The 3 year work contract , which was funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), was intended to spur the growth of energy efficiency in the small and medium commercial building sector -- less than 100,000 square feet in gross floor area -- but accounts for over half of the energy used in the commercial sector, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.
At the start of the project, ICAST operated in two states, improving energy in about 100 multifamily buildings per year.
ICAST has eight affiliates providing energy-efficiency services to the multifamily sector in four states and seven cities.
(Source: US DOE EERE, ICAST, PR, 30 Sept., 2019)
Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-home; ICAST, 866.590.4377, email@example.com, www.icastusa.org
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The policy targets 50 pct renewable electricity for government operations by 2022 and 100 pct by 2025, rising to 100 pct renewable electricity by 2035.
The energy plan has specific targets for reducing the amount of per capita carbon produced each decade through 2050. The County also will produce a plan to transition away from internal combustion engines and increase the use of alternative and public transportation.
(Source: Arlington Connection, 25 Sept., 2019)Contact: Arlington County, www.arlingtonva.us
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With the agreement, KE2 Therm will also sell Honeywell Multisite (f.k.a. Novar) technologies including its Novar building controls systems, E-MON electrical meters, and Manning refrigerant leak detection sensors.
According to the U.S. DOE, grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9 pct of the total energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S., of which more than 50 pct is from refrigeration.
Honeywell Multisite provides full-service building management including design, engineering, programming, software and hardware production, delivery and installation, and 24/7 centralized monitoring, control and reporting. (Source: Honeywell, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact:
Honeywell Multisite, Matt Call, GM, www.honeywell.com;
KE2 Therm, Patrick Holdmeyer, Pres., CEO, (636)266-0140, fax (888) 366-6769, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ke2therm.com
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According to the Ministry, the building sector is "one of the major energy-consuming areas in Morocco, it represents 33 pct of the final energy consumption and records a strong growth of the annual energy consumption."
Morocco's energy efficiency strategy aims to achieve energy savings of around 20 pct. (Source: Morocco World News, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: NAMA Facility, www.nama-facility.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
The basic evaluation is intended to help business owners asses how much of their operations costs are going to maintaining room temperatures, meeting hot water needs, lighting and other power consumption needs and services.
An enhanced in-depth evaluation includes estimated savings and recommended contractors to make energy improvements within the next year.
Businesses will also be provided with no-cost and low-cost tips to minimize energy consumption, along with learning about what equipment may need upgrades to help save on operational costs.
(Source: FortisBC, PR, Rossland News, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: FortisBC, Danielle Wensink, Director of Conservation and Energy Management, Douglas Stout, VP External Relations and Market Development, (604)576-7000, www.fortisbc.com; GreenStep Solutions, 800-469-7830, www.greenstep.ca
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The upgrade, which includes 1,354 Orion LED lighting fixtures and 1,249 LED Bulbs for an expected $597,711 per year savings, also qualifies for a $300,000 rebate from Salt River Project.
BC Energy is a national energy management and reduction firm helping companies drastically reduce their energy consumption. The company provides turnkey energy efficiency-energy reduction projects and enterprise-wide solutions, according to the release.
(Source: Orion Energy Systems, Inc., PR, 12 Sept., 2019)
Contact: Orion Energy Systems, Inc., www.orionlighting.com; BC Energy Solutions, www.bcenergysaves.com
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To reach Net Zero Energy by 2030, the study calls for Burlington to reduce total energy use and increase electrification across the electric, heating, and ground transportation sectors, while continuing to source all of its electricity from renewable generation. The Roadmap identifies important criteria to achieve that goal, including: efficient electric buildings, increased adoption of electric Vehicles (EVs), implementing a district energy system that could reduce fossil fuel consumption by 15 pct, and developing alternative transportation systems and programs.
In response to the city program, Burlington Electric Department announced a slate of new programs and incentives that build on existing initiatives and focus on both building electrification and energy efficiency and transportation, lowering energy consumption and electric rates.
