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GORD, EESL Cooperating on MENA Energy Efficiency (Int'l.Report)
Gulf Organisation for Research and Development
Date: 2020-06-22
In Qatar, the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions leading "green" buildings, sustainability and energy efficiency services provider, is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India's state-controlled Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to collaborate on and support local and regional energy efficiency projects in the Middle East.

The MoU includes the deployment of large-scale smart metering systems, electric vehicle charging, energy efficient lighting sustainable and energy efficient HVAC systems, renewable energy projects, and consulting on sustainability and variou carbon neutral projects. (Source: GORD, MENAFN, The Peninsula, 22 June, 2020) Contact: GORD,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services news,  EESL news,  Energy Efficiency news,  India Energy Efficiency news,  

$30Mn Assisted Living Project Partially PACE Funded (Ind. Report)
Petros PACE Finance Trust
Date: 2020-04-20
In Indiana, Indianapolis-based Leo Brown Group, owner of the $30 million Traditions of Lebanon assisted living complex to be developed in Lebanon, is expected to use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to cover $17 million of the project cost in semi-annual assessments of $230,000-$289,000 added to property taxes over 30 years.

The $17 million, through Petros PACE Finance Trust, includes over $7.7 million in HVAC, energy efficient lighting and improvements and just under $7.9 million in interest.

Traditions of Lebanon was originally expected to include a 142-unit assisted living complex, including 30 units for memory care and 13 homes for independent living but has been reduced in size. Documents obtained last week indicate the scope of the project changed. The 170,000-square-foot senior living community will now include 48 independent living homes, 64 assisted living units and 30 memory care units. Energy savings from the Brown project are anticipated from HVAC improvements, LED lighting, energy-efficient windows and doors and the “building envelope”. (Source: Dayton Daily News, 18 April, 2020) Contact: Petros PACE Finance Trust LLC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  

Energy Savings "GridRewards" Campaign Launched (Ind. Report)
Sustainable Westchester, Logical Buildings
Date: 2020-04-08
In the Empire State, Sustainable Westchester, a nonprofit consortium of Westchester municipalities, reports it has partnered with Livingston, New Jersey-based smart building software and solutions specialist Logical Buildings to launch the first-of-its-kind GridRewards campaign.

Logical Buildings SmartKit AI is a NYSERDA qualified Real Time Energy Management system and service platform that reduces energy and operating costs by 10 to 20 pct and optimizes performance of building systems, according to the company website.

GridRewards provides a cash-back incentive for energy saving actions such as dimming lights, avoiding electric hot water heating, energy efficient lighting, shifting dish washing and laundry activities to low electric power demand periods, and others.

GridRewards complements Sustainable Westchester's portfolio of energy solutions which includes the Westchester Power Program, the New York State model for Community Choice Aggregation, Community Solar for residents and municipalities and HeatSmart, efficient clean heating & cooling solutions for commercial and residential properties. (Source: Sustainable Westchester, April, 2020) Contact: Sustainable Westchester, Maria Genovesi, Director of Marketing, Communication & Outreach, (914) 242-4725 x104,,; Green Button Initiative,; Logical Buildings, Jeff Hendler, CEO, 908 517 3730 ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable WestchesterEnergy Efficiency,  

Minn. CERTs Announces Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Team
Date: 2020-01-15
In Minneapolis, Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) reports it is awarding Seed Grants to 35 innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities statewide.

The 35 projects received funding across a broad spectrum of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies including LED energy efficient lighting, components of energy education, outreach, community building, R&D and others.

These awards mark the tenth round of Seed Grants from CERTs, totalling over $1.3 million to 393 projects since 2006. (Source: Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams, Cookston Times, 13 Jan., 2020)Contact: Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams, 612-625-8759,,

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

JPS Converting 105,000 Street Lights to LEDs (Ind. Report)
Jamaica Public Service
Date: 2020-01-03
The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Company reports it has to date converted 65,000 of the island's 105,000 street lights to energy efficient LED lamps with "smart" controls. An additional 25,000 units are slated for conversion in 2020 and the remaining 15,000 will be converted in 2021.

