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Vice President Ryan Hodum Testifies Before Ohio Legislature Urging Support for HB 190

Vice President Ryan Hodum was joined by Amazon and TechNet in testifying before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee on Wednesday May 18th. The House Public Utilities Committee is considering HB 190 which would remove policies that effectively prohibit new wind turbine development in the state.

Many Fortune 500 companies, such as Amazon, have aggressive renewable energy targets and the current wind-set back policies have kept many companies from investing in Ohio. For these companies, renewable energy is a smart business decision – they can save money with renewable power. Powering facilities with renewable energy allows large customers to hedge against power price fluctuations by locking in rates over a long period of time.

This rapidly expanding corporate demand for renewable energy has made any state’s renewable energy policies an economic development issue. Members of the Ohio legislature are right to see renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, as key to attracting Fortune 500 companies to the state. Access to renewable energy is a critical factor for many of America’s largest employers when they choose where to do business. Click here to read Ryan’s full testimony.

Manufacturers Save Big with Utility Industrial Energy-Efficiency Programs

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The  Alliance for Industrial Efficiency recently published a new factsheet that details how manufacturers benefit when they “opt in” to utility industrial energy-efficiency programs.

Although energy use presents a significant cost to manufacturers, there are often cost-effective energy- saving opportunities that companies have not yet captured. Large industrial customers typically report that their energy-efficiency investments must realize a very short (one- to two-year) payback period requirement, which means that many projects that are cost-effective in the long-term will not be approved and initiated.

Utilities have a much larger appetite for long-term investments than manufacturers, allowing them to subsidize projects that may not bring quick returns. Through incentives and rebates, utility programs offset up-front investment in energy efficiency. An industrial customer who would not invest in an energy-efficiency project with a four-year payback period, would be able to offset some of the costs with utility incentives, reducing the payback to two years or less, and meeting their short payback requirement.

For example, Nissin Brake, an Ohio-based automotive supplier, received rebates from AEP Ohio for investing in energy-efficient air compressor controls, air drying, and lighting, saving the company over 800,000 kilowatt-hours per year. The utility rebates reduced the payback period from three years to less than two, making the investment viable. In fact, Nissin Brake has stated that they would not have invested in the energy-efficiency improvements if the AEP Ohio program did not exist. Another example highlighted in the fact sheet is Kellogg USA’s Battle Creek, Michigan plant, which saves nearly $90,000 annually in energy costs due to efficiency improvements made through a utility incentive program.

As states look ahead to ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut energy use, the Alliance’s new fact sheet is a valuable reminder of the huge gains that can be achieved  with industrial efficiency measures. While large manufacturers are clear beneficiaries of industrial efficiency programs, utility customers from all sectors benefit from lower electricity demand. Reducing demand for energy allows utilities to defer power plant construction or transmission and distribution system upgrades, resulting in lower bills for everyone. Long-term energy cost savings for all customers is something everyone can appreciate!

DGA Releases Updated Report Detailing Economic Opportunity to Advance CHP

David Gardiner and Associates and the Institute for Industrial Productivity released an updated version of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) as a Compliance Option under the Clean Power Plan: A Template and Policy Options for State Regulators. This updated report reflects changes to the final Clean Power Plan, which was released in August 2015. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) provides a tremendous opportunity for states to save electricity, increase manufacturing competitiveness, and reduce emissions. The April 2016 report, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) as a Compliance Option under the Clean Power Plan: A Template and Policy Options for State Regulatorsis a key tool to guide states as they craft their compliance plans under the Clean Power Plan. The report provides a detailed consideration of EPA’s final requirements  for approvable state plans. It also includes a menu of policy options – a comprehensive survey of policies that states have adopted to help advance industrial efficiency. The report, prepared by DGA and the Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP) for the American Gas Association (AGA), American Chemistry Council (ACC), the American Forest & Paper Association (AFPA), and the National Propane Gas Association can be viewed here. The press release is also available online here.

