ASERTTI Buildings Committee Webinar: May 21, 2012

Guest Speakers: Vince Scarfo, Director of Government Relations at GE and Mark Johnson of Accountmark, Inc
Please join us for the next ASERTTI Buildings Committee meeting featuring a webinar presentation by Vince Scarfo, Director of Government Relations at General Electric Co. (GE), and Mark Johnson of Accountmark, Inc.  The guest speakers will present on the use of infrared thermography to identify building energy efficiency retrofit needs.  Discussion of the committee’s upcoming poster presentation to the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings will follow the speaker Q&A.

Date:                           Monday, May 21
Time:                          1:00 PM Eastern Time (10:00 AM Pacific Time)
Call-in Number:          1-866-613-5217; passcode: 5271278
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If you have any questions, please contact ASERTTI Program Director, Sarah uen Blanchard at or 303-425-6800 ext. 463. 

Save the Date for the 2012 ASERTTI Fall Meeting – October 10-12 - Seattle, WA

Please mark your calendars for the 2012 ASERTTI Fall Meeting, hosted by the Washington State University Energy Program, October 10-12, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  We hope you can join us for this two and a half day clean energy event. The agenda will include discussions and presentations addressing current research, site visits to industrial facilities, and networking with ASERTTI members and guests.  Agenda, lodging, and travel details will be posted on the ASERTTI website as they become available.  If you have any questions, please contact ASERTTI Executive Director, David Terry at or 703-395-1076. 

New Case Study Released: Automating Gas Leak Survey at Intermountain Gas Company

Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and Ubisense Inc. announce the availability of a case study revealing that Intermountain Gas Company (Intermountain) was able to obtain a 20% improvement in efficiency with field survey crews, in addition to automating records to assist in meeting compliance requirements, by implementing Ubisense VeroTrack® technology. Cost reductions were found in the elimination of manual documentation, optimized navigation, and integration with compliance management.  GTI worked with Ubisense to demonstrate that the modern gas detection devices could connect with GPS devices for accurate location, and store the information in a database to track compliance. Based on the success of the Intermountain project, GTI is assisting other gas utilities as they evaluate the VeroTrack solution to determine how it can to improve compliance documentation while also simultaneously gaining productivity.  The study, entitled "VeroTrack® Automated Survey Tracking - Business Case and Return on Investment Calculation for Full Implementation at Intermountain," is available on GTI's website.

LIPA’s Efficiency Long Island Program Helps East Williston Schools Go Green and Save Money

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in its continuing effort to help Long Island schools go green presented the East Williston Union Free School District with a LIPA Efficiency Long Island rebate for $138,965 after completing a major energy-efficient lighting project. The district contracted with Honeywell to upgrade all three of the schools with energy-efficient lighting and occupancy sensors. This project will help the district significantly lower operating costs and save approximately $75,000 annually. Through these improvements, it is estimated that the East Williston School District will save up to 420,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year and reduce its peak electric demand by an estimated 162 kW kilowatts (kW), which is equivalent to removing 40 cars from the road each year.

New York’s Largest On-Farm Biogas Power Project Generates Renewable Energy for Nearly 1,000 Homes

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) joined state and local officials this week at the grand opening of New York State’s largest on-farm, ‘co-digestion’ biogas power project, marking an important boost to the state’s renewable energy production and sustainability efforts. The facility is located at Synergy Dairy, a 2,000-head dairy farm in Covington, Wyoming County, southwest of Rochester.  NYSERDA is providing $1 million in incentives for the facility.  CH4 Biogas LLC built, owns and operates the project under the name Synergy Biogas LLC. The Synergy Biogas LLC plant also is the state’s first biogas project specifically designed for the co-digestion, or processing, of animal and food wastes.   By anaerobically digesting waste from local food processors in addition to the dairy’s cow manure, the 425 ton per day, mixed-waste facility is more cost-effective. The facility has created about a half dozen jobs while enhancing the efficiency of the 30-employee farm’s operations and sustaining area food manufacturers and haulers.  The project is expected to reduce the dairy farm’s baselood greenhouse gas emissions by about 8,500 tons of CO2 annually, which is equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 1,700 automobiles. The facility also will produce an estimated 17,500 cubic yards of bedding material for livestock while reducing manure odors and helping the farm manage nutrients applied to cropland.

SMUD's Smart Grid Development

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is implementing an advanced operating system for its distribution system, the next foundation piece of the SMUD smart grid. The improvements will automate portions of its system with the goal of delivering energy savings through increased efficiencies.  SMUD began building its smart grid by installing an automated metering infrastructure network to accurately read more than 600,000 smart meters across its service territory. The network and meter installations commenced in late 2009 and full deployment is nearly completed. Ultimately, the meters will feed data into SMUD's outage management system (OMS) providing alert notifications to system operators without the customer needing to notify SMUD.  The advanced operating system component of SMUD's smart grid initiative includes adding automatic sectionalizing and restoration capabilities to a portion of the distribution system. In addition, the advanced operating system will optimize capacitor bank switching to enable voltage reduction on the distribution circuit reducing demand. After completion of the project in 2013, the estimated benefits from the affected circuits are an approximate 10.4 megawatt reduction of peak summer load and 36,520 megawatt-hours per year of energy savings.


