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Advancing Utah's Energy Future

Recent & Completed Energy Efficiency Programs

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Many of the programs implemented by the Office of Energy Development in recent years have now reached completion. Some of these, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), are listed below.

ARRA Programs

On March 12, 2009, the Department of Energy (DOE) released the guidelines and the funding allocations for the State Energy Program (SEP) Formula Grant portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 directed states to focus SEP funding on energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Specifically, the ARRA called for expanding existing programs or creating new programs to carry out SEP activities. Monies were to be directed to energy efficiency retrofits of buildings and facilities, and to support renewable energy projects.

The Utah State Energy Program (USEP) was allocated $35.2 million to support energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy programs. To receive funding, an initial application by USEP was submitted on March 24, 2009. A comprehensive application was submitted on May 12, 2009. USEP had until October of 2010 to commit the funds and until April of 2012 to expend all of the funds.

Division of Construction and Facilities Management (DFCM) Project Outcomes

The Utah Division of Construction and Facilities Management is the building manager for all state-owned facilities in Utah.  DFCM oversaw over $6 million in funds under a Recovery Act funded grant managed through the Office of Energy Development. Increasing energy efficiency in state buildings is one of the many important goals for the State of Utah and is accomplished by the State Building Energy Efficiency Program (SBEEP). The Recovery Act funding under this market title was designated for energy efficiency programs at state facilities. During the period of performance, 33 energy efficient retrofits and 18 energy analyses of state buildings were conducted. Projects included energy audits, lighting upgrades, HVAC equipment upgrades, and building automation controls. Projects spanned the entire state of Utah, helping reduce energy waste and lower operating costs of state owned facilities.

Energy Education and Efficiency Consultation for Industry (UIND)

The goal of the industrial energy efficiency program was to help industrial companies reduce energy consumption. The program was designed to help industrial companies make voluntary commitments to reduce their energy intensity and emissions by providing training and technical assistance. Over the period of the grant, twelve training sessions were held, seven industrial partner agreements were signed, an Industrial Energy Efficiency Award and Recognition ceremony was held at the end of the grant period, and over 2,800 people were reached. Training sessions were organized based on input from efficiency stakeholders, Nexant (the grant contractor) and from partner companies as they joined the program. Two online webinars were uploaded to reach those partners that could not attend training sessions in person. Participating partners were recognized at the Governor’s Energy Development Summit on February 15, 2012 and an awards committee selected the best performing participants based on their initiatives for recognition at that event.

SEP Schools

The Schools Efficiency Program (SEP) was a $5 million dollar ARRA program directed at promoting energy efficiency in K-12 schools throughout the state.  Over thirty-six schools representing eleven school districts received grants and loans that financed projects including lighting retrofits and sensors; new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and digital controls; HVAC recommissioning; new roof insulation; and energy audits.  As a result of these projects, schools reduced energy costs, created more comfortable and healthy learning environments, and educated staff and students about the importance of energy efficiency.

Although the SEP program is completed, funds obtained from the zero percent interest loans are being re-purposed through a revolving loan fund to support additional energy efficiency projects for commercial buildings and schools.

State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program

Utah’s rebate program to helped residents replace older, inefficient appliances with new, ENERGY STAR® qualified models.

Utah Building Energy Efficiency Strategies (UBEES)

The UBEES program was created to advance strategies for energy efficient new buildings and existing building retrofits in a way that benefits Utah businesses, builders, residents, and workers.