Appalachian Power 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner Recipient (Ind. Report)
Appalachian Power,American Electric Power
In the Old Dominion State, Roanoke-based Appalachian Power Co., a unit of
Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP), reports receipt of the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its leadership in energy efficiency and the ENERGY STAR program. Appalachian started offering energy efficiency programs in 2011.
The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award recognizes ENERGY STAR partner businesses and organizations in good standing that demonstrate superior leadership, innovation and commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR.
(Source: Appalachian Power, Smith Mountain Eagle, 21 April, 2020)
Contact: Appalachian Power, Kelly Marlowe, Energy Efficiency Coordinator, www.appalachianpower.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com
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Va.Governor Inks Virginia Clean Economy Act (Reg. & Leg. Report)
Governor Ralph Northam
Following up on our 11th March coverage, in the Old Dominion State, the Office of Governor Ralph Northam (D) reports the Governor has signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act into law. The legislation covers energy efficiency promotions and puts a timeline standard stating that coal-fired plants are to close by 2024, and Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power will be 100 pct carbon-free by 2045 and 2050, respectively. Under the Act:
Energy companies will pay penalties for not meeting the Act’s objectives and the revenue from the penalties will go towards job training and programs in disadvantaged communities.;
There will be a reduction of energy burned for low-income users and all energy-efficient standards and pilot programs are to be “in the public interest.”
5,200 megawatts of offshore wind generation to harvest energy for generating electricity is "in the public interest." Distributed generation facilities including solar power, will have 16,100 megawatts of solar and onshore wind generation as it is also considered "in the public interest."
Net metering will be used, which credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid making it easier for the growth of rooftop solar power in the Commonwealth.
The state will establish a carbon cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions from power plants in compliance with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). (Source: Office of Governor Ralph Northam, Website, WAVY.com. 12 April, 2020) Contact: Office of Governor Ralph Northam, 804-786-2211, www.governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office, www.governor.virginia.gov; RGGI, www.rggi.org
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Applachian Power Renews Large-Scale Solar Energy RFP (Ind. Report)
In the Old Dominion State, Roanoke-based Appalachian Power Co. reports it has re-issued its November, 2018 RFP for solar projects since the 15 bids submitted in the 2018 call "did not result in any viable projects." The utility is seeking projects that will produce up to 200 megawatts of power.
Appalachian owns no solar facilities, but has a power purchase agreement with the 15-MW Depot Solar Center in Campbell County which is expected to come online later this year.
(Source: Appalachian Power Washington Times, AP, 25 Jan., 2020) Contact: Appalachian Power, Don Nichols, (800)956-4237, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.appalachianpower.com
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Virginia OKs $1Bn in Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Virginia State Corporation Commission,Appalachian Power
Further to our 5th April report,
meeting in Richmond, the Virginia State Corporation Commission is reported to have approved approximately $1 billion in new spending on energy efficiency programs designed to reduce energy consumption and the need to produce and distribute additional electricity in the Old Dominion State.
The regulator approved 11 new Dominion Energy programs totaling $226 million as well as energy efficiency spending by Appalachian Power, the state's second largest electric utility. In their approval, the two companies are required to track and report the
effectiveness of their programs in reducing energy consumption at a future date.
(Source: Virginia State Corporation Commission, NBC29, AP, 4 May, 2019) Contact: Virginia State Corporation Commission, www.scc.virginia.gov; Appalachian Power, Don Nichols, (800)956-4237, email@example.com, www.appalachianpower.com; Dominion Energy, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com
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Appalachian Power Seeks Efficiency Program Approvals (Ind. Report)
Further to our Jan. 30 coverage, in the Old Dominion State, Appalachian Power, along with Wheeling Power, reports it is requesting Public Service Commission of West Virginia approval for a new Economic Development Fund and changes to the company’s energy efficiency programs, including introducing two new offerings.
The new fund would be financed by a combination of a monthly customer meter charge of 12 cents, generating approximately $670,000 annually, and equal company matching funds, according to a company release.
Planned changes to the utility's energy efficiency programs are aimed at controlling electric power usage and lowering energy costs for program participants.
One of the new programs -- the Low-Income Multi-Family Program -- will provide installation of measures such as energy-efficient lighting, water heating measures, appliance upgrades, HVAC replacement and maintenance, insulation and similar features in individual units of multi-family buildings, and will raise awareness and understanding of energy efficiency among participating building owners, managers and tenants.
A second new program -- the Small Business Direct Install Program -- will educate small-business owners about energy efficiency and provide financial incentives to encourage additional energy efficiency improvements. (Source: Appalachian Power, PR, Herald-Dispatch, 3 April, 2019) Contact: Appalachian Power, Don Nichols, (800)956-4237, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.appalachianpower.com
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Appalachian Power Promotes Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
In the Old Dominion State, Appalachian Power is touting its 2019 lineup of energy efficiency programs to help residential and business customers cut energy consumption and save on energy costs.
The new programs include:
Bring Your Own "Smart" Thermostat (BYOT) Program; eScore home energy audits and savings Program; Commercial and Industrial Lighting energy efficiency Program;
Commercial & Industrial non-lighting energy efficiency Standard Program; a Small Business Direct no-cost energy efficiency upgrades Install Program, and others.
Review Appalachian Power's energy efficiency program details HERE.
(Source: Appalachian Power, Virginia First, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Appalachian Power, Don Nichols, email@example.com
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