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Mass Save Municipal Partnership Participants Announced (Ind. Report)
Mass Saves, Eversource, National Grd
Date: 2021-02-19
In the Bay State, Mass Save® program sponsors Eversource and National Grid are reporting the communities of Framingham, Andover, Cambridge, Chelsea, Haverhill, Lawrence, Marshfield, Methuen and Westborough have been selected to participate in the 2021 Municipal Partnership and will benefit from funding and support to implement energy efficiency outreach in their communities.

The Municipal Partnership provides grants of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts municipalities that meet the partnership's goals for implementing energy efficiency outreach in their residential and small business communities and achieve exceptional energy savings by completing energy assessments and the installation of energy upgrades. These incentives are in addition to energy efficiency incentives already available to residents.

The MassSave® program, which is open to homeowners and renters, includes a no-cost energy audit and report that makes it easy to improve a home's energy efficiency. Mass Save will also install energy-saving products such as ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs; advanced power strips; low-flow showerheads; faucet aerators; and programmable thermostats or discounted wireless thermostats, all at no cost to home owners and renters. Program participants may also qualify for additional offers, rebates, and incentives for insulation, energy efficient HVAC and others based on the Home Energy Assessment report and household income levels. Mass Save is a collaborative of Massachusetts' natural gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers including Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid and Unitil. (Source: Mass Save, City of Framingham, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Mass Save, www.masssave.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MassSave,  Eversource,  National Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  


Telkonet, EnPowered Expands Intelligent Energy Offering (Ind. Report)
Telkonet
Date: 2021-02-17
Waukesha, Wisconsin-based Telkonet, Inc., creator of the EcoSmart platform of intelligent automation solutions to optimize energy efficiency and operational analytics for commercial markets, is reporting a new partnership with Waterloo, Ontario-based energy software developer EnPowered.

Licensed as an electricity and natural gas provider across North America, EnPowered's software platform simplifies market participation and increases value to end-users. EnPowered combines regulatory expertise, load forecasting, and IoT enabling end-users to seamlessly participate directly in electricity markets, automating enrollment in peak-load shifting, peak shaving, or demand response programs, end-to-end energy awareness and improved energy management for building owners, according to the company website. (Source: Telkonet Inc., PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Telkonet, Bridget Donofrio, Marketing Manager, 414.302.2299 bdonofrio@telkonet.com, www.telkonet.com; EnPowered, Janine Scott Marketing and Communications Manager 888-280-0790, janine@getenpowered.com, www.GetEnPowered.com

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


GridRewards "Energy Efficiency Product of the Year" (Ind. Report)
Logical Buildings
Date: 2021-02-17
GridRewards, developed by Livingston, New Jersey-based Logical Buildings, has been recognized as "Energy Efficiency Product of the Year 2021" by the San Francisco-based Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the country's premier trade association representing the $422 billion U.S. consumer technology industry.

GridRewards is a free app that enables consumers to earn cash rewards and lower utility costs by as much as 20 pct through leveraging Con Edison's smart meter technology. GridRewards promotes sustainability by guiding users on ways to reduce the electric load on the grid and help decarbonize their communities.

GridRewards is interoperable with consumer electronics and smart home devices, is easy to use,and may be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. (Source: Logical Buildings, NYREJ, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Logical Buildings, Jeffrey Hendler, CEO, (908) 517-3730, www.logicalbuildings.com; Consumer Technology Association, www.cta.tech

More Low-Carbon Energy News Logical Buildings,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Meter,  Con Edison,  


Louisville Housing Prioritizes Energy Efficiency (Funding)

Date: 2021-02-17
In Kentucky, the city of Louisville Metro Office of Housing is dedicating nearly $3.4 million in allocated federal dollars to fund new affordable housing developments with priority given to energy efficiency.

The funding is available through the Office of Housing's annual HOME program that offers housing choices to a range of home purchasers and renters by creating diverse "quality of place" neighborhoods supported by public facilities and other amenities.

There is no maximum request amount for HOME funds. The Office of Housing also has an additional $80,000 for energy efficiency investments such as tankless water heaters, solar panels or other upgrades.

2021 HOME NOFA program details HERE. (Source: City of Louisville Office of Housing, PR, 16 Feb., 2021) Contact: City of Louisville Office of Housing, (502) 574-5850, www.louisvilleky.gov/government/housing

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Emissions-Free Industrial Heat Challenge Announced (Int'l.)
Iberdrola,European Innovation Council
Date: 2021-02-15
Iberdrola Group, in collaboration with the European Innovation Council's Energy4Planet initiative, has launched a new Startup Challenge through its International Startup Programme (PERSEO) which aims to discover innovative solutions to decarbonize industrial processes, through the automatisation of the design and the further integration of clean technologies and energy efficiency measures.

Iberdrola is looking to help these industries on their energy transition, searching for ad-hoc solutions for factories to improve the efficiency of the energy used while reducing CO2 emissions in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. The solutions submitted must meet the following needs:

  • Automation project design for decarbonisation of industrial processes using software tools;

  • Hybridisation of clean technologies, for example: heat pumps, electric furnaces, energy efficiency measures, green hydrogen or self-consumption by distributed renewable energy;

  • Energy Consumption and Savings simulations; and

  • Project finance calculations based on project.

    CAPEX and OPEX inputs: Investment Rate of Return (IRR), Net Present Value (NPV) and Payback Periods (PB).

    The proposals will be analysed based on criteria of scalability, replicability, ease of implementation and integration of ad-hoc decarbonisation solutions for industrial plants.

    The selected project will be developed in collaboration with the technical specialists from the Iberdrola Industrial Heating and Cooling area. Iberdrola will collaboration on the development of a proof-of-concept and may offer the winner the opportunity to scale up the solution by means of commercial agreements. Additionally, PERSEO may consider investing in the participant.

