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WindFloat Atlantic Floating Wind Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Windfloat Atlantic,EDP,Repsol
Date: 2019-07-24
Windplus is reporting the installation of the first Windfloat Atlantic turbine on its three-turbine floating platform -- the first such platform in continental Europe and largest turbine ever to be installed on a floating platform -- is underway in the outer harbor of Ferrol, Spain.

The project belongs to the Bremen, Germany-based Windplus consortium, which is jointly owned by EDP Renovaveis with 54.4 pct, ENGIE with 24 pct and Repsol at 19.4 pct and Principle Power Inc. with the balance. The project will incorporate 3 Vestas turbines to collectively deliver an installed capacity of 25 MW -- sufficient power for 60,000 homes in one year. (Source: Windfloat Atlantic, reve, 18 July, 2019) Contact: EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer, 0421 897 660 0, c.meyer@windplus.de, www.windplus.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Windplus,  Repsol,  Windfloat Atlantic,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Canon Canada HQ Awarded LEED® Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2019-07-22
Brampton, Ontario-headquartered digital imaging specialist Canon Canada Inc reports it has been awarded the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED®, Gold certification for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009 certification for its corporate headquarters. . Canon Canada collaborated with Colliers Project Leaders and architects Moriyama & Teshima to construct the building which features:
  • Energy reduction and efficiency is built-in to the building's lighting and cooling/heating systems, with LED lighting that helps to save approximately 70 to 80% of energy (compared with traditional 60W incandescent lights) and building systems are set to shut off after hours to help reduce energy.

  • Natural light and solar-adaptive shading help to maximize daylight in the office while minimizing glare and solar heat, simultaneously aiding in the regulation of lighting and temperature.

  • Rooftop greywater collection system helps save 20%of the building's annual domestic city water usage (the equivalent of 4.5 million bottles of water); the water is reused for flushing and irrigation.

  • Energy-saving office technologies like Canon's own multifunction devices and display projectors automatically power down to minimize energy consumption in all meeting and copier rooms.

  • A sophisticated kitchen digestion system helps divert and reduce organic waste from landfills.

  • Encouraging employees to reduce carbon emissions by offering premium parking for green vehicles, employees that carpool as well as sheltered bicycle parking.

  • Employees and the surrounding residential community enjoy an expansive community green space, including a pond and recreational path, 6,000 drought-resistant shrubs and 200 drought-resistant trees to promote the area's wildlife biodiversity.

  • Phasing out the sale single-use plastic water bottles and plastic straws has begun at the headquarters and at all Canon Canada's 13 office locations across the country by the end of 2019. (Source: Cannon Canada, CNW, 22 July, 2019) Contact: Canon Canada, www.cannon.ca ; Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, President and CEO (CaGBC) and GBCI Canada

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  LEED Certification news,  Canada Green Building Council news,  


  • Entegrity Boasts Efficiency Upgrades, LEED Cert.(Ind Report)
    Entegrity
    Date: 2019-07-15
    In Little Rock, Entegrity -- f.k.a. Viridian -- is reporting its recent $500,000 office building renovation saves or creates enough power to balance out all of its energy use.

    With the energy efficient upgrades, the building has electrochromatic windows that tint at the command of a Wi-Fi signal; composting and recycling; high-control HVAC systems; a rooftop solar array; and all-LED lighting.

    The building is "one of the only net-zero buildings in the state. and the second building in the world to get LEED Zero certification, and the first in the United States," according to Entigrity. (Source: Entegrity, USGBC, Arkansas Business, July, 2019)Contact: Entegrity Partners, Rob Guthrie, Bus. Dev., (800) 700-1414, info@entegritypartners.com, www.entegritypartners.com

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


    Bi-Partisan U.S. Bill Aimed at Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In the nation's capital, in a rare display of bi-partisan cooperation, Rep.. Earl L. Carter (R-GA) and Marc Veasey (D-TX) have tabled the All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act designed to enhance federal building energy efficiency.

    The Act, if passed into law, would remove the present ban on the use of fossil fuels in federal buildings while implementing energy efficiency targets. Under the legislation, federal facility managers could choose the energy mix that best meets their efficiency goals and saves on a building's operating costs as well as ensure significant renovations to existing facilities achieving 30 pct less energy use than the current requirements. (Source: Various Media, Energy Insider, 15 May, 2019) Contact: Rep. Earl L. Carter, (202) 225-5831, www.congress.gov/member/earl-carter/C001103; Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), (202) 225-9897, https://veasey.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Brussels Mandates Home Energy Efficiency by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Homeowners in Brussels will have until 2025 to undertake home renovations to put residential buildings in the capital on track with national energy-efficiency goals by 2030, according to a decree passed by Brussels Capital Region authorities.

    Under the legislation, homeowners are required to secure a PEB energy performance certificate for their homes by 2025, in order to drive down energy consumption of Brussels homes by a third between 2030 and 2050. The measure aims to ensure the Brussels Capital Region respects a national commitment to cut Belgium’s carbon emissions by 35 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. Residential and office buildings in the region currently account for over 74 percent of energy consumption, and out of an estimated 575,000 residential buildings in Brussels, 30 pct were built before the 1960s and are not -insulated. An average insulation is expected to cost approximately €40,000 per home. (Source: Brussels Housing Minister, Brussels Times, 15 May, 2019) Contact: Celine Fremault, Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region responsible for: Housing. Quality of Life. Environment. Contact: https://be.brussels/about-the-region/the-government-of-the-region

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    100 MW Ball Hill Wind Farm Wins NYPSC Approval (Ind. Report)
    Ball Hill Wind Energy,Renewable Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-05-13
    The New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) reports it has issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the construction and operation of Ball Hill Wind Energy, LLC in the towns of Hanover and Villenova, in Chautauqua County. The project is being developed by Renewable Energy Systems (RES).