The project, which launched in 2017, is being carried out under an arrangement between the Government and JPS, as part of efforts to reduce monthly electric power costs for the island's municipal corporations. The new LEDs and the smart control system are expected to lower street lighting costs by 50 to 60 pct. (Source: JPS, Jamaica Observer, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: Jamaica Public Service, Emanuel DaRosa, CEO,888-935-5577, 888-225-5577,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Streetlight,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  

Orillia Considering $2.85Mn LED Streetlight Upgrade (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-11-22
In Ontario, the City of Oriliia (pop. 32,000 +-) city council reports it is investigating the conversion of its 3,200 high pressure sodium streetlights which have an estimated end-of-life of 24,000 operating hours, or more than 2.5 years, to LED lighting. The proposed switch to LEDs would include "smart" lighting controls that would allow the city to monitor and change light output levels as needed.

With the proposed conversion to LEDs, energy consumption is projected to decrease by approximately 76 pct with a resulting 80 pct drop in annual maintenance costs and a $40,000 drop in operating cost.

The proposed switch to LEDs is expected to cost roughly $2.850 million. (Source: City of Orillia, CTV, 20 Nov., 2019)Contact: City of Orillia,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Streetlight,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  

UCT Stresses Sustainability, Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
Green Building Council South Africa
Date: 2019-08-30
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Properties and Services Department is touting its sustainability plan aimed at reducing reduce energy consumption and achieving close to net-zero carbon emissions not later than 2050. The UCT sustainability plan includes:
  • extensive energy audits of building energy consumption;
  • intensified energy metering and monitoring;
  • improved, automated building management systems
  • energy efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning installations and retrofits;
  • "green" energy efficiency certification on new buildings;
  • replacing diesel powered shuttle transportation with electric buses;
  • solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on rooftops and parking areas -- a feasibility study is presently under way to determine which buildings and locations are most suitable for solar PV installations.

    Over the past 10 years UCT has converted electric hot water boilers in residences to energy-efficient heat pumps, conducted energy audits in some buildings and retrofitted energy-efficient lighting fixtures in one residence.

    In 2012 the university committed to green designs for all new buildings -- independently certified by the Green Building Council South Africa.(Source: Univ. of Cape Town, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: University of Cape Town,; Green Building Council South Africa, +27 86 104 2272,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • Amesbury Upgrading to Energy Efficient LEDs (Ind. Report)
    Amesbury Mass
    Date: 2019-08-28
    In the Bay State, the city of Amesbury reports the upgrading of its 1,250 "cobra head" streetlights to LEDs program is slated to get underway in early Sept. The Essex County city of 16,700 resident recently purchased all of its 1,250 "cobra head" streetlights from National Grid for $23,267 and has entered into a contract with Rhode Island-based Arden Engineering Constructors to begin converting the halogen/mercury vapor lights to light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

    The $469,748 upgrade to LEDs is expected to cut the city's energy consumption by roughly 5 pct. The project received grants from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Massachusetts Department of Energy, and expects to receive rebates from National Grid. (Source: City of Amesbury, PR, Daily News, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Amesbury, Tom Barrasso, Director of Energy and Environmental Affairs, (978) 388-8110 x314,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  

    Entergy Awards Roseburg $1.3Mn for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    Entergy Arkansas
    Date: 2019-08-19
    Springfield, Oregon-based wood products manufacturer Roseburg Forest Products reports receipt of $1,366,392.00 incentives from the Entergy Arkansas Entergy Solutions Program. The program provides technical and financial support to help Entergy Arkansas customers identify and implement projects that reduce energy usage.

    The Roseburg MFD El Dorado Arkansas plant partnered with Entergy Arkansas on interior and exterior energy efficient lighting, lighting controls and variable speed drive fans. The plant also enrolled in Entergy Arkansas's Large Commercial and Industrial Solutions Program.

