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Otsego Renews Energy Efficiency Increase Plan (Ind. Report)
Otsego County
Date: 2020-10-16
In Cooperstown, New York, the Otsego County Board of Representatives is reporting the revival of a $2 million energy efficiency project with heating/air conditioning and energy specialist TRANE. The project was first approved in Jan. this year but stalled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project includes: lighting upgrades, building envelope improvements, building automation upgrades, plug-load controls, water conservation and the replacement of heavy equipment, some of which is deemed 30 years past its useful life.

TRANE projects a 20-year budget-neutral upgrade of the county systems and guarantees its savings projections, which are about $90,000 per year. If approved, construction would begin in 2021. (Source: Otsego County Board of Representatives, Daily Star, 14 Oct., 2020) Contact: Otsego County Board of Representatives, (607) 547-4202, www.otsegocounty.com/legislature/board_of_representatives_/index.php; TRANE, www.trane.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


ABM Projects $7.8Mn Energy Saving for MASD (Ind. Report)
ABM Industries
Date: 2020-10-16
New York-based ABM Industries Inc. is reporting the initiation of an Energy Performance Contracting program for McKeesport Area School District (MASD), in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. The project is expected to the school district $7.8 million in annual energy and operating costs. The project includes the following various upgrades to MASD facilities:
  • Adding air conditioning to McKeesport Area High School (MAHS), including on-site construction and piping required;

  • Installing new and upgraded building automation systems, including a web-based front-end and new controllers, valves, actuators, and sensors;

  • Replacing or upgrading HVAC assets, such as new split systems, rooftop units, and energy-saving variable frequency drives (VFDs)

  • Upgrading boiler plants, including boiler and domestic water heater replacements;

  • Retrofitting and replacing lighting with efficient LED technology;

  • Replacing oversized transformers with new, energy-efficient transformers and installing capacitor banks for power factor correction;

  • Installing water conservation for each school, including repairs to the rainwater harvesting system at Twin Rivers Elementary;

  • Installing new control systems to operate existing geothermal systems efficiently , and other energy efficiency / conservation upgrades.

    ABM's Energy Performance Contracting (EPC)Program enables a school system to invest in facility upgrades without drawing new capital from the community. ABM works with more than 500 K-12 school systems, colleges, and universities throughout the U.S. (Source: ABM. PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: ABM, Investor Relations, Susie A. Kim, (212) 297-9721, susie.kim@abm.com, www.abm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABM Industries,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Arizona Ups Utility Energy Efficiency Requirements (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2020-10-16
    In Phoenix, the Arizona Corporation Commission ( public utilities commission) reports it has given initial approval to a new requirement for the state's electric utilities to boost their energy-efficiency programs. Under the action, utilities would be required to implement enough energy-efficiency measures by 2030 to equal 35 pct of their 2020 peak demand. The current standard requires them to use efficiency measures to meet 22 pct of their energy demand by this year.

    The new requirement was supported by SWEEP, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Wildfire and Arizona PIRG Education Fund. (Source: Arizona Corporation Commission, PR, azcentral, 14 Oct., 2020) Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, (602) 542-3521, www.azcc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    EU Adopts Bldg. Energy Efficiency Renovation Wave Strategy (Int'l.)
    European Commissions
    Date: 2020-10-16
    The European Commission (EC) reports the adoption of the Renovation Wave Strategy and other energy proposals and strategies fundamental to the implementation of the EU Green Deal and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 as well as emission reduction targets by 2030.

    The Renovation Wave Strategy aims to at least double the office building renovation rate in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency, save energy, reduce Europe's greenhouse gas emissions, foster digitalization and improve the reuse and recycling of materials, according to a press release. The release noted that by 2030, 35 million buildings could be renovated and up to 160,000 additional green jobs created in the construction sector.

    Buildings are responsible for about 40 pct of the EU's energy consumption, and 36 pct of greenhouse gas emissions. But only 1 pct of buildings undergo energy efficient renovation every year, so effective action is crucial to making Europe climate-neutral by 2050. (Source: EU, New Europe, Oct., 2020) Contact: EU Green Deal, ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  EU Green Deal,  


    FuelCell Energy Claims $8Mn DOE Contract (Ind. Report)
    FuelCell Energy
    Date: 2020-10-14
    Danbury, Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy is reporting receipt of an $8-million contract from the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), in collaboration with the Office of Nuclear Energy, to design and manufacture a SureSource electrolysis platform capable of producing hydrogen.

    The project will be the first multi-stack electrolysis system produced with the solid oxide technology and equipped with an option of receiving thermal energy, thereby increasing the electrolysis electrical efficiency to more than 90 pct. The Idaho National Laboratories (INL) will test the system to confirm the electric efficiency and the ability to utilize nuclear power plant waste heat to obtain higher efficiencies of up to 100 pct.

    Fuel Cell Energy aims is to deliver clean, efficient and affordable fuel cell solutions configured for the supply, recovery and storage of energy for customers. This new project can assist FuelCell to commercialize the high-efficiency solid oxide electrolysis technology, according to the release. (Source: Fuel Cell Energy, PR, Yahoo Finance, 12 Oct., 2020)Contact: FuelCell Energy, Jason Few, CEO, 203-825-6000, info@fce.com, www.fuelcellenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FuelCell Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    Croatian Manufacturers Score €35Mn for Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Energy Efficiency,European Regional Development Fund
    Date: 2020-10-12
    In Zagreb, the Croatian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development (Ministry) reports it will issue a second public call for grants to co-finance energy efficiency and renewables projects in manufacturing industries. The call will be issued on October 15, and the total budget is slightly over €35 million. The funding was secured from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and individual grants will range from €26,400 to €2.64 million.

    The public call aims to reduce energy consumption in the manufacturing sector through increased energy efficiency and the adoption of renewable energy. Projects may include the energy renovation of buildings related to manufacturing processes (Source: Croatian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Balkan Green Energy News, Oct., 2020) Contact: Croatian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development , +385 1 6106 449, info_javnanabava@mingo.hr, www.javnanabava.hr; European Regional Development Fund, www.ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/funding/erdf

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  European Regional Development Fund ,  


    Energy Efficiency Leader Redaptive Secures $156.5Mn (Funding)
    Redaptive
    Date: 2020-10-09
    San Francisco-based energy efficiency-as-a-service provider Redaptive Inc. reports closing on $156.5 million in funding led by CarVal Investors. Existing investors CBRE, Engie New Ventures, Evergy Ventures and Linse Capital also invested in the company alongside CarVal. The new funding will be used to expand the company's energy efficiency offerings.