    According to the PSC's order granting the certificate, 100 MW Ball Hill Wind is expected to be operational by the end of 2020 and have a 20 year life span. The PSC approval included decommissioning security be provided to the towns in the form of a letter of credit. (Source: NYPSC, The Observer, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Ball Hill Wind Energy, (860) 661-3818, www.ballhillwind.com; Renewable Energy Systems (RES), www.res-group.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Renewable Energy Systems ,  


    Chapel Hill Considering Mandatory Rooftop Solar (Ind. Report)
    Chapel Hill Town Council
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In North Carolina, the Chapel Hill Town Council reports it is considering a petition from the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board requiring all new building construction and renovations in Chapel Hill to install roof-mounted solar energy systems. The petition would cover over 80 percent of eligible roof areas, including all sunshade flat roofs and pitched roofs facing between southeast to southwest.

    According to the mayor, the town should offer a range of different options as well as incentives for owners of existing properties to convert to solar and other renewable energy options. (Source: Chapel Hill Town Council, Chapelboro.com, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Chapel Hill Town Council, (919) 968-2757, www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/government/mayor-council

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    CoalSwitch Manufacturer Expanding into North Carolina (M&A)
    Active Energy Group
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In North Carolina, the Robeson County Economic Development Commission is reporting London, UK-listed forestry management company Active Energy Group PLC (AEG) is paying $50 million for an abandoned 415,000 square-foot plant and surrounding land in Robeson County. The building, which was shuttered in May, 2017, will be the base of AEG's biomass-processing operations, housing production of its woody niomass, waste forestry products based CoalSwitch brand fuel products.

    The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority is supporting the project with a $500,000 building re-use and renovation grant to Robeson County, money that is available through the Community Development Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is administered in part by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Other partners included the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Robeson Community College, Robeson County and the city of Lumberton. Michael Rowan, CEO of AEG. (Source: Robesonian, 18 April, 2019) Contact: Active Energy Group, Michael Rowan, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com; Robeson County Economic Development Commission, (910) 739-7584, www.robesoncountyoed.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy Group,  CoalSwitch,  Woody Biomass,  


    Kootenay Energy Efficiency Program Available (Ind. Report)
    Regional District of Central Kootenay
    Date: 2019-04-08
    In British Columbia, Canada, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) reports the availability of the Regional Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) Home Renovation program under which residents can access a subsidized EnerGuide home energy evaluation.

    Following the EnerGuide home energy evaluation, both home owners and renters will be able to access current rebate offers, financing options, a local contractor, list and energy coaching to increase home energy efficiency, cut energy consumption and save on energy costs.

    The program offers two streams: the energy efficient home renovation stream provides incentives that support energy audits and access to rebates. The energy efficient new-home education stream provides training and access to information for all new home builders. The New Home program will encourage a standard of energy efficient construction as outlined in the BC Building Step Code.

    The program makes energy efficiency accessible by reducing the cost of EnerGuide home energy evaluations, installing free energy efficiency products such as LED lighting and water conserving fixtures and by supporting residents' participation in Fortis and BCHydro's income qualified Energy Conservation Assistance Programs (ECAP). (Source: RDCK, Media Release, Nelson Daily, 7 April, 2019) Contact: RDCK, Aimee Watson, Chairperson, www.rdck.ca/reep

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerGuide,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  


    Wisc. Focus on Energy Grants $65,377 for School Upgrades (Funding)
    Wisconsin Focus on Energy
    Date: 2019-03-25
    In the Badger State, the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program , which is made possible by Alliant Energy and Waupun Utilities, reports the granting of a $65,377 and a matching incentive from WPPI Energy for $23,817 for nergy-saving improvements to lighting, heating and cooling systems at all schools within the Waupun Area School District.

    In 2017-18 the Waupun School District initiated a $36 million energy efficiency and conservation-focused renovation of the district's school facilities. About that time the district applied for energy improvement incentive grants of nearly $90,000 for additional projects. (Source: Wisconsin News, 22 Mar., 2019)Contact: Wisconsin Focus on Energy, (800) 762-7077, www.wisconsinisin.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-K2m2Yad4QIVQuDICh3VeQBLEAAYASAAEgL5wPD_BwE; WPPI Energy, (608) 834-4500, www.wppienergy.org; Waupun Utilities, www.waupunutilities.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wisconsin Focus on Energy,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


    The Climate Group Calls for LED Street Lighting (Ind. Report)
    Philips Lighting
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In 2015, the international not-for-profit The Climate Group, in partnership with Signify (fka Philips Lighting), called for all public lighting worldwide to be energy efficient LED by 2025. The Climate Group is now calling for national leaders to publicly support the wider call for LED adoption to achieve our 2025 scale-up target.

    The unprecedented energy savings of 50-70% from LEDs compared to traditional lighting presents a compelling reason to urgently raise the priority of LED adoption. The drive towards connected LED street lighting also serves as a stimulus for wider renovation of aging city infrastructure, and for further innovations in smart city development and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives. It also presents the opportunity to build upon a connected and secure city lighting network with an expanding array of city-to-citizen data-based products and services.

    Recently we have seen huge LED retrofit programs around the world, with Chicago replacing 270,000 old fashioned street lights, which will save taxpayers $100m over 10 years and avoid over 11,000 metric tons of CO2 annually. New York State is currently rolling out an ambitious LED program, replacing half a million street lights, saving 482 gWh per year. However, many cities are not in this position, and this is when supporting energy efficiency policy and legislation, from state, regional or federal level can address some of these barriers and catalyze action.

    As well as federal level policy, states can also introduce their own policy which can benefit their cities, businesses and citizens alike. (Source: The Climate Group, Blog, 18 Mar., 2019) Contact: The Climate Group, (646) 233-0550 NYC Office, +44 (0)20 7960 2970, info@theclimategroup.org, www.the climategroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Group,  LED Light,  Street Light,  Philips Lighting,  


    Rio Renovables 27 MW Solar Projects Underway (Ind. Report)
    Rios Renovables Group
    Date: 2019-03-04
    Navarre, Spain-based renewable energy specialist Rios Renovables Group reports construction is underway on two solar farms totaling 27 MW in the Spanish municipalities of Geria and Alfaro. The projects, which are expected to come in at a total cost of €24 million ($27.3 million), are expected to generate sufficient electric power for slightly more than 14,000 homes.

