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Chelan County PUD Ups Window Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
Chelan County PUD
Date: 2020-04-22
In Wentachee, Washington State the Chelan County PUD says some of its energy-saving rebate amounts will almost double this year. Customers can cash in on rebates through use of energy efficient windows and insulation materials. Insulation rebate rates for walls, floors, and attics have doubled from .50 per square foot to $1.00. In addition, customers who use furnace, baseboard or wall heat in homes with single-pane windows can get $12 per square foot for upgrading to energy-efficient windows. The previous rebate was $6. The rebates are retroactive through January 1, 2020

The PUD aims to make it more affordable to replace inefficient single-pane windows, especially where the heat source is not a heat pump, and to encourage energy efficiency upgrades and programs in its service district. (Source: Chelan PUD, Columbia Basin News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Chelan County PUD, Josh Mitchell, Resaidential Energy Advisor, 888-663-8121,

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

BC Cities Participating Building Benchmark BC Pilot (Ind. Report)
Building Benchmark BC
Date: 2020-01-22
In British Columbia, Canada, the cities of Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver are reporting their participation in the Building Benchmark BC pilot project aimed at helping building owners and managers easily "benchmark" and disclose the energy consumption and emissions of their properties.

Participants will receive detailed energy and carbon performance data and a clear picture of how their building's performance relative to similar buildings. This information will help them make more informed decisions on capital investments, upgrades and energy efficiency rebates.

The pilot was developed by OPEN Green Building Society with funding from Natural Resources Canada and BC Hydro. (Source: Building Benchmark BC, HPAC, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Building Bench,ark BC,

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Marquette BLP Touts Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (Ind. Report)
Marquette Board of Light and Power
Date: 2019-10-28
In Michigan, the Marquette Board of Light and Power (BLP) is working to spread the word about the statewide energy optimization program that can provide rebates for consumers who purchase energy-efficient items, such as LED light bulbs or ENERGY STAR rated appliances.

From 2008 to 2017 the rebate program generated significant customer savings and reduced BLP customers' electric usage by over 31.3 million kWh and saving customers over $17 million in energy costs. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, saving 31.3 million equates to burning 24,188,356 pounds of coal or consuming 51,226 barrels of oil, according to the EPA.

This energy optimization program is part of a larger statewide effort that stems from Public Act 295 of 2008, which expanded energy efficiency efforts, supported the development of clean and renewable energy and aimed to improve air quality through a number of measures. Beyond saving energy at homes and businesses, the program also helps BLP reduce the need for costly new generation equipment.

Marquette BLP is one of 13 municipal and cooperative utilities that is part of the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association collaborative -- a group of electric service providers that offer energy optimization programs. (Source: BLP, PR, Mining Journal, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: BLP. Toby Smith, Customer Service Manager, 906-228-0311,,; Michigan Electric Cooperative Association, 517-351-6322,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  ENERGY STAR ,  

Stony Brook Scores $79Mn for Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Funding)
Stony Brook University ,New York Power Authority
Date: 2019-08-23
Stony Brook University, part of the SUNY system, is reporting receipt of $79 million in comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades funding from New York State.

The improvements, part of an initiative by SUNY and the New York Power Authority, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28,000 tpy and save the university roughly $6 million per year in energy and maintenance costs, according to a release.

Funded energy efficiency upgrades include: lighting, HVAC, and building management systems in various campus buildings such as residence halls, science buildings and hospital.

The university previously received more than $500,000 in energy efficiency rebates from PSEG Long Island, according to the statment. (Source: Stoney Brook Univ., Long Island Business News, Aug., 2019) Contact: Stoney Brook University,

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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,

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

Taiwan Offers Energy Efficient Appliance Tax Rebates (Int'l Report)
Taiwan,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-17
In Taipei, the Taiwan Ministry of Finance reports purchasers of new energy-saving home appliances between now and June 2021 will be eligible for a rebate of the excise tax paid on the items purchased.

