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Enphase, WU Collaborate on Renewables Grid (Ind. Report)
Enphase Energy
Date: 2020-05-27
Fremont, California-headquartered global energy technology and solar microinverters specialist Enphase Energy, Inc. reports it is using its Enphase Ensemble™ technology to support a University of Washington (WU) initiative to develop control systems for unrestricted penetration of photovoltaic (PV) solar on the grid.

In addition to roughly $1 million in US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), grant funding , Enphase will provide test platforms and invest approximately $420,000 over the project's three-year timeline.

Enphase will run specialized test scenarios and gather data at the Company's single- and three-phase, on- and off-grid rooftop solar R&D facility in Austin, Texas. The test array is equipped with Enphase microinverters featuring the Company's custom ASIC, which powers the software-defined architecture that allows Enphase to reprogram a test fleet of microinverters with control architectures and algorithms developed by the University of Washington. The control architectures and algorithms will be tested to validate controller performance under real-world weather variability.

The Enphase Encharge storage system features embedded grid-forming Enphase microinverters that enable always-on functionality and will be compatible with both new and existing Enphase IQ solar systems with IQ 6™ or IQ 7™ microinverters, providing a simple upgrade path for existing Enphase solar customers. (Source: Enphase Energy Inc., PR, 26 May, 2020) Contact: Christian Zdebel, 484-788-2384, pr@enphase.com, www.enphase.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase,  Renewable Energy,  Renewables Grid.Rooftop Solar,  


Pitkin County CO. Adopts Home Energy Rating System (Ind. Report)
Pitkin County Colorado
Date: 2020-05-27
In Colorado, the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners last month adopted the Home Energy (efficiency) Rating System (HERS) and set strict energy requirements that apply to new construction and remodels and additions over 1,000 square feet.

Pitkin County will require that homes receive a score of 60 or lower HERS score before on-site renewable energy lowers that score to 30 or lower. Pitkin County calls this effort Net-30, a play on net-zero, which is expected to be the county's requirement by 2030. Pitkin County has long required that energy-intensive construction, including driveways with snow-melt systems, be offset with onsite renewable energy or payments to the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program. Now, the county also will require that homeowners with large solar systems that produce 10 or more kWh, install home batteries to store as much as 25 pct of that energy that can be fed back into the grid.

The new building requirements, which go into effect in late July, this year, lay the groundwork for the county to require net-zero buildings by 2030.. (Source: Pitkin County, Aspen Journalism, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Pitkin County, Cindy Houben, Community Dev. Dir., 970-920-5097, Cindy.Houben@pitkincounty.com, www.pitkincounty.com

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


Bolivia Ups Ethanol-Gasoline Blend Rate to 12pct (Int'l. Report)
Bolivia
Date: 2020-05-27
In La Paz, the Bolivian Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy reports it is increasing the country's mandated ethanol - gasoline blend rate from 8 to 12 pct effective immediately. The increase is intended to cut emissions and promote ethanol production, employment and to advance the government's Green Economies program.

Bolivia's Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy is responsible for policies, plans and regulations governing the country's energy sector in order to secure energy efficiency, security and sovereignty. The ministry's strategic objectives include changing the energy matrix, promoting the export of surplus power, managing resources and programs and consolidating the country's position as the region's main natural gas exporter. (Source: Bolivia Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy, PR, 25 May, 2020) Contact: Bolivia Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy, +591-2-2374051, +591-2-2374050, info@hidrocarburos.gob.bo, www3.hidrocarburos.gob.bo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol blend news,  Ethanol news,  Biofuel news,  


£40Mn UK Clean Growth Fund Launched (Int'l. Report)
UK Clean Growth Fund
Date: 2020-05-22
In London, the UK government is reporting the launch of a £40 million venture capital fund for green energy, low-carbon technologies across the power, transport, waste, and building energy efficiency sectors.

The fund seeks investments in early stage, seed or Series A rounds in 'exciting, innovative clean growth start-ups". Qualifying projects could include: energy storage and smart grid systems to bolster resilience in the power system; renewable heating and ventilation technologies across homes and commercial buildings; and bio-fuels and bio-energy systems.

Investment parameters for the fund focus on clean growth technologies, hardware, products and services in sectors including power generation, waste, energy networks, buildings management, industries, bioenergy and alternative fuels. The fund will be managed by Clean Growth Investment Management (CGIM). (Source: UK Clean Growth Fund, 21 May, 2020) Contact: UK Clean Growth Fund, www.gov.uk/government/publications/clean-growth-equity-fund

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Clean Growth Fund,  Low Carbon Energy,  


IMEA Offers Energy Efficiency Grant Funding (Funding)
Illinois Municipal Electric Agency
Date: 2020-05-22
Nonresidential customers of the Naperville electric utility are invited to apply for the 2020 Naperville/Illinois Municipal Electric Agency electric efficiency program.

The program for commercial, educational, nonprofit and institutional customers provides grant funding from the Springfield-headquartered Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA)for qualifying energy-related projects, including installation of LED lighting systems, refrigeration measures and variable-speed drives for HVAC pumps and motors. Projects can receive grant funding for up to 50 pct of the total project cost, up to $20,000. (Source: IMEA, Daily Herald, 19 May, 2020) Contact: IMEA, 217-789-4632, 217-789-4642 - Fax, imea@imea.org, www.imea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


NJ Lifts Ban on At-Home Energy-Efficiency Assessments (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2020-05-22
In Trenton, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) is reporting the lifting of a recently imposed, COVID-19 inspired ban on utilities and energy firms entering homes for energy audit and energy efficiency upgrades.

