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DNV GL Implementation Contractor of the Year for 2020 (Ind. Report)
DNV GL,Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association
Date: 2020-06-08
In Detroit, the not-for-profit Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA) has named DNV GL as the Implementation Contractor of the Year for 2020 for the the fourth year in a row.

DNV GL has served as the primary energy efficiency program implementer for both DTE and Consumers since 2009. During that time, DNV GL has completed more than 115,000 energy efficiency projects throughout the state of Michigan and distributed more than $532 million in incentive payments for these projects. These efforts have resulted in an energy savings of more than 30 million Mcf of natural gas, 10,000+ GWh of electricity, and $700 million in avoided energy costs for Consumers Energy's and DTE Energy's customers.

MEECA is a nonprofit trade association that promotes and supports the contractors, utilities, manufacturers, and program implementers that provide energy efficiency products and services across Michigan.(Source: DNV GL, PR, 29 May, 2020) Contact: DNV GL, Nick Brod, Senior VP Program Design and Implementation,; Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association, 517-896-2960,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association,  Energy Eficiency,  DNV GL,  

UIPA, RMP Ink Renewables Cooperation Agreement (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power,Utah Inland Port Authority
Date: 2020-05-29
In the Beehive State, the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) and Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) report the inking of a Joint Clean Energy Cooperation Statement to create a sustainable energy supply within the UIPA jurisdictional area. The agreement allows the sharing of data and resources to identify solutions to meet future needs with net 100 pct renewable energy, planning for electrification of freight, cargo and logistics equipment, and energy efficiency programs.

Work will begin by developing a 10-year power use forecast for the current UIPA jurisdictional land that identifies how much power is needed, followed by a renewable energy generation and storage forecast to serve as a roadmap for future action that includes resource type (wind, solar, battery, renewable energy credits, etc.), resource size (in megawatts), and capital. Additional agreements and approvals on specific projects are anticipated as this work goes forward.(Source: Utah Inland Port Authority , KUTV, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Utah Inland Port Authority, Jack Hedge, Executive Director,; Rocky Mountain Power, Gary Hoogeveen, Pres., CEO, (800) 222-4335,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Energy Eficiency,  Renewable Energy,  

NYC Building Energy Conservation Code Updated (Ind. Report)
New York City
Date: 2020-05-11
In the Empire State, the Big Apple is reporting the updating its New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) which will be current with the New York State 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code.

The State code is based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016. The 2020 NYCECC will become effective May 12, 2020, the same effective date as the state's energy code which aligns the code with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) NYStretch Energy Code-2020, as adopted by the New York City Council on March 29, 2020.

The 2020 New York City Energy Code includes energy efficiency requirements help to improve overall building envelope performance through installation of better performing and more energy efficient windows and other initiatives.

Access the 2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code HERE (Source: NYC City Council, Door & Window Market, 8 May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Eficiency,  Energy Management,  Energy Conservation,  ASHRAE,  NYSERDA,  

Heat Pump, Appliance Energy Efficiency Importance (Report Attached)
Ozone Secretariat
Date: 2020-05-04
The Ozone Secretariat has prepared three briefing notes to support parts A, B and C of the 9 - 10 July 2018 Vienna workshop on energy efficiency opportunities in the context of phasing-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This briefing note provides an overview of energy and carbon related issues.

Download the The Potential to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heat Pumps Sectors HERE. (Source: UNEP, May, 2020) Contact: UNEP,; Ozone Secretariat,

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

Global Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings Market Size, Status and Forecast 2019-2025 (Report Available)
QY Research
Date: 2020-02-05
QY Research is touting its Global Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings Market Size, Status and Forecast 2019-2025 report covering the global energy efficiency in commercial buildings market.

According to the report, the global energy efficiency in commercial buildings market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 12.0 pct between 2019 and 2025. By the end of 2025, the global market value is projected to reach above $60 billion, an increase over its 2018 $25 billion mark.

The report covers leading players in the global energy efficiency in commercial buildings market, including Johnson Controls, Logical Buildings, Siemens, Honeywell, Cylon Controls, Eaton Corporation, Spacewell, Carrier (UTC), Coolnomix, Schneider Electric, GridPoint, Fujitsu General, Technovator International, Emerson Electric, Danfoss, General Electric, Carel, Trane, Hitachi, and Bosch Thermotechnology.

