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Con Edison Affirms Energy Efficiency Commitment (Ind. Report)
Con Edison
Date: 2020-05-22
In New York, Consolidated Edison, Inc CEO John McAvoy reports the company -- one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies -- will triple its energy efficiency programs with an investment of more than $1.5 billion by 2025.

The program aims to help ConEd customers reduce their reliance on natural gas with incentives for ground and air-source heat pumps and continue its support of electric vehicle adoption, McAvoy said during the company's first virtual-only annual meeting. McAvoy also affirmed Con Edison's Clean Energy Commitment to aggressively pursue reductions in overall energy use. (Source: Consolidated Edison, Inc. 18 May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consolidated Edison news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


UIPA, RMP Announce Energy Efficiency Agreement (ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2020-05-20
The Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) and Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) are reporting a Joint Clean Energy Cooperation agreement to create a sustainable energy supply within the UIPA jurisdictional area.

The two organizations will share data and resources to identify solutions to meet future needs with net 100 pct renewable energy, electrification of freight, cargo and logistics equipment, and energy efficiency programs. Additional agreements and approvals on specific projects are also anticipated. (Source: Utah Inland Port Authority , KUTV, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Utah Inland Port Authority, Jack Hedge, Executive Director, www.utahinlandport.org; Rocky Mountain Power, Gary Hoogeveen, Pres., CEO, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

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


ConEdison Affirms Energy Efficiency Commitment (Ind. Report)
Consolidated Edison
Date: 2020-05-20
In New York, Consolidated Edison, Inc CEO John McAvoy reports the company -- one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies -- will triple its energy efficiency programs with an investment of more than $1.5 billion by 2025.

The program aims to help ConEdison customers cut their reliance on natural gas with incentives for ground and air-source heat pumps and other upgrades and initiatives, McAvoy said during the company's first virtual-only annual meeting. McAvoy also affirmed ConEdison's commitment to aggressively pursue reductions in overall energy use. (Source: Consolidated Edison, Inc. 18 May, 2020) Contact: ConEdison, www.conedsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consolidated Edison,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ill. EPA Awards Waste Water Plant Efficiency Funding (Funding)
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Date: 2020-05-19
In Springfield, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) Office of Energy reports the awarding of $422,250 in energy efficiency grant funding to four Illinois wastewater treatment facilities.

The $422,250 in grant funding will be leveraged by an estimated $16,018,574 in matching funds being applied toward the projects from the four grantees: the City of Anna, Union County, $52,250; City of Rock Island, Rock Island County, $45,000; Village of Romeoville, Will County, $200,000; and Thorn Creek Basin Sanitary District, Chicago Heights, Cook and Will counties, $125,000.

The grants will enable the municipal organizations to make energy efficiency upgrades to wastewater equipment identified by previous energy audits, in some cases audits were provided at no-cost by the Office of Energy. These grants are expected to save the grantees 2,431,955 kWhs of energy annually for significant money savings. (Source: Illinois EPA, Gazette Democrat, 15 May, 2020) Contact: Illinois EPA, Wastewater Treatment Plant Energy Efficiency Program, www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/water-quality/Pages/default.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste Water,  Energy Efficiency,  


Jamestown Considers $1.9Mn Energy Efficiency Investment (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-05-19
In the Empire State, the Jamestown City Council reports it is considering a $1,950 million agreement with Stark Tech Group for energy efficiency upgrades to city facilities that would save the city of roughly 30,000 residents approximately $78,000 per year in energy costs.

The planned improvements include: cool planting and boiler upgrades for the city Municipal Building; heating plant upgrade for the Public Works Department; lighting upgrades for the city Municipal Building, fire stations, Public Works and other buildings and locations. (Source: City of Jamestown, Post-Journal, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Stark Tech Group, Todd Hanson , www.starktechgroup.com; City of Jamestown, NY, Energy Efficiency Programs, (716) 661-1660, www.jamestownbpu.com/178/Efficiency-Programs, www.jamestownny.gov

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Indian Energy Efficiency Deliver Major Savings (Int'l. Report)
Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-05-13
The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is reporting several of the various energy efficiency programs in India has led to 113.16 billion units (BUs) in 2018-19 -- a 9.39 pct reduction in the country's net electric power consumption.

The New Delhi-based agency's study aims to assess the impact of all the energy programs in India in terms of total energy saved and reduction in the amount of carbon emissions in 2018-19.

According to the report, the total energy savings achieved in 2018-19 stood at 23.73 Mtoe (million tons of oil equivalent) -- 2.69 pct of the total primary energy supply, which was estimated to be 879.23 Mtoe during 2018-19. This includes both supply and demand-side sectors of the economy.

Overall, the study concluded that various energy efficiency measures have translated into monetary savings of $11.9 billion (US) against the savings in 2017-18, which stood at $7.1 billion.

The report also noted the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, in collaboration with BEE, is executing a global environment facility funded national project to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in selected MSME clusters in India. (Source: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Mercom, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, +91 11 26178352 - fax, www.beeindia.gov.in

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Dominion RFP Quadruples Renewables, Energy Storage (Ind Report)
Dominion Energy Virginia
Date: 2020-05-04
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy Virginia has issued its largest ever request for proposals (RFP) for up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar and onshore wind generation and up to 250 MW of energy storage in the Commonwealth.

Projected expansion of offshore wind, solar, and energy storage development amounts to approximately 24,000 new megawatts of renewable energy and storage capacity over the next 15 years. The long-term IRP includes:

  • More than 5,000 MW of offshore wind is planned by 2035, including the 2,600 MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project already announced by Dominion Energy. This offshore wind deployment -- the largest in North America -- has a 2026 target in-service date.

  • Dominion Energy's solar fleet, already the 4th largest among US utility holding companies, is projected to grow significantly as the Dominion Energy Virginia long-term IRP calls for the development and procurement of approximately 16,000 MW over the next fifteen years.

  • Energy storage capacity is projected to expand to approximately 2,700 MW meeting the most ambitious targets in the country set in the VCEA. This includes battery storage pilots already approved and scheduled to be online in Virginia next year.

    Also included in this year's filing is a significant increase in energy efficiency programs to meet the 5 pct energy sales reduction target by 2025 set by the VCEA.