    The plant's energy efficieny improvements are saving 9,127,704 kWh annually, which is the equivalent to eliminating the carbon dioxide emissions from 726,304 gallons of gasoline, according to EPA calculations. (Source: ElDorado News Times, 17 Aug., 2019) Contact: Entergy Arkansas, efficiency; Roseburg Forest Products,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Entergy Arkansas,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Quebec LED Lighting Specialist Wins CED Support (Funding)
    RayonLed,Canada Economic Development
    Date: 2019-06-28
    In Ottawa, Canada Economic Development (CED) for Quebec Regions reports it has awarded $300,000 in repayable funding to Brossard, Quebec-based RayonLed, a newly established distributor of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and fixtures.

    The CED funds will be used to acquire two production lines and equipment that will enable the company to manufacture heavy duty LED lighting systems. (Source: Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, PR News,Telbec, 26 June, 2019) Contact: RayonLed Lighting Systems, 450-444-4567,,; CED Regional Economic Growth through Innovation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Lighting,  Canada Economic Development ,  

    Hoboken Steps Up to the Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Garden State, the city of Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has signed an executive order adopting Hoboken's Climate Action Plan committing the city to "achieving carbon neutrality by 2050."

    The plan, establishes goals for greenhouse gas emission reduction for government operations and as a city overall. Progress will be evaluated through benchmarks every five years. The plan's features include:

  • Purchasing 100 pct renewable electricity for municipal facilities (went into effect April, 2019);

  • Installing energy efficient upgrades in 11 municipal buildings, resulting in cost savings of over $100,000 per year;

  • Introducing an affordable renewable energy purchasing program for homeowners to utilize wind and/or solar electricity;

  • Implementing electric vehicle charging stations across the City (Hoboken recently was awarded funding through the State for up to 14 EV charging stations);

  • Creating Hoboken's own community solar program, allowing low-moderate income residents to utilize solar energy from other parts of the State even if they can not install solar panels on their homes;

  • Replacing street and traffic lights with LED energy efficient lighting;

  • The city of 56,000 +- residents has also reaffirmed its commitment to exceeding the goals" of the Paris Climate Accord.

    "The city's Climate Action Plan, which its two-pronged emphasis on adaptation and mitigation, puts Hoboken at the forefront of what cities can do to combat climate change," Doyle said. "Our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with an aggressive window through becoming a net zero city and achieving carbon neutrality is the progressive path forward toward achieving that goal." (Source: Hoboken Patch, 23 April, 2019) Contact: City of Hoboken, (201) 420-2000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

  • Orion Energy Announces Additional $35Mn LED Energy Efficient Lighting Installation Contract (Ind. Report)
    Orion Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-04-05
    Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based LED lighting specialist Orion Energy Systems reports it has expanded the retrofit of an un-named national account customer's lighting systems with LED lighting and wireless IoT enabled control solutions at additional locations nationwide.

    The contract builds upon an earlier Letter of Intent (LoI) for Orion to provide approximately $11 million in turnkey LED lighting retrofit services, most of which were completed prior to March 31, 2019. A significant portion of the installations, including IoT enabled control systems, are expected to be completed before June 30, 2019. (Source: Orion Energy, Street Insider, 3 April, 2019) Contact: Orion Energy, Mike Altschaefl, CEO, (312) 660-3575,

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

    Irish SMEs Claim They Can Do More in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In a recently released survey, the Dublin-headquartered Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) notes Irish firms believe they have a role in tackling climate change but highlight the lack of time and funding as the biggest obstacles to fulfilling that role. Even so, 20 pct of the SMEs surveyed believe they've done all that they could.

    The SME sector in Ireland spends more than €2 billion per year on energy, of which 10 pct can be readily saved through good energy management practices, energy efficient lighting, as well as efficient heating and air conditioning an other measures, according to SEAI. (Source: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Irish Times, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, +353 1 808 2100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    UC-Davis Launches Million Light Bulb Challenge (Ind. Report)
    UC-Davis,Million Light Bulb Challenge
    Date: 2019-03-11
    The University of California - Davis is reporting the launch of the Million Light Bulb Challenge to replace one million incandescent light bulbs for high-quality, energy-efficient LED light bulbs in campus buildings and residences to encourage the reduction of carbon footprints and energy usage.

