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U.S. Renewable Fuel Use Tops Coal (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Administration
Date: 2020-05-29
In Washington, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting U.S. consumption of renewable energy surpassed coal in 2019 for the first time since woody biomass was the top fuel source more than 130 years ago, According to EIA data, electricity generated by renewable energy sources like solar, wind and hydro exceeded coal-fired power in the U.S. for a record 40 straight days

U.S. coal consumption, primarily for electric power generation, fell 15 pct in 2019 to the lowest level since 1964, while the use of energy from sources like wind and solar notched slightly higher, according to the EIA .

Total renewable energy consumption in the U.S. grew for the fourth year to a record-high 11.5 quadrillion Btu in 2019. Since 2015, the growth in U.S. renewable energy is almost entirely attributable to the use of wind and solar in the electric power sector. In 2019, electricity generation from wind surpassed hydro for the first time and is now the most-used source of renewable energy for electricity generation in the United States on an annual basis. (Source: BIC, US EIA, May, 2020)

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BBVA Calculates Client Carbon Footprints (Int'l. Report)
BBVA
Date: 2020-05-27
In Madrid, banking firm BBVA is reporting a new feature to its financial aggregator One View. Using data analytics, companies can calculate their daily greenhouse gas emission and overall carbon footprint as well as reduce their energy consumption and related costs.

BBVA has committed to being neutral in CO2 emissions in 2020. It also set the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 68 percent from 2015 levels and for 70 percent of the energy consumed to come from renewable sources by 2025. These goals are part of BBVA’s Pledge 2025, which was launched by the bank to help attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

As part of this Pledge 2025, BBVA will also mobilize €100 billion in sustainable financing between 2018 and 2025. According to the figures available at the end of 2019, BBVA has already reached nearly one third of this amount. (Source: BBVA, PR, 21 May, 2020) Contact: BBVA, +944 875 555, www.bbva.es

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BBVA Calculates Client Carbon Footprints (Int'l. Report)
BBVA
Date: 2020-05-27
In Madrid, banking firm BBVA is reporting a new feature to its financial aggregator One View. Using data analytics, companies can calculate their daily greenhouse gas emission and overall carbon footprint as well as reduce their energy consumption and related costs.

BBVA has committed to being neutral in CO2 emissions in 2020. It also set the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 68 pct from 2015 levels and for 70 pct of the energy consumed to come from renewable sources by 2025. These goals are part of BBVA's Pledge 2025, which was launched by the bank to help attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

As part of this Pledge 2025, BBVA will also mobilize€100 billion in sustainable financing between 2018 and 2025. According to the figures available at the end of 2019, BBVA has already reached nearly one third of this amount. (Source: BBVA, PR, 21 May, 2020) Contact: BBVA, +944 875 555, www.bbva.es

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Virginia Energy Efficiency Awards Announced (Ind. Report)
Virginia Energy Efficiency Council
Date: 2020-05-19
In the Old Dominion State, the Richmond-based Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) reports it has recognized Henrico County and the University of Virginia with its fifth annual Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards.

Henrico County was recognized the construction or renovation of 16 government buildings and schools to LEED certification standards since 2011. The county is also pursuing certification of LEED Silver or higher on six current projects that will cut energy consumption by approximately 30 percent.

The University of Virginia's Delta Force Program was recognized for achieving energy efficiency and for its $17.4 million in energy efficiency projects for a savings of $28.7 million in energy costs and 180,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions since 2009. (Source: VAEEC, NBC12, 17 May, 2020) Contact: VAEEC, Cheslea Mamish, Exec. Dir., 804-464-8233, www.vaeec.org

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Reykjavik Announces Climate Change Related Funding (Int'l Report)
Iceland
Date: 2020-05-08
In Reykjavik, the Icelandic government has announced several new environmental policies and proposals including grants totaling 550 million ISK ($3,750,000 US) to projects addressing climate change.

Of the total 550 million ISK, roughly 200 million ISK will be invested in projects aiming to naturally store carbon dioxide long-term in order to reduce levels of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere. Carbon sequestration is a key part of the government's plan to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement's terms.

Additional grants totaling 75 million ISK will support the creation of new birch forests; 25 million ISK will address land reclamation projects; 60 million ISK for land quality recovery schemes; and 20 million ISK will be dedicated to wetland recovery.

A further 300 million ISK will be used to reduce Iceland's energy consumption and 50 million ISK has been earmarked for the government's recently launched climate fund to support climate change research and projects raising awareness of the impacts of global warming.

The release notes the government aims to reduce carbon emissions by 40 pct by 2030. (Source: : Iceland Minister for the Environment, Reykjavik Grapevine, 1 May, 2020) Contact: Iceland Minister for the Environment, Gudmundur Ingi Guobrandsson, www.government.is/ministries/ministry-for-the-environment-and-natural-resources

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€30,000 Energy Efficiency Award 2020 Seeks Submissions (Int'l)
Deutsche Energie-Agentur
Date: 2020-05-04
In Berlin, the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (German Energy Agency) reports the launch of its Energy Efficiency Award 2020 and is seeking submissions from private and public organizations that will help companies cut energy consumption and emissions that have an impact on the climate.

The €30,000 Energy Efficiency Award 2020 is focused on cutting industrial energy consumption, increasing energy efficiency, reducing emissions and generally stimulating the transition to clean energy. The award is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

Companies of any size and from any industry in Germany or abroad can submit one or more competition entries in the following categories:

  • Complex energy efficiency projects -- For a long time, companies have been implementing multi-layered energy efficiency projects where a large number of measures have to be coordinated with one another. Here systematic thinking and integrated solutions are being sought.

  • From clever to digital / the broad spectrum of energy efficiency -- In this category, low-investment measures are being sought just as much as mature technologies, or digitally supported optimization using software solutions or artificial intelligence, e.g. as part of an energy management system.

