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CEMEX Plants Score EPA ENERGY STAR Certification (Ind. Report)
CEMEX
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®, www.energystar.gov; CEMEX USA, www.cemexusa.com

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


Energy Efficiency Can Get U.S. Halfway To Climate Goals, says ACEEE Report (Ind. Report)
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Date: 2019-09-20
Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050, a new report by the Washington-based not-for-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows that energy efficiency can slash U.S. energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2050 and get the nation halfway toward its climate goals.

The report offers a road map for dramatically reducing energy waste and identifies ambitious but cost-effective and technically possible measures that would avert emissions of nearly 2,500 million metric tons of CO2 -- equivalent to all emissions from cars, trucks, homes, and commercial buildings in 2050.

The ACEEE report identifies 11 opportunities and related policies to achieve the necessary savings. Transportation, which will see a transition to electric vehicles, would deliver nearly half (46 pct) of the emissions reductions while buildings would deliver a third and industry a fifth. For energy savings, buildings would deliver 40 pct of the total, followed by transportation at 32 pct and industry 27 pct. The report also notes that government policies and programs alone would deliver about $700 billion a year in energy savings by 2050.

The report calls for scaling up energy efficiency measures, including:

  • Rapid upgrades to vehicle standards, building energy codes, equipment efficiency standards, ENERGY STAR specifications, and state energy-savings targets.

  • Substantial improvements to existing factories, homes, commercial buildings, and the electric grid and better management of energy use in all of them, spurred by government investment and requirements.

  • More travel options and better management of freight and aviation energy use, including through user fees.

  • A switch to electric vehicles, equipment, and industrial processes (along with a more efficient and cleaner power sector).

  • Greater investment in research and development for new efficiency options in every sector, especially improved industrial processes.

    The Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050 report is available HERE. (Source: ACEEE, Facility Exec., Sept., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., (202) 507-4000, (202) 429-2248 - fax, www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy,  ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency Climate Chnage,  


  • US DOE Promoting Zero Energy Ready Homes Program (Ind. Report)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2019-08-28
    The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is touting it Zero Energy Ready Homes Program which it claims "offers a superior homeowner experience."

    According to the agency, Zero Energy Ready homes last longer because its requirements combine the best of building science with the latest technologies and systems, innovative building practices, and risk management solutions.

    Every certified Zero Energy Ready Home: breathes better with a comprehensive package of indoor air quality features; provides complete top-to-bottom water protection; incorporate DOE ENERGY STAR products throughout; ensures quality with independent verification, testing, and diagnostics; and delivers $10,000s of utility bill savings over the life of a mortgage, the agency release noted. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-homes; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  


    Ardagh Group's Energy Star Plant Adds Solar (Ind. Report)
    Ardagh Group
    Date: 2019-07-08
    Dublin, Ireland-headquartered Ardagh Group, a supplier of sustainable packaging, is reporting its US DOE Energy Star Certified glass manufacturing facility in Bridgeton, N.J., is now powered by a 5.5-MW, 15,930 photovoltaic array expected to produce approximately 7.5 kWh of renewable electricity in the first year.

    The Bridgeton, N.J., facility was awarded Energy Star plant certification for superior energy performance and is the only U.S. glass container manufacturer to earn this recognition.

    The company's facilities in Dunkirk, In., and Madera, Calif., have also received the Energy Star award for energy efficiency perform within the top 25 pct nationwide for energy efficiency. Additionally, all 13 of the company's manufacturing facilities in North America are ISO 14001 certified. (Source: Ardagh Group, Commercial Prop.Exec, July, 2019) Contact: Ardagh Group, www.ardaghgroup.com; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Star,  Energy Efficiency,  Solar,  


    150 Green Bldg. Certified Apts. Completed in Miami (Ind. Report)
    Green Building
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Affordable housing developer Housing Trust Group (HTG) is reporting completion of Princeton Park, a new, $36 million, 150-unit affordable housing community consisting of four buildings in south Miami-Dade County, Florida.

    All residential buildings in Princeton Park complex are National Green Building Certified and offer energy star appliances and other energy efficient features, as well as access to services and programs, including literacy training, family support coordinators, employment assistance, health and wellness services, and extracurricular activities such computer classes, game and movie nights and other events. . (Source: Housing Trust Group, PR, 19 June, 2019) Contact: Housing Trust Group, Rieger, President and CEO, (305) 663-3543, www.htgf.com; Contact: Florida Green Building Coalition, www.floridagreenbuilding.org

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


    Dominion Offers Home Energy Efficiency Assessments (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy Ohio
    Date: 2019-05-22
    Dominion Energy Ohio reports it is providing home energy efficiency assessments to residential customers for $50, as part of its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

    The offered program, which is targeted to damp and drafty -- often older -- homes with wildly fluctuating temperatures, identifies high utility usage and similar issues as ways to assist and correct the unfavorable conditions. The program can also provide a rebate of up to $1,250 for completion of program recommendations. The program can also provide discounted NEST Thermostat E units, carbon monoxide detectors, showerheads, faucet aerators, and water heater pipe wrap and other energy efficient improvements and services. (Source: Dominion Energy Ohio, Energy Insider, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy Ohio, Jim Eck, VP & GM of Ohio & West Virginia Distribution, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Ohio,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Fairfax Launches Energy Efficient LED Light Exchange (Ind. Report)
    Energy Action Fairfax
    Date: 2019-05-20
    In the Old Dominion State, Fairfax County is touting the launch of its Energy Action Fairfax program aimed at increasing energy efficiency. The no-cost program collects incandescent light bulbs and exchanges them for energy efficient LED lights. The U.S. DOE notes that the Energy Star LED lights used in the exchange program use 75 pct less energy than incandescent bulbs and could save users around $75 per by replacing five incandescent light bulbs. (Source: Energy Action Fairfax, 18 May, 2019) Contact: Jessica Lavender, Fairfax County Senior Energy Analyst, Energy Action Fairfax, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/energy/energyactionfairfax

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


    Entergy Texas 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year (Ind. Report)
    Entergy Texas
    Date: 2019-05-10
    In the Lone Star State, The Woodlands-based electric power producer and supplier Entergy Texas is reporting receipt of the US DOe 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for promoting energy efficiency in residential new construction.

