Archive for September, 2014

ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Eastman Chemical of Kingsport, Tennessee on September 30 with the ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for their highly efficient CHP systems—energy production systems that decrease energy costs and reduce carbon pollution which causes climate change. Eastman Chemical’s award-winning system demonstrates that CHP offers a promising strategy to help meet the goals of the President’s Climate Action Plan for a cleaner power sector and also boost the efficiency and competitiveness of the U.S industrial sector.

“CHP is part of a diverse clean energy mix,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The companies recognized today are leading by example and using this technology to help manage their carbon emissions and benefit from the cost savings and energy efficiency CHP provides.”

CHP, also known as cogeneration, simultaneously produces electricity and useful steam or hot water from a single heat source, using traditional or renewable fuels. By recovering and using heat typically wasted by the conventional production of electricity, CHP gives U.S. manufacturers a competitive edge by minimizing production costs while also reducing carbon pollution.

With an operating efficiency of more than 78 percent, Eastman Chemical’s predominantly coal-fired system requires approximately 14 percent less fuel than grid-supplied electricity and conventional steam production. The system also avoids emissions of air pollutants, including an estimated 358,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, equal to the emissions from the generation of electricity used by more than 44,000 homes. Moreover, by generating electricity on site, the system reduces demands on existing transmission and distribution infrastructure.

CHP is ideally suited for many industrial facilities as it provides reliable and cost-effective electricity and heat for a variety of manufacturing processes, including the production of specialty chemicals and pharmaceuticals, where energy costs can be a significant portion of operating costs.

Established in 2001, EPA’s voluntary CHP Partnership program seeks to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by promoting the cost-effective use of CHP. The partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new CHP projects and to promote their environmental and economic benefits.

Check the Kentucky CHP partnership for information about how the Commonwealth could benefit from CHP technologies.

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Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment

The annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment will be held on October 7 and 8, 2014 atKY-Gov-Conference-Logo-jpg the Lexington Convention Center. This year’s theme is “The Changing Landscapes in Kentucky”.

The conference will feature speakers and panel discussions on a wide range of topics, including energy, water resources, business, cyber security, agriculture and the environment. The conference will also host an exhibit hall for vendors to display environmental and energy related products and services.

KPPC will have a booth at the conference to answer questions about the center and provide information about technical services and programs available to Kentucky businesses and organization. Be sure to stop by the KPPC booth if you are at the conference.

There is a charge to attend the conference. If you would like to register for the conference, visit the KPPC Calendar of Events.

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KPPC’s 2014 Environmental Sustainability Award Presented

A. Raymond Tinnerman Manufacturing, Inc. has been selected as the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center’s (KPPC) Environmental Sustainability Award winner for 2014. KPPC created the award in 2009 to recognize those Kentucky companies that have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of sustainability by reducing waste, lowering energy use and practicing environmental stewardship. KPPC presents the award each year in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week.

KPPC Acting Director Lissa McCracken presents the Environmental Sustainability Award to Bill Breeze and Terry Royse at the A. Raymond Tinnerman manufacturing plant in Flemingsburg.

This year’s winner, A. Raymond Tinnerman Manufacturing purchased the plant in 2009, however the facility has been operating in Flemingsburg Kentucky since 1959. The company employs about 104 people and manufactures a variety of assembly components for the automotive industry. The company has been actively engaged in sustainability efforts at its facility for a number of years and has been working with KPPC since 2012.

KPPC’s Acting Director, Lissa McCracken, presented the award to plant manager Bill Breeze at the company’s facility on September 24. After receiving the award, Breeze said, “We’ve made energy management and waste reduction a priority, and KPPC has helped us find new opportunities to lower costs and improve our environmental performance. Protecting the environment is important to us, to our community and important to our parent company.”

There have been nine Kentucky companies that have won the Environmental Sustainability Award since KPPC created the award program: Akenbono Brake in Elizabethtown, Denyo Manufacturing in Danville, Fetter Group, Kindred Healthcare and Republic Conduit in Louisville, Sherwin Williams in Richmond, The United States Playing Card Company in Erlanger, Indelac Controls in Florence and A. Raymond Tinnerman manufacturing in Flemingsburg.