  • Achieving more together -- Energy Services as enabler of the energy transition The involvement of service providers is particularly useful where ambitious ideas hit up against limited finances, resources or lack of expertise. Such involvement can range from conception, planning and implementation of a system to finance, system control and maintenance.

  • Concepts for carbon neutral companies -- Innovative ideas and new approaches for a green economy. The energy transition needs innovative ideas. Companies that pursue new approaches to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, or conceive the energy transition in cross-sectoral or holistic terms.

    Download Energy Efficiency Award 2020 details at www.EnergyEfficiencyAward.de. (Source: Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH, May, 2020) Contact: Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH, Tom Raulien , +49 (0)30 66 777-652, +49 (0)30 66 777-699 - fax, raulien@dena.de; www.dena.de

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  • Talkpool Deploys Semtech Devices to Conserve Energy (Ind Report)
    TalkPool,Semtech
    Date: 2020-05-01
    Camarillo, California-based performance analog and semiconductor specialist Semtech Corporation reports Talkpool, a provider of global Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and telecommunication network services, has incorporated Semtech's LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol into its new line of sensor solutions for smart home energy monitoring and energy consumption reduction applications.

    Additionally, Talkpool's LoRa-based solutions assist in establishing building compliance with leading sustainability initiatives including LEED and BREEAM certifications. IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN® specification have been deployed in 100 countries. (Source: Semtech, PR, April, 2020) Contact: TalkPool, www.talkpool.com; Semtech, Ronda Grech, (805) 250-1263, rgrech@semtech.com, www.semtech.com

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    CLEAResult Touts Virtual Assessment, Assurance Serv. (Ind Report)
    CLEAResult
    Date: 2020-05-01
    Austin, Texas-based utility energy efficiency program specialist CLEAResult reports it is bringing its Virtual Assessment and Assurance offering to market through a partnership with Streem, an award-winning technology firm and part of the Frontdoor portfolio of brands.

    The Virtual Assessment and Assurance remote-support platform enables professional energy consumption and energy efficiency assessments and post-assessment quality checks to be conducted remotely.

    CLEAResult is the largest provider of energy efficiency and demand response solutions in North America. The company's innovative technology has helped over 250 utilities change the way people use energy, according to the company release. CLEAResult is a portfolio company of the private equity firm TPG and The Rise Fund, a global impact fund led by TPG. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, 30 April, 2020) Contact: CLEAResult, CEO Scott Boose. 888-812-6146 www. clearesult.com; Streem, Ryan Fink, www.angel.co/p/rynfnk

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    Duke Energy Releases Sustainability Report (Ind. Report Attached )
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy reports the release of its 14th Sustainability Report highlighting the company's progress toward its sustainability goals:
  • Energy efficiency -- Duke Energy's goals to reduce customer energy consumption and peak demand were both exceeded in 2019. The company has set even more aggressive energy efficiency goals for 2020.

  • Renewable enewable energy -- Duke Energy plans to double its renewable energy portfolio within five years. In 2019, the company owned, operated and contracted over 8,000 megawatts (MW) of capacity. In the new report, Duke Energy is establishing a goal of 16,000 MW by the end of 2025.

    Download the Sustainability report HERE. (Source: Duke Energy, April, 2020) Contact: Duke Energy, Randy Wheeless, 704-382-8379, randy.wheeless@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

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  • Dane County WI Adopts Community Climate Action Plan (Ind Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-04-29
    In Wisconsin, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is touting the 2020 Dane County Climate Action Plan - Today's Opportunity for a Better Tomorrow (CAP) calling for a greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction of 50 pct countywide by 2030 with the goal of carbon-neutrality by 2050. The plan's goal to reduce GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2030 exceeds the 45 percent worldwide reduction goal set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030. CAP climate change emission reduction strategies include:
  • Increase electric vehicles sales (and transition heavy-duty trucks to electricity or renewable natural gas (RNG) vehicles.

  • Reduce vehicle miles traveled by shifting from driving alone to increase use of public transit, carpooling and biking.

  • Cut energy consumption by 2 pct per capita by 2030 by increasing the efficiency of old and new residential and commercial buildings.

  • Process 50 pct of livestock manure in anerobic digesters reducing GHG methane emissions, limiting phosphorus in area lakes and creating a new revenue source for farms.

    CAP notes these actions will result in major economic and health benefits, lead to energy security and great resilience to the harmful impacts of a changing climate, and address racial and economic equality to ensure the benefits of carbon reductions are equitably shared.

    In 2017, Parisi created the Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change (OECC) to lead public and private efforts across the county to address climate change. The OECC led by its director, Keith Reopelle, created the Council on Climate Change -- a work group of 38 local governments, energy utilities, businesses, and environmental and community organizations that provided input into the development of the CAP to reduce GHG emissions across all 61 cities, towns and villages as well as the private sector. (Source: Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change, Herald Independent, 26 April, 2020) Contact: Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change, Keith Reopelle, Dir., www.daneclimateaction.org

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  • 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,  


    Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (Ind. Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-04-15
    According to the World Green Building Council's Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction report, the buildings and construction sector accounts for 39 pct of global emissions, with a 36 pct energy impact in terms of consumptions and 50 pct use of raw materials.

    According to the report, in 2018 the final energy demand for buildings increased by 1 pct since 2017 and by 7 pct since 2010. The International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2019 notes the improvement of the energy intensity rate has slowed down to 1.2 pct in 2018, less than half the average rate since 2010. Specifically, cooling of living spaces represents by now the energy consumed with the most rapid increase since 2010.

