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ACEEE 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard Released (Ind. Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2020-02-24
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) just released 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the 52 largest U.S. electric utilities have dramatically increased their overall energy savings as they adopt innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Utilities leading the way are National Grid Massachusetts and Eversource Massachusetts, which tied for first place for the second time, followed by San Diego Gas & Electric, Commonwealth Edison in Illinois, Baltimore Gas and Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric, in that order. Rounding out the top 10 are the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), DTE in Michigan, Portland General Electric, and Eversource CT in that order.

The scorecard notes that, as a group, the utilities boosted their annual energy savings by 20 pct since 2015, saving almost 20 TWh of electricity in 2018 from programs administered that year -- enough to power 1.8 million homes.

The report highlights the ways in which the utility landscape has transformed since 2015, the baseline for the 2017 scorecard. New technologies are emerging -- states, utilities, and other stakeholders are increasingly focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the important role of energy efficiency with more than 900 different efficiency programs in 2018, about 300 more than in 2015. Additionally, 32 utilities piloted new programs that involve smart thermostats, online marketplaces for energy-saving products, commercial energy efficiency financing, and integration of efficiency with other DERs such as demand response and storage.

While overall energy savings increased, this upward trend was not universal, and seven utilities saw their energy savings decrease by more than 20 pct since 2015.

The scorecard also found that, while there is increased focus on changing utility business models nationally, utilities are generally slow to change these models and are often reluctant to give customers access to energy usage data.

The scorecard, which received no utility funding, increases the availability of utility-sector energy efficiency data to enable benchmarking and help utilities strengthen their programs. ACEEE focuses on the 52 largest electric utilities by retail sales volume, including all 51 utilities from its 2017 Scorecard, plus Tampa Electric.

Download the 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard at www.aceee.org/utility-scorecard. (Source: ACEEE, 21 Feb., 2020) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., www.aceee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Green Hydrogen Coalition Announces US Launch (Ind. Report)
Green Hydrogen Coalition
Date: 2020-01-29
The Green Hydrogen Coalition (GHC), a US 501c3 non-profit charitable organization focused on building top-down momentum for scalable green hydrogen projects that leverage multi-sector opportunities to simultaneously scale supply and demand, is reporting its official launch.

The GHC aims to facilitate policies and practices that advance green hydrogen production and its use in all sectors where it will accelerate a carbon free energy future.

GHC founders and supporters include: Intersect Power, 8minute Solar Energy, SoCalGas and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), according to its website. (Source: Green Hydrogen Coalition, H2View, 28 Jan., 2020) Contact: Green Hydrogen Coalition, info@ghcoalition.org, www.ghcoalition.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  


Utilities Coalition Challenging Trump's ACE Plan (Ind. Report)
Power Companies Climate Coalition
Date: 2019-09-18
Reuters is reporting New York-based Con Edison and eight other U.S. utilities -- the Power Companies Climate Coalition -- have filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants. Trump's plan replaces the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan that would have cut power plant carbon emissions by more than a third from 2005 levels by 2030 by virtually eliminating coal-fired power production.

According to the filing, Trump's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule undermines efforts already under way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing in renewable energy, electric vehicle infrastructure and energy efficiency and other clean technologies.

ACE allows states three years to devise their own plans to cut emissions mainly by encouraging coal-fired power plants to improve efficiency.

The coalition members include: Con Edison, Exelon Corp, National Grid, PG&E Corp, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Seattle City Light, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and New York Power Authority. (Source: Con Edison, Guardian, Reuters, 16 Sept., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Power Companies Climate Coalition,  Obama Clean Power Plan,  Affordable Clean Energy Plan ,  


LADWP Awards $1.4Mn in Energy Efficiency Grants (Ind. Report)
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Date: 2018-11-28
In the Golden State, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) reports its Community Partnership Outreach Grants Program for 2018 has awarded $1.4 million to 24 nonprofit organizations to support water conservation and energy efficiency programs and initiatives.

The grants program assists nonprofit organizations in connecting with LADWP customers that may not be reached through traditional communication strategies, with a goal of helping reduce energy and water use. Over the past seven years, the program provided more than $8 million in funding for more than 140 projects. (Source: LADWP, MyNews LA, 26 Nov., 2018)Contact: LADWP, David H. Wright, GM, (800) 342-5397, www.ladwp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Angeles Department of Water and Power,  Energy Efficiency ,  


Hoover Dam Pumped Energy Storage Project Proposed (Ind. Report)
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Date: 2018-09-17
In the Golden State, the Los Angeles Department of Wind and Power (LADWP) is floating a proposal that, if approved, would construct a wind and solar-powered pump station 20 miles south of the Hoover Dam. The station would pump water from downstream back up to Lake Mead, which was created by the dam. All the water stored at the lake could then be released as needed for power on demand, effectively turning the dam into a battery for solar and wind power.

The Hoover Dam water load currently functions at about 20 pct of its full capacity. Research committees are presently evaluating the environmental and infrastructural impacts of the project. If approved, the LADWP hopes to complete the project by 2028.

Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.(Source: LADWP Good News Network, 16 Sept., 2018) Contact: LADWP, David H. Wright, GM, (800) 342-5397, www.ladwp.com; Hoover Dam, www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Energy Storage,  Los Angeles Department of Water and Power,  Pumped Energy Storage Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


MOCA Awarded $79,000 for Modern Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Date: 2018-02-12
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Custom Performance Program (CPP) has awarded the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) $79,078 in rebates for the installation of energy efficient controls and upgrades to its HVAC system.

The upgrades, which are expected to cut the museum's energy consumption by an estimated 527,187 kWh per year, include the installation of high-efficiency supply and return-fan motors, variable frequency drives and new reconfigured heating and cooling coils, digital data controls and a new energy management system, along with replacing existing evaporative pad humidifiers with a high pressure fog system on their air handling units that service galleries and art storage. The museum is also replacing more than 350 halogen lamps in its galleries with energy saving LEDs. The project is estimated to save over 123,000 kWh per year and earn the museum an additional $9,800 in incentives through LADWP's Commercial Lighting Incentive Program . (Source: LADWP, 8 February, 2018) Contact: LADWP, David H. Wright, GM, (800) 342-5397, www.ladwp.com/cpp; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, www.moca.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Angeles Department of Water and Power,  Energfy Efficiency,  

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