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BlocPower Raises $63Mn to "Green" Old Buildings (Ind. Report)
BlocPower
Date: 2021-02-26
In NYC, Brooklyn Navy Yard-based company BlocPower is working to reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by "greening" older buildings which, according to BlocPower, produce more greenhouse gases than the entire U.S. transportation sector.

BlocPower utilizes its proprietary software for analysis, leasing, project management, and monitoring urban clean energy projects and building owners and tenants saving 20-40 pct per year on their energy bills. The company's machine learning tech platform works by determining which retrofits will produce the most energy savings in a building while remotely monitoring energy consumption. Common retrofits include solar panels and cold-climate electric heat pumps which BlocPower offers to multifamily building owners for no money down.

To date, BlocPower has "green" upgraded more than 1,000 buildings in New York City, including over 200 in Brownsville, and is now working in 23 other cities, according to the company.

BlocPower is backed by Kapor Capital, one of Uber's first investors, Andressen Horowitz, early investor in Facebook, Twitter, AirBnB and Lyft, the former Chairman of Google, and American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. (Source: BlocPower, Websitem BKReader, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: BlocPower, Donnel Baird, CEO, (718) 924-2873, support@blocpower.io, www.blocpower.io

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


GridRewards "Energy Efficiency Product of the Year" (Ind. Report)
Logical Buildings
Date: 2021-02-17
GridRewards, developed by Livingston, New Jersey-based Logical Buildings, has been recognized as "Energy Efficiency Product of the Year 2021" by the San Francisco-based Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the country's premier trade association representing the $422 billion U.S. consumer technology industry.

GridRewards is a free app that enables consumers to earn cash rewards and lower utility costs by as much as 20 pct through leveraging Con Edison's smart meter technology. GridRewards promotes sustainability by guiding users on ways to reduce the electric load on the grid and help decarbonize their communities.

GridRewards is interoperable with consumer electronics and smart home devices, is easy to use,and may be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. (Source: Logical Buildings, NYREJ, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Logical Buildings, Jeffrey Hendler, CEO, (908) 517-3730, www.logicalbuildings.com; Consumer Technology Association, www.cta.tech

More Low-Carbon Energy News Logical Buildings,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Meter,  Con Edison,  


European Energy Offloads 17MW Danish Solar Farm (M&A, Int'l.)
European Energy
Date: 2020-12-21
Soborg, Denmark-based large-scale wind and solar energy developer European Energy A/S is reporting London-headquartered alternative asset management firm Conquest Group has signed an agreement to acquire its recently operational 27MW Naessundvej solar project in the Jutland region of northwest Denmark.

The Naessundvej project has a long term power purchase agreement (PPA) in place with Google.

Conquest, which invests in long-term sustainable value stemming from European infrastructure and energy transition real assets, previously invested in the French market in 2017 and 2018 and in the Benelux region in 2019. Conquest's investment portfolio produced over 224GWh of renewable energy, representing the annual consumption of over 75,000 homes, and avoiding over 3130 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2019. (Source: European Energy, PR, renews, 21 Dec., 2020) Contact: Conquest, Frederic Palanque, Pres., twitter.com/fpalanque?lang=en; European Energy , Knud Erik Andersen, CEO, +45 88 70 82 16, www.europeanenergy.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Energy,  Solar,  


Dandelion Touts Geothermal's Carbon Cutting Benefits (Ind. Report)
Dandelion Energy
Date: 2020-09-18
New York-based geothermal energy specialist Dandelion Energy is reporting its customers have surpassed 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide pollution avoided -- the equivalent of protecting 130,602 Acres of forest or taking 18,443 cars off the road. According to the company, geothermal reduces home greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 80 pct compared to fossil fuel systems.

Before launching as an independent company in 2017, Dandelion was a project at X, the R&D lab at Google's parent company. (Source: Dandelion Energy, PR, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: Dandelion Energy, Michael Sachse, CEO, 883-436-4255, hello@dandelionenergy.com, www.dandelionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dandelion Energy,  Geothermal,  Carbon Emission,  CO2 ,  


SJG Offers Nest Thermostats to Cut Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
South Jersey Gas
Date: 2020-09-11
In Atlantic City, the South Jersey Gas (SJG) utility reports it is offering customers a free "smart" thermostat to help cut energy consumption and save on energy costs.