After the agency sought to limit access to homes, the state's utilities essentially told contractors to end energy-efficiency work to comply with the directive, virtually shutting down programs to curtail energy use. As a result of the shutdown, New Jersey lost an estimated 11,000 or more energy efficiency sector , according to Environmental Entrepreneurs, and others.

The Murphy administration has touted energy efficiency as a key component of its plans to shift the Garden State to 100 pct clean energy by 2050, but it is lagging behind mandates to require utilities to achieve significant cuts in energy use. (Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, NJ Spotlight, 21 May, 2020) Contact: NJBPU, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,  Energy Efficiency,  


Trinidad-Tobago Granted $5Mn for Low-Carbon Research (Int'l,Funding)
Trinidad-Tobago
Date: 2020-05-22
In Port of Spain, the Trinidad-Tobago Ministry of Planning Development is reporting receipt of $5 million in grant funding under the Global Environmental Facility (GEF for a national project on the development of low-carbon refrigeration and air conditioning technologies.

The project, led by the National Ozone Unit -- Environmental Policy and Planning Division Ministry of Planning and Development, will help the country in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular those related to climate change. The project will also deliver global environmental benefits in terms of direct emission carbon dioxide equivalent (tO2eq) savings of at least 644,396 tCO2eq over the four-year period. Additionally, the project aims to fulfil Trinidad and Tobago's national priorities including: developing a resilient whole-of-government approach to climate change related disaster risk management and strengthening capacities to reduce risk; promoting energy efficiency and the efficient use of resources for increasing energy security through low-carbon alternative energy; and developing climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies .

The project will also aid in meeting international commitments under the Montreal Protocol and United Nations Framework Convention to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC). (Source: Trinidad -Tobago Ministry of Planning, Loop News, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Trinidad -Tobago Ministry of Planning, +1 612 9700

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Ozone news,  


Willdan Energy Design Assistance Contract Renewed (Ind. Report)
Wildan,CenterPoint Energy
Date: 2020-05-22
Anaheim, California-headquartered Willdan Group Inc. reports it has been selected by Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy Inc. to continue implementing the Energy Design Assistance (EDA) Program. This latest contract is valued at $10 million over four years.

The EDA program provides commercial building owners within Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy's service territory with energy expertise to encourage energy-efficient building design and construction. The program uses Willdan's real-time energy modeling software -- Net Energy Optimizer (NEO) -- to allow project teams to visualize the effects of energy efficiency measures. The program serves new commercial construction, additions, and major renovations over 20,000 square feet.

Willdan has served more than 900 buildings through this program to date, delivering 23 million therms and 550 million kWh in annual savings, according to the release. (Source: Wildan, PR , BusinessWire, 19 May, 2020) Contact: Xcel Energy, xcelenergy.com; Center Point Energy, www.centerpointenergy.com; Willdan Group, Inc. , Stacy McLaughlin , CFO, 714-940-6300 , smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.willdan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel,  Wildan,  CenterPoint Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Con Edison Affirms Energy Efficiency Commitment (Ind. Report)
Con Edison
Date: 2020-05-22
In New York, Consolidated Edison, Inc CEO John McAvoy reports the company -- one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies -- will triple its energy efficiency programs with an investment of more than $1.5 billion by 2025.

The program aims to help ConEd customers reduce their reliance on natural gas with incentives for ground and air-source heat pumps and continue its support of electric vehicle adoption, McAvoy said during the company's first virtual-only annual meeting. McAvoy also affirmed Con Edison's Clean Energy Commitment to aggressively pursue reductions in overall energy use. (Source: Consolidated Edison, Inc. 18 May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consolidated Edison news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


UIPA, RMP Announce Energy Efficiency Agreement (ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2020-05-20
The Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) and Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) are reporting a Joint Clean Energy Cooperation agreement to create a sustainable energy supply within the UIPA jurisdictional area.

The two organizations will share data and resources to identify solutions to meet future needs with net 100 pct renewable energy, electrification of freight, cargo and logistics equipment, and energy efficiency programs. Additional agreements and approvals on specific projects are also anticipated. (Source: Utah Inland Port Authority , KUTV, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Utah Inland Port Authority, Jack Hedge, Executive Director, www.utahinlandport.org; Rocky Mountain Power, Gary Hoogeveen, Pres., CEO, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


ConEdison Affirms Energy Efficiency Commitment (Ind. Report)
Consolidated Edison
Date: 2020-05-20
In New York, Consolidated Edison, Inc CEO John McAvoy reports the company -- one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies -- will triple its energy efficiency programs with an investment of more than $1.5 billion by 2025.

The program aims to help ConEdison customers cut their reliance on natural gas with incentives for ground and air-source heat pumps and other upgrades and initiatives, McAvoy said during the company's first virtual-only annual meeting. McAvoy also affirmed ConEdison's commitment to aggressively pursue reductions in overall energy use. (Source: Consolidated Edison, Inc. 18 May, 2020) Contact: ConEdison, www.conedsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consolidated Edison,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ill. EPA Awards Waste Water Plant Efficiency Funding (Funding)
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Date: 2020-05-19
In Springfield, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) Office of Energy reports the awarding of $422,250 in energy efficiency grant funding to four Illinois wastewater treatment facilities.