    Bidders information is at www.dominionenergy.com/2020SolarWindRFP (Source: Dominion Energy, 1 May, 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Virginia ,  Renewable Energy,  


  • CLEAResult Touts Virtual Assessment, Assurance Serv. (Ind Report)
    CLEAResult
    Date: 2020-05-01
    Austin, Texas-based utility energy efficiency program specialist CLEAResult reports it is bringing its Virtual Assessment and Assurance offering to market through a partnership with Streem, an award-winning technology firm and part of the Frontdoor portfolio of brands.

    The Virtual Assessment and Assurance remote-support platform enables professional energy consumption and energy efficiency assessments and post-assessment quality checks to be conducted remotely.

    CLEAResult is the largest provider of energy efficiency and demand response solutions in North America. The company's innovative technology has helped over 250 utilities change the way people use energy, according to the company release. CLEAResult is a portfolio company of the private equity firm TPG and The Rise Fund, a global impact fund led by TPG. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, 30 April, 2020) Contact: CLEAResult, CEO Scott Boose. 888-812-6146 www. clearesult.com; Streem, Ryan Fink, www.angel.co/p/rynfnk

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


    Appalachian Power 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner Recipient (Ind. Report)
    Appalachian Power,American Electric Power
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In the Old Dominion State, Roanoke-based Appalachian Power Co., a unit of Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP), reports receipt of the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its leadership in energy efficiency and the ENERGY STAR program. Appalachian started offering energy efficiency programs in 2011.

    The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award recognizes ENERGY STAR partner businesses and organizations in good standing that demonstrate superior leadership, innovation and commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR. (Source: Appalachian Power, Smith Mountain Eagle, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Appalachian Power, Kelly Marlowe, Energy Efficiency Coordinator, www.appalachianpower.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Appalachian Power,  ENERGY STAR,  American Electric Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


    BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® Recognized (Ind. Report)
    Baltimore Gas and Electric,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-04-15
    0 Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) reports its BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® has been recognized by the DOE ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award.

    The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® features a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficiency programs to help customers reduce energy demand and usage in support of EmPOWER Maryland which is funded by a charge on customers' energy bill.

    BGE customers are expected to save more than $5.3 billion as a result of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® and have reduced their electricity use by 4.6 billion kilowatt hours since 2008. (Source: BGE, M2 Communications, MarketScreener, 14 April, 2020) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; BGE, Laurie Duhan, Energy Efficiency Manager,www.BGESmartEnergy.com; EmPOWER Maryland, www.bgesmartenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Baltimore Gas and Electric,  BGE,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Bidgely Touts Residential Energy Efficiency Solution (ind. Report)
    Bidgely
    Date: 2020-04-08
    Mountain View, California-based utility artificial (AI) intelligence specialist Bidgely is reporting its Home Energy Reports HER 2.0 Solution increases energy savings by 80 pct and enables utilities to design more accurate treatment groups for behavioral energy efficiency programs -- including lower base-load consumption users and low-income households.

    Having partnered with numerous utilities and the largest energy retailers around the world, like TEPCO in Japan and Rocky Mountain Power and Duke Energy in North America, to improve behavioral energy efficiency programs, drive substantial $/kWh savings and expand the customer reach with the Bidgely HER 2.0 Solution, customer results have shown:

  • 41GWhs of energy savings in less than one year at a 25 pct program cost savings and 80 pct "Likes" from customer satisfaction for the program;

  • 2 times higher energy savings in peak months compared to paper-only based programs, as a result of multiple touch points and tailored messages throughout the customer journey;

  • 40 pct expansion of treatment population at no additional cost through AI-powered personalized energy profiles of each home;

  • 50 pct reduction in high bill calls and a correlation to an increased JD Power score of two quartiles.

    Bidgely has over 15 energy patents, $50 million in funding, retains more than 30 data scientists, and serves residential customers around the world, according to the company. (Source: Bidgely, Oleans Times Herald, 7 April, 2020) Contact: Bidgely, Colin Gibbs, VP Strategy, www.bidgely.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bidgely ,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Alaska Allowing Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
    Alaska, Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-04-01
    In the Last Frontier State, legislation that allows the creation and utilization of a property tax credit to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency has been unanimously passed by the Alaska State Senate and now awaits Gov. Mike Dunleavy's (R) signature into law.

    The legislation would allow businesses and homeowners to maximize money circulating in local economies but would not direct or mandate governments to offer initiate or manage energy efficiency programs. The legislation was endorsed by the Alaska Municipal League, Alaska State Home Building Association, Alaska Miners Association and others. (Source: AEResearch, Seattle Times, 30 Mar., 2020)

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


    NJ BPU Considering "Straw" Energy Efficiency Proposal (Ind Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-03-27
    In the Garden State, a new "straw" proposal from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is calling for a new comprehensive program aimed at increasing energy efficiency programs and incentives across all sectors of the state’s energy customer base, but particularly focused on low income customers.

    To that end, the proposal suggested: allowing utilities to recover program costs; recovery of lost revenues tied to efficiency programs and earning opportunities for efficiency investments through performance incentives, as tools to align the utility business model with increased energy efficiency; and penalizing the utility's return on equity if it failed to achieve performance standards. (Source: NJ BPU, NJ Spotlight, 25 Mar., 2020) Contact: NJBPU, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities news,  


    Algeria Stiffens Residential Energy Efficiency Policy (Int'l. Report)
    Algeris
    Date: 2020-03-20
    In oil soaked Algeria, the building sector is one of the major energy consumers. Oil industry aside, it accounts for 42 pct of end-user energy consumption, of which 35 pct in the residential sector and pct 7 pct in the services sector. Transport is close behind with 35 pct followed by industry at 16 pct The building sector therefore is one of the Algerian government's priority target areas for energy efficiency .

    Algeria's national energy efficiency programme for buildings and construction cover: thermal insulation of buildings, thermal renovation, the fitting of household solar water heaters, distribution of LED light bulbs at discounted prices, appliance energy consumption and efficiency labeling and other programs and initiatives. (Source: Algeria Energy Ministry, Econostrum, 19 Mar., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Dominion Touts Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program (Ind Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2020-03-16
    Dominion Energy is reporting the launch of its Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program offering free energy-saving products to eligible customers. The residential Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program includes the installation of the following energy efficiency measu; low-flow kitchen faucet aerators; electric water heater wraps and insulation for water heater pipes; advanced power strips; adjustment of electric water heater temperature, and HVAC air filter replacement.

