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Ameresco Nails School Dist. Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2019-08-14
In the Golden State, Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco is reporting completion of an energy efficiency project with Lynwood Unified School District. The completed project is expected to cut the district's utility costs roughly $234,000 per year.

The two-phased project began in August 2015 and reached commercial operations in February 2019. Seven of the district’s least energy efficient elementary schools, along with its administrative office building, were retrofitted with LED lighting, web-based energy management, wireless lighting control systems and upgraded HVAC systems. (Source: Ameresco, Renewable Energy, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


BOEM Stalling Vineyard Wind Environmental Statement (Reg & Leg)
Vineyard Wind,
Date: 2019-08-12
In the Bay State, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is reportedly stalling the release of a key environmental impact statement on Vineyard Wind's proposed wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts. The federal agency said the delay is in response to comments "from stakeholders and cooperating agencies" requesting a more robust cumulative analysis that would include projects that have been awarded power purchase agreements, but may not have submitted construction and operations plans. To that end, BOEM has decided to supplement the Draft EIS and solicit comments on its revised cumulative impacts analysis," according to an agency statement.

Vineyard Wind urged the federal government to complete the project's review as quickly as possible and says the 84-turbine, 800-MW wind farm is key to a 2016 Massachusetts renewable energy law and remains viable.

(Source: Vineyard Wind, BOEM, Boston.com, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964,www.vineyardwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BOEM,  Offshore Wind,  Vineyard Wind,  


DOE Awards Bldg. Energy Management R&D Funding (R&D, Funding)
U.S. DOE Office of Science,BEM Controls
Date: 2019-08-12
In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Science is reporting the issuance of $1.05 million in grant funding to energy company ComEd, the University of Denver, Virginia Tech and software specialist BEM Controls. The funding is to support development of an energy internet that will enhance building energy management. occupants.

The award provides funding to commercialize a blockchain-based transactive energy platform developed by BEM Controls with funding from the DOE. Blockchains use multiple servers that operate like decentralized record-keeping and verification systems.

The BEM Controls software incorporates time-based energy management and control of interior spaces in buildings to achieve greater energy efficiency, reliability and resiliency. ComEd will use its Grid of the Future Lab to demonstrate the functionality of the system, which will be developed over three years. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Science, PR, Crypto Economy, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Science, (202) 586-5430, www.energy.gov/science/office-science; BEM Controls, www.bemcontrols.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. DOE Office of Science,  Energy Management ,  Building Energy,  


Moody AFB, Schneider Elec. Ink $11.2Mn, ESPC Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
Moody Air Force Base
Date: 2019-08-09
The USAF Moody Air Force Base in Lowndes County, Georgia reports inking an $11.2 million energy efficiency and infrastructure improvement project energy savings performance contract (ESPC) contract with Schneider Electric that is expected to generate more than $21 million in energy savings over the next 23 years.

The project includes a 2.5 MW on-site solar array that will allow the base to move away from nuclear, coal and gas energy sources, as well as:

  • expands the base's energy management controls system (EMCS) for increased visibility of energy use;

  • upgrades and replaces current interior and exterior lighting systems with LED technology;

  • updates HVAC/Variable Frequency Drive systems to improve air quality and comfort for airmen;

  • replaces transformers for enhanced energy efficiency and added resilience and reliability.

    The project is expected to be completed within 18 months.(Source: Moody Air Force Base, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: Moody Air Force Base, Don Montgomery, Energy Manager, 229-257-4211, www.military.com/base-guide/moody-air-force-base/contact/welcome--visitors-center/7293; Schneider Electric, Mark Nolan, Director, Marketing, www.schneider-electric.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  Schneider Electric,  Solar,  Energy Management,  


  • Buildings Save Energy with BRESAER System (Ind. Report)
    Bresaer
    Date: 2019-08-05
    According to the Eu news agency Cordis, buildings account for around 40 pct of energy consumption and revamping existing building envelopes -- facades and roofs -- for maximum energy-efficiency, when combined with a smart energy management system, can significantly cut energy consumption and costs.

    One expert who has been working at the heart of this topic is Gonzalo Pinto Quijano, an architect specializing in sustainable buildings at Acciona. As part of the EU project BRESAER, he has helped design and test a pioneering lightweight structural mesh to boost the energy-performance building facades.

    The BRESAER building mesh system is modular and flexible, allowing it to adapt to different climatic conditions and architectural constraints. The lightweight structural mesh allows other components to be easily integrated into an energy efficient building facade .

    Download BRESAER system details HERE. (Source: UN Cordis, Aug., 2019) Contact: UN Cordis, www.cordis.europa.eu; BRESAER, www.bresaer,eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Bresaer,  


    1414 Degrees Touts Thermal Energy Storage Tests (Int'l Report)
    1414 Degrees
    Date: 2019-08-02
    Following up on our 3rd June coverage, Australian clean-tech start-up 1414 Degrees is reporting a new project that will pair it with sustainable agriculture pioneer Nectar Farms to test "SmartFarm" applications of its thermal energy storage solution (TESS) that stores electricity as thermal energy by heating and melting containers full of silicon. The technology is as much as 10 times less expensive than lithium battery energy storage, according to a company release.

    Since listing on the ASX in 2018, 1414 Degrees has signed up to a $3.2 million pilot project to install a GAS-TESS unit at an SA Water wastewater treatment plant in Glenelg, to store energy by burning gases produced in the treatment process and generate heat and electricity for the plant.

