Webinar: Learning from the Past to Inform Future Work: Trends in Behavior‐ Based Efficiency Programs

Wed, Dec 16, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8398589152811623937

Best of BECC – Join us for one of the presentations from the 2015 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference that attendees think is worth repeating!

The energy efficiency industry has increasingly recognized the potential of social science knowledge to expand the scope of program possibilities and tap into new energy saving opportunities. In order to help program administrators leverage these opportunities, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency has collected information from its membership for each of the past four years on the behavior-based programs currently underway and how these programs are being evaluated.

This presentation will describe this annual data collection effort and highlight the key findings of this research to date. Results discussed will consider the social science knowledge most commonly incorporated into the programs captured, as well as methods used for program evaluation and overarching lessons learned from the program administrator community. This presentation aims to shed light on current program activity, offer initial observations on emerging trends in behavior-based programs, and illustrate some promising approaches to achieving quantifiable energy efficiency savings using social science insights.

Presenter: Claire McIlvennie, CEE

Hosted by: Michael Li, U.S. Department of Energy

Webinar: North American ISO 50001/SEP Pilot Program

November 18, 2015 2:30PM to 3:30PM EST

The U.S. DOE invites applications for a pilot program to help companies implement ISO 50001 and the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program across multiple facilities throughout North America and worldwide. This pilot program is in partnership with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and the national energy agencies in Canada and Mexico, National Resources Canada and Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía (National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy).

Applications are due by December 7, 2015. Please join this webinar to find out more information about SEP and the North American Energy Management Pilot Program.

The pilot program involves a series of training workshops to be held in 2016 in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Each country will have a cohort of companies and facilities to participate. Energy management experts will train and coach company staff on ISO 50001 and SEP implementation to identify energy cost-saving opportunities. Companies will also receive international recognition for their commitment to energy efficiency through their ISO 50001 and SEP certifications.

Municipal Utility Energy Efficiency: Successful Examples Around the Nation

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Utility energy efficiency has seen tremendous growth over the past decade, and much attention has rightfully focused on investor-owned utilities. Much less attention has been given to public power sector, even though it accounts for one-fourth of US electric sales and will need to be a key partner in achieving the nation’s energy efficiency goals. In fact, as this study highlights, there are some impressive energy efficiency accomplishments in the municipal utility sector. The report discusses information from a survey of 23 municipal utilities with strong energy efficiency records and profiles 9 of the highest-performing munis. It includes data on these utilities’ energy efficiency accomplishments (spending and savings), and identifies factors that motivated these munis to engage in aggressive energy efficiency efforts.

Illinois second most improved state for energy efficiency

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Illinois was just ranked as one of the most improved states in terms of energy efficiency.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released the ninth edition of its State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.  It ranks states based on the energy efficiency of their policies and programs and suggests ways that they can improve.

Energy Department Announces Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program National Evaluation Results

The Energy Department announced today the results of a major national evaluation of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The evaluation reflects ARRA’s historic level of stimulus—$3.2 billion—and demonstrates the impact of state and local energy efficiency programs to spur economic development through energy savings, job creations, and carbon emissions reductions.

The study fielded independent key outcomes for EECBG during ARRA from 2009–2015. In surveying results, the study determined that for every EECBG dollar spent, program participants received $1.76 in bill savings over the lifetime of the measures installed (at a 2.7% discount rate).

Key findings:

  • Lifetime energy savings and renewable generation resulting from EECBG investments: 413 million source metric British thermal units. This is equivalent to the average amount of energy used for non-transportation applications in about 2.2 million households over a one year period.
  • Lifetime cost-savings: $5.2 billion of total cumulative savings on energy bills.
  • Job creation: More than 62,900 direct, indirect, and induced jobs were created or retained. This is equivalent to about one job per $36,000 in EECBG dollars invested.

The evaluation demonstrates EECBG was among one of the most effective instruments in federal energy policy, aimed at deploying efficient and impactful energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and practices. The program helped leverage federal and local funds, while educating individuals and organizations about energy-saving opportunities.

The multiyear, peer-reviewed study was led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It is the most comprehensive, detailed analysis conducted to date for the program.

The EECBG program operated under the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The program provided grants and technical assistance to cities, counties, states, Tribal governments, and territories to support a wide variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy activities.

Webinar: Data Center Efficiency — What Climate Change, Energy & Sustainability Managers Should Know

December 2, 2015
noon-1:30 pm CST
Register at http://acco.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=697973

This webinar will explain data center energy efficiency opportunities in an easy-to-understand manner, empower participants to spot ways to reduce energy costs in a data center or server room, and provide information on free resources that can be leveraged. Attendees will hear case studies from experts at IBM, SAP, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Energy and facilities managers, energy efficiency advocates, sustainability professionals, and IT managers will benefit from this important discussion.

Energy efficiency and health

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Energy efficiency means using technology and best practices to produce the same or better levels of services, such as light, temperature control, or motor drive power, while using less energy. Or, to put it simply, it’s about reducing waste.

Lowering the amount of energy we waste reduces our need to burn coal and other fossil fuels to generate electricity. Those reductions in pollution mean big gains for health, as pollutants from fossil fuel combustion contribute to four of the leading causes of death in the United States: cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, heart disease, and stroke. These pollutants damage all the major organ systems in the body.