When it comes to saving energy, it’s really not all about the money

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

recent psychological study has provided suggestive evidence that when people decide to take steps to use less energy at home, and so to protect the environment, they don’t merely do so because they want to save a little bit of cash on their electricity bills. If anything, it suggests, some forms of materialistic or competitive thinking may inhibit deep or long-lasting conservation attitudes.


Mother Earth’s Secret Weapon: Girl Scouts

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

There are many simple things we can all do to save energy, but few of us bother to ever learn about them, let alone change our behavior. Fortunately, new research points to a potent secret weapon in the battle to get people to act more responsibly: their nine- and 10-year-old girls.

According to a study in the journal Nature Energy, a program in which Girl Scouts were taught how to save energy at home had lasting results, changing the behavior of both the young ladies and their parents. What’s more, many of these new habits remained seven to eight months following the training.

New track for converting waste heat to electricity

Read the full story from Chalmers University of Technology.

Huge amounts of energy are lost every day in the form of waste heat. Now an interdisciplinary project at Chalmers has found that a special class of material – high-entropy alloys – can open the door to efficient heat recycling.

Boosting energy efficiency is an important element of the transition to a sustainable energy system. There are big savings to be made. For example, less than half the energy content of diesel is actually used to power a diesel truck. The rest is lost, mostly in the form of heat. Many industrial processes also deal with the problem of excessive waste heat.

That’s why many research teams are working to develop thermoelectric materials – materials that can convert waste heat into energy. But it’s no easy task. To efficiently convert heat to electricity, the materials need to be good at conducting electricity, but at the same time poor at conducting heat. For many materials, that’s a contradiction in terms.

Webinar: Complying with the Clean Power Plan: An Opportunity for the Industrial Sector

Thu, May 19, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1917026384082411778

This is the third webinar in ACEEE’s series: Energy Efficiency and the Clean Power Plan.

The industrial sector represents a big opportunity for low-cost energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs. During this webinar we will hear from Meegan Kelly, ACEEE’s senior research analyst for industry, who will discuss the value of industrial energy efficiency programs and highlight the benefits of participating in them. We will also hear from Cassandra Kubes, ACEEE’s environmental policy analyst, about how these programs help states comply with the Clean Power Plan. Attendees will learn how industrial energy efficiency and combined heat and power (CHP) provide emission reductions and why states can’t afford to ignore industrial efficiency as they piece together compliance plans.

Visit ACEEE’s Clean Power Plan webpage (http://aceee.org/topics/clean-power-plan) for links to recordings of each webinar as they become available, along with our resources on incorporating energy efficiency as a compliance strategy. Please contact Cassandra Kubes (ckubes@aceee.org) for more information about this webinar series.

Webinar: Planning and Budgeting for the Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Programs

Date: Monday, May 23, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM (CDT)
Register at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ra50col7znhp&eom

Please join the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in collaboration with EPA for the first in a new series of webinars designed to support states considering and implementing evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) activities to document energy savings and other impacts of energy efficiency programs. In this webinar our panel of experts will discuss how states are establishing infrastructures, plans and budgets for their evaluations of efficiency programs funded by utility customers (ratepayers). State representatives who have developed EM&V strategies will share their experiences and lessons learned.

Topics covered:

  1. EM&V Planning Basics and Frameworks — Steven Schiller, Senior Advisor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  2. State Examples of Planning Processes and Lessons Learned — Jennifer Meissner, Program Manager for Evaluation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; Katie Rich, Director, Infrastructure Policy & Homeland Security Coordinator, Public Utility Commission of Texas; Fred Gordon, Director of Planning and Evaluation, Energy Trust of Oregon
  3. Questions and Answers With Panel Members

Who should participate?

This webinar series is intended primarily for staff from public utility commissions, state energy offices, state environment departments, and non-profit organizations and offers an opportunity to engage with others in similar roles. The webinars will be of particular value for state officials starting or expanding their EM&V methods for a wide range of efficiency activities including utility customer-funded programs, building energy codes, appliance and equipment standards, energy savings performance contracting, and efficiency programs that support pollution reduction goals or regulations. Evaluation consultants, utilities, consumer organizations and other stakeholders also are welcome to participate.

What topics are covered in this webinar series?

EM&V documents energy and demand savings as well as environmental benefits and market effects to determine performance of efficiency activities with respect to defined goals. EM&V can also be used to evaluate processes to improve implementation of efficiency programs. In this and future webinars we will provide an overview of the who, what, when, where, why and how of EM&V used to document energy savings and other impacts of efficiency programs.

Information on the webinar series, webinar slides and recordings, and additional EM&V resources are available here.

Cleveland Clinic establishes $7.5 million Green Revolving Fund

Read the full story from Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Cleveland Clinic announced the establishment of a $7.5 million Green Revolving Fund — the largest of its kind among U.S. health care systems, it says.

Energy efficiency projects pull money from the fund, which then is replenished by reinvesting the savings from reduced energy consumption as well as rebates.

Nationally, the $7.5 million annual commitment, announced during the Better Buildings Summit in Washington, D.C., is one of the largest in any business sector.

Funding opp: Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing

Read the complete RFP at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/default.aspx#FoaId9121dd0f-ea3d-48b2-89d5-f51c6d379bf1

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/15/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/17/2016 5:00 PM ET

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invests in cutting-edge research, development, and demonstration activities focused on sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency. A core element of EERE’s mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness in innovation and manufacturing in emerging clean energy industries. To address this core element, EERE launched its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) in 2013 with the goal of significantly increasing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness in the production of clean energy products and in domestic manufacturing across the board by increasing industrial energy productivity. EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) plays a key role in executing the mission for CEMI by supporting research and development projects, shared research facilities and technical consortia, and technical assistance programs.

AMO partners with private and public stakeholders to support the research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) of innovative technologies that can improve U.S. competitiveness, save energy, and ensure global leadership in manufacturing of clean energy technologies as well as improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption in manufacturing. Specifically, AMO invests in cost‐shared RD&D activities in support of cross-cutting next generation materials and manufacturing processes that hold high potential to significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce energy-related emissions, industrial waste, and the life‐cycle energy consumption of manufactured products.

EERE’s AMO establishes Manufacturing Innovation Institutes in the President’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) as shared research, development, and demonstration facilities to overcome cross-cutting challenges related to the manufacturing of clean energy and energy efficiency products, in addition to challenges associated with improving the energy efficiency of the manufacturing sector across the board.

This FOA supports the establishment of a Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Modular Chemical Process Intensification for Clean Energy Manufacturing. Modular chemical process intensification represents an emerging opportunity for processing industries in the U.S. manufacturing sector to improve energy efficiency, reduce feedstock waste, and improve productivity by merging and integrating separate unit processes (mixing, reactions, separation) into single modular hardware elements of reduced size, with higher efficiency and providing inherent scalability.