    Dominion Energy started the Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program in 2013 to provide eligible neighborhoods with energy education and the direct installation of energy-saving improvements for residential customers at no cost.

    By taking advantage of the energy-efficiency tips, rebates and incentives associated with EnergyWise programs, Dominion Energy customers have reduced electricity usage by more than 797,000 MWh during the last eight years -- sufficient energy to power 67,463 homes for a year. (Source: Dominion Energy, The T&D, Mar., 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy EnergyWise, 877-510-7234, dominionenergysc.com/EnergyWise

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


    NYPA-Israeli Clean Energy Tech Competition Announced (Ind Report)
    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
    Date: 2020-03-09
    In Albany, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York Power Authority (NYPA)--Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million competition to attract Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to submit proposals to collaborate with New York's public utility on new clean energy technologies. NYPA is collaborating with the Israel Smart Energy Association on the project aimed at attracting Israeli companies that will advance power grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment.

    The competition will focus on research areas centered around meeting digital utility challenges such as electric vehicle charging, distributed energy solutions, grid modernization, energy storage, microgrids, cybersecurity, blockchain and energy trading, buildings/campus energy management, data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and use of drones/autonomous robots in power systems.

    Interested companies may apply and submit their proposals to the NYPA/Israel Smart Energy Challenge online. The deadline for submissions is April 20. A pre-bid conference for parties interested in applying to the Challenge is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at: Ha-Umanim Street 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. Register on Eventbrite or meetup.

    Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal climate and clean energy initiative puts the Empire State on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy and establishing a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, a commitment to develop nearly 1,700 MW of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,700 pct growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012.

    The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates the Green New Deal's clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, while calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The CLCPA also directs New York State agencies and authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050 and aim to invest 40 pct of clean energy and energy efficiency program resources to benefit disadvantaged communities. (Source: New York State Governor's Office, PR, Google News, 6 Mar., 2020)Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; Israel Smart Energy Association, www.isea.org.il; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  New York Power Authority,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    CenterPoint Energy Commits to Emisions Reductions (Ind. Report)
    CenterPoint Energy
    Date: 2020-03-06
    Houston-headquartered electric and natural delivery company CenterPoint Energy reports it aims to reduce its operational emissions by 70 pct by 2035 and emissions attributable to natural gas usage in heating, appliances and equipment within the residential and commercial sectors by 20 to 30 pct by 2040 -- based on its 2005 emissions.

    To that end, CenterPoint will continue to offer customers energy efficiency programs and continue investing in renewable forms of energy on both the natural gas and electric sides of the business. The company will also partner with natural gas suppliers to lower methane emissions across the natural gas value chain as well as support communities where it operates with their climate action goals, according to the company release. (Source: CenterPoint Energy, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: CenterPoint Energy, Angila Retherford, VP Environmental Affairs and Corporate Sustainability, www.CenterPointEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CenterPoint Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Methane,  Climate Change ,  


    Ohio Utilities' Energy Efficiency Programs in Doubt (Ind. Report)
    Ohio Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-03-04
    In the Buckeye State, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) last week ruled that the state's energy-efficiency mandates for utilities will begin wrapping up on Sept. 30 and end completely on Dec. 31, 2020, as required under House Bill 6. That includes programs such as reduced-price LED bulbs, rebates on smart thermostats and energy-saving appliances, financial incentives to build energy-efficient homes and businesses, and free energy-efficiency and repair services for low-income households.

    With the ruling, Ohio utilities have the option of seeking PUCO approval to voluntarily continue some or all of their energy-efficiency programs beyond 2020, but most haven’t yet decided their course of action.

    FirstEnergy, whose subsidiaries provide power to Northeast Ohio and the Toledo area, has announced it will end two programs -- one $75 rebate for smart thermostats, and another that pays money for recycling old appliances.

    AEP Ohio, which serves much of Central and Southeast Ohio, plans to continue at least some of its energy-efficiency programs, but has yet to determine the make-up and scope of the programs.

    Dayton Power and Light has not yet decided which, if any, of its programs will continue past 2020.

    In Southwestern Ohio, Duke Energycurrently offers a variety of energy-efficiency programs, including (among others) rebates for customers who install energy-saving devices, a monitor that offers bill credits to ratepayers who reduce energy usage during high demand periods, and discounted or even free LED lights, which cost anywhere between $1 and $8 per bulb.

    As of last year, Ohioans were charged on their electric bills a fee averaging of $3.36 per month to support energy-efficiency programs, as well as programs (such as Duke’s energy monitors) designed to reduce power usage during peak demand times, according to the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund. That fee, as well as a renewable-energy mandate fee, has been eliminated by House Bill 6 and replaced with a new 85-cent surcharge that goes to bail out two Northern Ohio nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions, which changed its name to Energy Harbor late last month. (Source: Cleveland.com, 3 Mar.,2020)

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


    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,  


    Unpacking the Climate Potential of Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    York University
    Date: 2020-02-26
    Estimates of the technologically and economically achievable potential for energy efficiency improvements in Canada are significant. Modelling by the International Energy Agency for example, suggests that under ambitious policy scenarios, Canada's GHG emissions could be reduced by approximately 200 million tpy of CO2e -- 28 pect of current emissions -- and with cumulative savings of $1.1 trillion between 2017 and 2050

    In addition to offering the potential to make major contributions to a low-carbon sustainable energy transition, energy efficiency improvements can reduce energy costs to consumers, avoid the adverse environmental and social impacts of new energy supplies, improve productivity, strengthen energy security and enhance the resilience of energy systems to the impacts of climate change.

    Despite their benefits, energy efficiency initiatives have struggled to achieve their full technological and economic potential to reduce to energy demand. These failures have been due to a range of market, institutional, financial, policy, regulatory, behavioural and informational barriers.

    In recent years, new challenges have emerged beyond these traditional and well-understood obstacles. Changes in policy direction, often flowing from changes in governments, have resulted in significant retrenchments, and in some cases wholesale dismantlings, of energy efficiency strategies in North America. The Government of Ontario's decision to terminate its "Conservation First" strategy in March 2019 was among the most dramatic of these developments, but far from unique.