    Spain's 2021-2030 energy and climate plan calls for 42 pct of the country's energy to be drawn from renewables. CEO Adalberto Rios said that the 2030 target would require the government holding new auctions as the banks need them as a guarantee in order to provide financing. (Source: Rios Renovables Group Contact: Rios Renovables Group, Adalberto Rios, CEO, +34 948 84 00 56, +34 948 840 567 - fax, info@riosrenovables.com, www.riosrenovables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rios Renovables,  Solar,  


    Renovare Touts Biogas-to-Biofuel Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
    Renovare Fuels
    Date: 2019-02-20
    In the UK, London-headquartered Renovare Fuels is touting a new technology that cost effectively converts biogas into a high-grade liquid fuel that can be used as a direct replacement for fossil fuels. The technology is presently being showcased for the first time at Alliance Dairies in Florida.

    "By using a specially developed Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalyst and advanced process engineering techniques, Renovare Fuels' technology can efficiently turn biogas into middle distillate fuel. The feedstock is sourced locally to the site and classified as a waste product, so the production cycle is objectively carbon neutral," according to the company. The abundance of waste products means that the production of the biodiesel promises a low-cost sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. Renovare Fuels believes that the fuel could be priced at under 50 UK pence per litre in a quantity that could reshape the energy sector. Renovare Fuels' technology, which was developed at the University of South Florida in conjunction with NASA and the US DOE, was proved successful in converting biogas into usable diesel during a trial at a US landfill in 2017, according to the company. (Source: Renovare, EngineerLive, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Renovare Fuels, Devin Walker, CTO, +44 (0) 20 3874 8111, Fax +44 (0) 20 3874 8110, www.renovare-fuels.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Renovare Fuels,  Renewable Diesel,  Landfill Gas,  Fischer-Tropsch,  


    Univ. of Colorado CASE Bldg Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-02-15
    In Boulder, the University of Colorado is reporting its recently opened Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification

    The latest recognition brings to 27 the total number of CU Boulder buildings with LEED certification either for new construction or major renovations.

    CASE building LEED qualifying features include: electrochromic glass that self-dims as sun exposure increases, minimizing heat gain and glare; strategic building layout to maximize campus green space; LED lighting throughout; low-flow plumbing features; 67 pct of construction waste diverted from landfills; HVAC and envelope designed to provide a comfortable thermal environment, and others. (Source: University of Colorado, PR, Feb., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    ABM EPC Projected to Save Georgia County $7.2Mn (Ind. Report)
    ABM
    Date: 2019-02-01
    ABM Industries, a provider of facility solutions, reports the initiation of an Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program for Turner County, Georgia, that is expected to shave $7.2 million off the county's energy and operating costs over a 15-year period. The project was launched in August 2018 and is scheduled for completion in Fall 2019.

    Highlights of the project include:

  • Retrofitting lighting systems to energy-efficient LED lighting and replacing or retrofitting HVAC units at six facilities, which will be controlled by state-of-the-art HVAC control systems to maximize energy and operational efficiency;
  • Consolidating government services with a 2,800-square-foot addition to the Turner County Annex, and replacing the roof on the existing building;
  • Upgrading security and fiber optic communication lines for the county's Emergency Response Center and Annex to provide additional security and reliability for occupants;
  • Renovating the kitchen at the Turner County Jail to replace inefficient equipment with high-efficiency appliances and refrigeration management systems:
  • Upgrading ventilation at each facility by sealing building envelopes and resealing windows to drive energy savings and to increase employee and occupant comfort.

    ABM is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues of approximately $5.5 billion and more than 130,000 employees in 350+ offices throughout the U.S. and various international locations.

    Review ABM energy performance contract details HERE. (Source: ABM Industries Inc., , PR, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: ABM, Mark Turner, (212) 297-9721, www.abm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABM,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Performance Contract,  


  • Aussies Calling for Increased Building Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In the Land Down Under, the recently released Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code prepared by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and ClimateWorks Australia, calls for a Zero Carbon Ready building code.

    According to the report, improved energy efficiency and performance of buildings presents a win-win-win opportunity, reducing stress on the electricity network, offering bill savings, supporting a least-cost pathway to a zero carbon built environment, and improving health and resilience outcomes for households and businesses.

    The National Construction Code is a ready-made policy instrument to influence the operational energy use of new buildings and major renovations. The Code regulates the building envelope and fixed equipment, including heating and cooling equipment, lighting and hot water. Built to Perform shows that setting strong energy standards for new buildings in the Code could, between now and 2050, reduce energy bills by up to $27 billion, cut energy network costs by up to $12.6 billion and deliver at least 78 million tonnes of cumulative emissions savings.

    The ASBEC report was produced with the support of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, the RACV and dozens of building industry and government partners. The project has been delivered in partnership with CSIRO, Energy Action (EA), Strategy. Policy. Research. (SPR) and the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong (UOW). (Source: ASBEC, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: ASBEC, Suzanne Toumbourou, Exec. Dir., (02) 8006 0828, admin@asbec.asn.au, www.asbec.asn.au; ClimateWorks Australia, www.climateworksaustralia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


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

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

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

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


  • VTA Ups Energy Efficiency, Sustainability Commitment (Ind Report)
    Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
    Date: 2019-01-14
    In the Golden State, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors is reporting approval of a new Green Building Policy. The policy, which will apply to all VTA owned infrastructure and programs, is intended to encourage greater energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

    VTA instigated a Sustainability Program and established a goal to incorporate green building principles into VTA projects in 2008. The program included new or renovated buildings or other facilities such as parking garages or bus rapid transit stations. VTA has since constructed and renovated several buildings with renewable energy, water and energy efficient fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, and other green building features.

    The new VTA Green Building Policy is intended to help reduce energy consumption and costs and to formalize green building principles into all aspects of its infrastructure for greater environmental, social and economic responsibility. To date, the Santa Clara County VTA has implemented sustainability features such as solar panels at bus terminals, EV charging stations, low-flow plumbing equipment, solar-powered trash and recycling containers, transit platforms lit by natural light and water recycling as well as repurposing cut trees into retaining walls and mulch. (Source: Santa Clara County VTA, Silicon Valley Voice, 12 Jan., 2019)Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, www.vta.org

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


    St. Pete Codifying Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In the Sunshine State, City officials in St. Petersburg are considering an ordinance that would require newly constructed and renovated city buildings and new city infrastructure costing more than $2 million to meet a "green" standard. The ordinance would "codify" 2017 vintage rules and further the city's commitment to "green" and energy efficiency standards.