    Under the program, all UC students, staff, faculty, alumni and retirees can purchase high-quality LED light bulbs through the Community Buy program.

    Lighting can account for 30 pct of the energy usage in a typical home so switching to high performance LED technology can deliver significant cuts in energy consumption, reduced energy bills and lower carbon emissions. (Source: UC Davis, California Aggie, Mar., 2019) Contact: Million Light Bulb Challenge,; UC Davis,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  UC Davis,  

    Vanderbilt Engineering, Science Bldg Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-01-18
    In Nashville, Tenn., private research university Vanderbilt is reporting its Engineering and Science Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

    The Engineering and Science Building houses the university's most energy efficient lab space. During the initial design phase of the building, 3D modeling was used to evaluate conditions of the site such as orientation, heat gain from windows, natural light, and others to ensure optimized design. Other green design elements that helped achieve its LEED status include:

  • 20' tall enthalpy wheels to transfer heat and humidity, conditioning the fresh air intake with exhaust air leaving the building;
  • Chilled beams supplied by hot and cold water used to condition spaces which is more efficient than conditioning with air systems;
  • A 10,000 gallon cistern to capture rain water for irrigation;
  • Sunshading frit on glass to optimize natural solar light and to also help prevent bird strikes;
  • LED energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors;
  • Flexibility of design to allow different lab type use over time as well as lab renovations without major mechanical systems rework;
  • Clean room energy reduction through occupancy and particle sensors to decrease system use when not needed. (Source: Vanderbilt University, PR, 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: Vanderbilt University, 615-322-7311,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  USGBC,  Leed Certification,  LEED Gold,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • Ohio School District Commits $900 K to Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-01-04
    In the Buckeye State, the Commits $9 New Albany-Plain Local School District reports it will spend more than $900,000 on building energy efficiency and upgrades beginning this April.

    As part of the program, the school board is assessing its boilers campus-wide and is working with Columbus, Ohio-based utility American Electric Power (AEP)to improve overall campus-wide energy efficiency, energy efficient lighting, HVAC controls and trimming general energy related costs. The board' aims to save $650,000 in total by June 30, of this year. (Source: New Albany-Plain Local School District, This Week Community News, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: New Albany-Plain Local School District, Superintendent Michael Sawyers,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Bronx Hospital Confirms $11Mn Energy Efficiency Project (Ind Report)

    Date: 2018-11-05
    In metropolitan New York, the Bronx Jacobi Medical Center is reporting its planned $11 million, two-phase energy conservation and efficiency project is expected to be completed within 18 months.

    The project will include: interior and exterior energy efficient LED lighting upgrades; energy efficient lighting controls; HVAC and chiller plant upgrades; minor boiler plant upgrades; and the incorporation of renewable energy and other upgrades expected to have a positive impact on patients, staff and visitors as well as cut energy costs. (Source: Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx Times, 3 Nov., 2018) Contact: Jacobi Medical Center,

    St. Joseph Considers PACE Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    PACE Program
    Date: 2018-10-22
    In the Show Me State, the City of St. Joseph -- pop. 76,400 +- -- city council reports it is considering an ordinance to make St. Joseph a Clean Energy District. If passed, the ordinance would provide alternative funding options for businesses and homeowners wanting to make energy efficient through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

    The PACE program, which would not require additional funding from the city or a special tax from residents, would provide funding for solar paneling, energy efficient hot water heating, HVAC, LED energy efficient lighting and other similar upgrades. (Source: City of St. Joseph, KQ2, 19 Oct., 2018) ontact: City of St. Joseph,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  

    NSW Draws Climate Change Fund Cash to Cut Energy Costs (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-08-20
    In the Land Down Under, the Government of New South Wales State (NSW) reports it is withdrawing $72 million from its Climate Change Fund to help some businesses and households reduce their energy costs.