On the basis of product type, the market is segmented into energy management, lighting, and HVAC. The authors of the report have also segmented the global energy efficiency in commercial buildings market into schools, hospitals, stadiums, shopping malls, retain chains, offices, and hotels and others.

Access report details and PDF report sample HERE. (Source: QY Research, PR, 29 Jan., 2020) Contact: QY Research, Inc., 626 295 2442, ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  

CFA Announces Energy Efficiency Grant Funding (Ind. Report, Funding)
Energy Efficiency,Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
Date: 2020-01-15
In the Keystone State, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies (CFA) is reporting the availability of grant funding from the Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund for "projects and programs that support the development and use of clean energy technologies and energy efficiency."

The Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, which is managed by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and the Berks County Community Foundation, will distribute a total of nearly $200,000 in funding ranging from $2,000 to $50,000, depending on the scope of the projects.

Grant funding is prioritized for nonprofits, but commercial and industrial organizations also may apply. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Eligible applicants must be located in and/or serve residents in territory served by Met-Ed or Penelec in Pennsylvania. (Source: Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Penna., 14 Jan., 2020) Contact: Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund,; Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, 814-536-7741,

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

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

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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Delmarva Power,  Energy Eficiency,  Energize Delaware,  

USGBTouts Data-Driven Green Buildings Tool (New Prod. & Tech.)
U.S. Green Building Council
Date: 2019-11-22
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is reporting the launch of "Insight", a new data-driven tool that highlights building project design features that can lead to better performance.

Insight is available as a feature of the Arc platform and provides information on the design attributes of LEED certified buildings within a specified geographic region. Using the tool, project teams can compare and rank potential sustainability strategies to see how they stack up against the performance of other buildings.

Insight leverages the depth of the existing LEED data to aid designers and builders in adopting smart, practical and achievable sustainability strategies.

Insight can be leveraged by LEED and green building teams to improve the design -- and eventually performance -- of their buildings by encouraging the implementation of best practices during the design and construction stage. Insight helps green building and LEED project teams identify practices that could improve building performance and eliminate those that pose a risk to their long-term investment. (Source: USGBC, Milehigh CRE, 20 Nov., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  U.S. Green Building Council,  Energy Eficiency,  

CEMEX Plants Score EPA ENERGY STAR Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-10-11
Global building materials and cement company CEMEX USA is reporting two of its cement plants -- Miami and Brooksville South -- have been awarded US EPA ENERGY STAR® Certification for 2019, recognizing CEMEX's efforts in energy efficiency and sustainability.

These two CEMEX plants have been repeatedly certified by the EPA's ENERGY STAR® program for their conservation efforts. This year's recognition marks nine consecutive years of ENERGY STAR® Certification for CEMEX's Miami Cement Plant, while the Brooksville South Cement Plant has achieved the certification seven out of the last eight years. (Source: CEMEX, USA PR, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: DOE Energy Star®,; CEMEX USA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Eficiency,  CEMEX,  

DC Business District First LEED-Certified Community (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-10-09
In the nation's capital, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) reports it has been named as the US Green Building Council's first world-wide LEED Platinum for Communities certification recipient.

The 43-square block Golden Triangle currently hosts 63 LEED-certified buildings -- representing 42 pct of the total built area in the BID. (Source: Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, citybizlist, 7 Oct., 2019) Contact: Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, Leona Agouridis, Executive Director, (202) 463.3400,,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Eficiency,  

60-Story Passive House Building Planned in Vancouver (Ind. Report)
Passive House
Date: 2019-08-16
Now, according to In Vancouver, the Journal of Commerce is reporting the world's largest "passive building" a 60-story high-rise building is on the drawing boards. The building at 1075 Nelson will incorporate f a combination of new technology and biophilic design to achieve Passive House standards, and will feature trees on every third level in the center of the building to create a "green column."

