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San Mateo Reviewing Green Building, Efficiency Codes (Ind. Report)
San Mateo,Green Building
Date: 2019-07-15
In the Golden State, the city of San Mateo (pop. 105,000 +-) is considering new construction energy efficiency incentives to encourage new construction developers to electrify their buildings, install solar panels, expand EV charging capacity and other initiatives in an effort to increase energy efficiency, cur energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ordinances slated for review include two options for builders of new construction to reduce natural gas consumption within their developments. By either building an all-electric structure at the minimum efficiency required by the state's energy code or designing a mixed-fuel building using natural gas and electricity at a higher efficiency level, developers can meet the proposed reach code for electrification, according to a staff report.

For single-family and duplex projects, builders can either construct all-electric buildings or design a mixed-fuel building 15 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which officials estimate could save builders $5,300 in construction costs as compared to a mixed-fuel home. An all-electric design for homes is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 50 pct in most cases as compared to a mixed-fuel design, according to the report.

The proposed ordinance for office buildings would require builders to design an all-electric building or a mixed-fuel development 10 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which could involve using windows less prone to heat, natural sunlight and occupancy sensors. An all-electric office building designed to meet the 2019 state code is estimated to cost $57,300 less to construct compared to a comparable mixed-fuel building, according to the city council's report.

If adopted by the San Mateo city council and the California Energy Commission, the new codes will come into force Jan. 1, 2020. (Source: City of San Mateo, Daily Journal, July, 2019) Contact: City of San Mateo, Andrea Chow, Sustainability Analyst, www.cityofsanmateo.org/477/Building

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


B.C. Ups Energy Efficiency, Emissions Cutting Incentives (Ind. Report)
BC,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-04-29
In Victoria, the NDP government of British Columbia Premier John Horgan reports its Better Buildings program is increasing incentives and rebates to as much as $20,000 per project to help homeowners and businesses save energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The plan allows for $14,100 for a home and $220,000 for a commercial business to make the energy-saving changes. The program is aimed at encouraging the switch to high-efficiency heating equipment and improve building envelopes, which include walls, windows, roofs and foundations.

The incentives aim to help replace fossil fuel heating systems with electric air-source heat pumps, improve insulation, encourage upgrades to high-efficiency natural gas furnaces and install more windows and doors that minimize heat loss. (Source: BC News, 26 April, 2019)

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


Ameren Missouri Offers 26 Energy-Efficiency Programmes (Ind Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2019-04-10
Ameren Missouri electric is reporting the launch of 26 new residential and business energy efficiency programs backed by $120 million in incentives and rebates to help customers reduce energy usage, and cut down their bills. The utility also announced a total of $50 million allocated for income-eligible customers and social services agencies.

Ameren Missouri expects to invest $226 million over the life of the energy efficiency programmes, which in turn would provide $592 million in benefits for customers.

The utility's new Peak Time Savings program offers customers a $50 sign-up bonus and an additional $25 every summer for participating in the scheme, while other programs encourage the purchase of new energy-efficient equipment.

In addition to new energy efficiency programmes to help customers save, the power company recently announced Smart Energy Plan, which includes a freeze on base electric rates until April 2020 and rate caps to limit the size of any future rate increases. (Source: Ameren Missouri, Smart Energy, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Matt Forck, Assistant VP Economic Development and Energy Solutions, Tara Oglesby, VP Customer Experience, www.ameren.com/missouri

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


New Energy Efficiency Incentive Program Offered in Vermont (Funding)
Vermont,Efficiency Vermont
Date: 2019-04-08
In the Green Mountain State, the Vermont Natural Resources and Human Services Agency and the Vermont Department of Public Service report they are partnering with Vermont Gas, Burlington Electric Department and Efficiency Vermont to offer an additional $500 incentive to income eligible Vermonters that undertake energy efficiency weatherization projects.

The new $500 incentive is available to Vermont households with incomes less than 120-pct of the area median income. It will be combined with existing programs. For example it would increase the Home Performance with Energy STAR program incentive from $2,000 to $2,500. (Source: WAMC, 6 April, 2019) 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 Efficiency Vermont,  nergy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


Wisc. Focus on Energy Grants $65,377 for School Upgrades (Funding)
Wisconsin Focus on Energy
Date: 2019-03-25
In the Badger State, the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program , which is made possible by Alliant Energy and Waupun Utilities, reports the granting of a $65,377 and a matching incentive from WPPI Energy for $23,817 for nergy-saving improvements to lighting, heating and cooling systems at all schools within the Waupun Area School District.

In 2017-18 the Waupun School District initiated a $36 million energy efficiency and conservation-focused renovation of the district's school facilities. About that time the district applied for energy improvement incentive grants of nearly $90,000 for additional projects. (Source: Wisconsin News, 22 Mar., 2019)Contact: Wisconsin Focus on Energy, (800) 762-7077, www.wisconsinisin.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-K2m2Yad4QIVQuDICh3VeQBLEAAYASAAEgL5wPD_BwE; WPPI Energy, (608) 834-4500, www.wppienergy.org; Waupun Utilities, www.waupunutilities.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wisconsin Focus on Energy,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


GM Scores $2.8Mn in Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
GM,Consumers Energy
Date: 2019-03-11
Michigan's largest energy provider, Consumers Energy is reporting the payment of $2.8 million worth of incentives to General Motors (GM0 for energy efficiency upgrades at it Flint Assembly Plant where the automaker completed 21 energy-saving projects in the last year. GM has received $13.3 million in payments from Consumers Energy for energy upgrades at its Michigan plants over the past 10 years. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Consumers Energy, www.consumersenergy.com; GM, www.gm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GM,  Consumers Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


Pablo Center Awarded Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Focus on Energy,Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-01-24
In Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the Pablo Center performing and visual arts facility is reporting receipt of nearly $30,000 in incentive checks for its energy efficiency initiatives. The city of Eau Claire Focus on Energy business incentives program awarded the Center $21,000 of the total.