    Of the total, $35 million would be given to about 250 manufacturing businesses to install energy efficient equipment and meters to track their energy use. An additional $24.5 million will be directed at low-income renters, so they can obtain energy efficient lighting, heating and hot water systems that would save Individual renters an estimated $400 each per year on their energy bills. The rest of the money will go to local councils for LED streetlight upgrades. , NSW has set a zero net emissions by 2050 target. (Source: NSW, ABC News, 19 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Consumption news,  LED Streetlight news,  

    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,  

    Quincy City Council OK's LED Street Lighting (Ind. Report)
    City of Quincy
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In the Bay State, the Boston suburb of Quincy City Council reports it has approved the purchase and installation of 340 LED lamps to replace the city's current ornamental street lights.

    Installation is expected to get underway in June at a cost to the city of approximately $30,000. The city's cost for the bulbs from Crescent Electric is $3,245.98. Conte said that price represents a two-thirds savings through an energy efficiency program connected with Ameren. (Source: City of Quincy, Quincy Herald-Whig, 7 May, 2018) Contact: City of Quincy, Jeffrey Conte, Utilities Director, (617) 376-1000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  

    Global LED Retrofit Market to Hit $4,983.9Mn by 2026 (Ind. Report)
    Transparency Market Research
    Date: 2018-05-09
    According to Transparency Market Research's (TMR) LED retrofit Market -- Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2018-2026 report, the global LED retrofit market was valued at $ 2,046.7 Mn in 2016 and is projected to register cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 9.25 pct from 2018 to 2026.

    The report suggests LED based solutions are gaining popularity in residential and commercial applications, which holds a significant share in the market. Furthermore, multiple US cities and states -- Seattle, Washington (35.5 pct) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (32.9 pct)-- have adopted LEDs. These and other initiatives are expected to have a positive impact on the global LED retrofit market.

    Request report details and a PDF Sample HERE. (Source: TMR, PR, Contact: Transparency Market Research, (866) 552-3453,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  

    Keene Exceeds GHG EMissions Reduction Goal (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-03-21
    In New Hampshire, the city of Keene (pop. 23,400) reports its 2004 vintage Climate Action Plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions generated by municipal operations by 20 pct from 1995 levels, and emissions generated community-wide by 10 pct from 1995 levels, is ahead of schedule.

    The city says it decreased its municipal emissions by 25 pct from 5,899 tons in 1995 to 4,423 tons in 2015, while community-wide emissions decreased by only 2.8 pct from 284,511 tons in 1995 to 276,512 tons in 2015.

    Nearly half (46 pct) of the city and the community's greenhouse gas emissions are generated by the transportation sector followed by the residential sector at 28 pct and the commercial and industrial sector at 23 pct.

    The emissions decrease can be partially credited to the city decreasing its use of fuel oil, including switching the heating operations of buildings from fuel oil to propane, installing energy efficient lighting, a switch to biodiesel and other low-carbon fuels, the installation of a solar PV system on the roof of City Hall, hydroelectric turbines at the water treatment plant, geothermal heating, and upgraded HVAC systems. (Source: City of Keene, Keene Sentinal, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Keene, Mari Brunner, Planner, 352-5474,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

    London Considering Energy Efficient Lighting Strategy (Int'l)
    City of London
    Date: 2018-02-21
    In the UK, the City of London Corp is considering proposals to improve energy efficiency, boost LED use, and tackle light pollution in the city's "Square Mile." The local authority's yet to be adopted lighting strategy includes plans for remotely operated lighting to both improve the look of historic buildings at night, as well as reduce energy consumption and curb light pollution. The strategy will also consider the role lighting has on crime prevention, reinforcing road safety, and light pollution, the latter of which studies have shown can disrupt ecosystems and reduce biodiversity and other considerations. (Source: City of London, BusinessGreen, 19 Feb., 2018)

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

    Univ. of Md. Plans $21.5Mn Energy Conservation Effort (Ind. Report)
    University of Maryland
    Date: 2018-02-07
    Baltimore-based Constellation, reports it has contracted with the Maryland Clean Energy Center, to complete $21.5 million in energy conservation upgrades on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Upgrades include: energy efficient lighting, lab hood ventilation upgrades, new automated HVAC controls, building envelope improvements, transformer updates and chiller plant optimization. The project, which will impact eight campus buildings is scheduled to be completed by April 2019.

