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B.C. Building Performance Benchmarking Pilot Launched (Ind. Report)
Open Green Building Society
Date: 2020-05-11
In British Columbia, more than 50 commercial real estate owners and managers have agreed to voluntarily measure, report and disclose their buildings' energy use and greenhouse gas gas emissions with Building Benchmark BC, an initiative of the Open Green Building Society. The initiative is funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and BC Hydro with support from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.

The program is using Energy Star Portfolio Manager software which allows building owners to input and retrieve as well as software developed by OPEN Technologies that is able to compare and visualize the data.

Participants in the program which launched in Jan. include the City of North Vancouver, City of Victoria, District of Saanich and Township of Langley, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Metro Vancouver. (Source: Open Green Building Society, Construct Connect, May, 2020)Contact: Open Green Building Society, David Ramslie, Dir., info@opentech.eco, www.opentech.eco; Building Benchmarks BC, www.BuildingBenchmarkBC.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Building Energy Performance,  Energy Benchmark,  


Lockheed Martin ENERGY STAR® Partner Award Winner (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR,Lockheed Martin
Date: 2020-04-27
Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered defense contractor Lockheed Martin is for the second consecutive year being recognized as a 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. In 2019, the company saved enough energy to offset one year's worth of employee commutes and business travel, according to Lockheed Martin.

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through superior energy efficiency. (Source: Lockheed Martin, ENERGY STAR,April, 2020) Contact: Lockheed Martin, Carol B. Cala. VP Environment, Safety and Health, (202) 740-5997, carol.b.cala@lockheedmartin.com, www.lockheedmartin.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


Appalachian Power 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner Recipient (Ind. Report)
Appalachian Power,American Electric Power
Date: 2020-04-24
In the Old Dominion State, Roanoke-based Appalachian Power Co., a unit of Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP), reports receipt of the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its leadership in energy efficiency and the ENERGY STAR program. Appalachian started offering energy efficiency programs in 2011.

The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award recognizes ENERGY STAR partner businesses and organizations in good standing that demonstrate superior leadership, innovation and commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR. (Source: Appalachian Power, Smith Mountain Eagle, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Appalachian Power, Kelly Marlowe, Energy Efficiency Coordinator, www.appalachianpower.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Appalachian Power,  ENERGY STAR,  American Electric Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


NYSERDA Earns 15th ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA, ENERGY STAR
Date: 2020-04-22
In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) reports it has been awarded the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award for the 15th consecutive year by the U.S. DOE and the EPA. NYSERDA is being recognized for demonstrating commitment and dedication to leadership in energy efficiency and the Energy Star program.

The U.S. DOE and EPA recognized NYSERDA's Home Performance with ENERGY program, including its low-income EmPower New York (EmPower) component serving households with incomes at or below 60 pct of the State Median Income. The NYSERDA programs offer low-cost financing, no-cost or reduced energy assessments incentives for completed energy efficiency improvements.Since 2001, over 250,000 homeowners and renters have participated, reducing their energy costs and increasing comfort of their homes.

This award demonstrates NYSERDA's continued efforts to advance Governor Cuomo's (D) New Efficiency: New York 2025 energy efficiency target to reduce energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs below forecasted energy use in 2025 -- a level of savings equivalent to fueling and powering over 1.8 million New York homes. (Source: NYSERDA, NYREJ, 21 April, 2020) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


Boston Properties 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR,Boston Properties
Date: 2020-04-15
The largest publicly-traded developer, owner and manager of Class A office properties in the U.S., Boston Properties, Inc. has been selected as an EPA 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.

The Company has reduced the energy use intensity of its actively-managed office buildings 27 pct and aims to reduce energy use intensity 32 pct by 2025. (Source: Boston Properties, PR, 13 April, 2020) Contact: Boston Properteis, Doug Linde, President, Laura Sesody VP, Corporate Marketing & Communication, lmarchisi@bxp.com, www.bxp.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® Recognized (Ind. Report)
Baltimore Gas and Electric,ENERGY STAR
Date: 2020-04-15
0 Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) reports its BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® has been recognized by the DOE ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award.

The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® features a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficiency programs to help customers reduce energy demand and usage in support of EmPOWER Maryland which is funded by a charge on customers' energy bill.

BGE customers are expected to save more than $5.3 billion as a result of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® and have reduced their electricity use by 4.6 billion kilowatt hours since 2008. (Source: BGE, M2 Communications, MarketScreener, 14 April, 2020) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; BGE, Laurie Duhan, Energy Efficiency Manager,www.BGESmartEnergy.com; EmPOWER Maryland, www.bgesmartenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Baltimore Gas and Electric,  BGE,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ricoh Earns ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award (Ind Report)
ENERGY STAR
Date: 2020-04-06
Malvern, Penna.-based imaging equipment specialist Ricoh USA, Inc. is reporting receipt of the 2020 ENERGY STARĀ® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year.

The ENERGY STAR® award recognizes Ricoh's work to foster environmental sustainability in its operations and promoting sustainability and energy efficiency to its customers, employees and the larger business community.

The EPA ENERGY STAR program is a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all fifty states have earned the ENERGY STAR®. (Source: Ricoh Americas, MyChessCo, ENERGY STAR, April, 2020) Contact: Ricoh Americas, Donna Venable, Exec. VP, www.ricoh-usa.com; EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficient Ligh,  


EPA 2020 ENERGY STAR® Winners Recognized (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR
Date: 2020-04-01
The U.S. EPA and the DOE are honoring 191 ENERGY STAR partners -- including Fortune 500 companies, schools, retailers, manufacturers, home builders, and commercial building owners and operators -- that have demonstrated national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions.