    Download Industrial Heat Challenge details HERE. (Source: Iberdrola, Pei, 14 Feb., 2021) Contact: European Innovation Council, ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/european-innovation-council-eic-pilot; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  


  • Coral Gables Issues Building Efficiency 305 Challenge (Ind. Report)
    City of Coral Gables
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In the Sunshine State, the City of Coral Gables -- pop. 50,200 -- reports the launch of the Building Efficiency 305 (BE305) initiative to promote improvements in building performance through a suite of policies and programs that increase energy and water efficiency in large, existing private and public buildings. (Source: City of Coral Gables, PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: City of Coral Gables, www.coralgables.com; Building Efficiency 305 Challenge. be305about-mdc.hub.arcgis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Ameresco Supports Wellesley's Energy Efficiency Effort (Ind Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has contracted to replace Wellesley College's Central Utility Plant to support the College's effort to increase energy efficiency, cut operating costs and reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions 37 pct by 2026, as compared to the school's 2010 baseline.

    New energy efficient equipment upgrades and installations at the plant will include 4MW of power generation, paralleling switchgear, 800 ton efficient electric chillers, a 600HP firetube pony boiler, a 5-cell cooling tower and a 4,000 ton thermal energy storage system. The plant's electric generators will operate primarily in "peak shaving" mode for increased cost savings and decreased demand on the local utility during peak times of the year. Construction on the Central Utility Plant began in December of 2020 and is slated for commissioning in May 2021. (Source: Ameresco, Inc., Website PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com, [www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency; Wellesley Ccllege, www.wellesley.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Schneider Electric Launches Wholesale Building Management Distributor Program (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-02-10
    Energy automation, management and efficiency specialist Schneider Electric is reporting the launch of its Wholesale Building Management Distributor Program.

    The new formalized partner program offers dedicated resources and training on core building parts such as HVAC controls, valves, sensors, thermostats and switches and the role they play in the health of a building, including ensuring proper ventilation and air quality (HVAC). The Program makes it easy for partners to offer mechanical contractors and facility managers products specifically designed to meet the demand for quality, reliable, affordable and energy efficient products.

    Wholesale Building Management Systems (BMS) Distributors that sell Schneider Electric core building energy parts will be automatically enrolled in the program. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Feb, 2021) Contact: Schneider Electric, Vicki True , 774-613-1158, vicki.true@se.com, www.se.com, twitter.com/SchneiderElec

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


    USGBC Announces Top 10 States for Green Building (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-02-10
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED green building with Massachusetts leading the country in 2020 with the most certified square feet per capita.

    Across the top states, more than 60 pct of certifications were office, healthcare, higher education and K-12 projects.

    This year, USGBC also released a ranking of states with the most LEED professionals with California taking the top spot. Collectively, the 2020 rankings represent 1,171 certified LEED buildings and spaces, and more than 100,000 green building workers.

    "If we are to rebuild an economy that supports our health and our planet, we must lead with changing the way we design and build," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. "Last year was a stark reminder that the quality of our buildings impacts the quality of our life. Looking ahead, people want to trust that the spaces they occupy are good for them and their communities, and LEED has always been a tool to support those goals. Now is the time to ensure that every building is LEED certified as that is the only way we are accomplishing our goals of access to healthy, green buildings, homes and spaces."

    While offices, education and healthcare projects accounted for a majority of certifications, warehouses, distribution centers, multifamily and retail projects represented almost 20 pct. Also, almost half of all projects were certified Gold, indicating a commitment to a high level of certification.

    Top 10 States for LEED Green Building in 2020 are: Massachusetts, Washington, Illinois, Colorado, New York, Maryland, California, Virginia, Texas and Nevada in that order. (Source: US Green Building Council, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  U.S. Green Building Council ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    UC Davis, LADWP Collaborate on Energy/Water Conservation Study (Ind. Report)
    UC Davis, LADWP
    Date: 2021-02-08
    In California, a collaborative study conducted by the University of California-Davis (UC Davis) and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has found customer-focused water conservation programs are just as cost-effective -- and in some cases more cost-effective -- as energy efficiency programs in reducing electric power use, GHGs and other energy-intensive operations.

    In the study, UC Davis applied three different estimates of energy intensity, which is the amount of energy embedded within water. The first directly assessed the LADWP service territory; the second had an expanded boundary that included LADWP's imported water infrastructure systems; and the third was a broader estimate for the entire regional hydrologic zone. Researchers also analyzed data on the costs and estimated savings of LADWP's water conservation and energy efficiency programs.

    LADWP's estimated energy savings secured through water conservation programs -- high-efficiency washing machines, toilets/urinals and irrigation systems, and others -- was cost-competitive with LADWP's energy efficiency programs such as more efficient lighting, HVAC and refrigeration systems. (Source: UC Davis, PR, India Education Diary Bureau Admin, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: UC Davis Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Prof. Frank Loge, www.cee.engineering.ucdavis.edu; LADWP, Nancy Sutley, Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, (800) 342-5397, www.ladwp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UC Davis,  LADWP,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Bonduelle Scores Energy Efficiency Study Funding (Funding)
    NRCAN
    Date: 2021-02-08
    In Ottawa, the the Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources (NRCAN) reports it is providing a $24,000 investment to Bonduelle Canada for a process integration study that will recommend energy-efficiency improvements to reduce energy consumption and cut costs at the company's vegetable processing facility in St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. The province's Energi agency also contributed to the project to bring the total investment to nearly $50,000. (Source: Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources, Food Canada, 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Bonduelle Canada, www.bonduelle.com/en; Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources, www,nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRCAN,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Florida Bill Expands PACE Programs, Accountability (Reg & Leg)
    Property Assessed Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-02-08
    In the Sunshine State, a bill tabled by Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) before the Florida State House of Representatives is seeking to augment and expand the state Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program and address consumer advocates group concerns.

    Under the bill, PACE programs, which are advertised as a no-money-down way for homeowners and businesses to finance energy efficiency upgrades, would include projects related to storms and flooding, septic tank improvements and "health and environment" improvements such as removing mold, lead and asbestos.

    Importantly, the bill allows PACE borrowers to cancel within three days and standardizes how the financial terms are disclosed. Also, PACE contractors and loan providers would be required to verify that PACE loans are not greater than 10 pct of the (borrower) homeowner's annual income and that the loan payment amount is not greater than $4,800 per year or that the homeowner is not in bankruptcy proceedings. (Source: Office of Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay), Tampa Bay Times, 8 Jan., 2021) Contact: Florida Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay), www.facebook.com/voterandyfine

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy .PACE news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Facebook donates $1.5 million to UCSB IEE in support of data center efficiency research

    Date: 2021-02-07
    Earlier this week, officials at UCSB announced a new partnership between its Institute for Energy Efficiency and Facebook, which is aimed at accelerating research into energy-efficient data centers and artificial intelligence. The social media giant, known as a leader in developing, building and operating highly reliable and efficient data centers, will provide a three-year, $1.5 million grant in support of the institute’s pioneering research, according to officials. Facebook will also help develop research projects and provide IEE researchers with insight from their prior experiences designing and operating data centers.