(Source: City of Burlington, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Burlington, Jennifer Green, Director of Sustainability, www.burlingtonvt.gov; Burlington Electric Department, Darren Springer, Gen. Manager, www.burlingtonelectric.com/NZE
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The Climate Action Plan will identify strategies and actions for reducing those greenhouse gas emissions generated by transportation and mobile sources, residential and non-residential energy consumption, water and wastewater treatment and its transport, and solid waste generation. The Plan will include a greenhouse gas inventory, forecast, reduction targets, and various reduction measures to achieve targets, and an implementation and monitoring strategy for continuous assessment, according to a City release.
The plan will benchmark the City's current status relative to statewide emission goals; provide a roadmap for achieving statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets; create a plan that considers the City's needs and objectives; and provide guidance and measurable trigger points for the City to respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Major strategies to reduce emissions will include increased energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative forms of transportation, water conservation, urban forestry, natural light and ventilation, and programs to "reduce, reuse, and recycle" consumer goods.
A draft plan is expected by the first quarter of 2021. (Source: City of Coronado, Eagle Weekender, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Coronodo, Blair King, City Manager, (619) 522-7335, www.coronado.ca.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
The proposed ESPC work will deliver operational and energy savings and will include lighting upgrades, mechanical upgrades/retro-commissioning, building envelope and water conservation and others, according to the DLG statement.
The EEC Grant program is a cooperative effort with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department of Energy Development and Independence to assist city and county governments to reduce energy consumption and lower overall utility costs.
Department for Local Government, Paintsville Herald, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: Kentucky
Department for Local Government, www.kydlgweb.ky.gov
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In terms of energy consumption, a grower can use no more than 36 watts per square foot for lighting the plants, and must use high-efficiency lights approved by the DesignLights Consortium, a nonprofit organization that pushes for the use of high-performing commercial lights.
(Source: St.Louis NPR, Sept., 2019)
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Brampton is aiming foe a 30 pct emission reduction by 2030 and 80 pct by 2025. The interim target has been set to reduce GHG emissions by 20 per cent by 2024.
In a release, the city notes has recovered $5.8 million in costs through energy-efficient programs, third-party funding, energy procurement and water rebates
and has introduced more than 13 renewable energy projects implemented 50 energy conservation projects in its effort to address emissions and climate change.
(Source: City of Brampton, Brampton Guardian, 3 Sept., 2019)
Contact: City of Brampton, 905.874.2130, www.brampton.ca
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Over the past 10 years UCT has converted electric hot water boilers in residences to energy-efficient heat pumps, conducted energy audits in some buildings and retrofitted energy-efficient lighting fixtures in one residence.
In 2012 the university committed to green designs for all new buildings -- independently certified by the Green Building Council South Africa.(Source: Univ. of Cape Town, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: University of Cape Town, www.uct.ac.za; Green Building Council South Africa, +27 86 104 2272, www.gbcsa.org.za
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The $469,748 upgrade to LEDs is expected to cut the city's energy consumption by roughly 5 pct.
The project received grants from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Massachusetts Department of Energy, and expects to receive rebates from National Grid.
(Source: City of Amesbury, PR, Daily News, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Amesbury, Tom Barrasso, Director of Energy and Environmental Affairs, (978) 388-8110 x314, www.amesburyma.gov
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The Renewable Portfolio Standard required Ohio electric utilities to generate 12.5 pct of their energy from renewables by 2027 and reduce electric energy consumption by 22 pct by increasing efficiency.
(Source: Various Media, Athens Messenger, 25 Aug., 2019)
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at the Environment America Research & Policy Center, one of the entities that generated the report, attributed Oklahoma's ranking in that category to energy efficiency programs offered to Oklahoma customers.