The $422,250 in grant funding will be leveraged by an estimated $16,018,574 in matching funds being applied toward the projects from the four grantees: the City of Anna, Union County, $52,250; City of Rock Island, Rock Island County, $45,000; Village of Romeoville, Will County, $200,000; and Thorn Creek Basin Sanitary District, Chicago Heights, Cook and Will counties, $125,000.

The grants will enable the municipal organizations to make energy efficiency upgrades to wastewater equipment identified by previous energy audits, in some cases audits were provided at no-cost by the Office of Energy. These grants are expected to save the grantees 2,431,955 kWhs of energy annually for significant money savings. (Source: Illinois EPA, Gazette Democrat, 15 May, 2020) Contact: Illinois EPA, Wastewater Treatment Plant Energy Efficiency Program, www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/water-quality/Pages/default.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste Water,  Energy Efficiency,  


Jamestown Considers $1.9Mn Energy Efficiency Investment (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-05-19
In the Empire State, the Jamestown City Council reports it is considering a $1,950 million agreement with Stark Tech Group for energy efficiency upgrades to city facilities that would save the city of roughly 30,000 residents approximately $78,000 per year in energy costs.

The planned improvements include: cool planting and boiler upgrades for the city Municipal Building; heating plant upgrade for the Public Works Department; lighting upgrades for the city Municipal Building, fire stations, Public Works and other buildings and locations. (Source: City of Jamestown, Post-Journal, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Stark Tech Group, Todd Hanson , www.starktechgroup.com; City of Jamestown, NY, Energy Efficiency Programs, (716) 661-1660, www.jamestownbpu.com/178/Efficiency-Programs, www.jamestownny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia Energy Efficiency Council,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


Korea Mandating Bldg Energy Efficiency, Performance (Int'l Report)
Korea
Date: 2020-05-15
In Seoul, the government of South Korea is reporting planned mandatory energy efficiency-energy performance "Green Remodeling" standards for of public buildings to meet greenhouse gas emission standards and to save energy.

To that end, the government will establish a green remodeling road map that includes mandatory standards, step-by-step measures, and methods to upgrade building energy efficiency and performance. The government is also considering expanding interest support on the cost of private buildings, single-family homes and small-scale building upgrade projects.

The Korea Land and Housing Corp. has been designated as a "green remodeling center" to offer support and consultation on the program. (Source: Gov. of South Korea, Korea Land and Housing Corp., May, 2020) Contact: Korea Land and Housing Corp, www.lh.or.kr/eng/index.do

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Performance,  


Ameresco, N.H. Ink Energy Conservation ESPC Contract (Ind. Report)
Ameresco, New Hampshire
Date: 2020-05-13
In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc. Ameresco reports it and the State of New Hampshire have entered into an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for energy conservation measures at 21 state facilities in New Hampshire's Seacoast Region.

By utilizing an Energy Savings Performance Contract, the State will save energy without incurring any up-front costs and pay for the energy improvements with the realized energy savings, estimated to be over $4 million over the 20-year contract term.

Specific energy conservation measures include: lighting system improvements, new energy management systems, demand-controlled ventilation, chiller replacement, new windows, high-efficiency pumps, infiltration reductions, pipe insulation, new transformers, three solar PV arrays and automatic temperature controls, all of which is expected to be complete in March 2021. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Renewables 11 May, 2020) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, Exec.VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


Aussie Energy Efficiency Council Calls for Gov. Action (Int'l.)
Autralia Energy Efficiency Council
Date: 2020-05-13
TIn the Land Down Under, the Energy Efficiency Council and the Property Council of Australia are calling on state and federal governments to prioritize energy efficiency projects and building energy performance projects to help restart the country's COVID-19 damaged economy.

The Energy Efficiency Council is calling upgrading the energy performance of buildings and businesses in the manufacturing, resources and agriculture sectors as "shovel ready" ways to boost productivity and create well over 100,000 "job years' of work." (Source: Energy Efficiency Council of Australia, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Energy Efficiency Council of Australia, +61 (03) 9069 6588, info@eec.org.au, www.eec.org.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Cape Light Offers Major Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Cape Light Compact
Date: 2020-05-13
Cape Light Compact Offering Up to 100% Off Small Business Project Costs South Yarmouth, Mass.-based utility Cape Light Compact reports it will be offering incentives of up to 100 to Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard businesses for LED lamps and fixtures, HVAC and lighting controls, water saving equipment such as faucet aerators and spray valves, pipe insulation and other energy efficiency upgrades and projects.

The enhanced incentives will be available for customers who sign an installation contract no later than August 31 and complete installation of equipment by December 31, this year. The offer will also apply to those customers who have already had energy saving opportunities identified by Cape Light Compact but have not yet installed any equipment.

Details of the Cape Light Compact 2019-2021 Energy Efficiency Plan are HERE. Cape Light Compact energy incentives incentives information is HERE (Source: Cape Light Compact, Cape Cod Today, 11 May, 2020) Oct., 2018) Contact: Cape Light Compact, (508) 375-6644, www.capelightcompact.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cape Light Compact,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


Indian Energy Efficiency Deliver Major Savings (Int'l. Report)
Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-05-13
The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is reporting several of the various energy efficiency programs in India has led to 113.16 billion units (BUs) in 2018-19 -- a 9.39 pct reduction in the country's net electric power consumption.

The New Delhi-based agency's study aims to assess the impact of all the energy programs in India in terms of total energy saved and reduction in the amount of carbon emissions in 2018-19.