    The company also reports being approached by energy management specialist Ampcontrol and renewables developer BE Power to assess TESS technology for a range of joint projects across Australia. (Source: 1414 Degrees, ReNew Economy, 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Dr Kevin Moriarty, Exec. Chairman, +61 8 8357 8273, www.1414degrees.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermal Energy Storage,  1414 Degree,  


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

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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE SBIR,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


  • EFT Analytics Touts Energy Reductions, Savings (Ind. Report)
    EFT Analytics
    Date: 2019-07-26
    Wichita, Kansas-based predictive analytics, process optimization and energy management solutions provider EFT Analytics (EFT) is reporting its Energy Manager platform helped to reduce operational costs by more than $1 million and increased energy efficiency in a year-long partnership with a major European grocer and clothing retailer.

    Since implementing EFT's Energy Manager platform in 2018, 90 pct of the retailer's stores enjoyed a 45 pct reduction in energy consumption against their 2017 energy usage. These data results represent a global reduction of 5GWH for the retailer.

    EFT's Energy Manager creates value by forecasting energy demand, alerting to anomalous usage, and leveraging analytics to normalize for weather, production rates and commodity costs, all of which help customers track equipment effectiveness/efficiency and control costs. (Source: EFT Analytics, PR, 25 July, 2019) Contact: EFT Analytics, (212) 290-2300 -- Witchita and NYC offices, www.EFTanalytics.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EFT Analytics,  


    ABM Energy Performance Program Could Save $2.6Mn (Ind. Report)
    ABM
    Date: 2019-07-24
    National facilities management services provider ABM reports it has initiated an Energy Performance Contracting program for Saint Joseph County, Michigan. The company's customized energy efficiency-energy performance program is projected to save the County more than $2.6 million in energy and operating costs over a 15-year period. Revenue from savings will address aging infrastructure needs, without having to raise taxes.

    Highlights of the project, which is expected to to conclude in 2020 include:

  • Retrofitting lighting systems to energy-efficient LED lighting, and replacing or retrofitting HVAC units, which will be controlled by state-of-the-art HVAC control systems to maximize energy and operational efficiency;
  • Replacing an inefficient boiler and chiller system at the Saint Joseph County Courthouse;
  • Installing building automation controls, providing officials with the ability to remotely monitor and address maintenance needs;
  • Improving ventilation and outside air intake systems at several facilities by sealing building envelopes to control humidity and drive energy savings. (Source: ABM, PR, July, 2019) Contact: ABM, Mark Newsome, Pres., (866) 624-1520, www.abm.com

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


  • Highview Power Contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic Energy
    Highview Power
    Date: 2019-07-17
    In the U.K., London-headquartered cryogenic energy storage system specialist Highview Power reports it has contracted with Texas-based energy management firm Tenaska Power Services Co. to identify, model, optimize and provide energy management services for up to four giga-scale cryogenic energy storage plants in the U.S. over two years. The initial project is expected to be developed in the ERCOT market.

    At giga-scale, Highview Power's long-duration energy storage systems paired with renewables are equivalent in performance to thermal and nuclear baseload power. Highview Power's CRYOBattery™ is currently the only long-duration energy storage solution that is locatable and offers multiple gigawatt-hours of storage, representing weeks' worth of storage, rather than hours or days. (Source: Highview Power, PR, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Highview Power, Javier Cavada, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, info@highviewpower.com, www.highviewpower.com; Tenaska Power Services, www.tenaska.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Powe,  Energy STorager,  


    Univ. Va. Lauded for Energy Efficiency Progress (Ind. Report)
    Better Buildings Challenge
    Date: 2019-07-17
    In the Old Dominion State, the University of Virginia (UV) in Charlottesville reports it has been recognized for energy efficiency by the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge. As a Better Buildings Challenge partner, UV, with 500 buildings, is committed to improving its energy performance by 20 pct in 10 years across 15.3 million square feet.

    At one building, Clark Hall, UV implemented a combination of energy and water conservation upgrades including: converting 5,000 interior and exterior fixtures from fluorescent lamps to LED; installing low-flow toilets and faucet aerators; recalibrating air handling units; and upgrading HVAC controls. As a result, Clark Hall achieved an annual energy savings of $750,000 and an annual water savings of $22,000, relative to their pre-retrofit baseline. (Source: US DOE, University of Virginia, July, 2019) Contact: Better Buildings Challenge, https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Buildings Challenge,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    Kontrol Scores $550K Real Estate Energy Mgmt. Contract (Ind Report)
    Kontrol Energy
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Vaughn, Ontario-headquartered energy management and efficiency software specialist Kontrol Energy Corp. reports it has been selected to provide a turn-key energy management installation valued at approximately $550,000 for an unidentified Canadian company that operates which operates a portfolio of multi-residential properties. In addition, the Company has received a 6-year contract for approximately $24,000 per annum to manage, monitor and maintain the energy system in real-time.

    The installation, which is slated to begin in Q3 2019 and be completed by Q4 2019, is expected to save the customer approximately $1 million in energy costs over the next 7 years and significantly reduce their overall building emissions, Kontrol Energy notes. (Source: Kontrol Energy, PR, Accesswire, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Kontrol Energy Corp, Paul Ghezzi,, CEO, (905) 766-0400, admin@kontrolenergy.com, www.kontrolenergy.com

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


    Maryland Agencies to Cut Bldg Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan
    Date: 2019-06-28
    The Baltimore Sun is reporting Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has instructed the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) and the Maryland Energy Administration to develop an initiative to reduce energy consumption in state buildings by 10 pct by 2029.

    To that end, DGS will annually audit state-owned buildings that are determined to be the least energy efficient. The audit will identify low-cost measures to increase energy efficiency and savings. (Source: Office of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore Sun, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Office of Gov. Larry Hogan, (410) 974-3901, www.governor.maryland.gov; Maryland Energy Administration, (410) 537-4000, https://energy.maryland.gov

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


    BCIA Touts One Small Change Bldg. Efficiency Campaign (Int'l)
    Building Controls Industry Association
    Date: 2019-06-26
    In the UK, the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is reporting the launch of its One Small Change Campaign to drive a shift towards lower energy demand in buildings at an individual, as well as organizational level.

