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Companies and energy efficiency organizations rally behind ENERGY STAR
Posted by Jeff Harris | 4/25/2017
More than 1,000 U.S. companies, including some of the nation's largest manufacturers, are urging Congress to preserve the 25-year-old Energy Star program to promote efficiency in home and business products. The proposed federal budget would eliminate funding for Energy Star, which encourages efficiency in major appliances, office equipment, lighting and home electronics.
BPA helps Job Corps achieve dramatic energy savings
Posted by Sarah Smith | 4/24/2017
Montana’s Trapper Creek Job Corps is a mecca of self-improvement and second chances. Trainees ages 16 to 24 arrive at the pine-studded campus without a high school diploma and leave with marketable skills and solid job prospects.
But students aren’t the only assets at Trapper Creek to need a fresh start and a better future: Not long ago, its leaders realized their 1960s-era buildings were crying out for similar attention. Through a series of small energy efficiency projects in partnership with BPA and Ravalli Electric, the campus has cut its electric bill by almost 20 percent.
Research potential Cannabis standard measures
Posted by Kenji Spielman | 4/28/2017
Research potential for standard measures for cannabis cultivation, including lighting and HVAC.
Luminaire Level Control (LLC) Pilot
Luminaire Level Control (LLC) is one optional system capability that is part of a new lighting product category (Networked Lighting Control Systems) capable of saving energy beyond that defined by prescriptive lighting control assumptions. Specifications have been approved by Design Lights Consortium (DLC), DOE, informed by NEEA and other stakeholders. Product is now available in local markets. The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) prepared their validation test plan to evaluate the LLC pilot; Energy Trust New Buildings will manage and deliver the LLC Pilot. This pilot is not a market test. The aim is to validate the technology.
Projects that are targeted for the pilot will have the following characteristics:
* Office TI or Warehouse building types
* New construction or major renovation
* At least 5,000 sq ft of lighting space
* Efficient LED lighting design before integrating controls (i.e. lighting power density using either the building area method or the space-by-space method exceeds code requirements by at least 10%)
* Participation requires system-level commissioning and participation in pilot evaluation process
The pilot intends to enroll 10-12 projects and have engagement from early design through installation, post install commissioning, and functional testing.
Efficiency Exchange 2017 will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon on May 9-10, 2017.
Efficiency Exchange is the premier networking and learning conference for energy efficiency professionals from across the Pacific Northwest. Attendees from public and private electric utilities, consulting and research firms, government and non-profit organizations will come together to learn and connect to help the region more effectively achieve its energy savings goals.
General questions: Contact Carol Lindstrom
Registration questions: Contact Maggie Baggan
Register now >
PSE releases RFP & RFI for 2018-19 Program Years
Posted by Haida May Malcolm | 4/12/2017
Puget Sound Energy, Inc. (PSE) is soliciting proposals (through a Request for Proposals [RFP]) and written responses (through a Request for Information [RFI]) for the 2018 through 2019 program period. Topics include:
Renewal of existing energy efficiency programs and services
New and innovative demand side energy management products, programs and support services
Please see the attached full document for all details:
RFP (which includes the Intent to Bid form, which is required for all RFP responses and is due to PSE by April 26th, 2017)
Timeline of key dates: All final RFP/RFI Submissions are due electronically to PSE by May 30th, 2017, 5PM PST (extended one day due to Memorial Day holiday)
Conduit ED: Regional Technical Forum (RTF) Series
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As a member of the group and as a "student" within this series, you'll be able to read weekly articles, videos, and see links to other resources within the series at your own pace. At the conclusion of the articles, we'll ask you to take a quick self-assessment survey to make sure that we keep improving, and that you get what you need for Conduit ED.As you go through the series, we encourage you to (please) comment and ask questions! There are no bad or dumb questions. Everyone is here to learn, together. To ask questions and discuss, use the comment functionality on any of the lesson pages.
All of the articles are now published, and in the "Resources" folder over to your left.
NEEA Ductless Heat Pump Workgroup
This is a private community to share NEEA’s Ductless Heat Pump Initiative Workgroup notes, presentations and materials which may include sensitive market intelligence.
The Ductless Heat Pump initiative works to accelerate the adoption of inverter-driven ductless heat pumps (DHPs) in electrically heated homes by building product distribution channels, market capacity and consumer demand for DHPs.
37th Utility Energy Forum
5/03/2017 12:00AM - 5/05/2017 1:00PM| Santa Rosa CA
The Utility Energy Forum is a non-profit consortium that has hosts an annual conference focused on networking of energy services professionals representing energy utilities and allies serving Western states. Attendees learn how others are developing and implementing customer programs related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, key account management, and other customer services. This is a B2B event with more than 50% of attendees from utility and government sectors.
This years event is packed full of great presenters focused on understanding the changes that utilities face. Come meet utility program managers and energy services professionals from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Texas
RETA CRES Review Course
5/03/2017 8:00AM - 5/05/2017 5:00PM| Kennewick WA
CRES is a certification offered by the Refrigerating Engineers and Technician Association (RETA) for operators, supervisors, and managers of industrial refrigeration. The certification demonstrates knowledge and capability for energy-efficient industrial refrigeration system operation that also reinforces key safety and operations components. CRES certified individuals are successful in reducing energy waste while improving the safety, production, and product quality at an industrial refrigeration facility. Becoming CRES certified requires successful completion of an exam and documentation of five energy efficiency activities. A free 3-day review course is being held in Kennewick at Benton PUD offices on May 3rd – 5th to help prepare individuals to sit for the exam and complete energy efficiency activities. The only pre-requisite for attending the free review course is applying through RETA to schedule a date to sit for the CRES exam. To find out more details about this free review course and register to attend, visit the registration link listed below. Successful candidates should prepare for the full range of exam topics described in the CRES Application Handbook and also become familiar with the CRES Study Guide before sitting for the exam. Both the handbook and guide are available to download for free on RETA’s website. LocationBenton PUD2721 W. 10th AveKennewick, WA 99336Intended AudienceEngineer, FacilityContactWarren Fish, firstname.lastname@example.orgFeeFreeLinksRegistration LinkMore information on applying for CRES examsMore information about CRESWatch the CRES Exam Success videoWatch a 2-minute overview video about CRESLodging options DocumentsRegistration Form and Additional InformationLetter of Support for RETA CRES
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