The Pablo Center's energy efficiency features include high-efficiency air conditioning units and LED lights and fixtures which save enough energy to to power 4,700 residential homes and about 37,000 tons of carbon dioxide given from coal being burned. (Source: Pablo Center, Xcel Energy, WEAU, 22 Jan., 2019)Contact: Pablo Center, 715-492-0240 www.pablocenter.org; Xcel Energy, Frank Prager, VP Policy and Federal Affairs, www.xcelenergy.com; Focus on Energy, Karl Hilker, Snr. Project Manager, www.cityoflacrosse.org

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Madison PD Scores $17,000 Energy Efficiency Incentive (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency,
Date: 2018-11-30
The Madison Wisconsin Police Department is reporting receipt of more than $17,000 in incentives from Wisconsin Focus on Energy for energy-efficient features built into the new Midtown District police station. The new station's energy efficient features include: inside wall insulation, lighting occupancy sensors, high-efficiency HVAC and boilers, and other energy saving features that are expected to save the department more than $22,000 per in energy costs.

Focus on Energy is an energy efficiency and renewable resource program that offers monetary incentives and energy expertise to residential, business and government customers across Wisconsin. A spokesperson from the program says Madison Gas & Electric is one of the 107 statewide utilities that fund it. A recent evaluation report found every $1 invested in Focus on Energy programs creates $5.93 in benefits for Wisconsin, including economic benefits, reduced energy costs, and reduced pollution. (Source: Wisc. Focus on Energy, PR, 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: Wisconsin Focus on Energy, (800)762-7077, www.wisconsinisin.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Wisconsin Focus on Energy,  


SRP Adding 1,000MW Solar, Plus Tesla Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Salt River Project
Date: 2018-11-21
The not-for-profit utility Salt River Project (SRP) reports it plans to add 200 MW of solar generation every year for the next five years, adding to its existing 800 MW renewable portfolio. The additional solar energy is in keeping with SRP's plan to have 20 pct green generation through the addition of renewable generation and battery storage.

The plan is part the utility's SRP 2035 long term growth plan, as laid out at the close of its 2018 fiscal year.

By 2025, SRP anticipates 11 pct of its energy needs will be met by solar and avoid another 11 pct of its current supply level from energy-efficiency measures. The utility's energy storage plan includes the purchase of a 25 MW/100 MW-hour battery storage system from Tesla, to be installed at the Agua Fria Generating Station in Glendale, California.

SRP notes that it paid over $150 million in solar incentives to approximately 20,000 customers between August 2004 and April 2018, and $205 million since May 2008 in energy efficiency incentives resulting in an overall 2.14 pct annual incremental energy savings exceeding the 2 pct annual target. (Source: SLP, CleanTechnica, 17 Nov., 2018) Contact: SRP, Mike Hummel, GM, Scott Harelson, Renewable Energy, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

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La Crosse Launches Energy Efficiency Incentive Program (Ind. Report)
City of La Crosse
Date: 2018-09-19
In the Badger State, the city of La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat has launched the Home Energy Challenge. Under the city's initiative, the first 100 residents can qualify for as much as $4,100 to help cover the cost of energy efficiency upgrades including: new insulation, air ceilings, new HVAC systems, upgrading to LED lighting and other upgrades. The program also benefits the housing market because it gets homeowners to reinvest into their homes, according toa release. (Source: City of LaCrosse, WXOW, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: City of LaCrosse, Focus on Energy, Karl Hilker, Snr. Project Manager, www.cityoflacrosse.org

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Duke Issues Incentive for Hospital Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-09-12
The Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle, Indiana, is reporting receipt of $114,263 in energy efficiency incentives from its energy provider, Duke Energy.

The money comes as an incentive for the hospital upgrading its HVAC controls and other upgrades to improve energy efficiency. This includes the utilization of variable frequency drives that deliver only the energy needed at a given time, as opposed to some of the hospital's older units that ran full time. The upgrades represent about $110,000 in electrical savings annually. (Source: Duke Energy, GreenCastle Graphic, 10 Sept., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; Putnam County Hospital, https://pchosp.org

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


Fruitland Energy Efficiency Earns $206,000 (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2018-08-01
In Idaho, the City of Fruitland reports it has cut its energy expenses with energy efficiency upgrades and new equipment at the city wastewater treatment plant. The energy efficiency effort also earned the city an Idaho Power energy efficiency incentive check for $206,836, according to an Idaho Power release.

The upgraded and newly designed wastewater facility was built with energy efficiency in mind. Most notably, the plant's aerators were installed with energy-saving variable frequency drives (VFD) and dissolved-oxygen controls, sludge blowers and multiple process pumps with VFDs to optimize the plant. The upgrades save the City of Fruitland more than 1.5 million annual kWh -- sufficient energy for approximately 132 average homes for a year. (Source: Idaho Power, City of Fruitland, Argus Observer, 26 July, 2018) Contact: Idaho Power, www.idahopower.com

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MidAmerican Energy Efficiency Plan Cuts Customer Fees (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-07-11
Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy Co. reports it has filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for approval of a five-year energy efficiency program that meets new spending caps by utilities on those programs enacted by the Iowa Legislature earlier this year.

If approved, the Iowa Energy Efficiency Plan 2019-2023 will deliver nearly $84 million in reduced energy efficiency program fees for MidAmerican Energy's Iowa customers. Residential customers with gas and electric service would see an average savings of $81 per year, while commercial customers would average $172 in savings. The average industrial customer would save more than $12,000 annually, according to a company release.

