Funding available for hyper-energy-efficiency demonstrations

Members of American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Demonstration of Energy Efficient Developments (DEED) program who are eager to show their leadership in energy efficiency may be eligible for co-funding to finance hyper-energy-efficiency demonstration projects.

APPA is collaborating with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to increase the number of EPRI demonstration projects for five innovative technologies:

  1. Variable-refrigerant-flow air conditioning
  2. Efficient data centers
  3. Heat-pump water heaters
  4. Ductless, residential heat-pumps and air-conditioners
  5. Hyper-efficient residential appliances

EPRI is currently monitoring active projects involving these technologies, but would like to install the hyper-efficient systems in different locations to get more comprehensive data. Earlier this year, the DEED board expressed willingness to provide co-funding to DEED members to help finance their participation in these EPRI projects.

New demonstrations must begin operating by the close of first quarter 2011 so that EPRI can obtain a full year of data. Although the application deadline is flexible, the sooner proposals are submitted to DEED, the better.

Interested parties will have to move fast to meet the timeframe for installation; however, there are resources to help them develop their proposals. APPA is offering to arrange one-on-one conference calls with EPRI, so potential participants can get answers to their specific questions. Also, EPRI has established manufacturer contacts for the equipment, and is able to give participants “the heads-up” about operational issues identified through its current projects.

Participation in any of these demonstrations will showcase your utility as an energy-efficiency innovator at the national level. Your customers and city leaders will be proud of their electric utility’s national recognition as a leader in energy efficiency and utility R&D. Contact Michele Suddleson at 202-467-2960 if you are interested in learning more.