According to the report, the total energy savings achieved in 2018-19 stood at 23.73 Mtoe (million tons of oil equivalent) -- 2.69 pct of the total primary energy supply, which was estimated to be 879.23 Mtoe during 2018-19. This includes both supply and demand-side sectors of the economy.

Overall, the study concluded that various energy efficiency measures have translated into monetary savings of $11.9 billion (US) against the savings in 2017-18, which stood at $7.1 billion.

The report also noted the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, in collaboration with BEE, is executing a global environment facility funded national project to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in selected MSME clusters in India. (Source: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Mercom, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, +91 11 26178352 - fax, www.beeindia.gov.in

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


NYC Building Energy Conservation Code Updated (Ind. Report)
New York City
Date: 2020-05-11
In the Empire State, the Big Apple is reporting the updating its New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) which will be current with the New York State 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code.

The State code is based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016. The 2020 NYCECC will become effective May 12, 2020, the same effective date as the state's energy code which aligns the code with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) NYStretch Energy Code-2020, as adopted by the New York City Council on March 29, 2020.

The 2020 New York City Energy Code includes energy efficiency requirements help to improve overall building envelope performance through installation of better performing and more energy efficient windows and other initiatives.

Access the 2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code HERE (Source: NYC City Council, Door & Window Market, 8 May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Eficiency,  Energy Management,  Energy Conservation,  ASHRAE,  NYSERDA,  


COVID-19 Costing New England Energy Efficiency Jobs (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-05-08
According to Clean Energy New Hampshire, people who work on making buildings more energy efficient are among the hardest hit in terms of layoffs and lost jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Regionally, New England lost nearly 15,000 energy jobs overall that month, mostly in Massachusetts.

Download the 2019 Clean Energy In New Hampshire report HERE (Source: Clean Energy New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio, 6 May, 2020) Contact: Clean Energy New Hampshire, 603-226-4732, www.cleanenergynh.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


energyOrbit Energy Efficiency Report Reveals Savings (Ind. Report)
energyOrbit
Date: 2020-05-08
A new Energy Efficiency Impact Report from San Francisco-based cloud energy efficiency and Demand-Side Management specialist energyOrbit unveils the energy and cost savings for residents and businesses by aggregating data from its customers, including utility companies and other energy efficiency (EE) organizations.

The report notes that $3.7 billion in incentives were paid to businesses and households and benefited customers participating in energy rebate programs. Enterprises also contributed to a cleaner atmosphere, taking the equivalent of 3.6 million passenger cars off the road, while avoiding 16.7 million metric tons of COշ.

For its report, energyOrbit tallied data from investor-owned utilities, municipalities, cooperatives and third-party implementers in the U.S. and Canada since 2008. The numbers have been charted in two areas: Total Energy Savings and Incentive Payments. The report also highlights the following savings reference points: Annual electricity use of 2.8 million homes; 4.4 coal-fired plants not in use; 3,600 wind turbines running for a year; 22 million acres of U.S. forests planted in one year , and 54 percent of New York City electricity consumption per year.

As of 2019, energyOrbit has helped utilities and third-party implementers manage more than 24 TWh of electricity savings. Additionally, 11 GW of peak demand has been reduced by efficiency measures tracked by energyOrbit. Additionally, over $3.7 billion in incentives have been managed and prepared for payment. (Source: energyOrbit, PR, 5 May, 2020) Contact: energyOrbit, Udi Merhav, CEO , 866-628-8744, www.energy-orbit.com

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


St. Louis Enacts Building Energy Performance Standard (Ind. Report)
St. Louis
Date: 2020-05-08
In the Show Me State, the city of St. Louise reports passage of Building Energy Performance Standard (BPS) legislation requiring buildings in the city to meet a minimum level of energy efficiency-performance standard. The legislation also establishes resources to help building owners achieve the savings that come with decreased energy usage. The City is the first jurisdiction in the Midwest and the fourth in the country to pass a BPS. The policy will use Site Energy Use Intensity (EUI) as its chief performance metric.

The St. Louis BPS covers buildings 50,000 square feet or larger, which have been required to report the energy and water use of their properties since 2017 under the city's Building Energy Awareness Ordinance.

Compared to other energy-saving building policies, a BPS requires greater changes, but allows building owners broad flexibility to make improvements. By setting long-term targets, a BPS provides the commercial real estate market with the certainty it needs to make confident investments in properties over time. It can also enable cities to achieve multiple city priorities at once, including carbon reductions, building electrification, energy efficiency, peak demand reductions, and more. (Source: City of St. Louis, NRDC Blog, May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News St. Louis,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Performance,  


ACC Announces 2020 Energy Efficiency Award Winners (Ind. Report)
American Chemistry Council
Date: 2020-05-06
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is reporting 13 of its member companies have been honored under the Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program for implementing energy efficiency improvements in 2019.

Under the Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program, ACC member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing environmental, health, safety and security plans.

Award recipients included Albemarle Corporation, Arkema Inc., BASF Corp., Carus Corp., Chevron Phillips Chemical, Dow, Dupont, Eastman Chemical, Hexio Inc., Occidental Chemical, Olin Chemical, SABIC, and Lubrizol . (Source: American Chemistry Council, PR, May., 2020) Contact: American Chemistry Council, www.americanchemistry.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Serbia Earmarks €4.25Mn for Energy Efficiency in 2020 (Int'l.)
Serbia
Date: 2020-05-06
Balkan Green Energy News is reporting the Serbian government has committed roughly €4.25 million for energy efficiency projects implemented by state authorities, local municipalities and other state agencies in 2020.