Under the offering, customers can choose a $0 Google Nest Thermostat E or a discounted Google Nest Learning Thermostat -- which retails on Amazon in the $320 range -- for $49 after applicable rebates, when they shop on the South Jersey Gas Marketplace.

Independent studies show that Google Nest thermostats saved people an average of 10 pct to 12 pct on heating and 15 pct on cooling costs for an estimated average savings of $131 to $145 per year, according to the South Jersey Gas release. (Source: South Jersey Gas, PR, Beachcomber, Sept., 2020) Contact: South Jersey Gas, Deborah Franco, VP Clean Energy & Sustainability, www.southjerseygas.com; Uplight, www.uplight.com; Neste Thermostat, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News South Jersey Gas ,  Thermostat,  Energy Efficiency,  


Consumers Offering Free Smart Thermostats, Rebates (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2020-06-01
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports it will provide up to 100,000 free smart thermostats to residents in a partnership with Google and Uplight.

Customers who participate will be enrolled in a program that helps curtail demand during peak times in the summer. The program will run through July 31, or until all 100,000 smart thermostats have been distributed. Customers who already have smart thermostats can also receive a $75 rebate for enrolling. (Source: Consumers Energy, Website, June, 2020) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Smart Thermostat,  Energy Efficiency,  


TVA Announces First Solar, Origis Energy Solar Projects (Ind Report)
Tennessee Valley Authority,First Solar, Origis Energy
Date: 2020-04-29
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reports the selection of First Solar and Origis Energy to develop 212 MWAC of solar power to fulfill the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) March 2020 commitment to new renewable energy. KUB is using the TVA Green Invest program to produce carbon-free energy equivalent to 8 pct of KUB's annual electric load.

As part of the initiative, TVA has entered into a 20-year PPA with the 177-MW Ridgely Energy Farm in Lake County, Tennessee, developed by First Solar. With this agreement, TVA has now contracted for a total of 404 MW of First Solar developed projects, including an existing 20-year PPA for the 227-MW project in Muscle Shoals.

The KUB project marks a 60 pct increase in TVA's operating and contracted solar capacity since the start of fiscal year 2020. In March, TVA announced a contract with Origis Energy to develop a 200-MW solar site in Lowndes County, Mississippi, for TVA, with 35 MW of this facility supporting KUB's Green Invest purchase.

TVA modeled Green Invest after work with Facebook and Google, beginning in 2018, to identify new renewable energy solutions for data centers locating in the region. Green Invest program leverages long-term agreements to build new, large-scale renewable energy installations through a competitive bid process. (Source: TVA, PR, April, 2020) Contact: TVA, Doug Perry, VP Commercial Energy Solutions, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.com, www.tva.com; Origis Energy, www.origisenergy.com; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tennessee Valley Authority,  First Solar,  Origis Energy,  


Alphabet Abandons Makani Kite Wind Power Project (Ind. Report)
Alphabet,Makani Power
Date: 2020-03-09
Internet giant Google's Alphabet Inc reports it's ending its association with Makani Power's project that aimed to use giant kites to generate wind energy.

Makani is developing energy kites that use a wing tethered to a ground station to efficiently harness energy from the wind, generating electricity at utility-scale. As the kite flies autonomously in loops, rotors on the wing spin as the wind moves through them, generating electricity that is sent down the tether to the grid, according to the company website.

In a statement Google Alphabet noted "While it's tempting to say that all climate-related ideas deserve investment, remaining clear-eyed and directing resources to the opportunities where we think we can have the greatest impact isn't just good business -- it's essential when it comes to a problem as urgent as the climate crisis." (Source: Makani Power, Brinkwire, 7 Mar., 2020) Contact: Google Alphabet, www.abc.xyz; Makani Power, info@makanipower.com, www.makanipower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alphabet,  Makani,  Wind,  Wind Kite,  


NYPA-Israeli Clean Energy Tech Competition Announced (Ind Report)
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Date: 2020-03-09
In Albany, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York Power Authority (NYPA)--Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million competition to attract Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to submit proposals to collaborate with New York's public utility on new clean energy technologies. NYPA is collaborating with the Israel Smart Energy Association on the project aimed at attracting Israeli companies that will advance power grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment.

The competition will focus on research areas centered around meeting digital utility challenges such as electric vehicle charging, distributed energy solutions, grid modernization, energy storage, microgrids, cybersecurity, blockchain and energy trading, buildings/campus energy management, data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and use of drones/autonomous robots in power systems.

