The nine state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative -- Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- over the last decade has been creidted with raising close to $3 billion earmarked for clean-energy and energy efficiency programs and with cutting RGGI state carbon emissions by 30 pct. (Source: RGGI, Observer, Others, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI, New Jersey RGGI, Cap-and-Trade,
In addition to a state carbon tax, the ECRI bill includes: legislated carbon emissions reductions under the Rhode Island Global Warming Solutions Act; a climate and economic stimulus package; a coastal adaptation trust fund to help cities and towns address sea-level rise; mandatory and enforceable state greenhouse gas-reduction goals; increased support for energy efficiency; renewable energy siting regulations; require products sold in Rhode Island to meet minimum standards for electricity and gas consumption; and others.
The ECRI's initiatives are backed by a coalition of advocacy groups and environmentalists, including the EnergizeRI Coalition, an advocacy group with ties to Brown University, and the People's Power & Light utility.
(Source: Environment Council of Rhode Island, eco'RI News, 22 Jan., 2018)Contact: Environment Council of Rhode Island,(401) 621-8048, www.environmentcouncilri.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News the Environment Council, Climate Change of Rhode Island, CLimate Change,
the smart windows allow light to be automatically adjusted or solar heat to be harvested for use in the building.
The efficiency in terms of heat gain per area is comparable with that of state-of-the-art solar thermal facilities.
Large-scale fluidic windows, which do not require a power connection,
can eliminate the need for air conditioning systems, daylight regulation systems and even warm water processing.
(Source: Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Architecture & Design, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact: Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Lothar Wondraczek, +49 3641 931111, Jena,www.uni-jena.de/en/start.html
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The Harmonizer measures the incoming voltage from the grid. It knows the maximum savings your electrical equipment will allow and tunes the voltage down as much as it can. Voltage from the grid often fluctuates so the Harmonizer dynamically compensates in real time.
Even if the voltage naturally pops down to the optimum level, the system goes into a bypass state to let everything through. So your building will always get what it needs while saving the most amount of money possible, accxording to the company website.
The increase in incentives funding relevant to Legend's offering comes from Con Edison's Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program. which previously offered a performance-based Custom incentive of $0.16 per kWh. This typically equates to a cash contribution ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for a Legend project. Con Edison has added an incentive of $600 per kW saved, significantly increasing the typical funding range for a Legend project from $20,000 to $50,000, according to the company website.
(Source: Legend Power Systems, 22 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Legend Power Systems ,
Randy Buchamer, CEO, Pres.,
(778) 945 1501,
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Rather than mandating particular building practices or materials, the code is performance-based. Builders choose how to achieve performance targets -- design issues related to heat loss, such as placement of windows and doors, types of heating systems, and others.
The new code came into effect in 2017, but requires individual municipalities to pass bylaws that advise local builders what is expected of them.
The plan is in line with other major cities and their commitments in the wake of Trump's announced plan to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord.
Atlanta's goal will require the addition of renewable energy, the purchase of renewable energy credits (RINs), and dramatically increased energy efficiency city wide, according to Matt Cox, CEO of the Greenlink Group, the Atlanta company working on the technical aspects of the plan.
The plan is due to city council by the end of the month. (Source: City of Atlanta, WABE 90, 19 Jan., 2018)Contact: City of Atlanta,
Megan O'Neil, Mayor's Office of Resilience, Energy Programs Manager, www.atlantaga.gov/government/mayor-s-office; Greenlink Group, www.thegreenlinkgroup.com
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HERO was launched in Missouri in September 2016 and is offered through a public-private partnership between the Missouri Clean Energy District and Renovate America, the nation's largest PACE provider.
HERO-financed home upgrades in the metro area are projected to save St. Louis area homeowners 27 million kilowatt hours of electricity over the expected useful lifetime of the products installed. That is enough energy to power over 3,000 homes for a full calendar year.
(Source: Missouri Clean Energy District, St.Louis Patch, 21 Jan., 2018) Contact: Missouri Clean Energy District,
David Pickerill, Exec. Dir., (314) 769-8300, www.mced.mo.gov; Renovate America, Blair McNeill, VP Market Dev., www.renovateamerica.com; PACE, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pacenow.org
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The city has earmarked the money for investigating the implementation of renewable energy, LED lighting upgrades, energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives and investments
(Source: NOPEC Energized Community, City of Lakewood, Cleveland.com, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Lakewood, www.onelakewood.com; NOPEC, www.nopecinfo.org
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SEP's IBTaaS, by integrating proven IBTs, local installation and maintenance services and green project funding, offers turnkey solution package to deliver timely and significant building performance improvements without capital investments from the end users. The partnership aims to leverage SEP's IBTaaS platform to modernize and transform building energy as well as operating performances for Zoetic's clients and contacts throughout the Americas and Africa.