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P2 Week: Coffee Roaster Abuzz with Waste Prevention Strategy

Each month a contributing author through the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) publishes an article on GreenBiz about P2 sustainability with perspectives and examples on putting it into action.

In the latest P2 Impact article, Justin Lehrer from StopWaste Business Partnership shares how America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company has been brewing a strategy to reduce waste and improve operational efficiency, realizing savings along the way.

Read more about the cost savings that America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company found through waste reduction and improved efficiencies at the GreenBiz website.

Explore the many insightful P2 Impact posts to improve sustainability through pollution prevention.

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University of Louisville Eco-Reps Program wins MVP2 Award

Eco-Reps, a University of Louisville sustainability training program, has received a top award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C.

Eco-Reps was named winner of the organization’s 2014 Multimedia MVP2 Award for best video series with a major impact on preventing pollution.

The UofL program, created in 2012, offers free online video training, service opportunities and certification for faculty, staff and students who want to encourage others to adopt sustainable practices. Those seeking certification must watch six videos about energy, alternative transportation, healthy eating and other topics, read related material and take an exam.

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P2 Week: Benchmarking State Energy Efficiency Efforts

California, Massachusetts and Oregon continue to lead the state rankings for energy efficiency efforts. Every year, ACEEE ranks states on their energy efficiency policy and program efforts and provides recommendations for ways that states can improve their performance in a variety of policy areas.

Learn more about Kentucky’s energy efficiency effort from this perspective at the ACEEE website.

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P2 Week: MVP2 Awards Presented During P2 Week

The 2014 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) awards presented by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) celebrate the successes of innovators in the areas of pollution prevention and sustainability. The MVP2 awards are presented annually during National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week. Since P2 Week became a national event in 1995, NPPR has been advancing pollution prevention awareness by encouraging and promoting widespread participation during this week.

The 2014 MVP2 recipients represent a broad range of backgrounds including academia, industries, nonprofits and individuals that have demonstrated significant accomplishments in pollution prevention. Together, these programs and projects reduced hazardous materials by 2.2 million pounds, non-hazardous materials by 919,000 pounds, water use by 86.5 million gallons, air emissions by 2 million pounds, and energy use by 5.8 million kWh, saving these companies a total of over $3 million. These prestigious awards will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, DC on September 17, 2014.

Awards are presented in five categories. This year’s winners for the Projects/Programs Award were Crown Equipment, Dassault Falcoln Jet, Eco Chemical, GM – Toledo, IBM Vermont, Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute, Madison Precision Products, Prince William County Fire & Rescue, PVI Industries, SABIC, Saint-Gobain Corporation, and Washing Systems.. Honorable Mentions went to Cintas Corporation, GOJO Industries, IBM Fishkill, Maryland Department of Environmental Protection, Phoenix Contact, Pratt & Whitney, and SABIC. Phyllis Strong with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency took home the award for P2 Champion. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Audree Miller, with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. This year marks the first year of the Fred Granek P2 Ambassador Award, in memory of Fred Granek of the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention. The Fred Granek P2 Ambassador Award was awarded to Bruce Taylor of Enviro-Stewards, Inc.

For more information on the MVP2 Awards and NPPR, visit the NPPR website.

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P2 Week: Transforming the Market through Energy Efficiency

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

Look for the “ENERGY STAR” logo on appliances; this company devotes itself to appliances that are manufactured through methods which reduce greenhouse emissions.

The ESRC facilitated a Webinar on ENERGY STAR Tools for Manufacturers presented by Walt Tunnessen, EPA National Program Manager – Industry. Check out the ENERGY STAR resources discussed in this recorded Webinar.

Learn more about the EPA ENERGY STAR program and Industrial Energy Management.

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Kentucky to Receive $20 million Alternative Energy Grant

Kentucky is set to receive $20 million to fund alternative energy research at many of  the state’s colleges and universities. The federal grant money will come from the National National Science Foundation with an additional $4 million from the state Council on Postsecondary Education. Grant money will pay for research to move the state towards new forms of energy. Research funding will be provided to the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and Kentucky State, Northern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, and Murray State universities. Funding will also be provided to the The Big Sandy and bluegrass community technical colleges.

Read about plans for the research funding at the University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research.

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