    The project is expected to save conserve over 6.4 million kWh of electricity and $1.7 million in utility costs in its first year. Over $18 million of tax-exempt financing has been secured for the project. University of Maryland aims to cut its total energy consumption 20 pct by 2020. (Source: University of Maryland, Maryland Clean Energy Center, Baltimore Bus. Journal, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: Maryland Clean Energy Center, (443) 949-8505,; Constellation, Kelly Biemer, (410) 470-9700,; University of Maryland,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Constellation,  Maryland Clean Energy Center,  

    Honolulu, Hawaii Energy Retrofit City Rental Properties (Ind. Report)
    Hawaii Energy
    Date: 2018-02-07
    In the Aloha State, the City and County of Honolulu together with Hawaii Energy, the state's ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program, are reporting the launch of an energy efficiency retrofit of 11 city-owned rental properties in Downtown Honolulu. The upgrades will include low-flow plumbing fixtures and LED energy efficient lighting that is expected to save residents up to $160 a year.

    The upgrades, which are at no cost to renters, are part of Hawaii Energy's Energy Smart 4 Homes program, a free energy savings program for multifamily properties. The project is expected to save the city $120,000 annually. According to Hawaii Energy, its program delivered 141 million kWh first-year savings from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, and 1.76 billion kWh in lifetime energy savings. (Source: City of Honolulu, Hawaii Electric, Pacific Business News, 5 Feb., 2018))Contact: Hawaii Energy, Brian Kealoha, Exec. Dir, (808) 537-5577,,

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

    Portland Switch to LEDs Expected to Save $1M Annually (Ind. Report)
    TEN Connected Solutions,Portland Maine
    Date: 2018-02-02
    The city of Portland, Maine, reports it has begun replacing all of its street lights with new, energy-efficient LED light fixtures. The projectwas made possible by the city's recent $497,000 acquisition of the streetlights from Central Maine Power Co.. When fully operational, the switch to LEDs is projected to save the city approximately $1 million annually.

    Portland is the first city in Maine to do so under state law enacted in 2013 that allows municipalities to purchase utility-owned street lighting equipment and to replace it with energy efficient LED lighting. The LED replacement work will be completed by Pittsburgh-based TEN Connected Solutions .(Source: city of Portland, Maine Biz, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Portland, Jon Jennings, City Mgr., Troy Moon, Sustainability Coordinator, (207) 874-8685,; TEN Connected Solutions, (855) 429-1010,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Street Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  

    LED Street lighting Mandated in India (Int'l Report)
    LED Street Light
    Date: 2018-01-17
    In Mumbai, the Indian state of Maharashtra Urban Development Department (UDD) reports it has ordered the state's 28,691 civic bodies -- 27 municipal corporations and 235 municipal councils -- to switch to and use only energy efficient LED bulbs for street lighting. The order also calls for all LED street light purchases and installation to be completed through the Central Government owned subsidiary Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL's) Escrow account.

    The order is in keeping with the UDD's Energy Conservation Policy of June 2017. (Source: Maharashtra Urban Development Department, Outlook, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Maharashtra Urban Development Department,; Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar , Managing Dir.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED LIght,  Street Light,  EESL,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  

    Carleton's $1.6Mn LED Lighting Upgrade Near Completion (Ind. Report)
    Carleton University
    Date: 2018-01-17
    Carleton University (enrollment 38,26) in Ottawa, Ontario, reports its project to replace all on-campus exterior and tunnel lighting with new, energy-efficient LED lights is nearly complete.

