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Green BLdg. Net-Zero Vacuum Insulation Touted (New Prod & Tech)
Bee Enterprises
Date: 2019-10-11
Vancouver-based Bee Enterprises Ltd. is touting a new patent pending vacuum insulation invention that incorporates vacuum panels that are rechargeable, repairable, and cheap>

The insulation and sound proofing Panels can offer as much as R60 per inch, but can be dropped instantly to R 5. The panels do not require hazardous materials either in the manufacture or installation and can be made with off the shelf, environmentally friendly materials.

It is now possible to eliminate heating and cooling costs with sustainable green super insulation made locally in low capital cost factories, while protecting worker and homeowner health, according to a company release. (Source: Bee Enterprises, PR, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Bee Enterprises Ltd., Larry Pierce, (250) 335-2189, ca.linkedin.com .company . bee-enterprises-ltd

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Insulation,  


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

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

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


CodeGreen Solutions Growing Sustainability Services (Ind. Report)
CodeGreen Solutions
Date: 2019-10-09
NYC-based commercial-scale real estate energy efficiency and sustainability management services firm CodeGreen Solutions is reporting receipt of an investment from Victor Capital Partners private equity firm. The new funds will be used to expand innovation and technology enabled solutions and service offerings, as well as to pursue acquisitions of complementary businesses, according to a release.

CodeGreen provides corporate decarbonization and sustainability strategy and implementation consulting, energy engineering, green building certifications, and ESG data management and reporting services. (Source: Code Green Solutions, PR, 8 Oct., 2019) Contact: CodeGreen Solutions, Adin Meir, Pres., Adam Fisher, (646) 581-9734, afisher@codegreensolutions.com, www.codegreensolutions.com

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


Texas Tech Prof. Funded to Improve Chemical Plant Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report, Funding)
Texas Tech University
Date: 2019-10-07
Texas Tech University chemical engineering professor Chau-Chyun Chen, the Jack Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair in Sustainable Energy, is investigating chemical plant design and construction in an effort to make them smaller and more energy efficient.

In support of that effort, Prof. Chau-Chyun Chen has been awarded a four-year $1.1 million grant from the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute, a public-private partnership between the US DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Chen and his team will work to advance the process simulation software used when designing these chemical plants that physically require less space use less energy.

Project partners include: Savannah River National Laboratory,Georgia Institute of Technology, Dow Chemical Company and others. (Source: Texas Tech University, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: Texas Tech University, Prof. ChauChyun-Chen, (806) 834-3098, chauchyun.chen@ttu.edu, www.depts.ttu.edu/che/groups/chengroup

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Connecticut Green Bank Updates Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
Connecticut Green Bank
Date: 2019-10-07
Rocky Hill, Cy.-based Connecticut Green Bank reports its Multifamily Housing Programme has provided energy efficiency retrofit funding to more than 100 multifamily properties, implementing energy efficiency retrofits totaling more than $34 million since its inception in 2014. The Green Bank presently has up to $160 million in funding set to be distributed.

Sign up to our newsletter The Program predominantly provides financing for existing housing that serves low- and moderate-income residents in Connecticut. This includes subsidized, rent-restricted properties as well as non-subsidized housing. (Source: Connecticut Green Bank, 7 Oct., 2019) Contact: Connecticut Green Bank, Bryan Garcia, CEO, 860-563-0015, www.ctgreenbank.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Connecticut Green Bank news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficiency Funding news,  


UK Park Stresses Peatland's Role in Climate Change Fight (Int'l.)
Exmoor,Carbon Sequestration
Date: 2019-10-07
In the UK, the Exmoor National Park Authority has this week declared a climate emergency and agreed to work towards being a carbon neutral Authority by 2030. The Authority also agreed to sign on to the Devon Climate Declaration, alongside 25 other organizations, and to join forces with both Devon and Somerset County Councils to formulate carbon plans that meet or exceed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) targets.

The Exmooor National Park Authority noted it has already cut its carbon emissions by 30 pct by: improving energy efficiency within Authority-owned buildings; installing renewable energy along with a scheme to facilitate installation of 73 new renewable energy systems in local communities, farms and houses across Exmoor; the restoration of nearly 2,500 hectares of peatland in the National Park through the Exmoor Mires Partnership, with plans to extend this to at least 3,000 hectares.

Peatlands are the UK's single most important terrestrial carbon store, containing 20 times more carbon than all UK forests. A functioning bog absorbs around 0.87 tpy of carbon per hectare year while dry peatland releases CO2 -- degraded peat in England is emitting an estimated 11 million tpy of CO2. (Source: Exmoor National Park Authority, Somerset County Gazette, 6 Oct., 2019) Contact: Exmoor National Park Authority, +44 1398 323665, www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Peatland,  CO2,  Carbon Sequestrartion,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sequestration,  


Schneider Pursuing, Delivering Net-Zero CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2019-10-07
Global energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric reports 13 of its buildings globally are now "net-zero carbon" -- carbon neutral through a combination of its Energy Sustainability Services (ESS, )EcoStruxure and digital energy management solutions as enablers to operate with net- zero CO2 emissions.

Schneider Electric aims to drastically cut CO2 emissions from its operations, following a 1.5 degree C trajectory in line with Science-Based Targets. To that end, Schneider Electric reduced CO2 emissions by 130,000 tonnes, a 22 pct decrease (2018 compared to 2017) in just one year.

Schneider Electric has adopted the World Green Building Council's definition of "net-zero carbon buildings" as a building that is highly energy efficient and fully powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources, to achieve net-zero carbon emissions annually in operation.