The tax incentive is limited to the purchase of new refrigerators, air conditioners/heaters, or dehumidifiers that meet either the Level 1 or 2 energy-saving standard as specified under the Bureau of Energy's energy efficiency rating program. These home appliances must also be strictly for personal use and not for resale. The incentive package comes as part of an amended Commodity Tax Act, which cleared the Legislative Yuan on May 24. (Source: Taiwan Ministry of Finance, Taiwan Central News Agency, 15 June, 2019) Contact: Taiwan Ministry of Finance,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Rebate,  

CDN Carbon Tax Funds Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-03
In Ottawa, Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna is reporting the launch of launching a direct rebate program for small and medium-sized businesses to get back up to half the cost of buying more energy-efficient equipment and appliances.

It's expected the rebates will be worth $44 million this year and the maximum rebate for any individual business will be $20,000.

A separate program will allow businesses to apply to get rebates for energy efficiency retrofits. That program, which will be about $106 million this year, will be for projects that cost up to $1 million. The funds come from the revenues Canada is collecting from the $20-a-tonne carbon price imposed April 1, 2019. (Source:Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Press, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Catherine McKenna,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  

Cdn. Energy Efficiency Rebates Funded by Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency, Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-05-31
Following up on our 6 March coverage, Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna is reporting the launch of a direct rebate program for small and medium-sized businesses. The rebates would cover approximately 50 pct of the purchase price energy-efficient equipment and appliances.

A separate program will allow businesses to apply for rebates for energy efficiency retrofits. That program, which will be about $106 million this year, will be for projects that cost up to $1 million. It's expected the rebates will be worth $44 million this year and the maximum rebate for any individual business will be $20,000.

The funds come from the revenues Canada is collecting from the $20 per-tonne carbon price imposed April 1, 2019. (Source: Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Press, 30 May, 2019) Contact: The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  Catherine McKenna,  

Xcel Energy Recognizes Energy Efficiency Efforts (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-05-27
Minneapolis-headquartered utility Xcel Energy reports it recently recognized 52 Minnesota businesses for their efforts to help customers save energy and reduce their environmental impact. The Efficiency Partner awards, recognized the contractors, equipment suppliers and engineers that contributed the greatest electricity and natural gas savings to conservation programs in 2018.

Xcel offers incentives, such as rebates and funding for energy efficiency studies and upgrades, to its business and residential customers to encourage them to make energy-efficient choices. The rebates submitted by these 52 companies saved Xcel Energy customers over 81 gWh of electricity and 127,000 dekatherms of natural gas -- equivalent of powering 7,665 homes for a year. (Source: Xcel Energy, May, 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy,

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Mich. Energy Office Issues Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
Michigan Energy Office
Date: 2019-05-10
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's Energy Office (MEO) reports the awarding of rebates under its Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program to three small manufacturers in the Upper Peninsula.

To date, six rebates totaling $50,500 have been awarded under the Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program, which is now available to small manufacturers statewide through July 31. (Source: Michigan Energy Office, 8 May, 2019)Contact: Michigan Energy Office, Robert Jackson, Dir., David Herb,,

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Energy Efficiency Rebates, Incentives Offered for Canadian Small Businesses (Ind. Report)
Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna
Date: 2019-03-06
In Ottawa, Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is reporting the Liberal federal government of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau plans to ease the recently mandated carbon price burden on small business with incentives and rebate payments to cover some of the cost of making energy efficient upgrades.

The Minister noted that the government expects to provide at least $1.46 billion over five years to small and medium-sized businesses, including $155 million in the fiscal year starting April 1. Hospitals, municipalities and other community organizations will share at least $727 million over five years, starting with $73 million in 2019-2020 fiscal years.(Source: City News, Various Media, Canadian Press, Mar., 2019) Contact: Office of Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Canada Carbon Tax,  

Headwaters Wins Otter Tail Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
Otter Tail Power
Date: 2019-01-14
Fergus Falls, Minnesota-headquartered Otter Tail Power Co. reports it has issued a roughly $7,000 rebate to Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji for recently completed energy-efficient upgrades, including WiFi-enabled smart thermostats, new heat pumps and furnaces with energy-efficient motors, and others.

