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Renewable Energy in the Keystone State (Opinions Editorials & Asides)
Sustainable Pittsburgh
Date: 2019-06-03
"In reviewing the recent Team PA Foundation report Pennsylvania Energy Horizons, produced by a year-long, community discussion-based exercise led by Royal Dutch Shell, I was encouraged to see an increasing role for renewables and transition to a low carbon economy in Pennsylvania.

"There is strategic importance to diversity in our energy sector and we should not rely solely on natural gas. Pennsylvania has more opportunities to grow energy efficiency and renewable-energy jobs than ever before, and the economic benefits would extend into rural, urban, and suburban communities across the commonwealth.

"Just recently, a bipartisan group of state senators announced legislation that would update Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard to include a target of 30 pct energy from Tier 1 renewable sources by 2030. This piece of legislation, Senate Bill 600, is growing in support and has a House companion bill, House Bill 1195.

"Additionally, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that currently pending bipartisan energy efficiency legislation in Pennsylvania could unlock 30,000 jobs and about $6.4 billion in net savings by removing barriers to energy efficiency investment. These jobs not only put Pennsylvanians to work, but they advance energy-efficiency projects that drive down energy bill costs.

"The commonwealth's energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors are strong, poised for important growth, and must be part of the conversation." (Source: Sustainable Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pittsburgh, Joylette Portlock, Exec. Dir., (412) 258-6642, (412) 258-6645 (fax), info@sustainablepittsburgh.org, www.sustainablepittsburgh.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


CDN Carbon Tax Funds Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-03
In Ottawa, Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna is reporting the launch of launching a direct rebate program for small and medium-sized businesses to get back up to half the cost of buying more energy-efficient equipment and appliances.

It's expected the rebates will be worth $44 million this year and the maximum rebate for any individual business will be $20,000.

A separate program will allow businesses to apply to get rebates for energy efficiency retrofits. That program, which will be about $106 million this year, will be for projects that cost up to $1 million. The funds come from the revenues Canada is collecting from the $20-a-tonne carbon price imposed April 1, 2019. (Source:Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Press, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Catherine McKenna,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  


Bipartisan Building Energy Efficiency Legislation Tabled (Reg & Leg)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-03
In Washington, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) have introduced the Commercial, Low Emissions and Net Energy Reduction (CLEANER) Buildings Act of 2019 which would extend the tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings. If this incentive is renewed, the deduction -- aka 179D -- could generate thousands of new design and construction jobs and contribute millions to the gross domestic product, according to the release.

Section 179D of the tax code offers a tax deduction to building owners and businesses for energy efficiency improvements such as lighting, heating and cooling, hot water systems, ventilation, or the building envelope like insulation or windows. It offers incentives for upgrades at new or existing buildings that cut the total energy and power cost by at least 50 percent compared to a building meeting the ASHRAE codes baseline for energy efficiency.

Jason Hartke, CEO, Alliance to Save Energy states, "This is a key tax incentive for encouraging energy efficiency in commercial buildings, which account for about 20 percent of U.S. energy consumption. It is important that Congress extend this incentive to give building owners and designers the certainty they need to make these investments." (Source: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, PR, Cap May Herald, 31 May, 2019) Contact: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, www.vandrew.house.gov; Rep Mike Kelly, https://kelly.house.gov; Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Alliance to Save Energy,  


Ottawa Announces $30Mn in Clean Energy Investments (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-05-31
. On Monday in Vancouver, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Hon. Amarjeet Sohi announced a new $30-million clean energy investment fund, $15.5 million of which will support remote First Nations communities that rely largely on diesel power.

The largest investment is $10.4 million in Haida Gwaii, B.C. where the villages of Old Masset and Skidegate are planning to transition to 100 pct renewable energy -- increased power production from an existing hydro dam, and installation of 2 megawatts of solar power and power storage. Other funding a includes a $1.5 million woody biomass heating project; a $2.1 million college building energy retrofit project; and $1.5 million to Carbon Upcycling Technologies for a carbon capture and reuse project in Calgary. The Minister noted the federal government earmarked $1 billion in the last federal budget for energy efficiency initiatives. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, JWN, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Hon. Amarjeet Sohi. Minister, Vanessa Adams, (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca, www.nrcan.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Smartcool Systems Launches German Subsidiary (Int'l Report)
Smartcool Systems
Date: 2019-05-31
Vancouver-based Smartcool Systems Inc. is reporting the launch of Smartcool Systems GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary in Germany, that will sell and service Smartcool's services, proprietary optimization technology and products directly to the German market.

Dr. Georg Hochwimmer will manage the subsidiary's operations and develop a German sales team, according to a company release. (Source: Smartcool, Streetwise Reports, Ap., 2019) Contact: SmartCool, Ted Konyi, CEO, James Martin, Bus. Dev, (604) 904-8632, www.smartcool.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smartcool Systems ,  Energy Efficiency,  


Notable Quote from Natural Resources Canada
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-05-31
"Energy efficiency is key to Canada's transition to a clean energy future." -- Amarjeet Sohi, Minister, Natural Resources Canada Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Vanessa Adams, (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca, www.nrcan.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


Total EU GHG Emissions Increase Slightly (Int'l. Report)
European Environment Agency
Date: 2019-05-31
According to the European Environment Agency's (EEA) Annual European Union Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2017 and inventory report 2019 the EU's total greenhouse gas emissions -- including international aviation -- rose by 0.7 pct in 2017 compared with 2016. From 1990 to 2017, the EU reduced its net GHG emissions by 21.7 pct and is therefore still exceeding its 20 pct Paris Climate Accord reduction target set for 2020.

In reaching these levels, less coal was used for heat and electric power production but this was offset by higher industrial and transport emissions, the latter increasing for the fourth consecutive year.