MidAmerican Energy's proposal includes 14 energy efficiency programs including: online home energy assessments; incentives to replace older heating and air conditioning equipment with new high-efficiency models; appliance recycling; rebates to purchase smart thermostats; and others. The existing Plant Some Shade, Upstream Retail Lighting and Residential New Construction programs will be eliminated. (Source: MidAmerican, Business Record, 9 July, 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

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


EIA Details Energy Efficiency Incentives Results (Ind. Report)
EIA,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-29
According to a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) survey (EIA-861) of electric power sales, revenue, and energy efficiency, U.S. electric utilities reported spending $3.6 billion on energy efficiency customer incentives in 2016, for an average of $24 per customer.

Most reported spending supported residential and commercial energy efficiency: 43 pct of spending targeted residential customers, 49 pct targeted commercial customers, and the remaining 8 pct targeted industrial customers. Average reported spending per customer varied by state, from $0 in Alaska to $128 in Massachusetts. High-spending states and low-spending states tend to be concentrated in particular regions. By U.S. census region, average utility spending ranged from $11 per customer in the South to $47 per customer in the Northeast. Spending also was higher in certain states with high electricity prices, such as Hawaii, or in certain states with climates that require more energy for heating and cooling, such as Illinois and Arizona.

Incremental savings as a result of energy efficiency spending for reporting year 2016 totaled 27.5 billion kWh or 0.7 pct of nationwide retail electricity sales. Projected lifecycle savings were much greater, at 354 billion kWh over the lifetime of the efficiency measures used, because some measures that affect heating, cooling, and water heating equipment can provide benefits for several years. Like spending, most savings occurred in the residential and commercial sectors.

Annual incremental savings also varied by state, from near 0 pct of electricity retail sales in Kansas and Alaska to 3 pct of retail sales in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Average electricity savings by U.S. census region was the highest at 1.2 pct in the Northeast, and the lowest at less than 0.4 pct in the south. (Source: EIA, Today in Energy, June, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News EIA,  Energy Efficiewncy ,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


EIA Details Energy Efficiency Incentives Results (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2018-06-22
According to a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) survey (EIA-861) of electric power sales, revenue, and energy efficiency, U.S. electric utilities reported spending $3.6 billion on energy efficiency customer incentives in 2016, for an average of $24 per customer.

Most reported spending supported residential and commercial energy efficiency: 43 pct of spending targeted residential customers, 49 pct targeted commercial customers, and the remaining 8 pct targeted industrial customers. Average reported spending per customer varied by state, from $0 in Alaska to $128 in Massachusetts. High-spending states and low-spending states tend to be concentrated in particular regions. By U.S. census region, average utility spending ranged from $11 per customer in the South to $47 per customer in the Northeast. Spending also was higher in certain states with high electricity prices, such as Hawaii, or in certain states with climates that require more energy for heating and cooling, such as Illinois and Arizona.

Incremental savings as a result of energy efficiency spending for reporting year 2016 totaled 27.5 billion kWh or 0.7 pct of nationwide retail electricity sales. Projected lifecycle savings were much greater, at 354 billion kWh over the lifetime of the efficiency measures used, because some measures that affect heating, cooling, and water heating equipment can provide benefits for several years. Like spending, most savings occurred in the residential and commercial sectors.

Annual incremental savings also varied by state, from near 0 pct of electricity retail sales in Kansas and Alaska to 3 pct of retail sales in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Average electricity savings by U.S. census region was the highest at 1.2 pct in the Northeast, and the lowest at less than 0.4 pct in the south. (Source: EIA, Today in Energy, 20 June, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


Energy Efficiency Stretches Rubber Maker's Savings (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2018-06-15
In Salt Lake City, rubber manufacturer Weir Minerals reports it saved enough energy to power 160 average homes through Rocky Mountain Power's "Wattsmart" business energy efficiency incentives program. Weir noted it completed $332,597 in upgrades as recommended by Rocky Mountain Power, which paid Weir a $150,901 incentive for the the upgrade work.

According to Weir, the upgrades have saved the company approximately $97,112 in energy savings and more than 1.4 million kilowatt hours. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Weir Minerals, Energy Insider, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

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


UK BEIS Funding Industrial Energy Efficiency Technologies (Int'l)
BEIS,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-15
In London, the UK Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports it expects to invest around £100 million in low carbon industrial innovation to reduce the risks and costs of accelerating the roll out of low carbon technologies.

To support innovation in energy efficient technologies, the government will be investing up to £9.2 million for an Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, to be delivered over the next 4 years. This Accelerator will seek industry-specific solutions that are close to commercialization by leveraging private sector investment and strengthening UK supply chains to reduce energy costs for UK industry.

After a competitive process, the Carbon Trust has been awarded the contract to help BEIS deliver this programme. The Carbon Trust has been holding events to engage with both industry and their suppliers, and the competition is now open to applications.

BEIS recently committed £560,000 to 2 projects in the first round of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA). The IEEA aims to broaden the range of technologies available for industrial energy efficiency. (Source: GOV.UK, Devdiscourse, 14 June, 2018)Contact: BEIS, https://itportal.beis.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


Alberta Nixes Commercial Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency Alberta
Date: 2018-06-13
According to a recent Energy Efficiency Alberta release, commercial customers do not qualify for newly announced incentives that promise up to $1 million annually to cover up to 50 pct of the capital costs of a slate of retrofit investments, contrary to previous announcements on the agency's website. The $88-million Custom Energy Solutions program, jointly funded from Alberta's carbon levy and the federal government's Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, is actually targeted solely to the industrial sector.

Although earlier expectations that office buildings and/or warehouse/distribution facilities would qualify for the new retrofit incentives have now been dashed, commercial customers in the prairie province are eligible for over 60 different product rebates for lighting, lighting controls, load sensing plug strips, variable frequency drives, boilers and water heating equipment. (Source: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Various Media, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Jessica Shumlich, Program Manager, (403) 815-4876, www.efficiencyalberta.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Alberta,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Incentives ,  


PG&E Increases Energy Efficiency Options (Ind. Report)
PG&E
Date: 2018-05-18
In San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports it will double new construction energy efficiency incentives for residential and business customers who lost their homes or businesses in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. To that end, PG&E is teaming up with Sonoma Clean Power and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to offer a "one stop shop" for residential green building incentives for customers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties who lost their homes in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires.