    With its Entergy Solutions programs, Entergy Texas helped customers save more than 1,385,000 kWh of electricity. Other key accomplishments included coordinating and sponsoring HVAC training for more than 86 HVAC contractors, home energy rating companies, and home builders in the Houston and Golden Triangle markets and distributing more than 3,500 ENERGY STAR-branded promotional products during builder meetings, model home visits and at industry events.

    Approximately 144,000 Entergy Texas customers have participated in the company's energy efficiency programs and received over $95 million in program incentives since 2002.

    Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 MW of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 MW of nuclear power. The company serves 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. (Source: Entergy, Woodlands OnLine, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Entergy Texas, www.entergy-texas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Entergy Texas,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  


    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,  


    Beko U.S. Earns 2019 ENERGY Star® Again (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY Star
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Bollingbrook, Illinois-based appliance manufacturer Beko U.S., Inc. reports receipt of its third consecutive ENERGY Star® Partner of the Year Award in the product brand owner category for its demonstrated energy efficiency best practices and proved organization-wide energy savings. The company was also recognized as ENERGY Star Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award, the highest honor bestowed to partners that have won consecutive ENERGY Star Partner of the Year awards.

    Beko U.S. is a subsidiary of Istanbul, Turkey-based Arcelik A.S., which earned "Climate A List Company -- Global 2017 Climate & Water Leadership Award" from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The company was rated AAA by MSCI Global Sustainability Index Series. Beko U.S., Inc. manufactures highly energy efficient home appliances. (Source: Beko U.S., Inc. PR, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Beko US Inc., , Hasan Ali Yardimci, Pres., Beko U.S., Inc. www.bekoappliances.com


    New Energy Efficiency Incentive Program Offered in Vermont (Funding)
    Vermont,Efficiency Vermont
    Date: 2019-04-08
    In the Green Mountain State, the Vermont Natural Resources and Human Services Agency and the Vermont Department of Public Service report they are partnering with Vermont Gas, Burlington Electric Department and Efficiency Vermont to offer an additional $500 incentive to income eligible Vermonters that undertake energy efficiency weatherization projects.

    The new $500 incentive is available to Vermont households with incomes less than 120-pct of the area median income. It will be combined with existing programs. For example it would increase the Home Performance with Energy STAR program incentive from $2,000 to $2,500. (Source: WAMC, 6 April, 2019) Contact: Burlington Electric Department, Chris Burns, Director of Energy Services, (802) 865-7300, www.burlingtonelectric.com; Efficiency Vermont, (888) 921-5990, www.efficiencyvermont.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Vermont,  nergy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


    Vitro Glass's Fresno Plant Wins DOE ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY Star
    Date: 2019-04-02
    Cheswick, Pennsylvania-based Vitro Architectural Glass reports its Fresno, California facility is the first float glass manufacturing plant in the U.S. to earn the U.S.EPA ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy efficiency.

    The Fresno plant, which operates one of eight oxygen-fuel-powered (oxy-fuel) glass furnaces in the world, earned the certification by registering an energy performance score ranked in the 75th percentile or higher among other float glass manufacturing plants in the U.S. According to the Energy Performance Indicator (EPI), the benchmarking tool established by ENERGY STAR, the Fresno plant scored in the 100th percentile among its peers.

    Using a proprietary process developed and licensed by Vitro Glass and its legacy companies, the Fresno plant uses high-purity oxygen instead of air to combust raw materials such as sand and silica. This technology not only enables the plant to use less energy, it also dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional air-fired glass furnaces, according to Vitro Glass. (Source: Vitro Architectural Glass, Window & Door, 1 April., 2019) Contact: Vitro Architectural Glass, (412) 820.8500, www.vitroglazings.com/en-US/Glass.aspx; Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


    Wyoming Business Council Offers Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
    Wyoming Business Council
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In Cheyenne, the Wyoming Business Council's State Energy Office reports the availability of competitive federal grant funding for Wyoming local governments, public schools and small businesses seeking to improve their buildings energy efficiency while reducing utility costs. The grant funding will be split between the following programs:
  • Comprehensive Retrofit Grant -- Available to towns, cities and counties for improvements and retrofits like installing insulation; adding weather sealing; purchase of Energy Star or solar powered appliances; upgrades of showers and faucets; or replacement of boilers, hot water heaters, HVAC systems, windows and doors.

  • Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) -- Available to towns, cities and counties to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light.

  • Public School Energy Improvement Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) -- Available to K-12 public schools to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light.

  • Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant -- Small businesses, nonprofits and local governments are all encouraged to apply to the Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant Program. The program funds up to 75 pct of the cost of an energy audit and some energy efficiency improvements. Grants are not to exceed $5,000 to entities pursuing an energy audit and retrofits that were identified in the audit.

