July, 2014 – Volume 7, Issue 7
KPPC is part of a public and private initiative that promotes combined heat and power (CHP) systems in industrial and manufacturing settings within the Commonwealth. CHP systems can reduce energy costs and carbon emissions at facilities that are some of Kentucky’s highest energy consumers.
An article published in the July 8 Lane Report details the Commonwealth’s CHP program and partners.
UofL’s Nucleus Building Recognized with LEED Certification
In May, the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council recognized The Nucleus, the University of Louisville Foundation’s new downtown office building, for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The recognition makes the building the eighth to achieve the designation at the university.
During a ceremony at The Nucleus, 300 E. Market St., Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, presented a LEED silver plaque to University of Louisville president James Ramsey and Vickie Yates Brown, president and CEO of Nucleus: Kentucky’s Innovation Center. Nucleus is an arm of the UofL Foundation.
Mr. Fedrizzi praised the university’s commitment to building “Green”. “We started to look at things that matter: energy, water, waste, materials, site issues,landscaping issues, the kinds of technologies that are associated with this; air quality,thermal comfort, all of the design attributes that make a building an important place to be. I want to personally thank Dr. Ramsey and the University of Louisville because of the commitment that they’ve made.”
Another two UofL buildings are expected to receive LEED certification.
“Responsible growth continues to be our goal at UofL and having these buildings achieve LEED certification shows the university’s commitment to long-term sustainability, carbon footprint reduction and environmentally friendly development,” Ramsey said.
Watch a video of the LEED certification ceremony on UofL’s YouTube channel.
Germany Sets New Record for Renewable Energy
Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continues, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand on May 11, 2014. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables International.
In the first quarter of 2014, renewable energy sources met a record 27 percent of the country’s electricity demand.
“Renewable generators produced 40.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, up from 35.7 billion kilowatt-hours in the same period last year,” Bloomberg reported. Much of the country’s renewable energy growth has occurred in the past decade and, as a point of comparison, Germany’s 27 percent is double the approximately 13 percent of U.S. electricity supply powered by renewables as of November 2013.
Observers say the records will keep coming as Germany continues its Energiewende, or energy transformation, which aims to power the country almost entirely on renewable sources by 2050.
EPA’s State Climate and Energy Program
The EPA’s State Climate and Energy Program helps states develop policies and programs that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy costs, improve air quality and public health, and help achieve economic development goals. EPA provides states with and advises them on proven, cost–effective best practices, peer exchange opportunities, and analytical tools.
Specific assistance includes:
- Identifying and documenting cost-effective policies and initiatives that address climate change, including those that promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and related clean technologies.
- Measuring and evaluating the environmental, economic, and public health benefits of climate change and clean energy initiatives.
- Offering tools, guidance, and outreach support for assessing the options and benefits of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Fostering peer exchange opportunities for state and local officials to share information on best practices and lessons learned about innovative policies and programs.
- 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.
- Corporate Carbon Investments: Over $1 Billion Saved
The largest U.S. companies are saving more than $1 billion a year by buying renewable energy and embracing emissions reduction targets, a new study has revealed.
The report finds low carbon corporate strategies are becoming the new business as usual across much of corporate America, despite the gridlock that tends to hamper Washington’s climate change efforts.
The study, “Power Forward, How American Companies Are Setting Clean Energy Targets and Capturing Greater Business Value,” was published in June. Learn more at the GreenBiz website.
- 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, Ready for chemical alternatives assessment? The IC2 Can Help and past issues on the GreenBiz website.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
- EPA Webinar Training – Portfolio Manager “Office Hours” – Focus Topic – Green Power
This live webinar will give all users an opportunity to ask questions directly to EPA in an open forum. Plan to spend the first 20-30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).
- July 24, 2014 at 1:00 -2:30 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
- Portfolio Manager 101
An introduction and demonstration of the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.
- July 29 at at 1:00 -2:30 pm EDT – 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.
- July 31 at at 1:00 -2:30 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.