California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards -- Title 24, Part 6 -- guide residential and non-residential building and construction across the state. The standards help to ensure energy efficiency in new construction to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions associated with buildings, as well as to lower energy costs for California customers. As a result, single family homes built to the latest 2016 standards will use approximately 28 pct less energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation and water heating than homes built to the 2013 standards. The state programs offer incentives for building above energy efficiency code requirements based on standard energy design ratings.

Based on PG&E's existing California Advanced Homes Program for new home construction, eligible customers can apply for the new Advanced Energy Rebuild Program to receive up to $17,500 for rebuilding sustainably. Condominiums, apartments and in-law units will be eligible for a portion of the incentives. The program is available through December 31, 2019 or until funds are exhausted.

For business owners, the Savings by Design program currently offers incentives up to $150,000 per building. PG&E will increase the incentives to up to $300,000 per building. Additionally, PG&E will increase its comprehensive design assistance, offer expedited application reviews and engineering and sales support for business customers who lost their property. These changes will be available as they exist today through 2023.

Access California Advanced Homes Program details at cahp-pge.com and Savings by Design at www.pge.com/savingsbydesign. (Source: PG&E, 176 May, 2018) Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com

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Energy Efficiency Limiting Legislation Inked in Iowa (Reg & Leg)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-05-07
Following up on our 2 May report, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has approved and signed legislation that caps spending on energy efficiency programs and allows certain customers to cancel fees that support the programs. The legislation does not apply to rural electric cooperatives and 36 municipal utilities which serve approximately one-third of Iowa customers.

The legislation, which contradicts the 2016 Iowa Energy Plan encouraging greater energy efficiency, caps spending on energy efficiency at 2 pct of annual sales for electricity utilities. It also limits utility expenditures on demand response programs at 2 pct of sales. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Energy News, Various Media, 7 May, 2018) Contact: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, www.reynoldsgregg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kim Reynolds,  Energy Efficiency Iowa,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  


Hawkeye Senate Passes Efficiency Incentives Limits (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-05-02
In Des Moines, the Republican-dominated Hawkeye State Senate has ratified a plan that will limit energy efficiency programs run by Iowa utilities, reducing annual charges on gas and electric bills in the state by an estimated $100 million. Even with the cutback, the state's utilities are expected to distribute approximately $150 million worth of rebates and energy efficiency incentives, according to Senator Michael Breitbach.

Supporters say the energy efficiency programs utility companies run in Iowa will be more closely scrutinized, while critics predict utility rates will rise as efforts to reduce energy use are reduced. The bill is awaiting the signature of Gov. Kim Reynolds (R). (Source: Radio Iowa, Various Media, 1 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


ANB Systems Touting eTRACK Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
ANB Systems
Date: 2018-04-30
Sugar Land, Texas based energy software specialist ANB Systems, Inc. is touting its eTRACK energy efficiency programs that help energy customers save money and reduce pollution. To date, eTRACK, ANB's flagship product, has processed over $2 billion in energy efficiency incentives in the U.S.

eTRACK supports energy efficiency, renewable energy, and demand-side management programs of major utilities in the US. With over 665 programs managed and over 10.5 million energy efficiency measures captured in its workflow management platform, ANB Systems Inc. has made significant contribution towards energy efficiency goals that benefit the environment, according to a company statement.

ANB Systems, Inc. is a leading software provider for the energy build and customize state-of-the-art software solutions for demand-side management operations, renewable energy, and retail energy services. ANB Systems, Inc. empower their clients to become data-savvy and realize operational efficiencies through the implementation of data-tracking and reporting systems, according to a company statement. (Source: ANB Systems Inc., 29 April, 2018) Contact: ANB Systems Inc., S. Balakrishnan, CEO, Sarah Andrews (281) 494-0689, www.anbsystems.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ANB Systems,  Energy Software,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Hawkeye State Energy Efficiency Bill Advancing (Reg & Leg)
Iowa Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-03-19
In Des Moines, Iowa State legislators are reportedly advancing legislation that would cap some energy efficiency programs and alter the Iowa Utilities Board oversight of investor-owned utilities. If passed into law, Senate File 2311 would restore a 2 pct cap on energy efficiency programs for electricity and 1.5 pct for natural gas utilities, allow customers to opt out of the programs and require utilities to show on customers' monthly bills how much they are paying to help finance rebates and other incentives for consumer purchases of energy-efficient appliances, furnaces or home insulation.

Detractors claim changes in the proposed legislation would scale back or eliminate measures that have lowered energy costs and usage, lessened the need for new power plants and have attracted industries to the state. Current energy efficiency programs make the state more attractive and competitive to businesses, according to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. (Source: Hawkeye Community College, Courier, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Senate File 2311 www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=sf2311

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  


energyOrbit Expanding WECC Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation,Energy Orbit
Date: 2018-03-14
In the Badger State, Madison-headquartered not-for-profit Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) reports it has secured energyOrbit and its cloud software to scale the operational management of their energy efficiency and demand-side management (DSM) programs.

WECC will leverage the new energyOrbit Marketplace portal to enhance customer engagement and increase participation in energy efficiency programs. The energyOrbit Marketplace provides home and business owners with a simple and intuitive online experience when looking for energy efficiency rebates and incentives.