Interested companies may apply and submit their proposals to the NYPA/Israel Smart Energy Challenge online. The deadline for submissions is April 20. A pre-bid conference for parties interested in applying to the Challenge is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at: Ha-Umanim Street 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. Register on Eventbrite or meetup.

Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal climate and clean energy initiative puts the Empire State on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy and establishing a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, a commitment to develop nearly 1,700 MW of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,700 pct growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012.

The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates the Green New Deal's clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, while calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The CLCPA also directs New York State agencies and authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050 and aim to invest 40 pct of clean energy and energy efficiency program resources to benefit disadvantaged communities. (Source: New York State Governor's Office, PR, Google News, 6 Mar., 2020)Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; Israel Smart Energy Association, www.isea.org.il; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  New York Power Authority,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


Google Back-Peddles on Lake Turkana Wind Farm Stake (M&A, Int'l)
Vestas Wind Systems,Google
Date: 2020-02-14
Internet giant Google's Alphabet Inc reports it will not proceed with its planned purchase of Vestas Wind Systems' 12.5 pct stake in the 310-MW Lake Turkana Wind Power plant , due to unspecified delays.

The $ approximately $695 million Lake Turkana wind farm was originally scheduled for completion in 2017, but came online in July, 2019.

Alphabet Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate headquartered in Mountain View, California. It was created through a corporate restructuring of Google on October 2, 2015, and became the parent company of Google and several former Google subsidiaries(Source: Google, Reuters, 13 Feb., 2029)Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Google Alphabet, www.abc.xyz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Google Alphabet,  Wind,  


Google Touts Finnish Data-Centre Wind Power Plan (Int'l Report)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2019-11-11
IT giant Google reports it plans to power its data-center in Hamina, Finland with power from the 254MW Stavro onshore wind project in northern Sweden.

The Stavro wind farm will utilize 62 units of Siemens Gamesa 4.1MW wind turbines and will sell its power through an off-take deal to Google and to a pulp and a nearby paper plant owned by Holmen AB.

Commissioning of the Stavro wind farm is slated for the end of 2021. Delivery of the grid connection, including engineering, civil works, installation and commissioning of the two 150/33kV sub-sites, will be completed by Siemens Gas & Power. (Source: Google, Siemens Gamesa, ReCharge, 7 Nov., 2019)Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Markus Tacke, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Google,  


HiTech Employees Demand Climate Change Action Plan (Ind. Report)
Climate Change, Google
Date: 2019-11-08
On a recent online petition, Google employees are calling on their company to issue a climate action plan that commits to zero emissions by 2030 and to refuse contracts that would support fossil fuels. Other tech giants Amazon and Microsoft employees have made similar demands on dealing with climate change and environmental responsibility. (Source: Various Media, ABC News, 5 Nov., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Google's EIE to Help Cut Air Pollution, CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
Google
Date: 2019-10-11
Tech giant Google has announced is touting Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE)⁠, a new tool that uses Google's global mapping data to help gauge and reduce carbon emissions and measure renewable energy potential across cities.

The EIE will initially be available in Europe starting with Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, with Wolverhampton and Coventry to follow soon. Copenhagen will get what Google is calling "hyperlocal, street-level air quality data" as part of EIE Labs, which will help streamline and optimize action against climate change by piloting climate-focused datasets. Dublin has already been utilizing the new tool to help track emissions from transportation modes.

Review EIE details HERE. (Source: Google, Oct., 2019) Contact: Google EIE Lab, insights.sustainability.google/labs

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Transportation Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Transportation Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  


GE Renewable, Google Ink Swedish Wind PPA (Int'l Report)
GE Renewable Energy,WindSpace A/S,
Date: 2019-10-07
GE Renewable Energy is reporting a PPA with Google under which it will sell the majority of the energy generated by the Bjorkvattnet Onshore wind farm 290 miles north of Stockholm, to Google beginning in late 2020. The power will supply Google's data centers in the region.

The Bjorkvattnet onshore wind farm has a generating capacity of 175 MW -- sufficient power 175,000 homes in Sweden.

