March, 2016 – Volume 9, Issue 3
Kentucky Energy Workshop, Energy Efficiency at Work
KPPC – Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, together with the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), ENERGY STAR® and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) invite you to join us for a regional workshop – “Kentucky Energy Workshop, Energy Efficiency At Work”.
This valuable workshop, available exclusively to Kentucky businesses, manufacturers and public entities, will be presented at different dates and locations in Kentucky. The workshop will provide facility managers, engineers and anyone concerned with the efficient use of energy at their facility with the training, technical information and tools they need to develop or enhance energy management programs and energy efficiency initiatives.
Each workshop will convene from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (local time), and will include a tour at the host facility.
• Workshop One: March 31, 2016 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, KY
• Workshop Two: April 6, 2016 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY
At each workshop KPPC representatives will review the fundamental concepts of energy efficiency as well as the tools and techniques for implementing efficiency initiatives. Equipment vendors will present current technologies related to energy efficiency, and the host facility will describe and demonstrate energy-saving approaches at work at their facility.
A representative from ENERGY STAR® will provide two sessions aimed at enhancing energy management programs. The first session will describe programs and tools available from ENERGY STAR®. The second session will outline the Seven Steps to Energy Management. Finally, renewable energy will be discussed as well as financing options for energy efficiency in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Energy Workshops are part of a series of events designed to provide strategies and resources for sound energy management that can help Kentucky companies realize significant cost savings while improving their environmental performance.
If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the Kentucky Energy Workshop, please call KPPC at (502) 852-0965.
Kentucky Energy Efficiency Outreach Initiative Events
This series of upcoming workshops and events can help Kentucky companies realize significant cost savings and help attendees make a commitment to establish or strengthen an energy management system, engage facility personnel to start planning a strategy for energy efficiency and consider involvement with ENERGY STAR® programs i.e.: Industrial – Challenge for Industry (10 percent reduction in 5 years) – Commercial – Benchmark with Portfolio Manager (75+ = certification).
• Regional Workshops (March/April, 2016) – Designed for facility-level managers and engineers, information will include tools, techniques and resources available to help support implementation.
• ENERGY STAR® Showcase Events (2016) – Various events will be hosted by ENERGY STAR® partners throughout the nation, including Kentucky, to showcase efforts related to energy efficiency strategies and implementation.
• KAM Energy Conference (May 10-11, 2016) – Hosted by the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), the 2016 Energy Conference will be held in Lexington.
• KPPC Coaching Sessions (April – June 2016) – Brief coaching sessions will supplement on-site events to support utilization of tools and resources introduced at the events and increase opportunities for implementation.
Upcoming events will be made available on KPPC’s Calendar of Events, as the details are finalized.
Kentucky Based Toyota Motor Manufacturing Achieves Energy Star Certification for 2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on February 24, 2016 that Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Kentucky is among 70 manufacturing plants to have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2015. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $476 million and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than five million metric tons –equal to the average annual energy use of more than 450,500 households. From applying corporate energy management programs to implementing energy efficiency projects, there are many ways plants can save energy with EPA’s Energy Star program.
“Energy Star certified manufacturing plants make the case that we can cost-effectively combat climate change through greater energy efficiency,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “These plants have improved their competitiveness and show what is possible for their industries by driving the innovation needed for a sustainable future.”
Since 2006, Energy Star has certified manufacturing plants that reach the top 25 percent of energy performance for their industries nationwide each year. Energy Star certified plants must have their energy performance independently verified. Plants from the automotive, cement manufacturing, corn refining, food processing, glass manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing and petroleum refining industries are among those that qualified in 2015.
Read the EPA press release.
UofL Wins Gold in Sustainability
The University of Louisville has been rated the most sustainable college in Kentucky. UofL achieved a Gold rating in sustainability from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
The university scored 65.12 for 2016 in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), the global standard AASHE uses to gauge progress in environmental, social and economic stewardship.
No other Kentucky college or university has a Gold STARS rating, and UofL is one of only 92 “Gold schools” in the world.
New Conservation Buffers Will Help Kentucky Organic Farmers
Organic farmers in Kentucky and across the nation soon will have a new tool to help their bottom lines while protecting the environment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to help cover the costs of setting up about 20,000 acres of new conservation buffers specifically for organic farms.
According to the USDA’s 2014 Organic Survey there are 107 certified organic farms in Kentucky covering about 7,200 acres. Nationwide, there are more than 14,000 organic farms.
Hoefner is asking organic farmers to consider signing up for the program, because they already are required to set up conservation buffers as part of their organic certification process. “This is kind of a win-win,” he says. “It’s something they need to be considering anyway to comply with their organic rule. And here, the Farm Service Agency is saying we’ve got a tool that can help you.”