Schneider Electric has delivered over 30 pct energy savings globally over the past 10 years since the start of its Schneider Energy Action energy efficiency program. In addition, as of October 2019, 45 pct of Schneider Electric's operations are powered with renewable electricity. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, voltimum, 6 Oct., 2019)Contact: Schneider Electric, Kakali Ray, VP Sales, www.schneider-electric.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  Schneider Electric,  Net-Zero Carbon,  Carbon Emissions ,  


US DOE Awards $73Mn for Bioenergy, Biofuel R&D Projects (Funding)
US DOE EERE
Date: 2019-10-04
The U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) this week announced $73 million in R&D funding for 35 bioenergy projects aimed at producing affordable biofuels including renewable-gasoline, -diesel, and -jet fuels that are compatible with existing fueling infrastructure and vehicles.

According to the DOE, the US has the potential to create 1 billion dry tonnes of non-food biomass without disrupting existing agricultural markets. It is an underutilized resource with the potential to produce up to 50 billion gallons of biofuels -- roughly 25 pct of U.S. transportation fuels. (Source: US DOE, DEI, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  DOE EERE,  Biofuel,  


Greek Infrastructure Fund to Invest in Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2019-10-04
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced a new Greek Infrastructure Fund with €450 million plus the participation of the country's four systemic banks to support high-priority sustainability and energy efficiency projects worth at least €650 million.

The Infrastructure Fund is a joint initiative by the Greek Finance Ministry and the EIB, aimed at bankrolling renewable energy projects and bolstering new investments aimed at improving the energy efficiency of public and private buildings. The Infrastructure Fund will use national resources in combination with European structural and investment funds. (Source: EIB, ekathimerini.com, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  European Investment Bank ,  


Energy Efficiency Tech Centre Slated for Singapore (Int'l Report)
Singapore Institute of Technology,National Environment Agency
Date: 2019-10-04
In Singapore, the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) reports they are jointly establishing a $5 million Energy Efficiency Technology Centre (EETC) by the end of 2019.

Through the new centre, SMEs can get a diagnosis of their energy performance and receive recommendations on areas that need improvement. NEA will then work with the companies to implement these recommendations, tapping on the agency's Energy Efficiency Fund (E2F). Participating companies can also send their engineers and energy efficiency practitioners for training skill upgrading. The NEA reports it is also planning a new grant program to help Singapore companies digitise their energy management systems. (Source: Vulcan Post, 3 Oct., 2019)Contact: Singapore Institute of Technology, www.singaporetech.edu.sg; Singapore National Environment Agency, www.nea.gov.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


ASE Calls for New Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives (Ind. Report)
Alliance to Save Energy
Date: 2019-10-04
The Washington, DC-based Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) and a broad coalition of businesses, trade associations, and advocacy groups has called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to modernize and reinstate expired tax incentives that help homeowners lower their energy bills through energy efficiency improvements.

The legislation would encourage high-efficiency new home construction and efficiency improvements for existing homes, stimulate billions of dollars in economic activity and sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the residential buildings sector.

The legislation would reinstate and reform two key energy efficiency tax credits that expired on 31st December 2017 -- the 25C credit for homeowner efficiency improvements and the 45L credit for new home construction. Under the reformed 25C legislation-- the Home Energy Savings Act -- homeowners could receive up to $1,200 in tax credits over their lifetime for installing home equipment and components that meet certain efficiency levels, including insulation, doors, windows, air conditioners, heat pumps, water heaters, boilers, and furnaces.

The 45L new home construction bill -- the New Home Energy Efficiency Act -- would give home builders a $2,500 incentive for building high-efficiency new homes. (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, 202.857.0666, www.ase.org

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


FSG, Insite360 Partner on C-Store Energy Software (Ind. Report)
FSG Smart Buildings
Date: 2019-10-02
Texas-based energy management and smart buildings specialist FSG Smart Buildings, a division of Facility Solutions Group (FSG), reports it is partnering with Houston-headquartered Insite360, the analytics business unit of Veeder-Root, to provide a holistic view of convenience store operations, lighting and HVAC controls, IoT data, and overall energy efficiency through a single software interface.

FSG Smart Buildings' commercial building automation and energy management solutions include the monitoring and control of equipment, including lighting and HVAC systems, visibility into equipment performance and uptime with live metering data of electrical components, and real-time IoT data, such as temperature and humidity data. FSG Smart Buildings also offers around-the-clock monitoring and support for all building system needs, including expert support, technician dispatch, work order tracking, and turnkey facility services. (Source: FSG Smart Buildings, Property Mentor, 28 Sept., 2019) Contact: Insite360, 713.222.5700, insite360suite.com. FSG Smart Buildings, 512-831-4424, fsgsmartbuildings.com; Facility Solutions Group, Inc., www.fsgi.com

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


WGBC Adds 63 Net-Zero Carbon Bldg. Signatories (Int'l Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2019-10-02
The World Green Building Council (WGBC) is reporting 63 new signatories have joined the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment and pledged to ensure their own portfolios of buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030. Additionally, some cities, states and regions have pledged to enact regulations to ensure all new buildings operate at net zero carbon from 2030 and all buildings, including existing, operate at net zero carbon by 2050.

The Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization across global building portfolios, in addition to generating and procuring renewable energy to meet reduced energy demand. The WGBC notes energy efficiency is the most cost effective, best practice approach to ensuring buildings are fit for purpose, future-proofed against climate impacts and, provide healthy and comfortable environments.

