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New Jersey Senate Advances RGGI Participation (Reg & Leg)
RGGI
Date: 2018-01-24
Further to our January 12 coverage, the Garden State legislature is preparing to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) carbon emissions cap-and-trade program. To that end, the NJ Senate Environment and Energy Committee has advanced legislation requiring the state's participation in the RGGI program and apply all revenues from the program to clean energy projects. Former Gov. Chris Christie pulled the state from the program in 2012 on the grounds that it was "ineffective in reducing greenhouse gases and increase energy costs for businesses and consumers."

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,  


R.I. Env. Council Promoting Carbon Tax Legislation (Reg & Leg)
the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI)
Date: 2018-01-24
In Providence, the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) is calling for the 2018 state legislature to implement a carbon tax on all fossil fuels burned, stored or produced in the state.

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,  


Magnetic Liquids Windows Up Energy Efficiency (New Prod & Tech)
Friedrich Schiller University
Date: 2018-01-24
In Germany, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, reports it is researching and developing energy efficient Large-Area Fluidic Windows (LaWin). In a prototype window, the liquid is loaded with nanoscale iron particles which can be extracted from the liquid with a magnet. The number of iron particles in the liquid will determine its colour in a grey to black spectrum.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


ConEdison Doubles Energy Savings Rebate Incentives (Ind. Report)
Legend Power Systems
Date: 2018-01-24
Vancouver-based voltage reduction and optimization technology specialist Legend Power Systems Inc. reports that NYC power utility Con Edison has increased its financial incentives for energy saving technologies, including Legend's proprietary Harmonizer system.

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, rbuchamer@legendpower.com, www.legendpower.com

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


Victoria Ready for New B.C. Energy Step Code (Ind. Report)
City of Victoria,BC Building Code
Date: 2018-01-22
In British Columbia, the City of Victoria reports it is initiating the implementation of the new B.C. Energy Step Code. In a move being criticized as premature at best, Victoria is taking initial moves to implement the new B.C. Energy Step Code, an amendment to the 2017 B.C. Building Code that establishes performance-based energy efficiency requirements for new residential and commercial construction. The plan's ultimate goal is that all new buildings will be "net-zero energy ready" -- wind or solar -- by 2032.

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.

Download the Step Code HERE. (Source: City of Victoria, Times Colonist, 21 Jan., 2018)Contact: City of Victoria, www.victoria.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Atlanta Plans 100 pct Clean Energy by 2035 (Ind. Report)
Greenlink Group
Date: 2018-01-22
The city of Atlanta reports it plans to phase out all coal, natural gas and nuclear power generated electric power by 2035. Not just for city operations, but for everything and everyone within the city limits.

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

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


St. Louis Adopting PACE Energy Efficiency Funding (Ind. Report)
PACE HERO,Missouri Clean Energy District
Date: 2018-01-22
In the Show Me State, over 415,000 St. Louis area homeowners now have access to the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO)Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing mechanism that allows property owners to make energy-efficiency and renewable-energy improvements and pay for them over time through their property taxes.

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, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  HERO,  PACE Energy Efficiency,  


Lakewood Ohio Scores NOPEC Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council
Date: 2018-01-22
The City of Lakewood, Ohio, reports receipt of $216,000 in 2018 Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) Energized Community Grant funding.

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

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


Social Energy Partners, Zoetic Energy Disclose Partnership Agreement (Ind. Report)
Social Energy Partners, Zoetic Energy
Date: 2018-01-22
Fort Lee, New Jersey-headquartered turnkey intelligent building technology (IBT) solutions specialist Social Energy Partners (SEP) reports it is partnering with UK-based Zoetic Energy to promote and deliver SEP's Intelligent Building Technology as-a-Service (IBTaaS) platform solutions to Zoetic's target markets.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Intelligent Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management ,  


Dow, USGBC Collaborate on Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Dow Building Solutions
Date: 2018-01-19
Midland, Michigan-based Dow Building Solutions reports it is collaborating with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver solutions that contribute to building more sustainable communities and cities. The goal of the collaboration is to measurably reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through improved energy efficiency in buildings.

