Energy Partners Launch ‘Clean and Efficient Energy Program’ for Public Power
Washington, D.C., February 23, 2009 – Today, executives from the American Public Power Association (APPA), the Large Public Power Council (LPPC), and the Alliance to Save Energy will join together to launch the Clean and Efficient Energy Program (CEEP) for public power, a three-year, nationwide initiative promoting investment in energy efficiency and clean energy by publicly-owned utilities. Coming on the heels of enactment of the historic economic recovery package – the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) – CEEP is being launched at an opportune time to help municipalities quickly put in place ARRA-funded projects that will create new, green jobs and save money with energy-conserving technologies and practices.
CEEP will provide topical “toolkits” to public power managers, summarizing successful strategies and offering step-by-step guidance in program planning, program design and implementation, and program evaluation.
APPA CEO & President Mark Crisson, whose organization is hosting the launch event, says, “Energy efficiency aligns well with public power’s mission of acting in the best interest of the community and serving customers. CEEP will help public power utilities continue to provide affordable, reliable power by achieving higher levels of energy efficiency.”
Alliance President Kateri Callahan adds, “CEEP’s official launch coincides with the rising need for action and leadership on energy efficiency at the local level, particularly given the coming infusion of federal funds from the new economic recovery law. CEEP will be an invaluable aid to municipalities as they plan and implement stimulus-funded projects.”
By providing turnkey program models and downloadable templates, CEEP will enable public power utilities to quickly implement programs that have been shown to work. CEEP also provides guidance on scaling programs to fit public power utilities with varying service areas, budgets, and program goals.
CEEP resources will be available online and will also be disseminated through regional workshops. Participating program managers will have access to a peer network, energy efficiency experts, and ongoing technical and program administration support.
LPPC spokesperson Roger Duncan, general manager of Austin Energy, points to another benefit for participating municipalities and utilities. “CEEP will help bring recognition to exemplary communities and programs by sharing their success stories with those needing new or additional resources,” he said.
Jan Schori, former general manager for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, chairs the CEEP Steering Committee, which is comprised of fellow public power leaders. Schori comments, “There are 2,010 public power utilities in the U.S., accounting for 16 percent of all electricity sales. CEEP will help boost this sector’s participation in clean and efficient energy programs by providing resources that are tailored to the unique drivers and constraints of locally-owned and operated utilities.”
CEEP is currently funded in part by the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information, please visit the CEEP website.