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SJG Offers Nest Thermostats to Cut Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
South Jersey Gas
Date: 2020-09-11
In Atlantic City, the South Jersey Gas (SJG) utility reports it is offering customers a free "smart" thermostat to help cut energy consumption and save on energy costs.

Under the offering, customers can choose a $0 Google Nest Thermostat E or a discounted Google Nest Learning Thermostat -- which retails on Amazon in the $320 range -- for $49 after applicable rebates, when they shop on the South Jersey Gas Marketplace.

Independent studies show that Google Nest thermostats saved people an average of 10 pct to 12 pct on heating and 15 pct on cooling costs for an estimated average savings of $131 to $145 per year, according to the South Jersey Gas release. (Source: South Jersey Gas, PR, Beachcomber, Sept., 2020) Contact: South Jersey Gas, Deborah Franco, VP Clean Energy & Sustainability, www.southjerseygas.com; Uplight, www.uplight.com; Neste Thermostat, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News South Jersey Gas ,  Thermostat,  Energy Efficiency,  


Smithfield Foods Aims for Carbon Negative by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Smithfield Foods
Date: 2020-09-09
Virginia-based pork producer Smithfield Foods has pledged to become the first major protein company to go carbon negative through carbon reduction infinitive s at its 40 company-owned facilities in the U.S. by 2030 without purchasing carbon credits to offset emissions.

. In 2016, the company announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 pct by 2025 across its entire supply chain and in 2017 launched Smithfield Renewables that united its carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts. The company is known for its anaerobic digestion biogas efforts to turn methane from hog manure into renewable natural gas, The company will also work to sequester more carbon in farmlands and natural ecosystems. It also intends to add more wind and solar energy; streamline distribution routes to reduce miles traveled; reduce energy consumption for refrigeration, lighting and equipment. (Smithfield Foods, PR, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: Smithfield Foods, Kenneth M. Sullivan, Pres., CEO, Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, lvmartin@smithfield.com, www.smithfield.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smithfield Foods,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Negative,  Biogas,  Methane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


Alberta Scores $6.3Mn for Green Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Date: 2020-09-09
In Ottawa, the Canadian government reports the Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) program is issuing $3 million in funding to support innovation and growth in Alberta's construction and engineering industry. The funding will help small- and medium-sized businesses adopt new products and technologies that improve building energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This funding will be directed towards an Alberta-based not-for-profit organization—the Smart Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure Association (SSRIA) -- to establish a network of test buildings where firms can collaborate and test their products under different conditions. Alberta Innovates is contributing $2.8 million.

Products and services expected to be commercialized through this initiative include: materials for walls, roofs, and foundations; mechanical and electrical system improvements; sensors and lighting products that reduce energy consumption; and software for storing and analyzing building performance on energy efficiency and GHGs. (Source: Western Economic Diversification Canada, Construction Canada, Sept., 2020) Contact: Western Economic Diversification Canada, www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/home.asp; Smart Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure Association, www.ssria.ca; Alberta Innovates, www.albertainnovates.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Economic Diversification Canada ,  Energy Efficiency,  Alberta Energy Efficiency,  


Green Building Certification Launched in Namibia (Int'l. Report)
International Finance Corporation
Date: 2020-09-02
In Namibia, the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports it is partnering with Bank Windhoek to launch Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) software that will enable the certification of green buildings to facilitate their financing. The EDGE initiative also aims to compensate for the lack of a local certification body.

EDGE software allows the evaluation of a building's energy consumption, energy efficiency and overall "green" features including: low-flow faucets to reduce water consumption; wastewater management systems; efficient HVAC systems; insulation; green building materials and others.

With EDGE software, certified green real estate projects are projected to achieve a 20 pct reduction in energy and water consumption compared to conventional buildings. (Source: IFC, Afrik21, Sept., 2020) Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  International Finance Corporation ,  


USDA Grants Help Maine Businesses Cut Energy Costs (Funding)
USDA Rural Energy for America Progam
Date: 2020-08-28
Reporting from Augusta, the USDA Rural Energy for America Progam is providing nearly $1 million in grant funding to support a total of 33 Maine rural businesses, farms, and organizations improve energy efficiency, lower energy consumption and cut operating costs.

The individual grants range from roughly $8,000 to $100,000 with an average in the $35,000 range. (Source: USDA, Rural Energy for America Progam, WABI, 27 Aug., 2020) Contact: USDA, Rural Energy for America Progam, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA Rural Energy for America Progam,  


ICD Brookfield Place Scores LEED Platinum Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
Brookfield Properties,USGBC
Date: 2020-08-24
In Dubai, real estate services firm Brookfield Properties reports its ICD Brookfield Place building has achieved US Green Building Council (UEGBC) LEED® Platinum certification for green building design, construction, operations and performance. ICD Brookfield Place is the tallest and largest office building in the EMEA region to achieve the rating, and is among the top 20 of the world's largest LEED® Platinum projects.