Six states and regions as well as 26 cities, including Oslo, Heidelberg and Melbourne. are among the new participants. (Source: World Green Building Council, Oct., 2019)Contact: World Green Building Council, James Drinkwater, www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  World Green Building Council,  Net Zero Carbon,  


BuiltGreen Launches High Density Renovation Pilot (Ind. Report)
BuiltGreen Canada
Date: 2019-10-02
Built Green Canada is reporting the launch of its High Density Renovation Program pilot with four office-to-residential re-purposing and energy efficiency projects in Calgary and Edmonton.

Alongside Built Green's Single Family Renovation Program, also applicable to multi-family low rise, the High Density (HD) Renovation Program offers builders a means to renovate high density and high density mixed-use buildings more sustainably.

To qualify for the HD Renovation program, substantial upgrades/retrofits must be made to the energy-related building systems, including the building envelope and the mechanical and electrical systems. The energy performance of the building's upgrades and retrofits are then compared to the requirements of the current energy standard or energy code used for modeling with ASHRAE 90.1-2010 or NECB 2011 to show energy savings resulting from the renovation. Beyond efficiency, the renovations must be sustainable.

Strategic Group has four high density renovation projects enrolled in this pilot. Additionally, the company has two projects enrolled in Built Green High Density New Construction, while yet another project was certified in 2017.

Built Green Canada is a national, industry-driven, not-for-profit organization offering third-party certification programs in the residential building sector. Since its inception, builders have completed over 32,750 BUILT GREEN® certified homes in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario; including units in multi-storey projects, this total is over 36,090 (as at March 31, 2019).

Download the BuiltGreen® Canada pilot program HERE (Source: BuiltGreen Canada, PR, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jennifer Christenson, CEO, 780.485.0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca,, www.builtgreencanada.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News BuiltGreen Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  


ACEEE's State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Released (Ind. Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2019-10-02
Massachusetts is No. 1 again as coastal or northeastern U.S. states dominated the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) just released State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Massachusetts was noted for its long-running Green Communities Act, recently approved three-year energy efficiency plan and aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

California was ranked second among energy efficient states, followed by Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, Connecticut and Maryland in the top seven. Minnesota came in eighth, followed by Oregon and Washington to round out ACEEE's top 10. Wyoming, North Dakota, Louisiana and West Virginia are at the bottom of the list.

Download the 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard HERE. Contact: ACEEE, www.aceee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  


Ameresco Begins Phase Two MUSC Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2019-09-30
In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting work is underway on the second phase of a $43 million, comprehensive energy savings performance contract (ESPC) energy savings project at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

Ameresco's work will include replacement of campus lighting fixtures with high-efficiency LEDs, installation of building automation and control systems, upgrading HVAC systems and chiller plant optimization, an equipment operation and maintenance training program for MUSC employees, and others. (Source: Ameresco, Bus.Wire, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


ICAST Completes Multifamily Housing Efficiency Retrofits (Ind. Report)
International Center for Sustainable Technology
Date: 2019-09-30
The Lakewood, Colorado-based not-for-profit International Center for Sustainable Technology (ICAST) is reporting completion of energy-efficiency upgrades to nearly 1,000 multifamily buildings, for a reported savings of 7.4 million kWh, 850,000 therms, and nearly $2 million in utility cost savings.

The 3 year work contract , which was funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), was intended to spur the growth of energy efficiency in the small and medium commercial building sector -- less than 100,000 square feet in gross floor area -- but accounts for over half of the energy used in the commercial sector, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.

At the start of the project, ICAST operated in two states, improving energy in about 100 multifamily buildings per year. ICAST has eight affiliates providing energy-efficiency services to the multifamily sector in four states and seven cities. (Source: US DOE EERE, ICAST, PR, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-home; ICAST, 866.590.4377, info@icastusa.org, www.icastusa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  International Center for Sustainable Technology,  Energy Efficiency,  


City of Norman Committed to Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
City of Norman
Date: 2019-09-30
In the Sooner State, the Norman City Council and Norman Ready for 100 policy committee is touting its previously reported resolution to transition all city facilities to 100 pct wind, solar, energy efficiency measures and other renewable sources within the electricity sector by 2035, and all energy-use sectors, including heating and transportation, by 2050.

To that end, the Norman Ready for 100 is relying on the Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) utility to add sufficient new renewable energy to its system so the city can meet its self imposed program goals. The committee also wants to raise the efficiency standards in the city's building codes to 2015 levels.

The Ready for 100 is a national Sierra Club campaign with 133 U.S. city participants. Norman city facilities currently consumes about 10 MW of electricity. (Source: City of Norman, Norman Transcript, AP, 29 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Norman, Darrel Pyle, City Manager, 405-366-5402, www.normanok.gov › city-manager

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Cambridge, All In Energy Partner for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
All In Energy
Date: 2019-09-30
In the Bay State, the City of Cambridge reports it has partnered with All In Energy, a Boston-based nonprofit, to increase and enhance energy efficiency outreach to renters and landlords in one- to four-unit buildings.

resources and renewable energy programs. The organization serves as a pipeline for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, resources and workforce development in the sector.

