Opportunities for Pairing Energy Efficiency with Renewable Energy and Energy Storage (GBCI Pending Approval)
Samarth Medakkar, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
In 2020 and through 2021, MEEA conducted research on how electrification and adoption of renewables and storage will impact the energy efficiency industry as well as how energy efficiency can complement such initiatives. The research is intended to support policymakers in considering energy efficiency’s role in emissions reduction, strategic electrification, and grid optimization. This presentation will review MEEA’s findings on how energy efficiency can complement investments in energy efficiency-adjacent technologies meant to facilitate a decarbonized and modernized grid. The presentation will also cover the opportunities for and roles of utilities, private sector, regulators, and policymakers as well as the considerations for equitable implementation of energy policy.
Isaiah Borel, CEM, Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative
Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is modernizing the grid to bring more visibility and control into utility departments to save money and energy. Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative replaced all analog and digital meters with advanced meters back in 2019. This session will explore what AMI is and how using the data has been an asset for Linn County REC. With millions of data points coming back daily from AMI, a Metering Data Management System (MDMs) can help to determine which data is the most important.
Tomorrow’s utilities will always be learning and shaping the way we move forward. Data tells a story; utilities need to be listening. AMI is having a big impact on utility rates, demand-side management, and consumer behavior that is leading to a redesign. Utilities and Consumers now have 2,880 usage reads per month compared to a single record. Before AMI, utilities have traditionally made assumptions on how consumers use energy. AMI is allowing a new focus towards mass behavior efficiency and optimization that has been previously limited. At Linn County REC, we are still writing the future on where AMI will direct us.
Toolkit for Identification, Characterization and Energy Evaluation of Low-Efficiency Rural Housing (GBCI Approved)
Diba Malekpour, Iowa State University
Sponsored by IEDA
Residential buildings consume a significant portion of energy and electricity. The residential housing stock in rural areas of the U.S. is generally more likely to be older and less energy-efficient than those homes built in more urban areas. To improve the energy efficiency of such residential buildings, it is important to understand the energy performance characteristics of building in rural areas. This can help to better define which buildings are in greatest need of energy retrofits. In this research, through collaboration with the communities of Ames, Bloomfield, and Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S., building energy use data and building characteristic data (from energy audits and assessors data) was used to assess the overall characteristics and energy performance of rural residential buildings. Such evaluations can be used to design policies and programs that benefit both individual building occupants, and also address absolute levels of consumption now and moving forward.
AI and Building Energy Efficiency (GBCI Pending Approval)
Corina M. Cross, Siemens
Dynamic VAV Optimization applies AI to intelligently optimize AHU static pressure and supply air temperature setpoints, a challenge for traditional systems. DVO bases its decisions on temperature and humidity data collected from existing sensors throughout the building. Its AI-powered algorithm then determines heating and cooling requirements and sends setpoints to your HVAC system that cost-effectively and sustainably ensure better occupant comfort. The energy savings result from reset strategies applied to the static pressure and discharge air temperature setpoints. For buildings that already have these strategies adopted, the energy savings result from dynamic controllability, faster feedback and loop control, and machine learning capabilities that will help predict demand conditions.
Momentum is growing and Electric Vehicle adoption is likely to surge in America. What does this mean for our country and for Iowa? Drawing on our work from across the US evaluating effective EV deployment strategies, we summarize the implications, opportunities, and challenges of transportation electrification; the potential to support the integration of low cost wind resources, how ‘smart charging’ can reduce system and local capacity costs, the opportunity for vehicle-to-grid technologies, charging infrastructure need, and the potential to lower electricity rates if we get this right.
History of Energy Efficiency
Jim Sayers, New Ground Iowa
Where were you when you first learned about saving energy? Who taught you energy efficiency was a thing? What formative events in your life led to your current enthusiasm for energy efficiency? This presentation takes a light-hearted trip down memory lane, highlighting events, people, and actions that influenced and encouraged many people to know and care about saving energy.
Geothermal Loop Ownership: Capturing the Earth's Stored Solar Energy to Drive Major Utility Margins (GBCI Approved)
W. Boyd Lee, CKenergy Electric Cooperative
Boyd Lee encourages attendees to prepare themselves for “outside the box” thinking while sharing the story of CKenergy’s successful geothermal loop ownership program. His presentation proves the benefits of utility-owned geothermal ground loops for the utility, its customers, and the environment. Since 2013, the cooperative has paid to install over 1,340 geothermal ground loops for their customers. Boyd will discuss changes in the market they have observed and how this extremely bold step has produced significant financial wins for the utility’s operations and benefits to rate payers. This presentation is a must for utility marketing, cost of service and rate managers, and other decision makers as well as regulatory commission staff and other industry professionals.
Thermal energy storage (TES) provides an established means for facilities to reduce peak demand, shift electricity load to off-peak hours, and create grid flexibility. Recent TES developments in energy intense and cold temperature refrigeration operations can now yield significant energy (kWh) savings as well. We will provide an overview of research conducted in Minnesota and Illinois on TES for buildings with refrigeration systems, including refrigerated warehouses and grocery stores. Our research focuses on investigating two primary TES technologies: phase change materials and thermal flywheeling. We will discuss how TES can lower operating and maintenance costs for facility owners and provide grid operators with tools for grid management. We will present insights gained during interviews of manufacturers and buildings owners/operators. Lastly, we will also highlight the results of our energy modeling analysis, including economic results.