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, (989) 638-8066, jessica.robinson@dow.com, www.dow-dupont.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dow Building Solutions,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


ENTIC to Raise Chicago Skyscraper Building Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Entic
Date: 2018-01-19
Fort Lauderdale-based smart building and energy efficiency specialist ENTIC Inc. reports it has been selected by Chicago's Willis Tower -- formerly known as the Sear's Tower -- to deliver increased operational efficiency and utility savings to the iconic 110-story skyscraper. This deal, which is part of a $500 million transformation of the tower, marks the eighth engagement between Entic and Equity Office, bringing ENTIC's enterprise-wide solution to more than 11 million square feet of the company's global portfolio.

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,  


Manila, IFC Creating Philippines' Green Building Code (Int'l)
International Finance Corp
Date: 2018-01-19
In Manila, the government od the Philippines and the International Finance Corp (IFC) report they have partnered to create the country's first "green building" code to help private firms reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut electric power consumption by 3.9 million KWh, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.87 million metric tpy for a projected savings of $864 million. About one-third of electricity demand in the Philippines comes from buildings.

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,  


Turkey Touts $11Bn NEEAP Energy Efficiency Plan (Int'l Report)
Turkey
Date: 2018-01-17
In Ankara, the Turkish government is touting its National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) under which it intends to invest $11 billion to cut primary energy consumption by 14 pct. NEEAP is supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


LED Street lighting Mandated in India (Int'l Report)
LED Street Light
Date: 2018-01-17
In Mumbai, the Indian state of Maharashtra Urban Development Department (UDD) reports it has ordered the state's 28,691 civic bodies -- 27 municipal corporations and 235 municipal councils -- to switch to and use only energy efficient LED bulbs for street lighting. The order also calls for all LED street light purchases and installation to be completed through the Central Government owned subsidiary Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL's) Escrow account.

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,  


Does Replacing Coal with Wood Lower CO2 Emissions? -- MIT Report Attached (Ind. Report)
UMass Lowell, MIT
Date: 2018-01-17
New research from researchers at MIT, Climate Interactive, and UMass Lowell has found that that displacing coal with wood for power generation can make climate change worse for many decades or more.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  


1.5Mn LED Fixtures Installed in Walmart Global Fleet (Ind. Report)
Walmart,General Electric
Date: 2018-01-17
American discount retail juggernaut Walmart is reporting that as a result of its extensive LED lighting program with Current, powered by GE, it has over the past decade installed over 1.5 million energy efficient LED fixtures across more than 6,000 stores, parking lots, distribution centers and corporate offices in ten countries. According to Walmart, the LED initiative has reduced lighting energy consumption and cut power costs by more than $100 million.

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, karen.oneil@ge.com, www.currentbyge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Walmart,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Lighting,  


Idaho School Wins $75K Energy Efficiency Incentive (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2018-01-17
Idaho Power reports it has awarded $74,338.85 in incentives to the new Skyway Elementary School. The funds came through Idaho Power's New Construction Program, which offers cash to commercial and industrial entities to help ease the cost of building with energy efficiency in mind. Things the district, architects and builders added to increase energy efficiency in the building include, but are not limited to, high performance heating and cooling units, a reflective roof treatment and efficient exit signs.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Idaho Power,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


Virginia Environmental Center LEED Platinum Certified (Ind. Report)
Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) Environmental Center
Date: 2018-01-17
In the Old Dominion State, Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) Environmental Center reports receipt of the US Green Building Council's LEED Platinum Certification for new construction energy efficiency. The center is the first building in the city of Alexandria and Fairfax County to achieve LEED Platinum.