    Specifically, the ordinance would require all new and significantly renovated city buildings of more than 5,000 square feet to be U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certified. (Source: City of St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Times, Jan., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  


    EIB Inks Lithuanian Energy Efficiency Finance Deal (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2019-01-04
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Siaulių Bankas are reporting a guarantee agreement to continue and renew their funding for energy efficiency renovations of Lithuanian multi-apartment buildings. The EIB will provide a €30 million guarantee from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for a portfolio of €150 million in loans by Siaulių Bankas to homeowners for home energy efficiency upgrades.

    Technically, the operation is the first guarantee under the Lithuanian Leveraged Fund that was established in 2016 to maximise the funds available for the modernization programme, which is a key government priority. With it, the Lithuanian financing situation has seen an evolution from using financial intermediaries as agents to disburse ERDF and national funds, to an ERDF-backed guarantee to banks, who will use only their own funds to give out modernization loans. This final step will greatly improve the leverage of this financing, maximising the number of households that can receive cheaper loans. (Source: EIB, Emerging Europe, Jan., 2019)Contact: EIB, www.eib.org; Siaulių Bankas, www.sb.lt

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  


    DNV GL's Windfloat Atlantic Due Diligence Completed (Ind. Report)
    DNV GL,Windplus
    Date: 2018-11-09
    Energy advisory and certification specialist DNV GL is reporting completion of a lenders' technical due diligence on the 25-MW Windfloat Atlantic floating wind farm project now under construction off the coast of Portugal.

    DNV GL's technical due diligence reportedly helped secure the €60 million from the European Investment Bank so the project could become the world's first project-financed floating wind farm.

    The project is being developed by Windplus and will incorporate three 8.4-MW MHI Vestas turbines, the largest and most powerful wind turbines ever installed on a floating foundation platform.

    Windplus is a subsidiary of EDP Renewables, Repsol and Principle Power.(Source: DNG GL, Windpower Eng., 7 Nov., 2019)Contact: EIB, www.eib.org; Windplus SA, www.offshorewind.biz/tag/windplus; EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com; DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Windplus,  DNV GL,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  ,  


    Willis Tower Touts $500Mn Sustainability Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-11-09
    In the Windy City, the Willis Tower -- fka Sears Tower -- owned and managed by EQ Office reports it has earned the US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification. The 110 story building is currently undergoing a $500 million plus renovation, the biggest restorative transformation in the building's 43-year history.

    The Willis Tower upgrades include:

  • Installation of high-efficiency lighting systems with improved controls to reduce energy consumption, including the building's newly renovated LED antenna lighting system;

  • Improvements to the building's HVAC exhaust and return fan dampers, which along with the new building automation management system, will enable the operating team to better control temperatures in the building and reduce energy usage;

  • Introduction of all new air media, fan gearboxes and fan blades, along with the installation of new variable frequency drives to all four of the building's cooling towers. The modernization will supply the chillers with lower temperature condensing water, resulting in an approximate 20 percent savings on the electric energy consumed by the cooling towers;

  • Installation of low flow high efficiency units on more than 450 sinks, 650 toilets and urinals, saving approximately 11 million gpy of water consumption and reducing the building's water usage by 30 pct;

  • Replacement of all the building's automatic transfer switches, enhancing the integrity of its electrical infrastructure. (Source: EQ Office, PR, Nov. 7, 2018) Contact: EQ Office, www.eqoffice.com; USGBC Willis Tower, www.willistower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  


  • MCAST Launches PV, Energy Storage Integration Project (Int'l)
    MCAST
    Date: 2018-10-26
    In Paola, the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) is reporting the launch of a new EU-funded Horizon 2020 JUMP2Excel project that would establish and encourage the scientific and innovation capacity of MCAST Energy in the field of photovoltaic (PV), energy storage and ancillary services. A number of research centres including Centro Nacional de Energia Renovables (CENER) in Spain, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) in France and the UK's University of Manchester will participate in the project.

    JUMP2Excel is designed for all partners to benefit from the collaboration beyond the three-year funding period. (Source: MCAST, Newsbook, 24 Oct., 2018) Contact: MCAST, +356 2398 7100, www.mcast.edu.mt

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PV,  Solar,  


    EIB Funds Semi-Submersible Platform Offshore Wind Project (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank,EDP Renováveis
    Date: 2018-10-24
    The European Investment Bank (EIB is reporting a € 60 million loan to Portuguese energy giant EDP Renovaveis subsidiary Windplus S.A. for the construction of a first-of-its-kind, semi-submersible platform offshore floating wind farm to be located about 20 km off the coast of Portugal.

    The project will also be supported by the InnovFin Energy Demonstration Project facility, which is funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme , and an additional €29.9 million from the EU NER300 programme, plus up to €6 million from the Government of Portugal, through the Portuguese Carbon Fund.

    Until 2020, "InnovFin -- EU Finance for Innovators" offers a range of tailored products which will make available financing in support of research and innovation (R&I) by small, medium-sized and large companies and the promoters of research infrastructures. (Source: European Investment Bank, EDP Renewables, 19 October, 2018) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org; Windplus SA, www.offshorewind.biz/tag/windplus; EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Wind,  EDP Renovaveis,  Repsol,  Windplus S.A,  


    SCVTA Adopts Green Building Policy (Ind. Report)
    Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (
    Date: 2018-10-19
    In the Golden State, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCVTA) Board of Directors reports it has approved the adoption of a Green Building Policy and will incorporate green building principles into the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance, renovation and deconstruction of all capital, facility and joint-development projects on SCVTA-owned property.