The report notes EU GHG emissions have decreased since 1990 as a combined result of policies, economic and structural factors and, on average, milder winters. The largest emission cuts have been made in the energy sector, due to efficiency improvements, increased use of renewables and a less carbon intensive mix of fossil fuels. -- more gas, and less coal and oil. Energy efficiency and renewable energy will continue to play a key role in cutting future emissions and helping the EU achieve its 40 pct reduction target by 2030. (Source: European Environment Agency, Various Media, Eurasia Review, 30 May, 2019) Contact: European Environment Agency, www.eea.europa.eu.

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Environment Agency ,  Carbon Emissions,  


World GBC Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment Tops 50 Signatories (Ind. Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2019-05-31
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) reports 50 organizations have now signed up to the Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment and pledged to ensure their individual portfolios of buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030.

The pledge also calls for cities, states and regions to require all new buildings operate at net-zero carbon from 2030, and all buildings, including existing buildings, operate at net-zero carbon by 2050.

In addition to generating and obtaining renewable energy to meet reduced energy demand, the Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization.

The WorldGBC's Advancing Net Zero Status Report 2019 details efforts to take on the challenge of decarbonizing the global building stock, and highlights leadership action from global businesses, governments and NGOs tthe goal of: certifying nearly 390 buildings globally as net zero carbon; raising awareness through advocacy activities of the urgency and achievability of net zero carbon buildings; and developing industry capacity through educational programmes and industry events.

Download Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment details HERE. (Source: World Green Building Council, Canadian Architect, 30 May, 2019) Contact: World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council www.worldgbc.org/advancing-net-zero-status-report-2019

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  


Cdn. Energy Efficiency Rebates Funded by Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency, Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-05-31
Following up on our 6 March coverage, Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna is reporting the launch of a direct rebate program for small and medium-sized businesses. The rebates would cover approximately 50 pct of the purchase price energy-efficient equipment and appliances.

A separate program will allow businesses to apply for rebates for energy efficiency retrofits. That program, which will be about $106 million this year, will be for projects that cost up to $1 million. It's expected the rebates will be worth $44 million this year and the maximum rebate for any individual business will be $20,000.

The funds come from the revenues Canada is collecting from the $20 per-tonne carbon price imposed April 1, 2019. (Source: Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Press, 30 May, 2019) Contact: The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, www.facebook.com/McKenna.Ottawa

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  Catherine McKenna,  


Jordanian Fund Supports Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
Date: 2019-05-29
Reporting fro Amman, the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is reporting the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) has implemented projects worth JD50 million ($70,5 million) to mainstream renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the Kingdom.

The funded projects covered a number of sectors including domestic, industrial, agricultural, tourism, places of worship and schools. Around 128 schools were funded for energy saving projects including heating upgrades, insulation, energy-saving lighting systems (LED bulbs), cooling, solar panels, general maintenance and others.

The fund also provided 50 pct of the cost of installing 22,000 solar water heaters for citizens, and offered a full grant for solar water heaters and LED bulbs and installations in 3,500 homes of poor families and royal grant housing units. The fund also installed 1,600 residential electric power generation systems, solar cells in 483 religous shrines, distributed some 50,000 LED bulbs with plans to distribute an additional 250,000 bulbs through electricity companies. (Source: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ammon, 26 May, 2019) Contact: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, +962 6 580 3060, https://jordan.gov.jo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  


Illinois Passive Home Community Announced (Ind. Report)
Sonnen,Passive House Institute
Date: 2019-05-29
Energy storage firm Sonnen and Evolutionary Home Builders are reporting their partnership for the development of the first-of-its-kind energy positive The Wildwood of Marengo community, west of Chicago, Illinois. The aim of the project is to accelerate the adoption of sustainable buildings.

The project, which will incorporate 28 homes with each possessing a 6KW solar array and a 20KWh energy automation system, is certified by the Passive House Institute United States in Chicago to maximize energy gains and minimize energy losses. Each residence will produce, store and intelligently manage the home's power throughout the day and night without sacrificing comfort. The homes are capable of becoming independent of the grid during high-cost periods of the day, avoiding the use of high carbon intensive peak power and minimizing stress on the utility grid.

Evolutionary Home Builders will initiate the development of the community which is claimed to be the most sustainable passive home community in the US. (Source: Sonnen, Evolutionary Home Builders, Smart Energy, 27 May, 2019) Contact: Passive House Institute US, (312) 561-4588, info@phius.org, www.phius.org; Sonnen, Blake Richetta, Snr. VP, sonnen U.S. operations, www.sonnenusa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  Passive House Institute ,  


LEAP Touts Charlottesville Clean Energy Loan Program (Ind. Report)
Local Energy Alliance Program
Date: 2019-05-29
In the Old Dominion State, the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is touting the success of the City of Charlottesville's innovative Clean Energy Loan Program (CELP). Since 2018, the program has supported 8 projects in the City worth nearly $1.5 million and generated roughly $700,000/year of clean energy savings for participating business owners.

The CELP, which is available to all of Charlottesville’s businesses, supports solar panel installations and energy efficiency equipment by buying down the interest rate on a business loan. The CELP has worked with local solar installation companies as well as local banks to implement and finance the projects. The program operates on a first-come, first served basis and has limited funding. (Source: LEAP, PR, 26 May, 2019) Contact: LEAP, Chris Meyer, Executive Director, http://cvillegreenbiz.org, https://leap-va.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Local Energy Alliance Program,  Energy Efficiency,  


Entegrity Tapped for OK PSO LED Lighting Program (Ind. Report)
Eastern Oklahoma PSO
Date: 2019-05-29
The Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) reports the selection of energy services provider Entegrity Energy Partners as the exclusive provider of its Small Business Program for the Eastern Oklahoma PSO Service Territory.