    This study seeks to understand the dynamics behind these developments and to identify potential strategies and design principles to inform the development of more effective and resilient governance structures for energy efficiency in Canada. Specifically, the study examines a series of cases in which commitment and consensus around energy efficiency faltered, threatening the stability and, at times, the existence, of energy efficiency programming in a variety of Canadian (BC, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) and the U.S. (Maine, Connecticut and Indiana) jurisdictions.

    Download the York University Unpacking the Climate Potential of Energy Efficiency study HERE. (Source: York University, Sustainable Energy Initiative, Feb., 2020) Contact: York University, sei.info.yorku.ca, www.yoku.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  


    Infineon Aiming for 2030 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Infineon Technologies
    Date: 2020-02-21
    Neubiberg, Germany based semiconductor specialist Infineon Technologies AG reports it is aiming to become carbon-neutral by 2030, and will reduce its greenhouse gas footprint and cut direct and indirect emissions from electric power and heat production by 70 pct over 2019 levels by 2025.

    In order to achieve its target, Infineon is committed in particular to avoiding direct emissions and further reducing the energy it needs for its plants and processes. Further expansion of its energy efficiency program and efforts aimed at smart exhaust air treatment will play a key part in achieving its goal. The company plans to compensate for unavoidable emissions by purchasing green electricity with guarantees of origin. Emissions will also be compensated to a smaller part by certificates that combine development support and CO2 abatement, according to a company statement. (Source: Infineon Technologies, Automotive World, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: Infineon Technologies, Jochen Hanebeck, CEO, +49 89 234 65555, www.infineon.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Infineon Technologies,  


    Utility Reimbursement for Energy Efficiency Prog. Losses (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In the Garden State, a draft proposal from the staff of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is at the core of the agency's efforts to achieve the state's 2018 mandated energy efficiency goals that promote a shift to 100 pct clean energy by 2050 -- a target unlikely to be met without overhauling the NJBPU's energy efficiency programs since the demand for electricity is expected to double by mid-century.

    Under the staff proposal, utilities will be able to recover lost revenues attributable to their energy efficiency programs, as well as programs to reduce peak-time energy consumption -- all of which runs contrary to established utility business models that encourage energy consumption to the point of wastefulness for growth and higher profits.

    The draft proposal is modeled on energy efficiency programs adopted by South Jersey Gas and New Jersey Natural Gas more than a decade ago, so-called limited decoupling. Dubbed Conservation Incentive Programs (CIP), they rely on incentives funded by shareholders to implement conservation programs. The staff draft balances the interests of both the utilities and ratepayers and allows utilities to earn a return on their energy efficiency investments, according to the NJBPU. (Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, NJ Spotlight, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    SoCalEd Efficiency Programs Saved $55.6 Mn in 2019 (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Gas
    Date: 2020-02-12
    In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalEd) is reporting its various energy efficiency programs collectively saved $55.6 million in 2019. The savings were equivalent to removing more than 265,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and taking more than 57,000 cars off of California roads for one year, according to a release.

    SoCalGas energy efficiency programs include offering rebates on hundreds of home appliances and products such as smart thermostat,LED lighting, energy efficient furnaces, Energy Star appliances and others that help cut energy consumption and reduce costs. (Source: SoCalGas, CNS, Feb., 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Darren Hanway, manager of energy programs and strategy , (800) 427-2200, www.socalgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Illinois County Claims LED Lighting Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Ameren
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In the Land of Lincoln, Madison County Facilities Director Rob Schmidt reports the county saved more than $47-thousand on energy costs after switching electric providers in April 2019 and gained a net savings of $15,266 after paying a $32,520 termination fee with its previous provider.

    According to Schmidt, the savings were the result of switching 12,608 light bulbs with LED bulbs at 15 of the counties 26 facilities through Ameren Illinois' Energy Efficiency Program. The switch to LEDs is expected to save the county roughly $67,900 in annual energy costs. (Source: Madison County, WBCZ Radio, Alton Daily News, 9 Feb., 2020) Contact: Madison County, County Clerk, Debbie Ming-Mendoza, (618) 692-6290, Rob Schmidt, County Facilities Director, www.co.madison.il.us: Ameren Illinois, www.ameren.com/illinois

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Illinois,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Kansas Gov. to Establish Independent Energy Council (Ind. Report)
    Kansas Legislature
    Date: 2020-01-29
    Gov. Laura Kelly (D) outlined intentions Tuesday to submit an executive reorganization order to the Kansas Legislature creating an independent "data-driven" state energy office to work on policy development and planning outside jurisdiction of the Kansas Corporation Commission. If passed by the legislature, the Council will come into force no later than July, 2020.

    The new energy office would work on formation of an energy marketplace that affordably and efficiently meets needs of business and residential consumers, strive to take advantage of two decades of success in wind power production and emphasize potential of energy efficiency programs. (Source: Office of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Hutchinson News, 28 Jan., 2020) Contact: Office of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, www.governor.kansas.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Michigan Energy Efficiency Retrofit Grants Available (Ind. Report)
    Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
    Date: 2020-01-27
    In Lansing, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is reporting the availability of matching fund grants up to $15,000 per applicant for energy efficiency projects. The grant funding is aimed at energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits for small manufacturers, agribusinesses, farms, and small businesses in rural communities.

    More about the Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot:

  • Offers matching grants for activities including technical assistance services from energy assistance programs, energy efficiency training courses or workshops, enrollment in energy efficiency programs, bench-marking, or boiler, chiller or furnace tune-ups

  • Open to any manufacturer in Michigan with 500 or fewer employees worldwide.

  • Companies can qualify for up to $15,000 with a 100 percent match.

    Program priorities include manufacturers in rural or low-income communities, adoption of innovative or cutting-edge technology, and activities with significant environmental or economic benefits. More about the Agriculture and Rural Communities Energy Incentive Program:

  • Farms, agribusinesses, food processors and small businesses in rural areas can qualify for energy-related project rebates based on recommendations identified following an energy audit.

  • Applicants can qualify for up to $15,000 or 25 percent of the total project cost, whichever is less.