The report notes that the continuing decline in per-capita energy consumption and the drop in renewable energy costs and prices have fostered continued growth in the wind energy sector, and is expected to continue doing so. (Source: Environment America Research & Policy Center, The Oklahoman, 22 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Environment America Research & Policy Center, Rob Sargent, Energy Program Director, www.environmentamericacenter.org; Frontier Group, www.frontiergroup.org
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American Water's new headquarters is the first and only building in Camden, NJ to be certified LEED Platinum. (Source: American Water, PR, 6 Aug., 2019)
Contact: American Water, Susan Story, CEO, www.amwater.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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One expert who has been working at the heart of this topic is Gonzalo Pinto Quijano, an architect specializing in sustainable buildings at Acciona. As part of the EU project BRESAER, he has helped design and test a pioneering lightweight structural mesh to boost the energy-performance building facades.
The BRESAER building mesh system is modular and flexible, allowing it to adapt to different climatic conditions and architectural constraints. The lightweight structural mesh allows other components to be easily integrated into an energy efficient building facade .
Download BRESAER system details HERE. (Source: UN Cordis, Aug., 2019) Contact: UN Cordis, www.cordis.europa.eu; BRESAER, www.bresaer,eu
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As part of the test pilot, residential customers will be given incentives for using smart-home technologies as well as rebates for shifting their energy use during off-peak times. Commercial customers, meanwhile, will have the option of enrolling in PGE's Energy Partner Smart Thermostat program, which offers free thermostats and installation to qualifying businesses. The program will also give payments for businesses participating in load-control events. Other potential energy-saving opportunities include incentives for customers using rooftop solar or smart devices such as thermostats, water heaters and electric vehicle chargers and batteries.
PGE worked the Rocky Mountain Institute and an advisory panel to develop the program. PGE will also utilize the advanced communications capabilities and distribution system upgrades in three Oregon cities: Hillsboro, Portland and Milwaukie which have remote controls and other smart grid technologies installed to increase system reliability.
The launch of the test pilot comes as PGE submitted a new integrated resource plan to the Oregon PUC for approval to add more renewable power, increase energy efficiency and partner with customers to balance energy consumption during peak demand periods.
(Source: PGE, PR, Daily Energy Insider, 30 July, 2019)
Contact: PGE, Maria Pope, CEO, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444, www.portlandgeneral.com
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To avoid this greenhouse effect, air conditioning has been the standard solution, but, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy used on air condition has doubled since 2000 and presently accounts for about 14 pct of all energy consumed.
In obvious agreement with the IEA, in April NYC mayor Bill de Blasio said he would ban all-glass buildings and force developers to retrofit existing buildings to make them more energy-efficient, although the "ban" was later clarified to mean "excessive use of glass and steel."
In the UK, London's mayor Sadiq Khan ruled out a similar plan but released regulations requiring construction firms to assess a building's energy use across its whole life-cycle and to use special types of glass that can block sunshine in hot weather, or even generate electricity themselves, such as the Edge building in Amsterdam. (Source: Various Media, Guardian, July, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Consumption, Building Energy Efficiency,
Since implementing EFT's Energy Manager platform in 2018, 90 pct of the retailer's stores enjoyed a 45 pct reduction in energy consumption against their 2017 energy usage. These data results represent a global reduction of 5GWH for the retailer.
EFT's Energy Manager creates value by forecasting energy demand, alerting to anomalous usage, and leveraging analytics to normalize for weather, production rates and commodity costs, all of which help customers track equipment effectiveness/efficiency and control costs. (Source: EFT Analytics, PR, 25 July, 2019) Contact: EFT Analytics, (212) 290-2300 -- Witchita and NYC offices, www.EFTanalytics.com
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Launched in 2017, inteGRIDy is running 10 pilot schemes in 8 European countries focused on electricity demand response, enhancing the operation of the distribution grid and energy storage.
Download one of the 10 projects -- A Demonstration of an Integrated Battery Energy Storage System in Residential and Commercial Buildings --
HERE. (Source: Cordis News, July, 2019) Contact: inteGRIDy, www.integridy.eu
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The company's business model is to save money on energy while helping improve the environment. Relating particularly to blockchain, the technology will reduce energy consumption to decrease energy wast.
EFFORCE "allows contributors to profit from the energy savings
generated by energy efficiency projects worldwide", according to the company website.
