Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs
Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) Issues 10 Orders Designed to Expand the Energy Efficiency Efforts of Utilities
On Friday, December 10, 2010, Arkansas became the first state in the Southeast to adopt a comprehensive set of policies on utility energy efficiency programs, including an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS). Arkansas is the twenty-sixth state to adopt an EERS. (Click here to learn about all state EERS policies.)
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) earned recognition for three outstanding programs in ACEEE's latest States Stepping Forward report, which can be accessed here. The programs present unique, innovative models to hasten the market penetration of energy efficiency technologies in municipal wastewater facilities, commercial facilities, and industrial buildings.
<p>Since the release of the draft of the <a href="http://kerry.senate.gov/americanpoweract/intro.cfm">American Power Act</a> (APA or Kerry-Lieberman), ACEEE has been looking at the industrial provisions in the bill.
<p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100514/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/us_economy">Three federal data reports released today</a> provide further evidence of a sustained recovery in the manufacturing sector.
<p>Yesterday the <a href="http://www.pewclimate.org/about">Pew Center on Global Climate Change</a> released its new report <a href="http://bit.ly/dbSGgl"><em>From Shop Floor to Top Floor: Best Business Practices in Energy Efficiency</em></a> at its <a href="http://www.pewclimate.org/energy-efficiency/conference&q
FlexTech provides technical assistance for facility owners to make informed energy decisions. The service is provided to a full range of non-residential customers by consulting engineers under contract with NYSERDA, who perform objective, individualized energy audits and feasibility studies. Consulting engineers are chosen for each project based on matching expertise with specific facility characteristics and needs (e.g., for industrial projects, engineers are chosen with expertise in the relevant industry).
On February 19, 2009, ACEEE's Industry Program hosted its first Industrial Program Managers' Network Webinar, officially launching the Network and opening a new chapter of the Industry Program. The Managers' Network is an inclusive forum in which managers and administrators from industrial energy efficiency programs across the U.S. and Canada can share best practices, discuss the impact of federal and state policies on their programs, and learn about current unmet needs within the industrial sector.
In June, the U.S. Senate spent several days debating climate change legislation. The debate was nominally on the Lieberman-Warner bill that would establish a federal cap and trade program for greenhouse gas emissions beginning in 2012, with the caps gradually ramping down to 80% below 1990 emissions by 2050. Many of the emission allowances would be auctioned off, and the proceeds would fund a variety of programs, including energy efficiency.