UK Unveils Green Finance Net-Zero Emissions Strategy (Int'l)
Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth
In London, the UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, Hon. Chris Skidmore, is reporting the release of the government's Green Finance Strategy, outlining how the finance sector and better climate disclosure from publicly-listed corporations can drive progress towards wider action on climate change and the push towards net-zero emissions by the year 2050.
The strategy features investment and funding increases into green projects, infrastructures and homes and is built on findings from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
The strategy calls corporations and asset owners to disclose climate risk and impact data by 2022 and to work with regulators as to whether this becomes a mandatory requirement.
In addition, a £5 million Green Home Finance Fund has been established for green finance education, home energy efficiency grants, green mortgages and other green finance mechanisms.
An additional £5.8 billion has been set aside for international climate finance to encourage other nations to act on climate collaboratively.
More than 780 organizations reportedly support of the TCFD, including the world's largest banks, asset managers and pension funds, responsible for assets of $118trn, highlighting the appetite for green finance.
(Source: UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, edie News, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, UK Energy and Clean Growth Minister, Chris Skidmore, www.gov.uk/government/people/chris-skidmore
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Wyoming Business Council Offers Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
Wyoming Business Council
In Cheyenne, the Wyoming Business Council's State Energy Office reports the availability of competitive federal grant funding
for Wyoming local governments, public schools and small businesses seeking to improve their buildings energy efficiency while reducing utility costs.
The grant funding will be split between the following programs:
Comprehensive Retrofit Grant --
Available to towns, cities and counties for improvements and retrofits like installing insulation; adding weather sealing; purchase of Energy Star or solar powered appliances; upgrades of showers and faucets; or replacement of boilers, hot water heaters, HVAC systems, windows and doors.
Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) --
Available to towns, cities and counties to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light.
Public School Energy Improvement
Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) --
Available to K-12 public schools to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light.
Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant --
Small businesses, nonprofits and local governments are all encouraged to apply to the Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant Program.
The program funds up to 75 pct of the cost of an energy audit and some energy efficiency improvements. Grants are not to exceed $5,000 to entities pursuing an energy audit and retrofits that were identified in the audit.
Additional information and grant applications HERE. or email
(Source: Wyoming Business Council, Jackson Hole Radio, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Wyoming Business Council, Sherry Hughes, firstname.lastname@example.org, Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Chief Strategy Officer, (307) 777-6319, www.wyomingbusiness.org
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LADWP Awards $1.4Mn in Energy Efficiency Grants (Ind. Report)
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
In the Golden State, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) reports its Community Partnership Outreach Grants Program for 2018 has awarded $1.4 million to 24 nonprofit organizations to support water conservation and energy efficiency programs and initiatives.
The grants program assists nonprofit organizations in connecting with LADWP customers that may not be reached through traditional communication strategies, with a goal of helping reduce energy and water use.
Over the past seven years, the program provided more than $8 million in funding for more than 140 projects.
(Source: LADWP, MyNews LA, 26 Nov., 2018)Contact: LADWP, David H. Wright, GM, (800) 342-5397, www.ladwp.com
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New Small School Energy Efficiency Grants Available (Funding)
New Hampshire Public Radio is reporting $100,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy School Energy and Efficiency Development (SEED) program for energy efficiency upgrades and improvements has been received by a small New Hampshire state school.
Funding from the program can be used for various energy efficiency projects including insulation, LED lighting, weatherization, and others.
According to Joe Doiron, Deputy Director & State Energy Program Administrator with the N.H. Office of Strategic Initiatives in Concord, the SEED program is focused on small schools that have limited access to funds, with the hope that the winning project will be replicated.
(Source: US DOE School Energy and Efficiency Development, NH Public Radio, 22 Oct., 2018)Contact:
US DOE School Energy and Efficiency Development, https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-08/documents/k-12_guide.pdf; N.H. Office of Strategic Initiatives, 603-271-2155, https://www.nh.gov/osi
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WA State Rejigs Energy Efficiency Grants Program (Ind. Report)
Washington State Dept. of Commerce
In Olympia, the Washington State Department of Commerce reports its Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants (EES) program, currently in the Local Government Division, will soon be joining the Energy Division.