(Source: EFFORCE, AllStocks, 21 July, 2019) Contact: EFFORCE, www.efforce.io
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According to the International Monetary Fund, carbon tax is the best way to cut greenhouse gas emissions as it allows for a reduction in energy consumption.
(Source: Southern Courier, 18 July, 2019)
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Ordinances slated for review include two options for builders of new construction to reduce natural gas consumption within their developments. By either building an all-electric structure at the minimum efficiency required by the state's energy code or designing a mixed-fuel building using natural gas and electricity at a higher efficiency level, developers can meet the proposed reach code for electrification, according to a staff report.
For single-family and duplex projects, builders can either construct all-electric buildings or design a mixed-fuel building 15 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which officials estimate could save builders $5,300 in construction costs as compared to a mixed-fuel home. An all-electric design for homes is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 50 pct in most cases as compared to a mixed-fuel design, according to the report.
The proposed ordinance for office buildings would require builders to design an all-electric building or a mixed-fuel development 10 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which could involve using windows less prone to heat, natural sunlight and occupancy sensors. An all-electric office building designed to meet the 2019 state code is estimated to cost $57,300 less to construct compared to a comparable mixed-fuel building, according to the city council's report.
If adopted by the San Mateo city council and the California Energy Commission, the new codes will come into force Jan. 1, 2020. (Source: City of San Mateo, Daily Journal, July, 2019)
Contact: City of San Mateo, Andrea Chow, Sustainability Analyst, www.cityofsanmateo.org/477/Building
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Under the city's proposed standard,
real estate agents and landlords will be required to inform potential purchasers and renters how the property they're interested in compares with other similar properties in terms of energy consumption and energy related operating costs.
(Source: City of Montpelier, mychamplainvalley.com, 10 July, 2019)
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Based on an early draft shared with stakeholders, SELC contends "the Fire Marshal's Office appears poised to propose adoption of largely adopt outdated residential energy efficiency standards, despite obvious advances in building technology." SELC also contends the Fire Marshal's Office fails to address "appropriate standards" as outlined in the Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act of 2009. The SELC says by maintaining the status quo, the Fire Marshal's office would "discriminate against techniques and materials that further energy efficiency."
Tennessee has the 12th highest residential average of energy consumption in the nation, with an average monthly bill of $123.30, according to the SELC.
(Source: Southern Environmental Law Center
Contact: Southern Environmental Law Center , 434-977-4090, www.southernenvironment.org
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Under the plan, major cooling products energy efficiency is expected to improve by at least 30 pct by 2022, while energy efficiency in large public buildings will increase 30 pct by 2030.
In 2018, Energy Foundation China and the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program China launched a program aimed at cutting energy consumption in residential and commercial air conditioning, focusing on developing energy-efficiency standards and labels in China from 2018 to 2020.
The foundation has since been working with Chinese government agencies, research institutes, and air conditioner manufacturers to improve cooling efficiency and promote green products, in keeping with the government's commitment to a greener economy. (Source: Energy Foundation China, China Daily, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Energy Foundation China, +86-10-5821-7100, china@no spamefchina.org, www.efchina.org
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An energy basic unit is used to measure the level of energy efficiency -- the higher the value the lower the efficiency of the energy consumed.
South Korea's energy basic unit is four times higher than Ireland, which ranks first among OECD states for energy efficiency.
The KEPCO institute noted low electricity bills were a factor leading to the over consumption of electricity and energy inefficiency, and called for
the South Korean government to boost energy efficiency efforts and introduce policies to raise electric power prices to lessen consumption. (Source: KEPCO Management Research Institute, Korea Bizwire, 1 July, 2019) Contact: KEPCO Management Research Institute, www.kepco.co.kr/eng
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To that end, DGS will annually audit state-owned buildings that are determined to be the least energy efficient. The audit will identify low-cost measures to increase energy efficiency and savings. (Source: Office of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore Sun, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Office of Gov. Larry Hogan, (410) 974-3901, www.governor.maryland.gov;
Maryland Energy Administration, (410) 537-4000, https://energy.maryland.gov
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The policy update features:: increased minimum certification for projects requiring a development site plan or development special use permit; priority performance points for certification; and enhanced public development standards. The first refers to the certification levels outlined in different third-party rating systems for green building standards. The city sets specific benchmark requirements for three systems -- US Green Building Council LEED, Green Globes and EarthCraft.