Founded in Germany for residential buildings, the standard, which helps designers design ultra-energy-efficient buildings by using passive heating and cooling systems that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate climate change. According to the International Passive House Association, the Passive House standard is relevant and useful to any climate.(Source: International Passive House Association, Journal of Commerce, Facilitiesnet, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: International Passive House Association,

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Georgia Power IRP Includes Increased Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2019-07-22
Georgia power is reporting its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has been approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

The IRP includes 80 megawatts of energy storage and 72 percent more renewable generation by 2024, all supported by batteries. The plan also adds 2,260 MW of new solar, wind and biomass energy to the company's energy mix. The plan also includes energy efficiency targets 15 pct higher than previous IRPs while adding new energy-saving initiatives for residential and commercial customers. Further, through an income-qualified initiative, the program will provide greater financial assistance to households which are historically underrepresented in energy efficiency programs. (Source: Georgia Power, Com. Property Exec., July, 2019)Contact: Georgia Power, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Eficiency,  

First BREEAM USA Goes to The Landmark @ One Market (Ind. Report)
BRE Global
Date: 2019-07-17
San Francisco-based real estate investment firm American Assets Trust, Inc. (AAT) and BRE Global, a world leading, multi-disciplinary building science organization, are reporting the historic, 1916-vintage, The Landmark @ One Market property is the first building in San Francisco to be certified using the BREEAM USA standard for existing buildings.

Developed in 1990 by BRE Global, BREEAM is internationally recognized as the most comprehensive and holistic environmental assessment method with over 2,250,000 registered projects and 565,000+ certified buildings worldwide across more than 83 countries.

Focusing on assessing and rating the performance of existing buildings, BREEAM USA In-Use has been adapted from BREEAM In-Use International to reflect differences in American standards and practices while still providing the global comparability. (Source: BRE Global, American Assets Trust, Yahoo, 16 July, 2019) Contact: American Assets Trust,; BRE Global,; BREEM USA,

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ASHRAE, US DOE Ink Cooperation Agreement (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-06-12
ASHRAE -- the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers -- reports the recenting inking of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) formalizing its co-operation with the U.S. government to implement numerous initiatives to improve energy efficiency in buildings. ASHRAE and DOE seek to work cooperatively to:
  • Improve the efficient use of energy, building resiliency and improve building performance;

  • Encourage the continued development of voluntary consensus-based standards related to energy efficiency and encourage the adoption of technologically feasible and economically justified energy efficiency measures in each succeeding version of Standard 90.1 (Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) by states to ensure energy and cost savings;

  • Provide and encourage the use of clear and consistent information to the building industry about building energy rating and labeling;

  • Work within the building community and related professions to encourage the interoperability of building related software and integrated solutions. (Source: ASHRAE, Website, 28 May, 2019) Contact: ASHRAE, Sheila Hayter, Pres, (404) 636-8400,; US DOE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  ASHRAE,  Energy Eficiency,  

  • Jordanian Fund Supports Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
    Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
    Date: 2019-05-29
    Reporting fro Amman, the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is reporting the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) has implemented projects worth JD50 million ($70,5 million) to mainstream renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the Kingdom.

    The funded projects covered a number of sectors including domestic, industrial, agricultural, tourism, places of worship and schools. Around 128 schools were funded for energy saving projects including heating upgrades, insulation, energy-saving lighting systems (LED bulbs), cooling, solar panels, general maintenance and others.

    The fund also provided 50 pct of the cost of installing 22,000 solar water heaters for citizens, and offered a full grant for solar water heaters and LED bulbs and installations in 3,500 homes of poor families and royal grant housing units. The fund also installed 1,600 residential electric power generation systems, solar cells in 483 religous shrines, distributed some 50,000 LED bulbs with plans to distribute an additional 250,000 bulbs through electricity companies. (Source: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ammon, 26 May, 2019) Contact: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, +962 6 580 3060,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  

    Coalition Seeks Renewed Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Alliance to Save Energy
    Date: 2019-05-03
    The Alliance to Save Energy and a coalition of manufacturers, advocacy groups, and trade associations representing millions of American workers has called for Washington to modernize and extend expired energy efficiency tax incentives. If so enacted, the updated incentives that would sharply reduce US carbon emissions. create employment and cut millions of dollars in energy bills.

    The coalition, led by the Alliance to Save Energy, includes leading manufacturers of windows, air conditioners, insulation and other components alongside environmental and efficiency advocates such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

    The proposed tax incentives call for broadly supported improvements to the expired 45L tax incentive for high-efficiency new home construction and the 25C tax incentive for homeowner efficiency improvements -- installing insulation, replacing windows, or purchasing high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment. The improvements include strengthening the efficiency level that must be met to receive the incentives, while also increasing the dollar value of the incentives.