    Additional information and grant applications HERE. or email (Source: Wyoming Business Council, Jackson Hole Radio, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Wyoming Business Council, Sherry Hughes, sherry.hughes@wyo.gov, Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Chief Strategy Officer, (307) 777-6319, www.wyomingbusiness.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wyoming Business Council,  


  • 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

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


  • 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,  


    US Honda Keeps Wining ENERGY STAR Efficiency Cert. (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR, Honda
    Date: 2019-03-08
    For the 13th consecutive year, two of Honda's Marysville and East Liberty Ohio automobile manufacturing plants in have earned the US EPA ENERGY STAR certification. Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) achieved the ENERGY STAR designation for the seventh year in a row while the Honda Anna Engine Plant (AEP) in Anna, Ohio, scored its first ENERGY STAR status.

    EPA ENERGY STAR certification signifies that the facilities perform in the top 25 pct of similar facilities for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. On average, ENERGY STAR certified plants consume 35 pct less energy and contribute 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar non-certified operations.

    The ENERGY STAR label can be found on over 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $450 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 3.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR. (Source: Honda, EPA ENERGY STAR, Green Car Congress, 7 Mar., 2019) Contact: EPA Energy STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


    New CEMEX USA HQ Earn USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,CEMEX USA
    Date: 2019-03-01
    CEMEX USA is reporting its headquarters building in Houston has been awarded US Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED gold certification.

    The more than 240 000 square-foot of space utilized 20 pct recycled materials and other features to achieve the LEED gold certification. The building accomplished a 52 pct power reduction and all electric equipment meets EPA ENERGY STAR® certification. Water consumption has been reduced by one third with the use of "low-flow" efficient fixtures and nine out of ten work areas receive natural sunlight. (Source: CEMEX, World Cement, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    Minneapolis Considers Energy Benchmarking, Efficiency Ordinance (Reg & Leg)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2019-02-06
    In the Gopher State, the city of Minneapolis officials are reportedly considering a new energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance requiring apartment and home sellers to complete two additional inspection tests and provide energy-efficiency information to potential renters and purchasers. Initially, the ordinance would apply to private residences and multifamily buildings of 50,000 square feet or more.

    The ordinance also requires owners of sub-50,000-square-foot apartment buildings that meter each unit's energy consumption to submit data to a utility-created portal that will be available in 2021. The result will allow renters to compare the energy performance of buildings, using an annual per-square-foot measurement. The city's energy ordinance aims to upgrade 75 pct of the city's homes by 2025.

    City officials believe building owners with low-performing properties would be more open to utility and city efficiency programs to reduce their energy use. Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; Berkeley, California; and Boulder, Colorado are among the cities with similar programs. (Source: City of Minneapolis, Finance & Commerce, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Minneapolis, Kim Havey, Sustainability Manager, 612-673-3666, Kim.Havey@minneapolismn.gov, www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@citycoordinator/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-215081.pdf

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


    Kilroy Bldg Wins USGBC TRUE Zero Waste Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Los Angeles-based Kilroy Realty Corp (KRC)is reporting the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded its 350 Mission Street property TRUE Zero Waste Certification at the gold level. The 455,340 square feet property is the largest single commercial property in the world to achieve TRUE Zero Waste certification and is also the first commercial building in San Francisco to do so. The property is currently LEED Platinum, ENERGY STAR and Fitwel certified.

    All About Waste provided consulting services related to the project and representatives from the Green Building Certification Institute did the onsite performance verification. (Source: Kilroy Realty, PR, 22 Jan, 2019) Contact: Kilroy Realty, Sara Neff, VP Sustainability, (310) 481-8449, sneff@kilroyrealty.com, www.kilroyrealty.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    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,  


    Half D.C. Bldgs Could Require Energy Code Upgrades (Reg & Leg)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-01-16
    As previously reported, the recently passed Washington D.C. Council bill aimed at addressing climate change by reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions will force the owners of hundreds of buildings across D.C. to improve their building's energy performance. The bill, which is being widely lauded as the "strongest climate legislation" in the nation, calls for cutting D.C.'s greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2032.

    According to the D.C. Green Building Advisory Council 50 pct of the city's buildings will need to improve their energy performance to meet as yet undermined standards. The bill gives the D.C. Department of Energy & Environment until 2021 to establish a standard Energy Star score that buildings must meet, and it requires that standard to be at least at the level of D.C.'s current median score. The new law will also establish a task force of commercial real estate industry representatives to help with the implementation.

    Building Owners needing to make upgrades will be able to utilize multiple financing methods, including low-interest PACE bonds and the D.C. Green Bank, a new fund that allows owners to borrow money for building upgrades and pay it back out of their future energy savings. (Source: Bisnow Washington, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: DC Green Bank, www.doee.dc.gov/greenbank

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Building Sustainability,  


    Las Cruces Scores USGBC LEED City Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-11-19
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is reporting the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, (pop. 97,000 +-) is one of 75 U.S. cities to be awarded LEED certification for its new Cities Program. In October 2015, Las Cruces was recognized with a 3-STAR Community rating. STAR Communities recent integration with USGBC further highlights the City's commitment to sustainable development. Seven of the city's major facilities are either LEED certified or awaiting final approval. (Source: USGBC, City of Las Cruces, PR, 16 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Las Cruces, www.las-cruces.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; 3 STAR Communities, www.starcommunities.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 3-STAR Community ,  US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


    Alabama Power Touts Smart Neighborhood Build Prog. (Ind. Report)
    Alabama Power
    Date: 2018-11-12
    Building on the success of its first Smart Neighborhood program, Alabama Power reports it has developed a home building program to partner with home-builders on smart neighborhoods across the state.