Recipients of the 2020 ENERGY STAR Awards come from 37 states and include: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Energize Connecticut -- statewide energy efficiency initiative in partnership with Eversource Energy and AVANGRID, HP, Palo Alto, CA, NY-based global financial service company MetLife, Faifax, Virginia-based home energy rating company Patuxent Environmental Group, and the electric utility Public Service Company of Oklahoma in Tulsa, and others.

Since 1992, the ENERGY STAR program and its thousands of partners have helped save more than 4 trillion kWh of electricity and achieve over 3.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. In 2018 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid nearly $35 billion in energy costs. (Source: US EPA, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR®, www.energystar.gov

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Dominion Touts Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program (Ind Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2020-03-16
Dominion Energy is reporting the launch of its Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program offering free energy-saving products to eligible customers. The residential Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program includes the installation of the following energy efficiency measu; low-flow kitchen faucet aerators; electric water heater wraps and insulation for water heater pipes; advanced power strips; adjustment of electric water heater temperature, and HVAC air filter replacement.

Dominion Energy started the Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program in 2013 to provide eligible neighborhoods with energy education and the direct installation of energy-saving improvements for residential customers at no cost.

By taking advantage of the energy-efficiency tips, rebates and incentives associated with EnergyWise programs, Dominion Energy customers have reduced electricity usage by more than 797,000 MWh during the last eight years -- sufficient energy to power 67,463 homes for a year. (Source: Dominion Energy, The T&D, Mar., 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy EnergyWise, 877-510-7234, dominionenergysc.com/EnergyWise

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


ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery Wins EPA ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-03-09
ExxonMobil reports it's Joliet Illinois Refinery has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR certification for industrial plant energy efficiency performance.

ExxonMobil notes it improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements including: improved process unit and energy-critical equipment reliability; implementation of seasonal energy efficiencies; improved the performance of heat exchangers, process heaters, and boilers in the refinery's steam system.

EPA ENERGY STAR program is a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all fifty states have earned the ENERGY STAR. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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Sioux City Schools Awarded ENERGY STAR Certification (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR
Date: 2020-02-17
In the Hawkeye State, the Sioux City Community School District (SCCSD) is reporting 21 of its buildings have earned US DOE 2019 ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance and efficiency.

The ENERGY STAR is awarded based on actual, verified energy performance. (Source: Sioux City Community School District, SiouxLand, KCAU, 15 Feb., 2020) Contact: Sioux City Community School District, www.siouxcityschools.org

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


SoCalEd Efficiency Programs Saved $55.6 Mn in 2019 (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas
Date: 2020-02-12
In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalEd) is reporting its various energy efficiency programs collectively saved $55.6 million in 2019. The savings were equivalent to removing more than 265,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and taking more than 57,000 cars off of California roads for one year, according to a release.

SoCalGas energy efficiency programs include offering rebates on hundreds of home appliances and products such as smart thermostat,LED lighting, energy efficient furnaces, Energy Star appliances and others that help cut energy consumption and reduce costs. (Source: SoCalGas, CNS, Feb., 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Darren Hanway, manager of energy programs and strategy , (800) 427-2200, www.socalgas.com

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Minn. Communities Adopt Building Energy Benchmarking (Ind Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-01-08
In the Badger State, the cities of Edina and St. Louis Park are reporting the adaptation of energy benchmarking to help landlords reduce natural gas and electricity consumption. They join more than 30 cities across the country that have benchmarking ordinances to reduce energy consumption and cut related costs.

In adopting energy benchmarking, both suburbs sought assistance from the Efficient Buildings Collaborative, a Hennepin County program that helps Minnesota municipalities develop energy benchmarking policies. Next summer, both cities will ask commercial, government and apartment owners to submit data that will eventually include properties of 25,000 square feet or larger. The suburbs will use the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free online tool, and receive technical assistance from Denver-based Overlay Consulting.

According to St. Louis Park's director of Building and Energy, Brian Hoffman, benchmarking should be a significant asset in helping his city achieve its goal of cutting energy consumption by 30 pct in large commercial buildings by 2030. (Source: City of Edina, City of St. Louis Park, Finance & Commerce, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Edina, www.edinamn.gov; St. Louis Park, Brian Hoffman, Director of Building and Energy, 952.924.2584, bhoffman@stlouispark.org, www.stlouispark.org

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Report Examines Impact of Energy Efficiency Investments (Ind Report)
ACEEE,Alliance to Save Energy
Date: 2019-12-23
The recently released Energy Efficiency Impact Report conducted by the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy looks at the energy savings, job growth, and reduced carbon emissions that have resulted from energy efficiency initiatives.

The report, which examines the impacts of energy efficiency investments, policies, and innovation across a variety of sectors, including residential and commercial buildings, industry, and transportation, found that investments in energy efficient measures have prevented a 60 pct increase in energy consumption and carbon emissions. The report identifies fuel economy standards, appliance and equipment energy efficiency standards, ENERGY STAR, utility sector efficiency programs, federal research and development, and building energy codes as the policies and programs saved an estimated 25 quadrillion BTUs -- roughly 23 pct of the total U.S. energy consumption in of energy in 2017. The report identifies the growth in smarter technologies and more responsive energy management as major new energy savings opportunities and notes that technologies alone could deliver more than 40 pct of global carbon reductions necessary to meet Paris Agreement climate targets.