Otter Tail Power Co. provides rebates, grants, education, special programs, and financing to encourage individuals and businesses for energy efficiency and energy management.

Otter Tail Power is an investor-owned electric utility that provides electricity for residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. (Source: Otter Tail Power, Bemidji Pioneer, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: Otter Tail Power, Roger Garton, Energy Management Representative, (218) 739-8200,; Headwaters Science Center, (218)444-4472,

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MEO Issues Matching Funds Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
Michigan Energy Office
Date: 2018-12-19
The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) is reporting the issuance of a matching $9,750 rebate for energy efficiency improvements to Independent Machine Co. in Escanaba.

To qualify for the rebate, the company installed a power monitoring and control system across their manufacturing operations to implement a range of energy saving procedures including soft motor starts, energy efficient LED lighting, and others. The company estimates it will shave 26,000 kilowatt-hours at a cost savings of $4,000 off its annual energy consumption and costs.

Details on the MEO Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program are HERE. (Source: Michigan Energy Office, PR, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Michigan Energy Office,

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Mich. Machine Company Scores Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
Michigan Energy Office
Date: 2018-12-17
The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) reports it has awarded Independent Machine Co. in Escanaba a $9,750 rebate for energy efficiency improvements.

The company matched the rebate to install a power monitoring and control system across their manufacturing operations to implement a range of energy saving procedures, such as soft motor starts and efficient LED light operation. The company's estimated annual electricity usage savings is 26,000 kWh at a cost savings of $4,000.

Details on the Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program are HERE. (Source: Michigan Energy Office, PR, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Michigan Energy Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Michigan Energy Office news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

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,; Putnam County Hospital,

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Misericordia Awarded UGI Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
UGI Utilities
Date: 2018-09-05
In Dallas, Penna., Misericordia University is reporting receipt of $17,838.60 through the Custom Program provision of the utility UGI's Electric Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Program. The UGI rebate was in recognition of the school's installation of high efficiency LED lighting upgrades and lighting controls. The lighting upgrades are expected to save Misericordia nearly 150,000 kilowatts of electric usage annually and shave more than $10,000 off the school's annual electric bill.

The UGI EE&C program, which is designed to achieve lower energy usage and lower overall costs for customers, includes residential customer rebates for fuel switching from electric to natural gas for heating, water heating and clothes drying and a recycling program for inefficient appliances. Commercial customers are eligible for rebates for combined heat and power projects, as well as custom projects such a lighting retrofits.

Reading, Penna.-based UGI Utilities is a natural gas and electric utility serving 700,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland. (Source: Misericordia University, UGI, PR, 4 Sept., 2918) Contact: UGI,; Misericordia University, (570) 674-6400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UGI Utilities ,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  

Chicago LED Streetlight Modernization Program Lauded (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-08-22
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reports the Chicago Smart Lighting Program (CSLP) installed new lights in all of the city's 50 wards in its first year.

To date more than 76,000 new LED smart streetlight fixtures have been installed as part of the four-year modernization program implemented by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). Upon completion, the program will have replaced 270,000 of the city's outdated High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights. The city is also installing a citywide lighting management system that will alert the City when lights need service.

The switch to LEDs is expected to slash the city's streetlight electricity costs by more than half for a savings of $100 million over 10 years. The switch to LEDs is also expected to qualify for as much as $35 million in ComEd energy efficiency rebates.

The program, which was procured by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) in coordination with CDOT and the Department of Innovation and Technology, will be implmented by Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc. (Source: City of Chicago, PR, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: Chicago Smart Lighting Program,

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,

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

Ford Kills Ontario Cap-and-Trade Funded Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-07-05
Following up on our June 22nd coverage, the Canadian Press is reporting newly elected populist Ontario Premier Doug Ford (Progressive Conservative) has revoked the province's carbon pricing cap-and-trade program that was instigated by the former Liberal government of Catherine Wynne. With the goose that layed the golden eggs dead,Ford's administration will begin winding down all green programs funded through the province's cap-and-trade system this week.