    BCIA is seeking to encourage initiatives that increase energy efficiency; bring building performance in line the UK government's recent commitments to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050; and cut building energy waste. To that end, BCIA is calling on the buildings control industry to share knowledge on different means of saving energy in buildings. (Source: Building Controls Industry Association, PR, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Building Controls Industry Association, Jon Belfield, CEO, +44 0 118 940 3416 www.bcia.co.uk

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


    Sempra OKs NeoVolta NV14 for Grid Interconnection (Ind. Report)
    Sempra Energy,NeoVolta
    Date: 2019-06-26
    Sempra Energy, parent of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), is reporting approval of NeoVolta's NV14 home energy storage system for grid operations.

    NeoVolta designs, develops and manufactures utility-bill reducing residential energy storage systems based on Lithium-Iron Phosphate chemistry.

    The NV14 is equipped with a solar rechargeable 14.4 kWh battery, a 7,680-Watt inverter and a web-based energy management system with 24/7 monitoring. (Source: Sempra, PR, June 25, 2019) Contact: NeoVolta, Brent Willson, CEO, (858) 239-2029, IR@NeoVolta.com, www.NeoVolta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sempra Energy,  NeoVolta,  Energy Storage,  


    Federal Bldg. Energy Efficiency Legislation Introduced (Reg. & Leg.)
    Federal Energy Management Program
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Last week in Washington, US Sens. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) tabled the Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act of 2019 (S. 1857) authorizing the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and establishing energy and water usage reduction goals for federal buildings. The act -- S.1857 -- would require:
  • Establishment of energy use reduction goals of 2.5 pct per year for 10 years (2020 to 2030) in federal buildings;
  • Establishment of water use reduction goals of 54 pct in federal buildings by 2030 relative to 2007;
  • Codification of FEMP and detail its directives and the duties of its director; and
  • Provide authorizations for FEMP through fiscal year 2030.

    As an existing program within the DOE, FEMP works with agencies and stakeholders to identify and establish affordable solutions that facilitate energy and water savings through public-private partnerships. FEMP also provides training, guidance, and technical assistance to enable federal agencies to meet energy-related goals.

    Download FEWMPA background and details HERE. (Source: Office of Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, Big Island Now, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Office of Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, Phone: (202) 224-6361, Fax - (202) 224-2126, www.hirono.senate.gov; Federal Energy Management Program, www.energy.gov/eere/femp/federal-energy-management-program

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Federal Energy Management Program,  Energy Management,  


  • AutoGrid, ENERES Announce Virtual Power Plant Agreement (Ind. Report)
    AutoGrid, ENERES
    Date: 2019-06-17
    Redwood City, California-headquartered AutoGrid, the leader in flexibility management software for the energy industry, reports its latest project in Japan, which will be the largest storage-virtual power plant (VPP) in the world by asset volume. The project anticipates adding more than 10,000 assets to the VPP between 2020-2021, with rapid scaling in subsequent years.

    Under the partnership, AutoGrid will supply Japanese energy services and trading company ENERES Co., Ltd. with VPP and customer engagement software to aggregate, dispatch and market energy from demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DERs). The partnership will enable ENERES to combine DR resources into large enough blocks of energy to sell into capacity markets.

    AutoGrid will supply a custom-branded, cloud-based software solution that will allow ENERES to manage all aspects of the VPP, including program configuration, customer enrollment, monitoring and forecasting, event dispatch, event notifications, and measurement and verification (M&V). ENERES will use the AutoGrid Flex™ platform for AI-driven DER management, and it will use AutoGrid Engage™ to support customer marketing, signup and participation. AutoGrid's activity in Japan has increased as the new energy market's generation targets have driven rapid adoption of storage and as the industry races to integrate more renewable and storage into the mix to achieve 2030 goals.

    ENERES , a subsidiary of KDDI Corporation and an affiliate of Power Development Co., Ltd., will develop an "Energy as a Service" model that optimizes power for corporate power users, utilizing AI-driven management of distributed energy resources. including weather driven demand and power forecasting. www.eneres.co.jp (Source: AutoGrid, PR, 17 June, 2019) Contact: AutoGrid, . Dr. Amit Narayan, CEO, ,(415) 820-4176, www.auto-grid.com; ENERES, Masahiro Kobayashi, Pres., www.eneres.co.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AutoGrid,  ENERES,  Energy Management,  Energy Storage,  


    Johnson Controls Releases Enterprise Management 2.0 Platform (Ind. Report, New Prod & Tech)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2019-06-05
    In Milwaukee, Johnson Controls is reporting the release of Enterprise Management 2.0, an open, scalable, comprehensive analytics platform with cloud-based versatility that enables enterprises to take a proactive approach to managing a building or an entire portfolio from a single pane of glass.

    Enterprise Management is an energy, asset, occupant and tenant billing management system that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies to proactively analyze building data across the enterprise to identify opportunities to save money and streamline operations. Some features of the updated platform include:

  • Energy Management: Energy use -- thermal, water, electrical, storage, carbon -- can be tracked, analyzed and managed, allowing users to forecast energy usage in advance and adjust behavior accordingly.

  • Space Performance: Start with data for real understanding of building spaces and how they are used. Uncover underutilized spaces or get the true story behind complaints about conference room overbooking.

  • Data Visualization Widgets: Define a dashboard or use one of the available templates. This puts the power to predict, prioritize, perform, analyze, manage, question and share in the customer's hands.