The money can be used for building thermal insulation, HVAC upgrades and modernization, solar energy installations and energy efficient interior lighting projects as well as for project design work and training.

The programs goals include: financing activities and measures for improving energy efficiency; realizing energy savings and rational use of energy by applying cost-effective technologies and products; increased use of renewable energy sources; reducing GHG emissions and increasing public awareness of the importance of energy efficiency. (Source: Balkan Green Energy News, 4 May., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Pittsburgh's MuseumLab Exhibiting USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2020-05-06
In the Keystone State, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh reports the city's adjacent new MuseumLab has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED® Gold certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

MuseumLab was recently honored with the 2020 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award for Construction Project Rehabilitation work dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant places. (Source: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, May, 2020) Contact: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Jane Werner, Exec. Dir., 412-322-5058, www.pittsburghkids.org; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Gold,  Energy Efficiency,  US Green Building Council,  


ICAT Offers Buildings Efficiency Guidance Assessment (Int'l Report)
New Climate Institute
Date: 2020-05-06
The Berlin-based New Climate Institute (ICAT) Buildings Efficiency Guidance provides guidance for assessing the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of buildings sector energy efficiency policies. The guidance provides a stepwise approach for estimating the effects of policy design characteristics and barriers associated with regulatory and financial support policies on GHG impacts.

This guidance specifically covers regulatory and financial support policies that address both new building stock and existing building stock with retrofit. Users are guided on how to estimate the impacts of these policies for the residential sector, although this guidance may also be used for the commercial and public sectors. The guidance focuses on the assessment of impacts from built-in energy loads, including space heating, cooling, lighting and hot water. The guidance does not assess the impacts of appliances that are unrelated to heating, cooling and hot water.

ICAT assessment guides help policymakers and other users assess the impacts of countries' climate policies and actions. They can play a critical role in providing the information needed for effective policymaking, for implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions and for preparing reports under the enhanced transparency framework of the Paris Agreement and on progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. (Source: ICAT, May, 2020) Contact: New Climate Institute, Carsten Warneke, +49 221 999 83 302 c.warnecke@newclimate.org , www. climateactiontransparency.org/icat-toolbox, www.newclimate.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Climate Institute ,  ICAT,  Paris Climate Accord,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


NAHB Releases Latest Green Building Standard (Ind. Report Attached)
National Association of Homebuilders
Date: 2020-05-06
The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) reports release of its 2020 ICC-700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and available for public download and use.

Introduced in 2008, the standard is a collaborative effort between NAHB and the International Code Council (ICC) to provide architects, builders and developers with parameters for designing and constructing homes and remodeling projects to exceed code requirements in areas pertaining to sustainability via third-party certification. In its fourth edition, the standard offers an alternative to the existing points-based system, allowing for certification via a new, mandatory checklist of "green" building practices.

Download copy of the full standards HERE. (Source: National Association of Homebuilders, May, 2020) Contact: National Association of Homebuilders, www.nahb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Association of Homebuilders,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


€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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  • Dominion RFP Quadruples Renewables, Energy Storage (Ind Report)
    Dominion Energy Virginia
    Date: 2020-05-04
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy Virginia has issued its largest ever request for proposals (RFP) for up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar and onshore wind generation and up to 250 MW of energy storage in the Commonwealth.

    Projected expansion of offshore wind, solar, and energy storage development amounts to approximately 24,000 new megawatts of renewable energy and storage capacity over the next 15 years. The long-term IRP includes:

  • More than 5,000 MW of offshore wind is planned by 2035, including the 2,600 MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project already announced by Dominion Energy. This offshore wind deployment -- the largest in North America -- has a 2026 target in-service date.

  • Dominion Energy's solar fleet, already the 4th largest among US utility holding companies, is projected to grow significantly as the Dominion Energy Virginia long-term IRP calls for the development and procurement of approximately 16,000 MW over the next fifteen years.

  • Energy storage capacity is projected to expand to approximately 2,700 MW meeting the most ambitious targets in the country set in the VCEA. This includes battery storage pilots already approved and scheduled to be online in Virginia next year.

    Also included in this year's filing is a significant increase in energy efficiency programs to meet the 5 pct energy sales reduction target by 2025 set by the VCEA.

    Bidders information is at www.dominionenergy.com/2020SolarWindRFP (Source: Dominion Energy, 1 May, 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com

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  • Methanol Data Available on DNV GL Alt. Fuels Platform (Int'l.)
    Methanol Institute,DNV GL
    Date: 2020-05-04
    The Methanol Institute is reporting new data on the potential global availability of methanol will be hosted on the DNV GL Alternative Fuels Insight (AFI) platform for evaluating the potential uptake of marine alternative fuels and energy efficiency technologies.

    Of the world's top 100 ports where methanol is known to be stored and shipped, 47 have confirmed methanol storage of more than 50,000 mt.

    DNV GL, the world's leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry, developed the AFI platform to support the shipping industry's transition to a cleaner, green future with freely-available tools and resources.

    Methanol (CH3OH) is a liquid chemical used in thousands of everyday products, including plastics, paints, cosmetics and fuels. Methanol is also an energy resource used in the marine, automotive, and electricity sectors, and an emerging renewable energy resource.