Presently, 5 of the 15 largest investor-owned utilities in North America, and other public utilities, cooperatives and third-party implementers, use energyOrbit to manage $1.6 billion in energy efficiency incentive dollars. (Source: energyOrbit, PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: WECC, Mary Woolsey Schlaefer, President and CEO, (800) 969-9322, weccinfo@weccusa.org, www.weccusa.org; Energy Orbit, Udi Merhav, CEO , (866)628-8744 www.energy-orbit.com

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LG&E Scrapping Residential Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Louisville Gas & Electric
Date: 2018-03-09
In Kentucky, Louisville Gas & Electric is reporting plans to end three residential energy efficiency upgrade incentive plans by the end of the year -- subject to PUC approval. Programs slated for elimination include: home energy audits program that offers customers up to $1,000 for making energy-saving improvements; home energy rebates program that offers customers $50 to $750 for purchasing energy efficient appliances, windows, window film and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; and an appliance recycling program that offers customers $50 per appliance for hauling away and recycling old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers.

LG&E claims the programs are no longer cost-effective and customers have until the end of the year to take advantage of them. Ending the programs would save LG&E customers between $1.84 and $2.19 per month on their electric bills, the utility claims. LG&E plans to offer $13.5 million worth of energy efficiency programs in 2019. (Source: LG&E, WFPL, 7 Mar., 2018) Contact: LG&E, Director of Customer Energy Efficiency, David Huff , https://lge-ku.com/residential-energy-efficiency

More Low-Carbon Energy News Louisville Gas & Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


MI Airport Lands $151,631 Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-03-05
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is being recognized for its energy efficiency and has been awarded $151,631 in rebates under the company's energy efficiency program.

The airport received the rebates for six projects totaling 2,140,991 kilowatt hours in annual savings -- sufficient electricity to power nearly 300 Michigan homes for a year. Consumers Energy has helped Michigan customers save more than $1.5 billion through energy efficiency projects since 2009, according to the utility. (Source: Consumers Energy, Mar., 2018) Contact: Gerald Ford Airport, www.flyford.org; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

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Vermont Co-op Ups Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Washington Electric Co-op
Date: 2018-02-14
In Vermont, East Montpelier-based Washington Electric Co-op (WEC) reports its Button Up program is increasing cash incentives for moderate- and low-income WEC members investing in energy-efficient weatherization, heating and EV and Hybrid Electric vehicle purchases.

The Button Up program grew out of Vermont's Renewable Energy Standard requiring electric utilities to support customers move off of fossil fuels to reach the state's goal of using 90 pct renewable energy in all areas by 2050. The cash incentive funds are from the Vermont Low-Income Trust for Energy (VLITE).

The Button Up program will grant $2,000 toward home weatherization, up to $1,000 toward cold climate heat pumps, $850 for heat pump water heaters, $1,450 for solar hot water heaters, and $3,000 for pellet boilers.

Washington Electric Co-op is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility founded in 1939. WEC delivers 100 pct renewable energy generated electric power to approximately 10,800 member-owners in 41 Vermont communities. (Source: Washington Electric Cooperative, PR 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Washington Electric Coop, Patty Richards, GM, (802) 223-5245, www.washingtonelectric.coop

More Low-Carbon Energy News Washington Electric Co-op ,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


TN School District OKs $2Mn Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
TVA
Date: 2018-02-07
In the Volunteer State, Maury County Public Schools reports it will borrow $2 million to fund the second phase of the Tennessee school district's energy efficiency and conservation program.

The program includes interior lighting upgrades to LED at 16 schools and climate automation system for a more cost-effective use of energy. The program will also qualify the school district for over $75,000 in rebates from the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The program will save the school district $15,000 per year, a total of $180,000 on its utility bills over the next 12 years. The upgrades at the 16 approved schools are slated to be completed by the end of the year. (Source: Maury County Public Schools, Daily Herald, 4 Feb., 2018)Contact: Maury County Public Schools, www.mauryk12.org

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ConEdison Doubles Energy Savings Rebate Incentives (Ind. Report)
Legend Power Systems
Date: 2018-01-24
Vancouver-based voltage reduction and optimization technology specialist Legend Power Systems Inc. reports that NYC power utility Con Edison has increased its financial incentives for energy saving technologies, including Legend's proprietary Harmonizer system.

The Harmonizer measures the incoming voltage from the grid. It knows the maximum savings your electrical equipment will allow and tunes the voltage down as much as it can. Voltage from the grid often fluctuates so the Harmonizer dynamically compensates in real time.

Even if the voltage naturally pops down to the optimum level, the system goes into a bypass state to let everything through. So your building will always get what it needs while saving the most amount of money possible, accxording to the company website. The increase in incentives funding relevant to Legend's offering comes from Con Edison's Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program. which previously offered a performance-based Custom incentive of $0.16 per kWh. This typically equates to a cash contribution ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for a Legend project. Con Edison has added an incentive of $600 per kW saved, significantly increasing the typical funding range for a Legend project from $20,000 to $50,000, according to the company website. (Source: Legend Power Systems, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: Legend Power Systems , Randy Buchamer, CEO, Pres., (778) 945 1501, rbuchamer@legendpower.com, www.legendpower.com

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Idaho School Wins $75K Energy Efficiency Incentive (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2018-01-17
Idaho Power reports it has awarded $74,338.85 in incentives to the new Skyway Elementary School. The funds came through Idaho Power's New Construction Program, which offers cash to commercial and industrial entities to help ease the cost of building with energy efficiency in mind. Things the district, architects and builders added to increase energy efficiency in the building include, but are not limited to, high performance heating and cooling units, a reflective roof treatment and efficient exit signs.

According to a press release from Idaho Power, Skyway's energy savings totaled 368,472 kWh for an annual savings of $38,282.91 (Source: Idaho Power, Idaho Press Tribune, 15 Jan., 2018)Contact: Idaho Power, www.idahopower.com

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Neb. Businesses Offered Efficient Lighting Incentives (Ind. Report)
Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska
Date: 2018-01-12
The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) reports that businesses connected to municipal utilities in Carlisle and Indianola are eligible to receive cash incentives for installing high efficiency lighting. The MEAN LED lighting program, which includes incentives paid directly to commercial customers to help cover the cost of lighting upgrades and replacements includes: indoor high/low bay lighting; LED EXIT signs; linear replacement or retrofit lighting; fluorescent freezer or refrigerator case lighting; incandescent replacement (150 watts or less), and customized requests.