  • Financial Health & Utility Bill Management: Track and manage each enterprise location with a broad view of costs and returns related to utility consumption, people services (such as cafeteria), space / infrastructure services (such as waste management), plus capital expenses -- all in one easy-to-use app.

  • Asset Performance & Maintenance Management: The Asset Performance App uses Fault Detection & Diagnostics to generate and track work orders, review equipment fault trends, and improves customer experiences. (Source: Johnson Controls, Contractor Business, 3 June, 2019) Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


  • Delta Acquires Amerlux to Enhance Energy Solutions Offerings (M&A)
    Amerlux
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Fremont, California-based Delta Electronics, Inc., a global provider of power and thermal management solutions, reports closing on its acquisition of Oakland, New Jersey-based LED architectural lighting specialist Amerlux LLC. Under the terms of the transaction, Delta Electronics (Netherlands) B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta, acquired 100 pct of Amerlux's interests.

    The acquisition will expand Delta IoT-enabled smart green solutions for sustainable buildings and cities, building automation, energy management, commercial and industrial LED lighting, surveillance and indoor environmental quality systems. (Source: Delta Electronic, 3 June, 2019) Contact: Delta Electronics, www.deltaww.com, www.delta-americas.com; Amerlux, www.amerlux.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Delta Electronics.LED Light,  Amerlux,  


    Schneider Electric eyeing Greece’s EUR 1.5 billion smart meter project
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-06-04
    Schneider Electric has contacted the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO) to express interest in the replacement of around 7.5 million conventional electricity meters with smart meters, The project to replace conventional electricity meters with smart meters, implemented by HEDNO, whose Greek acronym is DEDDIE, is worth €1.5 billion, the portal wrote. Schneider Electric, which is already cooperating with HEDNO on other projects, is now waiting for the Greek power grid operator to announce the details regarding tendering for the smart meter project, in which it will be participating, according to the report. According to the report, the scenarios on the table include the implementation of the project via private funds, through a public-private partnership (PPP), and by a strategic investor. The most likely scenario, presented in late April to the board of Public Power Corporation (PPC), envisages the creation of a subsidiary to which the existing analog meters will be passed on, and then the entry into that entity of a strategic investor with a 49% stake so as to ensure the financing of the project, the portal wrote.

    Replacing the analog meters with digital ones will allow for the management of energy both by the grid operator and by consumers, while efficiently dealing with the problem of electricity theft for good, according to the report.

    Schneider Electric recently installed an energy management system in the network of Italian power company Enel, which has led to savings of some 30%, the report adds. (Source: Schneider Electric, Balkan Green Energy News, 4 June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric news,  


    Schneider Claims Improved Flexibility, Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-05-27
    Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric reports it is extending its line of PowerLogic EM4200 series Enercept energy and power meters to include five new meters, which join the previously announced line of Enercept Flex meters, to provide installers with enhanced application flexibility and options for retrofit applications.

    According to the Schneider release, the new products offer maximum versatility, flexibility and ease of installation for most retrofit applications and are easy to integrate with EcoStruxure Power and Energy Management solutions and building management system software for improved energy efficiency and savings.

    The EM4200 series Enercept meters are ideal for energy management, tenant sub-billing and demand response applications and when installed, automatically integrate with Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure™ Power and Energy Management solutions via auto-detect software to provide building managers with data that can improve energy efficiency by up to 20 pct. The meters are compatible with other building management system (BMS) software and are equipped with BACnet® and Modbus® protocols. The EM4200 series Enercept meters can quickly correct installation errors directly from BMS software, improving maintenance, installation and downtime costs.

    EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric's open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform that leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at every level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in more than 480,000 sites, with the support of more than 20,000 system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through more than 40 digital services. (Source: Schneider Electric, 25 May, 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, Mark Nolan, Director, Offer Management and Marketing, www.schneider-electric.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Smartcool Touts Power Factor Correction Installations (Ind. Report)
    Smartcool
    Date: 2019-05-24
    Vancouver, British Columbia-based Smartcool Systems Inc reports its wholly owned energy management subsidiary, Total Energy Concepts Inc. (TEC) has completed projects for two recycling/resource recovery companies. The installations involved TEC's full package solution, which included TEC's proprietary Power Factor Correction (PFC) technology on (18) electric motors of 10 HP and larger driving the crushing, shredding and conveying of materials.

    Power Factor Correction at the equipment level is a documented energy efficiency measure that to date has had limited adoption worldwide. TEC has perfected this technology and application over the last 10 years which offers significant energy savings, as well as more operational up-time and extended equipment life.

    Smartcool's ECO3, ESM and ECOHome retrofit technologies reduce the energy consumption of compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems by up to 40 pct, according to the company. (Source: Smartcool, Newsfile, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Smartcool, Mike Kordysz VP, Investor Relations, (604) 904- 8632, mike.kordysz@smartcool.net, www.smartcool.net[endlink, [satrtlink]www.smartcooleco3.com; Total Energy Concepts, www.totalenergyconcepts.com

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


    Survey Notes Increased Energy Efficiency Spending (Int'l Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2019-05-20
    In its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey, Johnson Controls noted more than half of global organizations planned to increase spending on energy efficiency over next 12 months -- 2019. The survey of nearly 2,000 facility and energy management executives from 20 countries found that 57 pct of organizations in the U.S. and 59 pct of global organizations planned to increase investment in energy efficiency, smart building measures including building controls and building systems integration at a greater rate than more traditional energy efficiency measures in 2019.

    Survey organizations identify greenhouse gas footprint reduction, energy cost savings, energy security and enhanced reputation as key drivers of investment fueling growth in green, net zero energy and resilient buildings. Building controls improvements were cited as the most popular investment energy efficiency related investments.