    Access the DNV GL AFI Platform HERE. (Source: Methanol Institute, DNV GL, Manifold Times, 30 April, 2020)Contact: Methanol Institute, Chris Chatterton, COO, (703) 248-3636, www.methanol.org; DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DNV GL,  Methanol Institute,  Methanol,  DNV GL,  


    Heat Pump, Appliance Energy Efficiency Importance (Report Attached)
    Ozone Secretariat
    Date: 2020-05-04
    The Ozone Secretariat has prepared three briefing notes to support parts A, B and C of the 9 - 10 July 2018 Vienna workshop on energy efficiency opportunities in the context of phasing-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This briefing note provides an overview of energy and carbon related issues.

    Download the The Potential to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heat Pumps Sectors HERE. (Source: UNEP, May, 2020) Contact: UNEP, www.uned.org; Ozone Secretariat, www.ozone.unep.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Appliance Energy Eficiency,  


    IMF Calls for Harmonized COVID-19, Climate Change Fight (Int'l.)
    IMF
    Date: 2020-05-01
    Earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called for fiscal measures implemented by governments against the COVID-19 pandemic to be harmonized to combat climate change and ensure an environmentally sustainable recovery from the pandemic.

    The IMF noted that if this recovery is to be sustainable the fight against the climate crisis must be part ov the effort. To that end, "when governments provide financial lifelines to carbon-intensive companies, they should mandate commitments to reduce carbon emissions" should be part of the agreement. Additionally, financial firms should be required to better disclose climate risks in their lending and investment portfolios, the IMF notes/

    The IMF also noted better ways of pricing in climate risk should be found and a substantially higher carbon price is needed to encourage climate-smart investment and to accelerate the shift to cleaner fuels and more energy efficiency. IMF also notes the current global carbon price is only $2 per ton, way below the levels needed to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius, which the IMF estimated to be $75 per ton. (Source: IMF, The Nation, 30 April, 2020) Contact: IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, Dir., www.imf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IMF,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  


    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

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


    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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  • Cora Group Bldg Reaches ZCB-Design Certification (Ind. Report)
    Cora Group
    Date: 2020-04-29
    The Waterloo, Ontario-headquartered Cora Group reports its 104,000 evolv1 building project in Waterloo has achieved Zero Carbon Building Standard Performance certification through the Canada Green Building Council's Zero Carbon Building program. The Waterloo building was previously ZCB-Design certified and is presently awaiting LEED Platinum certification.

    The building's sustainability features include: solar panels and a passive solar wall system; an open-loop geothermal system; 40,000-litre rainwater cistern and daylight harvesting; 28 electric vehicle chargers, and others. (Source: The Cora Group, DCN-JOC News Services , 28 April, 2020) Contact: Cora Group, Adrian Conrad, COO, (519) 570-2672, www.coragroup.com; Canada Green Building Council/Zero Carbon Certification, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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


    BrainBox AI Raises $12Mn for Autonomous Building Tech (Ind Report)
    BrainBox
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Montreal-based autonomous building technology specialist BrainBox AI reports raising $12 million to further deploy its ground-breaking AI technology for buildings across North America and abroad.

    BrainBox AI technology combines deep learning, cloud-based computing and autonomous decision making to support a 24/7 self-operating building. BrainBox AI's solution enables a building's HVAC system to operate autonomously, in real-time, to generate up to a 25 pct reduction in total energy costs and a 20-40 pct reduction in carbon footprint.

    In the 11 months since its launch to market in May 2019, BrainBox AI has installed its self-learning technology in over 15 million square feet of commercial properties, across 15 cities on 3 continents. The company has gained significant traction in its home market of Canada, and the recent raise will enable rapid expansion in both existing and new markets.

    BrainBox AI works in collaboration with research partners including the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO), Montral's McGill University and others. (Source: BrainBox AI, PR , 28 April, 2020) Contact: BrainBox AI, Sean Neely, CEO and Co-Founder , 888 585 2630, www.brainboxai.com

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    City of Beacon Adopts NYStretch Energy Code (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2020-04-27
    In the Empire State, the City of Beacon (pop. 14,800 +-) reports it is the first municipality in New York State outside New York City to adopt the New York State Stretch Energy Code that ensures cost-effective energy efficiency in building construction.

    The NYStretch Energy Code-2020 Version 1.0 was adopted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and calls for incrementally higher efficiency standards in new and renovated buildings.

    According to NYSERDA, adopting NYStretch will provide savings of roughly 11 pct over the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State when that energy code is released by the state department of state.

    Download NY Stretch Energy Code details HERE. (Source: City of Beacon, MidHudson News, 26 April, 2020) Contact; City of Beacon, 845-838-5020, www.cityofbeacon.org; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Richmond Airport VA Green Travel Alliance Award Winner (Ind Report)
    Virginia Green Travel Alliance
    Date: 2020-04-27
    The Virginia Green Travel Alliance is reporting the Capital Region Airport Commission (Richmond Airport) is receiving the Virginia Green Travel Star Award as the 2019 Green Transportation Facility of the Year for its concerted efforts to reduce its environmental impacts.