The program is for all long-term MEAN participants with a maximum of $2,500 per customer or owner. (Source: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, PR, Des Moines Reg., , 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, nmppenergy.org/mean/LED-lighting-program, www.nmppenergy.org

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Health Network Wins $1Mn DP&L Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
Dayton Power and Light,AES Corp
Date: 2017-12-18
In the Buckeye State, Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of AES Corporation, reports it has awarded the Kettering Health Network -- the Kettering Medical Center, Grandview Medical Center, Greene Memorial Hospital, Soin Medical Center, Southview Medical Center and Sycamore Medical Center -- a total of $1 million in energy efficiency rebates. Specific programs, rebates and energy savings include:
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning -- 5,508,872 kWh per year, $600,000 rebates;
  • Lighting -- 3,114,558 kWh per year, $300,000 rebates;
  • New construction, compressors, motors and other programs to achieve the higher energy efficiencies -- 1,117,227 kWh per year, $100,000 rebates.

    As a result of these energy efficiency projects, Kettering Health Network is expected to save approximately 10 million kWh annually which accumulates to a yearly cost savings of $591,486. (Source: Dayton Power and Light, PR, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Dayton Power and Light, Mary Ann Kabel, (937) 224-5940, energyefficiency@dplinc.com ; ; Kettrering Health, www.ketteringhealth.org; AES Corp., www.aes.com; AES Corporation, www.aes.com

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  • BGC, Edmonton Partnering on EnerGuide Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Built Green Canada
    Date: 2017-11-20
    On the Canadian prairies, the City of Edmonton and Built Green Canada (BGC) report they are joining forces to offer a $200 rebate for BUILT GREEN® builders through the City's residential Spot the Difference program.

    The Spot the Difference program aims to reduce home energy consumption and raise awareness of greenhouse gas emissions. New and existing homes can sign up to receive an energy rating using the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS), through Natural Resources Canada. The rating and other home details are then added to the Edmonton EnerGuide for Homes Map -- a platform that features the EnerGuide label of select homes in Edmonton, the year the home was built, and other details to help homeowners make informed decisions about a purchase.

    Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, national non-profit organization, headquartered in Edmonton that offers third-party sustainable building programs to the residential building sector. Since its inception, over 29,500 homes have been certified. Including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 32,775, represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. (Source: Built Green Canada, PR 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Edmonton, Robyn Webb, (780) 442-0259, robyn.webb@edmonton.ca, www.edmonton.ca; Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson , (855) 485-0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

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    Renters, Landlord Energy Efficiency Incentives Available in Middletown, Conn. (Ind. Report)
    Middletown
    Date: 2017-10-18
    In Connecticut, Comfortable, Healthy, Energy Efficient and Renewable Middletown (CHEER) -- a collaboration between the city of Middletown's Clean Energy Task Force, North End Action Team, Home Energy Services (HES), New England Conservation Services (NCS), Sunlight Solar and others is aiming to help both landlords and renters increase energy efficiency, take advantage of lower cost renewal energy and lessen the city's dependence on fossil fuels. Eligibility is based on household incomes under 60 pct of the state median income based on family size.

    The primary partner for the CHEER initiative is Woodbridge-based New England Conservation Services, (NECS) which conducts energy audits and helps connect owners and renters. NECS partners with HES, which offers energy efficiency funding from the state and performs energy efficiency assessments and other related core services. (Source: City of Middletown, New England Conservation Services, Middletown Press, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of Middletown, www.cityofmiddletown.com; New England Conservation Services, www. neconserves.com; SunLight Solar, www.sunlightsolar.com

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    Toronto Hospital Awarded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Toronto Hydro,Michael Garron Hospital
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In Toronto, the Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) has received $200,000 in incentive funding from the municipal power utility Toronto Hydro for achieving excellent energy savings and contributing to Ontario's conservation targets with its new, upgraded cooling tower system which will be constructed to LEED silver certification standards.

    The hospital reports will continue to work in partnership with Toronto Hydro to ensure site preparations for the new patient care tower meet energy efficiency standards. (Source: Toronto Hydro, Inside Toronto, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Toronto Hydro, Joe Bile, Manager of Conservation Demand Management Program Delivery and Business Development, (416) 542-8000, www.torontohydro.com; Michael Garron Hospital, (416) 461-8272, http://www.tegh.on.ca/bins/index.asp; Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

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    Produce Shipper Scores Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Idaho Power
    Date: 2017-07-24
    Ontario, Oregon-based produce company Baker & Murakami Produce Co. LLP reports it has partnered with local utility Idaho Power to expand energy efficiency at the Treasure Valley onion operation. The facility was upgraded to LED lighting and a new high-capacity variable frequency drive air compressor (VFD) to run the produce packing line. The upgrades are expected to save $18,000 in annual energy costs while also helping reduce the company's carbon emissions.

    The company has received $32,400 as the first in a series of 3 planned energy efficiency incentive payments from Idaho Power. (Source: Baker & Murakami Produce Co., The Packer, 19 July, 2017) Contact: Idaho Power, Baker & Murakami Produce, Idaho Power, www.idahopower.com; murakamiproduce.com

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    Schneider Presents $1Mn Energy Savings Award (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2017-07-05
    Schneider Electric presented its $1,000,000 Savings Milestone Award to Alabama's Etowah County Board of Education, in recognition of the district's strides in energy conservation since the start of the project in 2015. In energy terms, this amounts to more than 3,000,000 kWh saved -- sufficient power for 311 houses for an entire year.