    The Smart Neighborhood Builder Program promotes energy efficiency through collaboration with home-builders to build energy-efficient homes that feature advanced energy products and home automation.

    Smart Community Neighborhood homes feature: enhanced energy-efficiency measures and smart home technologies such as voice-activated security, smart locks, lights, cameras and garage door control; Smart homes also will feature: Google Home smart speakers; Nest Learning thermostats; advanced energy-efficient building features such as improved insulation, high-efficiency heat pump and water heater and Energy Star appliances.

    For the project, Alabama Power representatives will serve as technical experts, supporting builders on program standards and energy-efficient technologies.

    Participating homebuilders include Holland Homes, Harris Doyle Homes and Curtis White Companies. (Source: Alabama Power, Smart Grid Observer, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Alabama Power, Greg Barker, Exec. VP Customer Services, www.alabamapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Building,  Alabama Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Wyndham HQ Wins LEED Gold Recertification (Ind. Report)
    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, US GReen Building Council
    Date: 2018-10-26
    New Jersey-based Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold recertification for the company's headquarters in Parsippany, N.J. The Wyndham headquarters building won its first LEED Silver Certification for Corporate Interiors in 2010, a second Silver certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) in 2013, and this recent Gold EBOM recertification, which was earned through water reduction, green cleaning and indoor air quality management.

    Wyndham achieved Gold LEED recertification through site related credits that included: open habitat and biodiversity protection; storm water management; water efficient landscaping and related improvements. Over the past five years, the Wyndham headquarters building also improved its score for energy efficiency through the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR program.

    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the world's largest hotel franchising company, with nearly 9,000 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents. (Source: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, PR, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Mary Falvey, CEO, www.wyndhamhotels.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov

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


    RMR Boasts 93 Property Energy Efficiency Awards (Ind. Report)
    RMR, ENERGY STAR,BOMA,USGBC
    Date: 2018-10-12
    In the Bay State, Newton-headquartered RMR Group Inc. is reporting that 93 properties managed by The RMR Group LLC have been recognized for excellence by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR program, and the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Environmental Protection.

    Of the total, 85 properties were awarded US DOE ENERGY STAR certification while 7 properties were designated as BOMA 360 Performance Buildings by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International 360 Performance Program. One property scored USGBC LEED Silver certification and 1 property in Rockville, MD was recognized by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection for its achievements in the 2018 Business Revitalized Recycling Program.

    The RMR Group Inc. is a holding company and substantially all of its business is conducted by its majority owned operating subsidiary, The RMR Group LLC. The RMR Group LLC is an alternative asset management company that primarily provides management services to publicly traded REITs and real estate related operating companies nationwide. (Source: RMR Group, Contact: RMR Group Inc. Timothy A. Bonang, Snr. VP, (617) 796-8230; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov; BOMA, www.boma.org

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    Majority of Boston Buildings Energy Inefficient (Ind. Report)
    City of Boston Environment Department
    Date: 2018-10-10
    In the Bay State, according to the Boston city Energy Star Scores Report 20 pct of the buildings constructed in the city of 680,000 +- residents since 2012 failed to meet energy efficiency standards. The report scores showed the buildings' energy efficiency relative to similar buildings across the country.

    About one in five new buildings in Boston have an energy score of 50 or below, which means these buildings rank in the bottom 50th percentile nationwide for energy efficiency.

    Boston's Climate Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gases 25 pct by the year 2020. (Source: Boston University Daily Free Press, Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Boston Environment Department, Lauren Zingarelli, Director of Communications and Community Engagement, (617) 635-3850, FAX: (617) 635-3435, www.cityofboston.gov/environment

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    NC County Offers Green Building Permit Fee Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Guilford County
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In North Carolina, the Guilford County Planning Department is reporting the launch of program that provides homebuilders with money back on permit fees if they build energy efficient houses and homes with a reduced carbon footprint. The cities of Greensboro and High Point already have programs in place to encourage energy efficiency in newly built homes.

    The Guilford County Planning Department program will be based on the applicable minimum index levels necessary for US DOE ENERGY STAR qualifications at the time the project is complete. The rebate incentives for new construction will be capped at $500 and will apply to houses but not to commercial buildings.

    The program is intended to encourage and promote energy efficiency and green buildings to reduce a home's carbon footprint and to offset the cost of going green. The construction costs of an energy efficient home are expected to be about $5,500 more that a "standard built" home. (Source: Guilford County Planning Department, Guildford News, Oct., 2018) Contact: Guilford County Planning Director, Leslie Bell, www.guilfordcountync.gov/our-county/planning-development

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    Clayton Homes, ecobee Partner on Smart Thermostats (Ind. Report)
    ecobee,Clayton Home Builders
    Date: 2018-10-01
    Maryville, Tenn.-based Berkshire Hathaway-owned pre-fabricated home builder Clayton Home Building Group is reporting an exclusive partnership with ecobee, the company behind the world's first wi-fi smart thermostat.

    Effective immediately, all Clayton Built® homes ordered nationwide will be equipped with ENERGY STAR® certified ecobee3 lite smart thermostats. The ecobee4 will also be available as an upgrade in select Clayton Built® homes across the U.S.

    ecobee's smarter algorithms and advanced sensing technology empower homeowners to live comfortably and save money on their energy bills. ecobee has estimated that, to date, it has helped homeowners save enough energy to take the City of Miami off the grid for a year.** (Source: Clayton Home Building Group Contact: Clayton Home Building Group, Keith Holdbrooks, Pres., www.claytonhomes.com; ecobee, Stuart Lombard, CEO, Kristen Johnson, Kristenj@ecobee.com, www.ecobee.com

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    Aquicore, Healthy Buildings Int'l Tout Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Aquicore, Healthy Buildings
    Date: 2018-09-26
    Washington, DC-based Aquicore, the leading IoT-driven asset operations platform for commercial real estate (CRE), and indoor environmental consultant Healthy Buildings International, are reporting a new partnership that will enable building owners and operators to achieve better internal reporting and secure key industry certifications -- U.S. Green Building Council's LEED, the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), and U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR.