    Download the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction reportHERE. (Source: World Green Bulding Council, MarketScreener, 14 April, 2020) Contact: World Green Building Council, [startylink]www.worldgbc.org/thecommitment[endlink],
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    Berlin's ecoworks GmbH Raises €5Mn (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    ecoworks
    Date: 2020-04-10
    In Germany, Berlin-based startup ecoworks GmbH, a pioneer in the rapid modernization and upgrading of apartment building for greater energy efficiency, reports it has raised €5 million in seed financing.

    The company aims to reduce the total energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions using factory-produced facade and roof elements and per-assembled building technologies that reduce the amount of work required in completing a project by a whopping 80 pct. With its processes, ecoworks converts an inefficient building into a "de-centralised and small power plant by installing photovoltaic systems, thermal reservoirs, and heat pumps that generate more energy than needed by the building's occupants." The surplus green energy is fed into the public power grid. (Source: ecoworks GmbH, silicon canals, 7 April, 2020) Contact: ecoworks GmbH, www.ecoworks.tech

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    LEAPTRAN Completes UTSA Energy Consumption Test (Ind. Report)
    LEAPTRAN
    Date: 2020-04-08
    In the Lone Star State, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Office of Facilities is reporting successful completion of a six-month pilot program using LEAPTRAN technology to track energy usage in a specific building on campus.

    The LEAPTRAN smart sub-metering solution enables remote monitoring, storage, transfer and access of higher quality data than traditional meters. The package includes meter hardware, computation and communication device, and Leaptran in-house developed software.

    LEAPTRAN was founded in 2017 and is a UTSA startup facilitated and managed by the UTSA Office of Commercialization and Innovation. (Source: UTSA Today, 7 April, 2020) Contact: LEAPTRAN, Jeff Xu, CEO, Edward Hooks, COO, 210-643-1977, www.leaptran.com; University of Texas at San Antonio, 210-458-4011, www.utsa.edu

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    Bldg Energy Audits Deliver Modest Results (Ind. Report)
    NYU Marron Institute
    Date: 2020-04-03
    A recent report from the NYU Marron Institute has found New York City's pioneering Local Law 87 requiring buildings to monitor their energy use with detailed audits, has delivered only modest reductions in residential and office building energy use -- -2.5 pct for multifamily residential buildings and -4.9 pct for office buildings -- an insufficient incentive to invest in energy efficiency at the scale needed to meet citywide carbon-reduction goals.

    The report noted "In the context of a comprehensive, data-driven energy policy, audit requirements can be used to target 'deep' retrofits, while automated or virtual audits could replace the existing need for traditional audit mandates."

    More than 20 cities, including Austin, Chicago, and San Francisco, have adopted policies to increase data and transparency on energy use, seeking to encourage market interventions to reduce energy consumption and carbon pollution.

    The New York University Marron Institute study was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation. (Source: NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management, Press Release, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management, Constantine E. Kontokosta , Study Researcher, Robert Polner , Media, (212) 998-2337, www.wagner.nyu.edu/impact/centers/marron

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    Alaska Allowing Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
    Alaska, Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-04-01
    In the Last Frontier State, legislation that allows the creation and utilization of a property tax credit to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency has been unanimously passed by the Alaska State Senate and now awaits Gov. Mike Dunleavy's (R) signature into law.

    The legislation would allow businesses and homeowners to maximize money circulating in local economies but would not direct or mandate governments to offer initiate or manage energy efficiency programs. The legislation was endorsed by the Alaska Municipal League, Alaska State Home Building Association, Alaska Miners Association and others. (Source: AEResearch, Seattle Times, 30 Mar., 2020)

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    ARBNCO Contract Supports Energy Efficiency Platform (Int'l.)
    arbnco
    Date: 2020-03-27
    In the UK, Scottish building optimization specialist ARBNCO is reporting receipt of a £641,000 contract from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Energy Innovation Programme for Phase Two of the government innovation competition Boosting Access for SMEs to Energy Efficiency. The contract will allow ARBNCO to develop a prototype of its Digital Energy Efficiency Platform (DEEP) to simplify the process of engaging with energy efficiency by automatically optimizing a business's total energy consumption and premises energy performance.

    The platform will use a range of data sources such as energy consumption and building energy performance, retrieved automatically or supplied by the SME, to generate a custom list of physical and behavioural energy efficiency recommendations together with costs, suppliers and finance options. Following completion in April 2021, the platform will be rolled out nationally. (Source: ARBNCO, 25 Mar., 2020) Contact: ARBNCO, Andrew Stewart, R&D Manger, us.arbnco.com

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    Pittsburgh U Dorm Earns USGBC LEED Silver Cert. (Ind. Report)
    University of Pittsburgh
    Date: 2020-03-25
    In the Keystone State, the University of Pittsburgh is reporting its $17-million, 170-bed Livingston Alexander House residence hall in Bradford has earned US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for green construction practices, water and energy efficiency, high-efficiency HVAC and thermal glass and insulation to reduce the building's energy consumption by 30 pct over standard construction.

    The 3-story dormitory also utilizes renewable energy, organic compounds and furnishings made from recycled materials. (Source: University of Pittsburgh, PR, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: University of Pittsburgh, Rhett Kennedy, Dir. Auxiliary Services, 412-624-4141, www.pitt.edu; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Algeria Stiffens Residential Energy Efficiency Policy (Int'l. Report)
    Algeris
    Date: 2020-03-20
    In oil soaked Algeria, the building sector is one of the major energy consumers. Oil industry aside, it accounts for 42 pct of end-user energy consumption, of which 35 pct in the residential sector and pct 7 pct in the services sector. Transport is close behind with 35 pct followed by industry at 16 pct The building sector therefore is one of the Algerian government's priority target areas for energy efficiency .

