February, 2016 – Volume 9, Issue 2
C-Suite Energy Forum
On January 26, 2016, business leaders from around Kentucky gathered in Frankfort to attend the C-Suite Energy Forum – The Business Case for Corporate Leaders. The forum was organized by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet along with four partner organizations; ENERGY STAR®, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI) and the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC).
In all, 50 participants attended the forum to share information, discuss proven energy efficiency strategies and learn from company success stories. Forum presenters included representatives from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, universities, private industry, Kentucky utilities, ENERGY STAR® and KPPC. Forum topics included the business case for energy efficiency, identifying risks and opportunities and strategies to maximize savings.
LGE/KU and Duke Energy discussed how participants might engage their local utility, and the Kellogg Company, Olin Brass and Western Kentucky University provided an informative and engaging discussion of successful corporate strategies.
Greg Higdon, President & CEO, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers said of the forum, “Energy delivery, reliability and cost remain critically important to Kentucky’s manufacturers. The C-Suite Forum provided a tremendous opportunity to address these issues.”
The forum provided opportunities to network and exchange ideas as well as receive information about the technical and financial resources available to assist Kentucky businesses. Kentucky’s energy profile and economic development landscape were also discussed, along with ENERGY STAR® services. Attendees received information about resources available to them, were actively engaged in the event and provided positive feedback about the forum.
Lee Colten, Assistant Director, Efficiency & Conservation, Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence was impressed with the level of engagement at the forum. “The C-Suite Energy Forum was well-attended with good engagement. Corporate and public leaders entered in discussions around energy and economic issues, and strategies for success. It was useful information that I think attendees can put to use.”
The C-Suite Energy Forum was the first in a series of upcoming workshops and events that will provide strategies and resources for sound energy management that can help Kentucky companies realize significant cost savings while maintaining environmental and social responsibility. The remaining 2016 workshops and events are listed below.
Upcoming events will be made available on KPPC’s Calendar of Events, as the details are finalized.
2016 Kentucky Energy Efficiency Outreach Initiative
• 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.
C-Suite Energy Forum attendees were encouraged to take specific actions, including:
• Make a commitment to establish or strengthen your energy management system
• Engage facility personnel to start planning a strategy for energy efficiency
• Consider involvement with ENERGY STAR® programs i.e.:
Industrial – Challenge for Industry (10% reduction in 5 years)
Commercial – Benchmark with Portfolio Manager (75+ = certification)
• Support company representation at upcoming energy efficiency workshops and events
Upcoming Workshop – High Performance Public Buildings Workshop
Register now for the High Performance Public Buildings Workshop for city, county, and state officials, school leaders, architects, energy professionals, owners and operators of public buildings and anyone interested in seeking ways to introduce energy saving strategies in public facilities.
The workshop will take place on March 15, 2016 from 8:00 am – 4:15 pm at the Kentucky Community Technical College System Office in Versailles, KY
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear success stories from fellow Kentuckians and learn how to transform your community through energy efficient, high-performance building strategies. KPPC engineer Cheryl Eakle will be a presenter at the workshop.
• Learn about the financial benefits of energy efficiency and sound energy management practices
• Discuss measures that can improve new and existing buildings
• Collaborate with energy professionals, designers and engineers
• Listen to other public officials as they share their success stories and energy strategies
Throughout the past decade, the High Performance Workshop has focused on market transformation – integrating energy efficient strategies and new technologies in the design, construction and operation of Kentucky’s public schools. Today, Kentucky’s schools have set new standards of efficiency, earned national recognition, and saved millions of taxpayer dollars. This year, we build on that success by sharing that message with all public officials.
If you are interested in participating as an exhibitor more details can be found at the workshop website .
Commitment Needed to Insure Strong Policies for Solar (and Other Energy Technologies)
With the congressional passage of a five-year extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), the solar industry received an unprecedented acceleration in development of the clean-energy source. The Solar Energy Industries Association says the extension of the ITC will push U.S. solar capacity from a current level of just more than 24 gigawatts (GW) to well more than 90 GW by 2020, and double the jobs in the sector to more than 420,000.
However, with the relative certainty of solar policy now established at the federal level, renewed focus must be placed on policies that states have implemented – or plan to implement – to sustain the growth of this needed, clean source of power.