    Redaptive enables energy efficiency retrofit programs without upfront capital and guarantees results using directly measured building data. Redaptive's guaranteed energy and cost savings, risk management, and program funding have enabled over $380 million in sustainability projects and a total energy reduction of 1.1 billion kilowatt-hours -- equivalent to approximately 778,000 metric tons of CO2 or 1.8 million barrels of oil consumed.

    The company's offerings include energy-efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, including boilers, chillers and rooftop units. With this funding, the company will be able to deploy over $1 billion in new projects, according to the release. (Source: Redaptive Inc., Website PR, 7 Oct., 2020) Contact: Redaptive Inc., Arvin Vohra, CEO, 415-413-0445, www.redaptiveinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Redaptive,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency-as-a-service ,  


    Michigan Governments Surveyed on Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-10-09
    A just released survey from the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy reports over half of Michigan local government officials see improving energy efficiency for local businesses or residents as "somewhat or very relevant."

    While 70 pct report having at least considered plans or policies regarding energy issues, only 59 pct report having developed local policies while 55 pct say they have implemented policies.

    The survey noted 40 pct of local governments have had energy audits conducted for at least one type of government facility while 30 pct have not considered energy issues due to a lack of expertise necessary to develop policies, costs associated with developing energy policies and having "more important priorities". More than half said they "rarely or never address energy issues with their residents." (Source: University of Michigan, Graham Sustainability Institute, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: University of Michigan, Graham Sustainability Institute, Dr, Sarah Mills, Project Manager, 734-615-8230, www.graham.umich.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Iowa City Scores Energy Efficiency Design Award (Ind. Report)
    City of Iowa City ,Alliant Energy,MidAmerican Energy Company
    Date: 2020-10-07
    In the Hawkeye State, the City of Iowa City is reporting receipt of an Excellence in Energy Efficiency Design award for energy efficiency and energy use reduction at the new Iowa City Public Works Facility.. Candidates are selected from projects whose organizers participated in the Commercial New Construction (CNC) program offered by Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy Company.

    The Iowa City Public Works complex achieved 52 pct kBTU energy savings when compared to the CNC's program baseline. This means that the City's Public Works Facility uses less than half the energy as compared to other buildings of the same type and size.

    The buildings energy and environmental energy conservation features include: LED lighting, daylight dimming and skylight systems, precast insulated concrete walls, insulated roof with translucent panels; dedicated outdoor air system and others, all of which is projected to realize a $21,000 per year energy costs savings and an anticipated payback within 9.3 years. (Source: City of Iowa City, PR, Oct., 2020)Contact: Alliant, Jeff Hanson, Environmental Serv. And Sustainability Director, (608) 458-3956, www.alliantenergy.com; MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com; Iowa City Public Works Dept., 319-356-5140, www.icgov.org/city-government/departments-and-divisions/public-works

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Alliant Energy ,  MidAmerican Energy Company,  


    Michelin Wins LEED Green Building Certification (Ind. Report)
    Michelin, US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-10-07
    Greenville, South Carolina-based tire manufacturing giant Michelin North America, Inc. reports its southeast distribution center in Woodruff, S.C. 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 efficient materials, zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells solution to power its material handling lift trucks, and other energy efficiency features.

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Association (EIA) buildings account for roughly 40 pct of national CO2 emissions. LEED-certified buildings have 34 pct lower CO2 emissions, consume 25 pct less energy and 11 pct less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills, according to the USGBC. (Source: Michelin North America, Inc., PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Michelin North America, www.michelinman.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Michelin,  LEED Gold,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


    ACEEE 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard Released (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2020-10-07
    The fifth ACEEE City Clean Energy Scorecard measures the progress of city policies and programs that save energy, encourage renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also focusing on equity in development and delivery.

    ACEEE ranks 100 large U.S. cities for their energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts across 5 policy areas -- local government operations, community-wide initiatives, buildings, energy and water utilities, and transportation.

    In this year's results, New York earns the top spot in the rankings for the first time. followed by Boston and Seattle (tied for second) and Minneapolis and San Francisco (tied for fourth). St. Paul and St. Louis are the most-improved since the 2019 City Scorecard.

    The report notes many cities continue to ramp up their clean energy efforts, but bottom-scoring cities are years behind the policy efforts of the leaders. The Scorecard provides a roadmap for cities aiming to take the next step in their pursuit of clean energy by learning from others' successes and adapting best practices to suit their own communities.

    Download the ACEEE 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard HERE.. (Source: ACEEE, PR, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: ACEEE, www3.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    EU Calls for Stiffened GHG Emissions Reduction Target (Int'l. Report)
    EU,European Commission
    Date: 2020-10-05
    On Monday, the European Union (EU) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Executive VP Frans Timmermans presented the EC plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

    Timmermans noted that although GHG emissions are not currently falling fast enough he underlined that becoming carbon neutral is both feasible and beneficial for the EU. He called for the European Parliament (EP) to confirm the proposed 55 pct 2030-target as the EU's new Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Climate Agreement, and to submit this to the UNFCCC by the end of this year. The EP is expected to vote next week on the EU Climate Law, which calls for 60 pct emission reductions in 2030. Timmermans also noted the EC would come up with proposals by June 2021 to revise key EU legislation such as the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and strengthening CO2 standards for road vehicles to enable the EU to reach a more ambitious target.

    As previously reported this past March, the EC proposed climate legislation requiring the EU to become climate-neutral by 2050 as part of the European Green Deal. This follows the December 2019 EC decision to endorse the 2050 climate-neutrality objective. On 17 September, the Commission amended its proposal to incorporate a new 2030 emissions reduction target. (Source: European Commissions, PR, EU News Room, Oct., 2020) Contact: EU, www.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  European Commissions,  EU ETS,  Climate Change,  


    $20.1Mn Israeli Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Announced (Int'l.)
    Israel
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Energy, in collaboration with the ministries of economy, environment protection and finance, is reporting the launch of a $20.1 million national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance energy efficiency.