SEP develops and funds 100 pct of the capital cost of building upgrade and energy efficiency retrofit projects. Through our pioneering, "off-balance-sheet" IBT-as-a-Service platform (IBTaaS), we facilitate and expedite the deployment of cutting edge and proven building intelligence and energy efficiency technologies such as LED lighting, advanced lighting and HVAC controls, building energy management systems, building artificial intelligence, building automation and integrated security systems that are paid for by ongoing shared energy and operational savings. SEP IBTaaS presently services over 150 buildings in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
(Source: Social Energy Partners, PR, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: Social Energy Partners, James Tu, Pres., (844) 533-3863, www.socialenergypartners.com; Zoetic Energy, +44 (0)20 7384 8068, www.energynet.co.uk/partner/zoetic-energy
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According to recent data, buildings are currently responsible for about one-third of global energy consumption and about 30 pct of global energy-related CO2 emissions and 20 pct of total CO2 emissions. In an effort to reduce these emissions, Dow and USGBC will collectively advise two cities or communities to help in achieving LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification. Available for all building and home project types as well as cities and communities, LEED provides a framework to create highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement used in more than 167 countries.
(Source: Dow Building Solutions, PR, 17 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Dow Building Solutions, Jessica Robinson,
email@example.com, www.dow-dupont.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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ENTIC's scalable approach delivers low-cost, no-cost opportunities to realize significant utility costs savings between 10 and 20 pct. (Source: ENTIC, PR, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: ENTIC, www.entic.com; Equity Office- Willis Tower, www.equityoffice.com, www.willis tower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Entic, Energy Efficiency,
IFC -- a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group -- is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. The IFC utilizes and leverages its products and services as well as the products and services of other World Bank institutions. (Source: International Finance Corp., ABS-CBN, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: International Finance Corp., www.ifc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency, International Finance Corp,
To achieve its goal, the the plan calls for: increased use of renewable energy; district central heating schemes; encouraging the use of combined heat and power; and others.
Of all the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, Turkey has the highest growth rate of energy demand, as per government figures.
The country meets around 26 pct of its total power demand from domestic resources and is mainly dependent on imports.
The government intends to develop 30 pct of its total installed capacity by 2023 to generate 34GW of hydropower, 20GW of wind energy, 5GW of solar energy, 1.5GW of geothermal and 1GW of biomass.
(Source: Daily Sabah, OECD, 12 Jan., 2018)
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The order is in keeping with the UDD's
Energy Conservation Policy of June 2017.
(Source: Maharashtra Urban Development Department, Outlook, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact:
Maharashtra Urban Development Department, urban.maharashtra.gov.in; Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar , Managing Dir., www.eeslindia.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED LIght, Street Light, EESL, Energy Efficient Lighting,
In the new study, Does Replacing Coal with Wood Lower CO2 Emissions? Dynamic Lifecycle Analysis of Wood Bioenergy the researchers -- John Sterman, the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at MIT Sloan School of Management;Juliette Rooney-Varga, Director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative; and Lori Siegel, PhD, Senior Modeler for Climate Interactive -- examine the climate impact of replacing coal power generation in the EU and UK with wood pellets sourced from forests in the Southern US..
The researchers found that wood pellets burned in European and UK power plants, such as the Drax facility in North Yorkshire actually emit more CO2 per kilowatt hour than that generated by coal. This is because wood is both less efficient at the point of combustion and has larger processing and supply chain emissions than coal. Their research shows that using wood instead of coal in power generation increases the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, worsening climate change until -- and only if -- the harvested forests regrow.
US forests are a main source for EU wood pellet imports, which have been rising as demand has grown. These forests grow back slowly, so it takes a long time -- 40 years or more -- to repay the initial 'carbon debt' incurred by burning wood instead of coal.
The researchers also explored an increasingly common scenario in which hardwood forests harvested for bioenergy are replaced with faster-growing loblolly pine plantations. Surprisingly, replanting with fast-growing pine plantations worsens the CO2 impact of wood because managed plantations do not sequester as much carbon as natural forests.