A few of the facility's sustainability highlights include:

  • 13 pct of the building's total energy use comes from renewable energy sources;
  • 24 pct of its construction products were derived from recycled materials; and
  • 36 pct reduction in potable water use. (Source: Alexandria Renew Enterprises Environmental Center, USGBC, ProudGreen Building, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: AlexRenew, Karen Pallansch, CEO, (703) 549-3381, https://alexrenew.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Platinum,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Phoenix Pegs GHG Emissions Reduction Goal at 30 pct (Ind. Report)
    City of Phoenix
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In the sunny Southwest, Phoenix City Council is reporting approval of a new goal to reduce citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 pct below 2012 levels by 2025. The 30 pct reduction target keeps Phoenix on track to achieve its 2016 commitment to a 80 pct GHG reduction by 2050 -- a goal that allows the city to exceed the requirements of the Paris Climate Accord to which the city remains committed.

    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,  


    Green Bond to Fund Engie Renewables Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Engie
    Date: 2018-01-15
    French utility Engie reports it has issued a green hybrid bond to fund renewable energy or energy efficiency projects, as well as related R&D projects. The €1 billion bond, with an interest rate of 1.375 pct, cannot be called until April 2023, the utility stated. As a subordinated perpetual bond, it would continually pay interest until redeemed. It is intended to replace two other bonds: one worth €600 million and another worth €300 million. The bond has been rated Baa1, BBB and BBB+ from Moody's, S&P and Fitch respectively.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie,  Renewable Energy,  Green Bond,  


    Akron Office Tower County's First PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
    Development Finance Authority of Summit County,PACE
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In Akron, Ohio, the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, formerly known as the Summit County Port Authority, reports it will issue $8.5 million in property-assessed clean energy (PACE) bonds to cover the cost of extensive energy efficiency upgrades to the PNC Bank building in central Akron. The bond sales will be repaid over the next 18 years at an average rate of about $477,000 annually attached to the skyscraper's property tax bill.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Enewrgy Efficiency,  Plug Smart,  


    Google Touts Energy Efficient Calif. Campus Plans (Ind. Report)
    Google,USGBC
    Date: 2018-01-15
    The U.S. tech juggernaut GOOGLE reports the selection of the Copenhagen, London and New York based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) of architects, designers, and builders for its sprawling new "Caribbean" campus in Sunnyvale, California. BIG previously designed GOOGLE'S Charleston East and London facilities.

    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,  


    Cleveland Convention Center Ups Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Huntington Convention Center
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In the "Best Location in the Nation", Cleveland's Huntington Convention Center (HCC) reports last years LED lighting energy efficiency project replacement of metal-halide light bulbs with LED technology bulbs has significantly reduced the facility's power usage and maintenance without a loss of illumination. The LED bulb replacement project also qualified for a 24-month energy rebate program through local utility companies.

    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,  


    Penn State Landmark Awarded LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    US GBC
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In University Park, Penn State University reports it recently renovated iconic Steidle Building has earned US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification. The building as designed and constructed by renowned U.S. architect Charles Klauder in 1929.

    Steidle Building improvements -- which helped secure LEED Silver certification -- include: implementation of energy-efficient systems; structural improvements; extensive use of recycled materials; HVAC occupancy sensors; 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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ontario Earmarks $200Mn for School Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2018-01-15
    More than 600 schools in the Canadian Province of Ontario are expected to share $200 million in proceeds from the provincial cap-and-trade program. The funds are earmarked for school energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installation province wide. energy efficient.

    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,  


    NH Opts for Energy Efficiency Funding Over Rebates (Ind. Report)
    RGGI
    Date: 2018-01-12
    In Concord, the News Tribune is reporting New Hampshire legislators have given preliminary approved to HOuse Bill 592. The bill redirects about $6 per year per individual rate payers from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program to fund energy efficiency and weatherization programs for municipalities, schools and low-income residents.

    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,  


    Better Buildings Challenge Participant Progress Reported – Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Better Buildings CHallenge
    Date: 2018-01-12
    According to the attached US DOE Better Buildings Progress Report, energy saving initiatives and programs by hundreds of organizations have resulted in a combined 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.