In his most recent announcement, Ford noted the province will nonetheless honour existing contracts, orders and projects -- such as energy efficient insulation and window retrofits -- funded by cap-and-trade. Some existing Ontario energy efficiency rebates were being phased out before Ford officially took office last week. The premier says the government will decide on a case-by-case basis whether some initiatives previously funded by the cap-and-trade program will be paid for using tax base revenue.

As previously reported, Ford claimed eliminating the provincial cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on campaign promises Ontario the electorate doesn't realistically expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Various Media, Canada Press, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Energy Efficiency Program,  

Ontario Renewables, Green Renovation Rebates Chopped (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-22
Hard on the heels of the election of Ontario's new Conservative Premier Doug Ford's announcement to scrap the province's 2017 vintage carbon tax -- cap-and-trade program, a post on the website announced the closing of several renewable energy and residential and commercial energy efficiency rebate programs. Existing rebate program commitments will be honoured.

The rebate program was funded through proceeds from the province's cap-and-trade program through a provincial agency called the Green Ontario Fund. Ontario has earned approximately $3 billion in a series of cap-and-trade auctions since the system was introduced by the Liberals last year. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, Bell Media, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Green Ontario Fund,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  

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,

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,

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

Neshoba Miss. Scores TVA Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-08
In Mississippi, the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors is reporting receipt of almost $78,000 in energy efficiency rebates from the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Right Rebate Program.

The rebate was thin recognition of the county's Energy Efficiency and Reinvestment Project which included LED energy efficient lighting and other upgrades. The county plans to apply the rebate cash to other county facility energy efficiency improvements. "We are already seeing savings of over our 35 percent estimate. With us seeing savings over that, I think the project is going very well,” explains Mayo. The board plans to reinvest the check by continuing this project at the Neshoba County Coliseum. The county-wide facility improvements include: Interior and exterior LED lighting in the buildings, a new roof on the courthouse and new HVAC systems. (Source: Neshoba County,Miss., WTOK, 6 June, 2018) Contact: Neshoba County, Jeff Mayo, County Administrator, (601) 656-6281,; TVA, John Myers, Dir. Policy & Regulatory Affairs, (865) 632-2101,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  LED Light,  

Virginia Adopts School Renewables Feed-in Tariffs (Reg & Leg)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2018-05-23
In the Old Dominion State, legislation tabled by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) in the 2018 session directs Dominion Energy to permit schools that generate more energy from on-site wind- or solar-powered sources to sell the power back to the utility. Currently, the excess power goes back to the electrical grid, but school systems are not reimbursed.

Under the legislation, the funds could either be taken by a school system in cash, or applied to offset some of the cost of operating other facilities.

The legislation, which was supported by several school systems and by Dominion Energy, passed both the Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate unopposed. The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Northam in March, gives the state Corporation Commission until Dec. 1 to set up the guidelines for administering the the pilot program. It is slated to run for six years (Source: InsideNova, Various Media, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert M. Blue, President & CE, Power Delivery Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy ,  Feed-in Tariff,  FITs,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  

National Grid Issues $1Mn Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
National Grid,Rochdale Village
Date: 2018-05-16
National Grid reports it will provide more than $1 million in energy efficiency rebates to the owners of the world's largest housing cooperative, Rochdale Village in Jamaica Queens, New York.

The 120-acre housing co-op includes 20 apartment buildings, a daycare center, three schools, a public library, a business district, two shopping mall and a power plant, saves about 1.3 million therms annually as a result of energy efficiency measures. The co-op is on pace to meet the Big Apple's Carbon Challenge to reduce building emissions by 30 pct by 2025.