The report uses 54 indicators to quantify energy efficiency impacts. Further, it examines progress in a variety of sectors, including utilities, buildings, industry, and transportation. (Source: ACEEE, Alliance to Save Energy, Dec., 2019)Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., (202) 507-4000, (202) 429-2248 - fax, www.aceee.org; Alliance to Save Energy, 202.857.0666, www.ase.org

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


IBM Climate Change Policy Supports Early Climate Action and Carbon Tax (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
IBM
Date: 2019-12-06
"IBM has stated for more than a decade that climate change is a serious concern that warrants meaningful action on a global basis. Notwithstanding many important efforts, this remains the case today. The Earth's climate is warmer now than it was before the onset of the modern industrial era, and the increased temperature presents significant adverse risks which cannot be ignored. Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide fuel this warming. According to scientists, the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere is now greater than it has been for the last several hundred thousand years. Compounding this circumstance is the fact that carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere for quite a long time after having been emitted.

"Some may debate how this happened, but that doesn't change the need to address it. Although our collective use of fossil fuels for energy has enabled remarkable economic development, the use of fossil fuels has also resulted in substantial emissions of carbon dioxide, and the cost of these emissions has not been reflected in the price of energy. As a matter of policy, this should change.

"IBM is no newcomer to the realm of climate change. In 2017, we reaffirmed our support for the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming to below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels. Our commitment to the Paris Agreement builds on a long history of leadership in this space. In 1992 IBM helped the U.S. EPA launch the ENERGY STAR program. In 1994 we began to voluntarily disclose carbon dioxide emissions associated with IBM's consumption of energy and have done so annually now for 26 years. And in 2015, IBM was one of the first signatories to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate our support for the Paris Agreement.

"Performance is a key measure of commitment. IBM has reduced the carbon dioxide emissions associated with our consumption of energy by 32 pct since 2005. We are on track to achieve our goal of a 40 pct reduction by 2025, a rate consistent with what scientists say is needed to limit warming to between 1.5 and 2.0 degrees C. Energy conservation has been -- and remains -- a key ingredient for this. IBM continues to rigorously conserve energy equal to at least 3 pct of its annual consumption, something we have done for decades. Reducing consumption, when possible, is preferable to purchasing offsets.

"Responsible companies should also make transparent commitments regarding their consumption of renewable energy. Today, 38 pct of the global electricity IBM consumes comes from renewable sources, and we aim to increase this to 55 pct by 2025. Importantly, IBM does not rely upon the purchase of unbundled Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset its consumption of electricity from fossil fuels and thereby claim the company is a certain 'percent renewable.' Transparency matters in the transition away from carbon-based fuels, which is why our reporting about the use of renewables reflects our actual physical and matched consumption of renewable electricity.

"Climate change is real, and that is why IBM supports a responsible plan to tax carbon emissions. It is also why IBM supports the Paris Agreement and is on track as a company to reduce emissions associated with our consumption of energy consistent with what scientists say is needed. And it is why we are making transparent our own use of renewable energy and aiming to increase that use substantially.

"The enormity of the challenge requires more than business as usual. Putting a price on carbon emissions requires a plan in which economies will keep growing, but in a way that addresses the risks of a changing climate. We believe the Climate Leadership Council plan is the best way to secure agreement for action, and IBM will work to build support for it with elected officials, corporate colleagues, and our fellow citizens." (Source: IBM-The Weather Company (an IBM company), 2 Dec., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News IBM,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  


ENERGY STAR Redefines "Smart" Home Products (Ind. Report)
EPA, ENERGY STAR
Date: 2019-12-06
The US DOE ENERGY STAR® has released its new program requirements for "smart home" connected products included in Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS), including lighting and HVAC voice control.

With SHEMS, ENERGY STAR has "gone from defining products that are energy-efficient to defining a service and smart home service providers that will result in energy savings." (Source, ENERGY STAR, Home Accest, HAT, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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NYC Bldgs Soon to Display Energy Efficiency Grades (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-11-25
In the Big Apple, under Local Law 33, which was passed in 2018 for implementation in 2020, all New York City buildings of 25,000 square-feet or more will be graded from A through D for energy efficiency and required to publicly display that grade along with the date of compliance.

To be graded by the city, buildings must submit their latest energy reports -- their Energy Star Portfolio Manager report -- by May 2020 to get their energy efficiency grade. The grade is based on Energy Star score, with buildings over 85 getting an A. An Energy Star score of 70-84 gets you a B, 55-69 is a C, and anything less than 55 is a D and subject to possible financial penalties. The program is in keeping with New York City's long-term energy efficiency and climate goals.(Source: FacilitiesNet, Nov., 2019)

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Chicago Ranked Tops in Green Office Space (Ind. Report)
CBRE
Date: 2019-11-08
According to the 2019 National Green Building Adoption Index published by CBRE Group Inc., Maastricht University and the University of Guelph, Chicago is the nation's leader in energy-efficient office buildings for the third year in a row. The city added a near 2 pct gain over 2018, outranking San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Los Angeles.

The index analyzed green-certified office space across America's 30 largest office markets and found the highest in the index's history at 42.2 pct -- up from 41.9 pct from 2018. According to the report, 71.1 pct of Chicago's office buildings are market-certified green and hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR® label, USGBC LEED certification, or both.

(Source: CBRE, Lawndale News, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: CBRE, National Green Building Adoption Index www.cbre.com/about/corporate-responsibility/pillars/environmental-sustainability/green building adoption index; CBRE, Corpcomm@cbre.com, www.cbre.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  CGRE,  


EMI Health Office Bldg Earns First ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
Nexant,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-11-08
In Salt Lake City, EMI Health reports its office building in Dalt Lake City has been awarded its first ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance.