The PSO program offers rebates of up to 70 pct for LED lighting upgrades for eligible PSO customers.

Entegrity, through its Tulsa office, will begin marketing the program to small businesses to help them reduce operating cost through lower energy and maintenance expenses. Entegrity will perform a no-cost facility audit to generate a proposal based on the program's pre-negotiated pricing and access to the up to 70 pct rebates. Financing options for the upgrades are also available through the program.

Entegrity is a sustainability and energy services company specializing in the implementation of energy conservation and renewable energy projects. The company's service package includes energy savings performance contracting, commissioning, energy modeling, building testing, lighting solutions, renewable energy, water conservation, and sustainability consulting. (Source: Oklahoma PSO, Shawneee News Star, 27 May, 2019) Contact: Entegrity Partners, Rob Guthrie, Bus. Dev., (800) 700-1414, info@entegritypartners.com, www.entegritypartners.com; Public Service Company of Oklahoma www.psoklahoma.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Entegrity Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


Xcel Energy Recognizes Energy Efficiency Efforts (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-05-27
Minneapolis-headquartered utility Xcel Energy reports it recently recognized 52 Minnesota businesses for their efforts to help customers save energy and reduce their environmental impact. The Efficiency Partner awards, recognized the contractors, equipment suppliers and engineers that contributed the greatest electricity and natural gas savings to conservation programs in 2018.

Xcel offers incentives, such as rebates and funding for energy efficiency studies and upgrades, to its business and residential customers to encourage them to make energy-efficient choices. The rebates submitted by these 52 companies saved Xcel Energy customers over 81 gWh of electricity and 127,000 dekatherms of natural gas -- equivalent of powering 7,665 homes for a year. (Source: Xcel Energy, May, 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


Schneider Claims Improved Flexibility, Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2019-05-27
Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric reports it is extending its line of PowerLogic EM4200 series Enercept energy and power meters to include five new meters, which join the previously announced line of Enercept Flex meters, to provide installers with enhanced application flexibility and options for retrofit applications.

According to the Schneider release, the new products offer maximum versatility, flexibility and ease of installation for most retrofit applications and are easy to integrate with EcoStruxure Power and Energy Management solutions and building management system software for improved energy efficiency and savings.

The EM4200 series Enercept meters are ideal for energy management, tenant sub-billing and demand response applications and when installed, automatically integrate with Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure™ Power and Energy Management solutions via auto-detect software to provide building managers with data that can improve energy efficiency by up to 20 pct. The meters are compatible with other building management system (BMS) software and are equipped with BACnet® and Modbus® protocols. The EM4200 series Enercept meters can quickly correct installation errors directly from BMS software, improving maintenance, installation and downtime costs.

EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric's open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform that leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at every level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in more than 480,000 sites, with the support of more than 20,000 system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through more than 40 digital services. (Source: Schneider Electric, 25 May, 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, Mark Nolan, Director, Offer Management and Marketing, www.schneider-electric.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


Highland Council Awarded £600,000 for Efficiency Upgrades (Int'l)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-05-27
In Scotland, the Highland Council reports it will to increase its energy efficiency efforts and programs after receiving a £3.5 million interest-free loan from Salix Finance, an independent organization that provides interest-free loans for energy efficiency improvements.

The Council will use the funds for various schemes including the installation of solar panels, upgrading both interior and exterior lighting to LEDs for increased energy efficiency, and upgrading inefficient oil boiler systems. With the upgrades, the Council predicts that carbon emissions could be reduced by 1600 tpy for an annual savings of ,£ 600,000 on energy bills.

London-headquartered Salix Finance Ltd. provides interest-free Government funding to the public sector to improve their energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy consumption and costs. (Source: Highland Council, Energy North, SPP, May, 2019) Contact: Highland Council, www.highland.gov.uk; Salix Finance Ltd., +44 20 3102 6900, www.salixfinance.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


ComEd Energy Efficiency Program Savings Top $4Bn (Ind. Report)
ComEd, Commonwealth Edison
Date: 2019-05-24
In Chicago, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), an Exelon Company, is reporting its customers saved a total of $4 billion since 2008 on their electricity bills through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program.

The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program offers assessments, rebates, discounts, and recycling programs that have saved customers more than 35 million mWh of electricity -- equivalent of eliminating approximately 44 billion pounds of carbon emissions from the atmosphere or removing over than 4 million cars from the road for a year.

The ComEd program also helped drive the purchase of more than 130 million energy-efficient light bulbs and provided more than $956 million in energy-efficiency improvements. (Source: ComEd, PR, 23 May, 2019) Contact:, ComEd, Jane Park, Snr, VP,(312) 394-3500, www.comed.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Commonwealth Edison,  Energy Efficiency,  


Smartcool Touts Power Factor Correction Installations (Ind. Report)
Smartcool
Date: 2019-05-24
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Smartcool Systems Inc reports its wholly owned energy management subsidiary, Total Energy Concepts Inc. (TEC) has completed projects for two recycling/resource recovery companies. The installations involved TEC's full package solution, which included TEC's proprietary Power Factor Correction (PFC) technology on (18) electric motors of 10 HP and larger driving the crushing, shredding and conveying of materials.

Power Factor Correction at the equipment level is a documented energy efficiency measure that to date has had limited adoption worldwide. TEC has perfected this technology and application over the last 10 years which offers significant energy savings, as well as more operational up-time and extended equipment life.

