President's Message


President's Message

Michael S. Jones – PE, CPMP, CEM
October falls in a transition period for energy usage. The decreased need for air condi-tioning gives way to increased need for heating. Shorter days require a higher demand for lighting.  In 2015, 75% of Idaho’s utility scale net electricity generation came from renewable energy resources and we were tied with West Virginia for the sixth lowest average electricity prices. This is a great accomplishment that the State should be proud of.  So if we have an abundance of renewable energy resource, what are we doing with it and how do we compare with other states. Well as of 2015, the state ranked 22nd in total energy consumption per capita at about 317 million Btus (all fuel types). This means we did a better job of conserving energy resources than say Louisiana at 912 million Btus, but maybe not as great of a job as Utah at 264 million Btus.  Regardless, there is still some room for improvement as a State when it comes to the consumption piece.  Energy conservation means only use what is necessary. The simple remedies usually work best, when not in use just turn it off. This includes anything to lights to air conditioning to office equipment. These kinds of things are small po-tatoes.  Our chapter’s membership base is uniquely qualified to reign in a much higher contribution to energy conserva-tions. as design engineers, equipment suppliers, contractors, commissioning agents, we can influence savings that
equate to turning of millions of lights with a simple design, installation or optimization decision.  In closing, I’d like to introduce a tool system that ASHRAE has developed a tool to help optimize a current design, evaluate an existing building and to see how they compare with other buildings. Go to : http://buildingenergyquotient.org/. I’d really like to hear from you if you have already used or read this and used it to help with a current design or optimization. Shoot me an email with some high level details and lets get it onto our website and/or newsletter. mikejones@seedidaho.com

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Sincerely, Michael S. Jones – PE, CPMP, CEM – President Idaho ASHRAE Chapter.