    Through the partnership, IEE will investigate advanced energy-efficient data center infrastructure, including low-power optical interconnects for computer networks and machine learning with reduced carbon footprint. Committed to 100% renewable energy since 2018, Facebook has long believed that the first step is always to use the least amount of energy possible by building and operating the most energy efficient data centers in the industry. Facebook has committed to reaching net zero emissions across its value chain in 2030. (Source: UCSB, PR, Santa Barbara News Press, 7 Jan., 2021) Rod Alferness, dean of UCSB’s College of Engineering


    Dane County, Madison Wisc. Win Energy Efficiency Funds (Funding)
    Madison Wisconsin
    Date: 2021-02-03
    In the Badger State, Dane County, the City of Madison and local nonprofit Slipstream are reporting receipt of nearly $1 million in grant funding from the US DOE Building Technologies Proving Ground -- Public Sector Field Validation Funding Opportunity for energy efficiency upgrades to the City-County municipal building.

    The upgrades will include triple-paned windows , LED lighting, HVAC systems and others. The project is expected to cost about $1.5 million, with Dane County and the City of Madison allocating $500,000 in matching funds. (Source: City of Madison, Dane County Wisc., 1 Feb., 2021) Contact: Dane County Wisc., Joe Parisi, www.countyofdane.com US DOE Building Technologies Proving Ground -- Public Sector Field Validation Funding Opportunity , www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/events/building-technologies-proving-ground-public-sector-field-validation-applicant

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    LWLC, Efficiency Smart Tout Project Successes (Ind. Report)
    Lakeview Water and Light Company
    Date: 2021-02-03
    In the Buckeye State, the Village of Lakeview Water and Light Company's (LWLC) energy efficiency partner Efficiency Smart reports it has provided technical resources and financial incentives to help nine businesses and organizations complete energy efficiency projects since 2011.

    In addition, 1,300 completed residential energy-saving improvements have resulted in nearly $39,000 in annual electric cost savings for customers, which is equivalent to the annual electricity needed to power more than 55 homes for a year. (Source: Lakeview Water and Light Company, PR, Bellefontaine Examiner, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: Lakeview Water and Light Company, www.efficiencysmart.org/lakeview-ohio

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Burlington Electric Extends Renewables, Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Burlington Electric
    Date: 2021-02-03
    In Vermont, the city of Burlington Burlington Electric Department is reporting the extension of its Green Stimulus Program until the end of this year, or until funds are exhausted.

    According to the release, the most popular Green Stimulus program is incentives to install heat pumps which have seen a fivefold increase in installations sine the program launch. Under the program, up to 75 pct of the cost of a residential heat pump is covered by rebates and incentives for low- and moderate-income customers. The Green Stimulus Program also includes incentives and loan programs for weatherization, energy efficiency and other projects. (Source: Burlington Electric, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Burlington Electric Department, Chris Burns, Director of Energy Services, (802) 865-7300, www.burlingtonelectric.com; Efficiency Vermont, (888) 921-5990, www.efficiencyvermont.com

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


    Seattle Updates Energy Efficiency, Bldg. Codes (Ind. Report)
    Seattle
    Date: 2021-02-02
    The Seattle City Council reports approval of Council Bill 119993 updating the city's construction and building energy codes in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency. The Bill requires all new commercial and large multifamily buildings taller than three stories to "improve the building insulation, space heating, water heating, lighting, and renewable energy," as well as: elimination of all gas and most electric resistance space heating systems; elimination of gas water heating in large multifamily buildings and hotels; improved building exteriors to improve energy efficiency and comfort; Creation of more solar power opportunities; Requires electrical infrastructure necessary for future conversion of any gas appliances in multifamily buildings.

    Gas continues to be the leading – and fastest growing -- source of climate pollution in the Evergreen State with offices, homes and buildings causing 27 pct of the state's climate pollution and are also the single fastest growing source. The legislation would reduce Seattle's total building emissions by 12 pct by 2050. Read More (Source: City of Seattle, Seattle PI, 1 Feb., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Energy Cayman Launches Free Energy Audits Program (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Cayman
    Date: 2021-02-01
    In the Cayman Islands, the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure is reporting the launch of free residential ond commercial energy audits aimed at saving energy and cutting energy costs.

    The room-by-room energy audits and assessments are intended to reveal energy usage and identify improvements in energy efficiency can be made.

    Download DIY Energy Audit details HERE. (Source: Cayman Energy, PR, Cayman Loop, 31 Jan., 2021) Contact: Cayman Energy, (345) 925-9312, energy@gov.ky, www.energy.gov.ky

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Efficiency Manitoba Scores $64Mn in Gov. Funding (Funding Report)
    Efficiency Manitoba
    Date: 2021-02-01
    On the Canadian Prairies, the province of Manitoba's Efficiency Manitoba agency is reporting the provincial and Canadian federal governments have each committed $32.3 million towards heating efficiency programs deployed through the Crown corporation.

    The funding, totaling $64.6 million, is being invested in programs aimed at lowering the demand for natural gas and to bolster pre-existing insulation upgrades, smart thermostats and other energy efficiency incentive programs residential, commercial and industrial efficiency programs.used for heating and industrial purposes.

    The federal funding for the energy efficiency initiative came from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund. (Source: Efficiency Manitoba, PR, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 Jan., 2021) Contact: Efficiency Manitoba, Colleen Kuruluk, CEO, 204-944-8181, www.efficiencymb.ca

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


    Priority Power Snares Satori Energy Solutions (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Priority Power Management, Satori Energy Solutions
    Date: 2021-02-01
    Texas-based Priority Power Management, LLC, an independent energy management services and consulting firm, is reporting acquisition of Chicago-headquartered Satori Energy Solutions, LLC.