    Under the plan, industrial plants, small and medium businesses and local authorities will be awarded grant funding for cutting their energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The grants will be allocated for replacing old, wasteful and expensive technologies with new cost-effective systems in various fields, such as indoor and outdoor lighting systems, air conditioning, heat pumps, compressed air systems and manufacturing machines. Grant will also be given to projects that integrate new Israeli technologies in the areas of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. (Source: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, October 1, 2020) Contact: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, Minister, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_energy

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


    £3Bn UK Green House Grant Scheme Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Energy UK
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In London, the UK government reports its £3billion plan to upgrade the nation's buildings and reaching net zero emissions by 2050, is now underway.

    Under the £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, with an additional £1billion announced to improve the energy efficiency of publicly owned buildings, the government will fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home improvements up to £5,000. Those homeowners with low-incomes, including those on certain benefits, are eligible for a grant covering up to 100 pct of the cost of work up to £ 10,000. The scheme will cover green home energy efficiency improvements ranging from insulation of walls, floors and roofs, to the installation of double or triple glazing when replacing single glazing, and low-carbon heating like heat pumps or solar thermal energy for over 600,000 homes. The Green Homes Grant is part of a wider plan that includes:

  • £1 billion to boost the energy efficiency of public buildings, including schools and hospitals through a Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund;

  • New measures to ensure nearly three-million privately rented homes are upgraded to modern energy efficiency standards by 2028;

  • £50 million to improve the energy efficiency of low-income "social housing."

    Upgraded properties are expected to save between £300 and £500 per year in energy costs. (Source: Energy UK, Infrastructure Intelligence, Oct., 2020) Contact: Energy UK, Emma Pinchbeck, CEO, +44 0 20 7930 9390, www.energy-uk.org.uk

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


  • Auburn Arts Center Scores USGBC Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In Alabama, Auburn University reports its Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification. The Center's energy efficiency and sustainability features include:
  • Reduced construction waste and pollution;

  • Reinforced use of public transportation, bicycles and fuel-efficient vehicles;

  • Improved storm water management for Auburn University and the city of Auburn through reduced rainwater surface runoff;

  • Reduced water and energy usage achieved with the use of high-efficiency fixtures and equipment and innovative building design;

  • Use of local and/or recyclable materials, and others. (Source: Auburn University, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Auburn University, Office of Communications and Marketing, www.auburn.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • Dayton School Energy Efficiency Upgrades Underway (Ind. Report)
    Dayton Public School Board
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In the Buckeye State, the Dayton Public School Board reports $30 million in planned facility renovations and upgrades are underway with $10 million of that work scheduled for completion during to 2020-21 school year.

    The district has already begun $1.38 million in LED lighting upgrades in 10 school buildings and a $6.41 million building automation systems upgrade featuring centralized control of individual building HVAC components. The upgrades will use a single contractor and master automation system with dashboards to better monitor energy efficiency.

    The district will qualify for over $100,000 in energy efficiency rebates from Dayton Power & Light. (Source: Dayton School Board, PR, Dayton Daily News, Oct., 2020) Contact: Dayton Public Schools, Gary Dickstein, Business Manager, 937-542-3000, www.dps.k12.oh.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    U.S. House Advances Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (Reg. & Leg.)
    Low-Carbon Fuel
    Date: 2020-10-02
    Legislation that would authorize a federal emissions reduction program and fund research and development for technologies across the environmental sector recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The legislation authorizes ans earmarks over $2 billion for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)intended to advance improvements in air quality through the mitigation of diesel emissions. Specifically, the bill would authorize $500 million for each of fiscal years 2021 through 2025.

    The program at the U.S. EPA looks to reduce the number of older, diesel-powered trucks on the road and to facilitate the transition in the freight industry to newer equipment, promote energy efficiency, authorize environmental justice grants, and boost funding for clean low-carbon alternative fuels and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. (Source: Various Media, TT News, 29 Sept., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Fuel,  DIesel,  Transportation Emissions,  


    Built Green Canada launches Communities Program Pilot (Ind. Report)
    Built Green Canada
    Date: 2020-10-02
    Built Green Canada (BGC) is reporting the launch of its Communities Program pilot aimed expanding opportunities for developers focused on creating better, healthier homes and sustainable communities.

    The Communities' Program framework takes a holistic approach to development, consistent with Built Green's other third-party certified programs, and focuses on the optimization of health, resiliency, life-cycle sustainability, new urbanism, greenhouse emissions, green spaces and resource and energy consumption. From an environmental perspective, a sustainable community contributes to climate mitigation and contributes to Canada moving closer to meeting its reduced GHG emission targets in the Paris Agreement.

    Sustainable development results in reduced GHGs, water use, and waste; job creation as well as financial support for those already working in environmental services; and improved potential for development financing.

    Download Built Green Canada Communities Program details HERE.

    Since BGC's inception, builders have completed over 34,175 BUILT GREEN® certified homes in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. (Source: Built Green Canada, PR, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, CEO, 855-485-0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  Built Green Canada,  


    Israeli Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Announced (Int'l, Funding)
    Israel
    Date: 2020-10-02
    In Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Energy, in collaboration with the Ministries of Economy, Environment Protection and Finance, is reporting the launch of a $20.1 million national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance energy efficiency.

    Under the plan, industrial plants, small and medium businesses as well as local authorities will be awarded grant funding for cutting their energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The grants will be allocated for replacing old, wasteful and expensive technologies with new cost-effective systems in various fields, such as indoor and outdoor lighting systems, air conditioning, heat pumps, compressed air systems and manufacturing machines. Grant will also be given to projects that integrate new Israeli technologies in the areas of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. (Source: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, October 1, 2020) Contact: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, Minister, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  GHG news,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions news,  


    NH Utilities Propose Energy Efficiency Program Expansion (Ind. Report)
    NH PUC
    Date: 2020-10-02
    New Hampshire's electric and gas utilities have reportedly submitted a three-year energy efficiency plan to the state's Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC). The plan sets high new energy savings goals for 2021 through 2023 and will now undergo an expedited discussion process with the view of finalizing and instigating the plan on 1 Jan., 2021.

    The proposed $350 million plan includes energy savings of 5 pct of the electric utilities' 2019 delivery sales, up from 3.2 pct in the 2018 -- 2020 plan. This would result in about 6.7 million megawatt-hours saved over the life time of the installed measures, according to the utilities. Natural gas energy savings would be 3 pct in the new plan compared to the present 2.1 pct, with funding of about $41.9 million, up from $31.4 million.