The EPA awarded an ENERGY STAR Score of 88, meaning that this building performs better than 88 pct of its peers -- office buildings in the mountain west. Only 77 office buildings and 4 industrial plants in Utah have earned the ENERGY STAR for superior efficiency. ENERGY STAR is the foremost energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance. The following features contributed to the EMI building's performances:

  • a high efficiency Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heating/cooling system;

  • entilation air is delivered by Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) that recover waste heat from the exhaust air flow and uses it to preheat the incoming fresh air;

  • 100 pct LED light fixtures that are controlled by day lighting and occupancy sensors;

  • the building shell is comprised of high performance glazing, well insulated walls and roof, and is tightly sealed;

  • HVAC system is properly commissioned and is scheduled to operate only when the building is occupied.

    Nexant, which carried out much of the buildings efficiency work, is a premier provider of technology enabled solutions to the Utility and Energy Industry focused on the next generation intelligent grid, distributed energy resources, and the digital customer experience. (Source: Nexant, PR, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Nexant, www.nexant.com

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


  • Marquette BLP Touts Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (Ind. Report)
    Marquette Board of Light and Power
    Date: 2019-10-28
    In Michigan, the Marquette Board of Light and Power (BLP) is working to spread the word about the statewide energy optimization program that can provide rebates for consumers who purchase energy-efficient items, such as LED light bulbs or ENERGY STAR rated appliances.

    From 2008 to 2017 the rebate program generated significant customer savings and reduced BLP customers' electric usage by over 31.3 million kWh and saving customers over $17 million in energy costs. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, saving 31.3 million equates to burning 24,188,356 pounds of coal or consuming 51,226 barrels of oil, according to the EPA.

    This energy optimization program is part of a larger statewide effort that stems from Public Act 295 of 2008, which expanded energy efficiency efforts, supported the development of clean and renewable energy and aimed to improve air quality through a number of measures. Beyond saving energy at homes and businesses, the program also helps BLP reduce the need for costly new generation equipment.

    Marquette BLP is one of 13 municipal and cooperative utilities that is part of the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association collaborative -- a group of electric service providers that offer energy optimization programs. (Source: BLP, PR, Mining Journal, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: BLP. Toby Smith, Customer Service Manager, 906-228-0311, www.mplb.org, www.michigan-energy.org/utility/Marquette; Michigan Electric Cooperative Association, 517-351-6322, www.meca.coop

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


    ENERGY STAR Requirements for Luminaires Released (Ind. Report)
    EPA, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2019-10-25
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the attached update of its energy efficiency requirements for luminaires under the Agency's ENERGY STAR®) program. The updated specification accepts ANSI/ES LM-79-19, a new photometric standard, for the testing of luminaires.

    Download the ENERGY STAR® specification for luminairesHERE. (Source: EPA ENERGY STAR, In Compliance, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficient Ligh,  


    CEMEX Plants Score EPA ENERGY STAR Certification (Ind. Report)
    CEMEX
    Date: 2019-10-11
    Global building materials and cement company CEMEX USA is reporting two of its cement plants -- Miami and Brooksville South -- have been awarded US EPA ENERGY STAR® Certification for 2019, recognizing CEMEX's efforts in energy efficiency and sustainability.

    These two CEMEX plants have been repeatedly certified by the EPA's ENERGY STAR® program for their conservation efforts. This year's recognition marks nine consecutive years of ENERGY STAR® Certification for CEMEX's Miami Cement Plant, while the Brooksville South Cement Plant has achieved the certification seven out of the last eight years. (Source: CEMEX, USA PR, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: DOE Energy Star®, www.energystar.gov; CEMEX USA, www.cemexusa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Eficiency,  CEMEX,  


    Energy Efficiency Can Get U.S. Halfway To Climate Goals, says ACEEE Report (Ind. Report)
    American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
    Date: 2019-09-20
    Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050, a new report by the Washington-based not-for-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows that energy efficiency can slash U.S. energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2050 and get the nation halfway toward its climate goals.

    The report offers a road map for dramatically reducing energy waste and identifies ambitious but cost-effective and technically possible measures that would avert emissions of nearly 2,500 million metric tons of CO2 -- equivalent to all emissions from cars, trucks, homes, and commercial buildings in 2050.

    The ACEEE report identifies 11 opportunities and related policies to achieve the necessary savings. Transportation, which will see a transition to electric vehicles, would deliver nearly half (46 pct) of the emissions reductions while buildings would deliver a third and industry a fifth. For energy savings, buildings would deliver 40 pct of the total, followed by transportation at 32 pct and industry 27 pct. The report also notes that government policies and programs alone would deliver about $700 billion a year in energy savings by 2050.

    The report calls for scaling up energy efficiency measures, including:

  • Rapid upgrades to vehicle standards, building energy codes, equipment efficiency standards, ENERGY STAR specifications, and state energy-savings targets.

  • Substantial improvements to existing factories, homes, commercial buildings, and the electric grid and better management of energy use in all of them, spurred by government investment and requirements.

  • More travel options and better management of freight and aviation energy use, including through user fees.

  • A switch to electric vehicles, equipment, and industrial processes (along with a more efficient and cleaner power sector).

  • Greater investment in research and development for new efficiency options in every sector, especially improved industrial processes.

    The Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050 report is available HERE. (Source: ACEEE, Facility Exec., Sept., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., (202) 507-4000, (202) 429-2248 - fax, www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy,  ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency Climate Chnage,  


  • US DOE Promoting Zero Energy Ready Homes Program (Ind. Report)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2019-08-28
    The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is touting it Zero Energy Ready Homes Program which it claims "offers a superior homeowner experience."