Rochdale Village recently completed several energy efficient improvements including, installation of low-flow shower heads in apartments, new roof installations on over 20 structures, and a campus-wide conversion to LED lighting. (Source: National Grid, Energy Insider, 15 May, 2018) Contact: National Grid, Louis Rizzo, Energy Programs Operations,; Rochdale Village,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  Rochdale Village,  

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,

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,  

RE&P Launches Texas Energy Efficiency Utility of Rebate Initiative (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy and Power
Date: 2018-04-13
Nevada-headquartered lighting innovation specialist Renewable Energy and Power (RE&P) reports it is initiating approval as Project Sponsors in Texas PUC "standard offer" and market transformation programs available to Texas electrical utility customers.

As required by state legislation, Texas utilities contract with Project Sponsors -- independent, third-party service providers, responsible for implementation of residential and commercial energy efficiency measures. Project Sponsors receive incentive payments from the Transmission & Distribution Utilities (TDUs) for the measures that result in peak demand reductions and energy savings. Project Sponsors include energy service companies, contractors, retail electric providers, national or local companies that provide energy-related products, and product retailers who provide installation services.

The programs are funded through a systems benefits charge on transmission and distribution services and are administered by the utilities. Altogether, several hundred million dollars are available for energy efficient programs in Texas. (Source: Renewable Energy and Power, Inc., PR, Nasdaq, 11 April, 2018) Contact: Renewable Energy and Power, Inc., (702) 685-9524,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED light news,  Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency Rebate news,  

Energy Optimizers Saves Fort Recovery Schools $30,000 (Ind. Report)
Energy Optimizers
Date: 2018-03-21
Tipp City, Ohio-headquartered Energy Optimizers, USA, is reporting the conclusion of an aggressive energy savings project that is expected to save Fort Recovery Local Schools in Fort Recovery , Ohio, more than $30,000 a year in utility costs, as well receive over $17,000 in energy efficiency rebates from Dayton Light & Power.

In completing the project, Energy Optimizers retrofitted the district's interior lighting with LED systems, replaced boilers and boiler controls with state-of-the-art energy efficient equipment, made energy-saving enhancements to the district's kitchens and transportation garage.

The work was partially funded through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission's House Bill 264 program. Energy Optimizers also funded a district Energy Education and Awareness Program promoting and implementing numerous energy savings and sustainability programs throughout the district.

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, wind and solar energy projects, HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. (Source: Energy Optimizers USA, PR, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Energy Opttimizers USA, Greg Smith, Pres., (973) 877-1919,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alberta Expands Hospitality Ind. Energy Rebate Program (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-03-07
On the Canadian Prairies, Alberta Environment Minister Hon. Shannon Phillips reports the government will increase the Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program maximum hospitality industry energy efficiency rebate from $60,000 to $100,000. The program is also adding 23 new eligible products used specifically by the hospitality industry, Rebates for lighting, water-heating and HVAC products have also been expanded and the application process simplified.

During the first eight months of the program, more than 1,200 participants received a total of $3.5 million in rebates for an average of $2,600 per project. These projects represent over $11 million that's been invested in upgrading facilities across the province and that investment will save 40,000 gigajoules of energy each year," according to the Ministry's release. (Source: Alberta Environment Minister , Global News, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Alberta Environment Minister,

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Mass. School Earns $193,000 Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
Unitil Corp
Date: 2018-02-28
In the Bay State, Unitil Corporation reports it has awarded a $193,000 energy efficiency rebate to North Middlesex Regional High School. The new 180,000 square-foot-building incorporates LED lighting, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, energy recovery ventilation and increased roof insulation, which qualified it for the rebate.

