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Columbus Enacts Ohio's First Energy Benchmarking Ord. (Ind. Report)
Columbus Ohio
Date: 2020-04-15
In the Buckeye State, the Columbus City Council is reporting passage of the state's first city energy benchmarking ordinance in March.

The ordinance, which will be phased in over three years, requires building owners to report data on building size, energy usage and utility bills using an EPA energy manager program.

Under the ordinance, city buildings and non-city properties greater than 100,000 square-feet must file their first reports by June 1, 2021. Other covered properties greater than 50,000 square-feet are due to report by the following June. Public data disclosures for each group will begin in 2022 and 2023, respectively. (Source: City of Columbus, Energy News, April, 2020) Contact: City of Columbus, Anthony Celebreeze, Dept. of Building and Zoning, (614) 645-5661, (614) 645-7433, › bzs

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

EMI Health Office Bldg Earns First ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
Nexant,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-11-08
In Salt Lake City, EMI Health reports its office building in Dalt Lake City has been awarded its first ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance.

The EPA awarded an ENERGY STAR Score of 88, meaning that this building performs better than 88 pct of its peers -- office buildings in the mountain west. Only 77 office buildings and 4 industrial plants in Utah have earned the ENERGY STAR for superior efficiency. ENERGY STAR is the foremost energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance. The following features contributed to the EMI building's performances:

  • a high efficiency Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heating/cooling system;

  • entilation air is delivered by Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) that recover waste heat from the exhaust air flow and uses it to preheat the incoming fresh air;

  • 100 pct LED light fixtures that are controlled by day lighting and occupancy sensors;

  • the building shell is comprised of high performance glazing, well insulated walls and roof, and is tightly sealed;

  • HVAC system is properly commissioned and is scheduled to operate only when the building is occupied.

    Nexant, which carried out much of the buildings efficiency work, is a premier provider of technology enabled solutions to the Utility and Energy Industry focused on the next generation intelligent grid, distributed energy resources, and the digital customer experience. (Source: Nexant, PR, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Nexant,

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

  • Ohio Dumps Renewables Portfolio, Efficiency Standards (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2019-08-26
    Last Friday in Columbus, the Ohio State Republican-dominated legislature easily passed, and Gov. Mike DeWine (R) quickly signed, HB 6 which subsidizes First Energy's Davis-Bessie and Perry nuclear power plants to the tune of $150 million. The bill also supports two aging coal-fired power plants and dismantles Ohio's 10-year-old Renewable Portfolio Standards and Energy Efficiency Resource Standards, both of which mandated the growth of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

    The Renewable Portfolio Standard required Ohio electric utilities to generate 12.5 pct of their energy from renewables by 2027 and reduce electric energy consumption by 22 pct by increasing efficiency. (Source: Various Media, Athens Messenger, 25 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ohio Coal.Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    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,

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

    PA Utilities Seek Solar PV Alternative Energy Credits (Ind. Report)
    FirstEnergy Corp
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In the Keystone State, FirstEnergy Corp subsidiaries Pennsylvania Power Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, and Metropolitan Edison Company, are reportedly seeking the purchase 120,500 Solar PV Alternative Energy Credits (SPAECs) annually over a two-year period. Suppliers will enter into a separate deal and provide the credits in tranches of 500 per year.

    The Brattle Group will launch an RfP for the purchase of SPAECs this month. Applications are due by February 5, 2019, and bids due by February 27, 2019. Deliveries of SPAECs are expected this year. (Source: FirstEnergy, Renewables, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: The Brattle Group, (202 955-5050, (415) 217-1000,; First Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PV Solar,  Solar Energy Credit,  Brattle Group,  FirstEnergy Corp.,  Solar,  

    Ratch Raises Final Mount Emerald Wind Farm Turbine (Int'l Report)
    Ratch Australian Corporation
    Date: 2018-09-26
    In the Land Down Under, Sydney, Australia-based Ratch Australian Corporation reports it has raised the last of 53 turbines at its $360 million, 180-MW Mount Emerald Wind Farm. The facility generated its first energy in August.

    According to Ratch's EGM business development Anthony Yeates, "We are now producing at 60MW or about 33 pct of full capacity. Vestas has conducted a series of grid performance tests and the results are now being analysed by the Australian Energy Market Operator. We hope to be able to step up to 130MW or about 70 pct of capacity in early October."

    When fully operational, Mount Emerald will be the largest wind farm in Queensland and will generate sufficient power for approximately 75,000 North Queensland homes. (Source: Ratch Australian Corporation, Ecogeneration, Sept 24, 2018) Contact: Ratch Australian Corporation, Anthony Yeates, Exec. GM, +02 8913 9400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Australia Wind,  ,  

    Greek Island Establishing Renewables, Smart Energy Community (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-09-19
    On the Aegean Sea, the Greek municipality of Fourni Korseon has reports the establishment of the first Energy Community on the Greek islands with an aim of becoming energy-independent with the production of renewable energy, smart energy, energy storage and management, and energy efficiency.

