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 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 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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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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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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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:
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,
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.semtech.com
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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.
www. clearesult.com; Streem, Ryan Fink, www.angel.co/p/rynfnk
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Download the Sustainability report HERE. (Source: Duke Energy, April, 2020) Contact: Duke Energy, Randy Wheeless, 704-382-8379, email@example.com, www.duke-energy.com
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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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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
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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],
More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council, Green Building, Energy Consumption, Energy Eff target=_blank>www.worldgbc.org[endlink]
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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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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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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,
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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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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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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'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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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sbt-allaince.com; New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org
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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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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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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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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'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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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:
buildings into the university's energy management platform
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, email@example.com,www.coolroofschallenge.org
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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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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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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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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'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,
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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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,
NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov;
LIPA, Tom Falcone, CEO, (631) 755-6900, www.lipower.org
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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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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.stlouispark.org
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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, email@example.com, www.phius.org
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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 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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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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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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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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"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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