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Q3 2014 Office of Energy Development Newsletter
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WELCOME to the 3rd Quarter 2014 Edition of Utah Energy Works, Utah's Energy Efficiency Development Newsletter. 

OED Hosts Annual Governor’s Energy Development Summit


On June 3-4, the Office of Energy Development was pleased to present its third annual Governor’s Energy Development Summit. The Summit, now the largest energy summit in the Intermountain West, hosted over 1,200 attendees from four countries and over 20 states. Over 380 organizations participated in the event, with more than 70 vendors and 20+ alternative fuel vehicles. Morning and afternoon plenary sessions featured Governor Gary R. Herbert, industry leaders, and keynote speaker Ted Nordhaus of the Breakthrough Institute.  The Summit featured 16 break-out sessions featured over 85 energy leaders - Burton Lumber, Enel Green Power North America, and Intermountain Healthcare - from around the country. Gov. Gary R. Herbert honored three energy leaders for their contributions to the advancement of responsible energy development in the state.

To view video from the the breakfast and lunch plenary sessions, PowerPoints from the breakout sessions, and photos of the event, please click here.
      

August 7 & 8 Utah Rural Summit to Address Issues Facing State’s Agricultural Producers


The Utah Rural Summit is being held at Southern Utah University in Cedar City on August 7 and 8, and will provide an educational forum focused on a variety of issues facing rural Utah, including the cost and impediments associated with doing business on public lands. The Utah Office of Energy Development (OED) is a proud sponsor of this event and Governor Gary Herbert will be featured as a keynote presenter. 

At the Summit, OED’s Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program (AgEE) will provide an update on program progress to date, along with information from two recent case studies. These case studies focus on the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and provide an inside look into the many potential savings and incentives available to agriculture producers that sign up and participate in an NRCS Agriculture Energy Management Plan, or EMP. OED will also review the NRCS’ nine-step process to register for the EMP program, and share an overview of incentives for agriculture producers currently provided by Rocky Mountain Power and Questar.

OED's AgEE program managers will also be providing copies of the 2014 Utah Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan (EECP) to Summit attendees.  The final EECP’s Agriculture Team identified three recommendations to bolster and assist Utah's agriculture producers.  The first recommendation is to create a “unified partnership collaboration” (also called the Energy Agriculture Team, or EAT).  This recommendation will focus on uniting the many groups that support the state’s agriculture sector into one unified voice.  The second recommendation is to provide statewide outreach and training for up-to- date information on energy efficiency and conservation practices and measures for the state’s agriculture sector.  The third recommendation is to establish program funding and producer incentives for implementation of energy efficiency and conservation measures for agriculture producers in Utah. 
 
The agriculture sector is a vital component of economic development both to rural and urban areas here in Utah.  We hope to see you at the Utah Rural Summit!

OED and the Salt Lake Chamber Energy and Minerals Task Force See Opportunities to Work Together 


Recently, the Salt Lake Chamber Energy and Minerals Task Force invited OED to provide a “Deep Dive” presentation of the OED Energy Efficiency & Conservation Plan (EECP) that was released during the 2014 Governor’s Energy Development Summit in June.  The presentation focused on where the EECP’s recommendations and the Energy and Minerals Task Force’s priorities, principles and positions align. 

Recommendation #6 of Governor Herbert's 2011 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan states that "Utah should have a state-wide program aimed at reducing energy consumption.” In August 2013, OED began the creation of the EECP through a stakeholder-driven EECP addressed energy efficiency and conservation in the following five sectors:

•    Residential and Commercial Buildings
•    Alternative Transportation and Fuels
•    Agriculture
•    Industry
•    Public Education and Outreach

These five sectors were represented by over 90 experts
in their fields, who came together in a series of subcommittee meetings to produce a total of 26 recommendations. In addition, a responsibility matrix was developed to identify organizations best positioned to advance each of the Plan's 26 recommendations.