    In addition to committing to meet all mandatory measures for nonresidential structures as outlined in the California Green Building Standards Code, SCVTA will also incorporate factors such as on-site recycling and water reuse, sustainable landscaping, energy efficiency, renewable energy and US Green Building Council LEED standards. Any project with an overall budget of $100 million or more will also be required to develop and implement a Sustainability Plan that includes a list and description of green building features to be included in the project as well as the designation of a Sustainability Coordinator. (Source: SCVTA, RT&S, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, www.vta.org

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


    Resalta Completes Slovenia's Largest Energy Efficiency Project (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-10-10
    Slovenian energy service company Resalta -- fka GGE -- is reporting the completion of energy efficiency upgrades to 48 public buildings in the City of Ljubljana. The company also notes it has inked a second, €4.8 million energy retrofit agreement for an additional 11 city buildings.

    According to a Resalta press release, the just completed €14.9 million project will deliver energy savings of 8,245 MWh annually and a reduction of 2,956 tpy of CO2 emissions.

    The upgrades included HVAC system improvements, interior lighting conversions to energy efficient LEDs, with more energy-efficient equipment, the adoption of renewable energy sources, the replacement of windows and doors, the renovation of facades, roof insulation and others. of roofs. Resalta will also provide management and maintenance of the equipment and systems installed for the duration of the contract. (Source: Resalta, Balkan Green Energy News, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: Resalta, Luka Komazec,CEO, +386 59 035 200, info.si@resalta.com, www.resalta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    MCAS Energy Efficiency Delivers Major Savings (Ind. Report)
    Michigan City Area Schools
    Date: 2018-09-24
    In Michigan City, Indiana, the Michigan City Area Schools (MSCS) , in partnership with Performance Services Inc., report the completion of a second guaranteed energy savings project that is reducing overall electricity consumption at seven buildings by 52 pct for a guaranteed annual savings of $704,672.

    The MCAS Solar and LED project includes ground-mount photovoltaic (PV) arrays and LED lighting upgrades at seven school properties. Taken together, upgrades, offset about 52 pct of combined electricity usage at those sites for a projected savings of $23 million over 30 years.

    Performance Services is an integrated design and delivery company that specializes in constructing and renovating education and municipal facilities to deliver high performing buildings with optimal environments. (Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management, MCAS, News Dispatch, 22 Sept., 2018) Contact: Performance Services, Tim Thoman, Pres., CEO, (317) 713-1750, www.performanceservices.com; Indiana Department of Environmental Management, www.in.gov/idem; Michigan City Area Schools, www.mcas.k12.in.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  


    Arkansas County Court OKs Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
    Sebastian County Quorum Court
    Date: 2018-09-21
    In Arkansas, the Sebastian County Quorum Court in Fort Smith reports it has authorized completion of an energy-efficiency project and also approved an ordinance authorizing the funding of the Arkansas EPC Program for the county. The project total is an amount exceeding $5 million, and the financing plan approved by the Quorum Court as part of the ordinance is over 15 years at 2.85 pct interest. EPC is a financing mechanism used to pay for energy efficiency improvements through annual energy savings.

    The county's energy efficiency improvement measures would be applied to all county buildings and include: LED lighting retrofits, building management system optimization, HVAC renovations and boiler replacements, and others. The annual energy savings are expected to reduce the county's energy and operating costs by $344,000 per year as well receipt of various utility rebates totaling approximately $160,000. (Source: Sebastian County Quorum Court, Times Record, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: Sebastian County Quorum Court (479) 783-6139, www.sebastiancountyar.gov/Departments/County-Judge/Quorum-Court

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Moelven Confirms Norwegian Bioenergy, Pellet Plant Plans (Int'l)
    Moelven
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In a release, the Scandinavian industrial group Moelven reports it is constructing a new woody biomass pellet factory and bioenergy plant near the villages of Honefoss and Kroderen, Norway. The pellet plant will be integrated into the company's existing sawmill which will provide by-products for pellet production.

    The NOK 270 million ($32,376,000 US) project will receive NOK 66 million funding from Enova, a Norwegian government enterprise responsible for promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy. The new plant is expected to come online in 2020.

    Moelven is a Scandinavian industrial group that produces building materials and systems for the construction industry. (Source: Moelven, PR, IHB, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: Moelven, +47 62 34 70 00, post@moelven.com, www.moelven.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    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

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


    Aussie Energy Retailer Launches Crowd-Funding Campaign (Int'l)
    Enova Energy
    Date: 2018-08-20
    Australian Community-owned energy retailer Enova Energy is reports it plans to extend beyond its home base in the NSW Northern Rivers region, with the launch of new round of crowd-sourced fundraising to raise at least $3 million to finance Enova Community Energy's extension across NSW regions.

    The company's latest fund-raising comes three years after the launch of Australia's first community-owned energy retailer and aims to "further democratize" its ownership model, by offering investors shares priced at $1 each, with a minimum purchase amount of $100. (Source: Enova, One Step Off the Grid, 16 Aug., 2018) Contact: Enova Community Energy, https://www.facebook.com/enovaenergy/

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enova Energy,  Solar,  


    Envision Energy, Bow Power Tout Wind Energy Partnership (Int'l)
    Envision Energy,Bow Power
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Shanghai-headquartered Envision Energy is reporting a strategic partnership with Bow Power to evaluate, develop, and operate utility-scale wind farm projects in Latin America, beginning with a 90-mw project in the Peninsula of Yucatan, Mexico.

    The Envision -- Bow Power joint venture in Energia Renovable de la Peninsula, is being developed by Envision's local partner ViveEnergia, and has PPAs with Mexico`s utility company CFE.

    Envision owns the world's largest Energy IoT platform, EnOS™, currently managing more than 100GW of energy assets globally. It is also the second largest wind turbine manufacturer in China and the sixth largest in the world.

    Bow Power, a joint venture from Spanish conglomerate ACS and Global Infrastructure Partners, invested in and managed seven assets with a total value higher than €1,200 million , including different technologies in several geographies, during its first year of operations. (Source: Envision Energy, PR, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Bow Power, www.bowpowerenergy.com; Envision (www.envision-group.com),

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Energy,  Wind,  


    Toyota Tsusho, Pinnacle Ink Wood Pellet Off-Take Contract (Ind. Report)
    Pinnacle Renewable Holdings,Toyota Tsusho
    Date: 2018-06-29
    British Columbia, Canada-based Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. reports it has entered into new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with customers in South Korea and Japan.