  • Eligible projects include benchmarking, energy efficiency upgrades, renewable energy projects, and training or workshops. (Source: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, LMTonline, Jan., 2020) Contact: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, www.michigan.gov › egle; Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot, www.michigan.gov › energy

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  • New Jersey Energy Master Plan Unveiled (Reg. & Leg, Ind. Report)
    New Jersey
    Date: 2020-01-27
    Garden State Governor Phil Murphy (D) has unveiled the state's Energy Master Plan, which outlines key strategies to reach the Administration's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2050. The Energy Master Plan outlines the following energy efficiency related strategies and includes an implementation plan that lays out next steps and timelines:
  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Transportation Sector, including encouraging electric vehicle adoption, electrifying transportation systems, and leveraging technology to reduce emissions and miles traveled.

  • Accelerating Deployment of Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources by developing offshore wind, community solar, a successor solar incentive program, solar thermal, and energy storage. It also involves adopting new market structures to embrace clean energy development and contain costs, opening electric distribution companies' circuits for distributed energy resources (DER), and developing low-cost loans or financing for DER.

  • Maximizing Energy Efficiency and Conservation, and Reducing Peak Demand including enacting 0.75 percent and 2 percent utility energy efficiency standards for natural gas and electricity, respectively, improving energy efficiency programs in New Jersey, adopting new clean energy and energy efficiency financing mechanisms, and strengthening building and energy codes and appliance standards.

  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Building Sector through decarbonization and electrification of new and existing buildings, including the expansion of statewide net zero carbon homes incentive programs, the development of EV-ready and Demand Response-ready building codes, and the establishment of a long-term building de-carbonization roadmap.

  • De-carbonizing and Modernizing New Jersey's Energy System through planning and establishment of Integrated Distribution Plans, investing in grid technology to enable increased communication, sophisticated rate design, and reducing our reliance on natural gas.

  • Supporting Community Energy Planning and Action in Under served Communities through incentivizing local, clean power generation, prioritizing clean transportation options in these communities, and supporting municipalities in establishing community energy plans.

  • Expand the Clean Energy Innovation Economy by expanding upon New Jersey's existing 52,000 clean energy jobs and investing in developing clean energy knowledge, services, and products that can be exported to other regions around the country and around the world, thereby driving investments and growing jobs. New Jersey will attract supply chain businesses to create dynamic new clean energy industry clusters and bring cutting-edge clean energy research and development the state. (Source: InsideNJ, PR, 27 Jan., 2020)

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  • NJ BPU Proposes Energy Efficiency Program Framework (Ind Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-01-22
    In a straw proposal, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it is proposing a framework for how the Garden State can significantly cut electric and gas use and implement 2018 state legislation mandating utilities curb customer electric usage by 2 pct and gas use by 0.75 pct per year.

    The energy efficiency plan proposes that state staff deliver statewide policy programs and goals, particularly those involving governmental entities, and that utilities help achieve goals based on the staff's assumption that utilities are best suited to deliver certain energy efficiency and peak reduction programs. (Source: New Jersey, BPU, Spotlight NJ, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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    Maine Leg. Commission Recommends Energy Storage (Ind Report)
    Maine Energy Storage
    Date: 2020-01-08
    In Augusta, a panel of Maine State lawmakers and stakeholders is recommending the state set an initial goal of adding 100 MW of energy storage by 2025. The panel is calling for "achievable" near-future policy actions, paired with further study and investigation to inform future policy action.

    The panel's report noted energy storage could help Maine reach its renewable energy goals, which climb to 80 pct of retail sales by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050. To that end, the report recommended offering incentives for energy storage to be included with renewable energy procurements. The report also recommends the Efficiency Maine Trust, which oversees the state's energy efficiency programs, be given the authority to use energy storage to lower peak demand, and that the Maine PUC should consider time-of-use rates to support energy storage as well as clarify utility ownership for energy storage facilities. The report also suggested the Governor's Energy Office conduct an in-depth study on the costs and benefits of energy storage and propose future energy storage targets based on its study. (Source: Maine State Legislature Energy Storage Commission, American Public Power Assoc., 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Maine State Legislature Energy Storage Commission, http://legislature.maine.gov/energy-storage-commission

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    Franklin County Promotes Bldg. Energy Efficiency Program (Ind Report)
    Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority
    Date: 2020-01-03
    In the Bay State, the Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority is touting its Housing Rehabilitation Program. The program is designed to provide income-eligible homeowners with interest-free, deferred payment loans to correct health and safety code deficiencies and to improve home energy efficiency. The program is partially through Community Development Block Grants. Eligibility is based on household annual gross income and occupancy.

    Eligible home improvements include: electrical and plumbing upgrades, structural repairs, accessibility modifications, septic repairs or replacement, heating and hot water system repairs or replacement, replacing windows, roof repairs or replacement, wells, lead paint abatement, insulation and weatherization and other energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Town of Hawley, Greenfield Recorder, 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority, 413-863-9781, www.fcrhra.org

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    Delmarva Touts Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Delmarva Power
    Date: 2019-12-11
    In the Garden State, Newark-based utility Delmarva Power is reporting selection of Energize Delaware to manage and operate a new program -- The Energize Delaware Empowerment Grant Program.

    The program will provide up to $100,000 funding to both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations proposing energy efficiency programs that directly benefit Delmarva Power customers whose households earn 60 percent, or below, of the Delaware State median income.

    Program details will be made available in early 2020. (Source: Delmarva Power, Cape Gazette, Dec., 2019) Contact: Energize Delaware, Tony DePrima, Exec. Dir., 302-883-3048, www.energizedelaware.org; Delmarva Power, www.delmarva.com

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    P.E.I. 7th in Cdn. Provincial Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Efficiency Canada
    Date: 2019-12-02
    Carleton University-based Efficiency Canada has rated Atlantic Canada's little Prince Edward Island (PEI) -- population 157,000 -- seventh in Canada's first Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard. British Columbia took the top spot.

    The Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard tracks progress across the country, creating a friendly competition amongst the provinces to encourage reaching the potential that energy efficiency has to offer. The Canadian scorecard measures policy progress on energy efficiency programs to enable informed policies, buildings, transportation and industry initiatives and programs Canada-wide. (Source: Efficiency Canada, SaltWire, Dec., 2019)Contact: Efficiency Canada, www.scorecard.efficiencycanada.org

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    First C-PACE Financing Closed in Kane County, Ill. (Ind. Report)
    Illinois Energy Conservation Authority
    Date: 2019-11-25
    The Illinois Energy Conservation Authority NFP (IECA) reports the Kane County Energy Efficiency Program (KEEP) closed a commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) $351,136 financing on roof improvements and a solar PV system for a 48,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor soccer campus facility in Elgin, Illinois. This transaction marks KEEP's first C-PACE financed project. Kane County the first C-PACE program in Illinois.