The 53-story, 1.1 million square foot office and retail complex in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is designed to be energy efficient and minimize its ecological footprint, and has reduced its energy consumption by 28 pct above industry standards. (Source: ICD Brookfield, MENAFN , 22 Aug., 2020) Contact: Brrokfield Properties, www.brookfieldproperties.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Platinim. Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  


Cenergistic Helps Piscataway Schools Cut Energy Use (Ind. Report)
Cenergistic
Date: 2020-08-21
In the Garden State, the Piscataway Township School Board is reporting an overall 30 pct cut in energy consumption after wrapping up the first year of an energy conservation partnership with Cenergistic.

To find energy savings and efficiency opportunities, Cenergistic tracked energy consumption at all campuses to identify waste, drive energy efficiency and conservation and deploy energy-using systems across the organization to achieve peak efficiency. During the COVID-19 shutdown, Cenergistic continues to monitor district facilities for energy inefficiencies both onsite and through online technology.

Since 1986 Cenergistic has partnered with 1470+ educational, municipal government and healthcare organizations to achieve $5.8 billion in utility savings and cost avoidance. These strong results come from the application of Cenergistic's organizational behavior-based strategies and are enhanced by our proprietary software platform to drive building and equipment optimization. The company's energy conservation program reduces utility consumption by an average of 25 pct with no capital investment while maintaining or improving the comfort and quality of building environments, according to Cenergistic. (Source: Piscataway Township Schools, Cenergistic, PR, TAPinto.net, 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Cenergistic, www.cenergistic.com; Piscataway Township Schools, www.piscatawayschools.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cenergistic,  Energy Efficiency,  


Croatia Launching $32.2Mn Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (Int'l.)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-08-19
In Zagreb, the Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency is launching HRK 203 million ($32.2 million) family homes energy efficiency upgrades grant program.

According to the agency website, Croatian family homes account to 65 pct of the country's housing stock and 40 pct of total energy consumption -- 70 pct of energy for heating, cooling, and hot water -- at the national level. The ministry estimates household energy consumption can be cut by as much as 60 pct.

Under the scheme, eligible applicants may qualify for grants to cover 60 pct of the costs of energy efficiency upgrades and renovations including: external wall insulation; replacement of windows and doors, and others energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, Website, Croatia Week, 19 Aug., 2020) Contact: Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, www.fzoeu.hr/en/home

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Schneider and Huck Partner On Energy-as-a-Service (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric, Huck Capital
Date: 2020-08-17
Global energy efficiency and energy management services specialist Schneider Electric and San Francisco-based Huck Capital have announced a partnership to create a new company that will deliver energy-as-a-service to commercial and industrial buildings -- combining Schneider's energy management and microgrid expertise with Huck's sustainability-focused investment and operational focus.

According to the release, this partnership creates an innovative alternative for building owners and operators who want to transition to renewable energy to lower emissions, increase resiliency, and reduce energy consumption and costs without investing in renewable energy assets and relying on specialists to operate the microgrid. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, EC&M, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Huck Capital, Steve McBee, info@huckcapital.com, www.huchcapital.com; Schneider Electric, Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Chief Innovation Officer, www.schneider-electric.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy-as-a-Service,  


NV Energy Offers Free Energy Efficient Appliances (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2020-08-14
Las Vegas-based NV Energy has added Qualified Appliance Replacement to its list of PowerShift products and services that help customers save energy and money. The new service will provide, free of charge, an ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerator, electric clothes dryer and other products to customers who meet income guidelines and other eligibility requirements. In addition to the refrigerator and electric clothes dryer, customers will receive advanced power strips, LED lights and dusk to dawn lighting control.

"PowerShift's new Qualified Appliance Replacement service will help those eligible customers who are unable to replace older appliances, such as refrigerators and dryers, with new, more energy-efficient models. We're excited to bring this offering to our customers who either own or rent their home as it will help them to better manage their energy use and save on monthly utility bills. And, it is part of our other PowerShift tools which focus on increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption," said PowerShift program manager Chad Piekarz. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: NV Energy, Chad Piekarz, Program Manager. 775-834-3891, cpiekars@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com; PowerShift, www.nvenergy.com/powershift

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Wyoming Utility Delivering Free Energy Efficiency Kits (Ind. Report)
Lower Valley Energy
Date: 2020-08-12
In Wyoming, Afton-based utility Lower Valley Energy reports it is collaborating with the not-for-profit Energy Conservation Works to deliver free energy efficiency kits in Jackson Hole.