    The contract in Japan is Pinnacle's second with Toyota Tsusho Corporation, a trading and investing company and a group member of TOYOTA. Under the terms of the Toyota Tsusho contract, Pinnacle will supply 170,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets to Toyota Tsusho beginning in 2021. The industrial wood pellets will be used by Kanda Biomass Energy K.K., which is established by RENOVA, Inc., Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., Veolia Japan K.K. and two other companies, in a biomass power generation plant in Kanda, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

    The contract in South Korea is with CGN Daesan Power Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of CGN New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd, a diversified independent power producer in Asia.

    As a result of these two new contracts, the weighted average remaining life of Pinnacle's portfolio of off-take contracts with customers has been extended from seven years as at March 30, 2018, to more than nine years. (Source; Pinnacle Renewable Holdings, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Pinnacle, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com; Toyota Tsusho, www.toyota-tsusho.com/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Renewable Holdings,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Toyota Tsusho ,  


    Japanese Woody Biomass Project Reaches Financial Closure (Int'l)
    Renova
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Japanese renewable energy specialist Renova Inc is reporting the financial close for the 75-MW Kanda woody biomass power generation project in Fukuoka prefecture. The facility will also use wood pellets from Canadian pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc., as previously reported.

    Renova developed and holds a 43.1 pct stake in the project. Sumitomo Forestry Co Ltd holds a 41.5 pct interest. Veolia Japan, Kyuden Mirai Energy Co Inc and Mihara Group are also participating. (Source: Renova Inc., Renewables, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Renova Inc., www.renovainc.jp/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


    Electrix Wins Aussie Smart Street lighting Lighting Project (Int'l)
    VINCI Energies
    Date: 2018-06-25
    In the Land Down Under, VINCI Energies's Australian subsidiary Electrix, reports it has secured a 7-year, €37 million streetlight network management contract for the Canberra Region (population 400,000) awarded by the Australian Capital Territory Government.

    It contract includes the renovation, operation and maintenance of more than 80,000 streetlights, 50,000 of which will be replaced with LEDs to achieve a target of 47 pct energy saving. In addition, a smart monitoring system will be installed to track the streetlight network in real time.

    Under this contract, VINCI Energies will implement the CityApp application to support maintenance and operation and the BIMCity hypervisor to ensure better customer service, network reliability and safety and track performance indicators.

    This is the first contract in Australia to combine smart LED streetlight installation, smart city network implementation and overall infrastructure management. It is also the first streetlighting project to be carried out under an Energy Performance Contract. (Source: VINCI, NewsWire, 22 June, 2018) Contact: VINCI Energies, www.VINCI-Energies.com; Electrix, www.Electrix.com.au

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


    Ontario Renewables, Green Renovation Rebates Chopped (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-06-22
    Hard on the heels of the election of Ontario's new Conservative Premier Doug Ford's announcement to scrap the province's 2017 vintage carbon tax -- cap-and-trade program, a post on the GreenOn.ca website announced the closing of several renewable energy and residential and commercial energy efficiency rebate programs. Existing rebate program commitments will be honoured.

    The rebate program was funded through proceeds from the province's cap-and-trade program through a provincial agency called the Green Ontario Fund. Ontario has earned approximately $3 billion in a series of cap-and-trade auctions since the system was introduced by the Liberals last year. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, Bell Media, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Green Ontario Fund, www.GreenOn.ca

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


    Paris Climate Goals Reachable Without Carbon Capture Tech, IIASA Study Finds (Ind. Report)
    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
    Date: 2018-06-06
    A recently released study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Nature Energy is the first to map a pathway to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels without relying on negative emissions technologies that suck carbon dioxide from the the atmosphere.

    The study found that the Paris agreement target can be reached through innovations in energy efficiency -- hanges to heating, cooling, transport, appliances and technological devices could both limit climate change and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    "Our analysis shows how a range of new social, behavioral and technological innovations, combined with strong policy support for energy efficiency and low-carbon development can help reverse the historical trajectory of ever-rising energy demand," IIASA acting program director and lead study author Arnulf Grubler said in the press release.

    The report focused on innovations that were currently available and calculated what would happen if they were applied at scale. It found that doing so could reduce the energy required for transportation, heating and cooling and meeting the physical needs of the world's population by two to four times.

    The paper further explained that the success of its scenario relied on the willingness of populations, governments and businesses to make the changes it advocates. "The global community from world leaders and multinational corporations down to individual consumers and citizens need to act in concert to avoid dangerous climate change while improving human wellbeing. Our scenario offers a roadmap as to how this can be achieved," Grubler added.

    Markers on that roadmap included ride-sharing fleets of electric vehicles that could reduce transport energy demand by 60 percent by 2050. Increased energy standards for new buildings and renovations for old ones could reduce energy demand from heating and cooling by 75 percent by 2050. The report further found that changing individual habits on a global scale could make a huge difference. The expanded use of smartphones to do the work of what would have previously been several devices, accompanied by a shift in the younger generation from owning material goods to accessing services as needed could limit the growth in global energy demand to 15 percent by 2050. And following a healthy diet that replaced red meat calories with something else could lower agriculture energy demand and lead to increased forest cover the combined size of Bangladesh and Italy by 2050. The report concluded that reducing overall global energy demand 40 pct by 2050, combined with projected renewable energy growth, would succeed in limiting warming 1.5 degrees without the need for negative emissions. (Source: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, PR, 4 June, 2018) Contact: IIASA , Arnulf Grubler, Report Author, +43 (0) 2236 807 470, gruebler@iiasa.ac.at, www.iiasa.ac.at

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Paris Climate Agreement,  International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis,  


    Virginia Adopts School Renewables Feed-in Tariffs (Reg & Leg)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2018-05-23
    In the Old Dominion State, legislation tabled by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) in the 2018 session directs Dominion Energy to permit schools that generate more energy from on-site wind- or solar-powered sources to sell the power back to the utility. Currently, the excess power goes back to the electrical grid, but school systems are not reimbursed.