    Algeria's national energy efficiency programme for buildings and construction cover: thermal insulation of buildings, thermal renovation, the fitting of household solar water heaters, distribution of LED light bulbs at discounted prices, appliance energy consumption and efficiency labeling and other programs and initiatives. (Source: Algeria Energy Ministry, Econostrum, 19 Mar., 2020)

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    Santa Ana Lauded for Cutting Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
    SBT Alliance,New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2020-03-13
    In the Golden State, the Smarter Building Technologies Alliance (SBT) Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award for driving greater energy efficiency through smarter IoT-enabled technologies has been awarded to the city of Santa Ana for an energy retrofit and retro-commissioning project estimated to curb energy consumption for the city's HVAC by 88 pct. The project was funded by the California Energy Commission and was also part of the NBI "Leading in LA" initiative.

    The Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award recognizes outstanding work in support of the dramatic transformation taking place in today's electric power markets. (Source: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc., PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc., Kevin Martin, 800-832-2943 Ext. 704, kmartin@sbt-alliance.com, www.sbt-allaince.com; New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org

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    Oregon Gov. Exec. Order Stresses Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Oregon
    Date: 2020-03-11
    In Salem, Oregon Governor Kate Brown (Dem) has issued a 14-page executive order aimed at sharply curbing greenhouse gas emissions with a full-court press by government agencies. The executive order comes less than a week after a Republican walkout killed Oregon Senate Bill 1530,

    Under the order, the Department of Consumer and Business Services will set new building energy efficiency goals aimed at a 60 pct reduction in annual energy consumption, compared to 2006 building codes. Additionally, the Department of Energy will update home appliance energy efficiency standards "at least to levels equivalent to the most stringent standards among West Coast jurisdictions." In total, 18 state agencies and commissions directing a large portion of the state's bureaucracy are tasked under the order aimed reducing emissions and addressing climate change. (Source: Office of Gov. Kate Brown, OPB, 10 Mar., 2020) Contact: Office of Gov. Kate Brown, (503) 378-4582, www.oregon.gov/gov/pages/contact.aspx

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    OR Gov. Issues Comprehensive Climate Change Order (Reg. & Leg.)
    Oregon Climate Change
    Date: 2020-03-11
    In Salem, Oregon Governor Kate Brown (Dem) has issued a 14-page issued an executive order aimed at to sharply curbing greenhouse gas emissions with a full-court press by government agencies. The order comes less than a week after a Republican walkout killed Oregon Senate Bill 1530, the Democrats' proposal for a cap-and-trade system in Oregon.

  • The Governor's Executive Order updates the state's carbon reduction goals, setting targets of a 45 pct reduction below 1990 levels by 2035, and an 80 pct reduction by 2050

  • Under the order, carbon polluters in the industrial, transportation and natural gas sectors would have their emissions capped by the state's Environmental Quality Commission and Department of Environmental Quality, with allowable emissions reduced over time.

  • The Department of Environmental Quality and Environmental Quality Commission are directed to ratchet up restrictions for how emissions intensive fuel can be. The order set a go pct below 2015 levels by 2030, and 25 pct by 2035;

  • The Oregon PUC will place emphasis on greenhouse gas emissions and wildfire risk when regulating Oregon power companies

  • The Department of Consumer and Business Services will set new building energy efficiency goals aimed at a 60 pct reduction in annual energy consumption, compared to 2006 building codes

  • The Department of Energy will update home appliance energy efficiency standards "at least to levels equivalent to the most stringent standards among West Coast jurisdictions."

  • The Department of Admin. Services will develop a plan to transition the state's automobile fleet to zero-emissions vehicles and add charging stations at public buildings.

    In total, 18 state agencies and commissions directing a large portion of the state's bureaucracy are tasked under the order aimed reducing emissions and addressing climate change. (Source: Office of Gov. Kate Brown, OPB, 10 Mar., 2020) Office of Gov. Kate Brown, (503) 378-4582, www.oregon.gov/gov/pages/contact.aspx

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  • Sense Touts Home Energy Monitor System (Ind. Report)
    Sense
    Date: 2020-03-06
    Sense is touting its Home Energy Monitor that gives home owners real-time insights into energy consumption.

    The Sense Home Energy Monitor tracks sub-second differences in current and voltage data that can be used by utilities to gain insights into home energy consumption and for forecasting of loads, DER integration and control, voltage analysis, and targeting system investments.

    The Sense Home Energy Monitor is installed in a home's electric panel and reports energy data through the internet. (Source: Sense, PR, Solar Builder, 2 Mar., 2020) Contact: Sense, www.sense.com

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    Honeywell Forge Energy Optimization Fights Rising Energy Consumption, Costs (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell
    Date: 2020-03-04
    Honeywell is touting it's cloud-based, closed-loop Honeywell Forge Energy Optimization solution that continuously studies a building's energy consumption patterns and automatically adjusts to optimal energy saving settings without compromising occupant comfort levels.

    This autonomous building solution is focused on cutting energy consumption and costs and decreasing building's carbon footprint without significant upfront capital expenses or changes to a building's current operational processes.

    Honeywell Forge Energy Optimization autonomously and continually optimizes a building's internal set points across hundreds of assets every 15 minutes to evaluate whether a building's HVAC system is running at peak efficiency. Honeywell Forge Energy Optimization offers plug-and-play capabilities. (Source: Honeywell, Facilities Exec., Mar., 2020) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com/en-us

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    Hungary Planning Major Solar Power Investments (Int'l Report)
    Hungary
    Date: 2020-03-04
    In the capital city of Budapest, the Hungarian Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Climate Policy is reporting plans to meet European Union climate change targets with a two-phase planned €55 billion investment in solar energy 2030, and up to €152 billion by 2050.