    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,  


    Neb. Businesses Offered Efficient Lighting Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska
    Date: 2018-01-12
    The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) reports that businesses connected to municipal utilities in Carlisle and Indianola are eligible to receive cash incentives for installing high efficiency lighting. The MEAN LED lighting program, which includes incentives paid directly to commercial customers to help cover the cost of lighting upgrades and replacements includes: indoor high/low bay lighting; LED EXIT signs; linear replacement or retrofit lighting; fluorescent freezer or refrigerator case lighting; incandescent replacement (150 watts or less), and customized requests.

    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,  


    Pasadena Plans 83 pct Cut in Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Pasadena
    Date: 2018-01-10
    In the Golden State, the city of Pasadena is touting its new 2018 Climate Action Plan loosely outlining 27 broad measures, many of which offer rebates and incentives. The state mandated $100,000 plan admonishes Pasedeneans to:
  • Drive less to help reduce fossil fuel related emissions;
  • Plant shade trees to help save energy, clean the air, and help to sequester GHG emissions. Tree planting qualifies for a per-tree planted rebate under the PWP's Shade Trees Rebate program;
  • Purchase an electric vehicle (EV) to help reduce fossil-fuel related emissions. The PWP offers incentives and rebates for EV purchases;
  • Switch to energy efficient home appliances. PWP rebates available for dishwashers, washers, toilets, and refrigerators;
  • Switch to LED Energy Efficient lighting to energy use for lighting by up to 75 pct;
  • Home energy efficiency upgrades -- PWP offers programs and rebates available for income-qualified customers to help lower bill payments and provide free or low-cost upgrades for water and energy home appliances;
  • Track energy and water usage -- Compare energy and water use with similarly sized homes to see how you can make your home more efficient;
  • Recycle inefficient refrigerators with PWP rebate program.

    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

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  • Vidaris Affiliate Snares C2G International (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Vidaris Inc.,C2G International
    Date: 2018-01-10
    NEW YORK, Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vidaris affiliate, IBA Holdings, LLC, announced today that it has acquired C2G International (C2G).

    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, mmaxwell@vidaris.com, www.vidaris.com; C2G, www.c2gi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vidaris,  Energy Efficiency,  C2G International ,  


    TAMKO Touts Energy Rated Asphalt Shingles (New Prod & Tech)
    TAMKO,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Joplin, Missouri-headquartered roofing products manufacturer TAMKO Building Products, Inc. reports it has combined the reflectivity of 'cool' roofing with the affordability of asphalt shingles for optimum cost and energy efficiency.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  


    TerniEnergia Closes on Energy Efficiency Projects Sales (Intl, M&A)
    TerniEnergia,Italeaf,Genera SpA
    Date: 2018-01-10
    TerniEnergia, part of the Italeaf Group, reports it has finalized the sale of two Italian energy efficiency projects to Genera SpA, a 51 pct subsidiary of Genera Group Holdings B. V. and 49 pct owned by the IKAV Investments fund, an active investor in the energy efficiency sector.

    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 CFO , calisti@italeaf.com, www.italeaf.com; TerniEnergia, www.ternienergia.com; Genera SpA, +39 0744 742310 - 0744 1921760, , www.generaspa.it

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TerniEnergia,  LED Light,  Smart Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  


    DOE ENERGY STAR Program "Indispensable" (Ind. Report)
    EPA ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Although recently threatened by the Trump administration with massive funding cuts if not closure, the EPA's Energy Star program has been influential in advancing energy efficiency within the built environment.