    Schneider Electric's energy efficiency project for the school district consisted of enhanced lighting in classrooms, hallways, gyms and outdoor spaces; mechanical replacements at the central office; new building controls; and the implementation of Voice over Internet Protocol and IT enterprise management systems.

    These upgrades cut the district's energy consumption by 29 pct and reduced its utility budget by more than $565,000 annually. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 2 July, 2017) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.enable.schneider-electric.com; Etowah County Board of Education, www.ecboe.org

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    Columbia Utility Developing Commercial Accounts Energy Efficiency Incentives Program (Ind. Report)
    Columbia Water & Light
    Date: 2017-06-07
    In the Show Me State, the city of Columbia Water and Light utility reports it is developing an incentive program to encourage commercial and industrial customers to make energy efficiency improvements.

    The utility, which has money each year for incentive programs including a lighting rebate and HVAC rebate, would not require additional funding from the city for the new program.

    The Water and Light Advisory Board has approved further development of the new incentives program which is still in its conceptual stage. (Source: Columbia Water & Light, Columbia Tribune, 4 June, 2017) Contact: Columbia Water & Light, Tina Worley, Utility Services Manager, John Wulff, Key Accounts Energy Management, (573) 874-7325, www.como.gov/WaterandLight

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    Bldg. Energy Efficiency Tax Incentive Stressed (Ind. Report)
    Regional Economic Models Inc
    Date: 2017-05-26
    According to a study by Regional Economic Models Inc. (REMI), 77,000 or more new design and construction jobs would be created annually over 10 years -- along with almost $7.4 billion more in annual GDP -- if Congress and the Trump Administration continue an important energy efficiency tax policy, the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction (Sec. 179D). The deduction allows qualifying building owners and businesses to receive up to a $1.80 per square foot tax deduction for certain energy efficient improvements placed into service during all open tax years.

    The REMI study documents job creation and GDP growth under three scenarios that continue energy efficiency tax policies:

  • Modernizing Section 179D, including increasing the deduction to $3 per square foot and making certain other reforms to strengthen it, generates significant job creation -- on average 76,529 per year during its first decade.
  • A long-term extension of the deduction at its current $1.80 per square foot level creates an average of almost 41,000 jobs per year over 10 years.
  • A long-term extension at $1.80 per square foot, extension of the deduction to hospitals, schools, and other non-profits and to tribal community facilities, and an increase in the energy efficiency requirements creates almost 40,000 jobs per year over the next decade.

    The study was co-funded by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Alliant Group LP, Ameresco, Blue Energy Group, Concord Energy Strategies, Energy Tax Savers, Energy Systems Group, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).(Source: Regional Economic Models Inc., Proud Green Building, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Regional Economic Models Inc., www.remi.com

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  • Sacramento Offering Free Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    Rebuilding Together Sacramento
    Date: 2017-05-03
    In the Golden State, Rebuilding Together Sacramento, the California nonprofit that revamps the homes of low-income, elderly and disabled residents, reports it is now offering free energy-conserving services for area homes. The group's Home Energy Conservation Program includes weather stripping, caulking and installation of energy-efficient lighting and water-saving shower heads that can reduce energy use by 10 to 20 pct, according to a release. (Source: Rebuilding Together Sacramento, PR, SaccBee, May, 2017) Contact: Rebuilding Together Sacramento, (916) 455-1880, www.rebuildingtogethersacramento.org

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    MD EmPower Energy Efficiency Program Extended (Reg & Leg)
    EmPower
    Date: 2017-04-05
    Further to our March 8th coverage, Maryland lawmakers have granted final approval to an extension of the state's EmPOWER energy efficiency program, which is widely supported by a broad coalition of Maryland business and environmental groups.

    The EmPOWER Act, which was first passed in 2008, requires utilities to reduce per capita electricity use by 10 pct by 2015. Under the program, utility customers are charged a fee on their monthly bills. The money is used for efficient appliances, home energy checkups, rebates and bill credits for reducing electricity use.

    Although the EmPower program expired in 2015, the state's Public Service Commission asked utilities to invest more in energy efficiency when a report found that for every $1 spent in the program, the state has saved $1.81 through reduced energy prices. (Source: Baltimore Sun, 28 Mar., 2017)Contact: EmPOWER Maryland, www.psc.state.md.us/electricity/empower-maryland

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    Con Edison's 2016 Energy Efficiency Incentives Exceed $40Mn (Funding)
    ConEdison
    Date: 2017-04-03
    New York energy company ConEdison reports it spent $40.8 million on energy efficiency incentives in 2016, resulting a reduction of 160,200 MWh of electric power consumption and 266,500 dekatherms of gas usage.

    In 2016, commercial and industrial customers received $4.9 million in energy efficiency incentives, small businesses scored $19.9 million, multifamily buildings received $10.9 million, and residential customers received $5.1 million. Since 2009, ConEdison has spent over $280 million on incentive payments for energy-saving HVAC, lighting, and building management systems. (Source: ConEdison, DEI, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: ConEdison, Vicki Kuo, Dir.Energy Efficiency, kuov@coned.com, www.coned.com, www.coned.com/energyefficiency, www.conedsolutions.com

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    Alberta Touts Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Alberta
    Date: 2017-03-20
    In oil-soaked Alberta, Canada, the provincial government is touting three residential energy efficiency programs funded by revenue from the province's carbon levy. The programs provide the funds for energy efficiency rebates and incentives for families and communities through energy-saving appliances, solar panels and retrofits of homes and buildings:
  • Residential No-Cost Energy Savings Program offers direct, no-charge installation of energy efficiency products to residences (homeowners and tenants), including assessing household lighting, water and heating components and installing energy-saving products.