The Salt Lake Chamber’s Energy and Minerals Task Force strives to be a leader in responsive regulation, energy efficiency, rural economic development, responsible utilization and stewardship.  These are common goals that align with a number of the EECP recommendations, including, but not limited to: (1) supporting the development of a robust and successful C-PACE program within the state; (2) supporting updated energy code adoption, training and enforcement; (3) encouraging alternative transportation and infrastructure development; (4) establishing program funding, producer incentives, and improved outreach to the state's agriculture sector; and (5) improving public outreach and education on energy efficiency and conservation, including documenting and sharing best practices online.

OED and the Energy Minerals Task Force will continue to meet and collaborate to move the EECP recommendations forward.  Both parties are excited to partner on this project.  In addition, looking at the vast array of programs offered by the Salt Lake Chamber, OED sees a number of additional opportunities where OED and the Chamber can work together.

Building Energy Codes:  Utah Update


On July 1, 2014, 2013's H.B. 202 “Energy Conservation Code Amendments” went into effect, after some delay.  This bill adopts the 2012 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), modifies certain provisions of the IECC; and modifies certain energy provisions of the International Residential Code. As a result, uncertainty about which versions of the energy codes are in effect in Utah have now been put to rest.  The following are the codes in place as of July 1:

•    For commercial buildings:
      o    2012 Commercial IECC (COMcheck 2012
      
•    For residential buildings:
      o    2012 International Residential Code, modified per 2012 H.B. 202 (REScheck 2012)

It is important to note, as indicated above, that the 2012 Residential IECC was was adopted, but with various modifications outlined in the provisions of 2013 H.B. 202.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) developed a modified Utah version of REScheck 2012 that was adopted in order to comply with the provisions of H.B. 202.  REScheck and COMcheck are software programs developed by DOE for building officials, builders, designers, and contractors to determine whether new building construction, building additions, and remodels meet the requirements of the IECC or state energy codes.

The following are the Utah Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing (DOPL) links to the code updates:

Title 15A Chapter 2 Adoption of State Construction Codes

Title 15A Chapter 3 Section 701 

DOPL website regarding the recent code adoptions and available building code training

Questions can be directed to Sharon Smalley, DOPL Secretary
Phone:  (801) 530-6163

The graphic below depicts the status of commercial energy code adoption within the U.S. and its territories, as of November 2013. As you can see, Utah is one of a number of states leading the way in terms of adopting the most recent version of the IECC. Photo credit DOE: www.energycodes.gov

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WELCOME to the 3rd Quarter 2014 Edition of Renew Utah, Utah's Renewable Energy Newsletter. 

Director Samantha Mary Julian Departing OED


Having served over three and a half years as Director of the Office of Energy Development, Samantha Mary Julian's last day with the Office will be Friday, July 18.  Samantha will be moving to Oregon with her husband Jay and daughter Payson to be closer to family. Samantha began her work with the State in 2009 as the Energy and Natural Resources Cluster Director in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  Soon after, in 2011, Samantha was appointed by the Governor's Energy Advisor to serve as director of the newly created Office of Energy Development.  During her time with OED, Samantha made many significant contributions, including, the implementation of the Governor’s 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan, the production of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan, and the launching of the annual Governor’s Energy Development Summit.

Solar PV Research at the U of U


Electrical engineers at the University of Utah recently announced their development of a thin layer of plastic or glass called a “polychromat,” which is capable of enhancing the efficiency of a solar photovoltaic panel by up to 50%.  The polychromat, developed by Rajesh Menon, an assistant professor, and Peng Wang, a graduate student, has 3 micrometer wide grooves capable of sorting incoming light.  This sorting allows for a greater number of the wavelengths in each photon to be directed to the production of electricity, rather than being converted to waste heat as happens with much of the light striking conventional solar panels.