    Satori provides expertise and service to more than 55,000 industrial, municipal, and residential clients in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and Mexico. The company's capabilities span the spectrum of Energy Structuring and Market Intelligence Operations, including: energy procurement, market price monitoring, contract administration, review, and negotiation, transaction due diligence, demand-side curtailment program evaluation, energy and invoice auditing, capacity PLC notification, budgeting and forecasting, and utility account and service setup.

    Satori also has experience and expertise in energy transition, from sustainable energy and energy resiliency solutions, including community solar aggregation and behind-the-meter installations, to purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and carbon offsets, LEED certification, and ENERGY STAR® Certification and energy benchmarking.

    Priority Power is the #1 Independent Energy Solutions Provider focused on Energy Infrastructure, Energy Transition Program Management, Market Intelligence Operations, and Energy Structuring. Priority serves over 1,600 clients, totaling $2.4/BN in energy spend across 37 states. Priority is backed by Ara Partners, a private equity firm specializing in decarbonization investments in the industrial and manufacturing, chemicals and materials, energy efficiency and green fuels, and the food and agriculture sectors. (Source: Priority Power Management, LLC, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Ara Partners, (917) 439-3507, www.arapartners.com; Priority Power Management, LLC, John J. Bick, Managing Principal, (972) 314-9040, JBick@PriorityPower.net , www.prioritypower.net; Satori Energy Solutions, 312-850-2300, www.satorienergy.com

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


    Energy Conservation, Efficiency Grants Offered in PA (Funding)
    Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund
    Date: 2021-01-29
    In the Keystone State, Johnstown-based Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund reports in 2021 it will issue more than $200,000 in grant funding ranging from $2,000 to $50,000 throughout the Met-Ed and Penelec energy companies service areas to support clean energy technologies and energy efficiency programs.

    The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund provide grants, loans, and equity investments to promote development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies; energy conservation and efficiency; sustainable energy businesses and projects that improve the environment in the companies' service territories.

    Grant applicants must be for projects located in and/or serve residents within the territories of the Met-Ed and Penelec electric companies in Pennsylvania. Funding is prioritized for non-profit entities, however commercial or industrial organizations may qualify. Applications are now open and will be accepted through March 15, with decisions to be made in May 2021. (Source: Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, 28 Jan, 2021) Contact: Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, 800.732.0999, www.bccf.org/sustainable-energy-fund

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


    Maui College Reaches Net-Zero Energy Status (Ind. Report)
    University of Hawaii Maui College
    Date: 2021-01-27
    In the Aloha State, the University of Hawaii Maui College is reporting its campus in Kahului is now powered by 100 pct renewable energy and has achieved net-zero energy status through a combination of solar photovoltaic energy, distributed energy storage and energy efficiency measures.

    Distributed energy storage and energy-efficiency were instrumental in the school reaching its goal. The also school installed more than 3,300 photovoltaic modules with 13.93 MWh of battery storage and is part of a partnership with Johnson Controls and Mauo, a subsidiary of Pacific Current.

    The state of Hawaii has committed to achieve 100 pct renewable energy by 2045 and a collective goal for the university system's 10 campuses to be "net-zero" by January 1, 2035. (Source: University of Hawaii Maui College, PR. 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: University of Hawaii Maui College, www.maui.hawaii.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar PV,  Energy Efficiency ,  Renewable Energy,  


    Armada Power, NRTC Partnership Announced (Ind. Report)
    Armada Powe, NRTCr
    Date: 2021-01-27
    Columbus, Ohio-headquartered Armada Power is reporting a partnership agreement with Herndon, Virginia-based NRTC to extend innovative energy-efficient technologies to rural America.

    NRTC is a member-driven, technology-focused cooperative that supports more than 1,500 rural utilities and affiliates in 48 states. NRTC's products and services include integrated smart grid and utility solutions, advanced energy, broadband infrastructure and managed network services, wireless technologies, and others.

    Armada Power manufactures and incorporates smart technologies into a secure platform that optimizes individual devices through secure, real-time, two-way communication into a larger, aggregated, controlled, and responsive grid tool. (Source: Armada Power, PR, 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: NRTC, Greg Bartolomei, Pres., Smart Grid Solutions , Chris Martin, VP of Member & Industry Relations, cmartin@nrtc.coop, www.nrtc.com; Armada Power, Dave Myers, Marketing Manager, 614-918-7493, dmyers@armadapower.com, www.armadapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Armada Power,  NRTC,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Storage,  


    INHS Announces Energy Efficiency Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Ithaca Neighbourhood Housing Service , NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-01-27
    In the Empire State, the not-for-profit affordable housing Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Service (INHS} and Taitem Engineering, a local engineering firm specializing in energy efficiency, are reporting a yearlong partnership to reduce INHS's properties energy consumption through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) On-Site Energy Manager (OsEM) program.

    The program offers a 75 pct cost-share for staffing at industrial, commercial, and multifamily buildings, like those within the INHS housing portfolio.

    Taitem Engineering will provide energy audits and walk-through inspections and make recommendations to cut energy consumption within INHS's housing portfolio and future developments. Taitem will also develop guidelines for future development and provide staff training on energy efficiency best practices. The goal is to realize a 4 pct saving in electric and natural gas costs. (Source: INHS, PR, Finger Lakes 1, 27 Jan., 2021) Contact: Taitem Engineering, 607-277-1118, www.taitem.com; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Service, 670.277.4500, www.ithacanhs.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Seattle Updates Energy Efficiency, Conservation Code (Ind. Report)
    City of Seattle
    Date: 2021-01-25
    In Washington State, the City of Seattle reports it is proposing updates to the 2018 Seattle Energy Code. The proposed updates align with the Seattle 2030 District Goals, particularly that all buildings to be carbon neutral by the year 2050 -- a timeline that may be advanced to 2030 with the introduction of the Green New Deal.

    In order for buildings constructed today to reach the 2030 or 2050 targets the updated code may include:

  • Building envelope that functions at Seattle's 2050 standard for dependable energy savings for decades.

  • Eliminate combustion -- buildings should be carbon neutral today to avoid major upgrades later.

  • Buildings should incorporate efficient electrical systems for space heating and water heating, heat pump systems and similar equipment.

