Several key issues will impact the Energy 2030 initiative’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030, says John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America. Gaylen shared his thoughts on energy productivity at the Alliance to Save Energy’s Energy 2030 On the Road on September 29, in New York City. Galyen participated in a panel titled “Modernizing Regulations and Infrastructure to Improve Energy Productivity.”

During the panel, Galyen emphasized that while current efforts are necessary to achieve the 2030 goal, there are four critical needs moving forward:

  • Supportive regulations and standards.
  • A focus on renewables, demand response and energy storage that will redefine the grid-building relationship.
  • A broader deployment of existing energy-efficient technologies.
  • A whole building approach.

A recent study conducted by the U.S. General Services Administration’s Green Proving Ground program and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that, when one of two existing 150-ton rotary screw chillers was replaced at a Federal U.S. office building and courthouse with a 150-ton variable speed, oil-free centrifugal chiller using Danfoss Turbocor variable speed technology, there was a significant decrease in electricity consumption, resulting in energy savings of 42 percent.

Citing an overall increase in energy demand and stress placed on the grid, Galyen suggested the grid-building relationship needs to change, including the role of utilities. A new approach will require recovery and reuse of energy, energy storage, and use of renewable energy at the building and community level.

Galyen also emphasized that the long-term strategy will require a new and holistic approach to research and development, building design, building codes, building labelling and ratings, financing mechanisms, and a shift in utilities’ role.

Co-hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), Energy 2030 On the Road is an education, outreach, and action campaign aimed at urging communities throughout the nation to adopt the goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030.