Through the partnership with the city, All In Energy and its partner Neeeco, a "Mass Save" home performance contractor, will offer dedicated access to a rental property energy adviser to connect renters with no-cost home energy assessments, including instant savings measures like LED light bulbs and programmable thermostats, as well as a customized list of actions to help residents save energy and money. (Source: City of Cambridge, Cambridge Chronicle & Tab, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Cambridge Energy Alliance, www.cambridgeenergyalliance.org, www.allinenergy.org/cambridge; All In Energy, www.allinenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News All In Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Infosys Lauded with UN Global Climate Action Award (Int'l. Report)
Infosys,UN Climate Change Secretariat
Date: 2019-09-30
The Indian business technology consultancy Infosys reports it has been awarded the United Nations Global Climate Action Award in the "Carbon Neutral Now", making it the only Indian corporate to be recognized for its efforts to combat climate change.

In 2011, Infosys committed to become carbon neutral through an accelerated plan focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and offsetting carbon emissions.

The UN Global Climate Action Awards are organized by the Momentum for Change initiative of the UN Climate Change Secretariat. (Source: Infosys, Economic Times, 29 Sept., 2019) Contact: UN Climate Change Secretariat, www.unfccc.int; Infosys, www.infosys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNFCCC,  Infosys,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  Climate Change,  


Pittsburgh Launches High Performance Building Center (Ind. Report)
Green Building Alliance
Date: 2019-09-30
The Green Building Alliance (GBA)T and the UN Economic Council on Europe (UNECE) are reporting an agreement to establish the city of Pittsburgh's International Center of Excellence on High Performance Buildings.

The center will focus on making improvements to the built environment through UNECE's Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings. It will work with global sustainability experts to identify and employ best practices for sustainable building design, construction and policy, and will conduct training programs for architects, engineers, planners and contractors on sustainable design and construction. The center will also provide technical and innovation assistance, and advocate for changes in local and state policies such as building codes, zoning incentives and energy regulations.

Pittsburgh is the second city in the world to participate in the program, following New York's Building Energy Exchange. (Source: Green Building Alliance, Smart Cities, Pittsburgh2030 District, Contact: Pittsburgh2030 District, Jenna Cramer, Exec. Dir., pittsburgh@2030districts.org, www.2030districts.org/pittsburgh; Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org

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


European Energy Efficient Mortgage in Planning Stage (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-09-27
Meeting in Brussels, the European Mortgage Industry -- including 47 key lending institutions, 17 national, European and International authorities and relevant market stakeholders -- is reportedly preparing to launch an Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative (EEMI) pilot and are mobilizing European and global mortgage markets with a view to channeling private financing to "green" the building stock in the EU and beyond.

The Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) Initiative -- led by the European Mortgage Federation-European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC), Ca' Foscari University of Venice, RICS, the Europe Regional Network of the World Green Building Council, E.ON and SAFE Goethe University Frankfurt -- aims to create an energy efficient mortgage through which home purchasers are incentivized to improve the energy efficiency of their building or acquire an already energy efficient property by way of favourable conditions linked to the mortgage.

The assumption is that energy efficiency has a risk mitigation effect for banks as a result of the impact on a borrower's ability to service his/her loan and on the value of the property, a correlation which the EeMAP Initiative will seek to substantiate. (Source: Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative Luca Bertalot, Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative Coordinator , +32 2 285 4035, lbertalot@hypo.org , www.energyefficientmortgages.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Arlington Updates Community Energy, Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
Arlington County
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Old Dominion State, Arlington County (pop. 235,000 +-) reports it has updated its Community Energy Plan to incorporate goals for carbon neutrality by 2050; increased building energy efficiency and a 38 pct drop in building energy consumption; greater building resilience; increased reliance on renewable energy; a move to efficient and low-emissions transportation; and other related initiatives.

The policy targets 50 pct renewable electricity for government operations by 2022 and 100 pct by 2025, rising to 100 pct renewable electricity by 2035.

The energy plan has specific targets for reducing the amount of per capita carbon produced each decade through 2050. The County also will produce a plan to transition away from internal combustion engines and increase the use of alternative and public transportation. (Source: Arlington Connection, 25 Sept., 2019)Contact: Arlington County, www.arlingtonva.us

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


Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners Save $6.7Bn (Ind. Report)
US DOE EERE
Date: 2019-09-27
The US DOE is reporting the more than 220 organizations that participate in its Better Buildings, Better Plants program have cumulatively saved $6.7 billion in energy costs and more than 1.3 quadrillion BTUs of energy. These partners have more than 3,200 facilities and represent roughly 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint.

Through the Better Buildings, Better Plants partnership, managed by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE works with partners who have set ambitious energy, water and/or waste reduction goals. As of 2019, partners have now met and exceeded 60 energy goals. All partners share their energy performance data and solutions with other companies, helping to expand innovation and savings throughout the industrial sector.

Read the full 2019 Better Plants Annual Progress Update HERE. (Source: US DOE, Better Plants Challenge, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: US DOE, Better Plants Challenge, https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/better-plants/challenge

More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Buildings,  Better Plants,  Energy Efficiency ,  


JinkoSolar Joins the RE100 and EP100 Green Initiatives (Int'l.)
JinkoSolar
Date: 2019-09-27
Shanghai-headquartered Solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has committed to the RE100 and EP100 initiatives which are led by the international not-for-profit Climate Group.

The RE100 initiative and its partner companies are committed to 100 pct renewable power and a low carbon economy. Accordingly, JinkoSolar will power all of its solar plants and global operations with 100 pct renewable power by 2025. By 2030, the Company will deploy an energy management system across its operations and improve its energy productivity by 30 pct when compared to 2016. JinkoSolar has also signed up for the EP100 Cooling Challenge to increase the energy efficiency of its cooling operations. (Source: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., PR, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: Climate Group's global EP100 initiative, www. theclimategroup.org/EP100; Jinko Solar Holding Co. Ltd., Ripple Zhang, +86 21-5183 3105 pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com; CDP, RE100, www.RE100.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  Renewable Energy,  


AIB Announces Plans To Finance "Green" Commercial Buildings.
AIB
Date: 2019-09-25
In Dublin, the Allied Irish Bank (AIB) reports it plans to place €5 billion in "green" commercial building loans over the next five years.