    According to the agency, Zero Energy Ready homes last longer because its requirements combine the best of building science with the latest technologies and systems, innovative building practices, and risk management solutions.

    Every certified Zero Energy Ready Home: breathes better with a comprehensive package of indoor air quality features; provides complete top-to-bottom water protection; incorporate DOE ENERGY STAR products throughout; ensures quality with independent verification, testing, and diagnostics; and delivers $10,000s of utility bill savings over the life of a mortgage, the agency release noted. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-homes; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  


    Ardagh Group's Energy Star Plant Adds Solar (Ind. Report)
    Ardagh Group
    Date: 2019-07-08
    Dublin, Ireland-headquartered Ardagh Group, a supplier of sustainable packaging, is reporting its US DOE Energy Star Certified glass manufacturing facility in Bridgeton, N.J., is now powered by a 5.5-MW, 15,930 photovoltaic array expected to produce approximately 7.5 kWh of renewable electricity in the first year.

    The Bridgeton, N.J., facility was awarded Energy Star plant certification for superior energy performance and is the only U.S. glass container manufacturer to earn this recognition.

    The company's facilities in Dunkirk, In., and Madera, Calif., have also received the Energy Star award for energy efficiency perform within the top 25 pct nationwide for energy efficiency. Additionally, all 13 of the company's manufacturing facilities in North America are ISO 14001 certified. (Source: Ardagh Group, Commercial Prop.Exec, July, 2019) Contact: Ardagh Group, www.ardaghgroup.com; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

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


    150 Green Bldg. Certified Apts. Completed in Miami (Ind. Report)
    Green Building
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Affordable housing developer Housing Trust Group (HTG) is reporting completion of Princeton Park, a new, $36 million, 150-unit affordable housing community consisting of four buildings in south Miami-Dade County, Florida.

    All residential buildings in Princeton Park complex are National Green Building Certified and offer energy star appliances and other energy efficient features, as well as access to services and programs, including literacy training, family support coordinators, employment assistance, health and wellness services, and extracurricular activities such computer classes, game and movie nights and other events. . (Source: Housing Trust Group, PR, 19 June, 2019) Contact: Housing Trust Group, Rieger, President and CEO, (305) 663-3543, www.htgf.com; Contact: Florida Green Building Coalition, www.floridagreenbuilding.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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    CalPortland Cement Plant Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Portland Cement Assoc.
    Date: 2019-04-17
    The Portland Cement Association (PCA) is reporting the CalPortland Mojave Cement Plant in Mojave, California has been awarded the 2019 Energy and Environment Award for Energy Efficiency. The award was in recognition of the company's implementation of significant energy efficiency measures and energy consumption reduction initiatives. In 2018, 22 pct of the plant's electric power was sourced from onsite wind energy generation.

    Additionally, CalPortland's energy management program has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR program for 15 years in a row CalPortland, (626) 852-6200, www.calportland.com; Portland Cement Assoc., www.cement.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  


    CodeGreen Solutions ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year (Ind Report)
    CodeGreen Solutions,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2019-04-17
    NYC-based energy efficiency and sustainability consulting firm CodeGreen Solutions has been awarded the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. EPA for the third consecutive year.

    CodeGreen provides energy management and sustainability consulting for real estate owners, investors and occupants covering over 800 million square feet of property nationwide. The company's programs draw from expertise in building operations, energy regulations, energy engineering, smart buildings, renewable energy, green building certifications and corporate sustainability. (Source: CodeGreen Solutions, PR, 16 April, 2019) Contact: CodeGreen Solutions, Christopher Cayten, Principal, Adam Fisher, (646) 581-9734, Afisher@codegreensolutions.com, www.codegreensolutions.com; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

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


    Beko U.S. Earns 2019 ENERGY Star® Again (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY Star
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Bollingbrook, Illinois-based appliance manufacturer Beko U.S., Inc. reports receipt of its third consecutive ENERGY Star® Partner of the Year Award in the product brand owner category for its demonstrated energy efficiency best practices and proved organization-wide energy savings. The company was also recognized as ENERGY Star Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award, the highest honor bestowed to partners that have won consecutive ENERGY Star Partner of the Year awards.

    Beko U.S. is a subsidiary of Istanbul, Turkey-based Arcelik A.S., which earned "Climate A List Company -- Global 2017 Climate & Water Leadership Award" from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The company was rated AAA by MSCI Global Sustainability Index Series. Beko U.S., Inc. manufactures highly energy efficient home appliances. (Source: Beko U.S., Inc. PR, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Beko US Inc., , Hasan Ali Yardimci, Pres., Beko U.S., Inc. www.bekoappliances.com


    New Energy Efficiency Incentive Program Offered in Vermont (Funding)
    Vermont,Efficiency Vermont
    Date: 2019-04-08
    In the Green Mountain State, the Vermont Natural Resources and Human Services Agency and the Vermont Department of Public Service report they are partnering with Vermont Gas, Burlington Electric Department and Efficiency Vermont to offer an additional $500 incentive to income eligible Vermonters that undertake energy efficiency weatherization projects.

    The new $500 incentive is available to Vermont households with incomes less than 120-pct of the area median income. It will be combined with existing programs. For example it would increase the Home Performance with Energy STAR program incentive from $2,000 to $2,500. (Source: WAMC, 6 April, 2019) Contact: Burlington Electric Department, Chris Burns, Director of Energy Services, (802) 865-7300, www.burlingtonelectric.com; Efficiency Vermont, (888) 921-5990, www.efficiencyvermont.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Vermont,  nergy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


    Vitro Glass's Fresno Plant Wins DOE ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY Star
    Date: 2019-04-02
    Cheswick, Pennsylvania-based Vitro Architectural Glass reports its Fresno, California facility is the first float glass manufacturing plant in the U.S. to earn the U.S.EPA ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy efficiency.