    The solar PV system will be installed by Naperville-based Bright Life Renewable Energy, LLC. Bright Life initiated the C-PACE application with their client through the IECA, a not-for-profit organization committed to bringing C-PACE program administration to the Chicagoland area. (Source: Illinois Energy Conservation Authority, PR, RE Journals, Nov., 2019) Contact: Illinois Energy Conservation Authority, www.iecapace.org; C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.c-pacealliance.com

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    Saudi Aramco Joins WB Zero Routine Flaring Initiative (Int'l.)
    Saudi Aramco
    Date: 2019-11-08
    Saudi Aramco reports it is joining Zero Routine Flaring by 2030, a World Bank climate collaboration initiative aimed at minimizing carbon emissions and addressing climate change.

    According to the release, as a result of Saudi Aramco's reservoir management best practices, flaring minimization and energy efficiency programs, the Company's 2018 upstream carbon intensity figure is among the lowest globally at 10.2 kilograms of CO2 equivalent per barrel of oil equivalent.

    Launched in April 2015, the Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 Initiative brings together more than 80 governments, oil and gas companies, and development institutions from around the world to eliminate routine flaring by 2030. (Source: Saudi Aramco, PR, Asharq AliAwsat, 6 Nov., 2019) Contact: Saudi Aramco, Ahmad A. Al-Saadi, Senior VP, Technical Services, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115, webmaster2@aramco.com, www.saudiaramco.com

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    Pennsylvania Slashed Emissions 92 pct Since 1990 (Ind. Report)
    Consumer Energy Alliance
    Date: 2019-11-06
    According to a Consumer Energy Alliance the Keystone State reduced its emissions by 92 pct since 1990, despite growing energy demand, production increasing by 11 times over, and an increase in natural gas plant processing 8 times between 2010 and 2017. Key findings of the study include:
  • 72 pct reduction in nitrogen oxides, a 92 pct decrease in sulfur dioxide, a 53 pct reduction in volatile organic compounds and a 17 pct drop in carbon dioxide emissions.

  • Pennsylvanians spent $3,108 for their energy needs in 2016 with at 25.6 pct of their income going to energy expenses. Residents saved more than $30 billion owing to clean energy and energy efficiency programmes, according to CEA's Energy Savings Report for Pennsylvania report.

    Review study analysis HERE. (Source: Consumer Energy Alliance, Nov., 2019) Contact: Consumer Energy Alliance, www.consumerenergyalliance.org

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  • UK Labour Promises £250Bn Energy Efficiency Program (Int'l.)
    UK Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In the UK, the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is promising an astounding £250 billion investment in housing energy efficiency to cut carbon emissions and household energy costs nationwide -- the largest such upgrade to UK housing since the Second World War -- if elected PM.

    Labour's Warm Homes for All program would cover the installation of loft insulation, double glazed windows and green technology in almost all of the country's 27 million homes by 2030. The program would also create 450,000 jobs across the economy, cut carbon emissions by 10 pct only cost the central government £60 billion , with most of the funding coming from savings to household energy bills. (Source: The Independent, Various UK Media, 3 Nov., 2019) Contact: Jeremy Corbyn, en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Jeremy_Corbyn

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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

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    UK Business Energy Efficiency Programme Touted (Int'l Report)
    Peterborough Environment City Trust
    Date: 2019-10-25
    In the UK, the Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) reports its Business Energy Efficiency programme (BEE) is offering Cambridgeshire businesses fully funded energy efficiency reviews and grants towards the implementation of energy efficiency measures, thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

    Since the programme's 2017 inception, over 6,300 tonnes of carbon savings have been identified by businesses switching to more sustainable technologies. (Source: Cambridge Network, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Business Energy Efficiency Programme, Antony Gough, +44 0 1733 882549, info@beecp.co.uk, www.beecp.org; European Regional Development Fund, www.europarl.europa.eu

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    BPA Urges Congress to Support Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Building Performance Association
    Date: 2019-10-18
    In Washington, the Building Performance Association (BPA) is urging Congress to act to advance energy efficiency in buildings by maintaining funding for important federal energy efficiency programs and passing legislation that will enable more American families and businesses to access efficiency upgrades.

    Legislation that advances energy efficiency in buildings, especially residential buildings, provides numerous benefits in addition to energy and pollution reductions: supporting small businesses and creating jobs across America, strengthening the durability and resilience of buildings, improving health and comfort, and increasing energy affordability, according to BPA.

    BPA notes the buildings sector is responsible for nearly a third of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. While buildings are a significant contributor to our climate crisis, they can also be a key part of the solution. With an aging building stock across the country we have only scratched the surface on investing in energy efficiency improvements. Congress can address barriers to retrofitting these existing homes and buildings and advance energy efficiency across the entire buildings sector by supporting workforce development and training, providing incentives for homeowners, and ensuring that building efficiency is part of any conversation on clean energy and climate. (Source: Building Performance Association, PR, Oct., 2019) Contact: Building Performance Association, Kara Saul Rinaldi, VP Gov. Affairs, (202) 276-1773, kara.saul-rinaldi@building-performance.org, www.Building-Performance.org

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    Schneider Pursuing, Delivering Net-Zero CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-10-07
    Global energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric reports 13 of its buildings globally are now "net-zero carbon" -- carbon neutral through a combination of its Energy Sustainability Services (ESS, )EcoStruxure and digital energy management solutions as enablers to operate with net- zero CO2 emissions.

    Schneider Electric aims to drastically cut CO2 emissions from its operations, following a 1.5 degree C trajectory in line with Science-Based Targets. To that end, Schneider Electric reduced CO2 emissions by 130,000 tonnes, a 22 pct decrease (2018 compared to 2017) in just one year.

    Schneider Electric has adopted the World Green Building Council's definition of "net-zero carbon buildings" as a building that is highly energy efficient and fully powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources, to achieve net-zero carbon emissions annually in operation.