The research found that continued growth in wood use, as many predict, will worsen climate change throughout the rest of this century, or longer. This is because the first impact of substituting wood for coal in power generation is an increase in CO2 emissions. For countries using wood bioenergy as a component of their climate policies this could take them backwards. Indeed, bioenergy from wood made up 44 pct of the EU's renewable energy production in 2015.
Critically, the analysis doesn't support continued coal use as it is the most carbon intensive fuel and a major contributor to climate change. The researchers stress energy efficiency, solar, wind and storage as the cheapest, safest, and quickest ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Access the , Does Replacing Coal with Wood Lower CO2 Emissions? Dynamic Lifecycle Analysis of Wood Bioenergy Report HERE.
(Source: MIT Sloan School of Management, Jan., 2018)
Contact: MIT Sloan School of Management, John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management, (617) 253-1557,
mitsloan.mit.edu; Climate Interactive, www.climateinteractive.org; UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative, (978) 934-4000, www.uml.edu/Research/Climate-Change
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Walmart is also moving aggressively to complete LED and controls retrofits in 100 percent of its distribution centers in the U.S., along with a new initiative to replace all other forms of overhead lighting with LED.
A first-of-its-kind startup, GE Current blends advanced energy technologies like LED and solar with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings and industrial facilities more energy efficient & productive. (Source: Walmart, PR , 16 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy, http://corporate.walmart.com; GE Current, Karen O.Neil, (857) 265-9133, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.currentbyge.com
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According to a press release from Idaho Power, Skyway's energy savings totaled 368,472 kWh for an annual savings of $38,282.91
(Source: Idaho Power, Idaho Press Tribune, 15 Jan., 2018)Contact: Idaho Power, www.idahopower.com
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A few of the facility's sustainability highlights include:
The City Council has instructed to the appropriate city agencies to identify possible actions to help the City reach its goal: accelerating the transition to electric vehicles and alternate transportation; significantly increasing trees and shade in Phoenix; improving energy efficiency of new and existing buildings; and expanding options to purchase clean energy.
Last year the city of 4,574,351 residents committed to reducing GHG emissions by 40 pctby 2025 within its own facilities and operations.
(Source: City of Phoenix, AZBig Media, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Phoenix, www.coolphoenix.com, www.phoenix.gov/sustainability
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
Engie, which has operating wind assets and projects under development in more than 20 countries, also owns and develops onshore wind and solar projects worldwide.totaling 1.77GW of installed capacity, which it aims to grow to around 3GW by 2021.
(Source: Engie, Windpower, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Engie, www.engie.com
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The project, which will be the first PACE financed project in Summit County,
will be completed by Columbus-headquartered energy services specialist Plug Smart. The PNC building is owned by Cascade Plaza Associates. (Source: Akron Beacon-Journal, 13 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Plug Smart, (800) 518-5576, www.plugsmart.com; Development Finance Authority of Summit County, (330) 762-4776, www.developmentfinanceauthority.org
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The Caribbean campus will be centered around two, five-story buildings and having a total floor space of 505,078 square feet and 537,000 square feet, respectively.
The Caribbean campus is slated for US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED gold certification and will focus on energy efficiency and minimizing water usage, including the planting of native, low-water greenery. The office interiors will feature natural daylight, while some degree of solar power and graywater recycling is expected. (Source: Google, USGBC, ProudGreenBuilding, Jan., 2018) Contact: Bjarke Ingels Group, www.big.dk; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Google, Energy Efficiency, LEED Certification, USGBC,
In 2017, the LEED Gold-certified HCC and Global Center signed on as a partner with the Cleveland 2030 District, a movement to create high-performance building districts throughout Greater Cleveland aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of building construction and operations by reducing energy consumption. (Source: HCC, Trade Show News Network, 10 Jan., 2018)Contact: 2030 Districts,
Cleveland 2030 District, www.2030districts.org/cleveland; Huntington Convention Center, (216) 428-1600, www.clevelandconventions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light, Google, Energy Efficiency, LEED Certification,
Steidle Building improvements -- which helped secure LEED Silver certification -- include: implementation of energy-efficient systems; structural improvements; extensive use of recycled materials; HVAC
LED lighting with occupancy sensors and ability to self-adjust based on natural light;
double glazed windows; increased interior and exterior wall and roof insulation insulation;
low-flow energy-efficient fume hoods and snorkels; and others.