    Aquicore's CRE platform tracks, analyzes and predicts key building metrics in real time enabling asset and property managers to make faster and more informed decisions on key performance indicators such as energy and water use, budgeting and more. Through Aquicore's partnership, Healthy Buildings' services will be available in the Aquicore Marketplace, a best-in-class network of partners, collaborators and applications that are integrated with Aquicore's platform.

    Healthy Buildings International helps the commercial building industry benefit from the public's awareness of the indoor workplace environment by taking a proactive, business-minded approach to environmental due diligence. Through its three service lines Indoor Environmental Quality, Sustainability, and Energy & Resources, Healthy Buildings helps it clients attract & retain tenants and employees, enhance building marketability, lower operating costs, and increasing asset value. (Source: Aquicore, PR, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: Healthy Buildings Int'l, 800-352-6102., http://healthybuildings.com; Aquicore, 202-446-0246, info@aquicore.com , https://aquicore.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  ENERGY STAR,  Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark Aquicore,  Healthy Buildings,  


    NOAH, Mass Save Partner to Streamline Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Mass Saves
    Date: 2018-09-05
    In the Bay State, the East Boston Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) organization reports it is partnering with the state's Mass Save program to streamline home energy audits, free energy-saving products and rebates and incentives to lower consumer energy bills. According to NOAH, the Mass Save program has been "under utilized" and in need of simplification.

    In order to simplify the Mass Save program process and encourage greater East Boston neighborhood participation, NOAH has teamed up with Mass Save, the City of Boston and Boston ABCD to launch a pilot program to increase participation.

    The Mass Save program, which is open to homeowners and renters, includes a no-cost energy audit and report that makes it easy to improve a home's energy efficiency. Mass Save will also install energy-saving products such as ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs; advanced power strips; low-flow showerheads; faucet aerators; and programmable thermostats or discounted wireless thermostats, all at no cost to home owners and renters. Program participants may also qualify for additional offers, rebates, and incentives for insulation, energy eficient HVAC and others based on the Home Energy Assessment report and household income levels. (Source: East Boston Times Free Press, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Mass Save, www.masssave.com; NOAH, (617) 567-5882, www.noahcdc.org

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    Ocean Renewable Power Seeking Tidal Power Investors (Ind. Report)
    Ocean Renewable Power
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In Maine, Portland-based alternative energy startup Ocean Renewable Power Co. reports it is seeking a tide of investment capital to advance its unique RivGen -- in stream -- and TidGen -- tidal -- marine power turbines.

    The company is seeking $12 million in private investment in addition to a recent $6 million infusion. An initial funding round will be followed by a push for another $18 million earmarked for production startup, commercialization and marketing.

    In 2017, marine energy reportedly attracted only $200 million in investments worldwide; solar energy drew $161 billion and wind attracted $107 billion, according to Bloomberg's 2018 New Energy Finance investment report. (Source: Ocean Renewable Power, Portland Press Herald, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ocean Renewable Power, Chris Sauer, CEO, 207.772.7707, www.orpc.co

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    CBRE Ranks Chicago Tops in Green, Efficient Offices (Ind. Report)
    CBRE Group
    Date: 2018-08-29
    According to a recent study from commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group Inc, for the second year running, Chicago is the greenest U.S. city to work in with about 70 pct of its office space now LEED and/or ENERGY STAR certified for environmental efficiency -- a new study shows.

    up from about 66 pct in 2017. San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Minneapolis/St. Paul followed in that order. (Source: CBRE Group Inc., Aug., 2018) Source: CBRE Group Inc., Aug., 2018) Contact: CBRE Group Inc., David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com

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    Energy Efficiency Saves Berkeley Schools $3.1Mn (Ind. Report)
    CMTA Energy Solutions,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In Martinsburg, West Virginia, CMTA Energy Solutions reports electric power usage consumption at county schools has fallen by approximately 37 pct. It also notes that four more county schools are expected to score between the 98th and 100th percentile in the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR® program as a result of energy-efficiency performance contracted work at Berkeley County (W.Va.) Schools.

    Two years into an energy-savings performance contract, the schools have saved $3.1 million in utility expenses, and more renovations aimed at reducing building operating costs are planned, according to CMTA Energy Solutions. Eight other county school buildings are in the progress of receiving ENEGY STAR certification as a result of a $28 million energy-management project in which the school system embarked in May 2016 with the Kentucky-based firm, officials said.

    The work to date has included the installation of seven geothermal heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, replacement of boilers and chillers, installation of more than 23,000 LED lighting fixtures in 35 buildings, thermal "envelope" improvements, computer power management, and district-wide, web-accessible HVAC controls. (Source: CMTA Energy Solutions, Herald Mail, 21 Aug., 2018)Contact: CMTA Energy Solutions, 502-326-3085, www.cmta.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov

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    CBRE Toasts Chicago Offices as Nation's Greenest (Ind. Report)
    CBRE Group
    Date: 2018-08-27
    Chicago is the national leader in energy efficient office buildings for the second year in a row. The Windy City gained a nearly six point spread over second-place San Francisco, marking the largest spread ever recorded in the Index, according to the 2018 National Green Building Adoption Index published by CBRE Group Inc. and Maastricht University.