    In Johnson Control's 2008 survey, under 10 pct of respondents had a certified "green" building and only 34 pct planned to certify new construction projects to a recognized green standard. In 2018, 19 pct of U.S. organizations have already achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities, and 53 pct plan to in the future. Globally, 14 pct of organizations have achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities and 44 pct plan to in the future.

    The survey also notes a year-over-year increase in net-zero energy goals, with 61 pct of U.S. organizations extremely or very likely to have one or more facilities that are nearly zero, net zero or positive energy/carbon in the next ten years.(Source: Johnson Controls, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018)Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, VP Global Sustainability, www.linkedin.com/in/clay-nesler-171a133, www.johnsoncontrols.com/corporate-sustainability/reporting-and-policies/business-and-sustainability-report/environmental-leadership/sustainable-solutions, www.johnsoncontrols.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  


    AMS, 38 Degrees North Report Solar, Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
    AMS
    Date: 2019-05-15
    San Francisco-based energy management services provider AMS reports it is establishing a solar and storage energy partnership with 38 Degrees North and the $2 billion John Hancock Infrastructure Fund. The partnership acquired an initial set of four battery and solar facilities in California with rights to additional projects in 2019 and 2020.

    AMS's financial performance contract addresses customer concerns with traditional solar PPAs by providing a higher degree of certainty that savings will be delivered for the customer. AMS's AI software platform continuously optimizes solar systems, batteries, and retail energy rates to actively respond to evolving energy market conditions and achieve the lowest energy costs over the life of the system. (Source: AMS, PR, 13 May, 2019) Contact: AMS, Susan Kennedy, CEO , www.advmicrogrid.com; 38 Degrees, www.38degreesn.com

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


    Lamar Univ.Claims $20,000,000 in Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In the Lone Star State, Lamar University in Beaumont reports it has reached a $20 million energy savings milestone as a result of its 15-year-long energy efficiency project with energy and sustainability expert, Schneider Electric. To date, this project has generated $21,276,086 million in energy savings and cut campus-wide utility consumption by 43 pct saving on average $1.63 million in annual utility costs.

    The savings came from a wide variety of Schneider Electric implemented measures that improved energy efficiency and enhanced the learning environment, including:

  • Replacing HVAC equipment to increase comfort for staff, faculty and students;
  • Updating hot water heaters, water fixtures and the chiller plant to increase the life of equipment:
  • Installing new energy management systems to decrease staff maintenance time; and
  • Retrofitting campus lighting for a brighter learning environment. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, May, 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, Kate Plourde, 615-739-8342, kate.plourde@schneider-electric.com, www.schneider-electric.com, www.schneider-electric.us.; Lamar University, Dr. Alicen Flosi, Instructor and Director of Sustainability www.lamar.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • High Prairie Wind Farm Plans Advancing in Mo. (Ind. Report)
    Terra-Gen,Ameren Missouri,Wind
    Date: 2019-05-01
    Following up on our 21st May, 2018 coverage, the planned construction of the 175-turbine High Prairie Wind Farm Project in northeast Missouri's Adair and Schuyler counties are reportedly moving forward.

    Last May, Terra-Gen and Ameren Missouri announced plans to build the wind farm, which will be the largest facility of its kind in the state. Terra-Gen will develop, finance and construct the project which upon completion will be purchased by Ameren Missouri, subject to regulatory approvals. (Source: Ameren Missouri, KTVO, 29 April, 2019)Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Ajay Arora, VP Power Operations and Energy Management, www.Ameren.com/Missouri; Terra-Gen, www.terra-gen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Terra-Gen,  Wind,  


    CalPortland Cement Plant Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Portland Cement Assoc.
    Date: 2019-04-17
    The Portland Cement Association (PCA) is reporting the CalPortland Mojave Cement Plant in Mojave, California has been awarded the 2019 Energy and Environment Award for Energy Efficiency. The award was in recognition of the company's implementation of significant energy efficiency measures and energy consumption reduction initiatives. In 2018, 22 pct of the plant's electric power was sourced from onsite wind energy generation.

    Additionally, CalPortland's energy management program has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR program for 15 years in a row CalPortland, (626) 852-6200, www.calportland.com; Portland Cement Assoc., www.cement.org

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    CodeGreen Solutions ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year (Ind Report)
    CodeGreen Solutions,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2019-04-17
    NYC-based energy efficiency and sustainability consulting firm CodeGreen Solutions has been awarded the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. EPA for the third consecutive year.

    CodeGreen provides energy management and sustainability consulting for real estate owners, investors and occupants covering over 800 million square feet of property nationwide. The company's programs draw from expertise in building operations, energy regulations, energy engineering, smart buildings, renewable energy, green building certifications and corporate sustainability. (Source: CodeGreen Solutions, PR, 16 April, 2019) Contact: CodeGreen Solutions, Christopher Cayten, Principal, Adam Fisher, (646) 581-9734, Afisher@codegreensolutions.com, www.codegreensolutions.com; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CodeGreen Solutions,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ukraine Energy Efficiency Agency, Partner on Energy Efficiency Financing (Int'l Report)
    Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In Kiev, the Ukrainian State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving reports it is partnering with more than 30 united territorial communities for the launch of various programs for co-financing of energy efficiency loans, energy services and local energy management. The joint implementation of programs is aimed at "warm loans" for home owners and apartment building co-owner associations, kindergartens, hospitals, schools and and other budget constrained institutions.