    The Virginia Green program is run through a partnership between the Virginia DEQ, Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. Recent Sustainability Measures at RIC include:

  • The Airport maintains over 75 recycling containers and encourages travelers and employees to participate in the recycling program. In the past four years, over 100 tons of material has been recycled;

  • In addition to purchasing Green Seal Certified products, the Airport also ensures that paper products are made from recycled material;

  • Water-efficient products have been installed to reduce consumption by 50 pct;

  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) EasyPark parking shuttles effectively reduce tailpipe emissions and ambient noise;

  • Various lighting systems have been upgraded to T5, T8 and LEDs and compact florescent lighting has replaced incandescent lights in canned lighting;

  • Electric carts replaced light-duty maintenance vehicles for use by Baggage Handling Systems Department and Utilities and Grounds Department;

  • Automated building management, mechanical, and LED lighting systems are utilized across airport property;

  • Energy-efficient glass is utilized throughout public spaces; Energy-efficient white thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) membrane roofing is used to reflect heat and cools roofs;

    An Energy Management System is utilized to ensure optimal operation of all HVAC equipment. (Source: Virginia Green Travel Alliance. WWBT , 24 April, 2020) Contact: Virginia Green Travel Alliance; Tom Griffin, Exec. Dr., www.virginiagreen.net; Capital Region Airport Commission, Perry J. Miller, A.A.E., I.A.P., Pres., CEO, 804-226-3000, www.flyrichmond.com

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  • Lockheed Martin ENERGY STAR® Partner Award Winner (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR,Lockheed Martin
    Date: 2020-04-27
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered defense contractor Lockheed Martin is for the second consecutive year being recognized as a 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. In 2019, the company saved enough energy to offset one year's worth of employee commutes and business travel, according to Lockheed Martin.

    ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through superior energy efficiency. (Source: Lockheed Martin, ENERGY STAR,April, 2020) Contact: Lockheed Martin, Carol B. Cala. VP Environment, Safety and Health, (202) 740-5997, carol.b.cala@lockheedmartin.com, www.lockheedmartin.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    PCT Adding National Sustainable Structures Center Site (Ind Report)
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
    Date: 2020-04-27
    In Williamsport, the Pennsylvania College of Technology (PET) reports it will establish a National Sustainable Structures Center (weatherization) training site at Latrobe. The Center will be used to enhance delivery of building science and energy efficiency training for the department of DOE weatherization assistance program.

    Some of the programs to be offered at the site include the Interstate Renewable Energy Council training and home energy training programs for retrofitting homes and facilities to make sure that they are more energy efficient. (Source: Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 27 April, 2020) Contact: Pennsylvania College of Technology, 570-326-3761, www.pct.edu; National Sustainable Structures Center, (202) 370-3657www.nascsp.org/training/pennsylvania-college-of-technology-national-sustainable-structures-center-pa

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    Appalachian Power 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner Recipient (Ind. Report)
    Appalachian Power,American Electric Power
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In the Old Dominion State, Roanoke-based Appalachian Power Co., a unit of Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP), reports receipt of the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its leadership in energy efficiency and the ENERGY STAR program. Appalachian started offering energy efficiency programs in 2011.

    The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award recognizes ENERGY STAR partner businesses and organizations in good standing that demonstrate superior leadership, innovation and commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR. (Source: Appalachian Power, Smith Mountain Eagle, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Appalachian Power, Kelly Marlowe, Energy Efficiency Coordinator, www.appalachianpower.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

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    St.Louis Sets Building Energy Performance, Energy Efficiency, Conservation Standards (Ind. Report)
    St. Louis
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In the Show Me State, the city of St. Louis is reporting passage of a Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) -- building energy efficiency -- ordinance requiring building owners to measure and report their energy use.

    BEPS is similar to the city's Building Energy Awareness bench-marking ordinance but would only be required for buildings over 50,000 square feet. The BEPS ordinance will also establish 15-year-compliance pathway for buildings that stand to benefit from deep energy improvements and can achieve energy performance well beyond the required performance standard.

    The BEPS policy benefits include:

  • Cost Savings -- While an initial investment may be required, energy efficiency improvements pay back quickly and result in significant operational cost savings over time. The savings incurred from the BEPS ordinance will go directly to St. Louis residents and businesses and will also help preserve the city's existing building stock.

  • Smarter Buildings -- Improving building performance enables building owners to capitalize on new technologies and operational practices that allow their buildings to be more responsive to daily demands and conditions, thus becoming more productive and affordable.

  • A Stronger Local Economy -- The BEPS ordinance will help add to the estimated 42,000 jobs in Missouri's energy efficiency industry by creating new jobs for local energy auditors, architects, engineers, electricians, plumbers, roofers, technicians and other contractors who sell energy-efficient services, products, and technologies.

  • A More Resilient St. Louis -- Investing in building energy improvements enables buildings to operate better, be more durable, and better withstand the more frequent extreme weather events associated with climate change.

  • A Cleaner, More Productive Energy Supply -- A carefully set standard will improve energy use across all buildings to better enable and support local utilities' transition to a low- and no-carbon renewable energy supply.

  • Increased Capacity for Electricity -- As the city transitions to greener energy, it is still dependent on an electric grid that can be overwhelmed due to overuse. Energy efficiency updates relieve grid capacity, increasing grid stability for providing electricity to all St. Louis residents.

    St. Louis will be the first in the Midwest and fourth in the nation -- after New York City, Washington, D.C., and Washington State -- to adopt a Building Energy Performance Standard policy.(Source: St; Louis Post Dispatch, ERDC Blog, Stefan Schaffer , Maria Stamas, April, 2020)

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  • Allegheny College PA's First Carbon Neutral College (Ind. Report)
    Allegheny College
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In the Keystone State, Allegheny College (enrollment 1850 +-) in Meadville reports it is the state's first college or university and only the eighth in the nation to achieve carbon neutrality.