    The fifth annual U.S. Green Building Adoption Index by CBRE and Maastricht University analyzed green certified office space across America's 30 largest metros, and found the highest in the index's history at 41 pct of market totals. "Green" office buildings hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR® label, USGBC LEED certification or both. According to the report, 11.5 pct of all buildings surveyed are ENERGY STAR labeled, while 5.0 pct of buildings are LEED certified, both at all-time highs for the five-year study.

    According to the report, 69.8 pct of the office buildings in Chicago are market certified green and 265 buildings are green. San Francisco claimed the second spot with 64 pct of all space green certified, and Atlanta maintained the third spot with more than 58 pct. Los Angeles and Minneapolis claimed fourth and fifth place respectively.

    In 2019, the city plans to implement the Chicago Energy Rating System, to make energy use information for large buildings easily accessible while encouraging additional energy savings. If all buildings with ENERGY STAR scores below 90 were to improve their scores by only 10 points to earn one additional star in the new Rating, buildings would see savings of over $70 million per year. In April 2017, the Mayor announced that by 2025 all Chicago public buildings will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. That transition means that eight percent of the city-wide electricity load or 1.8 billion KWh will come from clean and renewable sources. This follows the 2013 commitment that the City made to eliminating coal from its electricity supply. (Source: City of Chicago, PR, Prairies State Wire, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Chicago Mayor's Press Office, 312.744.3334, press@cityofchicago.org; CBRE, David Pogue, VP Global Client Care, CBRE U.S. Green Building Adoption Index, https://www.cbre.com/about/corporate-responsibility/pillars/environmental-sustainability/green%20building%20adoption%20index, www.cbre.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Trump Tower Emissions, Energy Efficiency, Slammed -- Climate Works for All Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In its latest report, the not-for-profit ALIGNNY organization contends that large buildings owned by Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner's family, are some of the biggest polluters and emitters of greenhouse gases in the city. ALIGNNY says New York City can and must take bold steps to fight climate change by requiring energy efficiency improvements at Trump's and Kushner's buildings, as well as other large buildings that are contributing to the crisis.

    According to The Environmental Impact of Trump Tower -- No LEED, a report by the Urban Green Council, the average Energy Star scores for residential and office buildings in New York City are 60 and 75, respectively. In 2015, Trump Tower's last recorded year available on public record, the building received an Energy Star score of 48 out of 100, which means the tower is in the bottom half of its category for energy conservation. (Eleven of his 15 properties at the time fell below 50.) As president, Trump has asked Congress to eliminate $42 million in federal funding for the ENERGY STAR program, which is led by the EPA.

    According to a 2015 study by the Alliance for a Greater New York, Trump Tower uses more energy than 93 pct of other large residential buildings in New York City. In 2018, HuffPost also reported the tower's average energy use intensity is 208, while the average office building uses 186. Luxury properties in New York, which include the tower, make up 2 pct of buildings in the city but produce nearly 50 pct of its climate-altering emissions.

    Download ALIGNNY details, Climate Works for All Report HERE. (Source: ALIGNNY, MIC, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: Align New York, (646) 676-4300, contact@alignny.org, www.alignny.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov; Urban Green Council, (212) 514-9385, www.urbangreencouncil.org

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    Forest City Realty Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Forest City Realty Trust
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In Cleveland -- "The Best Location in the Nation' -- Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. reports it has been recognized as a LEED Power Builder by the U.S. Green Building Council; Green Lease Leader by The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and The DOE's Better Buildings Alliance; ENERGY STAR Charter Tenant Space recognition by the U.S. DOE.

    Forest City and 10 other companies earned Gold landlord recognition as part of the Green Lease Leaders program, which recognizes innovative companies and real estate practitioners who manage high-performance buildings through energy efficiency and sustainability. The company also was one of nearly 50 organizations to be recognized as part of ENERGY STAR's Charter Tenant Space program, which was designed to strengthen landlord-tenant relationships and shared commitment to energy efficiency.

    Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. is an NYSE-listed national real estate company with $7.9 billion in consolidated assets. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of office, apartment and mixed-use real estate nationwide. (Source: Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., PR, 22 Aug., 2018) Contact: Forest City Realty Trust, David LaRue , CEO, www.forestcity.net; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov

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    Utility Revenue Expands LED Lighting Division (Ind. Report)
    Utility Revenue Services
    Date: 2018-07-20
    Dublin, Ohio energy consultancy Utility Revenue Services, reports it has extended its offerings to include LED lighting analyses , retrofits and and related capital projects. Rapid advancements in solid state lighting along with a precipitous fall in price have lowered the barrier to entry for LED retrofits for apartment properties and have created a compelling business case: energy savings from LED technology is, on average, about 75 pct over traditional technologies, with less heat output and 25-times the lifespan of incandescent.

    The qualifying threshold for EPA's ENERGY STAR for buildings will experience a significant reset at the end of August. For the first time since 2003, scores will be measured against new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA)which projects LED lighting market to be over $100 billion by 2025. In addition to their high operational efficiency, dropping production cost and moderate heat output, smart or connected applications are helping to drive LED's explosive growth.