    KE Electrical Services, the contractor, is installing 1,200 LED light fixtures. The $1.6 million project is being financed by the University's Strategic Infrastructure Fund. The upgrade to LEDlighting is expected to deliver savings equivalent to the energy consumed by 93 houses annually. (Source: Carleton University, Charlatan, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: Carleton University, Trevor Stewart, Dir. Capital Renewal and Construction, (613) 520-2600 ext. 3326,,; KE Electrical Services, (613) 839-0351

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  

    Pasadena Plans 83 pct Cut in Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-01-10
    In the Golden State, the city of Pasadena is touting its new 2018 Climate Action Plan loosely outlining 27 broad measures, many of which offer rebates and incentives. The state mandated $100,000 plan admonishes Pasedeneans to:
  • Drive less to help reduce fossil fuel related emissions;
  • Plant shade trees to help save energy, clean the air, and help to sequester GHG emissions. Tree planting qualifies for a per-tree planted rebate under the PWP's Shade Trees Rebate program;
  • Purchase an electric vehicle (EV) to help reduce fossil-fuel related emissions. The PWP offers incentives and rebates for EV purchases;
  • Switch to energy efficient home appliances. PWP rebates available for dishwashers, washers, toilets, and refrigerators;
  • Switch to LED Energy Efficient lighting to energy use for lighting by up to 75 pct;
  • Home energy efficiency upgrades -- PWP offers programs and rebates available for income-qualified customers to help lower bill payments and provide free or low-cost upgrades for water and energy home appliances;
  • Track energy and water usage -- Compare energy and water use with similarly sized homes to see how you can make your home more efficient;
  • Recycle inefficient refrigerators with PWP rebate program.

    From 2009 to 2013, Pasadena cut GHG emissions by 9 pct from 2.05 million metric tons of CO2 to 1.9 million. Most of the reduction was the result of decreased gasoline consumption and use of more efficient electric appliances. Even so, the city's GHG emissions rose by 64 pct.

    Access the City of Pasadena/Draft Pasadena Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: City of Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 7 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Pasadena,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

  • GB Energie, POWTEC Provide LED Solutions for Fed. Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    GB Energie, POWTEC
    Date: 2018-01-10
    In the nation's capital, GB Energie LED, a minority, woman-owned sustainable energy solutions specialist, reports it is partnering with Alaska-based IT solutions provider POWTEC Solutions LLC, to address federal, state, and local governments and tribal entity energy efficiency opportunities, including the replacement of existing lighting with Revolution Lighting Technologies high efficiency LED lighting solutions.

    The companies look to address lighting retrofit opportunities, installing Revolution Lighting's high performance LED solutions to reduce lighting energy use by more than 65 pct while increasing light output.

    Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. desigsn, manufactures, markets and sell LED lighting solutions to industrial, commercial and government markets in the United States, Canada, and internationally. (Source: GB Energie LED, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc.,; GB Energie LED, Dr. Gloria B. Herndon, Pres., CEO, (301) 526-1749,; POWTEC Solutions, Felix McGowan, Business Development Manager,

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    Windy City Set for $160Mn LED Street-Light Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Chicago reports it is set to become one of the largest cities in the world to switch 85 pct of its street lights and street lighting infrastructure to energy and cost saving LEDs over the next four years. The plan will see 270,000 high pressure sodium lights switched to significantly more energy efficient and longer lasting LED lights at an estimated to cost $160 million. The project is expected to begin delivering a return on investment within 2 years. The roll out will also include a smart grid that indicates when a light is not working, so that residents no longer have to report faults. (Source: City of Chicago, BusinessGreen, 8 Jan., 2018)

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    ComEd, CLEAResult Tout LED Light Incentives Success (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-27
    Austin,Texas-headquartered CLEAResult, a leader in designing and implementing technology-enabled energy efficiency programs for utilities, reports it has provided incentives for nearly 100 million energy-efficient lightbulbs, through a partnership with Illinois' largest electric utility, ComEd, as part of the utility's residential lighting discount offering.

    The offering provides instant in-store discounts at participating retail stores on select ENERGY STAR certified LEDs and trim kits. The 2008 vintage program has to date achieved energy savings of more than 3.3 billion kWh which is enough energy to power more than 265,000 homes for one year.

