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Department of Energy to Push Forward Delayed Efficiency Standards

 

Great news for utility customers as the Department of Energy recently announced their commitment to push forward four delayed energy efficiency standards.

 

The standards could save consumers more than $3.8 billion annually – and save enough electricity to power almost 4 million homes. The standards address products such as metal halide lamps, commercial refrigeration equipment, and walk-in coolers and freezers. The standards will become final next year.

 

A coalition of ten states has been pushing the DOE to act on the energy-saving standards, which was delayed for four months. The delay cost Americans an estimated $2.31 billion in missed savings, with each additional month delay costs about $156 million.

 

“DOE’s efficiency standards program has huge benefits for consumers, for electricity reliability, and curbing global warming.”

 

Source: GreenTechMedia

Kansas is Third in Wind Energy Growth

 

The Department of Energy recently reported that Kansas is among the largest and fastest growing wind energy markets in the country.

 

In the annual Wind Technologies Market Report, Kansas ranked third among all the U.S. states in the percentage of in-state wind power generation for electricity. That’s enough capacity to generate more than 20 percent of its electricity from wind energy.

 

“It also said that in 2012, wind energy became the top source of new U.S. electricity generation for the first time.”

 

In 2012, Kansas installed 1,441 megawatts of new wind power capacity, which is enough to power 800,000 homes.

 

Source: Kansas City Star

Sprint Joins Better Buildings Challenge

Based in Overland Park, Sprint has become the first telecommunications company to join the Better Buildings Program, a federal program to help commercial and industrial buildings become at least 20 percent more efficient over the next decade.

The Better Buildings Challenge began in 2011 after the U.S. Department of Energy found that the U.S. spends about $200 billion to power commercial buildings – and another $200 billion to power industrial facilities.

Sprint has secured five percent of its total energy use from renewable energy – including wind, solar, geothermal, and hydrogen fuel cells. The company is seeking to reduce their energy consumption by 20 percent by 2017.

“As the first telecommunications company to join the program, Sprint looks forward to learning from the other program participants and contributing its own best practices,” Ralph Reid, vice president of corporate responsibility for Sprint, said in a statement.

Source: Kansas City Business Journal

U.S. Energy Secretary Resigning

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigned from the Department last Friday. Chu, who turns 65 this month, was a leading advocate for alternative energy development.

“I would like to return to an academic life of teaching and research, but will still work to advance the missions that we have been working on together for the last four years,” said Chu in his resignation letter to the President.

He also cited the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, a government effort to support energy technology development, as a major accomplishment.

“While we cannot accurately predict the course of climate change in the coming decades, the risks we run if we don’t change our course are enormous,” wrote Chu, “As the saying goes, the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions.”

Chu will stay on as Energy Secretary until the end of February.

Source: KMBC

Senate Committee Looks at Tax Incentives

The Senate Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure has been busy.

The 13 subcommittee members are examining how incentives for energy efficiency can fit into tax reform. The current tax code already includes energy efficiency incentives, but “the hearing examined how those incentives could be adjusted to work better in a reformed tax code.”

Other bills introduced during the hearing included establishing or modifying incentives for efficiency in commercial buildings, homes, and industries.

Source: CSpan.org

LED Replacement of 100W Bulbs Hit Stores

This image, provided by Osram Sylvania, shows what the company says is the first LED bulb that shine as brightly as regular 100-watt incandescent bulbs.

Missing the 100 watt light bulbs that are notorious energy hogs? Now you can get LED bulbs that roughly match the 100-watters for size and brightness, but use far less energy according to the Associated Press.

Since the 100W bulbs have nearly disappeared, compact fluorescent bulbs seemed to be the only alternative. But “most people see the light quality as less pleasing, and the bulbs contain a small amount of mercury that’s released if the glass breaks.”

By contrast, the LED bulbs do not contain any hazardous substances, are much more durable, and last longer. These bulbs use 20 watts of electricity, and are slightly larger than a regular 100-watt bulb, so it may not fit in all fixtures.

The federal government banned the manufacture of regular 100-watt bulbs on January 1 because of new energy-efficiency standards. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs use less energy, and are quickly becoming the efficient technology of the future.

Source: Associated Press

Wind Energy Surges

The United States is one of the largest and fastest growing wind markets, and is quickly leading the way in energy efficiency.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a new report highlighting growth in wind energy. Specifically, wind energy was found to have increased the U.S. share of clean energy, and created tens of thousands of jobs.

The 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report found that the U.S. was one of the world’s largest and fastest growing wind markets in 2011. In fact, wind power makes up 32 percent of all new electric capcity additions, and accounts for $14 billion in new investments.

Roughly 6,800 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity was added to the U.S. grid in just last year, which was a 31 percent increase from 2010. At the end of 2011, the U.S.’s wind power capacity reached 47,000 MW and has since grown to 50,00 MW, which is enough electricity to power 13 million homes annually.

“The growth in the industry has also led directly to more American jobs throughout a number of sectors and at factories across the country,” and the report also found that nearly 70 percent of the equipment installed at U.S. wind farms last year are from domestic manufacturers.

So wind energy just isn’t good for the environment, it’s good for the economy as well. Finding ways to use renewable energy is a growing trend, and it is fast becoming a technology that businesses are investing in.

Source: Department of Energy

Energy Efficient Parking Garages

Proper lighting for a parking garage can save on energy and costs.

When we think of ways to save energy, parking garages aren’t usually our first thought. But a garage typically uses 15% of the energy that the building it is attached to uses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

A parking garage can be seen as a secondary building, but what businesses are finding is that retrofitting a parking garage and updating its lighting can save a lot of energy, costs, and still be functional and look aesthetically pleasing.

“It’s an interesting thing to look at a parking garage as not just something that’s subservient to the campus, but as a building that has its own energy-saving contributions to make,” RNL Senior Project Manager Tony Thornton said.

And considering that parking garages use as much (if not more) lighting than a traditional building, the potential for saving energy and on utilities is definitely worth exploring for any business.

Read how the DOE retrofitted their parking garage to see how they saved on energy and costs.

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Energy Efficiency Regulations

A few days ago, the Department of Energy banned the manufacture and import of T12 lights to the U.S. This was in an effort to encourage consumers and businesses to retrofit their current lighting system into something more efficient, such as the T8 or T5 fluorescent lamps.

As great as the benefits are, a recent opinion piece written by Ted Gayer argues the opposite. His position is that the mandated energy efficiency standards for products such as vehicles, clothes dryers, and air conditioners are more harmful to consumers.

Is his argument a legitimate concern? If so, how can we, nationally and internationally,

efficient lighting retrofit kansas city

promote more energy efficient alternatives?

At Worldwide Energy, we see many clients who are happy and pleased once they retrofit their commercial buildings and offices. Their electric bills are typically cut in half, and the see a large return on investment in just a couple of years. Finding energy efficient alternatives is not a good thing, but a great thing.

Here is just a small list of benefits:

  • Up to 50% reduction in energy costs
  • Increase productivity with better light
  • Up to 60% more light with even distribution
  • Short return on investment (12-24 months)

 

Source: US News

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