The Energy Efficiency Kit includes: 14 LED light bulbs of varying sizes; 1 advanced power strip; 1 thermostatic valve showerhead; and 2 sink aerators. The kits are intended to help the utility's customers reduce energy consumption and cut energy costs.

Energy Conservation Works operates in partnership with the Town of Jackson, Teton County, Lower Valley Energy, and a wide spectrum of organizations to implement and advocate for energy conservation and emissions reduction in Jackson Hole. Contact: Lower Valley Energy, (307) 885-3175, www.lvenergy.com; Energy Conservation Works -- Jackson Hole, www.energyconservationworks.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


O2 UK Foresees CO2 5G Network Benefits (Int'l. Report)
O2 UK
Date: 2020-08-12
Slough, UK-based telecommunications service provider Telefonica UK Limited, trading as O2 UK, is predicting 5G could significantly reduce the UK's carbon emissions by cutting energy consumption over 15 years, with the greatest benefits to be reaped by utility companies and the home energy sector.

According to O2 UK, the next-generation networks to shed up to 269 megatonnes of CO2 from the country's emissions by 2035 making the technology vital to the UK achieving carbon neutral status by 2050.

According to a company release, smart technology could cut 181 megatonnes of carbon emissions from the utility and home energy sectors over the 15 year period. In 2018, England's total emissions amounted to 280 megatonnes.

O2 UK is aiming to become the UK's first net-zero mobil network by 2025. (Source: O2 UK, PR, MobilWorld, 12 AUG., 2020) Contact: O2 UK, Mark Evans, CEO, www.o2.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  O2 UK,  


Fonterra's first wood pellet-fuelled plant will fire up in September
Fonterra
Date: 2020-08-10
Fonterra is one step away from pushing the go button on its first factory to convert from coal to wood pellet energy. The dairy company’s Te Awamutu plant in the Waikato is putting the finishing touches on the $11 million power source conversion which could be used as a blueprint for its other factories around the country. It was part of the company’s move to renewable energy and to reduce emissions as it worked towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050. When fully operational the new wood pellet burner will eliminate 84,000tpy of carbon emissions and reduce Fonterra’s coal energy consumption in New Zealand by 10 per cent. (Source: Fonterra Stuff NZ, 9 Aug., 2020) Contact: Fonterra, www.fonterra.com.nz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fonterra news,  Wood Pellet news,  


ENERGY STAR Focus on Bakery Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR
Date: 2020-08-03
The US DOE ENERGY STAR® program is reporting a new focus on helping the commercial baking industry cuts energy consumption and costs with improved energy efficiency. With the new focus, bakers can use the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management to build a bakery-specific energy management program focused on best practices from the industry.

ENERGY STAR plant energy performance indicator (EPI) tools assess the energy performance of plants relative to similar plants and provide a 1 -- 100 ENERGY STAR score for a quick understanding of how the plant is performing. Plants receiving a score of 75 or higher are eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification.

Download details on EPIs and Benchmarking Industrial Energy Performance HERE.

Download Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the Baking Industry HERE. (Source: US DOE, ENERGY STAR, Aug., 2020) Contact: US DOE, ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


UK Carbon Emissions Negative by 2033, says National Grid (Int'l.)
National Grid ESO
Date: 2020-07-29
According to a new research report from London-headquartered National Grid ESO, carbon emission from the UK's electricity systems could turn negative as early as 2033 and reach zero carbon emissions by 2050 or earlier with "immediate action across all key policy areas and technologies" -- fundamental changes for energy consumers, particularly in heating, transportation, and energy efficiency.

National Grid expects a significant boom in renewable energy projects, an extensive rollout of electric vehicles, significant transformation and reductions in consumer energy consumption, and better energy efficiency. The report also notes the on-going Covid-19 pandemic will have an impact on the energy landscape in the future. (Source: National Grid ESO, PR, July, 2020) Contact: National Grid ESO, Mark Herring, Head of Strategy, +44 (0) 1926 65 3000, www.nationalgrideso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid ESO,  Carbon Emissions,  UK Carbon Emissions,  


Bulgaria Meeting 2014-20 Energy Savings Target (Int'l Report)
Bulgaria
Date: 2020-07-22
In the capital city of Sofia, the Bulgarian Council of Ministers reports that as result of the implementation of energy saving measures in all sectors of the economy for the period 2014-2019, the country has saved 7,295.2 GWh of energy and fulfilled 87.6 pct of its national target for energy savings by 2020. (Source: Sofia News Agency, 22 July, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Saving,  Energy Consumption,  