  • Residential Retail Products Program offers rebates to residential customers at retail outlets around the province. The initial focus is on lighting, insulation and appliances. Consumer electronics, water-heating products, and other options will be offered in subsequent campaigns;

  • Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program offers incentives for high-efficiency products from a comprehensive list, initially using mail-in rebates for the purchase and installation of electric and gas-based products such as lighting, heating and cooling systems, and hot water systems. (Source: Energy Efficiency Alberta, South Peace News, 18 Mar., 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773, www.alberta.ca/energy-efficiency-alberta

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  • Building Energy Innovators Council Launched (Ind. Report)
    Building Energy Innovators Council
    Date: 2017-03-10
    In Ontario, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS) CEO Gordon Hicks is reporting the launch of the Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC), an industry-driven initiative to accelerate the collaboration, innovation, and adoption of clean building technologies across Canada. The BEIC will provide input to federal and provincial governments related to the types of incentive programs and policies required to increase adoption of new energy efficient building technologies and renewable energy solutions.

    The BEIC will support utilities and governing bodies such as the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), with the promotion of their renewable energy and energy efficiency incentive programs and ensure they are effectively communicated industry-wide and adopted by owners and occupiers of real estate. The Council will consist of up to 25 founding members including: Brookfield Renewables, NRStor Inc., Cisco, Ecobee, Schneider Electrc, Mitsubishgi, EnerNOC and others. (Source: REMI Network, BEIC, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, Gordon Hicks, CEO, (905) 943-4100, www.brookfieldgis.com

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    Notable Quote
    Donald Trump.
    Date: 2017-03-10
    "I strongly believe in clean energy, in conserving energy, all of that -- more than anybody." -- Donald Trump.

    Trump was commenting on clean energy and energy efficiency after receiving almost $1 million in energy-efficiency incentives and low-interest loans from New York state for Trump-branded residential tower in Westchester County, N.Y. in 2012.

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    FirstEnergy Units Offer Residential Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Mon Power, Potomac Edison
    Date: 2017-02-22
    FirstEnergy Corp.'s Mon Power and Potomac Edison units are reporting the launch of a new Residential Energy Efficiency Program that expands upon previous offerings available only to businesses and qualifying low-income customers.

    The program includes: information about energy efficiency and a variety of energy-efficient items such as energy-efficient light bulbs, faucet aerators, furnace whistles, and others that can be easily installed in the home; an online energy audit that can help lower home energy usage and costs; and energy efficient lighting purchase and rebate information.

    In addition to the new Residential Energy Efficiency Program, Mon Power and Potomac Edison will continue to offer a low-income program that provides home energy check-up audits and energy-saving home improvements to qualified customers. (Source: Potomac Edison, Mon Power, Powergrid Int'l., 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: First Energy, www.firstenergy.com; Mon Power, www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/mon_power.html; Potomac Edison John Dargie, VP Energy Efficiency, (800) 686-0011, https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/potomac_edison.html

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    Boston Hospital Energy Efficiency Upgrades Earn $727,000 in Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Fairbanks Energy Services
    Date: 2017-02-10
    BOSTON Hingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and conservation services provider Fairbanks Energy Services reports the completion of more than 20 energy efficiency projects at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in Boston.

    As part of its service, Fairbanks secured $727,000 in Eversource and National Grid utility incentives for MGH by engineering and implementing numerous LED lighting and advanced controls retrofits in buildings on its main campus, in addition to other efficiency enhancements in its facilities throughout Boston. (Source: Fairbanks Energy Services, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Shannon Shea, (781) 658-3266, shannon.shea@fairbanksenergy.com, www.fairbanksenergy.com

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    Alberta Offering Free Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency Alberta
    Date: 2017-01-25
    On the Canadian Prairies, the Alberta Environment Minister reports that Energy Efficiency Alberta, a Crown agency launched last fall, will be in charge of designing and delivering a series of provincial energy efficiency initiatives being launched in March and early April. The programs are based on the recommendations of a seven-person advisory panel.

    The first program will install low-cost, energy efficiency products such as LED lights, smart power bars, low-flow shower heads and aerators in single-family homes and multi-family dwellings at all income levels, at no charge.

    A second program offers cash incentives to encourage individuals to purchase and install energy efficient appliances and electronics through online, mail-in and point-of-sale rebates.

    The third program is targeted towards businesses and non-profits to reduce their emissions and energy use by offering incentives on products and installation of energy-saving lighting, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and water heating. (Source: Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, CBC, 23 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773, http://aep.alberta.ca/about-us/ministers-office/default.aspx; Energy Efficiency Alberta, www.alberta.ca/energy-efficiency-alberta

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    Salt Lake City Considers Energy Benchmarking, Efficiency Ordinance (Ind. Report)
    Salt Lake City
    Date: 2017-01-23
    As part of its commitment to pursuing cost-effective measures to reduce air pollution, Salt Lake City Council is considering an energy benchmarking and "tune-up" ordinance for commercial buildings of 25,000 square feet or more. Under the city's proposed program, a building's annual energy use would be benchmarked using the EPA's free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software. Buildings with lower energy scores that are also eligible for utility-sponsored energy efficiency incentives would then be required to "tune-up" building energy systems and energy efficiency.

    The proposed market-based ordinance is projected to eliminate as much as 98 tpy of criteria pollutants. (Source: Salt Lake City, Press Release, 22 Jan., 2017) Contact: www.slcgreen.com/elevatebuildings

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    New Haven Scores $864,242 Energy-Efficient Rebate (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls,United Illuminating
    Date: 2017-01-09
    The town of New Haven, Conn., reports receipt of a $864,242 rebate from United Illuminating for energy-efficient upgrades as part of an 18-year performance contract with Johnson Controls for the installation of $6 million of energy efficient upgrades including new boilers, new heating systems, energy-efficient lighting, energy-efficient temperature controls, and other measures in New Haven schools and other buildings.

    New Haven has previously been recognized by Energize Connecticut in the past for its efforts in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy. (Source: Shore Publishing, Zip06, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: Energize Connecticut, (203) 797-0460, www.energizect.com; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com; United Illuminating, www.uinet.com

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