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1 Improving Air Quality through Energy Efficiency & Conservation in State Government John H. Rhodes Director, Energy Savings Department of the Treasury State of New Jersey

2 The Energy Problem Air pollution Global warming Limited resources Rising energy prices Shortfalls in supply Power grid constraints Reliance on imported oil Marketplace more complex

3 The Air Quality Connection Direct & Obvious Impact –Burning gasoline, diesel, oil –Direct air emissions –User can see & smell it Indirect impact –Electricity consumption –User is disconnected from pollution source –Power plant emissions are largely unseen –Environmental impact not obvious to the user

4 Carbon Intensity Significant source of pollution but largely unseen by end-user

5 The Bottom Line Reducing energy consumption: –Reduces emission of greenhouse gases –Reduces emission of air pollutants –Reduces cost of purchased energy (avoided) –Reduces waste of natural resources –Reduces strain on supply infrastructure –Puts downward pressure on energy prices Its all good! (but its not all easy)

6 We get it…Now what? We need to change our thinking, priorities, ACTIONS….TODAY!

7 New Jersey is Taking Action Governor Corzines Executive orders –Increase energy efficiency in State government –Reduce greenhouse gas emissions state-wide Established Office of Energy Savings (OES) –located within Department of the Treasury –Includes director and staff of three managers –Driving energy conservation, cost reduction, and reduced emissions across all State agencies –Raising visibility & accountability for all agencies –Set 5-Year goal Reduce energy consumption by 10%

8 State Govt Energy Profile Consuming an est. 8.3 trillion BTUs annually ~ 20,000–30,000 electric & gas bills/year ~ 80,000 employees (energy consumers) 17 State departments > 50 State agencies ~ 300 facilities > 4,000 buildings > 12,000 vehicles

9 State Govt Emission Profile 838,000 tons CO2* * Based on estimated consumption volumes

10 Energy Management Strategy Executive Orders Energy Tracking System Goals for each agency Continuous monitoring Continuous reporting Continuous improvement MEASURABLE RESULTS

11 OES Initiatives Underway Evaluating State energy usage & cost Forming department energy teams Taking immediate energy conservation actions EE project review & ranking Developing an Energy Tracking System (ETS) Reviewing State vehicle fleet Exploring ways to reduce energy consumption for computers and office equipment (printers, faxes, copiers) Evaluating & Redeveloping the State recycling program Investigating proposed legislation to allow long-term energy-savings contracts to deliver cleaner air now Building OES website to provide information, contacts

12 Immediate Conservation Actions Initial focus on Trenton facilities Buildings owned/occupied by State agencies Working with Div. of Property Mgt. & Construction (DPMC) to review building operations & maintenance Adjusting control systems to reduce energy consumption for lighting, heating/cooling, motors, etc. Adjustments made to date are expected to deliver: –Reduced energy consumption of 3.5 million kWh annually –Reduced air emissions of 1,900 tons CO2 –Equivalent to removing 278 cars or planting 374 acres of trees –$385,000 cost reduction benefit

13 Conservation Opportunities Raise awareness across all agencies Communications to reach all employees –Make it personal Education about energy-environment link Point out office & home opportunities –Conservation, energy efficiency, renewable, savings Agencies share ownership to make it work Keep it fresh and interesting

14 EE Project Opportunities Lighting Retrofits Building controls HVAC –Boiler upgrades –Chillers –High efficiency roof top units Fuel switching –Phasing out use of fuel oil Combined Heat & Power Renewable –Cost-effective applications for PV, landfill gas, etc.

15 We Must Eliminate Energy Waste Leaving lights on when not needed Leaving computers running when not being used Redundant printing, copying, faxing equipment Leaving doors and windows open Setting heating/cooling temps too high/low Failing to use set-back temperature settings Failing to replace air filters when dirty Failing to maintain equipment Buying less efficient products & equipment Buying vehicles that are too big, not energy efficient Failing to maximize waste recycling

16 Solar Power For State Facilities Fort Dix - NJ Dept. of Military & Veterans Affairs 181 kW system, 180,000 kWh/year Online June 2005 Homeland Security Bldg. – Veterans Affairs 321 kW system, 340,000 kWh/year Due to be energized in April 2007 State Police – Emergency Operations Center 279 kW system, 297,000 kWh/year Due to be energized in April 2007 Reductions To Date -136 tons CO2 - 0.4 tons SOx - 0.3 tons NOx

17 Show me the clean air! (and money) Lighting Project Example: State Office Building –Replace T12 lamps with higher-efficiency T8 technology –750,000 kWh reduction in annual electricity consumption –411 tons CO2 reduction –2.9 tons SO2 reduction –0.9 tons NOx reduction –$90,000 annual energy cost reduction –Better working environment for State employees Environmental Impact –Equivalent to planting 80 acres of trees, or –Equivalent to removing 59 cars from the road

18 Path Forward Get State measurement system in place Evaluate energy performance, benchmark Establish department goals Identify & pursue cost-effective projects Promote energy conservation Raise visibility & accountability for all Communicate with all State employees Foster team environment - interagency Track & report results Recognize top performance Drive continuous improvement

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