  • Renewable energy -- on-site installations, solar readiness for larger future rooftop systems aligned with the City's building goals and be as cost effective as possible for both owners and tenants.

    The code is intended to regulate the design and construction of buildings for the maximum energy efficiency and conservation as well carbon emissions reduction over the life of each building. Download code summary details HERE

    (Source: 2030 Districts, City of Seattle, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: City of Seattle, 2030 District, Matthew Combe, matthewcombe@2030districts.org, www.2030districts.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Seattle,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumptio,  


  • Greater Victoria 2030 District Pushing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    2030 District
    Date: 2021-01-25
    In British Columbia, a new sustainability organization Greater Victoria 2030 District, part of North American network of cities, working to reduce emissions by promoting the concept of green buildings to significantly reduce the region's carbon footprint.

    Greater Victoria 2030 District is part of a North American movement that gives property managers resources and guidance to retrofit existing buildings with energy efficiency features, as an investment and marketability tool, one that also addresses climate change.

    Members commit to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct over 2007 levels by 2030. That means encouraging and helping property owners and managers create bench-marking reports, set efficiency targets, and create long-term plans to improve their building's performance in 10 to 15 years.

    A partnership between the Building Owners and Managers Association of B.C., City of Victoria, District of Saanich and UVic, Greater Victoria 2030 District has a wide variety of properties on its list including municipal and provincial office buildings. (Source: Greater Victoria 2030 District, PR, Website, Saanich News, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Greater Victoria 2030 District, Cora Hallsworth, Manager, www.2030districts.org/greater-victoria; 2030 Districts Network, Dave Low, davelow@2030districts.org, www.2030districts.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    UK Home, Office Energy Efficiency Standards Unveiled (Int'l.)
    UK Housing Minister
    Date: 2021-01-22
    In the UK, Housing Minister Chris Pincher this week announced that all new homes must be "more energy efficiency and zero-carbon ready" by 2025.

    Specifically, new homes are expected to produce 75-80 pct lower carbon emissions compared to current builds. An additional requirement is for new homes to have a reduced carbon footprint of 31 pct by 2021 compared to current levels.

    Additionally, all existing homes and home extensions will be subject to new energy efficiency standards focused on energy consumption, such as windows, lighting and HVAC systems. A consultation on higher energy performance targets for non-domestic buildings, was also announced. (Source: UK Housing Minister, edie, 21 Jan., 2021)


    Ameresco Completes TX Landfill Gas-to-RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, US Gain, epublic Services
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy firm Ameresco is reporting completion of its work on the Republic Services-owned and operated McCarty Road landfill gas-to-RNG plant in Houston, Texas.

    Developed with Republic Services and U.S. Gain, the facility has a gross installed capacity of more than 1.1 million Dekatherms (1.099 BTU) per year and the capacity of processing 4,500 standard cubic feet per metre of raw landfill gas while eliminating more than 61,000 tpy of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to removing 103,000 passenger cars from the roads. (Source: Ameresco, PR, US Gain Website News Release, 19 Jan., 2021) Contact: US Gain, Mike Koel, Pres., Stephanie Lowney, Director of Marketing & Innovation, 920.381.2190, slowney@usgain.com, www.usgain.com; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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    Maine Launches Solar, Energy Efficiency Online Resources (Solar)
    Maine
    Date: 2021-01-20
    In Augusta, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has launched new Technical Guidance For Utility-Scale Solar Installation and Development on Agricultural, Forested, and Natural Lands to encourage solar development in ways that avoid or minimize impacts to agricultural and forested lands, as well as other ecologically sensitive natural lands in response to growing interest in solar development in the Pine Tree State. The document also provides technical guidance for solar developers when designing, installing, and removing solar projects.

    The department also launched Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financial Resources for Farms, a webpage that highlights opportunities that may help keep farms productive, reduce costs, and lessen environmental impacts.

    Download Technical Guidance For Utility-Scale Solar Installation and Development HERE.

    Access Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financial Resources for Farms, HERE. (Source: Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, PR, Jan/. 2021) Contact: Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, www.maine.gov

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    MN. School District Touts Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-01-20
    In Minnesota, the Prior Lake-Savage Area School District (PLSAS) is reporting $173,000 in energy cost avoidance cost saving over the last school year through energy efficient buildings, mechanical renovations and monitoring of system controls. PLSAS was also able to contain cost by carefully controlling its energy use. Adjusting building automation controls to avoid peak demand and turning off lights when not in use have contributed to lower energy costs for the district.

    The annual report also showed that during distance learning from April through June, lower energy usage saved the district more than $123,500 in cost avoidance, in spite of an active construction time in which energy usage is typically high.

    According to Minnesota's B3 Energy Benchmarking for public buildings, with data current within the last 180 days, only one other school district of comparable size realized this kind of energy efficiency, earning the district a 4.3 out of 5-star rating. (Source: Prior Lake-Savage Area School District, PR, 15 Ja., 2021) Contact: Prior Lake-Savage Area School District Jim Dellwo, Director of Operations, Transportation and Health and Safety 952-226-0000, www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

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    McKinstry Completes Ark. Bldgs Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    McKinstry
    Date: 2021-01-20
    Dallas-based energy efficiency specialist McKinstry reports the recent completion of heating, lighting, cooling and other electrical improvements in five Miller County, Arkansas government buildings. The upgrades are expected to deliver as much as a $1.7 million in energy cost savings over a five to 10-year period.

    McKinstry initially started its energy efficiency study of the county's five buildings late in 2019 and began work in mid-2020. Some of the work was covered under an Arkansas Energy Office Performance Contract. (Source: McKinstry Texarkana Gazette, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: McKinstry 972.532.4290, 972.239.8835 Fax, dallasoffice@mckinstry.com, www.mckinstry.com; Arkansas Energy Office Performance Contract, www.adeq.state.ar.us/energy/incentives/performance.aspx

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    VGS Focuses on Smart Energy, Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Vermont Gas
    Date: 2021-01-20
    In South Burlington, Vermont Gas Service (VGS) has filed its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) reaffirming its commitment to climate change action, a decarbonized thermal energy future and an affordable pathway to Net Zero by 2050.

