November, 2014 – Volume 7, Issue 11
KY CHP Partnership Held Two Workshops in November
The Kentucky CHP Partnership recently held two workshops – one in in Bowling Green on November 6, and one in Richmond on November 13. The workshops were well attended with about 76 people from industry, government, consulting organizations and public utilities attending both training events.
The workshops provided information about CHP financing, policies and permitting and provided an overview of some of the types of CHP systems available. Highlights for both workshops were the panel discussions, where attendees asked questions about how CHP actually works in real-world applications. The CHP Owners Panel members were; Michael Burke from Enerfab, John McLean from Mac Farms, and John DeVinney from Perdue Farms.
Combined heat and power (CHP) is a proven technology that uses equipment designed to generate both electric power and useful heat energy. CHP’s high efficiency systems can help make businesses more competitive by lowering energy costs, reducing demand on the electricity delivery system, reducing strain on the electric grid and reducing the risk of power disruptions.
The Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), KPPC – Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), are working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program and the DOE Southeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership to promote CHP technologies throughout Kentucky.
Contact KPPC- Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center at (502) 852-0965 or visit the website to learn more about CHP and how your facility could benefit.
KY Energy and Environment Cabinet Receives Grant from U.S. DOE
In October, the U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center awarded a $3.4 Million Grant to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) for regulatory oversight of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant located in Paducah, KY. The grant covers a single-year Base Project Period from November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015 with an option for four, one-year extensions (approximately $680,000 per year).
The goal of the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA) grant is to have the Kentucky EEC work with DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to find the best ways to remediate contaminated environmental media as required by the FFA. Kentucky, specifically the EEC, is charged with the duty of enforcing the environmental laws/regulations of Kentucky relating to waste management, water and air quality, and protection of human health and environment that are applicable to DOE’s activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
The mission of the Office of Environmental Management is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.
Solar on Track to be as Cheap or Cheaper than Conventional Electric Power in Most States
Every time fossil fuels get cheaper, people lose interest in solar deployment. That may be about to change.
After years of struggling against cheap natural gas prices and variable subsidies, solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 U.S. states in 2016, according to a Deutsche Bank report published this week. That’s assuming the U.S. maintains its 30 percent tax credit on system costs, which is set to expire that same year.
Even if the tax credit drops to 10 percent, solar will soon reach price parity with conventional electricity in well over half the nation: 36 states. Gone are the days when solar panels were an exotic plaything. Solar is becoming mainstream, and prices will continue to drop as the technology improves and financing becomes more affordable, according to the report. Read the entire article in Bloomberg online.
Kentucky Middle School Wins Recognition in the Energy Star Battle of the Buildings Competition
In the 2013 EPA Battle of the Buildings Competition, West Middle School in Shelbyville, Kentucky was recognized as the number 15 overall winner and the Most Valuable Participant (MVP). The Shelby County school had a 20 percent energy use reduction and an overall energy savings of 28.9 percent – or more than $35,000 in estimated cost savings.
In addition to saving energy, West Middle School earned EPA’s Most Valuable Participant award for exemplary performance in communicating its energy-saving efforts and participation in the competition to students, staff and the broader public. The school got the word out through a press release, email blasts, the school’s website, social media posts on Twitter and Flickr, posters and in-person events. Read more about the school’s award.
The 2014 U.S. EPA’s Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge is at the midpoint in the competition. More than 5,500 buildings nationwide are going head-to-head to reduce their energy use. In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for businesses to cut in half the amount of energy they waste over the next 20 years, the competition specifically targets wasted energy in commercial buildings, and will motivate businesses to improve energy efficiency, reduce harmful carbon pollution, and save money.
Competitors must use the EPA’s online energy measurement and tracking tool – Energy Star Portfolio Manager.
In the first half of the competition, the more than 5,500 participating competitors have slimmed their “wastelines” and saved $26 million in just six months.
Visit the Energy Star website to learn more about the competition.
Hospital System Produces More Energy than it Consumes
Wisconsin’s Gundersen Health System achieved its first days of energy independence, becoming the first health system in the nation to attain the distinction. Oct. 14, 2014 was the first day that Gundersen produced more energy than the health system consumed.
In 2008, Dr. Jeff Thompson, Gundersen CEO, set a goal for the organization to control rising energy costs and improve the health of the communities it serves. They focused on two main initiatives–reducing consumption by improving efficiency and creating cleaner energy.
Gundersen’s accomplishments include energy efficiency improvement of over 40% resulting in annual financial savings of nearly $2 million from conservation alone. Regional partnerships in energy creation include dairy digesters, wind turbines, and a landfill gas-to-energy initiative. Local projects also include geothermal energy and a biomass boiler. “We are keeping nearly 477,000 pounds of particulates out of the atmosphere each year,” said CEO, Dr. Thompson.
Read the news release.
A Snapshot of Renewable Energy in Kentucky
Source: Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence
- The largest solar installation to date in Kentucky is located at Fort Knox at 2.1 megawatts (MW).
- Kentucky has ~10 MW of distributed renewable resources statewide.
- Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative leads the way in landfill gas-to-energy projects.
- Renewable energy in Kentucky accounts for 250 gigawatt hours (GWh) of net electricity produced.
- Approximately 3 percent of Kentucky’s net electricity generation comes from hydroelectric power.
- The majority of renewable energy development has taken place within the Tennessee Valley Authority area due to its incentive programs for renewables.
- Kentucky’s agricultural sector is one of the largest for renewable energy deployment due to U.S. Department of Agriculture funding coupled with funding from the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy.
See What’s New at ESRC
Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) – Zero Waste Network – The Zero Waste Connection is a professional social network of zero waste program managers and staff from federal, state, and local programs, as well as independent experts. The site also contains an information clearinghouse of resources to support programs and manage all of the information shared through the site. Learn more about the network on the ESRC Website, and register for a webinar on December 10 to get to know the new site and its features.
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.
Read the Latest P2 Pathways Article in GreenBiz
Each month a contributing member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) has an article about P2 sustainability initiatives published in GreenBiz.P2Rx™ is a national partnership of regional pollution prevention information centers funded in part through grants from EPA. They build networks, deliver P2 information, and measure P2 program results. The strength of the network lies in the expertise and diversity among the regional centers and the variety of audiences served including government and state environmental agencies, technical assistance providers, businesses, educators, nonprofit organizations and the general public. Read the latest article and past issues on the GreenBiz website.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
- Portfolio Manager 101
Get started using EPA’s Portfolio Manager tool. We’ll introduce and demonstrate 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.
November 25 at 2:00 pm EST – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
- Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
December 3 at 1:00 pm EST – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
- An Introduction to the Zero Waste Connection
This webinar will provide an introduction and a review of the features of the Zero Waste Connection. The Zero Waste Connection is a professional social network of zero waste program managers and staff from the federal, state, and local programs, as well as independent experts. Its goals are to:
• Promote P2 and sustainability as the preferred methods of achieving zero waste
• Provide forums for zero waste professionals to share information on program development and implementation
• Foster innovation in zero waste programs through the exchange of ideas in real time
• Increase the adoption of zero waste practices among practitioners
• Increase awareness of zero waste opportunities and resources
December 10 at 12:00 pm EST – Register for the Webinar.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.