    The coalition also called for extending the 179D incentive for efficiency improvements in commercial buildings. (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, May, 2019) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Eficiency,  

    ASE Responds to Trump's Budget Plan to Cut Energy Efficiency Programs (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Alliance to Save Energy
    Date: 2019-03-13
    The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) has released a statement in response and opposition to the Trump administration's FY 2020 budget proposal calling for deep cuts to energy efficiency programs at the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and others including: Advanced Manufacturing Office; Building Technologies Office; ENERGY Star program; Vehicle Technologies Office; the Federal Energy Management Programme; the State Energy Program; The Weatherization Assistance Program; the National Laboratories -- SANDIA, NREL, Ames Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory; ARPA-E and others.

    "This proposal would take an axe to innovation in our energy sector, cutting critical research funds and energy efficiency investments that have a proven track record of reducing energy costs for consumers and businesses" said Jason Hartke. "We look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to fight for these programs in the coming months." Hartke added that there is no room for complacency, because this is an existential threat to the backbone of energy efficiency and all of its many economic and environmental benefits. Even if the endgame for the administration is more modest cuts negotiated with Congress, that is still a major threat. These programs are among the smartest investments the federal government makes, and they should be made stronger, not weaker." (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, Jason Hartke, Pres., (202) 857-0666,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Eficiency,  

    Green Paint Slated for UAE Environmental Projects (Int'l)
    UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development reports it is set to use a "Smart Paint" that can absorb carbon dioxide in all of its infrastructure projects.

    The paint significantly reduces carbon emissions. One square meter of the Smart Paint is equivalent to one tree in absorbing carbon dioxide. The paint can also reduce power consumption by up to 25 pct because of its insulation capabilities.

    Going green is a key priority for the ministry and its sustainability initiatives including: recycling asphalt at construction sites; using new technology in developing roads; and installing power-charging stations for electric vehicles at government premises," according to the Ministry. (Source: UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Feb., 2019) Contact: UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, +971 2 626 2630,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  Energy Storage,  

    Corning Surpasses EPA Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    EPA EEnergy Star, Corning Inc.
    Date: 2019-01-21
    Corning, New York-based Corning Incorporated is reporting 10 of its global manufacturing plants have surpassed energy efficiency standards established by the U.S. EPA Energy Star Challenge for Industry. Under the Energy Star for Industries challenge, companies have to increase their industrial sites' energy efficiency by at least 10 pct in five years or less . Notably, 10 of Corning's production facilities improved their energy efficiency by 10.4 pct to 52.4 pct in less than five years.

    Corning's Global Energy Management (GEM) program researches and implements projects at the company's various manufacturing plants worldwide to meet energy-saving objectives including: manufacturing process innovation, facility design, and maximizing energy efficiencies in the plant and through improved supply chain initiatives. Since Corning created its GEM program in 2006, it has won recognition as an Energy Star Partner of the Year every year since 2014, delivering more than half a billion dollars in savings, and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.3 million metric tons.

    Corning Incorporated is an American multinational technology company that specializes in specialty glass, ceramics, and related materials and technologies including advanced optics, primarily for industrial and scientific applications. (Source: Corning Inc., Zacks, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Corning Inc.,; EPA Energy Star,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  EPA Energy Star,  

    EU Earmarks €54 Mn for Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Fund (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-12-17
    The European Union (EU) reports it is providing the second tranche of financial assistance amounting to €54 million to support the activity of the Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Fund. These funds are added to the first tranche worth EUR 50 million that Ukraine received from the EU for the Fund's activity in June.

    The EU support is aimed at implementing the programs that include the provision of non-refundable grants to the apartment building co-owners associations for taking energy efficiency measures, technical support for the apartment building co-owners associations in preparation of applications to the Fund, as well as assistance in the training of energy auditors who will work in all the regions of Ukraine. (Source: UKRINFORM, 17 Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  

    Arizona Utilities Encouraged to Increase Energy Efficiency Investments (Ind. Report)
    US PIRG, Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2018-12-12
    With just days before the Arizona Corporation Commission is expected to vote on Tucson Electric Power's (TEP) Demand-Side Management Plan, Tucson business owners are encouraging the Commission to increase investment in energy efficiency. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, who have been speaking with business owners across Tucson, are hopeful the Commission will restore and increase energy efficiency funding for TEP ratepayers.