A recent analysis from Vote Solar, a multi-state, grassroots advocacy group, and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), a New York-based think tank, indicates there is much work to be done. The assessment, which is the latest in a series of “report cards,” analyzed two distinct solar policy areas in each of the 50 states ‑ interconnection standards and net metering.
The analysis gives Kentucky a grade of “B” for Net Metering and a grade of “F” for Interconnection.
KAM 2016 Energy Conference & VIP Reception
Early Bird Registration is now 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.
KY Lawmakers Hear of Economic Boost from Clean-Energy Standards
A Kentucky-based environmental consultant says the state can no longer afford to miss out on clean-energy jobs. The KY House Economic Development Committee was briefed on January 28 on the need for a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard. The standard, which requires utilities to gradually increase their use and purchase of renewable energy, is law in 29 states.
Environmental management and policy consultant Randy Strobo, a Louisville attorney and professor, told lawmakers that the standard, known as REPS, would create jobs and “saves money, improves efficiency, improves public health and invigorates the economy.”
According to Strobo, Kentucky generates only 3 percent of its power from renewable sources. A REPS law would require investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives to increase that to 12.5 percent by 2026. Strobo claimed the demand for electricity would shrink. and utility bills would be lower than without the standards.
Read about the House Economic Development Committee briefing on the Public News Service network.
Retailers can Increase profits Through Greener Stores
Retailers can improve the shopping experience for their customers and potentially increase their profits by providing greener, healthier stores, according to a major report from the World Green Building Council.
The report, Health, Well being and Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit, says that although there is a surge in interest in health and well being in the property sector, most retailers are currently missing a key opportunity to better understand how the physical retail environment can affect staff and customers – including the retail experience – and therefore the impact on overall business performance.
This is despite emerging evidence which shows that greener, healthier retail stores – those which typically have good levels of daylight, fresh air and greenery – are becoming more attractive to consumers and potentially more profitable for retailers.
The report breaks new ground by presenting ways in which retailers can measure the impact of place on profit using data – particularly on consumer behavior – which may already be available at their fingertips.
Read the World GBC Report.
American Chemistry Council (ACC) Reports Increases in Recycling of Rigid Plastics
Post-consumer rigid plastics recycling increased by 276 million pounds, or 27 percent, in 2014 to reach a new high of more than 1.28 billion pounds for the year, according to a report released Monday, Feb. 1, at the 2016 Plastics Recycling Conference, hosted by Resource Recycling in New Orleans. The “2014 National Postconsumer Non-Bottle Rigid Plastic Recycling Report” also indicates that the reported volume of recycled rigid plastics—tracked separately from bottles or film—is now four-times greater than the volume reported in just 2007.
A rigid plastic is defined as “a formed or molded plastic product that maintains its shape.” Some common items that are considered rigid plastic include blister packs, toys, pallets, 5-gallon buckets, lawn furniture and hard plastic cups.
“This is really exciting news, says Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council (ACC), The combination of more advanced sorting technologies coupled with expanded consumer access is making a positive difference, and we look forward to seeing growth in rigid plastics recycling continue.” Read the ACC Report (pdf).
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.
Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz website.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
• EPA Webinar: Portfolio Manager 301
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.
February 18 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
• Making the Business Case for Energy Management
Successful energy management in a retail company requires more than technical know-how. It also requires buy-in and resources from those outside of the energy management team. The webinar will feature representatives of Family Dollar Stores and Kohl’s Department Stores to discuss their strategies for leveraging Energy Star within their organizations.
February 18 at 2:00 pm EST – Register for the Webinar
• High Performance Public Buildings Workshop
Kentucky Community Technical College System Office – A High Performance Public Buildings Workshop for city, county, and state officials, school leaders, architects, energy professionals, owners and operators of public buildings, and anyone interested in seeking ways to introduce energy saving strategies in public facilities.
This workshop is a unique opportunity for you to hear the success stories from fellow Kentuckians and learn how to transform your community through energy efficient, high-performance building strategies.
March 15 – 8:00 am – 4:15 pm EST – Details and registration at KPPC’s Calendar of Events.
• 2016 KAM Energy Conference & VIP Reception
Early Bird 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.