The AIB "green" loans were previously available only to residential homeowners wishing to finance energy efficiency upgrades and similar improvements. However, AIB CEO Colin Hunt says they're now extending the green fund to businesses: (Source: AIB, KFM, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: AIB, Colin Hunt, CEO, +44 011 353 1 771 2424, www.aib.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News AIB,  Green Building,  


Automaker Participating in Spanish Biomethane Fuel Project (Int'l.)
European Commission,Strategic Research Institute
Date: 2019-09-25
With the goal of boosting the circular economy, energy efficiency and emissions reduction, Spanish auto maker SEAT S.A. reports it will participate in the Life Landfill Biofuel project which will obtain renewable gas from municipal landfills. The project, which was recently approved by the European Commission, is intended to produce biomethane from an indigenous, abundant biomass energy source. The 4-year project is budgeted at €4.6 million of which the European Commission will provide 55 pct.

SEAT is currently working on the Life Methamorphosis project to obtain biomethane from previously selected waste and animal slurry from a farm in Lleida, Spain. The new Life Landfill Biofuel project is a step further as the raw material originates directly from the landfill, without prior separation.

Other project participants include FCC, IVECO, The University of Granada, the CARTIF Foundation, SYSADVANCE and Gasnam. SEAT previously developed a similar project with Aqualia to convert waste water into biofuel. (Source: SEAT S.A. Website, Strategic Research Institute, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Universitat de LLeida, Departament de Produccie Vegetal, www.pvcf.udl.cat; SEAT, www.seat.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Biomethane,  Waste-to-Fuel ,  


Sun Life Montreal Bldg. Scores LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2019-09-25
The Canada Green Building Council reports it has awarded LEED Platinum certification (Existing Building) to the Sun Life Building in Montreal. The Sun Life Building is the first century-old building in North America to obtain triple Platinum certification in environmental performance and digital connectivity, having already earned BOMA BEST Platinum certification from BOMA Canada and WIRED Platinum certification from WiredScore.

The 1 million sq-ft, 1914-vintage Sun Life building scored higher than the level required for Platinum certification in the LEED system which measures a building's performance and efficiency in five sectors related to human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, Cdn Consulting Engineer, 24 Sept., 2019)contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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


Efficiency Major Energy Sector Employer in Colorado (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency,Environmental Entrepreneurs
Date: 2019-09-23
Energy Efficiency Jobs in America a new study from the nationwide enterprise group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and Framingham, Mass.-based E4TheFuture Inc reports that energy efficiency jobs now account for 34,340 jobs -- 22 pct of energy sector jobs in Colorado -- up by 7.2 pct in 2018.

Nationwide, more than 360,000 companies companies, 6,105 of which are in Colorado, are working in the energy efficiency and management field. (Source: Environmental Entrepreneurs Herald Publicist, 21 Sept., 2019) Contact: Environmental Entrepreneurs, www.e2.org; E4TheFuture Inc., 774-777-5121, www.e4thefuture.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Honeywell, KE2 Therm Trim Refrigeration Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
Honeywell, KE2 Therm
Date: 2019-09-23
Honeywell Building Technologies reports it and Washington, Missouri-based smart refrigeration controllers developer KE2 Therm have reached an agreement under which Honeywell will have selling rights to KE2 Therm Solutions, including smart controllers for the commercial refrigeration industry -- grocery, convenience store and restaurant sector to help operators cut energy consumption, costs, and meet regulatory guidelines.

With the agreement, KE2 Therm will also sell Honeywell Multisite (f.k.a. Novar) technologies including its Novar building controls systems, E-MON electrical meters, and Manning refrigerant leak detection sensors.

According to the U.S. DOE, grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9 pct of the total energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S., of which more than 50 pct is from refrigeration.

Honeywell Multisite provides full-service building management including design, engineering, programming, software and hardware production, delivery and installation, and 24/7 centralized monitoring, control and reporting. (Source: Honeywell, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Honeywell Multisite, Matt Call, GM, www.honeywell.com; KE2 Therm, Patrick Holdmeyer, Pres., CEO, (636)266-0140, fax (888) 366-6769, information@ke2therm.com, www.ke2therm.com

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Schneider Electric Launches Water Efficiency Innovations (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2019-09-23
Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric has unveiled new IIoT-based innovations for the water industry. These digital innovations, including EcoStruxure Pumping Performance Advisor, EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor, EcoStruxure Hybrid DCS for Water and the PROficient Premier Access Portal, drive process optimization to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs to make operations in water and wastewater more profitable.

EcoStruxure Pumping Performance Advisor is a digital service designed to manage pump station performance through insights, recommendations and direct access to Schneider service team of engineers. This new group of digital services for the continuous improvement of pumping in water and wastewater, address challenges such as cost of water, while maximizing the return on your assets for 24/7 operations. Leveraging data-driven digital technologies, this solution can help you reduce energy cost and increase performance, reduce unplanned downtime and extend life of mechanical and electrical assets.