    The Fresno plant, which operates one of eight oxygen-fuel-powered (oxy-fuel) glass furnaces in the world, earned the certification by registering an energy performance score ranked in the 75th percentile or higher among other float glass manufacturing plants in the U.S. According to the Energy Performance Indicator (EPI), the benchmarking tool established by ENERGY STAR, the Fresno plant scored in the 100th percentile among its peers.

    Using a proprietary process developed and licensed by Vitro Glass and its legacy companies, the Fresno plant uses high-purity oxygen instead of air to combust raw materials such as sand and silica. This technology not only enables the plant to use less energy, it also dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional air-fired glass furnaces, according to Vitro Glass. (Source: Vitro Architectural Glass, Window & Door, 1 April., 2019) Contact: Vitro Architectural Glass, (412) 820.8500, www.vitroglazings.com/en-US/Glass.aspx; Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


    Wyoming Business Council Offers Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
    Wyoming Business Council
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In Cheyenne, the Wyoming Business Council's State Energy Office reports the availability of competitive federal grant funding for Wyoming local governments, public schools and small businesses seeking to improve their buildings energy efficiency while reducing utility costs. The grant funding will be split between the following programs:
  • Comprehensive Retrofit Grant -- Available to towns, cities and counties for improvements and retrofits like installing insulation; adding weather sealing; purchase of Energy Star or solar powered appliances; upgrades of showers and faucets; or replacement of boilers, hot water heaters, HVAC systems, windows and doors.

  • Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) -- Available to towns, cities and counties to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light.

  • Public School Energy Improvement Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) -- Available to K-12 public schools to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light.

  • Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant -- Small businesses, nonprofits and local governments are all encouraged to apply to the Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant Program. The program funds up to 75 pct of the cost of an energy audit and some energy efficiency improvements. Grants are not to exceed $5,000 to entities pursuing an energy audit and retrofits that were identified in the audit.

    Additional information and grant applications HERE. or email (Source: Wyoming Business Council, Jackson Hole Radio, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Wyoming Business Council, Sherry Hughes, sherry.hughes@wyo.gov, Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Chief Strategy Officer, (307) 777-6319, www.wyomingbusiness.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wyoming Business Council,  


  • Ontario's Most Energy Efficient Residential High-Rise Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Net-Zero Energy
    Date: 2019-03-20
    London, Ontario-based Sifton Properties is reporting construction is underway on two new net-zero energy projects -- 1305 Riverbend, a 40,000 square-foot office retail building, and Helio, a 10-storey, 115-unit mixed-use apartment tower. When complete in April of 2020, Helio is slated to be the most energy-efficient residential high-rise in Ontario.

    Helio will be part of Sifton's fully connected, energy-efficient neighbourhood comprised of urban condos, rental townhomes, apartments and retirement suites overlooking retail spaces and a vibrant central park. Helio's energy efficient features include:

  • building exterior wrapped in solar panels to generate power from the sun;
  • individual hydro metering;
  • in-suite thermostat controlled heating and air conditioning;
  • electric car charging stations;
  • garbage chutes to facilitate recycling;
  • ENERGY STAR appliances;
  • fully occupancy sensor lighting, and others.

    (Source: Sifton Properties, PR, Canadian Apartment, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sifton. www.sifton.com

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  • ASE Responds to Trump's Budget Plan to Cut Energy Efficiency Programs (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Alliance to Save Energy
    Date: 2019-03-13
    The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) has released a statement in response and opposition to the Trump administration's FY 2020 budget proposal calling for deep cuts to energy efficiency programs at the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and others including: Advanced Manufacturing Office; Building Technologies Office; ENERGY Star program; Vehicle Technologies Office; the Federal Energy Management Programme; the State Energy Program; The Weatherization Assistance Program; the National Laboratories -- SANDIA, NREL, Ames Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory; ARPA-E and others.

    "This proposal would take an axe to innovation in our energy sector, cutting critical research funds and energy efficiency investments that have a proven track record of reducing energy costs for consumers and businesses" said Jason Hartke. "We look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to fight for these programs in the coming months." Hartke added that there is no room for complacency, because this is an existential threat to the backbone of energy efficiency and all of its many economic and environmental benefits. Even if the endgame for the administration is more modest cuts negotiated with Congress, that is still a major threat. These programs are among the smartest investments the federal government makes, and they should be made stronger, not weaker." (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, Jason Hartke, Pres., (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org

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


    US Honda Keeps Wining ENERGY STAR Efficiency Cert. (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR, Honda
    Date: 2019-03-08
    For the 13th consecutive year, two of Honda's Marysville and East Liberty Ohio automobile manufacturing plants in have earned the US EPA ENERGY STAR certification. Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) achieved the ENERGY STAR designation for the seventh year in a row while the Honda Anna Engine Plant (AEP) in Anna, Ohio, scored its first ENERGY STAR status.

    EPA ENERGY STAR certification signifies that the facilities perform in the top 25 pct of similar facilities for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. On average, ENERGY STAR certified plants consume 35 pct less energy and contribute 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar non-certified operations.

    The ENERGY STAR label can be found on over 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $450 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 3.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR. (Source: Honda, EPA ENERGY STAR, Green Car Congress, 7 Mar., 2019) Contact: EPA Energy STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


    New CEMEX USA HQ Earn USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,CEMEX USA
    Date: 2019-03-01
    CEMEX USA is reporting its headquarters building in Houston has been awarded US Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED gold certification.