(Source: Penn State News, Jan., 2018) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The cap-and-trade cash is part of the $1.4 billion schools received this fiscal year fora backlog of repairs and other work estimated at $15 billion. (Star: Ontario Ministry of Education, Star, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter, mitziehunter.onmpp.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade, Energy Efficiency,
The nine state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative -- Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- over the last decade has been creidted with raising close to $3 billion earmarked for clean-energy and energy efficiency programs and with cutting RGGI state carbon emissions by 30 pct. (Source: RGGI, News Tribune, Others, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI, Energy Efficiency, Energy Eff,
As noted in the report, over 345 private and public sector organizations have committed to improving their energy efficiency across their entire building portfolio by at least 20 pct within a decade.
Download the US DOE Better Buildings Progress Report HERE.
(Source: US DOE, Energy Manager, Various Media., January 9, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Better Buildings Challenge,
The program is for all long-term MEAN participants with a maximum of $2,500 per customer or owner. (Source: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, PR, Des Moines Reg., , 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, nmppenergy.org/mean/LED-lighting-program, www.nmppenergy.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Light news, Energy Efficiency Incentive news,
From 2009 to 2013, Pasadena cut GHG emissions by 9 pct from 2.05 million metric tons of CO2 to 1.9 million. Most of the reduction was the result of decreased gasoline consumption and use of more efficient electric appliances. Even so, the city's GHG emissions rose by 64 pct.
Access the City of Pasadena/Draft Pasadena Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: City of Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley Tribune,
7 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Pasadena, ww5.cityofpasadena.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,
Vidaris, Inc. is a leading energy efficiency, building envelope and engineering specialist. C2G specializes in corporate and government construction-related litigation and dispute resolution, construction advisory and related services. C2G currently operates throughout the United States and internationally, with primary offices in Southern California and Atlanta.
(Source: Vidaris, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Vidaris, Marc Weissbach, CEO, Michelle Maxwell, (212) 689-5389X168, email@example.com, www.vidaris.com; C2G, www.c2gi.com
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TAMKO's Elite Glass-Seal® 3-Tab asphalt shingles are ENERGY STAR® qualified for their ability to reflect a portion of the sun's rays, potentially lowering the amount of energy needed to cool a home. The products are also rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC).
. According to ENERGY STAR, the roof products they certify reflect more of the sun's rays and lower roof surface temperature by up to 50 degrees F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building and help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and may reduce peak cooling demand by 10-15 pct.
The Cool Roof Rating Council is a non-profit educational organization that implements and communicates accurate radiative energy performance rating systems for roof surfaces, supports research, and serves as an educational resource for information on roofing.
(Source: TAMKO Building Products, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: TAMKO, Ron Cook, (800) 641-4691 ext. 2245, www.tamko.com; Cool Roof Rating Council, www.coolroofs.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
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The two energy efficiency project include: an LED lighting system of about 3,800 new high performance lighting points that is expected to save more than 1.1 GWh/year on behalf of a cement factory in Sicily. The sale price was €480,000. The second project, an historic building energy efficiency renovation, includes new insulation, windows replacement, installation of an air conditioning system, a new LED lighting system, an access control system and Building Management System (BMS0, sold for &eur;1.7 million.
TerniEnergia was established in September 2005 as part of Italeaf Group, is the first Italian smart energy company committed to worldwide integrated and sustainable energy solutions. TerniEnergia, also through its subsidiaries -- Softeco Sismat, Selesoft Consulting, Greenled Industry,GreenAsm, Wisave, Ant Energy -- is active in smart grid, renewable energy, energy efficiency, distributed power generation and carbon emissions reduction projects.(Source: ITALEAF SpA, Website PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: ITALEAF, Filippo Calisti
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.italeaf.com; TerniEnergia, www.ternienergia.com; Genera SpA, +39 0744 742310 - 0744 1921760, , www.generaspa.it
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The program was previously expanded to include a building energy performance -- benchmarking -- rating system as a means to track such performances with its free online Portfolio Manager tool. Benchmarking is determined by comparing buildings nationwide comprised of the same primary use, and data comes from the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey.
More than 450,000 commercial buildings are presently benchmarked with ENERGY STAR which helped Americans save $34 billion in energy costs in 2015, while costing only $57 million a year to run.
A recent survey on ENERGY STAR found strong nonpartisan support from industry groups:
The companies look to address lighting retrofit opportunities, installing Revolution Lighting's high performance LED solutions to reduce lighting energy use by more than 65 pct while increasing light output.
Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. desigsn, manufactures, markets and sell LED lighting solutions to industrial, commercial and government markets in the United States, Canada, and internationally. (Source: GB Energie LED, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc., www.rvlti.com; GB Energie LED, Dr. Gloria B. Herndon, Pres., CEO, (301) 526-1749, https://gbgroupglobal.com; POWTEC Solutions, Felix McGowan, Business Development Manager, www.powtecsolutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Lighting, Energy Efficient Lighting, Energy Efficiency,
Fayetteville's climate and energy
Action Plan aims to convert all government operations to clean energy by 2030 and achieve 100 pct community-wide renewable energy by 2050.
The plan outlines strategies and ways the City can increase energy efficiency, transition to cleaner fuel sources, improve public health outcomes, build more resilient local businesses, and more.
(Source: City of Fayetteville, Innovators, 3 Jan., 2017)Contact: City of Fayetteville, www.fayetteville-ar.gov
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Through innovation in water heating, an insulated slab, attic insulation, the HVAC and solid, panelized wall systems, the house uses a consistent amount of energy throughout the day.
Meritage Homes also partnered with Duke Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to design a way to monitor the home and understand the energy use. According to EPRI, a home with the same square footage as the reNEWable Living Home would use 23,910 kWh annually. By using the DOE BeOpt software, the advances of the reNEWable Living Home reduce that by 30 pct to only 16,887 kWh per year.
This 30 pct deduction was captured with 100 pct LED lighting, using a heat pump water heater, insulating the slab at an R10 value, using R30 closed cell spray foam insulation in the roof, installing a SEER 18, 9.3 HSPF HVAC system and using the HercuWAll ICF 4-inch solid panelized wall system.
(Source: Meritage Homes, Builder, 4 Jan., 2018)Contact: Meritage Homes, www.meritagehomes.com; EPRI, www.epri.com; Duke Energy Carolinas, (704) 594-6200, www.duke-energy.com
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The EU support opens access to non-repayable donor assistance to finance energy efficiency activities carried out by condominiums, according to the rules of the Energy Efficiency Fund. In addition,
Ukraine's state budget foresees nearly UAH 2 billion ($70.808 million -- 1 UHA = $o.28 US) to finance the fund in 2018, including UAH 400 million to be used for "warm loans" and UAH 1.6 billion for large-scale energy modernization projects.
(Source: EU, Ukrinform, 7 Jan., 2018)
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The Albertan levy is charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gases when combusted. The rate is based on the amount of carbon pollution released by the fuel when it is combusted.
The Government said that revenue from the levy will continue to be invested in the province, through green infrastructure, energy efficiency, renewable energy, bioenergy, and innovation.
The Government estimates that 60 pct of households will receive a full or partial carbon levy rebate in 2018. (Source:(Source: Alberta Environment Minister, Various Media, CBC News, 10 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773, http://aep.alberta.ca/about-us/ministers-office/default.aspx
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The $20 billion mixed-use property sustainability and energy efficiency features include: 1.2 MW of gas-fired micro turbines that generate power and hot and chilled water twice as efficiently as traditional systems; storm water retention tank that harvests rainwater for irrigating the property’s terrace landscaping; 100 pct raised flooring for improved temperature control and cleaner air; an operation and energy control center that coordinates building performance, and other features. (Source: USGBC, Commercial Property Exec., 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: 10 Hudson Yards, Related Hudson Yards LLC,
L. Jay Cross, Pres., 212-801-1000, www.relatedusa.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council, LEED Platinum,
Under RGGI, New Hampshire and nine other states take part in a market-based program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, The emissions are capped but companies can purchase allowances at state-run auctions, the proceeds from which can be spent as states see fit. New Hampshire uses 15 to 20 pct of the money to fund energy-efficient and energy efficiency projects as determined by the Public Utilities Commission.
House Bill 592, which would direct all money raised at RGGI auctions directly back to ratepayers and end investments in local and municipal clean energy initiatives, is being opposed by the League of Conservation Voters on the grounds that RGGI is intended to reduce carbon emissions in power plants.
Participating RGGI states include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. To date, the RGGI auctions have raised $2.7 billion that is earmarked for clean-energy and energy efficiency programs.
(Source: Various Media, Concord Monitor, 3 Jan., 2018)
Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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The Target provides real-time operational monitoring and analytics with cloud-based solutions and detailed asset management analytics. The company's technology is currently installed in more than 120 buildings spanning over 12 million square-feet.
Kontrol Energy Corp. is a leader in energy efficiency solutions and technology. Through a disciplined mergers and acquisition strategy, combined with organic growth, Kontrol Energy Corp. provides market-based energy solutions to our customers designed to reduce their overall cost of energy while providing a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions., according to the company's website.