The new policy sets higher standards for public development than private development, although requirements for both types increased from those outlined in the 2009 policy.
Public developments must now meet LEED Gold standards while private developments must meet LEED Silver stands.
Projects not using the LEED system will need to meet the equivalent in Green Globes, EarthCraft or another third-party rating system.
The new standards come into force in March, 2020. (Source: Alexandria City Council. Alexandria Times, 27 June, 2019) Contact: Alexandria City Council, (703) 746-4500, /www.alexandriava.gov/Council
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Under the new legislation, photovoltaic (PV) systems will be mandatory in homes, business and government buildings to hlp Cyprus meet energy consumption and near zero-energy goals.
Buildings constructed after 31 December 2018 are required to hold an Energy Performance Certificate classifying them as Energy efficiency class B.
This means that buildings will have to be built with materials insulating the interior and generate part of their energy needs from renewable energy sources. Housing units built after the end of 2018 should be producing up to 25 pct, blocks of flats 3 pct and other building types 7 pct -- rising in 2020 when all buildings must be classified as class A.
This entails high-performance thermal insulation (walls, ceilings, windows, exposed floors), very low heating requirements, and
have a primary annual energy consumption of under 100 kWh per m2.
(Source: Cyprus Energy Ministry, Financial Mirror, June, 2019) Contact: Cyprus Energy Ministry, +357 22 867100, www.mcit.gov.cy
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The company's energy efficiency efforts included: replacement of fan pump motors with more efficient units, retrofitting a fixed-speed water pumping system with a variable speed unit;
adjustment of paper machine pulper agitators to run at lower speeds 40 pct of the time when the pulper is idling; and other upgrades and improvements. (Source: Clearwater Paper, Lewiston Tribune, 23 June, 2019) Contact: Clearwater Paper Corp., www.clearwaterpaper.com
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Following the communities of Pownal, Randolph, Middlebury, and Swanton, RAMP is the fifth community participant in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program at the not-for-profit Montpelier-based Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), which works to connect rural economic development to climate change responses.
The RAMP campaign encourages commercial building and homeowners to install solar panels, convert from fossil fuels to renewable electricity, weatherize their buildings and otherwise save money while saving energy and reducing emissions. (Source: The Bridge, 12 June, 2019)
Contact: Vermont Council on Rural Development, 802-223-6091, www.vtrural.org
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According to the report, energy consumption growth was driven by natural gas, which contributed more than 40 pct of the increase. All fuels grew faster than their 10-year averages, apart from renewables, although renewables still accounted for the second largest increment to energy growth.
The report found the rapid increase in carbon emissions was at least partially due to the sharp increase in abnormally hot and cold days around the world, which in turn led consumers to use more energy for cooling and heating. China, the US, and India together accounted for more than two-thirds of the global increase in energy demand, with US consumption expanding at its fastest rate for 30 years.
Download the BP 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy HERE.
(Source: BP, Statistical Review of World Energy, Digital Journal, June, 2019) Contact: BP, www.bp.com
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The Defense Department -- the Pentagon -- is the world's single largest consumer of oil and 55th largest GHG emitter, releasing 59 million metric tons of CO2 and other GHGs into the atmosphere in 2017 alone.
The report notes the majority of the Pentagon's energy consumption is related to maintaining 560,000 buildings at 500 military installations and the jet and diesel fuel used to move soldiers and weapons.
Download the Brown University Cost of War study HERE. (Source: Brown University, The Week, June, 2019)Contact: Brown University, 401-863-1000, www.brown.edu
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The plan calls for reducing energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector, accelerating deployment of renewable energy, maximizing energy efficiency and conservation, reducing energy use through decarbonization, modernizing the electric grid and utility infrastructure, as well as expanding clean energy job training opportunities and programs.