    The more than 240 000 square-foot of space utilized 20 pct recycled materials and other features to achieve the LEED gold certification. The building accomplished a 52 pct power reduction and all electric equipment meets EPA ENERGY STAR® certification. Water consumption has been reduced by one third with the use of "low-flow" efficient fixtures and nine out of ten work areas receive natural sunlight. (Source: CEMEX, World Cement, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    Minneapolis Considers Energy Benchmarking, Efficiency Ordinance (Reg & Leg)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2019-02-06
    In the Gopher State, the city of Minneapolis officials are reportedly considering a new energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance requiring apartment and home sellers to complete two additional inspection tests and provide energy-efficiency information to potential renters and purchasers. Initially, the ordinance would apply to private residences and multifamily buildings of 50,000 square feet or more.

    The ordinance also requires owners of sub-50,000-square-foot apartment buildings that meter each unit's energy consumption to submit data to a utility-created portal that will be available in 2021. The result will allow renters to compare the energy performance of buildings, using an annual per-square-foot measurement. The city's energy ordinance aims to upgrade 75 pct of the city's homes by 2025.

    City officials believe building owners with low-performing properties would be more open to utility and city efficiency programs to reduce their energy use. Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; Berkeley, California; and Boulder, Colorado are among the cities with similar programs. (Source: City of Minneapolis, Finance & Commerce, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Minneapolis, Kim Havey, Sustainability Manager, 612-673-3666, Kim.Havey@minneapolismn.gov, www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@citycoordinator/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-215081.pdf

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    Kilroy Bldg Wins USGBC TRUE Zero Waste Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Los Angeles-based Kilroy Realty Corp (KRC)is reporting the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded its 350 Mission Street property TRUE Zero Waste Certification at the gold level. The 455,340 square feet property is the largest single commercial property in the world to achieve TRUE Zero Waste certification and is also the first commercial building in San Francisco to do so. The property is currently LEED Platinum, ENERGY STAR and Fitwel certified.

    All About Waste provided consulting services related to the project and representatives from the Green Building Certification Institute did the onsite performance verification. (Source: Kilroy Realty, PR, 22 Jan, 2019) Contact: Kilroy Realty, Sara Neff, VP Sustainability, (310) 481-8449, sneff@kilroyrealty.com, www.kilroyrealty.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    Corning Surpasses EPA Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    EPA EEnergy Star, Corning Inc.
    Date: 2019-01-21
    Corning, New York-based Corning Incorporated is reporting 10 of its global manufacturing plants have surpassed energy efficiency standards established by the U.S. EPA Energy Star Challenge for Industry. Under the Energy Star for Industries challenge, companies have to increase their industrial sites' energy efficiency by at least 10 pct in five years or less . Notably, 10 of Corning's production facilities improved their energy efficiency by 10.4 pct to 52.4 pct in less than five years.

    Corning's Global Energy Management (GEM) program researches and implements projects at the company's various manufacturing plants worldwide to meet energy-saving objectives including: manufacturing process innovation, facility design, and maximizing energy efficiencies in the plant and through improved supply chain initiatives. Since Corning created its GEM program in 2006, it has won recognition as an Energy Star Partner of the Year every year since 2014, delivering more than half a billion dollars in savings, and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.3 million metric tons.

    Corning Incorporated is an American multinational technology company that specializes in specialty glass, ceramics, and related materials and technologies including advanced optics, primarily for industrial and scientific applications. (Source: Corning Inc., Zacks, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Corning Inc., www.corning.com/worldwide/en.html; EPA Energy Star, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  EPA Energy Star,  


    Half D.C. Bldgs Could Require Energy Code Upgrades (Reg & Leg)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-01-16
    As previously reported, the recently passed Washington D.C. Council bill aimed at addressing climate change by reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions will force the owners of hundreds of buildings across D.C. to improve their building's energy performance. The bill, which is being widely lauded as the "strongest climate legislation" in the nation, calls for cutting D.C.'s greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2032.

    According to the D.C. Green Building Advisory Council 50 pct of the city's buildings will need to improve their energy performance to meet as yet undermined standards. The bill gives the D.C. Department of Energy & Environment until 2021 to establish a standard Energy Star score that buildings must meet, and it requires that standard to be at least at the level of D.C.'s current median score. The new law will also establish a task force of commercial real estate industry representatives to help with the implementation.

    Building Owners needing to make upgrades will be able to utilize multiple financing methods, including low-interest PACE bonds and the D.C. Green Bank, a new fund that allows owners to borrow money for building upgrades and pay it back out of their future energy savings. (Source: Bisnow Washington, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: DC Green Bank, www.doee.dc.gov/greenbank

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    Las Cruces Scores USGBC LEED City Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-11-19
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is reporting the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, (pop. 97,000 +-) is one of 75 U.S. cities to be awarded LEED certification for its new Cities Program. In October 2015, Las Cruces was recognized with a 3-STAR Community rating. STAR Communities recent integration with USGBC further highlights the City's commitment to sustainable development. Seven of the city's major facilities are either LEED certified or awaiting final approval. (Source: USGBC, City of Las Cruces, PR, 16 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Las Cruces, www.las-cruces.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; 3 STAR Communities, www.starcommunities.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 3-STAR Community ,  US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


    Alabama Power Touts Smart Neighborhood Build Prog. (Ind. Report)
    Alabama Power
    Date: 2018-11-12
    Building on the success of its first Smart Neighborhood program, Alabama Power reports it has developed a home building program to partner with home-builders on smart neighborhoods across the state.