    To date, the company has improved the performance of over a half million apartment units since 2006. Those assets continue to experience increased net operating income, currently over $45 million annually and growing, according to the release. (Source: Utility Revenue Services, PR, 18 July, 2018) Contact: Utility Revenue Services, Tom Spangler, (804) 475-9601, tspangler@utilityrevenue.com, www.utilityrevenue.com

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    New ENERGY STAR Metrics to be Announce in August (Ind. Report)
    Energy Star
    Date: 2018-07-09
    The US DOE reports the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager metrics are being updated this summer. All existing ENERGY STAR scores will change on Aug. 27, when building scores will be adjusted for the 2019 round of ENERGY STAR. (Source: US DOE ENERGY STAR, Colorado Real Estate Journal, 8 July, 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov

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    Cadillac Fairview Touts Energy Smart Operations Success (Ind. Report)
    Cadillac Fairview
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Toronto-headquartered high-end commercial property owner and operator Cadillac Fairview (CF) reports it has deployed its Energy Smart Operations (ESO) program in 27 CF buildings across Canada.

    CF's data-driven ESO platform enables the organization to instill proactive measures for sustainability, achieve internal energy reduction targets as set by CF's pioneering Green at Work® sustainability program, extend equipment life, reduce both energy costs and tenant issues, and improve overall energy efficiency performance on building certifications.

    CF also reports its Yonge Corporate Centre and Simcoe Place buildings in Toronto, and Tour Deloitte in Montreal have been awarded Natural Resources Canada ENERGY STAR certification from for superior energy performance. CF is one the first organizations in Canada to receive LEED and ENERGY STAR certification.

    Valued at around $29 billion, CF's Canadian portfolio includes over 38 million square feet of leasable space at 67 properties. (Source: Cadillac Fairview Corp, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Cadillac Fairview, Karen Jalon, Senior Director, Sustainability and Energy Management, (416) 598-8246, www.cadillacfairview.com; ENERGY STAR Canada, www.energystar.gc.ca

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    Energy Efficiency Sector Employment on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    National Association of State Energy Officials
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In 2017, 2.25 million Americans were employed in the design, manufacture, and installation of EPA ENERGY STAR certifies energy efficient products and service, according to the recently released U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER).

    The report, which was produced by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) in partnership with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), examined employment in the energy efficiency, electric power generation, fuels production, and motor vehicles sectors.

    According to the report, energy efficiency employment was projected to have a growth rate of 9 pct through 2018, the highest of the four sectors studied. Construction employers expect energy efficiency job growth of 11 pct by the end of 2018, while manufacturing will grow 9.9 pct. In all, the energy efficiency sector added 67,000 net jobs in 2017. Construction firms in the energy efficiency sector saw an increase in the number of workers who spend at least half of their time on energy efficiency-related work, rising from approximately 797,500 in 2015 to nearly 1.024 million in 2017. Energy efficiency professional services, such as architects or product designers, added 63,000 jobs. Manufacturing jobs producing ENERGY STAR-certified building materials and other products rose by 9 pct, or roughly 27,000 jobs. (Source: National Association of State Energy Officials, USGNN, 24 May, 2018) Contact: National Association of State Energy Officials, www.naseo.org[endlink[; ENERGY STAR, [strartlink]www.energystar.gov

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    Reno Touts Energy Efficiency Leaders, ReEnergize Reno (Ind. Report)
    City of Reno
    Date: 2018-05-21
    In the Silver State, the City of Reno is touting its first annual Green Building Awards celebrating the accomplishments of local leaders in building energy efficiency. The event took place on May 8th.

    Award recipients included four organizations that have invested in green and high-efficiency buildings: the Glenn Group, Harrah's Reno Hotel and Casino, the University of Nevada, and the Veterans Administration Hospital. Reno also recognized two notable ENERGY STAR certified buildings -- JC Penney's Logistics Center and Silver Lake Apartments -- both of which had recorded significantly lower energy consumption than their peers across the nation.

    In addition, the City lauded eleven leaders in the city's ReEnergize Reno energy efficiency challenge program. Through the program, launched in October of last year, commercial, industrial, and multifamily buildings have committed to cut their energy consumption 20 pct by 2025.

    Details on the ReEnergize Reno program are HERE. (Source: City of Reno, NRDC, May, 2018)

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    KCP&L, Kansas City Partner to Meet Clean Energy Goals (Ind. Report)
    KCP&L
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In the Show Me State, Kansas City and its utility Kansas City Power & Light are working in concert to encourage the city and its metropolitan area of approximately 2.3 million residents to reduce energy consumption and and increase its use of renewable power. To that end, the city's clean energy goals include:
  • Powering 100 pct of city operations with renewable energy within three years;
  • Achieving Energy Star certification for 90 pct of municipal buildings of over 25,000 square feet within five years;
  • Developing residential energy efficiency and community solar programs for city employees;
  • Developing an electric-vehicle purchasing plan and procurement collaborative for fleets of public and tax-exempt entities.

    Additionally, previously this year the utility filed a green tariff and a rate case including a community solar proposal that would allow the utility to acquire wind energy for city operations. The community solar proposal would add at least 3 cents per kilowatt hour for residential customers to the cost of electricity from solar. (Source: KCP&L, Kansas City, Energy News, May, 2018) Contact: KCP&L, Kim Winslow, Dir. of Energy Solutions, www.kcpl.com; Kansas City, Dennis Murphey, Environmental Officer, (816)513-1313, www.kcmo.gov

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  • Municipalities Join NYSERDA Clean Communities Program (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-04-09
    In the Empire State, the community councils of Hanover and Silver Creek are reporting participation in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities Program . The program aims to incentivize municipalities to adopt various efficiency "impact actions." Municipalities that complete four of the 10 available impact actions will receive a $5,000 grant and be eligible for future NYSERDA grants.