Vodafone Committed to 100 pct Green, Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
Vodafone
Date: 2020-07-20
In the UK, Berkshire-based telecommunications firm Vodafone Group Plc reports it remains committed to improving the energy efficiency of its base station sites and in its data and switching centres, which together account for 95 pct of the company's total global energy consumption. During 2020, Vodafone invested €77 million in energy efficiency and renewable projects, which led to annual energy savings of 186GWh. In 2019, the company achieving a 38.5 pct reduction in the total amount of GHG emissions per petabyte (PB) of mobile data carried.

Vodafone's energy efficiency initiatives are focused on sourcing and implementing more efficient network equipment, reducing energy demand by installing lower-energy power and cooling technologies, and cutting energy use by decommissioning and replacing legacy equipment. Vodafone's energy efficiency initiatives include:

  • Smart energy meters that enable businesses, municipal authorities and households to monitor, manage and reduce their energy use. Worldwide, Vodafone has over 12 million smart meter connections using its IoT technology, saving an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of CO2e.

  • Smart cities networked intelligently to improve the efficiency of energy-intensive services such as public transport, public road networks and street lighting. For example, in the city of Guadalajara, Spain, 13,500 LED lights were connected to a central management system, reducing street lighting energy consumption by 68 pct.

    (Source: Vodafone Group Plc, IoT Business News, July, 2020) Contact: Vodafone Group Plc., www.vodafone.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vodafone news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


  • Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Launched (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-07-20
    In Halifax, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines (NSDEM), along with program partners Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) are touting the recently launched Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Program aimed at helping building owners and operators reduce energy consumption and transition to the mandatory building energy labeling initiative announced by the federal government in the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

    The Nova Scotia pilot, which is funded by Natural Resources Canada and NSDEM, plans to enroll 25 buildings in year one, 150 in year two, and 200 in its third year.

    By using the free and secure web-based tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, owners of mixed-use, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings can discover the operational efficiencies of their properties, and benchmark against others in the sector to find ways to optimize energy and save money. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, July, 2020) Contact: Canada Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  Canada Green Building Council ,  


    Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Program Launched (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-07-20
    New Nova Scotia energy benchmarking pilot to help building owners manage energy InIIiHalifax, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines (NSDEM), along with program partners Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) are touting their recently launched Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Program aimed at helping building owners and operators reduce energy consumption and transition to the mandatory building energy labeling initiative announced by the federal government in the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

    The Nova Scotia pilot is funded by Natural Resources Canada and NSDEM, supports building owners The Program plans to enroll 25 buildings in year one, 150 in year two, and 200 in year three.

    By using the free and secure web-based tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, owners of mixed-use, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings can discover the operational efficiencies of their properties, and benchmark against others in the sector to find ways to optimize and save money. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, July, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council news,  Energy Benchmark news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Tampa Electric Expands Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Tampa Electric
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In the Sunshine State, Tampa Electric is reporting the launch of more than 30 new and updated energy-efficiency programs for its customers.

    For residential customers, the new Energy Star Smart Thermostat program will offer a rebate up to $50 for installing a qualifying smart thermostat in their home. Also new is the Energy Star Pool Pump program, which provides a rebate up to $350 for installing a high-efficiency pool pump. The utility is also updating its Prime Time Plus load-management program that will use its smart meters to control a customer's air handler, water heater, and/or pool pump at times of high energy use.

    For commercial customer the Facility Energy Management System program provides a rebate of up to $25,000 for installing a system that enables the customer to reduce energy consumption and demand. Also, the Smart Thermostat program will offer a rebate of up to $4,500 for installing smart thermostats to help reduce demand and the Variable Frequency Drive Control for Compressors program will give a $50 per horsepower rebate for installing qualifying equipment on a customer's new or existing refrigerant or air compressor motors.

    Additionally, the company is ramping up the Integrated Renewable Energy System which will incorporate an 800-KW PV solar array, two 250-kW batteries, and several vehicle and industrial truck battery-charging stations. This pilot program will be used to study its performance and to maximize energy-saving benefits. Tampa Electric also will expand the existing energy education program to include renewable energy education for both residential and commercial customers. (Source: Tampa Electric, July, 2020) Contact: Tampa Electric, www.tampaelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tampa Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Fairbanks Completes Illinois 1,750 LED Unit Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    Fairbanks Energy Services
    Date: 2020-07-15
    Hingham, Mass.-based Fairbanks Energy Services, a full-service design/build energy efficiency firm and developer of comprehensive commercial and industrial (C&I) projects, reports completion of an interior LED lighting project at one of WernerCo's Illinois-based, equipment manufacturing facilities.