    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:

  • 78 pct of respondents would be concerned if Energy Star funding was reduced/removed;
  • 75 pct were unfamiliar with other benchmarking tools aside from the ENERGY STAR program;
  • 64 pct reported Portfolio Manager usage;
  • 61 pct were required to benchmark their facility/portfolio's consumption.
  • a reduction or loss of ENERGY STAR funding may result in detrimental consequences. (Source: Colorado Real Estate Journal, EPA, Property Management Quarterly, Jan., 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  EPA Energy Star,  


  • GB Energie, POWTEC Provide LED Solutions for Fed. Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    GB Energie, POWTEC
    Date: 2018-01-10
    In the nation's capital, GB Energie LED, a minority, woman-owned sustainable energy solutions specialist, reports it is partnering with Alaska-based IT solutions provider POWTEC Solutions LLC, to address federal, state, and local governments and tribal entity energy efficiency opportunities, including the replacement of existing lighting with Revolution Lighting Technologies high efficiency LED lighting solutions.

    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 Joins Shift to 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    City of Fayetteville
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In Arkasas, the City of Fayetteville (pop. 84,000 +-) reports it has committed to shifting to 100 pct renewable energy, making it the first city in the state and the 54th city in America to make the commitment. Other cities include Santa Barbara, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego and others.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  100 pct Renewable Energy,  


    Meritage reNEWable Living Home Redefine Energy Use (Ind. Report)
    Meritage Homes,Duke Energy,EPRI
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Creating a net zero home that redefines how utilities work is amazing. That's exactly what Scottsdale, Arizona-headquartered Meritage Homes is touting its reNEWable Living Home, a 2018 BUILDER Concept project engineered and designed to use and cut energy consumption energy in a completely different way.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meritage Homes,  Energy Efficiency,  Net Zero,  Duke Energy,  EPRI,  


    Ukraine Energy Efficiency Fund Scores €50Ml Support (Int'l)
    EU,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-01-08
    The Ukranian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities is reporting the EU has committed €50 million to support aa new Ukraine Energy Efficiency Fund, beginning this year. The EU will also provide technical assistance for the launch of the fund.

    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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    Alberta Carbon Tax Jumps $10 (Ind. Report)
    Alberta Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-01-05
    On the Canadian Prairies, oil soaked Alberta's carbon tax has increased from $20-Cdn per tonne of CO2 emissions to $30-Cdn, effective January 1, 2018. Alberta's carbon levy entered into force on January 1, 2017, at an initial rate of $20-Cdn per tonne of CO2 emissions. A $10 increase scheduled for January 1, 2018, has now entered into effect.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Carbon Tax,  


    Edmonton NHL Arena Scores Canadian LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-01-05
    On the Canadian Prairies, the city of Edmonton's Rogers Place arena reports it has recently became the first National Hockey League (NHL) facility in Canada to achieve Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) LEED Silver certification. The Rogers Place and its adjacent facilities were designed and constructed to meet LEED Silver energy efficiency certification including developmental density, community connectivity, and alternative transportation. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, ProudGreenBuilding, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


    NYC 10 Hudson Yards Awarded LEED Platinum Status (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-01-05
    In the Big Apple, the largest private real estate development in U.S. history, Oxford Properties Group's 18 million-square-foot, 52-story, 10 Hudson Yards project in Manhattan, is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council's highest rating for sustainable buildings -- Platinum Certification.

    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,  


    NH Legislation Would Divert RGGI Funds (Reg & Leg)
    RGGI
    Date: 2018-01-05
    In Concorde, the New Hampshire legislature is considering HB 592 which would change the way money raised through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auctions is allocated. If passed, the bill would re-divert profits from New Hampshire's (RGGI) back to ratepayers is drawing opposition from environmentalists, who say it would undercut investment in clean energy programs in the state.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Kontrol Acquiring Energy Analytic Specialist (M&A)
    Kontrol Energy,The Target
    Date: 2018-01-05
    Vaughn, Ontario-based energy efficiency solutions and technology provider Kontrol Energy Corporation reports it has entered into a letter of intent to acquire energy analytics and management software specialist, The Target. The transaction will be structured as an asset purchase valued at $1 million, subject to closing adjustments.