    Aside from the utilities, the plan has wide support among advocacy groups including Clean Energy New Hampshire and the Acadia Center, as well as the state's consumer advocate. (Source: Clean Energy New Hampshire, Energy News, Sept., 2020) Contact: Clean Energy New Hampshire, NH www.cleanenergynh.org; New Hampshire PUC, www.puc.nh.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    $20.1Mn Israeli GHG Reduction Grant Funding Announced (Int'l.)
    Israel
    Date: 2020-10-02
    In Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Energy, in collaboration with Israeli ministries of economy, environment protection and finance, is reporting the launch of a $20.1 million national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance energy efficiency.

    Under the plan, industrial plants, small and medium businesses as well as local authorities will be awarded grant funding for cutting their energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The grants will be allocated for replacing old, wasteful and expensive technologies with new cost-effective systems in various fields, such as indoor and outdoor lighting systems, air conditioning, heat pumps, compressed air systems and manufacturing machines. Grant will also be given to projects that integrate new Israeli technologies in the areas of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. (Source: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, October 1, 2020) Contact: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, Minister, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Capstone Turbine Wins Casino Energy Efficiency Order (Ind. Report)
    Capstone Turbine
    Date: 2020-10-02
    Van Nuys, California-based microturbine specialist Capstone Turbine Corp. reports its California distributor Cal Microturbine has received an order for a 4-MW energy efficiency order for a major casino development on the Las Vegas strip.

    For the installation, four high-pressure natural gas-fueled C1000 Signature Series microturbines will provide prime baseload power to the resort and hot water to offset boiler use for the on-site central plant. The installation is expected to be commissioned in summer, 2021.

    Capstone's scalable from 30 kWs to 10 MWs microturbines generate low-cost clean and green electricity and thermal energy on-site at the source while generating one-tenth the emissions of an internal combustion engine. The company has shipped nearly 10,000 units to 83 countries and in FY20, saved customers an estimated $219 million in annual energy costs and 368,000 tons of carbon, according to the release. (Source: Capstone Turbine Corporation, PR, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Capstone Turbine, Darren Jamison, Pres., CEO, 818-407-3628, ir@capstoneturbine.com, www.capstoneturbine.com; Cal Microturbine, www.calmicroturbine.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Turbine,  Microturbine,  Energy Efficiency,  


    AFL-CIO, EDI Release Low-Carbon Energy Initiative (Ind. Report)
    AFL-CIO,Energy Futures Initiative
    Date: 2020-09-30
    The Washington, DC-based-based Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) this week released Energy Transitions: The Framework for Good Jobs in a Low-Carbon Future detailing their ten-point plan for a U.S. energy jobs recovery.

    The report identifies the following priority areas for new job creation and the advancement of social equity in a "deeply decarbonized" economy:

  • a national action plan for deployment of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technology

  • an analysis of existing energy infrastructure analysis to identify key energy infrastructure needs

  • new policies for siting and permitting of new electricity transmission projects

  • nuclear energy initiatives, including safe and affordable preservation of the existing fleet and deployment of next-generation technologies

  • the development of technology and policy pathways for natural gas and development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for transportation, power and industry

  • expanded finance mechanisms for energy efficiency

  • a comprehensive assessment of U.S. capacity to produce industrial metals, including rare earths, lithium, cobalt, copper and palladium, an analysis of the offshore wind supply chain

  • and a roadmap for implementing natural and engineered carbon dioxide removal at scale. (Source: Energy Futures Initiative, AFL-CIO, Investable Universe, 29 Sept., 2020) Contact: AFL-CIO, www.aflcio.org; Energy Futures Initiative, www.energyfuturesinitiative.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AFL-CIO,  Energy Futures Initiative,  


  • AFL-CIO, EFI Release Low-Carbon Energy Futures Initiative (Int'l.)
    AFL-CIO, Energy Futures Initiative
    Date: 2020-09-30
    The Washington, DC-based Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) this week released Energy Transitions: The Framework for Good Jobs in a Low-Carbon Future detailing their ten-point plan for a U.S. energy jobs recovery.

    The report identifies the following priority areas for new job creation and the advancement of social equity in a "deeply decarbonized" economy:

  • a national action plan for deployment of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technology

  • an analysis of existing energy infrastructure to identify key energy infrastructure needs

  • new policies for siting and permitting of new electricity transmission projects

  • nuclear energy initiatives, including safe and affordable preservation of the existing fleet and deployment of next-generation technologies

  • the development of technology and policy pathways for natural gas and development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for transportation, power and industry

  • expanded finance mechanisms for energy efficiency

  • a comprehensive assessment of U.S. capacity to produce industrial metals, including rare earths, lithium, cobalt, copper and palladium, an analysis of the offshore wind supply chain

  • and a roadmap for implementing natural and engineered carbon dioxide removal at scale. (Source: Energy Futures Initiative, AFL-CIO, Investable Universe, 29 Sept., 2020) Contact: AFL-CIO, www.aflcio.org; Energy Futures Initiative, www. energyfuturesinitiative.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Futures Initiative,  Low-Carbon Energy,  Renewable Energy ,  


  • Atlantic City Electric Proposes Energy Saving Programs (Ind. Report)
    Atlantic City Electric,New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-09-30
    In the Garden State, Atlantic City Electric has proposed numerous energy efficiency programs to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) that offer a range of incentives for energy efficiency upgrades, rebates on energy-efficient products, and a mixture of other offerings to help people use less energy. The programs will help the state's Clean Energy Act energy savings goal and help the state meet its climate goals for a clean and sustainable energy future. According to Atlantic City Electric, every dollar invested in these energy efficiency programs customers will receive nearly $4 in benefits.

    Atlantic City Electric's programs are anticipated to result in more than 6,000 job-years, provide more than $500 million to New Jersey's GDP and support local businesses. Participating businesses can also reduce their operating costs by lowering their energy bills. The programs are expected to significantly cut customer energy demands and reduce CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tpy , SOX emissions by 885 tpy and NOX emissions by 783 tpy. (Source: Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Shore Online, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Atlantic City Electric, www.atlanticcityelectric.com; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.stste.nj.us

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


    NATO Must Combat Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
    NATO
    Date: 2020-09-28
    "I (NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg) have been passionate about climate change all of my life. Now, as NATO Secretary General, it is my responsibility to address the threat climate change poses to our shared security.