    Fairbanks Energy ugraded of more then 1,750 outdated, inefficient lighting units to LED for an expected 1,473,000 kWh cut in energy consumption and an annual $156,000 savings. (Source: Fairbanks Energy Services, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Rob Golden, VP Midwest Region , Caroline Haley, Marketing Manager, (978) 394-8670, caroline.haley@fairbanksenergy.com, info@fairbanksenergy.com, www.fairbanksenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fairbanks Energy Services,  LED LIght,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Exelon Names $20Mn Climate Change Investment Initiative Winners (Ind. Report)
    Excelon
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In Chicago, Excelon Corp and the Exelon Foundation, an independent not-for-profit, have selected 10 startups to receive a combined $1 million in direct funding to develop new technologies to mitigate and build resiliency to the impacts of climate change in the inaugural year of the company's $20 million Climate Change Investment Initiative (2c2iSM).

    The Exelon Foundation invests directly in projects and people helping to address climate change mitigation and build resiliency to health and environmental pressures in under-resourced communities within Exelon's service area. Startup applicants were also required to demonstrate how their projects would meaningfully advance state and local jurisdictions' own sustainability goals under the US Climate Alliance.

    Of the startups selected in the first round of funding, 50 pct are minority or women-owned businesses, 60 pct of the projects are focused on greenhouse gas mitigation, 40 pct are addressing climate change resiliency and adaptation. First-round startups will receive $100,000 each from the Exelon Foundation. They are:

  • ATP-MD, a Maryland-based startup with two patented and cost-effective processes that generate multiple environmental benefits using specially-bred, non-evasive plants (bio-crops) and their resulting biomass;

  • BlocPower, a software platform developer for analyzing, financing, monitoring and managing clean energy projects, allowing building owners to identify and complete energy efficiency and electrification upgrades in urban communities.

  • Dynamhex, developer of a software platform leveraging complex energy consumption data that enables close collaboration among a range of city, community and utility stakeholders to achieve local carbon-reduction goals.

  • Greenprint Partners reduces water pollution and flooding by working with water utilities and landowners to design, build, finance and maintain high-impact green storm water infrastructure (GSI).

  • GrowFlux, a horticultural tech company that specializes in data-driven cultivation technology and offers an ecosystem of commercial-scale, wireless controls and sensors enable emerging indoor farms and automated greenhouses.

  • NETenergy, a Chicago-based hybrid energy storage/air conditioner technology specialist with the potential to reduce peak energy demand by over 50 pct, reduce peak energy consumption by 20 pct, and reduce overall energy consumption by more than 10 pct over standard air conditioners.

  • New Ecology, developer of a remote monitoring and optimization (ReMO) system to improve the performance of buildings with central boilers for increased efficiency and reduced utility costs.

  • Propagate Ventures developed an analytics and project development platform that reduce the cost and provide the resources needed for agroforestry, which is the strategic integration of fruit, nut and timber trees with agriculture crops to ensure long term resiliency.

  • Radiator Labs invented the Cozy™, a wireless, low-cost and easily installed retrofit that drops on top of steam heat radiators, providing a solution to the chronic problem of uneven heating in apartment buildings.

    The Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corporation are now accepting startup applications for year two of 2c2i. In partnership with Freshwater Advisors, 2c2i leaders are actively scouting for promising new startups and projects relevant to: greenhouse gas mitigation; protect urban infrastructure against flood, storm water and rising temperatures; climate change adaptation; and city sustainability and climate goals.

    For more information, visit www.exelonfoundation.org/environment.html. (Source: Exelon, PR, 13 July, 2020) Contact: Exelon, Bill Gibbons, Communications, 708-932-6123, William.Gibbons@exeloncorp.com, www.exeloncorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Excelon news,  Climate Change news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


  • Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage Recognized by Exelon (Ind. Report)
    Exelon
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In Chicago, Excelon Corp and the Exelon Foundation, an independent not-for-profit, have selected 10 startups to receive a combined $1 million in direct funding from the company's $20 million Climate Change Investment Initiative (2c2iSM).

