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Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities wins 2012 DEED Award of Continued Excellence


From the April 20, 2012 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published April 20, 2012

In recognition of two decades of outstanding energy efficiency activities, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities is the winner of APPA's Award of Continued Excellence for this year. The award, presented each year by the association's Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED) program, was announced April 17 at the Engineering and Operations Technical Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.


Mike Litterer, left, assistant general manager/operations manager for Waverly Light and Power in Iowa, presented Iowa Association  of Municipal Utilities Director of Energy Services Anne Kimber  with the 2012 DEED Award of Continued Excellence. Photo by Rodney L. Brown

A DEED member since 1988, IAMU received a DEED grant in 2004 for a project to help its members in advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy in Iowa. The grant was used to develop five case studies of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in use at water and wastewater plants. A second grant was used to develop an energy audit software tool for water and wastewater plants.
 
Also in 2004, IAMU received a DEED grant to perform emissions testing when using biodiesel in utility-scale generators. This project resulted in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources changing its rules to allow municipal utilities to use diesel with up to a 2% biodiesel content in generators.
 
In 2010, the association also received a grant for its Whole Town Audits program. This grant helped 11 small Iowa municipal utilities (communities with under 1,500 residents) leverage funding from the Iowa Power Fund and the federal Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant program to pursue comprehensive energy analysis and improvements.
 
Other grants have included the development of an HVAC equipment sizing program and development of an LED streetlighting design handbook.

The ACE Award was established by the DEED board of directors in honor of the program’s 20th anniversary in 2000. The award recognizes "a DEED member utility that has demonstrated continued commitment to the program and its ideals, including support of research, development and demonstration, improving efficiency, renewable resources and support of public power."

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