Download the NJ PUC Draft 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan HERE. (Source: NJ PUC, NJ 101.5, June, 2019)
Contact: NJ PUC, (800) 624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us
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In 2018, Boeing unveiled its new environment strategy through 2025 with ambitious goals to innovate products for environmental performance, reduce emissions, waste, and water and energy consumption at work sites, and to work with communities around the globe. Report highlights include:
The project's participating builders installed IoT sensors on several older buildings. Data from the sensors will be analyzed and used to identify the most cost-effective ways of increasing the buildings energy efficiency and thus cut the buildings energy consumption and costs.
The pilot is part of the Climate-friendly Housing Companies joint venture project between the City of Helsinki, the City of Vantaa, the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) and the Green Building Council Finland.
The project will run until the end of 2020 and will publish a digital guide for housing companies. The project is funded by the 6Aika programme, a joint strategy focusing on sustainable urban development of Finland's six largest cities. (Source: City of Helsinki, Climate-friendly Housing Companies, Smart Cities World, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Climate-friendly Housing Companies, email@example.com, www.forumvirium.fi/en/climate-friendly-housing-companies-energy-efficiency-through-data-utilisation
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Section 179D of the tax code offers a tax deduction to building owners and businesses for energy efficiency improvements such as lighting, heating and cooling, hot water systems, ventilation, or the building envelope like insulation or windows. It offers incentives for upgrades at new or existing buildings that cut the total energy and power cost by at least 50 percent compared to a building meeting the ASHRAE codes baseline for energy efficiency.
Jason Hartke, CEO, Alliance to Save Energy states, "This is a key tax incentive for encouraging energy efficiency in commercial buildings, which account for about 20 percent of U.S. energy consumption. It is important that Congress extend this incentive to give building owners and designers the certainty they need to make these investments." (Source: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, PR, Cap May Herald, 31 May, 2019)
Contact: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, www.vandrew.house.gov; Rep Mike Kelly, https://kelly.house.gov;
Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org
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The Council will use the funds for various schemes including the installation of solar panels, upgrading both interior and exterior lighting to LEDs for increased energy efficiency, and upgrading inefficient oil boiler systems. With the upgrades, the Council predicts that carbon emissions could be reduced by 1600 tpy for an annual savings of ,£ 600,000 on energy bills.
London-headquartered Salix Finance Ltd. provides interest-free Government funding to the public sector to improve their energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy consumption and costs. (Source: Highland Council, Energy North, SPP, May, 2019) Contact: Highland Council, www.highland.gov.uk; Salix Finance Ltd., +44 20 3102 6900, www.salixfinance.co.uk
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Power Factor Correction at the equipment level is a documented energy efficiency measure that to date has had limited adoption worldwide. TEC has perfected this technology and application over the last 10 years which offers significant energy savings, as well as more operational up-time and extended equipment life.
Smartcool's ECO3, ESM and ECOHome retrofit technologies reduce the energy consumption of compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems by up to 40 pct, according to the company.
(Source: Smartcool, Newsfile, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Smartcool, Mike Kordysz
VP, Investor Relations,
(604) 904- 8632,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.smartcool.net[endlink, [satrtlink]www.smartcooleco3.com; Total Energy Concepts, www.totalenergyconcepts.com
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Out of some 700 U.S. colleges and universities to sign a carbon neutrality pledge in 2007, Bates is one of only seven to date that have reached that goal. Bates cut its carbon footprint by: reducing energy consumption through efficiency measures; strengthening the culture of sustainability on campus and changing behaviors in concrete ways; and switching to renewable energy sources -- specifically, Renewable Fuel Oil (RFO), a wood-derived liquid that serves as the primary fuel for the college's central heating plant. (Source: Bates College, PR 16 May, 2019) Contact: Bates College, Marjorie Hall,
(207) 786-8248, email@example.com, www.bates.edu
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Under the legislation, homeowners are required to secure a PEB energy performance certificate for their homes by 2025, in order to drive down energy consumption of Brussels homes by a third between 2030 and 2050.