    Of the startups selected in the first round of funding, 50 pct are minority or women-owned businesses, 60 pct of the projects are focused on greenhouse gas mitigation, 40 pct are addressing climate change resiliency and adaptation. First-round startups will receive $100,000 each from the Exelon Foundation. Building energy management and efficiency and energy storage related winners include:

  • BlocPower, a software platform developer for analyzing, financing, monitoring and managing clean energy projects, allowing building owners to identify and complete energy efficiency and electrification upgrades in urban communities. www.blocpower.io

  • Dynamhex, developer of a software platform leveraging complex energy consumption data that enables close collaboration among a range of city, community and utility stakeholders . to achieve local carbon-reduction goals. www.dynmhx.io

  • NETenergy, a Chicago-based hybrid energy storage/air conditioner technology specialist with the potential to reduce peak energy demand by over 50 pct, reduce peak energy consumption by 20 pct, and reduce overall energy consumption by more than 10 pct over standard air conditioners. www.netenergytes.can

  • New Ecology, developer of a remote monitoring and optimization (ReMO) system to improve the performance of buildings with central boilers for increased efficiency and reduced utility costs. www.netecology.org

    The Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corporation are now accepting startup applications for year two of 2c2i. In partnership with Freshwater Advisors, 2c2i leaders are actively scouting for promising new startups and projects relevant to: greenhouse gas mitigation; protect urban infrastructure against flood, storm water and rising temperatures; climate change adaptation; and city sustainability and climate goals. For more information, visit www.exelonfoundation.org/environment.html (Source: Exelon, PR, 13 July, 2020) Contact: Exelon, Bill Gibbons, Communications, 708-932-6123, William.Gibbons@exeloncorp.com, www.exeloncorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Exelon news,  Energy Storage news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


  • Energy Efficiency Grants Available in Wyoming (Ind. Report)
    Wyoming Energy Authority
    Date: 2020-07-13
    In Casper, the Wyoming Energy Authority reports it will oversee the distribution of competitive federal grant funds to improve energy efficiency in buildings statewide.

    The State Energy Program provides several grant opportunities including the K-12 Schools Lighting Grants, the Small Business Energy Audits/Retrofit Grants and the Local Government Energy Retrofit Grants for local municipalities, schools and businesses hoping to conduct energy audits or retrofit their facilities to lessen utility costs and energy consumption. (Source: Wyoming Energy Authority, Casper Star Tribune, Contact: Wyoming Energy Authority, Ashlee Erickson, Program Coordinator, ashlee.erickson1@wyo.gov, www.wyoenergy.org; Wyoming State Energy Program, www.wyoenergy.org/2020-grants

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficienct fundin news,  


    Australia Earmarks Energy Efficiency Funding (Int'l. Funding)
    Australia Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-07-06
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Government's Energy Efficient Communities Program is offering a total of $9 million in grants of up to $20,000 each to small businesses for energy audits, to upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption, energy management systems and other energy efficiency initiatives and technologies aimed at cutting power consumption and costs. These grants build on other Government policies like retail price caps that are already delivering lower energy costs for small business owners.

    The Energy Efficient Communities Program was announced as part of the Government's Climate Solutions Package in the 2019 Federal Budget. The Government is also offering free advice to help small businesses and their representatives get better energy deals and increase their energy efficiency through the Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP). (Source: Gov. of Australia, BEAP, July, 2020) Contact: BEAP , Energy Efficient Communities Program , www.energy.gov.au

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


    UK £80Mn Energy Efficiency Innovation Push Announced (Int'l.)
    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is reporting almost £80 million in funding to support a range innovative projects aimed at upgrading building energy efficiency.

    The new investment covers a wide range of programmes, with £30 million going towards the first phase of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) aimed at energy intensive manufacturers such as car factories and steel plants; a further £25 million earmarked for heating networks and the remaining £24 million focused on new approaches for installing insulation for social housing at scale, rolling out heat pumps, and supporting the development of innovative green home finance products. The funding will enable various projects that use of modern smart technologies to cut energy consumption and energy costs across the UK. (Source: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, GreenBiz, 29 June, 2020) Contact: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister, www.gov.uk/government/people/kwasi-kwarteng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Insulation,  Green Energy,  


    Lisbon City Hall Retrofit Cuts Energy Use 36 pct (Int'l. Report)
    City of Lisbon,Sharing Cities
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In Porutgal, the city of Lisbon is reporting energy consumption at Lisbon's 1880 vintage City Hall has been reduced by 36 pct through what has been hailed as the "first deep energy-efficiency retrofit for a heritage building in Portugal."

    Measures to reduce energy usage included replacing the building's HVAC system, switching to LED lighting, installing solar panels and a Sustainable Energy Management System (SEMS) to monitor the loads from the PVs, HVAC, water heaters and other equipment.

    Developed by Sharing Cities, the SEMS advanced modular system centralises information and control of local energy systems and devices, and optimises the energy network.

