Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) Emerging Technologies Showcase series presents Mogul Base LED Lamps for Retrofits,a free webinar on Sept. 24 at 1 PM Mountain Time.
High intensity discharge (HID) lamps with large screw-in “mogul” base sockets can be found lighting roadways, parking lots, building exteriors and high bay interiors. Although HID lamps represent only 2 percent of all installed lamps in the U.S., they account for 26 percent of the nation’s lighting energy use. Retrofitting with LED, or light-emitting diode, replacement lamps is an opportunity for strategic energy savings.
This webinar describes performance and safety tests of a selection of mogul base LED replacement lamps for energy efficient retrofits. Researchers used criteria from the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) to determine lamp efficacy and application. DLC, a program for advancing efficient lighting technology, is still in the process of establishing categories for LED replacement lamps.
There is no charge for participating in the webinar, but registration is required. Find recordings of past webinars in the series on the Energy Efficiency Emerging Technologies (E3T) website. E3T is a program of Bonneville Power Administration for evaluating the performance and market potential of new technologies. BPA sponsors the webinar series with support from Western.
Inefficient irrigation systems can be costly—to the grower, the utility and the community—so Western is co-sponsoring a workshop Nov. 18 to help agricultural customers explore resources to tackle the problem.
Best of all, the workshop is free to NPPD members and their agricultural customers. “We are excited about this workshop because it offers a unique perspective,” explained NPPD Energy Efficiency Consultant Ronald Rose. “Irrigation customers will learn about the types of projects that qualify for federal, state and local incentives, and how to design energy efficiency into their projects up front.”
Hear from experts NPPD is a leader in managing irrigation loads and supporting agricultural customers. Over the past 40 years, connected irrigation horsepower served by NPPD has grown at an annual rate of 4.7 percent. Irrigation accounted for 99 percent of reported peak load controlled in 2010. The power wholesaler’s EnergyWise Pump Efficiency Program offers financial incentives for testing and upgrading eligible electric irrigation pumps to improve overall efficiency.
NPPD recently partnered with a grower and vendor on an innovative pilot project, and Rose will be on hand to discuss lessons learned. The 25-kilowatt solar-powered irrigation system comprising 100 250-watt panels generated 40,000 kilowatt-hours in its first year of operation. “As far as we know, the system is the first of its kind in Nebraska,” he observed.
Visitors to NPPD’s website will find an operating-cost calculator and a status window to check on the daily irrigation control schedule. There is also information about specialized rates, incentives and applying for USDA energy grants.
USDA Rural Development provides from $22.8 to $75 million in grant funding to agricultural producers and small rural business owners interested in improving their energy efficiency or investing in renewable resource technology. The nationwide program is available to businesses in populations of 50,000 or less and to farmers and ranchers.
Veteran training provider Clean Energy Ambassadors (CEA), which is coordinating the event, has teamed with Western on many successful workshops, including popular infrared camera training. CEA’s free Lunchtime Webinar series presents a monthly opportunity to learn about cost-effective measures and technologies that can help small electric cooperatives save their customers energy and money.
Registration is required, so don’t wait to take advantage of this training opportunity. After registering you will receive an agenda and directions to the workshop site, the NRD Conference Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. For more information about registration or the workshop, contact Emily Stark at 406-969-1040.