    The cooperation will be conducted with the united territorial communities in 16 regions: Ternopil, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporozhzhia, Kyiv, Odesa, Kherson, Cherkasy, Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava, Rivne, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Chernivtsi, and Luhansk regions. (Source: UkrinForm, 15 April, 2019) Contact: State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, Serhiy Savchuk, Dir., +38 (044) 590-59-74, saee.gov.ua/en


    NRCAN Supports Energy Efficiency in London, Ontario (Funding)
    NRCAN
    Date: 2019-04-02
    Energy efficiency in industry strengthens competitiveness, lowers costs, maximizes profits and promotes a more sustainable environment. Promoting and rewarding energy-efficient practices are key components of Canada's approach to transitioning to a clean energy future.

    To that end, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN), facilitated by the Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), has announced a $40,000 investment for London, Ontario-based Ingredion Canada Corporation for an energy management information system (EMIS) that will track and improve the company’s overall energy performance.

    CIPEC includes more than 2,300 facilities representing 20 industrial sectors and over 50 trade associations. An award-winning partnership between the Government of Canada and Canadian industry, CIPEC advances industrial energy efficiency by promoting the uptake of energy management systems, best practices and technologies. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, 1 Apriil, 2019) Contact: CIPEC, www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/industry/cipec/20341?utm_source=miragenews&utm_medium=miragenews&utm_campaign=news; Natural Resources Canada, www.nrcan.gc.ca

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    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, www.seai.ie

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    Eni Pilot Explores Wave Energy in the Adriatic (Int'l Report)
    Eni
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Rome-headquartered, state-owned Italian oil and gas major Eni New Energy SpA reports the installation of a unit that can produce energy from sea waves in a pilot program that could be spread to offshore oil platforms being phased out.

    The pilot plant, which was installed about 90 miles south of Venice along the Adriatic Sea, has a "peak power output of 51 kW" and has been integrated into "the world's only hybrid smart grid wave energy system featuring photovoltaics and energy storage," according to a company statement.

    According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM} the U.S. wave energy resource potential along the outer continental shelf stands at 2,640 TWh per year, of which 1,170 TWh/yr are recoverable -- 1 TWh/yr of energy will supply around 93,850 average U.S. homes with power annually. (Source: Eni New Energy SpA, World News, 28 Mar., 2019)Contact: Eni New Energy SpA, +39 06 598 21, +39 06 598 22141 - fax, www.eni.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Wave Energy,  


    Schneider Elec. Scores 2019 Climate Leadership Award (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric,Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
    Date: 2019-03-25
    BOSTON, March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In Boston, global energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric has been recognized for its commitment to carbon neutrality at the 2019 Climate Leadership Awards. The Organizational Leadership award recognizes the company's comprehensive greenhouse gas inventories and aggressive emissions reduction goals as well as its internal response and engagement of its employees, partners, and supply chain to commit to carbon neutrality.

    Schneider Electric is committed to reducing emissions and actively works towards making its operations more sustainable through:

  • Energy productivity -- Participation in the Climate Group's global EP100 initiative that brings together a growing group of energy-smart companies committed to using energy more productively, to lower greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate a clean economy;
  • Renewable electricity -- As a member of the RE100 initiative, Schneider Electric is one of the world's most influential companies committed to 100 percent renewable power;
  • Green Premium integrated offers -- By 2020, Schneider Electric is committed to achieving 75 percent of the Company's global sales under its Green Premium program.

    According to the company's Planet & Society Barometer, which is audited by a third party, Schneider Electric slashed energy intensity by 42 pct between 2005 and 2017, and carbon intensity by 35 pct between 2012 and 2017.

    The Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program hosted by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since 2012, the program has honored more than 150 recipients from diverse sectors across the U.S.

    The Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since 2012, the program has honored more than 150 recipients from diverse sectors across the U.S. A full list of the award recipients is available here: https://www.climateleadershipconference.org/clc_awards (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 22 Mar., 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us; Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, www.c2es.org; 2019 Climate Leadership Awards, Climate Leadership Conference, www.climateleadershipconference.org/clc_awards

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  • Asure Software Launches Env. Occupancy Sensors (New Prod & Tech)
    Asure Software
    Date: 2019-03-20
    Asure Software Incan hour ago In the Lone Star State, Austin-based Asure Software (is reporting the general availability of its newest workplace IoT occupancy sensors that captures building environmental conditions to enable building efficiency and energy cost reductions.

    Asure's new multifunction sensor builds upon its SmartView solution, a fully automated and integrated space utilization measurement system that provides real-time insights by bringing utilization analytics and environmental data into a single unified system. (Source: Azure Software, PR, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Azure Software, www.asuresoftware.com

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    Ontario's Most Energy Efficient Residential High-Rise Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Net-Zero Energy
    Date: 2019-03-20
    London, Ontario-based Sifton Properties is reporting construction is underway on two new net-zero energy projects -- 1305 Riverbend, a 40,000 square-foot office retail building, and Helio, a 10-storey, 115-unit mixed-use apartment tower. When complete in April of 2020, Helio is slated to be the most energy-efficient residential high-rise in Ontario.

    Helio will be part of Sifton's fully connected, energy-efficient neighbourhood comprised of urban condos, rental townhomes, apartments and retirement suites overlooking retail spaces and a vibrant central park. Helio's energy efficient features include:

  • building exterior wrapped in solar panels to generate power from the sun;
  • individual hydro metering;
  • in-suite thermostat controlled heating and air conditioning;
  • electric car charging stations;
  • garbage chutes to facilitate recycling;
  • ENERGY STAR appliances;
  • fully occupancy sensor lighting, and others.

    (Source: Sifton Properties, PR, Canadian Apartment, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sifton. www.sifton.com

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  • Universal mCloud Outlines Bold AI Agenda to Make Commercial Buildings Energy Efficient (New Prod & Tech)
    Universal mCloud
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In British Columbia, Vancouver-based Universal mCloud Corp. is reporting it will launch new industry-leading energy savings technology for its Smart Buildings segment through mCloud's flagship AssetCare platform. The technology, using proprietary AI capabilities, targets up to 20 pct reductions in wasted energy in commercial buildings.

