Utah Building Energy Efficiency Strategies (UBEES) is a coalition of government agencies, members of the building industry, and key stakeholders who support Utah's energy efficiency and renewable energy goals to improve energy efficiency 20 percent by 2015 and to provide 20 percent of Utah's energy from renewable sources by 2025. UBEES is receiving recognition for advancing ENERGY STAR as a way to promote cost-effective energy savings to Utah businesses and consumers. Key accomplishments include:
· Adopting policy committing the state to track energy use and resulting greenhouse gas emissions of all state buildings using Portfolio Manager. Fifty percent of state buildings have been benchmarked by the end of 2010, a 50 percent increase over 2009.
· Providing energy management training to small businesses and congregations on utilizing ENERGY STAR tools and participating in Utah's Utility Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs.
· Hosting the 2010 Utah Energy Summit, Building a Better Future for Utah, with approximately 300 key building industry stakeholders in attendance.
· Sponsoring the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR home exhibit in fall 2010, coinciding with the 2010 Utah Energy Summit. These simultaneous events gained visibility with Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, local media and the public, and the home builders and contractors that UBEES trains on energy efficiency.