EcoStruxure Hybrid DCS is an automation system that operates an entire water plant in a single common database.. EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor improves operational efficiency with augmented reality, enabling operators to superimpose the current data and virtual objects onto a cabinet, machine, or plant.

PROficient Premier Access Portal is a new online platform that provides fast, easily-accessible information and expertise to Schneider’s Consulting Engineer community, product information, technical information, support and more.

EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric's open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform. It delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity. EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at Every Level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in 480,000+ sites, with the support of 20,000+ system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through 40+ digital services. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, Kakali Ray, VP Sales, www.schneider-electric.us

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SANEDI Joins Global CCS Institute (Int'l. Report)
South African National Energy Development Institute,Global CCS Institute.
Date: 2019-09-20
The Sandon, South Africa-based South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) reports it has joined the Melbourne, Australia-headquartered Global CCS Institute. The move is intended to further the activities of the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SACCCS), a division of SANEDI.

SANEDI's international membership includes governments, global corporations, private companies, research bodies and HGOs that are committed to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as an integral part of a net-zero emissions future.

The South African government has pledged to cut its total CO2 emissions through increased energy efficiency, renewable energy, nuclear, cleaner mobility and CCS and others. (Source: SANEDI, ESI Africa, 18 Sept., 2019) Contact: SANDEI, Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager, +27 11 038 4300, www.sanedi.org.za; Global CCS Institute. +61 3 8620 7300, , www.globalccsinstitute.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • 21,000,000 PRIME Alliance Technology Smart Meters Installed (Int'l)
    PRIME Alliance
    Date: 2019-09-20
    In Brussels, the PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution Alliance (PRIME) reports more than 40 participants from over 20 utilities and integrators and certification entities -- CEZ Distribuce, EDP Distribuicao, E-Redes, Iberdrola and others -- attended its fifth annual Utility to Utility User Group Conference in Munich. The conference highlighted the deployment of 21,000,000 smart meters with PRIME Technology worldwide.

    Attending utilities received further clarification on how approximately 80 products have been PRIME certified by laboratory members, such as DNV-GL and Tecnalia.

    PRIME represents a public, open and non-proprietary telecommunications architecture which supports present and future AMM functionalities and enables the building of the electricity networks of the future, or smart grids.

    PRIME aims to establish a complete set of international standards which will allow for full interoperability among equipment and systems from different providers. Thus, competition in the metering market will benefit utilities and its customers.

    The components of PRIME architecture (modulation and coding techniques, protocols, data formats etc.) are not subject to any Intellectual Property Rights. Specifications are comprehensive and detailed enough so that any new entrant will be able to provide interoperable solutions to the market, according to the PRIME website. (Source: PRIME Alliance, PR, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: PRIME Alliance, info@prime-alliance.org, www.prime-alliance.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PRIME Alliance,  Smart Meter,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Moroccan Energy Efficiency Project Scores NAMA Funding (Int'l.)
    Morocco
    Date: 2019-09-20
    In Rabat, the Moroccan Ministry of National Territorial Development and Urban Planning is reporting receipt of €20 million in funding from the Berlin-based NAMA Facility, an international climate finance program. The funding will be used for building energy efficiency projects.

    According to the Ministry, the building sector is "one of the major energy-consuming areas in Morocco, it represents 33 pct of the final energy consumption and records a strong growth of the annual energy consumption." Morocco's energy efficiency strategy aims to achieve energy savings of around 20 pct. (Source: Morocco World News, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: NAMA Facility, www.nama-facility.org

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    FortisBC Offering Bus. Energy Efficiency Assessments (Ind. Report)
    FortisBC,GreenStep Solutions
    Date: 2019-09-18
    On the Canadian Pacific coast, Surrey-based FortisBC reports it is partnering with Kelowna-based GreenStep Solutions to help businesses conserve energy. Both firms will work together to visit more than 900 storefront retailers, restaurants and offices in Penticton, Kelowna and Rossland, to provide no-cost onsite one-on-one energy efficiency evaluations.

    The basic evaluation is intended to help business owners asses how much of their operations costs are going to maintaining room temperatures, meeting hot water needs, lighting and other power consumption needs and services. An enhanced in-depth evaluation includes estimated savings and recommended contractors to make energy improvements within the next year. Businesses will also be provided with no-cost and low-cost tips to minimize energy consumption, along with learning about what equipment may need upgrades to help save on operational costs. (Source: FortisBC, PR, Rossland News, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: FortisBC, Danielle Wensink, Director of Conservation and Energy Management, Douglas Stout, VP External Relations and Market Development, (604)576-7000, www.fortisbc.com; GreenStep Solutions, 800-469-7830, www.greenstep.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FortisBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


    San Jose Enacting Energy Efficiency Building Codes (Ind.Report)
    San Jose
    Date: 2019-09-18
    In the Golden State, the city of San Jose (pop. 1.2 milluon +-) reports the adoption of the San Jose Reach Code Ordinance which includes new building codes designed to "increase building efficiency, mandate solar readiness, and increase requirements related to electric vehicle charging stations." The new building code will apply to all new residential and non-residential construction in the city.

    More than 45 cities and counties are considering adopting reach codes that require building and transportation electrification. Nineteen cities in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, and Fremont, have adopted similar ordinances. (Source: City of San Jose, San Jose Spotlight, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of San Jose, www.sanjoseca.gov

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    Technion Claims New H2 Production Technology (New Prod & Tech)
    Israel Institute of Technology
    Date: 2019-09-18
    Researchers at the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) are reporting development of an efficient, inexpensive, environmentally-friendly and safe hydrogen (H2) production technology.