    Hungary's combined energy and climate change plan targets a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 40 pct compared to 1990 levels, and a minimum 21 pct share of renewable energy sources in gross energy consumption by 2030. The country plans to increase its photovoltaic capacity, almost six times the current installed solar capacity to 6,000 GW while maintaining its wind energy capacity at 330 MW. (Source: Hungary Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Climate Policy, Budapest Business Journal, 29 Feb., 2020) Contact: Hungary Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Climate Policy, Peter Kaderjak, www.bruegel.org/author/peter-kaderjak

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    Virginia Tech Commits $3.1Mn to Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
    Virginia Tech
    Date: 2020-02-28
    In the Old Dominion Sate, Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg reports approval of more than $3.1 million for the 5th phase of the school's ongoing Five-Year Energy Action Plan, a comprehensive blueprint to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption and costs within five years.

    One of the cornerstones of the Energy Action Plan is leveraging data to optimize energy usage to achieve energy efficiency at scale on campus. Ten new buildings are added to the university's energy management platform during each phase. Proposed projects under Phase 5 (2019-20) of the Energy Action Plan include:

  • LED lighting overhaul in a range of buildings

  • Lab ventilation optimization and retro-commissioning of HVAC energy systems

  • Power plant compressed air system optimization

  • Integration of 10 additional energy-intensive

    buildings into the university's energy management platform

  • Ongoing smart metering, meter replacement and maintenance, and

  • Implementation of a rooftop solar project at the Sterrett Facilities Complex. (Source: Virginia Tech, 25 Feb., 2020) Contact: Virginia Tech, Office of Energy Management, Christopher H. Kiwus, Associate VP, Chief Facilities Officer, 540-231-4300 www.facilities.vt.edu/energy-utilities/energy-reduction-efforts.html, www.vt.edu

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  • SANEDI Funded for Cool Roof Energy Efficiency Initiative (Int'l.)
    South African National Energy Development Institute
    Date: 2020-02-19
    Having been awarded a $100 000 grant by the international Million Cool Roofs Challenge last year to deploy solar-reflective roof coatings, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) is now rolling out this low-tech cooling solution to communities across the country. The international Million Cool Roofs Challenge is expected to issue an additional $1 million grant to another African country team for rapid deployment of cool roofs.

    This initiative is driven by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme (K-CEP) with the aim of rapidly scaling up the deployment of highly solar-reflective "cool" roofs that can reduce indoor daytime temperatures by almost 10 degrees C, while cutting air condition energy consumption and costs in low-cost housing. (Source: SANEDI, PR, 19 Feb., 2020) Contact: SANEDI, Denise Lundall, Project Officer, Energy Efficiency Cool Surfaces, +27 11 038 4300, www.sanedi.org.za; international Million Cool Roofs Challenge, team@coolroofschallenge.org,www.coolroofschallenge.org

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    Clean Power All. Touts Online Solar+Storage Marketplace (Ind. Report)
    Clean Power Alliance
    Date: 2020-02-19
    Following up on our October 24th, 2019 coverage, in the Golden State, electric power provider Clean Power Alliance (CPA) has launched new programs and online resources to help its customers access solar and energy storage backup power and earn financial incentives managing their energy use.

    The programs will offer smart thermostat and solar energy and solar energy storage programs that will serve participating residential customers who will be paid for enrolling and reducing their energy during peak energy times and notified about when to reduce energy consumption.

    CPA has also launched an online Solar Marketplace in collaboration with EnergySage for customers seeking solar and or solar-plus-storage battery systems. Customers can quickly receive and compare customized solar quotes from local, vetted contractors through the user-friendly website. Participating CPA customers will also get support from EnergySage's vendor-neutral Energy Advisors and educational tools to address questions about various solar and battery companies, equipment, and financing options. (Source: CPA, Feb., 2020) Contact: CPA, Ted Bardacke, Exec. Dir., 888-585-3788, www.cleanpoweralliance.org; CPA Online Solar Marketplace, ; EnergySage, www.energysage.com

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    Utility Reimbursement for Energy Efficiency Prog. Losses (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In the Garden State, a draft proposal from the staff of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is at the core of the agency's efforts to achieve the state's 2018 mandated energy efficiency goals that promote a shift to 100 pct clean energy by 2050 -- a target unlikely to be met without overhauling the NJBPU's energy efficiency programs since the demand for electricity is expected to double by mid-century.

    Under the staff proposal, utilities will be able to recover lost revenues attributable to their energy efficiency programs, as well as programs to reduce peak-time energy consumption -- all of which runs contrary to established utility business models that encourage energy consumption to the point of wastefulness for growth and higher profits.

    The draft proposal is modeled on energy efficiency programs adopted by South Jersey Gas and New Jersey Natural Gas more than a decade ago, so-called limited decoupling. Dubbed Conservation Incentive Programs (CIP), they rely on incentives funded by shareholders to implement conservation programs. The staff draft balances the interests of both the utilities and ratepayers and allows utilities to earn a return on their energy efficiency investments, according to the NJBPU. (Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, NJ Spotlight, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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    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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    UK AI System Measures Commercial Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    UWE Bristol
    Date: 2020-02-07
    In the UK, the University of West of England in Bristol (UWE Bristol) reports it is collaborative;y developing a system incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) to determine the energy consumption and cost efficiency of commercial buildings.

    The IoT-enabled Real-time Energy Analytics Platform (i-REAP) is a two-year £1.5 million collaborative R&D project funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The system will use data collected from a network of small sensors to paint an accurate picture of energy consumption at a number of commercial building test sites with a view to setting up a service to offer energy efficiency advice to businesses.