Smartcool's ECO3, ESM and ECOHome retrofit technologies reduce the energy consumption of compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems by up to 40 pct, according to the company. (Source: Smartcool, Newsfile, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Smartcool, Mike Kordysz VP, Investor Relations, (604) 904- 8632, mike.kordysz@smartcool.net, www.smartcool.net[endlink, [satrtlink]www.smartcooleco3.com; Total Energy Concepts, www.totalenergyconcepts.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smartcool,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Resideo Snares Whisker Labs to Expand Smart Home Offerings (M&A)
Resideo Technologies,Whisker Labs
Date: 2019-05-24
In the Lone Star State, Austin-based smart home, energy efficiency specialist Resideo Technologies, a 2018 Honeywell spinoff, is reporting its acquisition of energy efficiency technology from Whisker Labs. The technology creates a thermodynamic model of a home to accurately predict home heating and air conditioning run time and energy use to enable a homeowner to control energy usage.

According to Resideo, the technology complements it's portfolio of connected thermostats, including the Honeywell Home T-Series smart thermostats -- the T9 and T10 Pro -- which feature wireless smart-room sensors to deliver a desired temperature to a specific room as needed.

Resideo claims a presence in 150 million homes and a network of 110,000 professional contractors. (Source: Resideo TechnologiesPR, 22 May, 2019) Contact: Resideo Technologies, Mike Nefkens, Pres., CEO, www.resideo.com; Whisker Labs, hello@whiskerlabs.com, www.whiskerlabs.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Whisker Labs,  Energy Efficiency,  


Franklin County Adopting Energize NY C-PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
C-PACE
Date: 2019-05-22
In the Empire State, the Franklin County Legislature has voted to adopt the Energize NY Open C-PACE Financing Program to make money available for business energy efficiency upgrades, renewable energy and related improvements.

Borrowers participating in the program pay back the cost of the upgrades to the state Energy Improvement Corp. (EIC), which administers the loans on behalf of the county. The loan will be secured through a lien placed on the "Benefitted Property" by the EIC. (Source: Franklin County, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Malone Telegram, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Franklin County Economic Dev., Russ Kinyon, Dir., www.fcadc.com; C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.c-pacealliance.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE,  Energize New York,  Energy Efficiency,  


Hawaiian Energy Efficiency Bill Awaits Signature (Reg. & Leg.)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-05-22
In the Aloha State, House Bill 556 establishing energy efficiency standards for appliances sold or leased in Hawaii is awaiting only the signature of Gov. David Y. Ige (D). If signed into law the bill would come into force Jan. 1, 2021.

The Hawaiian bill also establishes energy and water efficiency standards for five products not currently covered at the federal level, including computers, faucets, showerheads, spray sprinklers, and certain fluorescent lamps.

California, Oregon and Washington have similar laws mandating that refrigerators, dishwashers, commercial air conditioners and other appliances meet national appliance efficiency standards. (Source: Star Advertiser, 21 May, 2019)Contact: Office of Gov. David Y. Ige, www.governor.hawaii.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Arkansas County Commits to $1Mn Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Entegrity Partners
Date: 2019-05-22
In Arkansas -- "The Natural State" -- Phillips County (pop. 18,572) reports plans to install a solar energy system to power all of its local operations.

To that end, Phillips County officials have inked a $1 million contract with Little Rock-based Entegrity Partners to install an initial 400 kW of solar photovoltaic array, with the capacity to add another 600 kW of solar power in the future. The installation is expected to generate a total of 593,000 kWh per year -- sufficient power for 48 Arkansas homes. The project will be 100 pct funded by the utility cost savings.

The solar system will incorporate 1,194 panels that, combined with new lighting and other energy efficiency upgrades, will deliver a minimum energy cost saving of $81,380 per year. The projects are expected to begin this summer for completion in fall of 2019. (Source: TB&P, 20 May, 2019) Contact: Entegrity Partners, Rick Vance, (479)301.2517, www.entegritypartners.com; Philips County, https://phillipscounty.arkansas.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Entegrity Partners,  ,  


Dominion Offers Home Energy Efficiency Assessments (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy Ohio
Date: 2019-05-22
Dominion Energy Ohio reports it is providing home energy efficiency assessments to residential customers for $50, as part of its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

The offered program, which is targeted to damp and drafty -- often older -- homes with wildly fluctuating temperatures, identifies high utility usage and similar issues as ways to assist and correct the unfavorable conditions. The program can also provide a rebate of up to $1,250 for completion of program recommendations. The program can also provide discounted NEST Thermostat E units, carbon monoxide detectors, showerheads, faucet aerators, and water heater pipe wrap and other energy efficient improvements and services. (Source: Dominion Energy Ohio, Energy Insider, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy Ohio, Jim Eck, VP & GM of Ohio & West Virginia Distribution, www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Ohio,  Energy Efficiency,  


GMP Offers Energy Efficient Heat Pump Rebate Program (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2019-05-20
In Colchester, Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) is launching new rebate programs including a $400 rebate for cold climate heat pumps. Customers can also get a $200 rebate when they buy an electric bicycle at participating Vermont bike shops.

According to the release, "GMP's energy supply is 90 pct clean carbon free and 60 pct renewable energy, so heating and cooling with a hyper-efficient heat pump is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, and these new rebates offer great savings to help customers make the switch."

GMP has committed to being 100 pct clean carbon free energy by 2025 and 100 pct renewable by 2030. (Source: Green Mountain Power, PR, Vermont Digger, 17 May, 2019) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Josh Castonguay, VP, (802) 770-3392, josh.castonguay@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


DOE Celebrates Better Buildings Partners Success (Ind Report)
DOE
Date: 2019-05-20
The U.S. DOE has announced the progress made by the more than 900 public- and private-sector organizations leading the U.S. in energy efficiency through their participation in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Better Buildings Initiative.

Together, Better Buildings partners have saved 1.38 quadrillion BTUs, equivalent to $8.4 billion in energy and cost savings. These market leaders are adopting emerging technologies, advancing the American workforce, and sharing their innovative approaches to energy and water efficiency. The 2019 Better Buildings Progress Report released today highlights this progress and specific accomplishments in the commercial, industrial, residential, and public sectors to improve energy productivity.