The project was developed by Vindparken and WindSpace. GE Renewable Energy provided development support, offtake solutions, technical and commercial optimization and equity syndication expertise. The wind facility was acquired by InfraVia European Fund IV, managed by InfraVia Capital. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Commercial Property Exec., 3 Oct., 2019)Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

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


U.S, Canadian Zero Energy Residence Inventory Rises (Ind Report)
TEAM ZERO,Net Zero Energy Coalition
Date: 2019-08-07
According to the recently released Zero Energy Residential Buildings Study from Richmond, California-based TEAM ZERO -- fka Net Zero Energy Coalition -- the market for residential zero energy buildings grew 59 pct across the United States and Canada in 2018,

The report findings include:

  • Larger multifamily buildings are increasingly dominating the zero energy housing stock;

  • More projects are seeking zero energy performance with integrated renewables;

  • The report shows a 7.2 pct increase in the percent of projects pursuing zero energy over zero energy-ready -- 73.8 pct and 21.7 pct in 2017, now 66.6 pct and 29 pct, respectively);

  • California leads in number of projects with 6,828 followed by New York with 3,022;

  • The Southwest is a stronghold with California, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas claiming a total of nearly 9,600 units;

  • In Canada, there was a 240 pct increase in the number of zero energy units over 2017. The study notes a city or region's dominance is often driven by a single major project;

  • Multifamily projects now represent 71 pct of the total zero energy residential stock. Although multifamily zero energy has shown steady gains over single-family since 2015;

  • In Canada, multifamily is even more dominant than in the U.S., with 90 pct of its zero energy units in multifamily projects, versus 67 pct in the U.S;

  • future trends to watch include community micro-grids, electrification, grid integration and harmonization, and zero carbon.

    TEAM ZERO is working to unify stakeholders involved in promoting different 'paths to zero' with a common agenda and collaborative efforts that accelerate market adoption of zero energy and zero carbon homes, commercial buildings, developments, communities, and retrofits across North America. The goal is to build awareness about the value of zero energy and ensure zero harm homes and buildings are accessible and affordable to home buyers, renters and businesses in all communities.

    Download the Zero Energy Residential Buildings Study 2018 Inventory of residential projects on the path to zero in the U.S. and Canada HERE. (Source: TEAM ZERO, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: TEAM ZERO, Richard Willingham, (416) 524-2380, 219371@email4pr.com, www.teamzero.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Net Zero Energy Coalition,  


  • WattTime Emissions Database Wins Google Funding (Ind. Report)
    WattTime,Google,World Resources Institute
    Date: 2019-05-22
    WattTime reports it plans to create a public database that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to track carbon emissions from all the world's large power. The project will receive $1.7 million in funding from the Google AI Impact Challenge. The tracking system will make it possible to hold polluting plants accountable to environmental standards as well as enable advanced new emissions reduction technologies.

    Joining WattTime in the carbon tracking initiative are non-profits Carbon Tracker, a financial think tank that analyses the economic impacts of the energy transition and the first organization to pioneer satellite-based power plant monitoring; and World Resources Institute (WRI) which maintains a comprehensive global power plant database. (Source: WattTime, PR, 20 May, 2019) Contact: WattTime, Gavin McCormick, Executive Director , (510) 201-9877, www.watttime.org; World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director,www.wri.org; Carbon Tracker, www.carbontracker.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tracker,  Carbon Emissions,  Power Plant Emissions,  WattTime,  Google,  World Resources Institute,  


    WattTime Emissions Database Wins Google Funding (Ind. Report)
    WattTime,World Resources Institute
    Date: 2019-05-20
    WattTime reports it plans to create a public database that will track carbon emissions from all the world's large power plants using artificial intelligence (AI). The project will receive $1.7 million in funding from the Google AI Impact Challenge.

    The tracking system will make it possible to hold polluting plants accountable to environmental standards as well as enable advanced new emissions reduction technologies.

    Joining WattTime in the carbon tracking initiative are non-profits Carbon Tracker, a financial think tank that analyses the economic impacts of the energy transition and the first organization to pioneer satellite-based power plant monitoring; and World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization that maintains a comprehensive global power plant database.

    (Source: WattTime, PR, 20 May, 2019) Contact: WattTime, Gavin McCormick, Executive Director , (510) 201-9877, www.watttime.org; World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director,www.wri.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Resources Institute ,  Carbon Emissions,  Google,  


    Ithaca NY Updates Green Building Policy Report (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-03-25
    Since the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca adopted its final Green Building Policy (GBP) report in May 2018, the city has been preparing for,and is now implementing PhaseTwo: drafting legislation based on the policy recommendations contained in the GBP report.