    Participants in the new energy project will become both consumers and producers enabling them to use the energy they produce and economically benefit from it. Fourni Korseon residents and EUNICELABORATORIES a subsidiary of the Greek EUNICE ENERGY GROUP, the group that developed and operates TILOS Project, an internationally acknowledged project of autonomous and smart management from renewable sources on the island of Tilos, are participating in the Energy Community of Fourni. (Source: EUNICELABORATORIES, Greek City Times, Sept., 2018) Contact: EUNICELABORATORIES, +30 21 0324 2020,; Municipality of Fourni,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  Energy Management,  

    Metrus Energy, Wells College Ink Efficiency Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Metrus Energy,Wells College
    Date: 2018-09-19
    San Francisco-headquartered water and energy efficiency financing provider Metrus Energy is reporting an Efficiency Services Agreement (ESA) project with Wells College in Aurora, New York. Work is slated to get underway this month for completion in the second half of 2019.

    The project is Metrus' first energy efficiency-as-a-service transaction with a higher education customer and will focus on creating a more comfortable living and learning environment. The energy efficiency work includes campus lighting, comfort control upgrades, building envelope, steam traps and significant new HVAC controls, all of which will result in an approximate 14 pct reduction in total electricity consumption and a 28 pct drop in fossil fuel consumption.

    Previously this year, the Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recognized Wells' sustainability work with a AASHE STARS gold rating. (Source: Metrus Energy, PR, Wells College, Web, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: Metrus Energy, Bob Hinkle, CEO,

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

    FirstEnergy Scuttling Ohio, Penna. Coal Power Plants (Ind. Report)
    FirstEnergy Solutions
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In the Buckeye State, Akron-headquartered FirstEnergy Solutions reports it is shuttering its last coal-fired power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as its remaining four coal plants by 2022. The three Ohio plants are on the Ohio River in Stratton. Its last Pennsylvania coal plant is in Shippingport. The closures are subject to PJM review.

    According to U.S. Energy Information Agency data, the closures will leave about two dozen coal-fired plants operational in Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Source: FirstEnergy Solutions, PR, The Virginian Pilot, AP, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: First Energy Solutions, Donald Moul, Pres.,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Energy,  Coal,  Coal-Fired Power,  

    E.On, Google Touting Sunroof Platform for UK Households (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-23
    E.On and Google are reporting a partnership to bring their Sunroof platform to British households in the coming weeks. The Sunroof platform uses Google Earth and Google Maps, 3D models and machine learning to provide an accurate estimate of a home's individual solar potential.

    As in Germany, E.On will be the first energy company in Britain to offer its customers a digital assessment of the PV potential of their homes.

    Ultimately, Sunroof "translates" the determined amount of light into energy and the potential cost savings. Based on this data, customers in Germany can request a complete package consisting of a photovoltaic module and the E.ON SolarCloud, optionally with Aura battery storage. E.On also provides a "sunshine guarantee" to ensure that the solar system achieves the calculated yields, with lower values met with financial compensation by the company.

    The two firms are also preparing a market launch in Italy, while the one-year programme in Germany will now be extended until the end of the year. Google launched Sunroof in the United States in 2015. The platform is currently covering approximately 60 million buildings. According to Google, around 79 pct of the roofs covered by the application were suitable for the installation of a solar power generator, while in the south of the country, their percentage reached 90 pct. (Source: E.ON, Google, PR, Impact4All, 22 May, 2018) Contact: E.ON,;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON,  Google,  Sunroof,  

    Gore Street Capital Touting First Energy Storage Fund (Int'l)
    Gore Street Capital
    Date: 2018-03-16
    In the UK, London-headquartered private-equity firm Gore Street Capital reports it plans to offer the world's first energy storage fund listed on the London Stock Exchange. The fund will invest primarily in large-scale batteries.

    To that end, the company is seeking to raise £100 million ($139 million) from an IPO later this month. The listing has already attracted commitments from NEC Corp.'s NEC Energy Solutions and Japanese engineering consultancy Nippon Koei Co. Ltd. (Source: Gore Street Capital, Bloomberg, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage ,  

    Ohio Power Sector Leads in Cutting Carbon Output (Ind. Report)
    FirstEnergy Corp,US EIA
    Date: 2018-01-08
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) website is reporting that Ohio's electric power sector, the state's main source of carbon pollution, cut its carbon pollution from a peak of 132.6 million metric tons in 2005 to 82.6 million metric tons in 2015, while its western neighbor, Indiana trimmed its annual carbon output by 34.9 million metric tons over the same 10-year period.

    Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. played a major role in the reduction. While it has continued to operate its two nuclear plants that don't emit any meaningful carbon, the company closed several coal-fired power plants in Ohio and boosted its use of renewable energy.

    The decline is attributed to the advent of cheap shale gas which has caused new natural gas power plants to come online in Ohio and nearby states that sell their power into Ohio on a shared electric power grid. That's all while companies like FirstEnergy have shuttered coal plants that can't compete economically with natural gas-fired plants.

    In 2005, approximately 88 pct of Ohio's electric power was coal generated. Today it is closer to 50 pct, according the the EIA. Over 60 generation units at about 20 coal-fired plants have been closed down in Ohio since 2010. (Source: US EIA, Crain's Cleveland Business, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: US EIA,; First Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Carbon Emissions,  FirstEnergy Corp,  

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