Report: Energy efficiency holds steady at 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour

first_imgSource: WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Energy efficiency remains America’s cheapest, cleanest, and fastest energy source for five years running. That’s the conclusion of a new study that shows that the utility cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy efficiency has held steady or even slightly declined at about 2.5 cents over the last half decade, even as the costs for new coal, nuclear, and other supply-side energy alternatives have risen.Titled Saving Energy Cost-Effectively: A National Review of the Cost of Energy Saved Through Utility-Sector Energy Efficiency Programs, the new analysis from the nonprofit and independent American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) updates the organization’s widely cited benchmark research of 2004 showing that the average cost of delivering energy efficiency programs in the U.S. was then 3 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).The report notes: “In contrast, recent conventional energy supply-side options have typically cost between $0.07 and $0.15 per kWh — about three to four times the cost of energy efficiency investments . . . In 2008, pulverized coal cost between $0.07 and $0.14 per kWh, combined-cycle natural gas cost between $0.07 and $0.10 per kWh, and wind cost between $0.04 and $0.09 per kWh . . . Furthermore, as energy supply-side resource costs are highly volatile, energy efficiency remains a financially stable, long-term investment. In the near future, this cost picture will likely be very similar.” The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that in 2020 new conventional power plants including coal and nuclear will cost about $0.10 per kWh, or four times higher than current energy efficiency program costs.The new ACEEE report looks at energy efficiency programs from recent years in 14 states, with utility costs ranging from $0.016 to $0.033 per kWh and an average cost of $0.025 per kWh. ACEEE gathered data on energy efficiency program costs in 14 states — California, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The six natural gas efficiency programs covered in the report also saved energy cost-effectively — spending $0.27 to $0.55 per therm, with an average of $0.37 per therm — less than a third of the average residential retail price seen over the past five years.Maggie Eldridge, report co-author, ACEEE, said: “Our new findings have major implications for the U.S. Senate deliberations on climate legislation, the upcoming Copenhagen summit, and state-level decisions about other sources for new power generation. The data show conclusively why energy efficiency should be universally regarded as the ‘first fuel’ in making energy decisions. It is cheaper, cleaner, faster, and more easily realized than any other resource out there.”Katherine Friedrich, lead author, ACEEE, said: “Energy efficiency is by far the least costly energy resource option available for utility resource portfolios. Saving a kilowatt-hour through energy efficiency improvements is easily one-third or less the cost of any new source of electricity supply, whether conventional fossil fuel or renewable energy source. In addition, the results of this research suggest that the cost of energy efficiency has remained very consistent over time, even in the face of increasingly ambitious energy savings levels. Energy efficiency appears to be a resource that continues to renew itself — the more energy efficiency opportunities we look for, the more we find.”Dan York, co-author and acting utilities program director, ACEEE, said: “This study clearly demonstrates the very real value provided to utility customers of these energy efficiency programs. We encourage regulators, utilities, and policymakers to continue to support and expand such programs in order to continue to reap the multiple benefits they provide for customers, utilities, the economy, and the environment. Energy efficiency is a cost-effective solution to many problems, including the growing economic and environmental costs of carbon dioxide emissions. Also, energy efficiency goals can often be accomplished using existing technology, so programs can deliver results relatively quickly — in much less time than it takes to construct a new power plant.The full study findings are available online and can be downloaded for free athttp://www.aceee.org/pubs/u092.htm(link is external)ABOUT ACEEEThe American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy http://www.aceee.org(link is external)) is an independent and nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection. ACEEE was founded in 1980 by leading researchers in the energy field. Since then the organization has grown to a staff of 40. Projects are carried out by ACEEE staff and collaborators from government, the private sector, research institutions, and other nonprofit organizations. For information about ACEEE and its programs, publications, and conferences, visithttp://www.aceee.org(link is external).last_img read more

FDA issues recall for popular blood pressure medication

first_imgWashington D.C. — The Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall for popular blood pressure medications because they contain a chemical known to cause cancer.Officials say the presence of NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine) in the popular drug, Valsartan, is na surprise and thought to be due to changes in the way the active substance was manufactured.A Valsartan recall was announced weeks ago but did not include the United States and was only for the generic version.Here is a list of the recalled drugs compiled by FDA officials:Valsartan – Prinston – Pharmaceutical Inc.Valsartan – AvKAREValsartan – A-S Medication Solutions LLCValsartan – Bryant Ranch Prepack Inc.Valsartan – HJ Harkins CompanyValsartan – Major PharmaceuticalsValsartan – Solco HealthcareValsartan – Northwind PharmaceuticalsValsartan – Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Proficient Rx LPValsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Remedy RepackValsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Solco HealthcareValsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Teva Pharmaceuticals Injustries Ltd.The FDA has also compiled an updated list of medications not included in the recall:Amlodipine and Valsartan – Alembic Pharmaceuticals LimitedValsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Alembic Pharmaceuticals LimitedValsartan – Alembic Pharmaceuticals LimitedByvalson (Nebivolol and Valsartan – Allergan Inc.Valsartan – American Health PackagingValsartan – Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLCDiovan and Valsartan  – Aphena Pharma SolutionsValsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Apotex Corp.Amlodipine and Valsartan – Aurodindo Pharma LimitedValsartan  – AcPAKValsartan – Cardinal HealthDiovan – Carilion Materials ManagementAmlodipine and Valsartan – Gavis Pharmaceuticals, LLCValsartan  – Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals Inc.Valsartan – Lucid PharmaAmlodipine and Valsartan – LupinValsartan – Macleods Pharmaceuticals USAAmlodipine and Valsartan – MylanValsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Northwind PharmaceuticalsDiovan  – Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.Amlodipine and Valsartan – Novel Laboratories Inc.Valsartan  – Ohm Laboratories Inc.last_img read more

East Veldt beat Flamingo as Corona football continues

first_imgFOOTBALL action continued Monday evening in the Corona Invitational football tournament with East Veldt staving off the challenge of Flamingo.At the GFC ground Bourda, the East Veldt side opened the scoring in the 4th minute thanks to Michael Charles with Flamingo’s Earl Samuels responding in the 27th to level the game.This stalemate stretched into halftime and threatened to be the end result but Travis Hercules broke the deadlock for the eventual winners.This opened the floodgates for the East Veldt with Cordel Johnson scoring just one minute later.In the second game of the evening, Camptown FC and Beacons played to a 1-1 stalemate.Jamal Codrington was on target for the Campbellville-based side with Travis Lyken on target for the.The third game also ended in a stalemate but just barely, as the GFC side held a one-goal advantage up until the final minute.Benjamin Abumchi was the man who had set the GFC crowd abuzz in the sixteenth minute as that goal carried them ahead into the second half.Whether it was tiredness or being too laid-back that cost them, they allowed Dwayne McLennon through in the 90+3 and he completed Western Tigers’ much-needed goal to continue their winning streak.Camptown FC will take on Black Pearl in the next round of fixtures on Friday with Northern Rangers and Flamingo playing the second game and Pele tackling Riddim Squad in the final game of the evening.last_img read more