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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

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National Grid Touts LED Streetlight Conversion Program (Ind. Report)
National Grid
Date: 2020-12-30
In the Empire State, National Grid is reporting the recent conversion of 2,300 roadway lights with the City of Lackawanna as part of its Streetlight Conversion Program. These new company-owned energy efficient LED streetlights will save on energy and maintenance costs to the City as well as improve visibility.

In total, the National Grid new LED Streetlight Conversion Program has saved upstate New York municipalities more than 18,000 MWh, or the equivalent of average energy consumed annually by approximately 1,660 U.S. homes. Additionally, National Grid has returned over $2 million in energy efficiency incentives to qualified municipalities that participated in the Streetlight Conversion program.

Since initially launching its LED Streetlight Conversion Program in 2017, National Grid has converted 40,000 traditional high-pressure sodium streetlight fixtures to LED.

Download the National Grid Streetlight Conversion Program details HERE. (Source: National Grid, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: National Grid, National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid,  LED Light,  LED Streetlight,  


Alliance, Oklahoma offers Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)

Date: 2020-10-21
In the Cornhusker State, the City of Alliance, in partnership with its wholesale electric power supplier, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, has introduced the following financial incentives for energy efficiency upgrades:
  • The Attic Insulation Program provides cash incentives of $0.15/per square foot with a maximum incentive of $300 per existing residential dwelling for attic insulation;

  • Smart Thermostat Program provides a cash incentive of up to $100 paid directly to residential customers to help cover the cost of installing a qualifying smart thermostat;

  • Cooling System Tune-Up Program provides a $30 cash incentive to residential homeowners who have their cooling system tuned up by a HVAC contractor, regardless of what type or age of cooling system (air conditioner/air or water source heat pump);

  • Commercial LED Lighting Program offers cash incentives paid directly to commercial customers to help cover the cost of lighting upgrades and replacements. (Source: City of Alliance, Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, Star Herald, 19 Oct., 2020) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, (402) 474-4759, Fax: (402) 474-0473, www.nmppenergy.org/mean

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


  • Energy Efficiency Incentives Data Available (Ind. Report)
    New Vista Solutions, IncentiFind
    Date: 2020-07-01
    Austin, Texas-based full-service vendor management company for residential and commercial mortgage lenders New Vista Solutions (NVS) reports it is partnering with IncentiFind to create The Quick Summary and The Green Report, two products designed to help property owners find and take advantage of cost-saving incentives for their new construction or renovation projects that incorporate energy-efficient measures and upgrades.

    IncentiFind houses and maintains the nation's only comprehensive database of more than 12,000 government and utility-backed real estate and home improvement incentives.

    The Quick Summary provides a high-level overview of real estate and home improvement incentives based on the property's address. It is designed to be a low-price-point marketing tool for lenders who are (1) promoting home equity products to existing borrowers with tappable equity, (2) seeking new customers who need to finance home renovations or (3) working with property owners who are constructing or renovating commercial buildings.

    The Green Report provides a detailed, property-specific list of real estate and home improvement incentives available to a property owner. It is designed to inform property owners of incentives they are eligible for and to assist them in applying to the incentives that help lower costs of the improvements / construction. (Source: New Vista Solutions, PR, 30 June, 2020) Contact: NVS, Jesse Rivera, CEO , 866.721.9295, 242725@email4pr.com, www.newvistasolutions.com; IncentiFind, www.incentifind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Vista Solutions ,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


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

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

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

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


    WVPA Launches energyOrbit Marketplace for Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    energyOrbit,Wabash Valley Power Alliance
    Date: 2020-02-28
    In Indianapolis, the Wabash Valley Power Alliance (WVPA) reports it has adopted the San Francisco-based energyOrbit Marketplace portal to encourage and streamline energy efficiency for its 23 partner utilities serving 311,000 residential members.

    The energyOrbit Marketplace, housed and powered on the Salesforce cloud platform, simplifies the application process for energy efficiency incentive offerings from utilities into a single platform, making it accessible on-demand to any customer in any utility territory or on a statewide basis. energyOrbit Marketplace also enhances customer engagement opportunities through simplified collaboration in the EE ecosystem. Specifically, WVPA will use energyOrbit Marketplace to provide self-service functionality to its distribution members for its Power Moves program, a portfolio of rebates and EE incentives for WVPA membership area residents.

    As of 2018, energyOrbit has helped utilities and third-party implementers collectively manage more than 15.2 TWh of electricity savings. Additionally, 9.5 GW of peak demand has been reduced by efficiency measures tracked by energyOrbit, and more than $2.6 billion in incentive dollars were managed and prepared for payment, according to energyOrbit. (Source: Wabash Valley Power Alliance. PR, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: energyOrbit, Lance Maxwell, Director of Strategic Accounts, North America, www.energy-orbit.com; energyOrbit Marketplace portal www.energy-orbit.com/marketplace.php; Wabash Valley Power Alliance, Laura Matney, Energy Efficiency & Marketing Manager, 317-481-2800, 317-243-6416 – fax, info@wvpa.com, www.wvpa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News energyOrbit,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Montana Climate Solutions Plan Released (Ind. Report)
    Montana Climate Change
    Date: 2020-02-14
    The Montana Climate Solutions Council has published draft recommendations on how the Cowboy State should tackle climate change.

    The Montana Climate Solutions Plan outlines dozens of possible initiatives that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the state adapt to the changing climate, develop new technologies and transition to a low-carbon, greener economy. The plan also recommends expanding the state's research and monitoring of climate change, incorporating climate change into government planning efforts, investing in energy storage, supporting community-based renewable energy projects, creating tax breaks for low- and zero-emission vehicles and offering building energy efficiency incentives.

    Download the Montana Climate Solutions Plan HERE. (Source: Montana Climate Solutions Council, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 12 Feb., 2020) Contact: Montana Climate Solutions Council, (406) 444-2544, deq.mt.gov › DEQAdmin › dir › Climate

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Alliance Touts Energy Efficiency Incentives Programs (Ind Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In the Cornhusker State, the city of Alliance (pop. 9,500 +-) reports it is partnering with its wholesale electric power supplier, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) to provide financial incentive for home energy efficiency and weatherization upgrades including: attic insulation; smart thermostat program, cooling system tune-up program; and a commercial LED lighting program.

    The Attic Insulation Program provides cash incentives of $0.15/per square foot with a maximum incentive of $300 per existing residential dwelling for attic insulation. (Source: City of Alliance, Star Herald, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: Energy Efficiency Program Details, City of Alliance, Kirby Bridge, (308) 762-1907, www.cityofalliance.net; Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraskawww,mppenergy.org/mean

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Insulation,  


    Energy Efficiency Incentives Database Available (Ind. Report)
    State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
    Date: 2019-10-21
    The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) maintained by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University provides summaries of state and federal renewable energy and building energy efficiency incentives.

    The data includes programs offered by U.S. territories, local governments, and electric and gas utilities. Incentives can include tax incentives, grants, loans, rebates, industry recruitment/support, performance-based incentives, technical resources, feed-in tariffs, renewable energy credits, solar renewable energy credits and green building incentives.

    DSIRE also includes information on rules, regulations and policies related to the incentives, including public benefit funds, building energy codes, appliance/equipment efficiency standards and energy standards for public buildings.

    The database is limited to incentives and policies from only investor-owned utilities in the U.S., and electric cooperatives and municipal utilities with more than 30,000 customers. (Source: DSIRE, Arizona Business Daily Reports, Oct., 2019) Contact: Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, www.dsireusa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  


    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

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


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Salt River Project,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Idaho Power ,  


    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

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    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)

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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