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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, www.stoneybrook.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stony Brook University ,  SUNY,  New York Power Authority,  


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, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

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, www.facebook.com/McKenna.Ottawa

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


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, HerbD@Michigan.gov, www.michigan.gov/energy

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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, www.canada.ca/en/government/ministers/catherine-mckenna.htm

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


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, www.michigan.gov/energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Chicago LED Streetlight Modernization Program Lauded (Ind. Report)
Chicago
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, http://chicagosmartlighting.org


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, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

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


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

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

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


Neshoba Miss. Scores TVA Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
TVA
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, www.neshobacounty.net; TVA, John Myers, Dir. Policy & Regulatory Affairs, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.gov, www.tva.gov

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


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, www.nationalgridus.com/NY-Home/Contact-Us; Rochdale Village, www.rochdalevillage.com

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, www.reynoldsgregg.com

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


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

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

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


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, http://energyoptusa.com

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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)

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


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$ible Energy, www.cen$ibleenergy.org; Energy Smart Colorado, www. energysmartcolorado.com; Yampa Valley Electric Association, www.yvea.com; Atmos Energy, www.atmosenergy.com

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


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, www.midamericanenergy.com

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


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, www.greenon.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Energy Efficiency,  


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dayton Power and Light,  AES Corp,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


  • APS Touts Next Generation Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Arizona Public Service
    Date: 2017-09-06
    Phoenix-headquartered Arizona Public Service (APS) reports it has proposed a new plan that rewards customers for targeted energy conservation during high demand times and provides more opportunities for customers to save with APS's new rate plans. The program would also incentivize solar power use when the state's solar resources are abundantly producing energy. According to APS, this new targeted energy efficiency approach can help better integrate renewable resources and delay the need for future infrastructure. .

    Specifically, APS is offering new rebates, incentives and/or increased opportunities for: smart thermostats; electric vehicle charging infrastructure; electric school buses and charging infrastructure; increase energy storage funding from $4 million to $6 million) for water heater timers for residential HVAC; support for home Performance with Energy Star; support energy efficient new residential construction and solutions for Business. The plan would also guide customers on how to make the most of the new APS rate plans and to take advantage of home pre-cooling, shifting the use of appliances to off-peak hours, and staggering the use of major appliances as ways to cut energy consumption and costs. (Source: APS, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Arizona Public Service Co., Stacy Derstine, VP Customer Service, www.aps.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Arizona Public Service,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NIPSCO Recognizes Valparaiso's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Valparaiso University
    Date: 2017-08-02
    In the Hoosier State, Valparaiso University reports that its recently completed $30 million, 55,000 sq-ft addition to its Center for the Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry will receive approximately $150,000 in energy efficiency rebates from the Northern Indiana Public Service Company's (NIPSCO)Business Energy Efficiency Program.

    The project, which included LED lighting, an energy-efficient HVAC system and other features, saved 954,533 kWh and 80,681 therm. of natural gas. (Source: Valparaiso University, 31 July, 2017) Contact: Valparaiso University (219) 464-5000, www.valpo.edu; NIPSCO, (800) 464-7726, www.NIPSCO.com

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


    Duke Awards $278.000 Energy Efficiency Rebate to UCF (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2017-07-26
    In the Sunshine State, the University of Central Florida (UCF) (64,500 enrollment) reports receipt of $278,000 in rebates from Duke Energy for recently implemented energy-efficient initiatives. The school has earned more than $1 million in rebates for energy-efficient measures since 2010.

    The recent upgrades include two water chillers for District Energy Plant IV, an under-construction water plant that will produce chilled and hot water to cool and dehumidify campus buildings. The chillers will hold 4,000 tons (1 million gallons) of chilled water that will serve Research Building 1 and be added to an existing underground infrastructure that serves nearly 75 pct of campus buildings. Over the lifespan of the presently under construction District Energy Plant IV the university is estimated to save $121,000 annually in operation costs. The remaining $78,000 of the recent rebate is from automation controls installed in Student Health Services, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering II buildings. The controls use CO2 sensors that measure when more outside air is needed to balance the CO2 levels in the buildings. Vents admit fresh air as needed to reduce the demand on de-humidification equipment. (Source: Univ. of Central Florida, Campus News, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; UCF, Curtis Wade, Dir. Utilities & Energy Services.(407) 823-2000, www.ucf.edu

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


    Kettering Schools Score $536,241 Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
    Dayton Power and Light,AES Corporation
    Date: 2017-06-30
    In the Buckeye State, Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of AES Corporation, reports it has awarded $536,241.52 in energy efficiency rebates to Kettering City Schools.

    Kettering City Schools installed LED energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors at each building which significantly improved energy efficiency and reduced energy costs. The upgrades are expected to save 1,236,000 kWh of energy annually. Other school initiatives include manually turning off lights when not in use and adjusting thermostat temperature set points seasonally. As a result of these latest projects, Kettering City Schools will achieve energy savings of more than 2.3M kilowatt hours annually. (Source: AES Corp., Dayton Power & Light, 26 June, 2017)Contact: Dayton Power and Light, Tom Raga, CEO, Mary Ann Kabel, 937-224-5940, www.dplinc.com; AES Corporation, www.aes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dayton Power and Light ,  AES Corporation,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


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

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


    NACO Lauds County's Energy Efficiency Initiative (Ind. Report)
    National Association of Counties
    Date: 2017-05-03
    The National Association of Counties (NACO) reports it has recognized Woodbury County, Iowa, with its "County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability Award." The award recognizes the county's initiative to upgrade inefficient lighting in roughly 30 county buildings.

    The $900,000 project will make Woodbury County the Hawkeye State's first county to use light-emitting diode (LED) in all its buildings. The new bulbs are estimated to last at least 15 years and save the county tens of thousands of dollars in utility costs. Nearly half of the project cost is being covered by energy efficiency rebates. (Source: NACO, Sioux City Journal, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Woodbury County Iowa, www.woodburycountyiowa.gov; National Association of Counties, (202) 393-6226, www.naco.org

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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