Advanced Manufacturing Office Announces Support for Pilot Institute for Manufacturing Innovation

A Broad Agency Announcement for the first pilot Institute, part of the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), has just been released by the Defense Department (DOD). This interagency collaboration, initiated by the President is led at the Energy Department by the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and includes DOD, the Commerce Department and other agencies. The pilot, the first of up to 15 Institutes proposed by the President, will serve as regional communities of manufacturing excellence that can help make U.S. manufacturers more competitive and encourage investment in the United States.  The pilot Institute will develop a broad spectrum of additive manufacturing technologies for a range of structural and functional materials with defense and energy applications; demonstrate technologies at a convincing scale; reduce the life-cycle energy cost of products and processes; transition technologies to manufacturing enterprises within the U.S. and ultimately promote U.S. economic competitiveness.  Stakeholders interested in submitting a proposal may attend the Proposer's Day planned for May 16, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia and learn more about the pilot Institute concept and associated technology needs. Attendance is not a prerequisite for submitting a proposal; however, this event will provide a valuable opportunity to ask questions. Visit the NNMI pilot Institute website for further details on the Proposer's Day. For specific questions regarding the pilot Institute contact:  

DOE Announces Regional Winners of University Clean Energy Business Competitions

Underscoring the Obama Administration’s commitments to keep college affordable for American families and students and support the next generation of energy leaders, the U.S. Energy Department (DOE) recently announced the regional winners of its National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. The initiative inspires university teams across the country to create new businesses and commercialize promising energy technologies developed at U.S. universities and the National Laboratories.  The competition aims to promote entrepreneurship in clean energy technologies that will boost American competitiveness, bring cutting-edge clean energy solutions to the market, and strengthen our economic prosperity. Each team of students identified a promising clean energy technology from a university or national lab and created a business plan around the technology that detailed how they could help bring it to market. This includes financing, product design, scaling up production and marketing.  The regional finalists – Northwestern University, University of Utah, University of Central Florida, MIT, Stanford University and Columbia University – will go on to compete in the first national competition in Washington, D.C. this June. 

EPA Launches 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently kicking off its 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition, Battle of the Buildings.  The competition offers commercial building owners and managers a platform to achieve real energy, water, and cost savings and be nationally recognized for their efforts.  During the contest, commercial buildings from across the nation will compete in a head-to-head battle to see who can reduce energy waste the most.  In addition, EPA is expanding opportunities and offering new ways for organizations to get involved.  It will also be recognizing the overall winner and top finishers by building category, as well as top water savers.  Any commercial building can compete and applications are due by May 23, 2012.  EPA will also be holding a webinar on how to apply for the competition on May 15, 2012.  To be eligible, a building must be benchmarked in EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager with complete data entered for the calendar year 2011 (1/1/2011-12/31/2011). 

EPA Announces Opportunity to participate in the Development of a U.S. Heat Meter Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership (EPA CHP) is informing their Partners of an opportunity to participate in the development of a U.S. heat meter standard that could have important impacts on the CHP industry.  EPA's CHP team supports the development of a U.S. heat meter standard as a means to both credibly and accurately measure the environmental, energy and financial benefits of combined heat and power. Such standards will strengthen efforts to recognize the value of thermal energy.  ASTM's E44.25 subcommittee, which is developing the standard, will be hosting its first VIRTUAL meeting on May 22, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm EDT. All interested stakeholders are encouraged to register and attend this meeting.  In order to receive online access information for the virtual meeting, please click here to PRE-REGISTER. Registration will be required for this meeting. Your pre-registration will be followed by an email confirmation as well as a calendar invitation.  ASTM will also host the first ASTM E44.25 IN PERSON meeting on July 11-12, 2012, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel. The E44.25 meeting space is being sponsored by SEMI and will be concurrent to the SEMICON West 2012 and Intersolar North America conferences that same week.

Residential Energy Codes Methodology Update

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Request for Information (RFI) on Building Energy Codes Cost Analysis (Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-BC-0046) in the Federal Register on September 13, 2011. (76 FR 56413.) The notice sought public input on how DOE may improve the methodology for assessing changes to residential building energy codes. As a result, DOE updated the methodology, and has published a response to comments received.  The complete residential cost analysis methodology is available on DOE's energy codes website. Applications are anticipated in the following weeks, including assessments of the 2009 and 2012 editions of the IECC, followed by ongoing concepts DOE is investigating for potential submission to the 2015 IECC code process.

2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption (CBECS) Stakeholder Meeting

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) will be holding a 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption (CBECS) stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, May 15, 1:00pm – 4:30pm EDT to discuss potential revisions to the CBECS.  The meeting will take place at the U.S. Green Building Council (2101 L St. NW, Suite 500, Washington DC).  A webcast and conference call will be available to those who cannot participate in person.  If you are interested in attending the meeting or the webcast/conference call, please RVSP to Joelle Michaels ( by Thursday, May 10.  Visit the EIA website for more information on CBECS. 


ASERTTI Buildings Committee Webinar
Monday, May 21, 2012 – 1 PM ET
Please contact Sarah Ruen Blanchard, to register.

SunShot Grand Challenge Event
June 13–14, 2012 – Denver, CO

Biomass 2012: Confronting Challenges, Creating Opportunities – Sustaining a Commitment to Bioenergy
July 10-11, 2012 – Washington, D.C.

Save the Date for the Energy Services Coalition National Meeting
August 23-24, 2012 – Nashville, Tennessee

Save the Date for the 2012 ASERTTI Fall Meeting
October 10-12 - Seattle, WA