    The filing represents a shift from prior planning models. While the Company will continue to add customers within its existing footprint, this plan considers decreasing natural gas loads and strategies under which VGS can promote such further reductions through efficiency and weatherizations, as well as meeting the needs of customers through expanded energy services.

    VGS serves over 54,000 homes, businesses, and institutions in Franklin, Chittenden and Addison counties and plays an important role in Vermont's clean energy future by displacing higher-emitting fuels, offering renewable natural gas service, and delivering award-winning energy efficiency programs. VGS is leading the country in the development of local renewable energy generation and has targeted a 30 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and full elimination by 2050. (Source: Vermont Gas, PR, 18 Jan, 2021) Contact: Vermont Gas, Neale Lunderville, CEO, Beth Parent, Brand Manager, (802) 865-1460 / (802) 578-2776, bparent@vermontgas.com, www.vgsvt.com

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    PNNL Releases New Bldg Energy Efficiency Software (Ind. Report)
    PNNL
    Date: 2021-01-20
    The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is touting its Facility Energy Decision System (FEDS), an easy-to-use software tool that performs energy efficiency assessments by analyzing existing building energy use and identifying cost-effective savings opportunities.

    A key attribute of FEDS 8.0 is the ability to initiate assessments with a limited detail of characteristics. FEDS fills in unknown details based on the parameters specified with a sophisticated internal inference generator whose results can be reviewed and updated as appropriate.

    The highly scalable tool simulates building systems, including building shell, lighting, HVAC, and water heating technologies and calculates loads and energy use to analyze the cost and performance impact of thousands of potential efficiency measures.

    Development of FEDS was supported by the U.S. DOE Federal Energy Management Program in coordination with other government agencies.

    Download FEDS 8.0 licensing and other details HERE. (Source: PNNL, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: PNNL, Bob Dahowski , FEDS development engineer, www.pnnl.gov

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    Vermont Gas Committed to Net-Zero by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Vermont Gas
    Date: 2021-01-20
    In South Burlington, Vermont Gas Service (VGS) has filed its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) reaffirming its commitment to climate change action, a decarbonized thermal energy future and an affordable pathway to net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The Filing represents a shift from prior planning models. While the Company will continue to add customers within its existing footprint, this plan considers decreasing natural gas loads and strategies under which VGS can promote such further reductions through efficiency and weatherizations, as well as meeting the needs of customers through expanded energy services.

    VGS serves over 54,000 homes, businesses, and institutions in Franklin, Chittenden and Addison counties. The company plays an important role in Vermont's clean energy future by displacing higher-emitting fuels, offering renewable natural gas service, and delivering award-winning energy efficiency programs. VGS is leading the country in the development of local renewable energy generation and has targeted a 30 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and full elimination by 2050. (Source: Vermont Gas, PR, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Vermont Gas, Neale Lunderville, CEO, Beth Parent, Brand Manager, (802) 865-1460 / (802) 578-2776, bparent@vermontgas.com, www.vgsvt.com

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    Goleta 2nd in ACEEE Community Energy Challenge (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2021-01-18
    In the Golden State, the City of Goleta is reporting it received second place in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Sustainable States Community Energy Challenge.

    The competition included 30 communities from five states. San Luis Obispo received first place. Third place went to St. Louis Park (Minnesota) followed by Manhattan Beach, West Hollywood, West Hartford (Connecticut), Rockville (Maryland), Dublin (California) and Red Wing (Minnesota) (tied), and Rochester (Minnesota).

    The ACEEE examined all participating cities' efforts to make homes and buildings more energy efficient, to scale up the use of renewable energy, and to ensure community involvement in developing equitable clean-energy policies. Goleta was recognized for its commitments 100 pct community-wide renewable energy by 2030 and 50 pct renewable energy at municipal facilities by 2025, as well as its green building policies, LED streetlight acquisition, support for building energy code compliance and commitment to being a green and sustainable community. (Source: City of Goleta, PR, ACEEE, 17 Jan., 2021) Contact: City of Goleta, Sustainability Coordinator, Cindy Moore, www.cityofgoleta.org/projects-programs/sustainability-climate-adaptation; ACEEE, www.aceee.org

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    Santee Cooper Touts "Smart" Energy Program (Ind. Report)
    Santee Cooper
    Date: 2021-01-15
    In Berkeley County, South Carolina state-owned public utility Santee Cooper reports the launch of EmpowerSC -- an initiative to help customers take advantage of the latest "smart energy" technology trends and innovations to better manage power consumption by providing insight, expertise, resources and rebates, that put money back in their pockets.

    EmpowerSC includes four main focuses targeting specific areas of energy savings: EmpowerHome -- Offers rebates on equipment such as HVAC and water heating systems, ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances and smart thermostats. Some of the new rebates are also available for multi-family housing. Low-interest loans for home improvements and home energy audits, or House Calls, are also available.

    EmpowerBusiness -- Resources are available to help South Carolina businesses make the best choices when it comes to powering their organizations. EmpowerBusiness also provides rebates for qualifying equipment purchased, which can lead to substantial savings.

    EmpowerSolar -- Solar Home and Solar Business can help customers add solar panels to their property and pay part of the cost with rebates and credits. For those who aren't able or don't wish to put panels on their roof, Solar Share allows them to purchase a share of locally produced "community" solar power for as little as $10 per month.

    EmpowerAuto -- With the increasing number of electric vehicles on the road, EmpowerAuto provides information to help customers understand, choose and thrive with electric vehicles. Santee Cooper is offering up to $500 in rebates for a qualified, level 2 residential charging station. (Source: Santee Cooper, PR, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: EmpowerSC, www.EmpowerSC.com; Santee Cooper, Mike Poston, Chief Customer Officer, www.santeecooper.com

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    Houston Landfill Gas-RNG Plant Mechanical Work Completed (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, U.S. Gain
    Date: 2021-01-15
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports completion of mechanical work at the McCarty Road landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Houston, Texas. This facility has a gross nameplate in excess of 1.1 million Dekatherms per year and is capable of processing 4,500 scfm of raw landfill gas.