This panel discussion will be moderated by Ryan Young, a member of the IEDA Iowa Energy Office, and focuses on three organizations currently involved in energy efficiency projects being funded by the Iowa Energy Office. The three projects are titled UNI energy efficiency for rural small business, Green Iowa AmeriCorps and GKAT Reclamation project. Each project lead will give a brief presentation of his/her project followed by a question and answer discussion.
Given the impending climate change, architects and engineers have been called to action to re-double their efforts to reduce the impact of the work they produce. In this course, BNIM and Willdan will walk participants through the process of benchmarking, goal setting, energy analysis, embodied carbon tracking, and renewable energy potential all through the lens of the Des Moines Heritage Trust project. Participants will leave armed with the tools to facilitate this process on their own work, evaluate multiple building systems through a value engineering process and craft sustainability goals affecting their sphere of influence.
Cold Climate Heat Pumps (ccASHP) are often mis-understood by the industry and technology continues to evolve. Whether programs are seeking space heating electrification or deep energy efficiency spanning to income qualified multifamily housing, ccASHP are being deployed successfully through exponential industry and utility program growth. During this interactive experience attendees will gain insight from third party pilots along with understanding recent technology advancements. Education of ccASHP, continues to be a challenge. Experience has exposed that it's not just contractors and consumers falling short on knowledge, but that utility and implementers have large gaps. This session will steer and navigate the conversation and information based on the attendees whether a contractor or utility. Closing the gaps with interactive feedback and factual information along with firsthand insight to brand new technology will help the attendees to increase heat pump adoption.
Technology advances in the energy sector have made real-time data transparency a next-generation tool that can be used to increase an organization’s energy and water savings. Fusebox (powered by Pierce Energy Planning) is bringing real-time electric data to Iowa educational organizations and supporting them in using this data for educational and operational purposes. Fusebox, a cloud-based software platform, streams real-time electric data, sets up customized alerts to support operations staff, and graphically images building performance for all to see. The Pierce Energy Team of engineers, educators, and utility experts provide Iowa districts and private colleges with training, utility rate plan analysis, identification of billing errors, energy analytics and reports, cost saving strategies, engagement of staff and students, impartial third-party evaluation of use of solar and/or other alternative energies/technologies. At the end of the grant project case studies and best practices will be available for other interested school districts and colleges to review and apply if interested.
High Performance Prototype Home Plans (GBCI Approved)
Kevin Nordmeyer, AIA, LEED AP, BNIM
The IEDA Prototype Home project was an effort to design a home that would meet the goals of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program and also the Iowa Green Streets Criteria. The goals of the project included creating a home design that could be utilized for construction by Iowans or to be utilized as an educational example of energy efficiency and sustainable design in Iowa. The home was designed to be flexible and adaptable for various configurations on a site or within a subdivision. Construction techniques, systems and orientation were evaluated for their energy performance impacts in relation to a code-compliant home in Iowa.
R19 Windows Are Real!
Greg Clarahan, LiteZone® Glass
LiteZone® is a proprietary new insulating glass technology that makes possible very high window insulating values. LiteZone® can achieve up to R21.7 centre of glass and up to R18.7 for an overall window, including both the glass and frame. LiteZone® glass units embrace the need for a thicker assembly to allow much larger thermal breaks necessary to achieve very high overall window insulating values. LiteZone® allows the use of generous glass areas in highly energy efficient buildings. The presentation will explain in detail the various technical elements of how LiteZone® insulating glass is constructed to achieve very high window insulating values and a 60-year life span. Why thicker insulating glass units are required to achieve R12 to R19 window insulating values will be illustrated. Examples will be shown of how to install thicker LiteZone® glass units in a wall without a traditional frame to achieve a higher performing, lower cost, and minimalistic window installation.
When the COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S. in early February 2020, so much was unknown about the virus, how it is transmitted, and how many patients would ultimately end up hospitalized with it. Now, a year and a half later, we have much more information on the virus and how it is transmitted. We can analyze how COVID-19 impacts a facility’s infection control strategy and the steps that should be taken to help protect building occupants in schools, university classrooms, commercial offices, hospitals, and more. This presentation, given by two IMEG healthcare design experts, will examine the pros and cons of such strategies as increased ventilation, filtration, AHU/coil-level UVGI, room-level UVGI, humidification, and needle point/bipolar ionization. The presentation will also cover how the virus affects infection control strategy, the necessary system modifications facilities need to make, emergency preparedness, flexibility, and our lessons learned from the past year.
The Iowa Wastewater and Waste to Energy Research Program
Craig Just, University of Iowa
Sponsored by IEDA
This session will provide an overview of the Iowa Wastewater and Waste to Energy Research Program (IWWERP). IWWERP is a public-private partnership working to modernize municipal wastewater treatment to reduce federal compliance burdens, protect water resources, and foster economic growth in rural Iowa. IWWERP partners on current and prospective wastewater projects in Birmingham, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dike, Dow City, Dubuque, Ely, Epworth, Iowa City, Libertyville, Middletown, Muscatine, Olds, Ottumwa, Pleasantville, State Center, Wayland, and West Branch. More communities are added each month. IWWERP partners extensively with the Iowa-based companies Gross-Wen Technologies and BES Water Solutions on applied research and development.