Download the 2019 Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE Better Buildings Initiative Release, 17 May, 2019) Contact: Better Buildings Initiative, betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Buildings Initiative,  


Fairfax Launches Energy Efficient LED Light Exchange (Ind. Report)
Energy Action Fairfax
Date: 2019-05-20
In the Old Dominion State, Fairfax County is touting the launch of its Energy Action Fairfax program aimed at increasing energy efficiency. The no-cost program collects incandescent light bulbs and exchanges them for energy efficient LED lights. The U.S. DOE notes that the Energy Star LED lights used in the exchange program use 75 pct less energy than incandescent bulbs and could save users around $75 per by replacing five incandescent light bulbs. (Source: Energy Action Fairfax, 18 May, 2019) Contact: Jessica Lavender, Fairfax County Senior Energy Analyst, Energy Action Fairfax, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/energy/energyactionfairfax

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


Survey Notes Increased Energy Efficiency Spending (Int'l Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2019-05-20
In its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey, Johnson Controls noted more than half of global organizations planned to increase spending on energy efficiency over next 12 months -- 2019. The survey of nearly 2,000 facility and energy management executives from 20 countries found that 57 pct of organizations in the U.S. and 59 pct of global organizations planned to increase investment in energy efficiency, smart building measures including building controls and building systems integration at a greater rate than more traditional energy efficiency measures in 2019.

Survey organizations identify greenhouse gas footprint reduction, energy cost savings, energy security and enhanced reputation as key drivers of investment fueling growth in green, net zero energy and resilient buildings. Building controls improvements were cited as the most popular investment energy efficiency related investments.

In Johnson Control's 2008 survey, under 10 pct of respondents had a certified "green" building and only 34 pct planned to certify new construction projects to a recognized green standard. In 2018, 19 pct of U.S. organizations have already achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities, and 53 pct plan to in the future. Globally, 14 pct of organizations have achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities and 44 pct plan to in the future.

The survey also notes a year-over-year increase in net-zero energy goals, with 61 pct of U.S. organizations extremely or very likely to have one or more facilities that are nearly zero, net zero or positive energy/carbon in the next ten years.(Source: Johnson Controls, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018)Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, VP Global Sustainability, www.linkedin.com/in/clay-nesler-171a133, www.johnsoncontrols.com/corporate-sustainability/reporting-and-policies/business-and-sustainability-report/environmental-leadership/sustainable-solutions, www.johnsoncontrols.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  


Finland Ukraine Trust Fund Supports Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation Projects (Int'l. Report)
Finland Ukraine Trust Fund
Date: 2019-05-17
The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) established in 1990 through an intergovernmental treaty between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, is touting the Finland Ukraine Trust Fund.

The Fund facilitates investments related to green growth and climate change mitigation and adaptation globally, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe, Baltic Sea, Arctic and Barents regions. The Fund provides project grant financing in the following areas: renewable energy and waste-to-energy; power and heat generation; district heating networks; energy efficiency in buildings and industry and other related area.

To qualify for grant funding, projects must: be innovative; build on well-known and proven technology; be cost efficient; increase energy efficiency on system, sub-system or component levels; be environmentally sustainable; be financially sustainable after grant support; be examples of best practices and best available technologies (BAT); and be replicable.

Grant funding can be provided to both public and private demonstration projects and is available for disbursement until the end of 2021.

The Fund is financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and managed by NEFCO. The local coordinator is the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE)There are blending opportunities of the grant with NEFCO's other financing tools. Project owner's contribution is required, however technical assistance, such as e.g. consulting and software, can be supported with a grant up to 100 pct cent of the cost. (Source: Finland Ukraine Trust Fund, May, 2019) Contact: Finland Ukraine Trust Fund Coordination and Management Consultant: Project Director, Jarkko Olkinuora (Finland), +358 40 0805056, jarkko.Olkinuora@fcg.fi; Andrew Levkonyuk (Ukraine), +380 97 6405390, andrew.levkonyuk@fcg.fi; NEFCO, www.nefco.org

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Unilever HQ Scores LEED Platinum for Sustainability (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Counci, LEED Certification
Date: 2019-05-17
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-headquartered consumer goods giant Unilever North America reports it headquarters building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification sustainable buildings. he project was also recognized by the New Jersey Business & Industry Associate New Good Neighbor Award in support of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 pct while doubling its business.

The HQ building design incorporates smart technologies by EDGE that record data and automate the building's features and functions, including Internet of Things (IoT) systems enabling the building to learn from occupants' behaviors and remember their preferences. (Source: Unilever, PR May, 2019) Contact: Unilever, Catherine Reynolds MediaRelations.USA@unilever.com, (201) 894-7760, www.unileverusa.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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NBI Offers 2019 Zero Energy Buildings List (Ind. Report)
New Buildings Institute
Date: 2019-05-17
According to the New Buildings Institute's Getting to Zero Buildings Database and information collected from thousands of low-energy project, there are 580 certified, verified, and emerging zero energy (ZE) buildings and projects in the U.S. and Canada in 2019 -- a 10-fold increase since NBI started tracking buildings in 2012.

ZE is defined as ultra-low energy projects that consume only as much power as can be generated onsite by clean, renewable resources. This definition is, however, evolving to consider multiple buildings in a campus or neighborhood that use a larger, central solar array.

In addition to the Zero Energy Project List, NBI has released a new online tool offering information about the ZE buildings: HERE.