Over the anticipated lifespan of the energy efficiency upgrades, the school is expected to save 549,600 therms of natural gas and over 6 million kWh of electricity -- approximately $1.6 million -- over a 13-year period. (Source: Unitil Corp., Lowell Sun, 25 Feb., 2018) Contact: Unitil Corp.,

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Iowa Utilities Want Energy Efficiency "Societal Cost Test" Changes (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-02-26
Midwest Energy News is reporting Hawkeye State utilities and others are lobbying the Iowa Senate to scrap the "societal cost test" model for evaluating utility energy-efficiency programs. Instead, the utilities are calling for a new evaluation measure that considers costs and benefits to both customers and utilities that participate in state rebate or energy conservation programs. (Source: Midwest Energy News, Business Record, 21 Feb., 2018)

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Cen$ible Energy Offers New Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
Yampa Valley Electric Association
Date: 2018-02-16
In Steamboat Springs,Colorado, the community-funded Cen$ible Energy program is offering residential energy assessments and rebates for LED lights, programmable thermostats, air sealing after an energy audit, Energy Star-rated appliances and a new $75 rebate for hard-wired heat tape timers.

A home energy audit is free for Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) customers and Atmos Energy natural gas customers. Homeowners with only one of those utilities pay half price, or $150, for an audit. A small business energy assessment ia also available at a $500 fee for businesses of up to 10,000 square feet within the YVEA territory. Businesses above that size would pay additional charges.

Atmos Energy customers can receive up to $100 in on-site quick fixes installed by the energy auditor, such as a hot water heater wrap or programmable thermostas. Cen$ible Energy is funded by YVEA, the city of Steamboat Springs and Alpine Bank. (Source: Yampa Valley Electric Association, Craig Press, Feb., 2018) Contact: Cen$ible Energy, www.cen$; Energy Smart Colorado, www.; Yampa Valley Electric Association,; Atmos Energy,

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

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

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

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Iowa Could Eliminate Energy Efficiency Audits, Rebates (Reg & Leg)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-02-02
In Des Moines, Hawkeye State lawmakers are considering legislation that would put an end to all utility in-home efficiency audits and rebates. A second and related bill would maintain the energy audits but eliminate the in-home audits but keep the rebates.

MidAmerican Energy has come out in favor of the proposed rollbacks which, it claims, would save the average consumers about $67 annually.(Source: Various Media, KCCI, 30 Jan., 2018)Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632,

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Energy Efficiency Earns Phoenix Convention Center $175,000 Rebate (Ind. Report)
Arizona Public Service
Date: 2018-01-03
In Arizona, the 900,000 square-foot Phoenix Convention Center (PCC) reports its recently completed energy efficiency upgrade program and participation in Arizona Public Service's (APS) Solutions for Business energy rebate program, resulted in more than $175,000 in rebates for the LEED-silver certified facility. The PCC energy efficiency upgrades included an upgrading to energy efficient LED lighting technology which earned the APS rebate.

In addition to the LED conversion project, the facility participates in several other sustainability initiatives including hosting a rooftop solar generating power plant that produces enough energy to power 12-14 homes annually. Source: PCC, Trade Show News Network, 2 Jan., 2017) Contact: APS, David Werth, Energy Efficiency Programs Manager,

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Ontario Launches GreenON Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
Green Ontario Fund
Date: 2017-12-22
At Queens Park, the government of Ontario is touting its Green Ontario Fund tenant and homeowners program in support of low-carbon, energy-efficient renovations. New GreenON Rebates will cover:
  • up to $7,200 off new insulation and a $100 rebate for air sealing;
  • up to $20,000 to install ENERGY STAR certified ground source heat pumps (home geothermal) or up to $4,500 to repair existing heat pump systems;
  • as much as $5,800 off air source heat pumps that are ENERGY STAR certified or meet program requirements
  • up to $5,000 for replacement windows that meet program requirements;
  • a $100 smart thermostat rebate through a partnership with Save on Energy.

    The province is also launching GreenON Support, a free over-the-phone service offering impartial advice from energy experts to help consumers learn how they can save money and reduce their carbon footprint through home upgrades. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, Kenora Online, Dec., 2017) Contact: Green Ontario Fund, (888) 728-8444,

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

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

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

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

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

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