    To that end the city will continue regular meetings with consultants and working groups; develop details related to off-site location will also be developed and delivered to the Town/City governing bodies for final adoption.

    Download the Ithaca Green Building Policy Final Report HERE. (Source: Town/City of Ithaca, March19,2019) Contact: Town/City of Ithaca, NickGoldsmith, Sustainability Coordinator, ngoldsmith@cityofithaca.org; Ithaca Green Building Policy, www.ithacagreenbuilding.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  


    Greenpeace Questions Green New Deal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Green New Deal,Greenpeace
    Date: 2019-03-11
    "The alternative (to the Green New Deal proposal) is largely to continue as we are because the decisions that have been made to continue as we are have been based on what the best thing to do is. The real problem is [that] you've got this ridiculous notion that carbon dioxide is causing a global catastrophe and a global crisis, and as AOC says, the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't stop using fossil fuels. It's not about the fossil fuels themselves, it's about the carbon dioxide which is emitted when they are burned, the same carbon dioxide that was taken out of the air to make the plants that made the coal, oil and gas which was deposited in the earth in the first place.

    "That's one thing that people don't realize: that all the CO2 that is being emitted from burning fossil fuels today was once in the atmosphere and has been taken out, and over the millennia CO2 levels in the atmosphere have constantly been declining. They just ignore this. Those numbers are available, all you have to do is be a good researcher on Google and on the Internet and you can see that over the millions of years CO2 has constantly declined.

    "Carbon dioxide which they call carbon, which is completely wrong because carbon is soot, carbon is graphite, carbon is diamonds, carbon is not carbon dioxide. They should call it by its correct name, because all the carbon in all carbon-based life, which is all of life, came from carbon dioxide in the air or dissolved in the oceans, lakes and rivers. Carbon dioxide is essential for life to exist, if there were no carbon dioxide, or if there was not a high enough level of carbon dioxide, all the plants would die and would never have existed in the first place if there had not been carbon dioxide in the atmosphere." -- Greenpeace Co-founder Patrick Moore (Source: Sputnik, Mar. 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  Carbon,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  


    Greenpeace Co-founder Comments on the Green New Deal , Defines Carbon (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Greenpeace
    Date: 2019-03-09
    In commenting on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) proposed Green New Deal 'Greenpeace Co-founder Patrick Moore commented that the politician’s call for drastically reducing fossil fuel use is “completely crazy.”

    “The alternative (to the Green New Deal) is largely to continue as we are because the decisions that have been made to continue as we are have been based on what the best thing to do is. The real problem is [that] you've got this ridiculous notion that carbon dioxide is causing a global catastrophe and a global crisis, and as AOC says, the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't stop using fossil fuels. It's not about the fossil fuels themselves, it's about the carbon dioxide which is emitted when they are burned, the same carbon dioxide that was taken out of the air to make the plants that made the coal, oil and gas which was deposited in the earth in the first place.

    “That's one thing that people don't realise: that all the CO2 that is being emitted from burning fossil fuels today was once in the atmosphere and has been taken out, and over the millennia CO2 levels in the atmosphere have constantly been declining. They just ignore this. Those numbers are available, all you have to do is be a good researcher on Google and on the Internet and you can see that over the millions of years CO2 has constantly declined.

    “Carbon dioxide which they call carbon, which is completely wrong because carbon is soot, carbon is graphite, carbon is diamonds, carbon is not carbon dioxide. They should call it by its correct name, because all the carbon in all carbon-based life, which is all of life, came from carbon dioxide in the air or dissolved in the oceans, lakes and rivers. Carbon dioxide is essential for life to exist, if there were no carbon dioxide, or if there was not a high enough level of carbon dioxide, all the plants would die and would never have existed in the first place if there had not been carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.” -- Greenpeace Co-founder Patrick Moore (Source: Sputnik, Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal news,  Greenpeace news,  CO2 news,  Carbon news,  Carbin Dioxise news,  


    Google Seeks Wind-Powered Data Center Tax Breaks (Ind Report)
    Google
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Minnesota Public Radio reports Google has asked Sherburne County and the city of Becker, Minnesota, for a tax break on a proposed $600 million wind powered data center property in central Minnesota. The tax break would save the company up to $15 million.