    The first and major resolution passed by both Hanover and Silver Creek involves establishing building energy benchmarking using the EPA's internet-based Energy Star Portfolio Manager to track and assess the relative energy consumption and performance of community owned buildings of 1,000 square feet or larger. The aim is to identify energy consumption and cost cutting opportunities.

    Other approved resolutions include the New York State Unified Solar Permit program; energy and building code upgrades, training and enforcement; and electric vehicle charging stations. (Source: NYSERDA, Observer, 2 April, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Clean Energy Communities Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities

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    Energy Inspectors Named 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner (Ind. Report)
    Energy Inspectors Corporation
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Las Vegas-based Energy Inspectors Corporation, part of Ei Companies servicing the U.S. Construction Industry, reports it has been named a 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award winner for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. The company, an ENERGY STAR partner since 1999, is being honored for its national work in residential construction energy efficiency. The company has certified the energy efficiency of tens of thousands of new homes for standards ranging from Federal, State and Municipal programs to programs sponsored by Utilities, USGBC LEED, Build It Green, and others. and private above code construction organizations such as LEED and (Source: Energy Inspectors Corp., PR, Scratch, 6 April, 2018) Contact: Energy Inspectors Corp., John Gillett, Pres., Kelsey Mullen, VP (760) 761-3695, www.energyinspectors.com

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    Mertiage Wins ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award (Ind. Report)
    Meritage Homes,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-04-06
    For the sixth consecutive year, Scottsdale, Arizona-based builder Meritage Homes reports it has received the US EPA's 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its leadership in protecting the environment by advancing energy efficiency in home building. The company has built more than 40,000 homes that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR requirements since 2010.

    In 2017 alone, Meritage Homes completed more than 7,500 ENERGY STAR certified homes estimated to save more than 68 million kilowatts of electricity, eliminate over 100 million pounds of CO2, and reduce homeowner utility bills by about $8 million annually. (Source: Meritage Homes, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Meritage Homes, www.meritagehomes.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    NRCAN Launching Building Energy Star Certification (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resources Canada,NRCAN
    Date: 2018-04-02
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources (NRCAN) Hon. Jim Carr, reports Canada is launching an Energy Star certification for Canadian commercial and institutional buildings. The program is intended as a resource to help building owners and managers manage their energy consumption, increase energy efficiency and building energy performance, reduce costs and cut carbon emissions.

    To kick-start the initiative, the government has launched a "Who Will Be the First?” challenge that recognizes the first to be certified under the program . (Source: Natural Resource Canada, Business Chief, Mar., 2018) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca

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    Ricoh Earns Third ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-04-02
    Malvern, Penna.-headquartered Ricoh USA, Inc. reports for the third consecutive year, the U.S. EPA has awarded Ricoh with its ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. Ricoh also won the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to the program.

    Ricoh, an ENERGY STAR partner for imaging equipment since its inception, is being recognized for: technology services in support of ENERGY STAR; assisting ENERGY STAR product specification development; challenged all employees to take the ENERGY STAR pledge; external outreach -- customers and commitment to continued progress -- Ricoh has committed to reducing the total lifecycle CO2 emissions of the Ricoh Group from year-2000 levels by 30 pct by 2020 and by 87.5 pct by 2050.

    In 2016 alone, ENERGY STAR certified products, homes, buildings and plants helped Americans save over $30 billion in energy costs and approximately 400 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, while achieving broad emissions reductions. (Source: Ricoh, Energy Star, PR, 2 April, 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; Ricoh USA, John Greco, (973) 882-2023, john.greco@ricoh-usa.com, www.ricoh-usa.com

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    Hawaii Energy, Honolulu Partner on Multi-Unit Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Hawaii Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    In the Aloha State, Hawaii Energy reports it is partnering with the city of Honolulu in the Energy Smart 4 Homes program aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of thousands of rental units in Downtown Honolulu.

    The effort will see Hawaii Energy professionals install energy-efficient technologies directly into units at no cost to building owners or their tenants. Under the program, eleven city-owned multifamily property buildings will be retrofitted with:

  • high-efficiency shower heads that cut water consumption and reduce electric water heating demand by up to 30 pct:
  • efficiency faucet aerators in the kitchen and bathroom that can decrease hot water use and electric water heating costs:
  • installation of ENERGY STAR-certified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) which use approximately 78 pct less energy and last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs;
  • and use of energy-saving Smart Power Strip can help manage energy consumption and can eliminate phantom electrical loads.

    With the upgrades, residents are expected to save as much as $160 per year while taxpayers save $120,000 annually.

    The program is funded through the Public Benefits Fund, which supports initiatives that help consumers become more energy-efficient. The Fund is collected through a small surcharge that every electric utility customer in Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties pay through their bill. (Source: Hawaii Energy, Smart Cities Connect, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Public Benefits Fund, www.c2es.org/document/public-benefit-funds; Energy Smart 4 Homes, https://hawaiienergy.com/for-homes/es4h; Hawaii Energy, www.hawaiienergy.com

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  • Stanford Data Center Lauded for Saving Energy (Ind. Report)
    Stanford Research Computing Center
    Date: 2018-03-02
    According to the US DOE ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance, the Stanford Research Computing Center (SRCC) uses nearly 40 pct less energy per square foot than the national median, prevents more than 1,300 metric tpy of GHGs and outperforms all similar buildings nationwide.

    The EPA recognition certifies that buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 pct of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation and other key metrics. (Source: Stanford University Information Technologies, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Stanford Research Computing Center, Scott Prevost, Manager, (650) 721-4040, srcc-support@stanford.edu, https://srcc.stanford.edu; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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