    "Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. As the planet heats up, our weather becomes wilder, warmer, windier and wetter, putting communities under pressure as sources of food, fresh water and energy are threatened.

    "Climate change threatens our security. So NATO must do more to fully understand and integrate climate change into all aspects of our work, from our military planning to how we exercise and train our armed forces. Climate change also makes it harder for NATO troops to keep people safe. Our soldiers work in some of the most difficult environments on earth. For example, NATO's training mission in Iraq where, this summer, temperatures regularly exceeded 50 degrees. It is essential that we adapt to this new reality. That means better combat gear, vehicles and infrastructure. And it means explicitly including climate change in NATO's work to improve the resilience of Allies and partners, something that we have been doing for decades in areas like infrastructure.

    "NATO and its member countries also have a responsibility to help reduce climate change by producing fewer emissions without compromising our core tasks. We have long focused on fuel efficiency to improve our military effectiveness. Reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, for instance by using solar panels to power military camps, will not just help combat climate change, it can make our troops and equipment more secure, by improving our ability to operate independently and flexibly.

    "Members of the NATO Alliance are taking a lead with plans to cut emissions from our armed forces through initiatives such as using biofuels, developing hybrid vehicles and improving the energy efficiency of bases and other infrastructure.

    "As many countries increasingly plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, NATO can also do more to help our armed forces contribute to this goal. It is time for NATO to raise its ambition and help drive down emissions. A first step could be to help our members measure their military emissions. The next step could be to agree voluntary cuts in their carbon emissions.

    "Climate change is making the world more dangerous. NATO's task is to preserve peace and keep us safe. So to fulfill our main responsibility, NATO must help to curb climate change for our security today and for the security of future generations." (Source: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, NATO NEWS, Die Welt, 27 Sept., 2020)

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    USDA Supports Rural Kansas Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2020-09-28
    Reporting from Topeka, USDA Rural Development State Director for Kansas, Lynne Hinrichsen, has announced that USDA is investing $558,552 to make energy efficiency improvements and reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions in rural Kansas.

    USDA is investing in 17 rural small businesses and agricultural producers through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants and Guaranteed Loans. Investments can used for renewable energy systems such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower. REAP funding can also be used for energy audits and to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems, insulation, lighting and refrigeration.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development, Salina Post, 26 Sept., 2020) Contact: USDA Rural Development, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency/mn, www.rd.usda.gov/ks

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    LPA Beats Bldg. Industry's Energy Reduction Target (Ind. Report)
    LPA,American Institute of Architects
    Date: 2020-09-28
    Irvine, California-headquartered integrated design firm LPA was the largest firm in the country to meet the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment target in 2019 for reducing energy use in new buildings, according to data released this week by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). It was the second year in a row that LPA met the 2030 Commitment, the industry's largest initiative to address climate change, which calls for new buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030. In 2019, 27 companies met the Commitment's target of a 70 pct reduction in a project's predicted net energy use compared to a baseline standard, up from 16 in 2018, the AIA reports.

    LPA's integrated design process emphasizes research and collaboration across more than 6 million square feet of projects in California and Texas, including civic, education and healthcare facilities. LPA reduced energy use by an average of 73.2 pct, compared to an average of 49 pct from all the reporting firms.

    LPA designed the first LEED-NC building in the country, the Premier Automotive Group headquarters in 1998; the largest LEED-NC Gold office campus in California, Toyota's campus expansion, in 2003; and the first LEED Platinum project in Orange County, the net-zero Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, according to the release. (Source: LPA, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: LPA, Dan Heinfeld, Pres., www.lpadesignstudios.com

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    EIB Supports Slovakian Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l. Report)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2020-09-28
    Reporting from the capital city of Bratislava, Slovak Investment Holding (SIH) reports it has inked an agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) that will create conditions for the development of energy efficiency solutions across Slovakia. The treaty is funded by the"Delivery of local investment advisory services by National Promotional Banks" call for proposals.

    The funding support will allow Slovak Investment Holding to enhance its support energy efficiency solutions and enable the hiring of additional personnel and experts that will play a key role in Slovakia's transition to greater energy efficiency and a low-carbon economy. This new agreement is additional to already established energy efficiency and "smart" city cooperation between SIH and the EIB.(Source: The Mayor EU, 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org; Slovak Investment Holding, office@sih.sk, www.sih.sk

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    Hannon Armstrong Joins Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (Ind. Report)
    Hannon Armstrong,Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials
    Date: 2020-09-25
    Annapolis, Maryland-headquartered climate change solutions investor Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. reports it has joined the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), a global industry-led network of more than 70 financial institutions working to establish a common carbon accounting framework. facilitate a consistent and transparent approach to assess and disclose greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with loans and investments in the financial services industry.

    Launched in 2019, PCAF will offer a consistent approach to portfolio carbon accounting that provides financial institutions the information required to inform actions and strategy, set climate targets, assess climate transition risks, and disclose progress. This approach feeds into the work of other climate disclosure guidelines and reporting initiatives, such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and CDP, according to the release.

    As of December 31, 2019, Hannon Armstrong's investments have avoided 3.2 million metric tpy of CO2e. . The company is the first U.S. public company solely dedicated to investments in climate change solutions, providing capital to leading companies in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable infrastructure markets. With more than $6 billion in managed assets as of June 30, 2020. Hannon Armstrong's core purpose is to make climate-positive investments with superior risk-adjusted returns (Source: Hannon Armstrong, Website, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, www.carbonaccountingfinancials.com; Hannon Armstrong, Jeffrey W. Eckel, CEO, . (410) 571-6189, investors@hannonarmstrong.com, www.hannonarmstrong.com

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    PSE&G $1Bn Energy Efficiency Plan Wins NJ Approval (Ind. Report)
    PSE&G
    Date: 2020-09-25
    In the Garden State, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSEG) is reporting New Jersey regulators have approved its energy-efficiency plan allowing the utility to spend nearly $1 billion over three years to get customers to reduce their energy consumption with discount priced thermostats, LED lighting, and energy-efficient appliances.