    Lisbon originally planned a full energy retrofit of the building in 2016 under the EU Horizon 2020 Sharing Cities programme. (Source: City of Lisbon, Cities Today, 23 June, 2020) Contact: EU Horizon 2020 Sharing Cities, www.sharingcities.eu

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    SoCalGas, UCSB Tout Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    SoCalGas, Southern California Gas
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) have announced completion of two joint energy efficiency projects that will save UCSB 66,000 therms per year of energy -- equal to removing about 350 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Both projects were part of California's joint Energy Efficiency Partnership between state universities and investor-owned utilities. Over the last five years, SoCalGas has supported 184 energy-efficiency projects, saving university campuses 6,000,000 therms of energy -- a $6 million savings -- and providing more than $6,300,000 in incentives through this state program.

    The first of the two UCSB projects began in 2018 as part of the university's high opportunity projects and programs (HOPP's) initiative. SoCalGas and Southern California Edison co-funded the project which investigated how best to update two important laboratories at the university.

    The utilities conducted an energy management plan to document and list the savings, costs and measures to implement an energy efficient system. The utilities identified multiple measures to reduce energy consumption in the building's lighting and HVAC systems by installing occupancy sensors, wireless thermostats and low-power LED lights. The campus also added high efficiency dedicated natural gas boilers to each building. A new chilled water system including a cooling tower, and pumps were also installed. The project resulted in natural gas savings of 60,959 therms, and the university received an incentive from SoCalGas of $152,000.

    UCSB also installed an ozone laundry system to support its laundering of uniforms and sports gear for the university's athletic department which was eligible for a rebate from SoCalGas in the amount of $5,850 and will save the university about 5,880 therms of energy. (Source: SoCanGas, PR, Noozhawk, 19 June, 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Brian Prusnek, Director of Customer Programs , (800) 427-2200, www.socalgas.com; UCSB, Jordan Sager, Energy Manager, 805-893-8000, www.ucsb.edu

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    Delaware Updates Building Energy Efficiency Codes (Ind. Report)
    Delaware Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In Dover, the Delaware Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy (DNREC) is reporting building code updates that include energy efficiency improvements, increased residential air sealing requirements, hot water pipe insulation, and energy efficient windows and lighting options, as well as more efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning system operation resulting from these improvements.

    Delaware first established a minimum statewide code for energy conservation in 1979. The code, which is based on standards set by the International Code Council (ICC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHREA) was last updated in 2009.

    The update includes a six-month transition period, during which the Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy will provide targeted training and technical assistance to the construction industry and code enforcement officials. Topics covered by the training will include an overview of the changes, practical compliance strategies, particularly for the building envelope requirements in the new energy codes, construction and design strategies for air sealing smaller homes, and hot water pipe insulation and HVAC duct design. (Source: DNREC, Cape Gazette, June, 2020) Contact: DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy, www.dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/climate-coastal-energy

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    Cenergetic Cuts CCSD Energy Consumption 17 pct (Ind. Report)
    Cenergetic
    Date: 2020-06-19
    In the Palmetto State, the Charleston County School District (CCSD) reports its energy use has fallen by 17 pct since implementing an energy conservation program with Dallas-based K-12 schools energy efficiency specialist Cenergistic.

    To find savings, CCSD personnel worked closely with Cenergistic engineers, experts, and energy specialists to audit and optimize energy-using systems across the school district to achieve peak efficiency. Cenergetic tracked energy consumption at all CCSD campuses through state-of-the-art smart technology to identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.

    Since 2016, Cenergetic has created more than $7 million in savings, seen 61 different facilities gain ENERGY STAR® certification, and created a culture of sustainability among students and staff. The energy saved from the program equates to avoiding the carbon emissions produced by the average car driving approximately 100 million miles, according to the company. (Source: Cenergetic, Website, June, 2020) Contact: Cenergistic, Dr. Wm. Spears, CEO, (855) 798-7779, info@cenergistic.com, www.cenergistic.com

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    China's Emissions Dramatically Up Since 2011 (Int'l. Report)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-06-19
    According to BP's Statistical Review of World Energy, China's CO2 emissions increased by 3.4 pct in 2019, higher than the ten-year average growth rate of 2.6 pct and the highest growth rate of Chinese emissions since 2011.

    Chinese CO2 emissions accounted for the single largest share of global carbon emissions in 2019 at 28.8 pct. The country was also the key driver of energy consumption growth in 2019 when global growth slowed to 1.3 pct from 2.8 pct energy demand growth in 2018, according to the BP report. (Source: BP, Oil Price, 17 June, 2020)

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    NY Replacing 500,000 Streetlights with Smart LEDs (Ind. Report)
    New York Power Authority
    Date: 2020-06-19
    In the Big Apple, the The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reports it will replace at least 500,000 city streetlights with energy-efficient and connected LED lighting.