    Schneider Electric has delivered over 30 pct energy savings globally over the past 10 years since the start of its Schneider Energy Action energy efficiency program. In addition, as of October 2019, 45 pct of Schneider Electric's operations are powered with renewable electricity. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, voltimum, 6 Oct., 2019)Contact: Schneider Electric, Kakali Ray, VP Sales, www.schneider-electric.us

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    Cambridge, All In Energy Partner for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    All In Energy
    Date: 2019-09-30
    In the Bay State, the City of Cambridge reports it has partnered with All In Energy, a Boston-based nonprofit, to increase and enhance energy efficiency outreach to renters and landlords in one- to four-unit buildings.

    resources and renewable energy programs. The organization serves as a pipeline for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, resources and workforce development in the sector.

    Through the partnership with the city, All In Energy and its partner Neeeco, a "Mass Save" home performance contractor, will offer dedicated access to a rental property energy adviser to connect renters with no-cost home energy assessments, including instant savings measures like LED light bulbs and programmable thermostats, as well as a customized list of actions to help residents save energy and money. (Source: City of Cambridge, Cambridge Chronicle & Tab, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Cambridge Energy Alliance, www.cambridgeenergyalliance.org, www.allinenergy.org/cambridge; All In Energy, www.allinenergy.org

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    Dubai Joins Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative (Int'l.)
    Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
    Date: 2019-09-11
    The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reports it has joined the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Initiative, which is pledged to double the rate of energy efficiency improvement in the building sector by 2030.

    The BEA Initiative was launched by The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Johnson Controls (JCI) to increase awareness and adoption of building energy efficiency programs. The Initiative aims to build market awareness and action on local government leadership by example, particularly in the developing world, local benchmarking and sustainable building certification and labeling approaches, innovative financing to support efficiency investments and distributed energy systems at the building and community scale. (Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, Aug., 2019) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, DEWA CEO, www.dubaisce.gov.ae ; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com; Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative, www.buildingefficiencyaccelerator.org

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    AEP Accelerates CO2 Emissions Reduction Target (Ind. Report)
    American Electric Power
    Date: 2019-09-11
    In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based American Electric Power (AEP) reports it is cutting carbon dioxide emissions faster than anticipated and has revised its 2030 reduction target to 70 pct from 2000 levels. The company's previous target was a 60 pct reduction from 2000 levels by 2030. The company will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 80 pct from 2000 levels by 2050, according to a release.

    To that end, AEP will further invest in renewable generation and transmission and distribution technologies to enhance efficiency, and expanded demand response and energy efficiency programs. AEP's resource plans include adding more than 8,600 megawatts (MW) of new wind and solar generation to serve the company's regulated utility customers by 2030. Between 2019 and 2023, the company plans to invest approximately $2.2 billion in contracted renewables and renewables integrated with energy storage and approximately $25 billion over the next 5 years in its transmission and distribution systems.

    To date, AEP has cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 59 pct since 2000. (Source: AEP, PR, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: AEP Clean Energy Strategy, www.aep.com/investors/ESG .

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    Energy Efficiency, Weatherization Upgrades Offered in Charlottesville (Ind. Report)
    Charlottesville Department of Utilities
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In the Tar Heel State, the Charlottesville Department of Utilities reports it is partnering with the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) to create the Charlottesville Gas Energy Efficiency Program -- a pilot program free to income-qualified residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County who are Charlottesville Gas customers.

    According to a release, the program will help residents reduce their utility costs, decrease the carbon footprint of the city and Albemarle County, and reduce household water consumption.

    Qualified residents will work with a LEAP Home Energy Coach, who will perform an energy audit of their home and select the most appropriate energy-efficiency measures. The no-cost program is open to both home owners and tenants. (Source: Charlottesville Department of Utilities, CBS19, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Charlottesville Department of Utilities, Irene Peterson , (434) 970-3812, peterson@charlottesville.org, www.charlottesville.org

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    Florida PSC Reconsidering Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Florida Public Service Commission
    Date: 2019-08-26
    At the urging of Sarasota, Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, St. Petersburg and other cities and county governments, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is reportedly considering the re-establishment of energy-efficiency standards that would require utilities to take basic steps to reduce energy waste.

    State-mandated utility energy efficiency programs in the Sunshine State were virtually eliminated several year ago. Consequently, Florida has some of the weakest energy-efficiency standards in the country, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). (Source: Florida Public Service Commission, Herald-Tribune, Meg Lowman, 25 Aug., 2019) Contact: Florida Public Service Commission, (800) 342-3552, www.psc.state.fl.us: ACEEE, www.aceee.org

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    Oklahoma Follows Only Texas Nat. Wind Energy Growth (Ind. Report)
    Environment America Research & Policy Center,Frontier Group
    Date: 2019-08-23
    According to the just released Renewables on the Rise 2019 -- A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group, Oklahoma, with over 70 entities selling electricity, played second fiddle only to Texas when it came wind energy power generation. The report also noted the Sooner State was among the top 20 states when it comes to energy efficiency improvements over the past decade.

    at the Environment America Research & Policy Center, one of the entities that generated the report, attributed Oklahoma's ranking in that category to energy efficiency programs offered to Oklahoma customers. The report notes that the continuing decline in per-capita energy consumption and the drop in renewable energy costs and prices have fostered continued growth in the wind energy sector, and is expected to continue doing so. (Source: Environment America Research & Policy Center, The Oklahoman, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Environment America Research & Policy Center, Rob Sargent, Energy Program Director, www.environmentamericacenter.org; Frontier Group, www.frontiergroup.org

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    Manitoba PC's Promise $25Mn in Annual Energy Efficiency Retrofit Rebates ... if Reelected (Ind. Report
    Efficiency Manitoba
    Date: 2019-08-19
    On the Canadian prairies, the ruling Manitoba Progressive Conservative (PC) Party has announced that if reelected it will invest $25 million per year in energy efficiency programs and incentives to support residential and business energy efficient renovations on existing homes and commercial buildings.

    The retrofit program would be managed by Efficiency Manitoba, a crown corporation focused on energy conservation, which was created to take over Manitoba Hydro's Power Smart program.

