Members of the SMACNA Arizona chapter helped state energy officials not only understand the role of energy efficiency in creating HVAC industry jobs, they helped them understand how the HVAC industry can help generate energy savings too. These highly productive conversations focused on both businesses and consumers during a roundtable discussion at the SMART Local 359 Joint Apprentice Training Center (JATC) in Phoenix.
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Boyd Dunn and Commissioner Justin Olson met with SMACNA members, toured the training center, and discussed energy efficiency and utility incentives that drive contractors’ projects.
“The commissioners were engaged, and the event helped them understand the diversity of players in the energy efficiency industry in Arizona,” said Jennifer Kefer, executive director of the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, which coordinated the event. “Our goal was to help the ACC better understand how the policies they are considering impact real people.”
SMACNA members participating included Carol Goguen, executive director of SMACNA Arizona, Steve McKinney of Arizona Systems Analysis Professionals, Jim Burkett and Jim Dinan of Bel-Aire Mechanical, Mark Addler of ThermAir Systems, Mike Pair of MLP Consulting, and Allen Hendrix of Able Balance.