    Under the legislation, the funds could either be taken by a school system in cash, or applied to offset some of the cost of operating other facilities.

    The legislation, which was supported by several school systems and by Dominion Energy, passed both the Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate unopposed. The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Northam in March, gives the state Corporation Commission until Dec. 1 to set up the guidelines for administering the the pilot program. It is slated to run for six years (Source: InsideNova, Various Media, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert M. Blue, President & CE, Power Delivery Group, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy ,  Feed-in Tariff,  FITs,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


    NYCEEC Co-CEO to Advance Energy Efficiency Financing (Ind. Report)
    New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation
    Date: 2018-05-16
    The New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) announced expanded senior leadership today to accelerate its growth and to deliver on its mission to advance energy efficiency and clean energy financing solutions. Board member Curtis Probst has joined Susan Leeds as co-CEO.

    The new leadership team will focus on growing NYCEEC's lending platform and new initiatives to build energy efficiency and clean energy financing markets for commercial and multifamily buildings. On the horizon are the launch of C-PACE in New York City, the strategic expansion of NYCEEC's loan originations to an eight-state region including New York State, and continued innovation in support of critical initiatives such as net-zero affordable housing renovations through RetrofitNY.

    NYCEEC is a non-profit finance company that provides loans and financing solutions for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. NYCEEC has financed over $135 million of energy efficiency and clean energy projects across hundreds of buildings and nearly 5,000 affordable housing units. (Source: NYCEEC, PR, PRNewswire, 15 May, 2018) Contact: NYCEEC, Susan Leeds, CEO, Posie Constable, Director of Business Development, Posie Constable, Head of Business Development, (646) 797-4630, pconstable@nyceec.com, www.nyceec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    Enova Completes Mall of the Emirates Solar Installation (Int'l)
    Enova
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In Dubai, UAE commercial developer Majid Al Futtaim is reporting the commissioning of phase one of the Mall of the Emirates' solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. The facility incorporates 7,291 pv panels fitted to 1,068 carports and has a generation capacity of 3 GWh. Renewable energy and project manager Enova by Veolia oversaw the installation.

    The project is part of Majid Al Futtaim's Shopping Malls business unit plan to install solar PV to power three of its shopping malls by 2018. The objective is to source a minimum of 7.5 pct of energy use on site via renewable energy at all new developments and a minimum of 5 pct in existing buildings. (Source: ME Construction News, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Enova by Veolia, Anne Le Guennec, CEO, +971 (0) 420 38111, www.enova-me.com; Majid Al Futtaim, www.majidalfuttaim.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enova,  Solar,  PV,  


    GE Renewable Energy Announces Chilean Wind Power Project (Int'l)
    GE Renewable Energy,Arroyo Energy
    Date: 2018-05-11
    GE Renewable Energy has announced its first wind energy deal in Chile. The project, with Arroyo Energy Compania de Energias Renovables Limitada, will see GE supply six 3.6 megawatt (MW) turbines. Each will have 137-meter rotors, amounting to 21.8 MW in total, and will be installed at sites in souther Chile.

    "GE believes in Chile's energy sector as a motor for development and we are determined to use our state-of-the-art wind technology to harness the vast wind potential in the country," Vikas Anand, general manager for GE's Onshore Wind Business in the Americas, said in a statement Wednesday.

    The Chilean government aims to have 60 pct or more of the county's electricity generated by renewable sources by 2035 , rising to 70 pct by 2050. The government also plans to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 pct compared to 2007 levels by 2030. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CNBC News, Others, 10 May, 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com; Arroyo Energy, www.arroyoenergygroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arroyo Energy,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


    EIB Commits €50 Mn to Spanish Wind Farms Totaling 300 MW (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2018-04-30
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced it would commit €50 million in loans to finance the Goya Project -- 9 wind power projects developed by the Spanish firm Forestalia Renovables in the Aragon region of Spain.

    The Goya project, which is backed by shareholders Mirova, General Electric, Engie, and Forestalia, which is also active in PV and biomass projects. The Goya Project is the first wind power concession in Spain to be awarded without public subsidies or incentives. (Source: EIB, Forsetralia, April, 2018) Contact: Forestralia, www.forestalia.com; European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Wind,  


    Former Birmingham Dept. Store Scores LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2018-04-30
    In downtown Birmingham, Alaabama, the $70 million renovation of the Pizitz Building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED certification for energy efficiency. The former 1920s department store Pizitz Building was empty for nearly three decades before the 251,210-square-foot building was transformed into 143 apartments, a food hall and retail space.

    The redevelopment implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The redevelopment included the repurposing of a parking deck; low-flow water fixtures, creating an open-air atrium to allow for sunlight, recycling 17 pct of building materials, diversion of 65 pct of construction waste from a landfill, and various other energy effic iency features and upgrades. (Source: USGBC, Alabama NewsCenter , 29 April, 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Green Building Initiative Launches Green Globes Pilot (Ind. Report)
    Green Building Initiative
    Date: 2018-04-13
    In Portland, the Green Building Initiative (GBI) reports it will update its American National Standard, Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. Revisions to the Standard include:
  • The introduction of new sections and criteria including: Site and Building Resilience; Resource Conservation addresses minimized use of raw materials and encourages designing for deconstruction; Moisture Control Analysis as a method of limiting risk of building non-performance; Building Risk Assessment criteria, which spurs teams to review the site for hazards like weather, flooding, soil stability, and earthquake potential and put together emergency response plans.

  • Indoor Domestic Plumbing includes four paths to earn points including the new Path D for Major Renovations.

  • Three paths allow users to choose between three options for assessing projected energy performance.

  • Non-Modeled Energy Efficiency Impacts are assessed and Metering, Monitoring, and Measurement have been revamped to further incentivize sub-metering.

  • The use of a Resource Management Plan and verification of actual performance are encouraged, and there are incentives to incorporate renewable sources of energy.