(Source: Kontrol Energy Corp, PR, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Kontrol., Paul Ghezzi, CEO, (905) 766-0400, email@example.com; www.kontrolenergy.com
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The company installed its high-capacity energy efficiency and energy storage system intelligent building system (IBS) along with photovoltaics (PV) and smart meters, lighting and heating occupancy detectors, electric blinds controlling natural light and light emitting diodes, which are controlled by BEMS in its R&D headquarters and realized a 70 pct cost savings, according to the company.
LSIS's energy efficiency system analyzes a building's overall electronics, energy consumption and variable energy spending patterns according to the use of renewable energy sources, weather and time. (Source: LS Industrial Systems , Korea Times, 28 Dec., 2017)
Contact: LS Industrial Systems , (224) 352-2265 -- US Office, www.lsis.com
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The EC requested each member state to produce and submit a draft integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate covering the period 2021-2030, with binding commitments on carbon emissions reduction, adoption of renewables and energy efficiency. Following review and inclusion of additional measures that may be requested by the EC, the binding plan should be submitted by January 1, 2019. In order to meet the goals of the EU energy roadmaps for 2030 and 2050, national plans are to be updated every five years, with the first update by January 1, 2024, with integrated national energy and climate progress reports to be submitted every two years.
National plans are required to demonstrate how they will contribute to achieving the EU targets of a 40 pct reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 in comparison to 1990, and achieving 27 pct renewable energy mix and a 27 pct increase in overall energy efficiency.
(Source: EU, Cyprus Mail Online, 30 Dec., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Paris, GHGs Climate Agreement, Renerable Energy, Energy Efficiency,
While Bend's total energy consumption rose in conjunction with the city's rapid growth, energy use per household fell by 1.8 pct during the challenge period when
more than 3,200 homes in Bend installed a total of 46,839 energy-saving LED light bulbs with help from the Energy Challenge.
(Source: City of Bend, Bend Bulletin, 26 Dec., 2017)
Contact: City of Bend, Gillian Ockner, Senior Policy Analyst, (541) 388-5505, www.bendoregon.gov; Georgetown University Energy Prize, https://guep.org
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The designation qualifies the town for an initial $137,250 in grant funding and for future grants to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The funds support energy reduction projects that should save the town and taxpayers money.
Wellesley's first grant application will include an exterior LED lighting project and an audit of the Town's water and wastewater treatment equipment and operations.
Almost half of the municipalities in Massachusetts have earned a Green Communities designation.
(Source: Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee, Swellsley, 30 Dec., 2017) Contact: City of Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee, (781) 431-1019 x2229, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wellesleyma.gov; Mass. DER Green Communities, www.mass.gov/orgs/green-communities-division
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The SLS LEEP program is offered in partnership with Innovest Energy Group, one of the largest commercial financing companies in the USA.
(Source: Innovest Energy Group, PR,
Contact: Innovest Global Group, Dan Martin, CEO, email@example.com, www.innovestglobal.com;
Spotlight Growth, www.SpotlightGrowth.com;
Shepherd Lighting Solutions, www.shepardlighting.com
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The JRC Energy efficiency and GHG emissions: Prospective Scenarios for the Chemical and Petrochemical Industry study suggests innovative energy technologies that it claims can significantly cut GHG carbon emissions without hindering the sector's growth. The inference is built on a model reckoning for fuel prices, GHG remittance and the payback period of technologies such as combined heat and power (CHP) and carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The JRC study establishes 26 key chemical products gauging for 75 pct of the industry's aggregate energy utilization and for a major part of its GHG emissions. Source: EU Joint Research Center, Chemicals News, 2 Jan., 2017)Contact:
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In addition to the LED conversion project, the facility participates in several other sustainability initiatives including hosting a rooftop solar generating power plant that produces enough energy to power 12-14 homes annually.
Source: PCC, Trade Show News Network, 2 Jan., 2017) Contact: APS, David Werth, Energy Efficiency Programs Manager, www.aps.com
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The directive acknowledges construction in seven Southern Europe countries -- Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain -- have subtle construction and climate differences that make it difficult to directly compare nZEB regulations and programs.
The directive also recognizes sociological and technological barriers hampering the retrofitting of existing buildings or development of new nZEBs. The directive also notes "the poor training of practically all the players, starting with the administration, including construction workers, and going right up to citizens, constitutes a huge human chain in which there is still a lack of understanding about what nZEBs are and how to achieve them." (Source: University of the Basque Country, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: University of the Basque Country, Juan María Hidalgo, Study Co-author,
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