Better Buildings, Better Plants: How You Can Benefit, plus New Executive Order on Industrial Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Over 100 manufacturers have set ambitious energy efficiency targets in partnership with the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. This webcast will provide an overview of the program, highlight successes to date, and preview activities for next year, including ongoing work with partners in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge. DOE presenters will also discuss the new Executive Order on industrial energy efficiency and combined heat and power, and describe new opportunities for partners and others to engage in the Department’s work to advance energy efficiency in the manufacturing sector.

Three on LED Lighting

IKEA Chief: We’re Leading America’s LED Lighting Revolution
IKEA is setting out to change the way you light your home, one bulb at a time. The Swedish retailer announced plans this week to become the first U.S. home furnishings chain to sell only LED (light emitting diode) bulbs and lamps by 2016 — a bold push for the widespread adoption of this energy-efficient light source in the American market.

Miami Tower to conserve energy with new LED lighting system
The Miami Tower in downtown Miami has been retrofitted with a new exterior LED lighting system to reduce energy costs and carbon dioxide emissions.

How to make LED lighting mainstream: make it a service
LED lighting, though, expensive, is supposed to reduce energy use and electric bills for its owner over time. Startup Digital Lumens is looking at doing more than selling its smart LED lighting equipment — it plans to sell it as a service, too.

Green marketing 101: Sell what they’re buying

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Here’s how popular coal was in Utah in 2002: When the Winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake City, one of the official mascots of the games was a jolly black bear named Coal. Let others decry the air pollution and greenhouse gases that come from burning the stuff, in Utah coal was seen as an inexpensive source of energy, a reliable job creator, a huggable dancing bear.

Now imagine it’s your job to break up this romance. Specifically, your twin assignments are to whip up public support for wind power and convince state legislators to pass tax incentives for renewable energy. Keep in mind that you’ll be doing all this in a region where hunting, fishing and snowmobiling are higher priorities than protecting the environment. And did I mention that the last bill requiring utilities to develop clean energy went up in smoke?

Such was the task taken on by Cathy Hartman and Edwin Stafford, two marketing professors at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. In 2003, Hartman and Stafford volunteered to be part of the Utah Wind Working Group, a cross-sector forum of environmentalists, coal utility executives, educators, community leaders and other stakeholders who generally didn’t play well together.

Department of Energy Announces Winners of 2012 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

The Energy Department today announced the winners of the 31st annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These awards recognize the commitment made by federal agencies to invest in efficiency measures that save taxpayer money and increase U.S. energy security. Through their actions, this year’s award winners saved a total of 6 trillion Btu of energy, nearly 2 billion gallons of water, and almost $165 million during the 2011 fiscal year. Their initiatives also helped offset more than 78 billion Btu of fossil-based energy through a combination of renewable energy generation and purchases. The energy savings alone are equivalent to removing more than 100,000 cars from the road for one year or eliminating the average annual energy use of more than 55,000 households.

This year, 33 individuals, teams, and organizations from across the federal government received awards for a variety of outstanding and innovative efforts that have improved energy, water, and vehicle fleet efficiency. Winners include staff serving the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy; the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, Interior, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs; the General Services Administration; and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Award winners this year demonstrated the substantial benefits of using performance-based contracts to meet mandated energy goals. Five teams implemented energy savings performance contracts and utility energy service contacts in 2011, committing a portion of the cost savings over the life of the contract to pay for the upfront capital costs of the projects. These agreements will save an estimated 5.2 trillion Btu over the life of the contracts.

The combined accomplishments of this year’s winners include:

  • Implementing flight planning and optimization best practices that saved 5.4 trillion Btu in aviation fuel consumption.
  • Implementing facility-wide changes to operations and maintenance practices, saving 580 billion Btu by upgrading heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment and by installing high efficiency lighting, building materials, and energy management control systems. This includes saving 78 billion Btu through the installation of renewable energy systems including solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, cogeneration systems using landfill gas, and geothermal heat pumps.
  • Installing significant water efficiency improvements, saving nearly 2 billion gallons of water by upgrading plumbing fixtures, detecting and repairing leaks, upgrading irrigation systems, using native landscaping, and using reclaimed and recovered groundwater.
  • Building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facilities with state-of-the-art technologies and environmentally-friendly workspaces.
  • Implementing energy savings performance contracts, utility energy service contracts, and power purchase agreements to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and greenhouse gas management projects.

Researching Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff

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This report is designed to introduce congressional staff to selected governmental and nongovernmental sources that are useful in tracking and obtaining information federal legislation and regulations. It includes governmental sources such as the Legislative Information System (LIS), THOMAS, the Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System (FDsys), and U.S. Senate and House websites. Nongovernmental or commercial sources include resources such as HeinOnline and the Congressional Quarterly (CQ) websites. It also highlights classes offered by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and the Library of Congress Law Library.