    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, paul@kontrolenergy.com; www.kontrolenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kontrol Energy ,  Energy Management,  Energy Analytic,  


    LSIS Big Data Analysis Improves Building Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    LS Industrial Systems
    Date: 2018-01-03
    South Korea-based electric power systems provider LS Industrial Systems Co Ltd (LSIS) reports it has begun "commercializing" its smart energy system. The system optimizes the use of energy with artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and cuts electric power costs.

    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

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


    Cyprus Missing Paris Climate Accord, EU Energy Plan (Int'l)
    Cyprus
    Date: 2018-01-03
    In Nicosia, the Cyprus Mail Online reports that despite the Cypriot government's claim that it has a national energy plan to help cut carbon emissions and fight climate change, "Cyprus is at an initial preparatory stage regarding the development of an integrated national energy and climate plan for the years the years 2021 to 2030, and no targets are set yet beyond 2020." The European Commission (EC) expected a draft energy and climate action plan to be submitted by Cyprus, and other EU member states, to be submitted before the end of 2017.

    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,  


    Bend Realizes Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
    Bend Oregon,Georgetown University Energy Prize Challenge
    Date: 2018-01-03
    The city of Bend, Oregon, which ranked 17th out of 49 cities during its two-year participation in the 2015-16 Georgetown University Energy Prize Challenge, reports the city saved enough electricity to power 2,188 Oregon homes for a year and a total of $30,000 in power costs while the city government cut its energy consumption by 11.5 pct.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Georgetown University Energy Prize Challenge,  


    Wellesley Mass, Wins Green Communities Certification (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
    Date: 2018-01-03
    In the Bay State, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Division reports the town of Wellesley (pop. 28,000 +-) has been designated a Green Community.

    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, mmartello@wellesleyma.gov, www.wellesleyma.gov; Mass. DER Green Communities, www.mass.gov/orgs/green-communities-division

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Green Financing Option Positions Innovest Energy Group for Sales Growth (Ind. Report)
    Innovest,Shepherd Lighting Solutions
    Date: 2018-01-03
    Cleveland-headquartered Innovest Global Inc. is reporting the availability of Shepherd Lighting Solutions' (SLS) Lighting Energy Efficiency Program (LEEP) proprietary financing tool to convert indoor and outdoor lighting to LED technology. The program results in savings up to 75 pct annually on lighting costs.

    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, info@innovestglobal.com, www.innovestglobal.com; Spotlight Growth, www.SpotlightGrowth.com; Shepherd Lighting Solutions, www.shepardlighting.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innovest,  Energy Efficient Light,  Shepherd Lighting Solutions,  


    EU Chemical Industry Cuts GHG 36 pct by 2050, says EU JRC (Int'l)
    EU Joint Research Center
    Date: 2018-01-03
    According to a European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC) study on the EU chemical and petrochemical industry's capacity to achieve the EU climate targets, the the sector can cut its greenhouse gas emission by 36 pct bt 2050.

    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: EU Joint Research Center, https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/joint-research-centre_en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Joint Research Center,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Energy Efficiency Earns Phoenix Convention Center $175,000 Rebate (Ind. Report)
    Arizona Public Service
    Date: 2018-01-03
    In Arizona, the 900,000 square-foot Phoenix Convention Center (PCC) reports its recently completed energy efficiency upgrade program and participation in Arizona Public Service's (APS) Solutions for Business energy rebate program, resulted in more than $175,000 in rebates for the LEED-silver certified facility. The PCC energy efficiency upgrades included an upgrading to energy efficient LED lighting technology which earned the APS rebate.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Public Service,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


    EU Zero Energy Building Directive Acknowledges Challenges (Int'l)
    EU
    Date: 2017-12-22
    According to researchers at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, EU Directive 31/2010 requires all EU countries to improve the energy efficiency of all buildings, either by constructing new nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEBs) that consume the minimum of energy or retrofitting existing buildings to nZEB standards. Under the directive, all public buildings must be nZEBs as from 1 January, 2019, and by 1 January 2021, all new buildings must be nZEBs.

    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, +34 946 01 20 00, www.ehu.eus/es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero-Energy Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

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