    Universal mCloud's AssetCare solution offers an innovative zero-upfront subscription model that creates operational savings for the customer by analyzing numerous data sources such as space temperatures, outdoor weather, expected occupancy, and HVAC unit efficiency to pinpoint where a building's energy is being wasted. The data is integrated into a real-time intelligence model that enables AssetCare to make decisions on how to best respond moment-to-moment to changing comfort conditions in a building while simultaneously curbing unnecessary energy use.

    These new AI-powered features are expected to go live to all current and new AssetCare for Smart Buildings customers later this year. (Source: Universal-mCloud Corp., PR, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Universal mCloud Corp, Russ McMeekin, CEO, (415) 635-3500, www.mcloudcorp.com

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    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, www.ase.org

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


    Delta Adds Amerlux to Expand IoT Smart Buildings Solutions (M&A)
    Delta Electronics,Amerlux,
    Date: 2019-03-11
    Freement, California-based power and thermal management solutions and LED lighting specialist Delta Electronics, Inc. is reporting an agreement pursuant to which its subsidiary Delta Electronics (Netherlands) B.V. will acquire 100 pct of Amerlux's interests for $90 million. The transaction is expected to close during Q2, 2019.

    Delta has recently been enhancing its portfolio of smart green solutions to further the development of smart's portfolio of smart energy-saving systems and solutions includes: industrial automation, building automation, telecom power, data center infrastructure, EV charging, renewable energy, energy storage and display to nurture the development of smart manufacturing and sustainable cities. (Source: Delta, Mar., 2019) . Contact: Delta Electronics, Ping Cheng, CEO, www.deltaww.com, www.delta-americas.com; Amerlux, Chuck Campagna, CEO, www.amerlux.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amerlux,  Delta Electronics,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Smart Building,  ,  


    TEC's ND School Energy Efficiency Installations Underway (Ind. Report)
    Smartcool Systems
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Vancouver-headquartered Smartcool Systems Inc is reporting its wholly owned subsidiary, Total Energy Concepts (TEC) Inc. is installing a full suite of energy efficiency technologies at St. Mary's Central High School in Bismarck, North Dakota. The upgrades include Smartcool's proprietary technology, LED lighting, voltage conditioning and other optimization technologies.

    The TEC installations are expected to increase the school's energy efficiency and reduce monthly power and maintenance expenses by over 40 pct -- approximately $3,000 per month.

    Smartcool Systems Inc. ECO3, ESM and ECOHome retrofit technologies reduce the energy consumption of compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems by up to 40 pct. Total Energy Concepts (TEC) is a leader in Power Protection, Energy Management, Power Quality, Facility Grounding, and Lighting Solutions and takes a holistic approach to energy efficiency with proprietary technologies for power factor correction and third party technologies including LED, voltage conditioning and intelligent motor controls. (Source: Smartccol, InvestorIntel , 26 Feb., , 2019) Contact: Smartcool, (604) 669-1388, www.smartcool.net; Total Energy Concepts, (218) 393-2143, www.totalenergyconcepts.com

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    Energy Efficiency Cuts Oregon Prison Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Energy Trust of Oregon
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The 1985 vintage, 500,000 square-foot Washington State Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton reports it is the only prison in the nation to earn the U.S. DOE 50001 Ready designation and using global best practices to save energy and save approximately $300,000 a year on energy costs.

    Since 2011 the prison upgraded insulation, upgraded and installed boilers, and invested $82,000 to upgrade all perimeter lighting with LEDs. The LED project was partially funded by the nonprofit Energy Trust of Oregon covered $32,000 of the LED upgrade costs. Energy Trust has given EOCI more than $383,000 in cash incentives for energy saving and energy management initiatives and projects since 2006. (Source: East Oregonian, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, www.prisonpro.com/content/eastern-oregon-correctional-institution; Energy Trust of Oregon, (503) 493-8888, www.energytrust.org; US DOE 50001 Ready, www.energy.gov/eere/amo/50001-ready-program

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LEDs,  Energy Trust of Oregon ,  


    Utility Touts Jackson Smart Energy District Project (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2019-02-20
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy is touting plans for the Jackson Smart Energy District, an efficient, affordable, clean energy hub aiming to achieve the utility's 2040 Clean Energy goals 15 to 20 years ahead of schedule.

    To that end, Consumers will work with private businesses and the city of Jackson to reduce the four square block Jackson Smart Energy District's carbon emissions by 90 pct by using on-site solar panels, battery energy storage, energy management, EV charging and advanced energy efficiency technologies.

    Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, recently dedicated Michigan's first rooftop solar array and battery storage system in the Circuit West energy district of Grand Rapids.

    Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, supplies natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million Michigan residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Consumers Energy, www.ConsumersEnergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com/jacksonenergydistrict

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    Danube, Johnson Controls Tout UAE Energy Efficiency Deal (Int'l)
    Danube Properties
    Date: 2019-02-15
    In Dubai, UAE-based property developer and owner Danube Properties reports it has entered into an alliance with global energy management and efficiency specialist Johnson Controls to ensure all Danube Properties projects incorporate the latest energy efficiency technology products.

    The buildings and building construction sectors combined are responsible for 36 pct of global final energy consumption and nearly 40 pct of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions, stated the company, citing the data from International Energy Agency (IEA). (Source: Danube Properties, Trade Arabia, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Danube Properties, www.danubeproperties.ae; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com

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    Lafarge Cement Wins Energy Management Certification (Ind. Report)
    Lafarge Cement
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Following up on our 12th Jan. 208 coverage, part of leading construction materials supplier Aggregate Industries, Lafarge Cement reports it has achieved BS EN ISO50001:2018 in Energy Management Systems. The certification was awarded after the company demonstrated its ongoing commitment to energy efficiency.