    Rebates would apply to retrofit windows and doors, furnace conversions and appliances purchased to make homes and businesses emit less greenhouse gases. It would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 135,000 tonnes over the next three years. (Source: Efficiency Manitoba, CBC, 17 Aug., 2019) Contact: Efficiency Manitoba, www.efficiencymb.ca

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    New energyOrbit Service to Manage Infrastructure for Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    energyOrbit
    Date: 2019-08-12
    San Francisco-based energyOrbit is reporting the launch of its Application Management Services (AMS) to support customers using its existing cloud-based management platform.

    Through this service energyOrbit utility customers work directly with energyOrbit to manage key energy efficiency (EE) program areas, such as system maintenance, routine enhancements, real-time troubleshooting, and data manipulation. While utilities can still opt to fully manage the energyOrbit platform internally, AMS is ideal for utilities with resource constraints, or large deployments that may otherwise require additional staffing.

    Powered on the Salesforce platform, the energyOrbit cloud-based software solution provides an integrated user experience to streamline reporting and free up program administrators workloads, resulting in a higher focus on articulating and executing program strategy. Now, with the addition of AMS, utilities will have yet another layer of support on the personnel side to support staff, and ensure workflows are optimized. (Source: energyOrbit, newkerala,com, 10 Aug., 2019) Contact: energyOrbit, Jason Adge, VP Business Development, Energy Orbit, Udi Merhav, CEO , (866)628-8744, www.energy-orbit.com

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    DOE SBIR Touts Sm. Business Innovation Research Funding (Funding)
    DOE SBIR
    Date: 2019-07-31
    American small businesses received a near-$44 million boost from the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, according to an SBIR release. Five buildings-focused, Phase II Release 2 grants awarded approximately $5 million to five small businesses. The projects, which are making advancements in building envelopes, building energy efficiency and modeling, and lighting, have already demonstrated a level of commercial feasibility for further innovations in the second phase of research. The five projects:
  • Innovations in Opaque Building Envelope Performance -- Lightweight and Thermally Insulating Nanowood -- (Inventwood LLC., College Park, Maryland) Inventwood LLC is using delignified wood to create a new, bio-derived cellulose thermal insulation material that could be used in window frames, exterior insulating cladding, or prefabricated panels for new building construction or retrofit applications.

  • Transparent Conductive Anodes for Solid-State Lighting -- Printed Anodes and Internal Light Extraction Layers on Flexible Glass to Create Cost-Effective High-Efficacy Bendable OLED Lighting Panels -- (OLEDWorks LLC, Rochester, New York) OLEDWorks LLC will further develop and commercialize a highly energy-efficient lighting product in the form of uniquely thin and beautiful curved sheets of light to accelerate organic light-emitting diode (OLED) market growth.

  • High Performance Substrate Embedded Microgrids for High-Efficiency, Flexible Organic Light-Emitting Diodes -- (Electroninks Inc, Austin, Texas) -- Electroninks Inc. is developing an alternative, transparent conductor for optical-electronic applications like touch sensors, displays, and OLEDs that significantly outperforms today's indium, tin, and oxygen (ITO) conductors.

  • Building Energy Modeling -- Portfolio-Level Energy-Efficiency Simulation (PLES) -- (Maalka, Brooklyn, New York) Maalka is extending its customizable framework for energy efficiency program development and management. The framework leverages the increasing availability of building energy data and DOE's open-source data standards and platforms and energy analysis tools (EnergyPlus, OpenStudio). The project targets the large and growing energy-efficiency program market of cities, utilities, larger owners, and energy service customers with a focus on supporting a move from individual energy conservation measures to packages and deep retrofits.

  • CAD-Integrated Web-Based Performance Simulation -- (Ladybug Tools LLC, Fairfax, Virginia) -- Ladybug Tools will use DOE's open-source EnergyPlus and Radiance tools, as well as OpenStudio's new elastic cloud capabilities, to deliver a greater range of analysis services (and subsequent revenue streams) for architects. Phase I of this project involved creating a working radiance-based daylighting simulation service; Phase II work will focus on energy simulation. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Small Business Innovation Research, PR, July, 2019) Contact: SBIR, EERE.SBIR@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/science/sbir/small-business-innovation-research-and-small-business-technology-transfer

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  • PSEG Plans Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    PSEG
    Date: 2019-07-26
    In the Garden State, Newark-based Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG), which claims one of the lowest carbon emissions rates among the largest U.S. power producers, reports it expects to cut its power fleet's carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2046, from 2005 levels, and attain net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, assuming advances in technology and public policy. PSEG also notes it has no plans to build or acquire new fossil-fueled power plants and is committed to reporting annually on sustainability and climate using the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework, starting in 2020.

    PSEG claims a long history of addressing climate change as an embedded part of its business and culture including:

  • PSEG's emission rate in 2017 was 461 lb/MWh, below the International Energy Agency's (IEA) "Beyond 2C Scenario" 2030 projected CO2 emission rate for the U.S. electric sector of 510 lb/MWh. PSEG's projected emission rate upon the completion of our coal exit strategy will be 334 lb/MWh.

  • PSEG's Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating plants supply more than 90 pct of the Garden State's emissions-free power.

  • By 2021, PSEG will have retired or exited through sales more than 2,400 MW of coal-fired generation, thus nearing completion of its coal exit strategy. In June 2019, PSEG announced an agreement to sell its interest in the Keystone and Conemaugh coal plants in western Pennsylvania.

  • PSE&G energy efficiency programs are currently saving participants $242 million a year in energy costs and avoided emissions equal to removing 37,000 cars from the road for one year.

  • Looking forward, PSE&G's $2.5 billion Clean Energy Future investment proposal for 22 energy efficiency programs would allow participating customers to save $5.9 billion on their bills by helping them use less energy and reduce carbon emissions.

  • PSEG is also a leading developer of solar energy resources having invested approximately $1.8 billion in 674 MW of solar, including 262 MW in New Jersey and 412 MW in 13 other states. PSEG also supports New Jersey's efforts to develop offshore wind facilities.

    PSEG is a publicly traded diversified energy company with approximately 13,000 employees. Headquartered in with operating subsidiaries -- Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), PSEG Power and PSEG Long Island. (Source: PSEG, PR, 25 July, 2019) Contact: PSEG, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, www.corporate.pseg.com

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