EPA and States on Regulation of Existing Power Plants Under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act
Discussion of the Clean Air Act is not intended to be political in content, but rather to address the opportunity for envelope first energy efficiency. This is part of a portfolio of solutions to reduce energy consumption through highly efficient envelop performance. There are a wide range of commercially-available clean energy technologies utilized such as renewable energy and energy efficiency. This includes the envelope first strategy that should be eligible for compliance options under EPA’s 111(d) requirements for State Implementation Plans (SIPs).
EM&V (Energy Measurement & Verification) is a key to properly estimating energy savings and then translating savings into avoided emissions. While this process is complex, there is a growing body of experience and credentialed EM&V. Kingspan’s “Energiservices” includes an energy engineer along with improved protocols and methods. EM&V can be performed in a credible manner, including using methods being developed in federal, regional and state programs or market design ─ as well as by customers with advanced software and metering. Energy efficiency can also be reasonably translated into emissions avoidance, including using EPA-developed tools. Further, actual power sector emissions data will allow states, markets, utilities and private sector actors to improve their quantification as well as their programs.
The Envelope impacts over 50%
of the rest of the building’s performance
There is proven performance of envelope first energy efficiency of the opaque walls. Examples include insulated panels, window integration/ penetrations/ air-tightness/ thermal bridges and interfaces. The building fabrics are part of the whole building envelope that can provide up to 30% of energy cost savings and related GHG reductions.