    In a letter to the Commission, three dozen business owners cited the return on investment, the creation of local jobs and reduced energy waste attributed to energy efficiency. According to the letter, since 2010, energy saving programs implemented by TEP and Arizona Public Service Company (APS) deliver approximately $3.90 in benefits for every $1 invested by ratepayers. Additionally, the APs and TEP energy-saving programs have cut energy waste by delivering demand savings greater than eight 100MW peaker power plants. (Source: US PIRG, PR, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: US PIRG, Aaron Kane (602) 252-9227,; Arizona Corporation Commission,; Tucson Electric Power, (520) 571-4000,; Arizona Public Service Company,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US PIRG,  Energy Eficiency,  Tucson Electric Power,  

    METRON Raises €8 Mn for R&D Consolidation (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-10-22
    Paris-headquartered French energy intelligence platform specialist METRON is reporting completion of a new €8 million fundraising with commitments from BNP Paribas, Financiere Fonds Prives, and existing shareholder, Breed Reply. The funds will be earmarked for international growth and further development of the company's AI-based energy optimization solutions.

    METRON offers an energy intelligence platform that collects, aggregates and analyses in real time all types of data generated by industrial systems, while interfacing directly with external data such as those from energy markets or weather forecasts. The artificial intelligence engine developed by METRON allows manufacturers to effectively reduce their energy consumption and improve their environmental footprint.

    The METRON-EVA® (Energy Virtual Assistant) platform provides real-time mapping of all energy flows and visual management of energy performance indicators. Through machine learning algorithms and dedicated knowledge bases, it allow s companies to identify in industrial processes, non-intuitive optimization levers and to support their implementation to generate the expected gains. By interfacing directly with energy markets or decentralized energy assets such as renewable energies, factory operations can be optimized in real time according to production and market context.

    Founded in 2013, METRON is active in ten countries and has operational centres in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. (Source: Metron, PR, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Metron, Vincent Sciandra, CEO , +33 (0)1 40 28 65 65,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  

    Centrica Report Touts Distributed Low-Carbon Energy Tech (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In the UK, Powering Sustainability, a new study from British Gas owner Centrica Plc has found that the country's healthcare, industrial, and hospitality sectors could meet more than half of their greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2030 by deploying distributed low carbon energy technologies such as battery storage, energy efficiency and onsite renewable energy power generation. The report notes that efficiency measures could deliver an 11 per cent CO2 saving across the healthcare, industrial, and hospitality sectors which together represent over 27 pct of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.

    The government's 2017 Clean Growth Strategy challenged UK businesses to improve their energy efficiency -- productivity by 20 pct by 2030, and the report argues distributed energy technologies could help companies achieve around half of that target. The reports says the deployment of distributed energy technologies in just half of organizations across the three sectors could achieve savings of 9 megatonnes per year of carbon dioxide equivalent for a total of 137MtCO2e by 2030.

    The government's independent Committee on Climate Change has warned the UK is currently off track to meet its binding emissions goals for the late 2020s and early 2030s. (Source: Centrica, Business Green, Oct., 2018) Contact: Centrica,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Centrica,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Eficiency,  

    La Crosse Launches Energy Efficiency Incentive Program (Ind. Report)
    City of La Crosse
    Date: 2018-09-19
    In the Badger State, the city of La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat has launched the Home Energy Challenge. Under the city's initiative, the first 100 residents can qualify for as much as $4,100 to help cover the cost of energy efficiency upgrades including: new insulation, air ceilings, new HVAC systems, upgrading to LED lighting and other upgrades. The program also benefits the housing market because it gets homeowners to reinvest into their homes, according toa release. (Source: City of LaCrosse, WXOW, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: City of LaCrosse, Focus on Energy, Karl Hilker, Snr. Project Manager,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  

    UC Santa Barbara Lauded for Efficiency, Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    UC Santa Barbara
    Date: 2018-08-29
    The 2018 Sustainable Campus Index has tagged the University of California Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara) as a top performer in three categories of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2018 Sustainable Campus Index. The annual index ranks the nation's most sustainable colleges and universities, as measured by AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

    Highlighting innovative and high-impact sustainability initiatives from STARS-rated institutions -- UCSB holds a STARS Gold rating for sustainability impact areas related to academics, engagement, operations and administration.