    The project will result in a reduction of more than 61,000 tons of CO2 -- equivalent to 103,000 passenger cars removed from the roads, 58 million gallons of gasoline not combusted or 146,000 acres of pine forest conserved every year over the project life, according to the release. The project is expected to begin commercial operations early next year. (Source: US Gain, PR, Website, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: US Gain, Mike Koel, Pres., Stephanie Lowney, Director of Marketing & Innovation, 920.381.2190, slowney@usgain.com, www.usgain.com; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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    Arizona Cement Plant Awarded Ninth ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
    CalPortland ,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2021-01-15
    In Arizona, CalPortland reports its Rillito cement plant has been awarded its ninth consecutive US EPA ENERGY STAR certification for energy efficiency and intensity reduction.

    To gain ENERGY STAR recognition, the plant replaced and upgraded various equipment for greater energy efficiency and expanded its energy team and increased energy efficiency awareness throughout the plant. (Source: CalPortland, Global Cement News , 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: CalPortland, Allen Hamblen, CEO, 520-744-3222, www.calportland.com; DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    Schneider Elec. Touts Wiser Energy System for Savings (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-01-13
    Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, reports its is partnering with builders across the country to help homeowners and builders make homes "smarter" more energy efficient and sustainable through the Wiser Energy System.

    The system is connected solution integrated into the home's electrical panel providing real-time information to optimize home energy usage and track savings. The system gives homeowners greater insight into energy usage and their carbon footprint. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Website, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Schneider Electric, Bradford Wills, Director: Strategic Customers & Programs, Home & Distribution, www.se.com

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    Verde Energy Efficiency Experts Energy Savings Accelerator Program Launched (Ind. Report)
    Verde Energy Efficiency Experts
    Date: 2021-01-13
    Chicago-based Verde Energy Efficiency Experts is touting the launch of its Savings Accelerator™ Program that helps commercial and municipal customers substantially reduce operating expenses by cutting their monthly energy expenses by as much as 40 pct.

    The company finds and implements the most efficient and effective ways for organizations to save on energy costs. Verde identifies and swaps out inefficient lighting, refrigeration, HVAC systems, and more with efficient models, while also taking full advantage of utility rebates, discounts and programs. Verde's fees are also reduced under the program. Its initial Customer Virtual Consultation is now free; its In-person Consultation is now free; and its Custom Plan Development is now free for qualifying companies. Verde also provides free analysis and consultation over outside air flow control, a key building component for both energy efficiency and Covid 19 safety. (Source: Verde Energy Efficiency Experts, PR, Website, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Verde Energy Efficiency Experts, Jamie Johnson, CEO, (773) 413-9587, info@verde.expert, www.verde.expert

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    Philly Passes Bldg. Energy Performance Legislation (Ind. Report)
    Philadelphia
    Date: 2021-01-13
    In the Keystone State, Philadelphia City Council reports passage of Bill #190600 creating a new Building Energy Performance Program -- a key step toward meeting the mayor's commitment to cutting carbon pollution 25 pct by 2025 in line with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. When implemented, it will cut the city's carbon pollution by nearly 200,000 metric tons -- climate pollution equivalent of taking 40,000 automobiles off our roads.

    The Building Energy Performance Policy mandates all non-residential buildings 50,000 square feet and larger to either submit a certification of high energy performance to the City's Office of Sustainability or conduct a tune-up to bring existing building energy systems up to a state of good repair.

    To quantify potential cost savings, the City recently conducted a pilot tune-up on the Juvenile Justice Center in West Philadelphia and found that an initial $12,000 investment will result in $24,000 in annual energy savings. Citywide, the Building Energy Performance Program will result in millions of dollars in cost savings for building operators and tenants and lead to an estimated 600 new careers in the clean economy, according to the release.

    A requirement for large buildings to tune-up existing systems was a key recommendation from Powering Our Future: A Clean Energy Vision for Philadelphia, a report published by the Office of Sustainability last year to help set goals toward a long-term commitment to cut carbon pollution 80 pct by 2050. (Source: City of Philadelphia, PR, Website, Jan., 2021)Contact: Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, Christine Knapp, Dir., (215) 686-6210, sustainability@phila.gov; www.phila.gov/departments/office-of-sustainability

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    UK PM Touts Green Ind. Revolution, Climate Change Plan (Int'l. Report)

    Date: 2021-01-11
    In London, UK Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled his 10-point plan for a "green"--low-carbon industrial revolution. The plan focus on the following industries and initiatives:
  • Offshore wind -- The government has already announced an ambition to have every home in the UK powered by offshore wind in an effort to cut the emissions from electricity.

  • Hydrogen -- The gov. plans to have 5GW -- sufficient power for roughly 1.5 million UK homes -- of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.

  • Nuclear -- The plan calls for renewed support for small modular nuclear reactors that can be largely built in factories and other small applications.

  • Electric vehicles -- The plan calls for increased support for electric vehicles, recharging infrastructure and the previously announced ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.

  • Public transport, cycling and walking -- Calls for increased clean public transport options including electric, alternative fuel and hydrogen powered buses as well as encourages cycling and walking.

  • Jet zero and greener fuel transportation -- Calls for zero-emission alternative fuel and electric power long-haul mass transportation including passenger rail, electric airplanes and maritime ferries.

  • Energy efficiency -- The plan calls for a major effort to increase residential and public building energy efficiency.

  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) -- Focuses on "clusters" where groups of power stations, factories or industrial plants could be linked to CCUS infrastructure for greater efficiency and cost savings.

  • Nature and the ecosystem -- Seeks to end the loss of wild life habitats, increase funding for tree planting, peatland restoration and other programs to store carbon, protect habitat and curb flooding.

    10. Innovation and finance -- for the wholesale, economy-wide shift away from fossil fuels to a low-carbon energy clean future. (Source: Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, Jan., 2021) Contact:Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, www.email.number10.gov.uk


  • Cambridge UK Touts Green Measures to tackle Climate Change (Int'l.)
    City of Cambridge
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In the UK, the city of Cambridge -- home of Cambridge University which last year announced plans to divest from fossil fuels by 2030 -- is reporting a series of green proposals aimed at reducing carbon emissions and promoting biodiversity in the city of roughly 124,000 residents.