Initial laboratory tests with this simple optical element produced a 16% increase in the efficiency of tested panels; however, computer simulations show a theoretical efficiency of over 50%.  Such innovations - particularly those that add little or no cost, as is the case with the polychromat - promise to continue revolutionizing an industry that has already made great strides in the past decade.  This innovative research was funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, and through a Utah Technology Commercialization Improvement Program (TCIP) grant.  Rajesh Menon’s start-up company PointSpectrum Corporation is exploring a various of other applications for cameras, LCD monitors, etc.  The state is pleased to have been a partner on this exciting research through its TCIP program, and OED hopes to see this technology deployed in the coming years at solar facilities being built here in Utah. 
 

                                  Utah National Guard Project


On July 16th Governor Herbert joined Major General Jeff Burton, Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard, for a ribbon cutting celebrating the newly completed solar installation at Camp Williams.  The 1,400 panel project is the first of ten such projects to be completed at Utah National Guard facilities over the next 12 months.  The project was achieved through a partnership with the Utah Department of Facilities and Construction Management (DFCM), and through grants from Rocky Mountain Power (Utah Solar Incentive Program) and the Army (Energy Conservation Investment Program).  The project was installed by SolarCity.

Updates on Public Service Commission Activities


Schedule No. 32, or “The S.B. 12 Tariff” (Docket Number: 14-035-T02)

The Public Service Commission is currently in the process of considering Rocky Mountain Power’s proposed approach to handling contracts for renewable energy projects hoping to sell power to large offtakers as envisioned in 2012’s “Senate Bill 12.”  Renewable energy advocates and developers have weighed in to ensure the tariff is designed to reflect the legislative intent of S.B. 12. 

Schedule No. 37, or “The Small QF Tariff” (Docket Number: 14-035-T04)

The Public Service Commission is currently in the process of considering Rocky Mountain Power’s proposed adjustments to the schedule dealing with “Small QF” pricing (see article below) for renewable energy projects between 1-3 megawatts.  The adjustments essentially propose adjusting Schedule 37 to reflect the updated Schedule 38 methodology, but in set pricing for smaller facilities.

General Rate Case, the Net Metering Issue (Docket No. 13-035-184)

Rocky Mountain Power is proposing to implement a net metering facilities charge of $4.65 per month for residential net metering customers.  Renewable energy advocates have flooded the PSC with correspondence asking the Commission to deny the fee.  However, the utility insists aim is to ensure that net metering customers are adequately bearing their cost of service, which, regardless of their relatively low volumetric use, is nevertheless equivalent to a standard ratepayer.
 

Rocky Mountain Power Solar PPAs


The Public Utilities Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) created an obligation for utilities like Rocky Mountain power to purchase power from qualifying electricity generation projects up to 80 MWs of generating capacity.  PURPA is implemented through a set of rules established by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and each state with jurisdiction over Rocky Mountain Power.  Avoided cost - the cost a utility avoids as a result of the QF - forms the basis for determining QF power purchase agreement pricing.  In Utah, one tariff establishes set prices that apply to small QF’s (1-3 MWs), and another tariff outlines the company’s approach to creating project-specific avoided cost pricing for large QF’s (3-80 MWs).

In accordance with these PURPA obligations, over the past 12-18 months Rocky Mountain Power has signed over 20 power purchase agreements for renewable energy QF’s.  Should all of the contracted solar projects come to fruition the state will see approximately 500 megawatts of solar photovoltaic facilities developed in southern Utah in the next 2-3 years, a level of activity that has the potential to be transformative for the economies of Washington, Iron, Beaver, Millard, and other rural southern Utah counties.




Utah's Energy Landscape


Utah's Energy Landscape is a publication to educate Utah residents and others about Utah's vast and diverse energy portfolio. This booklet provides an excellent overview of where the current and potential energy resources exist throughout our state, and how energy production influences our job market, corporate growth, energy costs, and consumer behavior.  

Visit the OED website to learn more and download a copy.
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