    Xcel Energy, would dedicate two new wind farms to power the facility on land next to the Sherburne County Generating Station, a large, coal-fired plant where the Minneapolis-based utility plans to retire most of its generators. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is reviewing the agreements between Google and Xcel Energy. (Source: Economic Times, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Google,  Xcel Energy,  Wind,  


    Dandelion Raises $16Mn for Home Geothermal Systems (Ind. Report)
    Dandelion Energy
    Date: 2019-02-13
    New York-based geothermal startup Dandelion reports it has secured $16 million in financing from GV (fka Google Ventures) and Comcast Ventures, with participation from Lennar Corporation and previous investors NEA, Collaborative Fund, Ground Up, and Zhenfund, among others. The new funding, which brings the company's total capital raised to $23 million, will be used for R&D, the opening of a warehouse and to fuel growth.

    The Series A funding comes after Dandelion's acquisition of Geo-Connections, a geothermal software-as-a-service company that develops the underlying technology used in geothermal systems, and precedes the broad launch of Dandelion's "Dandelion Radiate" product that works with traditional radiators. According to Dandelion, its system is four times more efficient than furnaces, almost twice as efficient as traditional air condition systems, and costs between $20,000 to $25,000 to install. (Source: Dandelion, Contact: Dandelion, Kathy Hannun, CEO, info@dandelionenergy.com, https://dandelionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  Dandelion Energy,  


    WEC Energy Takes Major Stake in 97-MW Wind Project (M&A,
    WEC Energy Group,Avangrid Renewables
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based WEC Energy Group Inc. is reporting its $145 million acquisition of an 80 pct stake in the 39-turbine Coyote Ridge Wind Farm in Brookings County, South Dakota.

    The 97-MW Portland, Oregon-based Avangrid Renewables project is presently under construction for an expected commissioning by the end of 2019. Avangrid Renewables will operate the wind farm which has a PPA with Google Energy. WEC Energy reportedly plans to invest $1 billion in renewable energy power generation through 2019-2023. (Source: WEC Energy, Zacks, 9 Jan., 2019)Contact: WEC Energy Group, (414) 221-7345, www.wecenergygroup.com; Avangrid Renewables, Laura Beane , ceo, www.avangridren.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy Group,  Wind,  Avangrid Renewables,  


    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,  


    sonnen, Pearl Homes Partner on Net-Zero Community (Ind. Report)
    sonnen
    Date: 2018-11-09
    In Los Angeles, residential energy storage specialist sonnen reports it has partnered with Sarasota, Florida-headquartered Pearl Homes to bring the vision of solar + storage, home automation and home construction to life, resulting in a "Net-Zero-Plus and Climate-Positive community."

    The community, which will launch at Hunters Point in Cortez, FL., will include 148 LEED standard homes equipped with rooftop solar, a new and affordable sonnen energy storage system designed for mass market appeal, a smart thermostat and an EV charger -- all controlled by sonnen's energy automation and artificial intelligence (AI) software platform.

    The Hunter's Point sonnen community represents the first time an energy storage system has worked in concert with Google Home in a master-planned development capable of maximizing the intelligent use of each household's renewable energy. In total, the Hunter's Point sonnenCommunity projects represent 9MWh of storage capacity and 7.2MW of power. (Source: sonnen, PR, 7 Nov., 2018) Contact: Pearl Homes, Monique Viehman, MV@pearlhomesfl.com, www.pearlhomesfl.com; sonnen, Blake Richetta, Snr. VP, sonnen U.S. operations, www.sonnenusa.com

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


    Concrete Sector Carbon Neutrality Feasible, says Attached Report (Int'l)
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
    Date: 2018-11-05
    In a recent study, scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have determined that changing the way cement and concrete is made, transported and used could cut sector emissions by 80 pct.

    As much as 60 pct of the emissions from the cement sector come from the production of clinker, the active component of cement. This primarily uses calcium carbonate as a source of calcium for the clinker, but releases a great deal of CO2. Outside of carbon capture technology, use of new efficient kilns could mean "a 10 pct improvement in the best case scenario at the global level [of emissions]", says the report. The report notes that the concrete-cement sector accounts for approximately 8 pct of global emissions.

    The report concluded that total decarbonisation to keep the concrete-cement sectors in line with a 1.5 degree C Paris climate agreement target was "technologically feasible" but would "require very large investments."

