Energy Efficiency Programs - Texas Public Power Association!

Energy Efficiency Programs - Texas Public Power Association!

Energy Efficiency Programs

for Public Power Systems

TPPA Marketing & Customer

Service Conference

March 24, 2011

Pam Groce, Texas State Energy Conservation Office

Johanna Zetterberg, US Department t of fEnergy

About SECO…

Mission: to maximize energy efficiency

while protecting the environment.

Public sector energy/water efficiency

•Project implementation, education,

outreach –no R&D

•DOE/EERE state level program conduit

•State Energy Program

State Energy Program

Demonstration & Deployment focus

About EERE…

The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and

Renewable Energy (EERE) invests in clean

energy technologies that strengthen the

economy, protect the environment, and

reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Energy Efficiency






Renewable Energy



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Hydrogen & Fuel Cells

DOE’s initiative:

Stimulating Energy Efficiency in States

Project under a cooperative agreement between US DOE and SECO;

$500,000 awarded from US DOE to SECO.

Assists states in generating the necessary policy and program frameworks

to support investment in cost‐effective energy efficiency for the long term.

Focus is on helping states with little‐to‐no to current savings from energy

efficiency programs become leaders in reducing electricity consumption.

DOE sought applications from states to achieve an annual minimum target

electricity savings of 1% through energy efficiency.

Builds on the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency Vision 2025 – a

framework for our energy future

Why Efficiency?

• Reliable energy resource that can be acquired

to help meet current and future demand

• Costs less than constructing new generation

• Reduces customer bills

• Hedge against fuel price volatility

• Empowers better management of energy use

• Can be targeted to reduce peak load

• Contributes to balanced program portfolio

• Improves energy security

SECO project overview:

Project goals:

Design and implement a practical and comprehensive Energy

Efficiency Program Best Practices Guide with, by, and for MOUs and

ECs who want to offer energy efficiency program options to their


Why this project?

SECO wants to work with MOUs and ECs to build on the success of

current energy efficiency efforts already underway. Puts you in the

driver’s seat but is not a one-size-fits-all approach. This is a tool

for you to use and adapt for your needs. You participation ensures

the Best Practices Guide will be most helpful to you in program



SECO, TPPA, DOE, a Consultant t (soon to be named)…

…and YOU!

Establish an electricity savings


Establish tblihan Evaluation,

Measurement & Verification


Develop and adopt proven Quick-

Start EE programs

Disseminate best practices for

wider adoption

EM & V




EE Best



Several MOUS will participate in

pilot implementation projects

General Project Phases

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

•Project kick-off k –stakeholder group formed, project schedule

created, etc.

• Existing EE programs reviewed, energy savings goal


• Evaluation method established, development of program


Phase 4

Phase 5

• Adoption/Implementation of selected programs.

• Ongoing monitoring and refining of implemented programs to

track progress toward achieving goal.

Timeline for Project Activities

Target Date








Sign contract with selected subcontractor

Introduce Program at TPPA annual meeting

Design and develop a draft of the Energy Efficiency Best Practices Guide

Stakeholder group meetings

Identify and define the EM&V Plan


Final Best tPractices Guide, “Saving Energy and Money: How to GtSt Get Started” t Target Date




Complete Phase I Summary Report including the EE plan for the MOU/EC decision makers

August Additional stakeholder group meetings, discuss what comes next

August Complete the Best Practices and Long Term Cost Effective Energy Efficiency Plan

Target tDt Date

Atiit/Dli Activity/Deliverable


February Complete Phase II Implementation Plan


Implementation: ti Initiate t and assist itin EE Pilot programs to test teffectiveness of

Best Practices Guide, “Saving Energy and Money: How to Get Started”

August Final Report to DOE on project accomplishments and energy savings

Key Project Elements

Stakeholder group will share:

– Customer base characteristics

– Past experience – learn from

successes and failures

– Overcoming operational hurdles

• Funding

• Customer acceptance

• Program implementation –

external and internal

• M&V

– Eventually, disseminate best

practice for wider adoption

outside pilot group

Best Practices Guide will address:

Energy savings targets

– Program options

– Consumer behavior

– Utility consumption baseline

– Peak reduction opportunities

Programs that can be implemented

quickly and that present a value

proposition to both utility and


– Internal resources and support

needed for program success

– Continued investment, longer-term

planning and goal-setting

– What else do you think needs to

be shared? – What else do you think needs to be


Key Project Elements

Electricity savings target:

– SECO proposes a minimum of

1% savings of 500,000 kWh

from the states’ consumption

will be saved by

implementing this program

– 1% (or more) is a collective

goal, not an individual goal

EM&V Methodology:

– Robust, effective, and

transparent methods are critical

to program success

– Ensure programs deliver results

“Quick Start” EE Programs

• Benefits of Quick Start programs:

– Straightforward, tested t and proven

– Quick launch, offer measurable benefits near term

– Contribute to early success and pilot initiatives

– Can be expanded to a more comprehensive set of programs over a few years

• EE Program examples:

– Residential

• Appliance retiring and recycling

• HVAC diagnostics and improvement

• Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

– Commercial

• Lighting/HVAC prescriptive incentives, education and technical assistance

• Whole building performance and benchmarking

• Computer power management

Get Involved

• Calling all program administrators! If you

are interested in participating as a core

stakeholder, please contact Pam

• Everyone will be invited to respond to a

needs assessment for this project from

SECO, Consultant and the TPPA ‘s Energy

Efficiency Working group

• Keep an eye out for the information

coming soon

Web Resources

SECO/Comptroller :


What’s going at the Federal level


Texas specific rebates incentives from the utility

‣ Federal tax credits

Thank You

Contact Information:

Pam Groce

Texas State Energy

Conservation Office

(512) 463-1889

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