According to the USDA, the Conservation Reserve Program already has helped prevent about 9 billion tons of soil from being eroded.
Read the article at Public News Service.
2015 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy
World-renowned chemist and professor Daniel Nocera, the Patterson Rookwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University, has won the 2015 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy from the University of Louisville, which recognizes outstanding renewable energy ideas and achievements with proven global impact.
Nocera is recognized for two energy storage creations. The first is his “Artificial Leaf,” a renewable energy device that synthetically duplicates the direct solar-to-fuel steps of photosynthesis, the process by which plants use sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen to create fuel for themselves. The Artificial Leaf was named Innovation of the Year for 2011 by Time magazine.
The second is a low cost, rechargeable “flow” battery for scalable centralized (grid) and distributed (microgrid) energy storage at the megawatt-hour (MWh) scale. Nocera’s innovations address the storage of energy until needed, the most critical challenge of widespread implementation of renewables.
Read more about the award and Professor Nocera’s work at UofL’s website.
NREL Analysis Says Tax Credits can Boost Renewables
After a sharp burst of activity on Capitol Hill in December, renewable energy policy seems to have entered a period of inertia. However, an analysis released this week by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows that the move to a clean energy future continues.
The study confirms what proponents said of a package of long-term extensions of production tax credits (PTC) and investment tax credits (ITC) adopted by Congress in December for a wide range of clean energy technologies: renewable energy capacity investments will be spurred well into the next decade and can increase even further the reduction in CO2 emissions from the U.S. electricity system.
The measure extended a wind PTC of 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), which had most recently expired at the end of 2014. A lower rate ‑ $0.012/kWh – was extended for open-loop biomass, landfill gas, municipal solid waste, qualified hydroelectric and marine and hydrokinetic energy resources. Also extended was an investment tax credit (ITC) of 30 percent for solar facilities, and smaller ITCs for other sources of energy like geothermal, that were all set to expire at the end of this year.
Register Now for the KAM 2016 Energy Conference & VIP Reception
Registration is open for the KAM 2016 Energy Conference & VIP Reception. The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) is facilitating the conference which will be held on May 10 and 11 at the Lexington Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
KAM invites manufacturers, legislators, educators, suppliers, large energy consumers and key decision makers to join them at the conference for a focused discussion about appropriate and timely action needed to continue Kentucky’s strong performance of providing reliable and affordable energy now and into the future.
Register now to Join KAM at the 2016 Conference.
See What’s New at ESRC
The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™), a national network of regional information centers. The objective of the ESRC is to provide technical environmental sustainability information and training to industrial service providers in EPA Regions 3 & 4. The primary service area for the ESRC is EPA Region 3 & 4. Region 3 includes Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, D.C., Delaware and Maryland. Region 4 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. ESRC resources and staff are available to users in industry, consulting and universities. Please visit the ESRC website or call toll free (855) 531-3772 for more information.
GreenBiz – Sustainability News & Resources
GreenBiz advances the opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability. Through its websites, events, peer-to-peer network and research, GreenBiz promotes the potential to drive transformation and accelerate progress — within companies, industries and in the very nature of business. Since 1991, GreenBiz has chronicled and been a catalyst for thought leadership in aligning environmental responsibility with profitable business practices.
Read this month’s P2 Impact column on GreenBiz, “How Chicago’s quirkiest companies sprouted a circular economy”, John Mulrow explains how pollution prevention in the manufacturing process can be driven by company culture and employee engagement.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
• EPA Webinar: Portfolio Manager 101
Get started using EPA’s Portfolio Manager tool. An introduction and demonstration of the core functionality of the Portfolio Manager tool, including how to enter properties, enter energy and water data, share data with others, and generate performance reports.
March 22 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
• EPA Webinar: Portfolio Manager 201
Learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data, setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties, creating custom reports and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
March 23 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
• EPA Webinar: Portfolio Manager 301
Take a deeper dive into the more advanced features of Portfolio Manager, such as managing changes in property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to quickly upload data, setting goals, and creating custom reports.
March 24 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
• Regional workshop – Kentucky Energy Workshop, Energy Efficiency at Work
This valuable workshop, available exclusively to Kentucky businesses, manufacturers and organizations, will be presented twice at different dates and locations in Kentucky.
Register – March 31 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, KY
Register – April 6 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY
• 2016 KAM Energy Conference & VIP Reception
Registration is now open for the KAM 2016 Energy Conference & VIP Reception. The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) invites manufacturers, legislators, educators, suppliers, large energy consumers and key decision makers to join them at the conference for a focused discussion about appropriate and timely action needed to continue Kentucky’s strong performance of providing reliable and affordable energy now and into the future.
May 10 – 11 – Register for the conference
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.