    The Smart Neighborhood Builder Program promotes energy efficiency through collaboration with home-builders to build energy-efficient homes that feature advanced energy products and home automation.

    Smart Community Neighborhood homes feature: enhanced energy-efficiency measures and smart home technologies such as voice-activated security, smart locks, lights, cameras and garage door control; Smart homes also will feature: Google Home smart speakers; Nest Learning thermostats; advanced energy-efficient building features such as improved insulation, high-efficiency heat pump and water heater and Energy Star appliances.

    For the project, Alabama Power representatives will serve as technical experts, supporting builders on program standards and energy-efficient technologies.

    Participating homebuilders include Holland Homes, Harris Doyle Homes and Curtis White Companies. (Source: Alabama Power, Smart Grid Observer, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Alabama Power, Greg Barker, Exec. VP Customer Services, www.alabamapower.com

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    Wyndham HQ Wins LEED Gold Recertification (Ind. Report)
    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, US GReen Building Council
    Date: 2018-10-26
    New Jersey-based Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold recertification for the company's headquarters in Parsippany, N.J. The Wyndham headquarters building won its first LEED Silver Certification for Corporate Interiors in 2010, a second Silver certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) in 2013, and this recent Gold EBOM recertification, which was earned through water reduction, green cleaning and indoor air quality management.

    Wyndham achieved Gold LEED recertification through site related credits that included: open habitat and biodiversity protection; storm water management; water efficient landscaping and related improvements. Over the past five years, the Wyndham headquarters building also improved its score for energy efficiency through the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR program.

    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the world's largest hotel franchising company, with nearly 9,000 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents. (Source: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, PR, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Mary Falvey, CEO, www.wyndhamhotels.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  US Green Building Council,  ENERGY STAR,  


    RMR Boasts 93 Property Energy Efficiency Awards (Ind. Report)
    RMR, ENERGY STAR,BOMA,USGBC
    Date: 2018-10-12
    In the Bay State, Newton-headquartered RMR Group Inc. is reporting that 93 properties managed by The RMR Group LLC have been recognized for excellence by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR program, and the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Environmental Protection.

    Of the total, 85 properties were awarded US DOE ENERGY STAR certification while 7 properties were designated as BOMA 360 Performance Buildings by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International 360 Performance Program. One property scored USGBC LEED Silver certification and 1 property in Rockville, MD was recognized by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection for its achievements in the 2018 Business Revitalized Recycling Program.

    The RMR Group Inc. is a holding company and substantially all of its business is conducted by its majority owned operating subsidiary, The RMR Group LLC. The RMR Group LLC is an alternative asset management company that primarily provides management services to publicly traded REITs and real estate related operating companies nationwide. (Source: RMR Group, Contact: RMR Group Inc. Timothy A. Bonang, Snr. VP, (617) 796-8230; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov; BOMA, www.boma.org

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    Majority of Boston Buildings Energy Inefficient (Ind. Report)
    City of Boston Environment Department
    Date: 2018-10-10
    In the Bay State, according to the Boston city Energy Star Scores Report 20 pct of the buildings constructed in the city of 680,000 +- residents since 2012 failed to meet energy efficiency standards. The report scores showed the buildings' energy efficiency relative to similar buildings across the country.

    About one in five new buildings in Boston have an energy score of 50 or below, which means these buildings rank in the bottom 50th percentile nationwide for energy efficiency.

    Boston's Climate Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gases 25 pct by the year 2020. (Source: Boston University Daily Free Press, Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Boston Environment Department, Lauren Zingarelli, Director of Communications and Community Engagement, (617) 635-3850, FAX: (617) 635-3435, www.cityofboston.gov/environment

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    NC County Offers Green Building Permit Fee Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Guilford County
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In North Carolina, the Guilford County Planning Department is reporting the launch of program that provides homebuilders with money back on permit fees if they build energy efficient houses and homes with a reduced carbon footprint. The cities of Greensboro and High Point already have programs in place to encourage energy efficiency in newly built homes.

    The Guilford County Planning Department program will be based on the applicable minimum index levels necessary for US DOE ENERGY STAR qualifications at the time the project is complete. The rebate incentives for new construction will be capped at $500 and will apply to houses but not to commercial buildings.

    The program is intended to encourage and promote energy efficiency and green buildings to reduce a home's carbon footprint and to offset the cost of going green. The construction costs of an energy efficient home are expected to be about $5,500 more that a "standard built" home. (Source: Guilford County Planning Department, Guildford News, Oct., 2018) Contact: Guilford County Planning Director, Leslie Bell, www.guilfordcountync.gov/our-county/planning-development

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    Clayton Homes, ecobee Partner on Smart Thermostats (Ind. Report)
    ecobee,Clayton Home Builders
    Date: 2018-10-01
    Maryville, Tenn.-based Berkshire Hathaway-owned pre-fabricated home builder Clayton Home Building Group is reporting an exclusive partnership with ecobee, the company behind the world's first wi-fi smart thermostat.

    Effective immediately, all Clayton Built® homes ordered nationwide will be equipped with ENERGY STAR® certified ecobee3 lite smart thermostats. The ecobee4 will also be available as an upgrade in select Clayton Built® homes across the U.S.

    ecobee's smarter algorithms and advanced sensing technology empower homeowners to live comfortably and save money on their energy bills. ecobee has estimated that, to date, it has helped homeowners save enough energy to take the City of Miami off the grid for a year.** (Source: Clayton Home Building Group Contact: Clayton Home Building Group, Keith Holdbrooks, Pres., www.claytonhomes.com; ecobee, Stuart Lombard, CEO, Kristen Johnson, Kristenj@ecobee.com, www.ecobee.com

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