    Access the Sustainanable Future for the European Cement Industry report HERE. (Source: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, New Civil Engineer, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, www.myscience.ch/research/universities/epfl

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    Cleveland Climate Plan Sheds Fossil Fuel Past (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-24
    Once the sixth largest city in America, Cleveland -- "the Best Location in the Nation" -- reports it plans to join more than 80 U.S. cities in the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Campaign and shift to 100 pct renewable energy sources for electricity and reduce greenhouses gases to 80 pct below the 2010 level by 2050.

    Cleveland's climate action plan calls for cutting emissions through improved energy efficiency and building design; developing more renewable energy within the city and region, including offshore wind power in Lake Erie; and increased public transportation electric vehicles and EV charging stations. to reduce fossil fuel use. Cleveland, which released its first climate plan in 2013, cut its emissions by only 2 pct from 2010 levels by 2016. Cleveland now joins a list of 82 U.S. cities that have made pledges to source 100 pct renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign.

    Download the Cleveland Climate Action Plan, 2018 HERE. (Source: City of Cleveland, Inside Climate News, Others, 22 Sept., 2018) Contact: City of Cleveland, Environment, www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Community/Environment/DivisionofEnvironmentalHealth; Sierra Club Ready for 100 Campaign, www.sierraclub.org/ready-for-100

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    Google Data Center Inks Finnish Wind Energy PPA (Int'l Report)
    Google
    Date: 2018-09-14
    Reuters is reporting IT juggernaut Google has signed a 10-year PPA for renewable energy from three new wind farms presently under construction in Finland. The combined capacity of the three farms will be 190 MW and will be built by renewable energy developers Neoen of France and Germany's CPC and WPD.

    Google's Finnish data centre is situated in a former paper mill built originally in the 1950s and uses water from the Baltic Sea for cooling. According to Google, the Finnish deal is the first where it is purchasing power from European projects that will not receive any government subsidies.(Source: Reuters, Gadgets 360, 12 Sept., 2018)

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    Google Maps Launches Environmental Insights Explorer for Tracking Carbon Footprints (New Prod & Tech)
    Google,Carbon Footprint
    Date: 2018-09-12
    On Monday, Google Maps reported the launch of The Environmental Insights Explorer, an online tool to help cities identify and come up with a plan to reduce emissions. The new tool enables users to access the carbon footprint of all of a city's buildings as well as the carbon print of all the car trips, bus and subway rides.

    By using this new feature created by Google in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, more than 9000 cities that have initiated projects to cut emissions after signing the Paris Agreement, can benefit.

    The new feature can trace a large part of a city's carbon emissions and decipher the source then calculate the size of each building and its data about emission of carbon as well as its energy consumption.

    The tool can also infer traffic and modes of travel, and estimate the emissions from that transportation. (Source: Google, TNS International News, Sept., 2018) Contact: Google Environmental Insights Explorer, www.insights.sustainability.google;Global Covenant of Mayors, info@globalcovenantofmayors.org, www.globalcovenantofmayors.org

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    Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) and Bill Gates Working on Energy Storage Deal
    Alphabet
    Date: 2018-06-26
    GOOGL – A molten-salt project could be spun out of Gates’ energy fund. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is considering spinning out an energy storage product which the company has been working on, and big name investors are said to be interested. Reports indicate that Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures may be calling dibs. CNBC has the details on Google’s potential spinoff. Google parent company Alphabet is in discussions to spin out a molten-salt energy storage project in a transaction with Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion fund devoted to energy research, MIT Technology Review reported. It is unclear if a deal has been finalized or how much money may be involved. Google’s project is code-named Project Malta, and it’s being led by Nobel Prize winner Robert Laughlin. The goal of the project is to store thermal energy which has been converted from solar and wind electricity into massive tanks of molten salt. The theory behind the plans suggests this would be a cheaper and more efficient technique for longer-term storage of renewable energy. In addition to Gates, the fund includes investors such as Jeff Bezos and Jack Ma. Alphabet Inc Class A shares rose $0.72 (+0.06%) in premarket trading Tuesday. Year-to-date, GOOGL has gained 8.15%, versus a 2.42% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period. GOOGL currently has a StockNews.com POWR Rating of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #2 of 51 stocks in the Internet category. Jun 26, 2018 | 7:19am | By StockNews.com Staff Alphabet

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    E.On, Google Touting Sunroof Platform for UK Households (Int'l)
    E.ON,Google,Sunroof
    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, www.eon-solar.de;

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