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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.

DGA highlights the ways CHP can help industry reduce costs, emissions

Did you know that the U.S. industrial sector produced almost 30% of the country’s overall emissions in 2012? While there has been a lot attention and activity paid to reducing emissions from the power and transportation sectors, the industrial sector has generally been overlooked. Jennifer Kefer, vice-president of DGA sat down with Energy Intelligence magazine to highlight the ways that combined heat and power (CHP) can help industry reduce emissions, energy costs, and what’s needed to further CHP investment today. Read the article and Jennifer’s comments here.

DGA Publishes Two New Reports on the Economic Benefits of Renewable Electricity Development in Oregon and Washington State

DGA, in continued collaboration with the A Renewable America campaign, released two new reports highlighting the huge positive economic impact of renewable electricity development in Oregon and Washington State. DGA’s analysis shows the positive impact to Oregon and Washington in terms of job creation, wages and benefits, tax revenue and land leasing revenue.

In addition to the economic impact analysis, both reports feature renewable energy success stories, highlighting how renewable electricity is already providing clean, reliable, and affordable power.

Our analysis finds that both states can not only exceed the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, but generate almost 100 percent of the electricity needs entirely from renewable sources.

Click here to read the Oregon report and here for the Oregon Public Broadcasting news piece.

Click here to read the Washington report.

DGA Publishes Reports on the Economic Benefits of Renewable Electricity Development in Michigan and Minnesota

DGA released two new reports yesterday, in collaboration with the A Renewable America campaign, to highlight the economic impact of renewable electricity development in Michigan and Minnesota. DGA’s analysis reveals the positive impact to Michigan and Minnesota in terms of job creation, wages and benefits, tax revenue and land leasing revenue.

In addition to the economic impact analysis, both reports feature renewable energy success stories, illustrating how renewable electricity is already providing clean, reliable, and affordable power across both states. Significant cost declines in renewable electricity prices – especially for wind and solar – have spurred rapid growth in the renewable industries in recent years.

Our analysis finds that both states can exceed the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan through increased use of renewable electricity.

Click here to read the Michigan report and here for the Michigan press release. Click here to listen to the Michigan telepresser featuring DGA’s Vice President, Ryan Hodum.

Click here to read the Minnesota report and here for the Minnesota press release. Click here to listen to the Minnesota telepresser featuring DGA’s Vice President, Ryan Hodum.

Forbes highlights Power Forward 2.0 report

In an article about how companies are addressing climate change despite the congressional stalemate, Forbes cites Power Forward 2.0: How American Companies Are Setting Clean Energy Targets and Capturing Greater Business Value – our study which provides evidence showing the Fortune 500 use of clean energy technology to address climate change. The study was conducted in a joint effort by Calvert Investments, Ceres, David Gardiner & Associates, and WWF. Click here to read the Forbes article.

Power Forward 2.0: Fortune 500 moving ahead on Climate and Clean Energy

Released today, Power Forward 2.0: How American Companies Are Setting Clean Energy Targets and Capturing Greater Business Value, reports how America’s largest companies are jumping on the clean energy bandwagon and saving more than $1 billion a year.

This second annual report from DGA, Calvert Investments, Ceres, and the World Wildlife Fund, finds that 43 percent of Fortune 500 companies have set targets reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving energy efficiency, or procuring more renewable energy. It shows that clean energy is becoming mainstream for U.S. corporations – with 60 percent of the Fortune 100 having goals for renewable energy or greenhouse gas reductions. And these efforts are beginning to have a significant impact on climate change – the progress of the Fortune 100 companies alone are equal to retiring 15 coal-fired power plants.

Click here to read the report and here for today’s Ceres’ press release.