    The project is led by engineering firm TerOpta, which is developing Internet of Things (IoT) enabled sensors for i-REAP. Researchers from UWE Bristol's Big Data Lab will initially carry out a feasibility study in the buildings, assessing the heating layout, staff sitting arrangements, office structure, orientation of buildings and building facade, materials, as well as insulation. UWE will then install up to 80 IoT sensors inside and four outside each of the buildings. By collecting data over a period of six months, the researchers will be able to gather enough intelligence on the building to then give client advice on how the current building systems are functioning and how they could be improved by retrofitting for energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness. (Source: UWE Bristol, pbctoday, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: UWE Bristol, Prof. Lukumon Oyedele, +4411732 83443, L.Oyedele@uwe.ac.uk, www.uwe,ac.uk

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    Schneider EcoStruxure Building Solution Delivers Energy Efficiency, Savings (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2020-02-05
    In the UK, global energy efficiency and energy management services specialist Schneider Electric reports its EcoStruxure Building Solution is overseeing the University of Nottingham's building management and operations optimization.

    Schneider's EcoStruxure Building solution plays a pivotal role in reducing energy consumption and expenditure while driving drive greater cost savings through a better understanding of energy through a single platform. As a result, the University is seeing a 5 pct reduction in energy consumption, a 3 pct drop in overall energy costs , a 25 pct lowering in maintenance costs and increased efficiencies in areas where EcoStruxure has been deployed. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, voltium, 1 Feb., 2020) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.co.in/en: University of Nottingham, www.nottingham.ac.uk

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    SaskPower Launches Energy Efficiency Assistance Prog. (Ind Report)
    SaskPower
    Date: 2020-02-03
    On the Canadian prairies, the Saskatoon-based utility SaskPower reports it preparing to launch a new Energy Assistance Pilot Program in the province's largest cities, Regina and Saskatoon.

    The program is aimed at assisting low income customers cut home energy costs by as much as $230 per year with affordable home energy-efficient upgrades. The program also includes the installation of free smart thermostats; energy-saving products such as LED light bulbs, smart power strips and high-efficiency bathroom fixtures; personal home walk-through energy assessments and, recommendations on cutting energy consumption. (Source: SaskPower, Public Release, Feb., 2020) Contact: SaskPower, Shawn Schmidt, VP Distribution and Customer Services, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

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    Philly Planning 105,000 LED Streetlight Installation (Ind Report)
    Philadelphia Office of Sustainability
    Date: 2020-01-27
    In the Keystone State, the city of Philadelphia Energy Authority has issued a request for qualifications from contractors for the installation of 105,000 LED streetlights under the cities' Municipal Energy Master Plan.

    The Master Plan aims to reduce Philadelphia's energy consumption, lower its carbon emissions and expand the use of renewables.

    According to the U.S. DOE, the widespread use of LEDs, compared to no LED use, could save the "equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants" by 2027 and "more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices."

    Philadelphia presently spends $12.9 million per year on streetlighting costs but has not yet identified funding mechanisms or a date for the citywide LED switchover. (Source: Philadelphia Energy Authority, Plan Philly, WHYY PBS, 25 Jan., 2020) Contact: Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, Christine Knapp, Dir., 215-686-3495, www.phila.gov › departments › office-of-sustainability; Philadelphia Energy Authority, 215-686-4483, www.philaenergy.org


    New Jersey Energy Master Plan Unveiled (Reg. & Leg, Ind. Report)
    New Jersey
    Date: 2020-01-27
    Garden State Governor Phil Murphy (D) has unveiled the state's Energy Master Plan, which outlines key strategies to reach the Administration's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2050. The Energy Master Plan outlines the following energy efficiency related strategies and includes an implementation plan that lays out next steps and timelines:
  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Transportation Sector, including encouraging electric vehicle adoption, electrifying transportation systems, and leveraging technology to reduce emissions and miles traveled.

  • Accelerating Deployment of Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources by developing offshore wind, community solar, a successor solar incentive program, solar thermal, and energy storage. It also involves adopting new market structures to embrace clean energy development and contain costs, opening electric distribution companies' circuits for distributed energy resources (DER), and developing low-cost loans or financing for DER.

  • Maximizing Energy Efficiency and Conservation, and Reducing Peak Demand including enacting 0.75 percent and 2 percent utility energy efficiency standards for natural gas and electricity, respectively, improving energy efficiency programs in New Jersey, adopting new clean energy and energy efficiency financing mechanisms, and strengthening building and energy codes and appliance standards.

  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Building Sector through decarbonization and electrification of new and existing buildings, including the expansion of statewide net zero carbon homes incentive programs, the development of EV-ready and Demand Response-ready building codes, and the establishment of a long-term building de-carbonization roadmap.

  • De-carbonizing and Modernizing New Jersey's Energy System through planning and establishment of Integrated Distribution Plans, investing in grid technology to enable increased communication, sophisticated rate design, and reducing our reliance on natural gas.

  • Supporting Community Energy Planning and Action in Under served Communities through incentivizing local, clean power generation, prioritizing clean transportation options in these communities, and supporting municipalities in establishing community energy plans.

  • Expand the Clean Energy Innovation Economy by expanding upon New Jersey's existing 52,000 clean energy jobs and investing in developing clean energy knowledge, services, and products that can be exported to other regions around the country and around the world, thereby driving investments and growing jobs. New Jersey will attract supply chain businesses to create dynamic new clean energy industry clusters and bring cutting-edge clean energy research and development the state. (Source: InsideNJ, PR, 27 Jan., 2020)

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  • Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy Outlines Climate Change Action (Int'l)
    Tokyuo,Climate Change
    Date: 2020-01-27
    In Japan, the recently released Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy details a multifaceted effort to heighten climate change disaster - mitigation preparedness, reduce single-use plastics, transition to renewable energy and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The strategy also calls for zero-emission cars, buses, boats and planes; buildings made of recycled wood and equipped with solar panels; power plants on the city's perimeter tapping biomass, geothermal, hydrogen, hydroelectric, solar and wind energy; grocery stores with zero food waste and no single-use plastics; and "smart" homes with artificial intelligence to minimize energy consumption.