    Currently, most hydrogen production is derived from fossil fuel, and its production involves processes that emit carbon dioxide (CO2) -- which accelerates global warming. The main alternative so far is water electrolysis, where two electrodes -- anode and cathode -- are placed in alkaline or acid enriched water that increases conductivity. In response to passing an electrical current between the electrodes, the water molecules (H2O) are broken down into their chemical elements, such that hydrogen gas (H2) is produced near the cathode and oxygen (O2) is produced near the anode.

    The energy efficiency of electrolysis is only about 75 pct and requires high electricity consumption. The new Technion E-TAC water splitting technology, improves hydrogen production efficiency to 98.7 pct and significantly reduces CO2 emissions.

    Worldwide, about 65 million tpy of hydrogen is produced worth about $130 billion. (Source: Israel Institute of Technology, China.org.cn, Xinhua, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: Israel Institute of Technology, www.technion.ac.il

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    NMSU Granted $5Mn for Phase II Smart Grid R&D (R&D, Funding)
    National Science Foundation,New Mexico State University
    Date: 2019-09-18
    The National Science Foundation (NFS) reports its Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) has awarded New Mexico State University (NMSU)in Las Cruces a second $5 million grant to fund Phase II of the school's collaborative smart grid research.

    The research is aimed at strengthening and improving the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the electric energy grid by addressing infrastructure challenges, security issues and working to create a highly trained and flexible workforce to support the future of the industry. (Source: New Mexico State University, PR, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: NMSU, Prof. Enrico Pontelli, Principal Investigator, Computer Science, (575) 646-6239; (575) 646-1002 - fax, epontell@cs.nmsu.edu, www.nmsu.edu; NSF Public Affairs, (703) 292-8070, www.nsf.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Science Foundation,  New Mexico State University,  Smart Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Utilities Coalition Challenging Trump's ACE Plan (Ind. Report)
    Power Companies Climate Coalition
    Date: 2019-09-18
    Reuters is reporting New York-based Con Edison and eight other U.S. utilities -- the Power Companies Climate Coalition -- have filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants. Trump's plan replaces the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan that would have cut power plant carbon emissions by more than a third from 2005 levels by 2030 by virtually eliminating coal-fired power production.

    According to the filing, Trump's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule undermines efforts already under way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing in renewable energy, electric vehicle infrastructure and energy efficiency and other clean technologies.

    ACE allows states three years to devise their own plans to cut emissions mainly by encouraging coal-fired power plants to improve efficiency.

    The coalition members include: Con Edison, Exelon Corp, National Grid, PG&E Corp, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Seattle City Light, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and New York Power Authority. (Source: Con Edison, Guardian, Reuters, 16 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Power Companies Climate Coalition,  Obama Clean Power Plan,  Affordable Clean Energy Plan ,  


    Albireo Energy Snares Environmental Energy Corp. (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Huron Capital,Environmental Energy Corp
    Date: 2019-09-18
    Detroit-based lower-middle-market private equity firm Huron Capital reports its building automation and energy efficiency-energy services platform, Albireo Energy, has acquired Deer Park, New York-based Environmental Energy Corp. (EEC), a commercial-scale energy management provider primarily in the NYC area.

    Huron Capital formed Albireo in 2014 with the goal of building an industry leader in the fast-growing U.S. market for energy efficiency, building automation and energy management. Albireo Energy provides building automation and integration solutions and energy services to commercial and institutional buildings nationally, helping building owners and managers improve efficiency and reduce operational costs while improving occupant comfort. (Source: Huron Capital, PR, Cision Newswire, 17 Sept., 2019) Contact: Huron Capital, Jim Mahoney, www.huroncapital.com; Albireo Energy, www.AlbireoEnergy.com; Environmental Energy Corp., 631-243-1116, www.eecny.net

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    Agentis, Oracle Partner on Utilities Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Agentis, Oracle
    Date: 2019-09-16
    Chicago-based energy management systems specialist Agentis and Oracle Utilities Opower are reporting a collaboration to help utility companies better engage and drive energy savings for every customer. By combining Agentis' software in the utility business segment with Oracle's customer engagement and energy efficiency solutions, utilities will now be able to actively connect each type of customer with personalized insights that drive action and verified energy savings.

    By bringing together behavioral energy efficiency, digital customer experience, and advanced analytics, utilities can drive greater engagement across all classes of their customer base and usher in a new era of customer relationships. Moreover, the joint solution will provide faster time to value for utilities as they can accelerate the deployment of a unified data integration platform with Opower as the central hub.

    Opower delivers one of the world's most widely deployed utility customer engagement platform -- spanning more than 60 million households globally. When used together, utilities will be able to use Opower's data platform to execute engagement programs for both businesses and residential customers that help reduce the cost-to-serve, enhance customer satisfaction, and generate energy efficiency savings. (Source: Agenitis, PR, Yahoo, 16, 2019) Contact: Agentis Energy, John Lux, Pres., www.agenitisenergy.com; Oracle Utilities, Opower Group, Scott Neuman, VP, www.intel.com

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    Maine Scores $2.5Mn in Latest RGGI Auction (Ind. Report)
    RGGI
    Date: 2019-09-16
    In Augusta, the Maine Public Utilities Commission report Maine has received nearly $2.5 million in the latest Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances.

    RGGI member states include Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pulled the Garden State out of the group whicg caps carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to reduce air pollution. Companies then purchase allowances at auctions that allow them to emit a certain amount of CO2 gas from power plants generating over 25 megawatts of electricity.