EES program grants are awarded through a competitive process and must be used solely for energy and operational cost saving and solar installations.
The EES program grants state public higher education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies and K-12 public school districts:
$3,675,000 each for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for grants to be awarded in competitive rounds for operational cost savings improvements;
$1,750,000 solely for grants that involve the purchase and installation of solar energy systems;
1,400,000 solely for energy efficiency improvements for projects in state-owned facilities that repair or replace existing building systems: and
$500,000 for the resource conservation managers at the department of enterprise services to assist state agencies and school districts to improve energy and other resource efficiency in state-owned facilities.
(Source: Washington State Dept. of Commerce, 7 Mar., 2018)Contact: Washington State Dept. of Commerce, (360) 725-4000, www.commerce.wa.gov
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Historic Bldg Energy Efficiency Grants Offered in ME (Ind. Report)
Maine Community Foundation
The Maine Community Foundation's Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Fund reports the availability of up to $20,000 in grant funding for non-profit organization-owned historic building restoration and energy audits and efficiency upgrades. The program, which typically awards $250,000 per year, will expand in 2018 to award an additional $100,000 each year for energy efficiency projects.
The energy efficiency-related grants are the result of a successful pilot program called Grants to Green, a three-year effort of the Community Foundation, Maine Development Foundation, and Efficiency Maine.
(Source: Maine Community Foundation, Lincoln News, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Maine Community Foundation, Maggie Drummond-Bahl, Snr. Program Manager, email@example.com, www.mainecf.org
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$1.9Mn TN. Energy Efficiency, Clean Air Funding Announced (Funding)
In Nashville, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that 24 communities in 11 distressed East Tennessee counties will share $1.9 million in funding for energy efficiency and other improvements to public facilities.
Funding comes from a 2011 $26.4 million Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The list of project grants range from $19,095 to $232,810.
(Source: Knoxville News Sentinal, 14 Aug., 2017)
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Carbon Trust Managing IEEA Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme (Intr'l)
In the UK, the Carbon Trust reports it will run a new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) launched in January by the U.K. Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). IEEA aims to support marketing, funding and co-funding of new and available energy efficient technologies from start-up and existing companies for a range of industrial sectors.
The IEEA is funded by the Energy Innovation Programme, led by BEIS, and will be delivered by the Carbon Trust with support from engineering firm Jacobs and infrastructure specialist AMEC Foster Wheeler. Funding, which will range from £150,000 tp £1 million will support demonstration projects across the UK, is anticipated to unlock a further £11 million of private sector investments. (Source: Carbon Trust, British Palstics and Rubber, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Al-Karim Govindji, Senior Manager of Innovation, Nils Lehmann, Project Manager, +44 (0) 207 832 4773, www.carbontrust.com
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Joyce Foundation Announces Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
The Chicago-headquartered Joyce Foundation reports it has awarded more than $10 million in grants to support organizations advocating clean energy and energy efficiency policies in the Great Lakes region.
Energy efficiencwill receive $300,000 over 2 years for work on Minnesota energy efficiency and carbon pollution policy; The Environmental Defense Fund, Inc. of New York will receive $700,000 over 2 years to advance energy efficiency, smart grid, and related clean energy policies in Illinois and Ohio; the Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund will receive $180,000 over 2 years to continue energy efficiency and carbon pollution reduction education and organizing efforts.
The Joyce Foundation works with grantee partners to develop and advance evidence-based policy solutions to improve quality of life, promote community vitality and strive for a fair society. The Foundation focuses much of its grant making on the Great Lakes region, and also partners with public agencies, advocates and other funders nationwide.
(Source: The Joyce Foundation, PR, 13 Dec., 2016 Contact: The Joyce Foundation , Lilly Athamanah, (312) 782-2464, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.joycefdn.org
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RI Awarding Farm Energy Efficiency Project Grants (Funding)
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management,
In Providence, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management reports it has awarded a total of about $52,000 to three local farms to help "green" their operations to cut energy consumption and costs and help farmers transition to renewable power.
The awards were provided through the new Rhode Island Farm Energy Program
in partnership with the Rhode Island Resource Conservation and Development Area Council and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources.
(Source: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Sinclair, 20 Nov., 2016) Contact: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, (401) 222 6800, www.dem.ri.gov
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