    The plan, which the utility called "the largest commitment to energy efficiency ever in New Jersey", would direct about $284 million to residential customers and $686 million to commercial and industrial customers. The approved plan is a scaled-down version of the Clean Energy Future proposal that PSE&G announced in 2018, which would have spent $2.8 billion over six years on energy efficiency.

    The approved energy-efficiency plan was part of a larger $4.1 billion package that included proposals to spend $364 million for electric-vehicle infrastructure, including support for nearly 40,000 EV chargers, $180 million for massive utility-scale battery storage, and $800 million for an "Energy Cloud" program that includes the installation of wireless smart meters in every customer's home.

    The approved plan also accommodates low-income residents, multifamily developments, small businesses, local governments and nonprofits and will deliver $1 billion in net customer savings, create 3,200 direct jobs and 1,100 more indirect jobs, and help New Jersey avoid eight million metric tons of carbon emissions through 2050, according to the PSE&G release. (Source: Public Service Electric & Gas, PR, Philadelphia Enquirer, 24 Sept., 2020) Contact: Public Service Electric & Gas, www.pseg.com, PSE&G Clean Energy Future, psegpoweringprogress.com/clean-energy-future, www.psegpoweringprogress.com/energy-efficiency

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    Steel City Releases Bldg. Energy Bench-Marking Data (Ind. Report)
    City of Pittsburgh
    Date: 2020-09-25
    At the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, the city of Pittsburgh has released and published the first information and data gleaned from its energy bench-marking ordinance.

    The ordinance, passed in 2016, requires all building owners with 50,000 or more square feet to track and report information about their energy and water use in the hope of encouraging building owners and managers increase energy efficiency and reduce their energy use.

    Under the city's program, building owners receive a report from the city on their building's energy performance compared to other similar buildings. More than half of the city's buildings have reported their energy use but hundreds of the city's largest buildings haven't yet complied with the ordinance.

    In 2019, more than 500 of Pittsburgh's larger buildings collectively reduced energy consumption by 23 pct compared to 6 pct in 2014. (Source: City of Pittsburgh, Public Source Pittsburgh, 25 Sept., 2020) Contact: City of Pittsburgh, Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer, 412-255-2621, www.pittsburghpa.gov

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    KAMC Energy Efficiency Project to Cut Energy Consumption (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-09-21
    In Riyadh, the Saudi Arabia National Energy Services Company (Tarshid) reports energy efficiency upgrade work is underway at the King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC). The work is intended to raise the energy efficiency of the KAMC headquarters and other buildings and cut electric power consumption across a total area of 18,440m2.

    The work will include: rehabilitation of chiller systems with higher efficiency systems; installation of control systems in the main cooling station; replacement of chilled water pumps with better efficiency pumps; installation of speed control devices for cooling pumps and air handling units; lighting systems upgrade with energy-saving and high-performance LED systems linked to smart motion sensors, and others.

    Currently, KAMCs total annual electric power consumption is approximately 143 million kWh per year. The rehabilitation project aims to decrease the consumption to approximately 108 million kWh per year -- about 25 pct of the current electrical consumption. (Source: Saudi Arabia National Energy Services Company, Saudi Press Agency, !7 Sept., 2020) Contact: Saudi Arabia National Energy Services Company, Walid bin Abdullah Al-Ghariri, CEO, +966 9200 12370, www.tarshid.com.sa

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    World Bank Supports Rwandan Affordable Energy, Efficiency (Int'l.)
    World Bank
    Date: 2020-09-21
    The World Bank is reporting a $150,000,000 commitment to the Rwanda Energy Access and Quality Improvement Project (EAQIP). Of the total, $75 million will be grant funding and $75 will be provided as a loan to improve access to affordable modern energy and to enhance the efficiency of energy services in Rwanda.

    EAQIP is intended to forward Rwanda's progress towards achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) to ensure access to affordable, sustainable and modern energy while contributing to the country's goal of cutting the country's reliance on cooking fuel by 50.

    EAQIP will provide funding for the country's ongoing program of expanding grid connections for residential, commercial, industrial, and public sector consumers, as well as reducing the costs of off-grid residential solar systems. (Source: World Bank, PR, Sept., 2020)Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

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    Vancouver Passive House Skyscraper Awaits Permits (Ind. Report)
    Passive House
    Date: 2020-09-21
    In British Columbia, a landmark, 60-storey skyscraper that will be the tallest Passive House in the world has been proposed by Henson Developments Ltd for downtown Vancouver.

    The building will be 586 feet tall and have 102 social housing units, 50 market rental units and 328 market condo units. The tower, designed by U.K.-based WKK Architects and IBI Group, the local architect of record, will be constructed to exacting energy efficient standards including: reinforced concrete constructure with embedded structural steel components with exterior tuned mass dampers to control building sway; coated triple-glazed windows and other energy efficiency and Passive House features. The project is awaiting permitting but a construction start date has not been fixed. (Source: Journal of Commerce, 21 Sept., 2020) Contact: Passive House, International Passive House Association, , www.passivehousecanada.com

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    Ameresco Updating Woodlands Water Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Ameresc
    Date: 2020-09-18
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco reports it has been selected by Woodlands Water -- the central management agency for ten Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) in Montgomery County, Texas -- to install automatic metering infrastructure (AMI) across the MUD service area .

    The AMI project will create a more efficient and effective water distribution system while enhancing transparency for customers tracking water consumption and monthly water service costs.

    Ameresco's "turnkey" solution will identify, design, install and monitor a comprehensive water efficiency program that includes the installation of more than 34,000 smart water meters that will seamlessly integrate water consumption data into customers' existing WaterSmart portals. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Woodlands Water, 281-367-1271, www.woodlandwater.org; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , Leila Dillon, (508) 661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

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    PwC Commits to Net-Zero GHG Emissions by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    PwC
    Date: 2020-09-16
    International accountancy and consulting giant PriceWatershouse Coopers (PwC)has announced its commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030.

    The PwC net-zero goal includes a science-based target aligned with a 1.5 degree C trajectory and commits the global company to reducing its total greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct in absolute terms by 2030. This includes a switch to 100 pct renewable electricity in all territories, energy efficiency improvements and halving the emissions associated with business travel and accommodation within a decade. PwC will also invest in carbon removal projects, including natural climate solutions. For every remaining tonne (CO2 equivalent) that it emits, PwC will remove a tonne of CO2 from the atmosphere to achieve net-zero climate impact by 2030.