    To that end, the Tokyo City Metropolitan Government 2020 budget plans to spend more than ¥74.6 billion ($684.5 million). The money will be distributed to individual progams in 14 energy sector including buildings, transportation, resources, climate change adaptation and engagement. These include Tokyo Climate Change Adaptation Policy, Plastic Strategy, Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Promotion Strategy, all of which outline additional steps the city will take to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions, marine plastic waste, food waste and fluorocarbon emissions.

    To achieve decarbonization, the capital city of 13.9 residents plans to expand the use of hydrogen energy as it moves away from fossil fuels in its effort to address global warming and the climate change crisis, and urged the central government to formulate a national strategy to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: City of Tokyo, PR, Japan Times, 26 Jan., 2020)

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    AstraZeneca Investing $1Bn in CO2, Climate Change Fight (Int'l.)
    AstraZeneca
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Cambridge, UK-based British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca reports it will invest $1 billion to reach zero carbon emissions across its global operations by 2025, and ensure its entire value chain is carbon negative by 2030 -- as outlined in the company's just released Ambition Zero Carbonstrategy.

    To that end, AstraZeneca plans to cut carbon emissions to net-zero emissions within its own operations without relying on offset schemes, use 100 pct renewable energy, and reduce total energy consumption by 10 pct from a 2015 base, all by 2025. The pharmaceuticals maker is also planning a 50,000,000 tree reforestation initiative named AZ Forest which will launch in Australis this February. (Source: AstraZeneka, PR, BusinessGreen, 20 Jan., 2020) Contact: AstraZeneca, Pascal Soirot, CEO, +44 (0)20 3749 5000, www.astrazeneka.com

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    Yellow Door Selected for APICORP HQ Solar Installation (Int'l.)
    Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation
    Date: 2020-01-22
    The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a Saudi multilateral development bank, is reporting a contract with Dubai-based solar energy and energy efficiency specialist Yellow Door Energy (YDE) for the installation of rooftop solar panels at its headquarters in Dammam.

    The solar installation is expected to generate up to 718 MWh of power and cut energy consumption by 35 pct when completed later this year.

    YDE is reported to have more than 100 MW of solar assets under development in the UAE, Jordan, Pakistan and Egypt. (Source: APICORP, Renewables, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: APICORP, www.apicorp.org; Yellow Door Energy, +971 4 454 3033, www.yellowdoorenergy.com

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    BC Cities Participating Building Benchmark BC Pilot (Ind. Report)
    Building Benchmark BC
    Date: 2020-01-22
    In British Columbia, Canada, the cities of Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver are reporting their participation in the Building Benchmark BC pilot project aimed at helping building owners and managers easily "benchmark" and disclose the energy consumption and emissions of their properties.

    Participants will receive detailed energy and carbon performance data and a clear picture of how their building's performance relative to similar buildings. This information will help them make more informed decisions on capital investments, upgrades and energy efficiency rebates.

    The pilot was developed by OPEN Green Building Society with funding from Natural Resources Canada and BC Hydro. (Source: Building Benchmark BC, HPAC, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Building Bench,ark BC, www.BuildingBenchmarkBC.ca

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    Stillwater Considers Energy Saving, Efficiency Upgrades (Ind Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2020-01-20
    In Minnesota, the Stillwater City Council reports it is considering an energy assessment and proposal from Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco. The Ameresco assessment projects that $700,000 -- $1,000,000 in energy efficiency upgrades to nine city owned facilities could significantly cut energy consumption as well as reduce energy and future maintenance costs. The savings would cover the cost of the infrastructure upgrades or the difference would be covered by Ameresco.

    Ameresco's proposed upgrades include: replacing fluorescent lighting with LEDs; occupancy controled lighting; installing mechanical insulation to pumps and piping; and building envelope improvements. (Source: City of Stillwater, 17 Jan., 2020) Contact: City of Stillwater, Mick Greiner,Facilities Manager, 651-430-8800, www.ci.stillwater.mn.us; Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

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    Empire State Sets New Energy Efficiency Targets (Ind. Report)
    New York State Public Service Commission
    Date: 2020-01-20
    In the Big Apple, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) reports approval of new energy efficiency and electric heat pump targets aimed at dramatically reducing energy consumption in the state.

    The new targets for investor-owned utilities are expected to attract roughly $2 billion in market-enabling investments to help transform the way New York residents and businesses heat and cool their homes and offices and move towards cleaner and healthier buildings and communities statewide.

    Combined with other State initiatives, the new targets are expected to deliver a 3 pct reduction in annual electric usage and a 1.3 pct cut in annual natural gas usage by 2025.

    Together with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and a previous PSC order on efficiency, New York State in energy efficiency and clean heat investments from 2020 through 2025 will total $6.8 billion. (Source: New York State Public Service Commission, BigNews Network, 17 Jan., 2020) Contact: New York State Public Service Commission, 518-474-7080, www.dps.ny.gov; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov; LIPA, Tom Falcone, CEO, (631) 755-6900, www.lipower.org

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    Minn. Energy Efficiency Disclosure Ordinance in Force (Ind. Report)
    Minneapolis
    Date: 2020-01-15
    The city of Minneapolis is reporting a city ordinance requiring one- and two-family homeowners to collect energy consumption and efficiency data before listing their homes for sale came into force Jan. 15, 2020.

    Homeowners can comply with the ordinance by having a Truth In Sale of Housing (TISH) inspector collect the data during the mandatory pre-listing evaluation or by getting an energy audit from Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy's Home Energy Squad program.