Download the 2019 Getting to Zero Project List HERE. (Source: New Buildings Institute, PR, 15 May, 2019) Contact: New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org

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Bi-Partisan U.S. Bill Aimed at Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-05-17
In the nation's capital, in a rare display of bi-partisan cooperation, Rep.. Earl L. Carter (R-GA) and Marc Veasey (D-TX) have tabled the All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act designed to enhance federal building energy efficiency.

The Act, if passed into law, would remove the present ban on the use of fossil fuels in federal buildings while implementing energy efficiency targets. Under the legislation, federal facility managers could choose the energy mix that best meets their efficiency goals and saves on a building's operating costs as well as ensure significant renovations to existing facilities achieving 30 pct less energy use than the current requirements. (Source: Various Media, Energy Insider, 15 May, 2019) Contact: Rep. Earl L. Carter, (202) 225-5831, www.congress.gov/member/earl-carter/C001103; Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), (202) 225-9897, https://veasey.house.gov

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Bronx Passive House Project World's Largest (Ind. Report)
Passive House
Date: 2019-05-17
In the Big Apple, Park Avenue Green, a new $48.4 million 15-story, 154-unit mixed-income community development in the South Bronx is being lauded as the largest Passive House certified project in North America.

Developed by Omni New York LLC, Park Avenue Green completes a two-phase development that started with Morris Avenue Apartments, a neighboring LEED Gold-certified community. To ensure that the project met Passive House standards, the firm brought in Bright Power, a Manhattan-based energy consultant. Meeting Passive House standards increased construction cost approximately 5 pct, according to the developer. (Source: Omni New York LLC, Commercial Property Exec., 16 May, 2019) Contact: International Passive House Association, www.passivehouse-international.org

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Otter Tail Power, Crookston Promoting Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Otter Tail Power
Date: 2019-05-17
Fergus Falls, Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Company and the city of Crookston are partnering with Minnesota's Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) to reduce energy use and save on energy costs. Otter Tail Power provides rebates, grants, education, and special programs to encourage individuals and businesses to use electricity wisely

According to Otter Tail Power, businesses will be able to sign up for free energy-saving LED light bulbs, linear LED lamps, vending machine controllers, and onsite energy assessments, all of which will deliver immediate bill reductions. The no cost assessments will offer detailed recommendations to help small businesses save energy and money and connects them to program and rebate options that meet their specific needs.

Otter Tail Power is an investor owned utility that provides electricity and energy services to over 250,000 customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. (Source: Otter Tail Power, Crookston Times, May, 2019) Contact: Otter Tail Power, www.otpco.com

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India's ReNew Power Claims LEED Gold Certification (Int'l Report)
USGBC,ReNew Power
Date: 2019-05-15
In the Sub-Continent, independent power producer ReNew Power Ltd. reports receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for energy efficiency and sustainable construction at the company's ReNew Hub corporate office in New Delhi.

The ReNew Hub corporate office energy efficiency features include: CFC free refrigerants in the HVAC system; water efficient plumbing features that have cut water consumption by half; waste segregation measures; the use of eco-friendly cleaning materials; and other features.

ReNew Power Limited develops, builds, owns and operates utility scale wind and solar energy projects as well as distributed solar energy projects that generate energy for commercial and industrial customers. (Source: ReNew Power, PR, May, 2019) Contact: ReNew Power Limited, Ms. Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.renewpower.com

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Tesco's Energy Efficiency Saves £37Mn (Int'l Report)
Tesco
Date: 2019-05-15
Further to our 4th February report, UK grocery retailer Tesco reports its energy efficiency initiatives have delivered £37 million ($47,609,380) in savings over two years. Company wide, the retailer now procures 58 pct of electricity from renewables (up from 55 pct last year) against a target of 65 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050. Meanwhile, Tesco has reduced carbon emissions by 31 per cent against a 2015/16 baseline. The company also committed to cut emissions 35 pct by 2020, 60 pct by 2025 and 100 pct by 2050, according to the company's annual report. (Source: Tesco, PR, energyst, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Tesco, www.tescoplc.com

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Uruguayan Winery Wins USGBC LEED Silver for Efficiency (Int'l)
USGBC, Bodega Garzon
Date: 2019-05-15
Bodega Garzon, a 500-acre boutique winery in Uruguay claims to the first sustainable winery outside North America to be awarded US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification.

Throughout the LEED-certification process, the winery reportedly received the highest possible scores in water efficiency and design innovation. The facility uses 100 percent non-potable water for irrigation and implemented original wastewater technologies. The winery also features a green roof with native species, a rainwater harvesting and reuse system; and high-efficiency HVAC with heat recovery for energy efficiency. (Source: Bodega Garzon, Commercial Property Exec, May, 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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DOE Offers $33.5Mn for Energy-Efficient R&D Projects (Funding)
DOE BETO
Date: 2019-05-15
In Washington, the US DOE reports the availability of up to $33.5 million in funding for the research and development of projects aimed at reducing energy bills through advanced building construction techniques for both existing and new, residential and commercial buildings.

According to the DOE, commercial and residential buildings account for roughly 40 pct of the nation's total energy demand at a cost in excess of $380 billion per year.

While an ideal project would address a combination of issues across areas such as heating, cooling, the building envelope, water heating and ventilation, funding applications should focus on one of three topics:

  • Advanced Technology Integration: including projects that concentrate on taking technologies from the laboratory to the field, in order to meet national, regional, state and local needs. Energy savings methods in this category focus on workforce training, service delivery methods and field validation of new technologies and building practices;

  • Integrated Building Retrofits: which concentrate on existing buildings, including technologies that aim to achieve greater energy-efficiency through combined space heating and cooling systems, hot water systems and light and durable, highly-insulated panels. The goal under this topic is to achieve 75 pct energy reductions;

  • New Construction Technologies which focus on innovative approaches to a building's design, construction and installation. Through advancements in robotics, digitalization, off-site manufacturing, improved modeling and automation, the goal for projects within this topic is to make buildings and homes 50 percent more energy efficient than current code requirements.