Vice President Ryan Hodum Submits Testimony to Kansas House Committee on Recent Trends in Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement

On February 17th, David Gardiner and Associates Vice President Ryan Hodum submitted comments to the Kansas House Committee on Utilities and Telecommunications in support of policies which would enhance customer choice and allow corporations, and other large institutional customers, to purchase renewable energy, such as wind and solar, within the state. Hodum noted that the members of the Kansas Legislature are right to see renewable energy sources as key to attract Fortune 500 companies to the state. Access to renewable energy is a critical factor for many of America’s largest employers when they choose where to do business. “Many states with regulated electricity markets are already adopting policies to make renewable energy available to all customers,” he noted. Click here to view our full testimony.

 

Press Release: DGA Applauds Governor McAuliffe’s Renewable Energy Announcement

DGA applauds Governor Terry McAuliffe’s recent recognition that the state must increase its renewable energy to attract large, new businesses, such as information technology companies, to the state. As part of his recent announcement that Virginia’s government buildings will derive 8% of their electricity from solar energy within the next three years, Governor McAuliffe said “[Amazon, Google, and Microsoft] made it clear to me as governor that they will not put future plants in states that cannot provide them with renewable energy,” as reported by The Virginian Pilot. Click here to read full press release.

Diverse Stakeholders Urge State Governors to Include Industrial Energy Efficiency in their State Compliance Plans

The Alliance for Industrial Efficiency joined 15 energy-efficiency, labor, business and environmental organizations to urge governors to capitalize on the largely untapped potential of industrial energy efficiency (IEE) to help meet state greenhouse gas reduction (GHG) targets in the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The interactive map below includes links to each letter sent to governors, state air directors and energy officers in the 45 states with emission targets under the rule. The letter explained that industrial efficiency is a valuable tool to help states strengthen their manufacturing base, promote economic growth, increase grid reliability, and reduce emissions while lowering everyone’s electric bills. It was accompanied by a briefing packet with resources to guide state policymakers as they develop their compliance plan. Click on your state of choice to access the letter. The industrial efficiency briefing packet is available online here. A press release about this effort is available here.

Industrial energy efficiency webinar offers guidance to states in efforts to comply with CPP

DGA hosted a webinar along with the Institute for Industrial Efficiency (IIP), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), on the role that industrial energy-efficiency can play in helping states comply with the upcoming Clean Power Plan. The webinar featured helpful tools for state policy makers as they look to developing state compliance plans. Some of the highlighted resources include ACEEE’s State and Utility Pollution Reduction (SUPR) Calculator, NACAA and RAP’s Implementing EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Menu of Options, and AGA/ACC/AF&PA’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) as a Compliance Option under the Clean Power Plan (prepared byDGA and IIP). You can access slides from the webinar here and audio recording of it here.

New report guides states on how to meet emission targets using CHP under the Clean Power Plan

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) provides a tremendous opportunity for states to save electricity, increase manufacturing competitiveness, and reduce emissions. This July 2015 report, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) as a Compliance Option under the Clean Power Plan: A Template and Policy Options for State Regulatorsis a key tool to guide to states as they craft their compliance plans under the Clean Power Plan. It provides a detailed consideration of the requirements EPA will have for approvable state plans. It also includes a menu of policy options – a comprehensive survey of policies that states have adopted to help advance industrial efficiency. The report, prepared by DGA and the Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP) for the American Gas Association (AGA), American Chemistry Council (ACC), and the American Forest & Paper Association (AFPA), can be viewed here. The press release is also available online here.

Colorado event highlights economic and environmental benefits of improved energy efficiency for Gov. Hickenlooper and business leaders

By making buildings more energy efficient we can take advantage of the cheapest ‘energy resource’ out there. DGA, in collaboration with the Energy Efficiency Business Coalition (EEBC), organized an event highlighting the huge economic and environmental benefits of improved energy efficiency for Colorado’s Governor Hickenlooper and dozens of business leaders. The Governor toured an upgraded energy-efficient building in downtown Denver, witnessing the energy savings firsthand. The retrofit has reduced the building’s annual electricity costs by $120,000 annually.

DGA also prepared an analysis for EEBC in Colorado, surveying existing energy-efficiency policies and potential opportunities for energy efficiency to help the state meet its emission targets in the Clean Power Plan. Citing analysis by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the report notes that Colorado could reduce its emissions by 24% below 2012 levels, create 10,200 net new jobs by 2030 and avoid $1.4 billion in consumer electricity costs between 2016 and 2030 by expanding use of energy efficiency.

Click here to read the report.
Click here to read the event press release.