    The measures include: the planting of 2,000 new trees in public spaces in the next three years; creation of a green investment reserve to support energy efficient and energy generating projects including solar energy; encouraging and increasing the use of electric vehicles and installation of EV charging points; retro-fitting council homes (subsidized low-income housing) for increased energy efficiency; a further £300,000 investment in city-owned property carbon-reduction initiatives; creation of a Climate Change Officer role within city government, and others. (Source: Cambridge City, Varsity, Jan., 2021) Contact: City of Cambridge, www.cambridge.gov.uk

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    Energy Efficiency Key in UK PM's Green Ind. Plan (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In London, UK Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled his 10-point plan for a "green"--low-carbon industrial revolution. The PM's plan calls for "a major effort to increase residential and public building energy efficiency".

    The plan also calls for: a concerted development and deployment of: offshore wind; small-scale nuclear; electric vehicles and alternative fuels; increased use of public mass transit; hydrogen; carbon capture and storage (CCS) "clusters" where groups of power stations, factories or industrial plants could be linked to CCUS infrastructure for greater efficiency and cost savings; ecosystem funding for tree planting, peatland restoration and similar programs to store carbon; and a wholesale, economy-wide shift away from fossil fuels to a low-carbon energy clean future. (Source: Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, Jan., 2021) Contact:Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, www.email.number10.gov.uk

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    Philly Music Institute Increasing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    The Efficiency Network
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In Philadelphia, the Curtis Institute of Music announced in December 2020 that it would be starting a three-year project to increase the energy efficiency of its buildings on Locust Street. The project will include dramatic improvements to the energy performance resulting in a reduction in its carbon footprint and operating costs.

    The project is the result of an agreement between Curtis and Pittsburgh-based The Efficiency Network (TEN), which was selected through a competitive process. The project is supported by the Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Finance (PennSEF) program -- a partnership between the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE) and Pennsylvania Treasury. (Source: Curtis Institute of Music, PR, Blue & Green, 10 Jan., 2021) Contact: The Efficiency Network Inc., 855-429-1010, www.tensaves.com; Curtis Institute of Music, Larry Bomback, VP Admin., www.curtis.edu; Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Finance, www.thesef.org

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    ADES, UAEU Ink Energy Efficiency MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Abu Dhabi Energy Services
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Abu Dhabi Energy Services (ADES), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company , is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) will explore retrofitting the university's energy efficiency and sustainability campus wide.

    As part of the agreement, DES will work closely with UAEU to assess its current power and water consumption trends and develop a comprehensive plan to improve energy efficiency across all school facilities in line with Abu Dhabi's Demand Side Management and Energy Rationalization Strategy 2030. The strategy targets a 22 pct reduction electric power consumption and a more than 32 pct reduction in water consumption.(Source: Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, Abu Dhabi Energy Services, Trade Arabia, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Abu Dhabi Power Corp., www.abudhabipower.ae; Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, www.taqa.com

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    Rhode Island National Energy Efficiency Program Leader (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2021-01-08
    According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Rhode Island ranks fourth in the nation as a leader in cost-effective energy efficiency programs, incentives, and energy efficiency investments that help residents and businesses use less energy to provide the same output. In doing so, these investments reduce energy consumption and costs as well as shrink the state's carbon footprint and create jobs throughout the green economy.

    According to the press release, Rhode Island has set aggressive energy savings targets for electric and gas utilities' programs that help residential and commercial customers save energy as part of its energy efficiency resource standard. The State government is also adopting cost-saving efficiency measures that are reducing energy demands and operating costs and has also entered into an innovative Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP) with National Grid that is actively supporting the deployment of cost-effective efficiency investments across public sector facilities. (Source: State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families, PR, 8 Jan., 2021) Contact: State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families, www.dcyf.ri.gov; ACEEE, www.aceee.org

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    STM, Schneider Electric Partner on Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-01-06
    In Singapore, global semiconductor specialist STMicroelectronics (STM) reports the selection of energy management and renewable energy specialist Schneider Electric as a strategic partner to support its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2027.

    Under the agreement, STM and Schneider Electric will increase their cooperation on reducing STM's energy consumption, and increased use of renewable energy and identify and implement ocarbon avoidance and sequestration programs across all of STM locations. The companies will develop additional joint products, technologies, and solutions focused on energy efficiency improvements, supporting digital transformation in buildings, datacenters, industrial applications, and infrastructure.

    STM is stepping up its planned global energy procurement of 100 pct renewable energy and to become carbon neutral by 2027, according to the release. (Source: STMicroelectronics, Website PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: STMicroelectronics, Jean-Marc Chery, Pres. & CEO, www.st.com; Schneider Electric, www.se.com

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    Ontario Ice Arena Scores Zero-Carbon Bldg. Certification (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-01-06
    In Ottawa, Ontario, the AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex reports it is the first Zero Carbon Building Performance Standard Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building certified arena. Modern Niagara, a Canadian mechanical, electrical, building services, and integrated building technology company, partnered with AMPED on the initiative.

    The arena is recognized for its energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures, reduced overall energy consumption, intelligent building automation, on-site renewable energy power generation, and replacing all fossil fuel consuming equipment on-site, such as gas-fired rooftop units, hot water heaters and the ice rink dehumidifier. (Source: AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex, Canada Green Building Council, 4 Jan., 2021 ) Contact: AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex, (613) 822-9000, www.ampedsportslab.com; Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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    New Mass. Climate Bill Awaits Gov. Baker's Signature (Reg & Leg.)
    Massachusetts Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-01-06
    In Boston, the Massachusetts legislature has forwarded a bill overhauling the state's 2008 climate law to Governor Charlie Baker (D) for signature into law.

    The new bill requires a 100 pct carbon emissions reduction -- carbon neutrality -- by 2050 as opposed to the 2008 climate legislation requiring an 80 pct reduction of 1990 level emissions by 2050.

    If passed into law, the new bill would impose emissions sub-limits for certain sectors of the economy, specifically electric power, transportation, commercial heating and cooling, residential, industrial processes and natural gas distribution and service.

    The bill also calls for increased carbon sequestration and requires municipal lighting to purchase 50 pct of non-carbon-emitting electricity by 2030, increased energy efficiency, increased reliance on renewable energy, a five-year moratorium on allowing wood-burning facilities to qualify as "non-carbon emitting resources", increased support for electric vehicles, and other initatives and requirements. (Source: Various Media, MassLive, Jan., 2021)

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