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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 ,  


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,  


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,  


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,  


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,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency,  


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,  


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

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


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,  


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News EmPower Maryland,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Consumptio,  


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

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


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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Alberta,  Energy Efficiency,  Shannon Phillips,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  


  • 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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    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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    OG&E Distributes $7.Mn in Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Oklahoma Gas & Electric
    Date: 2016-12-23
    Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) reports that in 2016 it distributed $7.5 million in energy efficiency incentives to 750 businesses, schools and government buildings

    OG&E, a subsidiary of Oklahoma city-based OGE Energy Corp, paid almost $650,000 in incentives to secondary schools and approximately $365,000 to universities through its SmartHours for Schools program. The SmartHours for Schools program has led to a savings of more than $2.2 million for Oklahoma schools since its inception in 2012. (Source: OG&E, Daily Energy Insider, Other Media, December 21, 2016 )Contact: OG&E, www.oge.com

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