    The PwC commitment includes supporting its clients to reduce their emissions as well as reducing those from the PwC network's operations and suppliers. (Source: PwC, PR, IndraStra Global, 15 Sept., 2020) Contact: PwC, Emma Cox, UK Leader for Climate Change and Sustainability, +44 (0)20 7583 5000, +44 (0)20 7212 4652 - fax., www.pwc.co.uk

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    Montana Climate Solutions Plan Announced (Ind. Report)
    Montana Climate Change
    Date: 2020-09-14
    In Helena, the office of Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) has announced the Montana Climate Solutions Plan and the Montana Climate Solutions Council (MCSC).

    MSCS's recommendations begin with the creation of a Montana Climate Solutions Network (MCSN), a broad affiliation of diverse stakeholders who would support planning and implementation of climate strategies in Montana.

    Among the specific proposals to reduce the impacts of climate change are to work with communities to identify their highest-priority risks and vulnerabilities and implement hazard mitigation plans, promote agricultural research that will sustain production in higher projected temperatures and extreme water shortages, implement strategies to make communities more fire-resistant, and to encourage the development of cleaner energy production options such as wind, solar, decarbonized fuels from hydrogen and biomass, and micro-hydro electricity generation projects.

    The Montana Climate Solutions Plan also calls for regularly updated energy efficiency standards for household appliances and for Investor Owned Utilities and rural cooperatives to implement on-bill energy efficiency financing programs. The plan also calls for a carbon pricing -- carbon tax -- mechanism at the state level in the event a national carbon tax is not implemented. To that end, the plan calls for Montana to track and influence the development of federal legislation through its Congressional delegation and through its membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance.

    Download the Montana Climate Solutions Plan, HERE . (Source: Montana Climate Solutions Council, Website, Great Falls Tribune, 12 Sept., 2020) Contact: Montana Climate Solutions Council, deq.mt.gov/DEQAdmin/dir/Climate

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    Alberta Efficiency, Green Project Funding Announced (Ind. Report)
    Alberta,Federation of Canadian Municipalities
    Date: 2020-09-14
    In Alberta, the Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced over $8.7 million in funding for four projects in Alberta through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

    Under the funding, the City of Calgary is receiving $500,000 for pilot of electric and hybrid waste collection trucks and $321,050 for pilot of light rail track heaters while Edmonton receives $175,000 for a feasibility study on integrating Low Impact Development and Reuse into the Edmonton Energy and Technology Park Storm water Plan. The community of Slave Lake will receive $7,725,600 to add a Submerged Attached Growth Reactor to the city's wastewater treatment lagoon.

    The GMF is a $1-billion program, funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by FCM. Since 2000, GMF has helped bring over 1,300 projects to life and eliminated 2.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions–the equivalent of taking 594,000 cars off the road. (Source: Infrastructure Canada, PR, 14 Sept., 2020) Contact: Infrastructure Canada, Chantalle Aubertin, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-941-0660, chantal.aubertin@canada.ca; FCM , 613-907-6395, media@fcm.ca; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, infc.media.infc@canada.ca, www.infrastructure.gc.ca

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

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

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

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    Dubai Financial Centre Awarded LEED Gold Cert. (Int'l. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2020-09-11
    In Dubai, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Gate Avenue has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold accreditation and Green Building Certification Inc. for energy efficiency and building excellence from integrative design to human health to material use.

    DIFC LEED qualifying features included: water conservation fixtures; extensive recycled content -- including concrete, steel and glass; energy efficient lighting; occupancy sensors; CO2 sensors; and others. (Source: Design Middle East, 10 Sept., 2020)

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    SEEIT Snares Intercontinental Hotel Group CHP Assets (Int'l. M&A)
    SDLC Energy Efficiency Income Trust
    Date: 2020-09-11
    In the UK, London-based SDLC Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT) is reporting acquisition of £5 million of combined heat and power (CHP) assets from GET Solutions, with an additional £12 million pipeline to follow.

    The projects in the initial portfolio have been designed to provide the base-load energy generation to meet the operational needs of the hotels, irrespective of their levels of occupancy.

    The initial 15 CHP units, some of which are already operational, are sited at Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels, both brands of Intercontinental Hotel Group. There is a follow on pipeline of up to 51 units in the UK hotel sector.

    SEEIT will own the assets that provide essential services to the buildings throughout the 15-year life of the project contracts. GET Solutions is providing performance and revenue guarantees. SEEIT also has rights to invest in a pipeline of over 100 projects with GET, involving up to £30 million of investment in CHP, solar and storage projects. (Source: SDLC Energy Efficiency Income Trust, Sept., 2020) Contact: SDLC Energy Efficiency Income Trust, +44 (0) 20 7287 7700, +44 (0) 20 7287 7700--fax, info@sdcl-ib.com, www.seeitplc.com

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    Minority Households Shoulder Higher Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
    Date: 2020-09-11
    A new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has found roughly 25 pct of U.S. households face a high energy burden, meaning they put more than 6 pct of their income toward energy bills. The study noted that 67 pct -- 25.8 million -- of low-income households are facing a high energy burden.

    The energy burden is also disproportionate across racial lines. In comparison to White households, Black households spend 43 pct more of their income on energy costs while Hispanic households spend 20 pct more and and Native American households spend 45 pct more. Renters also have about a 13 pct higher energy burden than home owners and depend upon a landlords' willingness to implement energy efficiency measures. (Source: ACEEE, Smart Cities Dive, 10 Sept., 2020) (Source: ACEEE, Smart Cities Dive, 10 Sept., 2020) Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., www.aceee.org

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    Ricardo Commits to Net Zero Carbon by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Ricardo
    Date: 2020-09-09
    Global engineering, environmental and strategic consultancy Ricardo plc is reporting its commitment to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions from its operations by the end of 2030.

    To that end, the company will: maximize the use of renewable energy; make more energy- and space-efficient use of its commercial property portfolio as more flexible office working is implemented; maximize its 'digital-first' strategy and avoid unnecessary business travel; increase energy efficiency; use verified offsetting schemes to offset residual emissions.

