every category, demonstrating public power’s commitment to promoting renewable energy.
More than 850 utilities across the United States now offer green power programs, and since 2000, NREL has conducted an analysis to determine the “Top 10” utility programs for the following categories:
I can’t wait for the Clean Energy Ambassadors next free Webinar, New Light Bulb Standards—Controversy or Opportunity?! It’s going to be June 21 at noon Central time; 11 am Mountain Time. (Click here to register.) We decided to look into lighting after the mundane, 100-watt incandescent lamp found itself in the national spotlight this spring.
Washington, D.C., May 12, 2011 – The Alliance to Save Energy today joins its honorary Board chair, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and her colleague Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in unveiling a bipartisan bill that aims to help our nation regain its economic footing and global leadership by deploying energy efficiency widely across the United States.
Energy utility commissioners and energy efficiency leaders in the Northeast and Mid- Atlantic regions have agreed to implement a common set of statewide guidelines for reporting energy efficiency savings and associated costs, emissions and job impacts.
American consumers strongly support energy efficient lighting and welcome the transition away from traditional incandescent bulbs, according to the results of a recent survey. In their 10th EcoPinion survey published in March, EcoAlign asked 1,000 American consumers what they thought about the technological changes and higher efficiency standards that are driving the transformation of the residential lighting market.
For the second year in a row, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is a recipient of the ENERGY STAR partner of the Year award. Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selects organizations, from its more than 17,000 program partners, to be recognized for their leadership, accomplishments and commitment to energy efficiency.
Last fall, the American Public Power Association (APPA) distributed a survey to its members requesting information on their energy efficiency (EE) and demand-side management (DSM) programs. While APPA analysts found some changes to the responses they received from a similar survey completed in 2008, overall the trends stayed consistent - energy efficiency is an essential element in a utilities' portfolio and an important customer service.
The Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) has collaborated with energy industry and education partners to launch a new online course to provide training for electric power industry workers in clean energy solutions and smart grid deployment.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed two rules for regulating air pollutants that will affect public power utilities. The Transport Rule is slated to go into effect in 2012 and the Utility Maximum Available Control Technology Rule (MACT) is undergoing a 15 month discussion period.