    In either case, an inspection evaluates a home's windows, heating system and attic and wall insulation and compiles the data into an "energy score" of the home's energy efficiency. The inspector will also prepare a report detailing the improvements a homeowner or homebuyer could -- but is not required to -- make, how much those improvements typically cost and how much could be saved annually by making them.

    The Minneapolis Climate Action Plan calls for 75 pct of houses to undergo energy retrofits by 2025, and notes the city offers no financing for energy efficiency improvements. (Source: City of Minneapolis, Southwest Journal, Jan., 2020) Contact: www.minneapolismn.gov/ccs/ccs_tish; Home Energy Squad, www.homeenergysquad.net

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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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    N. America's Largest Certified Passive House Lauded (Ind. Report)
    Bright Power
    Date: 2020-01-06
    Energy and water management services specialist Bright Power along with its partner Omni New York, LLC, is reporting its Park Avenue Green low-income residential project in NYC has been recognized as the largest passive house standard building in North America. The building was designed by Curtis + Ginsberg Architects. The voluntary Passivhaus standard entails:
  • Annual heating and cooling needs of now more than 15 kWh/m2 (4,755 BTU/sq ft; 5.017 MJ/sq ft) -- or, alternately, a peak heat load of 10 W/m2 (1.2 hp/1000 sq ft);

  • Energy needs of no more than 60 kWh/m2 (19,020 BTU/sq ft; 20.07 MJ/sq ft) per year;

  • Near-complete air-tightness -- leaking under 0.05 cubic feet per minute -- less than 0.6 times the house volume per hour at 50 Pascals;

  • Passive solar design (primary windows facing towards winter sun, compacts house design, etc.);

  • Insulation and/or super-insulation;

  • exterior wall color choices made based on specific climate;

  • Possible low-volume heat recovery ventilation systems;

  • Windows with very high R-values -- triple-pane, glazed, etc.

  • Eliminated thermal bridges, possible passive natural ventilation, possible mechanical heat recovery ventilation systems and insulated ventilation ducts, and many others.

    Generally Passivehaus standard buildings annual energy needs can be reduced by can cut energy consumption by 60 pct or more as compared to conventional design. Average construction costs for a building based on Passivhaus standards runs roughly 10 pct higher than conventional construction costs in the U.S. (Source: Bright Power, Passivhaus Inst., CleanTechnica, 1 Jan., 2019)Contact: Bright Power Inc., Andrea Mancino, Dir. New Construction, 212.803.5868, 415.914.7171, www.brightpower.com; Passive House Institute US, (312) 561-4588, info@phius.org, www.phius.org

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  • Siemens, TARSHID Ink Energy Efficiency, CO2 Reduction Deal (Int'l)
    Tarshid,Siemens Saudi Arabia
    Date: 2020-01-06
    In Riyadh, the Saudi Arabia National Energy Services Company (TARSHID) reports it has inked an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Siemens Saudi Arabia. The deal is a holistic building performance, energy efficiency and sustainability solution expected cut the Saudi National Information Center's annual energy consumption by 28 percent, reduce the building's CO2 emission by 4,300 tpy.

    This agreement is in line with the Kingdom Vision 2030 and its continuous efforts to rationalize energy consumption, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate smart building performance initiatives and reduce national domestic energy usage. (Source: TARSHID, Asharq Al-Awsat, 5 January, 2020) Contact: TARSHID, www.tarshid.com.sa; Siemens Saudi Arabia, www.new.siemens.com/sa/en.html

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    Siemens, Saudi Energy Services Ink Energy Savings Deal (Int'l)
    Siemens, Tarshid
    Date: 2019-12-30
    In Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian National Energy Services Company, Tarshid, and Siemens Saudi Arabia are reporting the signing of a smart energy, Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) that will help the National Information Center (NIC) cut annual energy consumption by 28 pct and accelerate holistic building performance and energy efficiency initiatives.

    Siemens notes it has expanded its investment in Saudi Arabia by transferring its know-how in energy efficiency, as well as its regional competency centers and global know-how to enable the Kingdom to reduce its dependency on oil and cut power consumption of its critical facilities, like the NIC. (Source: Siemens, Middle East Utilities, 29 Dec., 2019) Contact: Tarshid, (+966) 920012370, www.tarshid.com.sa; Siemens Middle East, www.new.siemens.com/mea/en.html

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    Thailand Enforcing New Building Energy Efficiency Code (Int'l.)
    Thailand's Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency
    Date: 2019-12-30
    In Bangkok, the Thailand Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) reports it will this year implement rules under which new buildings of 10,000 square metres or more will be required to comply with the National Building Energy Code (BEC), an internationally recognized energy-saving standard. The new BEC standard covers the level of thermal transfer and energy requirements of electronic equipment, particularly air conditioners and light bulbs.

    The new rule, which is expected to come into force early in 2020, is part of the government's commitment to improve the energy-efficiency standard in new buildings and to cut energy consumption in older buildings by a minimum of 10 pct in 2020. (Source: Thailand DEDE, SDD, 18 Dec., 2019) Contact: Thailand Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Tel +66 2222 4102-9, +66 2223 0021-9 +66 2226 3943 - fax., weben.dede.go.th

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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

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    ASHRAE Guides Target Net-Zero Energy Office Bldgs. (Ind. Report)
    American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
    Date: 2019-12-13
    ASHRAE -- the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers -- reports the availability of its nely published guides on designing K-12 and small to medium office buildings that achieve net-zero energy consumption without compromising quality.

    Building on previous guides targeting deep energy savings, the first two new guides were developed in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, Illuminating Engineering Society, and U.S. Green Building Council.

    Additional information on the new guides is HERE. (Source: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning EngineersFacilitiesNet, 12 Dec., 2019)Contact: ASHRAE, (404) 636-8400, www.ashrae.org

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    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)

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