    To qualify for the certification,companies must demonstrate continuous improvement in reducing the energy intensity of their operations. To that end, Lafarge Cement set up its own dedicated taskforce and met specific targets in monitoring and verifying energy performance against measurable outcomes. (Source: Lafarge Cement, World Cement, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: Lafarge Cement, Barry Hope, Director , Rob Cumming, Environmental Director, (403) 292-1555, www.lafarge-na.com

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    gridIMP Touts iDSR System for Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
    gridIMP
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In the UK, the Bridgwater, Somerset Energy Innovation Centre-based energy efficiency and management firm gridIMP Ltd. is touting its "intelligent Demand Side Response" (iDSR) system. The system connects with an existing building management system to assess and control energy usage patterns in response to calls from the National Grid for more energy at peak times.

    The National Grid's Demand Side Response is a scheme where companies are incentivized financially to lower of shift their electricity needs at peak times.

    The gridIMP technology has been installed at the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre (SEIC) with the support of a grant from Sedgemoor District Council. As the volume of data collected by the gridIMP Hub grows, the system will increasingly enable full, intelligent automation of DSR, removing the burden placed on management teams. (Source: gridIMP Ltd., Bridgewater Mercury, Feb., 2019) Contact: gridIMP Ltd., Richard Ryan, Commercial Director, +44 1749 372198, info@gridimp.com, www.gridimp.com

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    Schneider Elec. Launches Int'l Innovation Ventures Program (Int'l)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-02-04
    Global energy efficiency and management services company Schneider Electric is reporting the launch of Schneider Electric Ventures aimed at identifying, promoting and supporting innovation that can contribute to sustainability and energy efficiency in the future. The company has committed to invest between €300 and €500 million over the next years in incubation projects, partnerships with entrepreneurs and specialized funds. Some projects are already underway including six companies.

    Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the indisputable leader in Power Management -- Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. Schneider provides integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.co.in/en

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    MEO Offers Bldg. Energy Management Classes (Ind. Report)
    Michigan Energy Office
    Date: 2019-02-01
    The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) reports it is offering a $400 discount for public and non-profit building operators who attend building operator certification (BOC) classes.. Participants may also qualify for utility rebates and a veteran's discount. The classes are intended to achieve more energy savings by reducing energy waste.

    The BOC Level 1 class will be held in Kalamazoo starting in March, in Flint starting in May, and in Escanaba starting in July. The BOC Level 2 class will be held starting in September at the Consumers Energy Training Center in Okemos. Consumers Energy is also offering four supplemental courses to BOC graduates seeking annual maintenance points.

    Information on the BOC program is available at http://boccentral.org. (Source: Michigan Energy Office, PR, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Michigan Energy Office, Robert Jackson, Director, www.michigan.gov/energy

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    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., www.corning.com/worldwide/en.html; EPA Energy Star, www.energystar.gov

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


    75F Promoting Intelligent Building Energy Solutions (Ind. Report)
    75F
    Date: 2019-01-18
    Burnsville, Minnesota-based energy efficiency and energy management startup 75F is touting its self-learning, intuitive building intelligence system.

    The 75F system improves a commercial building's operational efficiency and occupant experience by proactively controlling the HVAC, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and lighting settings based on inputs from sensors, weather data, configuration settings and predictive algorithms. Broadly, the 75F solution provides commercial building owners with improved energy efficiency, occupant comfort and productivity, indoor air quality management, controls automation, extended equipment lifecycles, and remote management capabilities. The system is equipped with IoT, Machine Learning, cloud-computing, data storage and processing power, according to the company. (Source: 75F Tech Panda, Jan., 2019) Contact: 75F, (888) 590-8995, websitecontact@75f.io, www.75f.io

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    ACEEE Honors Top Utility Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
    Date: 2019-01-18
    In Washington, D.C., the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is lauding 53 of the country's leading energy efficiency programs with the ACEEE Exemplary Program Award. The 53 selected programs are recognized for their innovation and effectiveness in increasing both commercial and residential energy efficiency.

    The New Leaders of the Pack: ACEEE's Fourth National Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs profiles model programs that deliver energy savings that not only help customers save money, they also benefit the environment by reducing carbon emissions and other pollutants. Moreover, since these programs save energy at lower costs than other forms of new supply, the whole economy benefits," according to ACEEE's Martin Kushler.

    The 53 recipients include both electric and natural gas utilities, and span a wide range of program types and technologies. Programs range from low-income residential to strategic energy management for large businesses, and from high efficiency lighting to complete building retrofits.

    Download the full listing of programs HERE. (Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy , PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, Seth Nowak, Report Lead Author and Project Manager, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ,  Energy Efficiiencyy,  


    CHP Plant Slashes SUNY Campus Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    ESF SUNY
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In the Empire State, the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse reports it is saving over $520,000 a year on heat and electricity with a high-performance combined-heat-and-power system (CHP) fueled by natural gas and wood pellets, and designed to capture waste energy for heating buildings.

    The CHP system generates 60 pct of the campus' heat, 20 pct of its electric power, and is a key component that allowed us to achieve LEED Platinum for the Gateway Center which houses the CHP facility which is credited with cutting the campus carbon footprint by 24 pct.(Source: SUNY ESF, PR, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: SUNY ESF, David C. Amberg, Intrim Pres., Joshua Arnold, Dir, Energy Management, Utilities, (315)470-6500, www.esf.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Emissions,  CHP,  Energy Efficiency,  

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