    CLEAResult partnered with ComEd to provide education and training to consumers and participating retailers, conducting more than 320,000 consumer events and 2,700 in-store training events to promote ENERGY STAR® certified lighting products. October 26, 2017 09:00 ET | Source: CLEAResult, 26 Oct., 2017) Contact: CLEAResult, George Malek, Director of Energy Efficiency Services, (512) 327-9200,; ENERGY STAR,

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    Housing Authority Energy Efficiency Program Confirms $902,000 Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Housing Authority of Lawrence County
    Date: 2017-10-27
    In western Pennsylvania, the Housing Authority of Lawrence County is reporting its 2016 guaranteed energy efficiency and water savings project has delivered over $900,000 in energy costs savings.

    The project includes new energy efficient lighting, extensive water conservation measures, high efficient boilers and furnaces, ENERGY STAR appliances and energy efficient windows. The residential upgrades delivered $902,463 in energy and water savings last year, even though most had been installed and operational less than a full year.

    This project was a partnership between The Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence and the residents of the upgraded housing units. The Efficiency Network, Inc., a Pittsburgh-area high technology energy efficiency and sustainability services provider completed most of the work. (Source: New Caste News, 24 Oct., 2017) , executive director of the Contact: Housing Authority of Lawrence County, Gene DiGennaro, Exec. Dir., (724) 656-5100,

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    Energy Efficiency Investments Rising, says Johnson Controls (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2017-10-13
    According to Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) 2017 survey of more than 1,500 facility and management executives in the U.S., Canada, and 10 other countries, global interest and investment in energy efficiency is on the rise, with 70 pct of organizations surveyed paying more attention to energy efficiency than a year ago.

    Consistent with previous year's studies, investments in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment were the most popular energy efficiency- related improvement made last year. Investments in "smart" buildings, energy management, energy efficient lighting (LED), energy storage and energy security were also on the rise among survey respondents. Building energy benchmarking and certification, along with government policy were found to be the key drivers for energy efficiency upgrades and investments. (Source: Johnson Controls, Facility Exec, Oct., 2017) Contact: Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency,

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    Brockton, Mass, Scores LED Street Lighting Grant (Funding)
    Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
    Date: 2017-10-06
    In the Bay State, the city of Brockton reports is receiving $283,000 of an overall $4.3 million in recently announced state grant funding for energy efficient LED street lighting. The state's Rapid LED Streetlight Conversion Program is being offered to an additional 40 Massachusetts town and cities.

    Since its 2016 launch, the Department of Energy Resources Rapid LED Streetlight Conversion Program has provided $11.4 million to Massachusetts communities for new street lighting. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Brockton Enterprise, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300,

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    Thunder Bay Scores $12Mn in Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
    Thunder Bay,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2017-09-18
    The Ontario government has announced more than $12 million in funding for energy efficiency upgrades for the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) over the next five years. The funding will be used for new energy efficient windows, energy efficient lighting and heating systems at nine

    The funding will be drawn from current and future sales of greenhouse gas emission permits under the provincial cap-and-trade system, Approximately 9 DSSAB facilities. Source: DSSAB, CBC News, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: DSSAB, (807) 766-2111,

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    Shading, Lighting Retrofits Slash Office Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Building Energy Exchange
    Date: 2017-07-12
    Researchers from the US DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) have found that by using advanced lighting and automated shades occupants on one 40,000 sq-ft floor of a New York City high-rise office building slashed lighting energy usage by nearly 80 pct. Researchers estimated that a building-wide retrofit -- excluding heating and cooling -- would have saved $730,000 in annual energy costs. Using industry estimates of typical installed system costs ranging from $3 to $10 per square foot, the shading and lighting retrofits would pay for themselves in three to 12 years.

    Berkeley Lab partnered with the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx), an independent nonprofit, to demonstrate that even in relatively modern office buildings, installing the latest generation of smart, actively controlled energy efficient lighting and shading can significantly lower energy costs.

    LBL will work with BEEx and building owners to further promote the business case for these advanced technologies and with DOE and manufacturers to develop next-generation products for improved energy efficiency. (Source: LBL, July, 2017) Contact: Berkeley Lab, Eleanor Lee, Project Leader,; DOE Office of Science,; Building Energy Exchange, (212) 349-3900,

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