Celebrate energy efficiency, public power in October

Public Power Week
Oct. 2-8

Energy Efficiency Day
Oct. 5

It is fitting that as the days get noticeably colder and darker, we recognize the people who make sure we can light and warm our homes (and cook hearty meals and take hot baths) all year around. Public Power Week You are leaving WAPA.gov. is Oct. 2-8, and this year, Oct. 5, Energy Efficiency Day You are leaving WAPA.gov., is dedicated to the role wise energy use plays in keeping electricity reliable and affordable.

Public Power Week, Oct. 2-8, 2016 an American Tradition
(Artwork by American Public Power Association)

American Public Power Association (APPA) sponsors Public Power Week and provides plenty of resources to help utilities get their celebration off the ground. You can suggest your local municipality issue a proclamation, send messages on your social media platforms and provide local media with news releases and public service announcements. Post facts from APPA’s public power and energy-efficiency fact sheets on your website and make sure your member services representatives have copies handy to share.

Let your customers know Oct. 5 is Energy Efficiency Day.
Let your customers know Oct. 5 is Energy Efficiency Day. (Artwork by ResourceMedia)

Speaking of energy efficiency, do your customers know that this “power source” has prevented the need to build 313 large plants since 1990? According to American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy You are leaving WAPA.gov. (ACEEE), further ramping up energy efficiency could spare the country from having to build 487 large power plants over the next 14 years. The inaugural Energy Efficiency Day offers utilities the chance to educate consumers on the importance of saving energy.

Energy efficiency saves consumers and businesses money, creates jobs and stimulates the economy. It is also one of the lowest-cost ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The best part is that most utilities already have experience with energy-efficiency programs ranging from simple rebates for efficient appliances to sophisticated demand-response programs. Reminding your customers of the benefits of energy efficiency measures can help to encourage them to participate in existing programs and make them more receptive to future offerings.

The inaugural Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort of regional and national organizations working to promote energy efficiency, including the ACEEE, Appliance Standards Awareness Project You are leaving WAPA.gov. and many others. APPA, colleges and universities, trade allies and investor- and publicly owned utilities are among the organizations supporting #EEDay2016.

If you would like to add National Energy Efficiency Day to your Public Power Week celebration, you can find a link to a toolkit You are leaving WAPA.gov. on the SWEEP blog, Livewire. Feel free to supplement the material with your own success stories, and don’t forget to share your plans with the Energy Services Bulletin, because every day is Energy Efficiency Day for WAPA Energy Services.

Source: American Public Power Association, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, 9/9/16

Follow energy-efficiency projects across the country

With demand on the rise and fossil fuels on the outs in some areas, utilities are turning more and more to energy efficiency to help them bridge the gap. To help utility professionals who may be navigating new territory, Energy Central has launched the Energy Efficiency Community Update,You are leaving WAPA.gov. a regular round-up of energy-saving projects around the nation.

The first update ranges from California’s challenges with the “duck curve” to energy policy developments in the state of New York. For WAPA customers, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project recently completed a set of fact sheets reviewing the history and impacts of utility energy-efficiency programs in five states during 2008-15.

Join the password-protected community to follow energy-efficiency activities by municipal, state, federal and private entities (see the orange button in the upper right sidebar). Members are able to share their own projects and programs, post links and ask questions, as well.

Power providers in different regions face different challenges and issues, but we are all facing a rapidly evolving industry, and sharing ideas can be an indispensable tool for managing change. A utility program, even a thousand miles away, may plant the seed for your next big success.

Source: Energy Central, 8/31/16

Installing, maintaining cooling systems for DSM program success

March 20, 3:00 p.m. MDT

Join the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project and the Western Cooling Efficiency Center  for the webinar, Quality Installation and Maintenance of Cooling Systems, on March 20.

No matter what type of cooling technology or application, proper sizing, installation and regular maintenance of a cooling system is critical to saving energy. Participants will learn about quality installation (QI) and quality maintenance (QM) and tune-ups of cooling systems from a practical installation approach, and explore the design and implementation of successful utility programs. Speakers include Kristin Heinemeier of the Western Cooling Efficiency Center-UC Davis and Ron Thingvold of Comfort Air Distributing.

Space is limited, so reserve your webinar seat today. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.