  • Projects need to attain a minimum 20 pct score in each Assessment Area to receive certification, but consistent with Green Globes’ reputation for flexibility, users are free to choose the criteria within the assessment areas that are most relevant to their projects.

    Green Globes is a leading sustainability rating system for commercial and multi-family buildings. Recognized for its ease of use, inherent flexibility, and customization, Green Globes can be applied to virtually every building type and use. To ensure diversity among the building types and geographic locations participating in the pilot program, GBI offered subsidized involvement for a select number of participants. Current pilot projects include: Federal government warehouse in West Virginia; K-12 school in Florida; Mixed use property in New York; Federal government office in Texas; and Multifamily residential property in Georgia . The pilot is open to all new construction and major renovation projects.

    The GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Developer dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green building best practices. Founded in 2004, the organization is the sole provider of the Green Globes and federal Guiding Principles Compliance building assessment programs. (Source: Source: Green Building Initiative, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Green Building Initiative, (503) 274-0448, info@TheGBI.org , www.TheGBI.org

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


  • LBNL says PACE Financing Driving Solar Growth (Ind. Report)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Date: 2018-04-09
    A recently released Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) study covering the years 2010-2015, when residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs such as Renovate America's HERO financing were expanding rapidly across California, has found that early, regional PACE programs significantly increased the deployment of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

    Since it's 2011 launch, HERO has financed the deployment of over 183 MW of residential solar capacity across over 30,000 homes.

    The full LBNL study is available HERE. (Source: Renovate America, PR, NBNL, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Renovate America, Roy Guthrie, CEO, Greg Frost, (619) 568-6747, gfrost@renovateamerica.com, www.renovateamerica.com/financing/hero; NBNL, Jeffrey Deason, Sean Murphy, www.lbl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ,  Solar,  


    Ft. Collins Granted $100K for Low-income Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    City of Fort Collins,Bloomberg Philanthropies
    Date: 2018-02-26
    In Colorado, the city of Fort Collins (164,200 pop.) reports that as many as 47,000 low-income residents could ultimately benefit from more energy-efficient homes thanks to a $100,000 grant awarded to the city by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

    The city was one of 35 cities selected in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, which provides selected cities with grant and technical assistance to encourage efficiency renovations in low-income homes. Fort Collins' pitch is to help finance those renovations for single- and multi-family rental properties via public-private partnerships. The fourth Mayors Challenge is the first new component of the American Cities Initiative, a $200 million effort to empower U.S. cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward. The city expects the program to generate $75.8 million in private-sector investments in the next decade. (Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Coloradoan, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Bloomberg Philanthropies, www.bloomberg.org; U.S. Mayors Challenge, www.bloomberg.org/program/government-innovation/mayors-challenge

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Mayors Challenge,  Energy Efficiency,  


    GreenON Funds Ontario Social Housing Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    GreenON Social Housing
    Date: 2018-02-23
    In Toronto, the Green Ontario Fund, a non-profit provincial agency funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market, reports its new GreenON Social Housing Program will help upgrade energy efficiency in social housing apartment buildings with fewer than 100 units province-wide.

    Funded improvements will include upgrades to energy-efficient HVAC systems, windows, lighting and insulation. The renovations will also improve the living conditions for low-income tenants and the long-term sustainability of buildings, according to a release. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, DCN News Service, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: GreenON Fund, GreenON Social Housing, (888) 724-8444, www.greenon.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GreenON Social Housing,  


    EIB Touts Energy Efficiency Funding Initiative (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2018-02-21
    In Brussels, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is reporting Board approval for the creation of the Smart Finance for Smart Buildings Initiative. The initiative will invest in residential buildings to improve energy efficiency using EU grants as a guarantee to incentivize energy efficiency investments of €10 billion from public and private sources.

    The funding is expected to help establish a small business renovations market worth up to €120 billion, support up to 220,000 jobs, and help lift 3.2 million European families out of energy poverty by taking some of the risk out of energy efficiency investments in the buildings sector and offering assistance with project development for households unable to finance and execute residential energy efficiency projects. (Source: Eurostat, European Commission, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat; European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  EIB,  Energy Efficiency,  


    US Federal Energy Efficiency Tax Break Extended (Reg & Leg)
    Ryan
    Date: 2018-02-16
    In Dallas, business tax specialist Ryan is reporting the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which Congress passed on February 9, 2018, contained a number of tax extenders, including a one-year retroactive extension of the Energy Efficient Commercial Building deduction. The retroactive extension makes all 2017 qualifying transactions now eligible for this previously expired deduction.

    Commercial buildings that were constructed or renovated to include energy-efficient equipment -- lighting or HVAC systems -- are now eligible for an accelerated tax deduction up to $1.80 per square foot under the extended Energy Policy Act of 2005. This deduction may also be available to the primary designers of government buildings subject to certain conditions. (Source: Ryan, PR, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ryan, Allea Newbold , Principal, (813) 228-7100, allea.newbold@ryan.com, http://www.ryan.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    PPL Resets CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets (Ind. Report)
    PPL Corp
    Date: 2018-02-02
    Allentown, Penna.-headquartered PPL Corporation reports it aims to cut the company's carbon dioxide emissions 70 pct from 2010 levels by 2050. To that end, the company plans to replace its Kentucky coal-fired generation over time with a mix of renewables and natural gas, improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from substations and reducing vehicle fleet emissions.

    To date, PPL has cut its CO2 emissions by nearly half, spinning off its competitive generation business, including nearly 4,000 MW of coal-fired generation, retiring approximately 900 MW of coal capacity in Kentucky, and replacing much of that retired Kentucky generation with a new, highly efficient natural gas, combined-cycle unit that emits approximately 60 pct less CO2 per MWh. Additionally, PPL's Kentucky subsidiaries have built the state's largest universal solar facility and completed the renovation and upgrade of the Ohio Falls hydroelectric facility. PPL's Kentucky subsidiaries are expected to retire the bulk of their coal-fired units by 2050. PPL's U.S. and U.K. business are primarily focused focused on delivering electricity rather than generating it. (Source: PPL Corp., PR, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: PPL Corp., www.pplweb.com, www.pplweb.com/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PPL Corp,  Carbon Emissions,  

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