Status of Energy Efficiency | Summer 2014
In This Issue:
The Status of Energy Efficiency in Missouri
Notes from the MEI Board Chairman, Frank Caro
Energy Efficiency Op/Ed Contributions
Status of Energy Efficiency FAQ
EPA’s Proposed GHG Rule for Existing Power Plants: Potential State-Level Impacts
On June 2nd, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced perhaps the most significant environmental reform in its history. Entitled the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the proposed regulations are designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions nationwide by below 2005 levels by the year 2030. Though still in draft form, these regulations could have dramatic impacts on Missouri’s future energy portfolio, depending largely on how changes are finalized and implemented by state and federal authorities… Read more…
Status of Energy Efficiency Op/Ed
The Midwest has a long history of supporting energy efficiency. In 1983, Minnesota was the first state to pilot a statewide energy efficiency program. Since then six Midwestern states have adopted some form of an energy savings target, also known as an Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS). Of these states, in 2011 and 2012, Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois all exceeded their energy efficiency targets.These policies have spurred significant investment in energy efficiency – dollars that are spent locally to create jobs and support plant retrofits, home weatherization, capital improvements in public facilities, small business energy efficiency improvements, and education campaigns among other initiatives… Read more…
In January 2013, Ameren Missouri began offering our customers the most comprehensive portfolio of energy efficiency (EE) programs in Missouri’s history as a way to help them better manage their energy usage and corresponding energy costs. We are investing approximately $150 million dollars in our programs between 2013-2015. The response from customers has been immensely positive. In May of this year, third-party independent evaluators completed their review of the 2013 EE program results and concluded that by participating in our EE programs, electric customers reduced their energy use by approximately 390 million kilowatt-hours… Read more…
Soon after the May 22, 2011 tornado that devastated Joplin, a citizen advisory group emerged whose goal was to identify priorities for the recovery. This Joplin Area Citizens Advisory Recovery Team (known as CART) solicited input from local residents; these ideas were categorized and presented to the City and serve as the guiding vision for decision making, post-tornado… Read more…
On June 2, 2014 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Clean Power Plan. The anticipated draft rule has been at the forefront of discussions nationwide ever since President Barack Obama announced his Climate Action Plan in June 2013. In the President’s Climate Action Plan, the President directed the EPA to promulgate rules under Section 111 (d) of the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants… Read more…
You can chalk it up to professional bias, since I run the Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology Center at Crowder College in Neosho, MO; but I think that Energy Efficiency relates specifically to using less energy derived from fossil fuels. That means using more efficient appliances, using the most advanced building techniques to reduce the heating, cooling, and lighting loads and making your own power using solar, wind or biogas systems… Read more…
Expanding Opportunities, Gaining Experience with Energy Efficiency in Missouri
Dan York, Ph.D., Fellow, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Progress with any public policy usually takes time, particularly with complex issues that involve numerous stakeholders with diverse and often divergent interests. Energy efficiency policy in Missouri well illustrates this axiom. The Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act (MEEIA), passed and signed into law in 2009, seeks to boost investments in energy efficiency that would save utilities and utility customers money, create jobs and improve environmental quality… Read more…
In recent years energy efficiency is on the rise throughout industry. In some parts of the country, additional levels of investment in energy efficiency is a direct reaction to hedging against rising energy costs. In other areas, progressive utility incentive programs spur higher levels of investment. Even in areas that lack incentives and have relatively low energy costs, leading manufacturing companies are making investments in energy efficiency through projects and more importantly, through implementation of practices to better manage their energy consumption… Read more…
On April 23, 2009,Governor Nixon issued Executive Order 09-18 requiring all state agencies whose building management falls under the direction of the State’s Office of Administration to reduce energy consumption by 2% each year for 10 years. As a critical part of that initiative, Missouri contracted Talisen Technologies, Inc. to implement Talisen’s Enterprise Sustainability Platform (ESP) to track energy usage and analyze building performance. Earlier this year, the State announced it had reduced energy usage by 22% in just four years, six years ahead of Governor Nixon’s ten-year goal… Read more…
I have been in and around the energy industry in Missouri for more than 20 years, serving as a consumer advocate as well as a state regulator and now the director of the Division of Energy, and I can safely say we, as a state, are in a prime position when it comes to meeting our energy potential. And this is due, in large part, to a leader who embraces energy issues and supports new and innovative technologies. I am speaking of our governor, Jay Nixon… Read more…
On June 18, 2014, Missouri Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon signed Executive Order 14-06. This Executive Order was signed with Governor Nixon’s address stating that Missouri will begin to develop a state energy plan with ten key components. Read the press release from the Governor’s Office.
In repose to this announcement, Missouri Energy Initiative will launch a website in August devoted entirely to the Missouri State Energy Plan. You will be able to visit www.moenergyplan.org beginning August 1st.
Drury University and Crowder College will be one of 18 teams to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon where they will design and build a solar-powered house that combines affordability, innovation and design excellence.
Inspired by the devastating EF5 multiple-vortex tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. in 2011, the Drury/Crowder house will not only be energy-efficient, but disaster response-ready, as well as high-wind and impact resistant so that it can serve as both a disaster relief command center and relief housing.
How you can help:
• Monetary support: student team travel and general funding
• Donation of materials: all aspects of home construction
• Professional mentoring: counsel members of our multi-disciplinary team on best practices
For more information on their Solar Decathlon house, please vist http://www.drury.edu/solardecathlon
Traci Sooter, Director, Design/Build Program, Hammons School of Architecture, Drury University 417-873-7416 firstname.lastname@example.org
*Missouri University of Science & Technology is also attending the Solar Decathlon as another of the 18 teams.
“On June 2nd, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced perhaps the most significant environmental reform in its history. Entitled the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the proposed regulations are designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions nationwide by below 2005 levels by the year 2030…”Read more…
Missouri Botanical Gardens
“Missouri Botanical Garden has been involved in MEI since the beginning of the organization. Glenda Abney, Director of the Garden’s EarthWays Center, serves on the Board…”
“Burns & McDonnell has been providing engineering solutions for the power industry since the days of Edison and Insull…”
MEI is excited to introduce its six interns who are working on a variety of projects for the organization. You can find out more about the MEI Summer interns here.
Follow the Intern Energy Policy News Analysis Blog throughout the Summer for an energy policy current event analysis!
Sept 30th – October 1st
Register today for MEPC 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Catch the Early Bird Discount before it ends July 31st!
*It’s not too late to become a conference sponsor!
Sponsorship and partner opportunities can be found on the MEPC homepage.
This year, MEPC will address:
- The 2014 environmental and energy rulings of the United States Supreme Court
- The path forward following the EPA greenhouse gas 111(d) ruling
- What makes successful state energy plan programs relevant and successful in several key focus areas (economic development, education, research, regulations, portfolio mix, biofuels, and more)
Don’t miss the Early Bird Discount. Register today!
Learn more about the Solar Debathlon team and the solar house from Drury Univesity & Crowder College! This team is one of 18 in the nation selected to participate in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition!
STATE ENERGY PLAN WEBSITE
Don’t forget to visit MEI’s new site for the Missouri State Energy Plan that launches August 1st!