    Funding is issued through the DOE's Building Technology Office (BTO) which aims to find new, energy-efficient technologies while improving the efficiency of current technologies to help the department realize its goal for reducing the energy use of U.S. buildings by 30 pct by 2030.

    BETO programs currently include: HVAC; water heating and appliances; solid-state lighting; building energy modeling; sensors and controls; and buildings-to-grid integration. (Source: US DOE BETO, 14 May, 2019) Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

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  • Brussels Mandates Home Energy Efficiency by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Homeowners in Brussels will have until 2025 to undertake home renovations to put residential buildings in the capital on track with national energy-efficiency goals by 2030, according to a decree passed by Brussels Capital Region authorities.

    Under the legislation, homeowners are required to secure a PEB energy performance certificate for their homes by 2025, in order to drive down energy consumption of Brussels homes by a third between 2030 and 2050. The measure aims to ensure the Brussels Capital Region respects a national commitment to cut Belgium’s carbon emissions by 35 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. Residential and office buildings in the region currently account for over 74 percent of energy consumption, and out of an estimated 575,000 residential buildings in Brussels, 30 pct were built before the 1960s and are not -insulated. An average insulation is expected to cost approximately €40,000 per home. (Source: Brussels Housing Minister, Brussels Times, 15 May, 2019) Contact: Celine Fremault, Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region responsible for: Housing. Quality of Life. Environment. Contact: https://be.brussels/about-the-region/the-government-of-the-region

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    MGM Springfield Casino Wins LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Boston, MGM Resorts International reports its MGM Springfield is the world's first gaming resort to win US Green Building Council LEED platinum-level energy efficiency certification for new construction.

    MGM Resorts noted the installation of a new 1.13-MW solar array was "a significant enabler" of the LEED platinum rating. The solar canopy is expected to generate more than 1,600 mWh of electricity and reduce the casino's annual carbon footprint by the equivalent of 410 metric tons of CO2. Other LEED qualifying features include: a rainwater collections system that provides all the water used for landscaping on the property; 50 electric vehicle charging stations and more. (Source: MGM, USGBC, MetroWest Daily News, 12 May, 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Ohio Hospital Lauded for Efficiency, Sustainability (Ind Report)
    Ohio Hospital Association
    Date: 2019-05-13
    The Ohio Hospital Association reports it has awarded the 2019 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award to the Barnesville (Ohio) Hospital for energy efficiency , sustainability and for new programs to improve their environmental stewardship in the community.

    The Award honorees are recognized for promoting sound environmental practices through environmental stewardship and exemplifying the best practices for other hospitals to follow. (Source: Ohio Hospital Association, Times Leader, 12 May, 2019)

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    Green Valley News Comments on Arizona Energy Efficiency Standard (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-13
    With the approaching demise of Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard, the Arizona Corporation Commission should note that from 2010-17, every $1 of ratepayer money invested in energy efficiency by Arizona Public Service and Tucson Electric Power returned about $4 in benefits to ratepayers. The Standard also helped reduce water consumption and contributed to job creation.

    The standard set aspirational yet rational requirements incorporating annual benchmarks and establishing accountability measures such as implementation plans. As the Commission deliberates its next steps on energy efficiency, here are a few considerations commissioners should keep in mind:

  • A strong standard will accomplish more than a goal. In large part, the reason Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard has worked is due to requirements the Commission placed on utilities. Without a Standard, it is unlikely Arizona's utilities would have significantly increased the use of energy efficiency resources.

  • Arizonans support energy efficiency. According to an energy poll released earlier this year, 68 pct of those polled agree that regulations applied to utility providers, such as Arizona Public Service, Tucson Electric Power, UNS Energy Corporation, or Salt River Project should be increased to ensure they are offering energy efficiency to all their customers.

  • The recent trend among state policy makers and utilities in the Southwest is a shift to increased energy efficiency commitments. Just like it is realistic and no longer visionary to send a man (or a woman) to the moon; it is realistic and no longer visionary to increase Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard.

    For the sake of ratepayers, air quality and public health, the Commission should vote on May 22 to advance Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Standard to at least 35 pct by 2030. (Source: Green Valley News, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, (602) 542-3026, www.azcc.gov

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  • Vt. AG Joins Light Bulb Efficiency Rollback Protect (Ind Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Montpelier, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan reports he is joining a coalition of New York City, Washington, DC and 15 other states in opposition to the Trump administration's DOE's previously announced plan to overturn energy efficiency requirements for multiple types of household lightbulbs.

    The light bulb efficiency requirements were adopted in 2017 and would save consumers an estimated $12 billion per year in electricity costs and an estimated 34 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2025. The Vermont AG notes the rollback would significantly limit the lightbulbs subject to conservation standards by changing the definitions used to decide which lamps would be covered by the efficiency standards. (Source: Office of Vermont Attorney General, WRAL, AP, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Office of Vermont Attorney General, (802)828-3171, https://ago.vermont.gov

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    Atlanta Pledges 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-05-13
    The BBC is reporting the city of Atlanta, Georgia, has signed onto the Sierra Club's Ready For 100 campaign pledging to fully switch to green energy by 2035.

    Presently, between 6 and 8 pct of the city's energy needs are drawn from renewable energy resources. Atlanta's green energy plan touts the creation of 8,000 new jobs and claim the plan could also help low-income families in other ways.