    In existing buildings and new construction, UCSB is committed to the US Green Building Council's LEED green building rating system with more than 278,000 square feet currently certified as either LEED Platinum or Gold. UCSB also has an indoor air quality policy, a green cleaning policy and is ranked fifth, earning 69 pct, compared to an average of just 16.9 pct for institutions of comparable size in sustainable investments.

    AASHE's STARS is the leading tool for measuring higher education sustainability performance. With nearly 800 participating institutions, it is the most thoroughly vetted and extensively tested system of its kind. (Source: UC Santa Barbara, Sept., 2018) Contact: UC Santa Barbara, Shelly Leachman, (805) 893-8726,,; AASHE, Meghan Fay Zahniser , Sustainable Campus Exec. Dir.,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  Sustainability,  Energy Eficiency,  

    London RE:FIT Energy Efficiency Program Lauded (Int'l. Report)
    Mayor of London RE:FIT Program
    Date: 2018-08-13
    In the UK, the Mayor of London's award winning RE:FIT Program supports public sector organizations improve non-domestic public buildings more energy efficient by providing an energy performance contracting framework to guarantee energy savings.

    In London alone, the programme has supported the retrofit of over 600 public sector buildings, reducing carbon emissions by 149,000 tCO2 and saving these organizations £7.1 million per year.

    Energy savings is t the heart of RE:FIT program. By entering into contract, the delivery of energy reductions is guaranteed thus pproviding a strong business case for taking action and assurance that financial savings will be achieved. Through ongoing measurement and verification provided as part of any RE:FIT contract, organizations receive annual energy reports demonstrating savings. This is reported in line with the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol, an internationally recognized reporting method. As well as reducing energy consumption and costs, delivering a project using RE:FIT has a number of important additional benefits, such as better management practices; improved maintenance activities; and enhanced brand and stakeholder reputation.(Source: Mayor of London RE:FIT Program, Public Sector Executive, 6 Aug., 2018)Contact: Mayor of London RE:FIT Program, +44 0 20 7983 4000

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  

    UK Killing Mandatory CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (Int'l)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-01
    The U.S. law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP is reporting the upcoming demise of the UK government's 2010 vintage mandatory Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme.

    The CRC is a mandatory carbon emissions trading scheme that applies to large UK business and public organizations. The CRC was aimed at increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions from large non-intensive energy users that, over the course of a year, used more than 6,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of certain electricity and had at least one half-hourly meter settled on the half-hourly electricity market. Under the CRC, participant organization were required to: collate information and report on its energy supplies; purchase and surrender allowances equal to the CO2 emissions it generated; advise the Environment Agency on changes that could affect that organisation's registration; and maintaine a record of its energy consumption and supplies.

    The CRC scheme was widely criticized for adding an administrative burden to non-energy intensive companies such as large offices and hotels. The Climate Change Levy (CCL) will be increased from April 2019 to compensate and to "cover the cost of CRC abolition in a fiscally-neutral reform." (Source: Latham & Watkins LLP, Blog, 30 July, 2018) Contact: Latham & Watkins LLP,

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

    UK Energy Ministry Offices Rated Energy Inefficient (Int'l)
    Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2018-06-29
    In London, four of the eleven offices leased by the UK government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have scored the lowest possible "G Rating" for energy efficiency, according to the BBC. The energy display ratings are used to measure the energy performance of public buildings.

    The display energy certificates show 10 Victoria Street, in Westminster, which the department leases and operates, uses twice the amount of electricity a typical office of that type. Its offices at Apex Court in Nottingham, Cheylsemore House South in Coventry, and Buckingham Palace Road in central London, also received the lowest possible G rating on their certificates. Only one building the department leases, The Observatory in Chatham, received an A rating, and the department's headquarters, at 1 Victoria Street, scored below average, with an E rating.

    According to BEIS, it has saved £104 million in the last financial year through efficiency measures. Apparently, there is still room for improvement. (Source: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BBC, June, 2018) Contact: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Department of Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy,  Energy Eficiency ,  

    EBRD Lending €5.1Mn for Bosnian Energy Efficiency Measures (Int'l)
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    Date: 2018-04-02
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has reportedly a €5.1 million loan to Sarjavo-based microfinance organization MKF Partner to support residential energy efficiency measures.