    Allegheny College's Board of Trustees established a climate action plan in 2010 that in part aimed to become a carbon-neutral institution by 2020.To that end, the school increased its energy efficiency by nearly 20 pct through retrofitting existing infrastructure, making system and behavioral changes, and opting for sustainable construction and renovation. It also shifted from fossil fuel-based energy sources to alternative energy sources by installing geothermal heating and cooling systems in four buildings, generating 8,500 kilowatt-hours of solar energy annually and by only buying energy from wind-generated sources. It offset remaining emissions by investing in projects that Allegheny College faculty and students are involved in, including, for example, a methane-capture project at a dairy farm. (Source: Allegheny College Times News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Allegheny College, Kelly Boulton, Sustainability Director, www.allegheny.edu

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    Viridiant Snares Richmond Region Energy Alliance (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Green Building,Viridiant,
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In Richmond, Virginia, Viridiant, f.k.a. EarthCraft Virginia, is reporting acquisition of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance and rolling it into a newly Created Community Energy Services division of Viridiant. The new division will expand Viridiant services to include technical support for mortgages on energy-efficient properties, educational programming and home energy audits for residences and businesses in the Richmond area.

    Viridiant provides consulting, education and certification for people seeking to add environmentally friendly, clean and energy efficient components for new or existing buildings. The acquisition included the transfer of grant funding that was provided by the ConseRVAtion Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Richmond, and other existing assets. (Source: Viridiant, PR, Richmond Business Sense, 23 April, 2020) Contact: Viriant, 804-225-9843, www.viriant.org; Richmond Region Energy Alliance, 804-525-7653, www.rrea-va.org

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    Rodan Energy Solutions Opens US Office in N.J. (Ind. Report)
    Rodan Energy Solutions
    Date: 2020-04-22
    Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered energy management specialist Rodan Energy Solutions is reporting the opening an office in Princeton, New Jersey.

    Rodan Energy is a leading North American energy management company delivering innovative solutions to large power producers, distributors, and consumers. Rodan Energy Solutions USA office is in Princeton, New Jersey.(Source: Rodan Energy Solutions, PR, 15 April, 2020) Contact: Rodan Energy Solutions, Shamaila Siddique, Marketing Coordinator, 905-625-9900 ext. 241, shamaila.siddique@rodanenergy.com, John Carroll, US Managing Dir., www.rodanenergy.com

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    Blixt Scores $1.14Mn for Solid State Circuit Breakers (Funding)
    Blixt
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In Stockholm, the Swedish Energy Agency report ithe issuance of SEK 11.5 million $1.14 million) in support to solid state circuit breaker manufacturer Brixt for residential breakers that enable remote control, monitoring and automation of household electricity.

    Blixt is preparing to launch its first engineering samples to be used in pilots during Q3 of 2020. The long-term business plan is B2B sales through large circuit breaker manufacturers and energy service providers.

    The program is aimed at companies that have products and services in need of being tested in pilot and demonstration projects. The projects are aimed at restructuring the energy systems and challenges in society such as industry, transport, bioenergy, the electricity area and buildings. (Source: Swedish Energy Agency, PR, Cision, 17 April, 2020) Contact: Blixt, Charlotta Holmquist, Co-Founder and Chairwoman, +46 (0)708-88-1333, charlotta@blixt.tech, www.blixt.tech; Swedish Energy Agency, +46 16 544 20 00, www.energimyndigheten.se/en

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    Chelan County PUD Ups Window Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Chelan County PUD
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In Wentachee, Washington State the Chelan County PUD says some of its energy-saving rebate amounts will almost double this year. Customers can cash in on rebates through use of energy efficient windows and insulation materials. Insulation rebate rates for walls, floors, and attics have doubled from .50 per square foot to $1.00. In addition, customers who use furnace, baseboard or wall heat in homes with single-pane windows can get $12 per square foot for upgrading to energy-efficient windows. The previous rebate was $6. The rebates are retroactive through January 1, 2020

    The PUD aims to make it more affordable to replace inefficient single-pane windows, especially where the heat source is not a heat pump, and to encourage energy efficiency upgrades and programs in its service district. (Source: Chelan PUD, Columbia Basin News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Chelan County PUD, Josh Mitchell, Resaidential Energy Advisor, 888-663-8121, www.chelanpud.org

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


    NYSERDA Earns 15th ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) reports it has been awarded the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award for the 15th consecutive year by the U.S. DOE and the EPA. NYSERDA is being recognized for demonstrating commitment and dedication to leadership in energy efficiency and the Energy Star program.

    The U.S. DOE and EPA recognized NYSERDA's Home Performance with ENERGY program, including its low-income EmPower New York (EmPower) component serving households with incomes at or below 60 pct of the State Median Income. The NYSERDA programs offer low-cost financing, no-cost or reduced energy assessments incentives for completed energy efficiency improvements.Since 2001, over 250,000 homeowners and renters have participated, reducing their energy costs and increasing comfort of their homes.

    This award demonstrates NYSERDA's continued efforts to advance Governor Cuomo's (D) New Efficiency: New York 2025 energy efficiency target to reduce energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs below forecasted energy use in 2025 -- a level of savings equivalent to fueling and powering over 1.8 million New York homes. (Source: NYSERDA, NYREJ, 21 April, 2020) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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

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