    To that end, NYPA is teaming with Signify for connected LED luminaires and Interact City internet of things (IoT) lighting systems that will reduce energy consumption, energy and maintenance costs, and help cut the city's carbon footprint.

    To date more than 50,000 LED streetlights have been installed or are about to be installed under the program.

    NYPA is offering municipalities low-rate loans for lighting conversions, including the option to buy the physical street lighting assets from local utilities. (Source: NYPA, PR, electronics360, 19 June, 2020) Contact: NYPA, Gil Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

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    NJBPU OKs Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-06-15
    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is reporting approval of the next generation of Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction programs, including the setting of energy consumption reduction targets at 2.15 pct for electric distribution companies and 1.10 pct for gas distribution companies.

    The just announced Board Order provides for the administration of the energy efficiency programs and establishes the mechanisms for the recovery of costs associated with the programs delivery, performance metrics and targets, an evaluation, measurement, verification framework and program filing and reporting requirements. The Order also includes the following energy efficiency related requirements:

  • The state's utilities will administer core, consistent energy efficiency programs that serve the residential, commercial and industrial, and multifamily sectors. These will include programs that serve moderate-income and small commercial customers.

  • Utilities will also be required to propose a peak demand program to start by program year four.

  • The state will continue to administer the Large Energy Users Program (with the exception of hospitals), combined heat and power projects, as well as state and local government programs. The utilities and state will continue to co-manage the low-income Comfort Partners program. The state will also take the lead on related R&D, workforce development initiatives, public education, and community energy planning grants.

  • Program expenses will be amortized over 10 years, which sets energy efficiency investments on a level playing field relative to other utility investments.

  • Over the next several months, staff will work with the utilities and the Division of Rate Counsel to develop a mechanism for the utilities to recover their lost revenue as an option should utilities not wish to utilize the Lost Revenue Adjustment Mechanism as laid out in the order. Further, the Board has instituted a system of incentives and penalties as required by the Clean Energy Act to encourage performance.

  • Staff will develop and distribute a mechanism for stakeholder comments, and recommend a test that will determine program cost-effectiveness in order to comply with the Clean Energy Act. The state will also hire a statewide evaluator to ensure transparency and accountability for state and utility programs.

  • The BPU will conduct a triennial review process to revisit key energy efficiency decisions, such as reviewing and establishing performance metrics and targets, cost recovery mechanisms, program administration and design, and "cost to achieve" budgets, among others, to ensure that the programs are "best-in-class."

    Other program components include enhanced required reporting and measurement for performance incentives and collection of additional information via a recently completed demographic analysis study to determine energy efficiency market barriers to penetration. (Source: NJ BPU, PR, 10 June, 2020) Contact: NJ BPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres., 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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  • Indian Healthy, Energy Efficient Bldgs Initiative Launched (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency Services
    Date: 2020-06-05
    Indian state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) are reporting the launch of the Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings initiative aimed at retrofitting existing buildings and air conditioning systems for better health conditions and increased energy efficiency.

    As part of the initiative, EESL will develop specifications for Indian building energy as well as aid in evaluating the effectiveness and cost benefits of various technologies and their short and long-term impacts on air quality, comfort, and energy consumption.

    A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC Ltd) report noted that various Indian energy efficiency measures have translated into approximate savings of Rs 89,122 crore ($890,000 US) in 2018-19, as against Rs 53,627 crore ($530,000 US) savings during 2017-18. (Source: EESL, USAID, Outlook India, June, 2020) Contact: USAID, www.usaid.gov; Energy Efficiency Services Ltd., 011-4580 1260, www.eeslindia.org

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    Henrico County Lauded for Energy Efficiency Effort (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council,Virginia Energy Efficiency Council
    Date: 2020-06-01
    In the Old Dominion State, Henrico County and the University of Virginia are being lauded by the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council and the US Green Building Council for innovation in their efforts to improve energy efficiency in schools, libraries, university construction and government buildings. The two green-building programs received the council's fifth Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards last month.

    The county program included building or renovating 16 government buildings and schools to LEED certification standards since 2011, and the county is pursuing certification of LEED Silver or higher on six current projects. The efforts are credited with reducing energy consumption by approximately 30 pct, according to a release. (Source: Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, Richmond BizSense, June, 2020) Contact: Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, 804-464-8233, www.vaeec.org; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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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

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    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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