    More than 100 cities have recently pledged to run on 100 pct renewable energy, signing onto the Sierra Club's Ready For 100 campaign. To that end, the city aims to: cut energy consumption 25 to 30 pct; insulating old homes; installing energy-efficient lights; installing better HVAC systems; installing commercial and residential solar systems; increased battery energy storage for solar energy: and using renewable-energy credits from outside the state to offset coal and gas power still coming from the local grid; as well as maintain nuclear power as part of the city's energy mix. (Source: City of Atlanta, BBC, May, 2019) Contact: City of Atlanta, Amol Naik, chief Resilience Officer,anaik@atlantaga.gov, www.atlantaga.gov; Sierra Club/i> Ready For 100 www.sierraclub.org/ready-for-100

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    Mich. Energy Office Issues Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Michigan Energy Office
    Date: 2019-05-10
    The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's Energy Office (MEO) reports the awarding of rebates under its Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program to three small manufacturers in the Upper Peninsula.

    To date, six rebates totaling $50,500 have been awarded under the Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program, which is now available to small manufacturers statewide through July 31. (Source: Michigan Energy Office, 8 May, 2019)Contact: Michigan Energy Office, Robert Jackson, Dir., David Herb, HerbD@Michigan.gov, www.michigan.gov/energy

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    ExxonMobil, Nat. Labs to Collaborate on Lower-Emissions R&D (R&D)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Irving, Texas-headquartered oil industry juggernaut ExxonMobil reports it will invest as much as $100 million over 10 years to research and to develop advanced lower-emissions technologies in collaboration with the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

    The research aims to advance potential scalable technologies that improve energy efficiency, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce emissions from the production of fossil fuels and petrochemicals, according to ExxonMobil. Initial collaborative efforts will explore ways to bring biofuels and carbon capture and storage (CCS) to commercial scale across the power generation, transportation, and manufacturing sectors. (Source: ExxonMobil, GreenCar Congress, 9 May, 2019)Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com

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    Robt.Bosch Aims for 2020 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Bosch
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Stuttgart-based German automotive supply giant Robert Bosch LLC reports it plans to become fully carbon neutral by 2020.

    The company, which currently emits around 3.3 million metric tpy of C02, aims to achieve its goal by increasing energy efficiency, increasing the share of renewables in its energy supply mix to as much as 40 pct, accessing more green power and offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions. This includes financing climate protection projects such as wind power in the Caribbean or forest conservation in Africa to offset just under 40 pct of its energy consumption, according to the company release. The company expects its initiative to Icome in at a cost of €2 billion ($2.24 billion) but to deliver about €1 billion in energy efficiency savings. (Source: Robt. Bosch LLC, Various Media, Reuters, 8 May, 2019)

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    Norristown Awarded Sustainable PA Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    Sustainable Pennsylvania
    Date: 2019-05-10
    The city of Norristown (pop. 34,500), near Philadelphia, reports it's Keep Norristown Beautiful program has been awarded silver level certification from the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program.

    The program is designed to help municipalities manage energy, conserve resources and save money through the use of building energy bench-marking, motion sensor controlled lights, building code enforcement and other related measures. (Source: City of Norristown, Times Herald, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pennsylvania, www.sustainablepacommunitycertification.org

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    Entergy Texas 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year (Ind. Report)
    Entergy Texas
    Date: 2019-05-10
    In the Lone Star State, The Woodlands-based electric power producer and supplier Entergy Texas is reporting receipt of the US DOe 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for promoting energy efficiency in residential new construction.

    With its Entergy Solutions programs, Entergy Texas helped customers save more than 1,385,000 kWh of electricity. Other key accomplishments included coordinating and sponsoring HVAC training for more than 86 HVAC contractors, home energy rating companies, and home builders in the Houston and Golden Triangle markets and distributing more than 3,500 ENERGY STAR-branded promotional products during builder meetings, model home visits and at industry events.

    Approximately 144,000 Entergy Texas customers have participated in the company's energy efficiency programs and received over $95 million in program incentives since 2002.

    Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 MW of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 MW of nuclear power. The company serves 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. (Source: Entergy, Woodlands OnLine, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Entergy Texas, www.entergy-texas.com

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    NH Winnipesaukee River Basin Program Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
    Date: 2019-05-10
    In New Hampshire, the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program has been lauded for its energy-efficiency efforts by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services which, in partnership with NHSaves, has helped New Hampshire wastewater treatment plant operators and owners improve the energy-efficiency of their facilities. Waste water plants are commonly the highest energy-users for many municipalities.

    The effort started with a grant from the US DOE and will continue with funding from both the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and a continued partnership with NHSaves. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services NHSaves energy efficiency awards were made in two categories: Most Efficient and Most Improved. The Winnipesaukee River Basin Program was among the overall most energy-efficient wastewater treatment plants. (Source: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Laconia Daily Sun, 8 May, 2019) Contact: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, (603) 271-3503, www.des.nh.gov

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    MBTA Plans Energy Cuts, Increased Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    MBTA,Eversource,National Grid
    Date: 2019-05-08
    In Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the Bay State's largest energy consumer, reports it is partnering with National Grid and Eversource in a 3-year program to reduce energy usage at more than 50 T Stations, trim energy expenses and limit greenhouse gas emissions.

    To that end, MBTA plans to invest as much as $30 million in energy efficiency projects including the installation of LED lighting and upgrades to HVAC systems for an expected savings of $2.7 million in annual energy costs and the prevention of 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases.

    Eversource and National Grid will provide incentives to the MBTA that, based on the transportation agency's targeted energy use reductions, would add up to a total benefit of approximately $9 million. The Mass.Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will also provide $3.5 million in funding from its Leading by Example program. (Source: MBTA, Sentinel & Enterprise News, May, 2019) Contact: MBTA , Steve Poftak, GM, www.mbta.com; National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com; Mass. DOER, (617) 626-7300, doer.energy@mass.gov, www.mass.gov/doer; Eversource, Vilak Subrahmanian, VP Energy Efficiency, www.eversource.com

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