    Ricardo's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including 'scope 3' emissions from air travel, for the financial reporting year 2019/2020 have been independently verified by Lloyds Register. Ricardo plans to implement Science-Based Targets during the financial year 2020/2021 to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, according to the release. (Source: Ricardo, Website, PR, 7 Sept., 2020) Contact: Ricardo, Dave Shemmans , CEO, info@ricardo.com, www.ricardo.com

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    Eastern New Energy Supports UK Businesses Decarbonization (Int'l.)
    Eastern New Energy
    Date: 2020-09-09
    In the UK, the University of East London is reporting the launch of the Eastern New Energy (ENE) programme aimed at building a stronger and locally focused low carbon economy in the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire region by supporting and helping area organizations understand and address the barriers to the decarbonization of communities, buildings, transport, and the economy in general.

    To that end, ENE will work with businesses, communities and others to: develop and deliver net zero action plans; construct new zero-carbon homes; retrofit existing homes and commercial buildings; transition vehicle fleets to lower carbon alternatives; develop community and commercial energy projects; and design, develop and bring to market new low carbon products and services.

    The ENE project is receiving up to £5.1 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund which will be managed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The environmental charity PECT will provide grants to eligible small and medium-sized businesses in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire to help catalyze capital investments in energy efficiency initiatives.

    PECT is an independent, grassroots charitable climate change focused organization that educates, inspires, and motivates individuals and organizations to change their behavior to deliver a positive environmental impact. PECT previously supported over 270 businesses and identified £1,400,000 of cost savings and 6,500 tonnes of carbon savings that could be realized through recommended actions. (Source: University of East London, Cambridge Network, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: PECT, Carly Leonard, CEO, +44 0 1733 882549, ene@pect.org.uk, www.pect.org.uk; University of East London, Eastern New Energy, www.uel.ac.uk/sri/eastern-new-energy

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    Mass. DOER Announces Green Communities Awards (Ind. Report)
    Mass. DOER,RGGI
    Date: 2020-09-09
    In the Bay State, the Mass. Department of Energy Resources (DOER) reports the awarding of $13,000,558 in Green Communities competitive grants to 103 municipalities to fund clean energy and energy efficiency projects in furtherance of the state's net zero by 2050 emissions goals.

    These latest awards bring the total awards to more than $136 million to Green Communities in Designation Grants and Competitive Grants since 2010.

    Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding; 271 Massachusetts cities and towns accounting for 84 pct of the state's population have earned the Green Communities designation. Funding for these grants is available through proceeds from carbon allowance auctions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). (Source: Mass. Department of Energy Resources , PR, Worchester Telegram, Sept., 2020) Contact: Mass. Department of Energy Resources, 617-626-7300, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources; RGGI, www.rggi.org

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    GPT Advancing Net Zero Energy Ahead of Schedule (Int'l. Report)
    GPT
    Date: 2020-09-09
    In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based property manager and real estate trust GPT Group reports it plans to achieve net zero energy across its $25.3 billion property portfolio of 12 shopping centers, 24 office buildings, 35 logistics buildings and others by 2024, six years earlier than previously announced.

    To that end, the company is undertaking a number of energy efficiency projects including LED lighting upgrades, building management systems updates, on-site solar projects -- particularly in the company's retail assets, and others. The company is also procuring cost effective, low price volatility energy supply contracts and to date has cut energy costs 45 pct for a $210 million savings as well as reduced emissions by 60 pct -- 1.5 million tonnes of carbon , according to the release.

    GPT partners with its tenants and organisations like ARENA, CEFC, NABERS and the Green Building Council of Australia. (Source GPT, The Fifth Estate, 8 Sept., 2020)Contact: GPT, www.gpt.com.au

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

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

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

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    Bank of Ireland Launches "Green" Bond Framework (Int'l. Report)
    Bank of Ireland
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In Dublin, the Bank of Ireland reports the launch of a framework that will enable the Bank to issue "Green" Bonds and finance additional renewable energy, green buildings, and clean transportation. This follows the 2019 launch of the Bank's Sustainable Finance Fund which has to date provided €600 million in green loans to home owners and businesses.

    Bank of Ireland's Responsible and Sustainable Business Initiatives include:

  • 50 pct carbon intensity reduction target for 2030 (on a 2011 baseline), within the Bank's operations and the 40 pct emissions reduction the Bank achieved since 2011.

  • €2 billion Sustainable Finance Fund encouraging and rewarding energy-efficient homes, investment in older properties to improve sustainability performance, and SME and agri investment in energy efficiency

  • The launch of Ireland's first Green Mortgage interest rate under which borrowers can receive a discount off fixed rate interest options -- from 1 to 10 years -- to finance the purchase, construction or renovation of residential buildings with an A-rated or to achieve an A-rated BER energy performance

  • Green Home Improvement Loan designed to fund energy efficient upgrades, borrowers offered loan a discounted rate for amounts from €2,000 to €65,000

  • Green Business Loan for businesses seeking to implement energy saving initiatives to reduce their energy costs and their carbon footprint

  • Providing finance to Renewable Energy projects which to date has provided the equivalent of 468,000 homes with renewable generated electricity

    In its effort to address climate change and climate change related risks, the Bank of Ireland became a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking in 2019 and a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD) in 2020. (Source: Bank of Ireland, PR, Finextra, 3 Sept., 2020) Contact: Bank of Ireland: Mark Spain, CSO, www.bankofireland.com

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  • Saffron Offers Retro-Fit Energy Efficiency Mortgage (Ind. Report)
    Saffron Building Society
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In the UK, the Sussex-based Saffron Building Society reports the launch of a retro-fit mortgage which offers a reduced rate if the borrower improves their EPC -- building energy efficiency -- rating after six months.

    The mortgage is aimed at people planning to move to an older or period property and need to remortgage or upgrade on their existing home. The "green"mortgage offers the borrower a rate relief for the remainder of the fixed rate period, when the works undertaken on the property produce a one-step rise in the EPC rating -- as long as this is above an E.

    Saffron's retro-fit, energy efficiency mortgage comes in the month the government is launching its Green Homes Initiative which offers up to £5,000 for cavity wall insulation, window and door glazing, solar panel installations and other energy efficiency improvements and upgrades to existing buildings. (Source: Saffron Building Society, Mortgage Finance Gazette, 3 Sept., 2020) Contact: Saffron Building Society, Laura Bright, +44 0 1799 522211, www.saffronbs.co.uk

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