    RGGI generates revenue for all nine states, which had reduced CO2 emissions by over 50 pctsince 2007. Maine Public Utilities Commission Administrative Director says the latest auction reached the milestone of selling the one billionth emission allowance. Maine has received $108.6 million in revenue since 2007 that's financed rate relief, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. (Source: Maine Public Utilities Commission, WABI Contact: Maine Public Utilities Commission, 207-287-3831, www.maine.gov › mpuc; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

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    Carbon Tax Included in Germany's €40Bn Climate Pkg. (Int'l.)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-16
    In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CD) governing coalition is reportedly expected to release it latest plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 55 pct by 2030 compared to the 1990 levels. The government's package of measures, which could cost well over €40 billion ($44.6 billion) until 2023, is slated to be released on Friday, September 20.

    The government's plans are expected to include a broad range of issues such as extending grants for electric car buyers, expanding a network of charging stations, raising road taxes for polluting vehicles, improving building energy efficiency, raising a green surcharge on air travel and a possible carbon tax.

    As previously reported, Germany is expected to miss its own emissions goals for 2020. (Source: DW, 15 Sept., 2019)

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    Notable Quote -- PSEG CEO Talks Energy Efficiency
    PSEG
    Date: 2019-09-16
    "Compared with wind and solar energy efficiency is both faster and cheaper to access because it doesn't have to be built. It also doesn't require the extensive use of land that wind and solar do, and has much shorter payback periods than renewable resources." -- Ralph Izzo, Pres & Ceo, Public Service Enterprise Group, Sept., 2019) Contact: PSEG 2018 Sustainablity Report

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    Intel Touts "World's Smartest Building" in Israel (Ind. Report)
    Intel
    Date: 2019-09-16
    Intel is reporting the has unveiling of its new, 800,000 sq-ft development center in Petah Tikvah, Isreal, which it claims is the "smartest building in the world."

    The $180 million facility incorporates: approximately 14,000 sensors that facilitate smart lighting and temperature; automatic lighting and window shading to take advantage of natural light throughout the day; elevators that use smart algorithms to learn the travel patterns of elevator users to expect where they are likely to be at any given time, shortening waiting times; and other energy efficient "smart" features.

    The building also boasts energy efficiency roughly 40 pct better than the industry standard; 75 pct less water consumption than similar buildings, and 95 pct of construction waste was recycled. (Source: Intel, World Israel News, 15 Sept., 2019)

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    Masdar, EDF Launch Energy Efficiency, Services Firm (Int'l)
    Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)
    Date: 2019-09-13
    At the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and French low-carbon electricity leader EDF are reporting an agreement to launch a new joint venture energy services company in order to expand into non-utility scale building energy efficiency, solar technology below 50 MW and others. The agreement is in line with Masdar's global clean energy ambitions and further supports the UAE's Energy Strategy 2050 objectives to increase renewable energy usage and energy efficiency across the UAE region, according to a release. (Source: Masdar, EDF, Trade Arabia News, Sept., 2019) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ca.ae; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

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    SSHA, Common Energy Partner for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    Common Energy
    Date: 2019-09-13
    In the Empire State, the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority (SSHA) reports it is partnering with community solar energy specialist Common Energy to increase use of clean energy and use the saving to fund more then $100,000 in energy efficiency investments at SSHA facilities.

    This partnership is supported by NYSERDA through its NY-Sun Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program, which provides funding to address resource gaps and solve market barriers preventing the development of solar installations serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households.

    Common Energy works with businesses and households to connect their existing utility account to local, clean energy projects. (Source: Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, PR, NewsWire, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, Malcolm Bliss, www.saratogaspringspha.org; Common Energy, www.commonenergy.com

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    Distributor Expects Savings with Orion LED Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    Orion Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-09-13
    Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based LED lighting specialist Orion Energy Systems reports it and BC Energy Solutions have been selected to upgrade a major privately owned national food distribution company facility with Orion's IoT enabled LED lighting solutions. The Enlighted™ upgrade will reduce maintenance and substantially improve energy efficiency as measured in lumens per watt of electricity. Enlighted™ IoT enabled wireless sensors and controls allow the customer to automate and analyze critical facility management data, driving further savings through more carefully monitored energy consumption.

    The upgrade, which includes 1,354 Orion LED lighting fixtures and 1,249 LED Bulbs for an expected $597,711 per year savings, also qualifies for a $300,000 rebate from Salt River Project.

    BC Energy is a national energy management and reduction firm helping companies drastically reduce their energy consumption. The company provides turnkey energy efficiency-energy reduction projects and enterprise-wide solutions, according to the release. (Source: Orion Energy Systems, Inc., PR, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, Inc., www.orionlighting.com; BC Energy Solutions, www.bcenergysaves.com

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


    House Advances Data Center Energy Efficiency Bill (Reg. & Leg.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-09-13
    In Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives is reported to have advanced the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act -- H.R. 1420 -- this week. If passed into law, H.R. 1420 would increase energy efficiency best practices and energy-saving technology at more than 2,000 federal data centers. The bi-partisan legislation was introduced by U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA).

    The bill would require the Office of Management and Budget to work with other federal agencies on the maintenance, purchase, use of energy efficient and energy saving information and communication technologies, practices, advanced metering infrastructure, new data center strategies and updates to information technology asset utilization levels. (Source: The Hill, Daily Energy, Various Media, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), www.kinzinger.house.gov; Anna Eshoo (D-CA)www.eshoo.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Data Center,  

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