    The loan has been made through the EBRD's €85 million Green Economy Financing Facility for the Western Balkans, according to an MKF Partner statement. The funds will be lent to individuals, residents' associations, suppliers of green energy and others to finance thermal insulation of buildings, replacement of windows and doors, purchase of pellet and biomass boilers, solar collectors, heat pumps, economical lighting and other energy efficiency measures.

    MKF Partner is an active lender to micro and small enterprises in Bosnia.

    The EBRD has invested over €2.1 billion in more than 150 projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina to date. (Source: European Parliament, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 2 April, 2018) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000,; MKF Partner,

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    WA State Rejigs Energy Efficiency Grants Program (Ind. Report)
    Washington State Dept. of Commerce
    Date: 2018-03-09
    In Olympia, the Washington State Department of Commerce reports its Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants (EES) program, currently in the Local Government Division, will soon be joining the Energy Division.

    EES program grants are awarded through a competitive process and must be used solely for energy and operational cost saving and solar installations.

    The EES program grants state public higher education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies and K-12 public school districts:

  • $3,675,000 each for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for grants to be awarded in competitive rounds for operational cost savings improvements;
  • $1,750,000 solely for grants that involve the purchase and installation of solar energy systems;
  • 1,400,000 solely for energy efficiency improvements for projects in state-owned facilities that repair or replace existing building systems: and
  • $500,000 for the resource conservation managers at the department of enterprise services to assist state agencies and school districts to improve energy and other resource efficiency in state-owned facilities. (Source: Washington State Dept. of Commerce, 7 Mar., 2018)Contact: Washington State Dept. of Commerce, (360) 725-4000,

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  • Al Hussein Tech, JGBC Ink Energy Efficiency Training MoU (Int'l)
    Jordan Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-11-29
    In Amman, Jordan, Al Hussein Technical University (HTU) and the Jordan Green Building Council (JGBC) report they are joining forces and cooperating on Green Building and energy efficiency awareness, programs and training.

    Under the terms of their agreement, JGBC will offer several green building training opportunities to HTU students, conduct joint research efforts, and connect HTU's student with contractors and consulting firms in the green building sector. The agreement will also be available to graduates from other Jordanian universities and practicing green building and energy efficiency professionals.

    The JGBC heads a network of 14 councils in 14 countries in the MENA region. (Source: MENAFN, Jordan News Agency, 20 Nov., 2017)Contact: Jordan GBC, +962 6 552 0893,; Al Hussein Technical University, +962 580 569 406,

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    ENERGY STAR Cuts Could Threaten Canadian Climate Plan (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY Star
    Date: 2017-10-06
    According to Natural Resources Canada (NRC), the Trump Administration's plan to slash the DOE ENERGY STAR program budget by 40 pct could cripple the program and put at risk up to one-third of the emissions reductions Canada hopes to achieve from its national climate change action plan. Indeed, NRC is skeptical that Canada could continue with the ENERGY STAR if the Americans withdraw.

    President Trump's spring budget proposal has threatened to eliminate the entire $50 million funding for ENERGY STAR but House of Representatives passed its budget bill, which proposes to cut the ENERGY STAR budget by 40 pct.

    Canada joined ENERGY STAR in 2001, and expects to spend spend approximately $10.5 million to run its side of the program this year. The ENERGY STAR program is the basis for almost all of the energy-efficiency programs run by Canadian provincial energy efficiency and climate change programs aimed at cutting nearly 30 million tonnes of carbon-equivalent emissions over the next 13 years . (Source: ENERGY STAR, Canadian Press, Various Media, 1 Oct., 2017) Contact: ENERGY STAR,

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    Winery Energy Efficiency, Storage Saves $15Mn (Ind. Report)
    Jackson Family Wines
    Date: 2017-07-19
    In Santa Rosa, California, Jackson Family Wines (JFW) reports that its 2015 installation of 21 Tesla Energy Power Wall stationary energy storage systems with a total 4.2 megawatts of storage capacity, along with other energy efficiency measures, have cut energy costs by more than $15 million. They also reduced the energy and water required to produce one gallon of wine.

    The company is committed to reinvesting the energy efficiency savings in onsite renewable energy. (Source: Jackson Family Wines, Energy Manager, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Jackson Family Wines, (707)544-4000,; Tesla Powerwall,

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