May, 2016 – Volume 9, Issue 5
KPPC at the 2016 KAM Energy Conference
The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) held its sixth annual energy conference in Lexington, Kentucky on May 10 and 11 at the Lexington Center.
Attendees from around the state gathered to hear about opportunities to increase energy efficiency, lower demand, share achievements and discuss energy challenges facing the Commonwealth. The conference featured facility tours, breakout sessions, panel discussions and a trade show that highlighted available energy technologies and services.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Energy & Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely held a Question and Answer session on day two of the conference. Governor Bevin noted the importance of energy to Kentucky, “Energy cost is a big driver, and an important factor as to whether or not a company will locate in the Commonwealth. Kentucky can, without a doubt, become the manufacturing hub of excellence in the United States of America.”
KPPC lead a breakout session at the conference titled, Strategies to Limit Demand & EPAD as a Financing Tool, the session was moderated by Lissa McCracken, Executive Director of KPPC and covered Energy Project Assessment District Act, or EPAD, a unique economic development tool designed to allow commercial and industrial building owners to finance energy efficiency and other improvements through a voluntary special assessment attached to the property. KPPC engineers Mark Toda and Cheryl Eakle were panelists at the session.
A complete agenda and a conference survey are available on KAM’s website.
CHP – Capturing Untapped Energy
From Kentucky Living online
What if you could make electricity using something you were going to throw away? What if you could capture the unwanted heat from some activity and use it for a good purpose? What if you could help the environment and the power grid at the same time? These aren’t make-believe questions—in the real world a handful of Kentucky businesses have already found ways to do these things to make significant strides toward better energy efficiency.
Known as combined heat and power (CHP), this energy concept can be applied in many different situations. Finding new places to use CHP has great potential to significantly improve the state’s energy landscape and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Lee Colten, assistant director for the Division of Energy Efficiency and Conservation in Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet, says, “A lot of businesses don’t know that they can manage their energy costs with technologies such as combined heat and power systems, so we’re trying to help people understand their options. We have a program that provides free technical screenings to industries and commercial businesses who are curious about these approaches.”
Colten says, “We offer a broad range of information and services because of our partnership with the United States Department of Energy, the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), and the Southeast Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership. We’re available to have discussions with anyone who wants to learn about opportunities for implementing CHP projects. There are a number of very qualified Kentucky private firms who can offer these services as well.”
KPPC is a New Member of the Solar Over Louisville Community Outreach Council
KPPC’s Executive Director, Lissa McCracken, is now representing the Center as a member of the Solar over Louisville Community Outreach Council. Solar over Louisville is part of the Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC), which promotes a healthy environment, strong economy and the well-being of the people living in Louisville. It’s stated mission is to engage and collaborate with the community to facilitate the achievement of Louisville’s sustainability goals.
The LSC improves health and quality of life in the community by identifying gaps and creating community action to close them and coordinate regional sustainability efforts by hosting events, connecting partners, collecting and providing data and facilitating community Action Teams.
Solar Over Louisville: 2 Million Watt Solar Challenge.
Solar energy is a proven technology and the price of solar panels is at its cheapest time in history. This has caused installation rates nationwide to soar. The U.S. now has 20 GW of installed solar capacity. In 2014, 32% of all new electric capacity in the U.S. was from solar (SEIA). It is a great time for homeowners and businesses in Louisville to “go solar.”
Diversifying the energy mix will build security and resiliency into the energy supply and will attract new businesses and residents who are drawn by a growing clean, renewable energy sector.
Louisville has good solar resources and can become a leading city for solar through unleashing the creativity and innovation for which Louisville is known. Investing in solar energy creates local jobs, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, boosts air and water quality and improves public health – all objectives for Sustain Louisville and STAR Communities. With all of these benefits it improves quality of life, which is the number one factor people look at when making decisions about where to move!
Be sure to visit the council’s website to learn much more about solar energy in Kentucky.
The $100 Billion Business Case for Safer Chemistry
GreenBiz article by Libby Bernick
What would be the value to businesses and our economy if safer chemistry replaced conventional approaches? Is there a way to put a monetary value on the risks and opportunities?
Companies both large and small have been able to demonstrate increased business value by incorporating safer chemistry into their products. Large multinational corporations, such as Dow, DuPont or Sigma-Aldrich, have higher sales growth of safer chemical products compared to sales of conventional chemicals.
The research also showed that smaller companies whose value proposition is based on safer chemistry, such as Seventh Generation or Method, also demonstrate continued year-on-year growth.
IEA Releases New Report on Energy Efficiency
The International Energy Agency (IEA), has released a free report titled Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency. The IEA is an autonomous agency established in 1974. Its primary mission is to promote energy security amongst its 29 member countries and to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy.
From the report’s executive summary: “As energy efficiency continues to gain attention as a key resource for economic and social development across all economies, understanding its real value is increasingly important. The multiple benefits approach to energy efficiency policy seeks to expand the perspective of energy efficiency beyond the traditional measures of reduced energy demand and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The term “multiple benefits” aims to capture a reality that is often overlooked: investment in energy efficiency can provide many different benefits to many different stakeholders. Whether by directly reducing energy demand and associated costs or facilitating the achievement of other objectives (e.g. making indoor environments healthier or boosting industrial productivity), recent research acknowledges the enormous potential of energy efficiency.
You can download a free pdf copy of the report on the IEA website.
Utilities Unveil Kentucky’s Largest Solar Power Plant
Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have unveiled the state’s largest solar facility. The companies showcased the solar plant on April 19 at the E.W. Brown Generating Station near Burgin.
The complex features a hydroelectric plant, three coal-fired generating units and seven natural gas-fired combustion turbines. It was approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission in December 2014 and has a projected cost of $36 million.
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 a Competitor’s Data can Help Your Company Cut Pollution”. Kara Koehrn, Analyst and Toxicologist at the U.S. EPA, explains how Companies looking for ways to reduce pollution need look no further than the Environmental Protection Agency.
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.
May 24 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.
May 25 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.
May 26 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
• EPA Webinar: What You Should Know About Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.
June 7 at 2:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.