The measure aims to ensure the Brussels Capital Region respects a national commitment to cut Belgium’s carbon emissions by 35 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050.
Residential and office buildings in the region currently account for over 74 percent of energy consumption, and out of an estimated 575,000 residential buildings in Brussels, 30 pct were built before the 1960s and are not -insulated. An average insulation is expected to cost approximately
€40,000 per home. (Source: Brussels Housing Minister, Brussels Times, 15 May, 2019)
Contact: Celine Fremault, Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region responsible for: Housing. Quality of Life. Environment.
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Presently, between 6 and 8 pct of the city's energy needs are drawn from renewable energy resources. Atlanta's green energy plan touts the creation of 8,000 new jobs and claim the plan could also help low-income families in other ways.
More than 100 cities have recently pledged to run on 100 pct renewable energy, signing onto the Sierra Club's Ready For 100 campaign. To that end, the city
aims to: cut energy consumption 25 to 30 pct;
insulating old homes; installing energy-efficient lights; installing better HVAC systems; installing commercial and residential solar systems; increased battery energy storage for solar energy: and using renewable-energy credits from outside the state to offset coal and gas power still coming from the local grid; as well as maintain nuclear power as part of the city's energy mix. (Source: City of Atlanta, BBC, May, 2019) Contact: City of Atlanta,
Amol Naik, chief Resilience Officer,firstname.lastname@example.org, www.atlantaga.gov; Sierra Club/i> Ready For 100 www.sierraclub.org/ready-for-100
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The company, which currently emits around 3.3 million metric tpy of C02,
aims to achieve its goal by increasing energy efficiency, increasing the share of renewables in its energy supply mix to as much as 40 pct, accessing more green power and offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions.
This includes financing climate protection projects such as wind power in the Caribbean or forest conservation in Africa to offset just under 40 pct of its energy consumption, according to the company release. The company expects its initiative to
Icome in at a cost of €2 billion ($2.24 billion) but to deliver about €1 billion in energy efficiency savings.
(Source: Robt. Bosch LLC, Various Media, Reuters, 8 May, 2019)
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The legislation is intended to introduce and secure the sufficiency and stability of the country's energy resources by promoting the development and utilization of efficient renewable energy technologies and systems as well as delineating responsibilities among various government agencies and private entities.
The newly-signed law creates the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan (NEECP), a national comprehensive framework that defines national targets and feasible strategies, as well as imposes regular monitoring and evaluation system.
The law also mandates the development and maintenance of a centralized National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Database (NEECD) on the application and use of energy efficient and renewable technologies, and other relevant information. that will about energy consumption. The system will be developed, monitored and maintained by the Philippine DOE.
(Source: Sunstar, Yahoo Philippines, 7 May, 2019)
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The regulator approved 11 new Dominion Energy programs totaling $226 million as well as energy efficiency spending by Appalachian Power, the state's second largest electric utility. In their approval, the two companies are required to track and report the
effectiveness of their programs in reducing energy consumption at a future date.
(Source: Virginia State Corporation Commission, NBC29, AP, 4 May, 2019) Contact: Virginia State Corporation Commission, www.scc.virginia.gov; Appalachian Power, Don Nichols, (800)956-4237, email@example.com, www.appalachianpower.com; Dominion Energy, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com
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The project is partially funded by over $241,000 from the state Labor Government's New Energy Jobs Fund and
$58,460 from the Victorian government's Local Government Energy Saver Program -- a $3.4 million fund which supports resource constrained councils across regional Victoria to reduce their energy consumption and operating costs of community facilities.
A further $15,000 grant from the state government supporting Bass Coast Shire Council in their goal to transition the community to zero-net emissions will support the expansion of work begun by the coastal community of Phillip Island, which has committed to to being carbon neutral by 2030. The Victorian Labor government has pledged a 50 pct Renewable Energy Target (VRET) by 2030. (Source: PV Mag., Various Media, 3 May, 2019)
Contact: Wonthaggi Coal Mining Museum, www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/state-coal-mine-wonthaggi
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