To that end, EY will focus on reducing travel emissions, sustainable procurement practices and purchasing more renewable energy to power EY offices. It will also purchase carbon credits to offset the EY carbon footprint and invest in projects that reduce carbon emissions or remove carbon from the atmosphere, for example reforestation projects. The company is also expanding its global sustainability strategy which will focus on helping clients innovate and use technology to reduce their own carbon emissions, while driving sustainable economic growth. To date the company has:
Details of the new energy performance targets include a trajectory of targets starting from current best practice with tightening targets every five years up to 2035, at which time offices aiming to be net-zero should be operating at the energy performance standards that will be needed by 2050.
Download the Net Zero Carbon: Energy Performance Targets for Offices report HERE.
Download Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition HERE.
Source: UKGBC, Facilities Management Journal, Jan., 2020) Contact: UKGBC, Richard Twinn, Senior Policy Advisor, www.ukgbc.org
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MBCP began serving 270,000 customers in March 2018 and was formed to provide locally controlled, carbon-free electricity to residents and businesses in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties through the community choice energy model.
(Source: Monterey Bay Community Power, American Public Power Assoc., 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Monterey Bay Community Power, 831-641-7222, www.mbcommunitypower.org
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Through this service energyOrbit utility customers work directly with energyOrbit to manage key energy efficiency (EE) program areas, such as system maintenance, routine enhancements, real-time troubleshooting, and data manipulation. While utilities can still opt to fully manage the energyOrbit platform internally, AMS is ideal for utilities with resource constraints, or large deployments that may otherwise require additional staffing.
Powered on the Salesforce platform, the energyOrbit cloud-based software solution provides an integrated user experience to streamline reporting and free up program administrators workloads, resulting in a higher focus on articulating and executing program strategy. Now, with the addition of AMS, utilities will have yet another layer of support on the personnel side to support staff, and ensure workflows are optimized.
(Source: energyOrbit, newkerala,com, 10 Aug., 2019) Contact: energyOrbit, Jason Adge, VP Business Development, Energy Orbit, Udi Merhav, CEO , (866)628-8744, www.energy-orbit.com
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Community choice aggregation allows local governments to buy power from an alternative supplier, then sell it to their residents and businesses while still using Southern California Edison's transmission and distribution lines.
(Source: City of Santa Barbara, Noozhawk, 31 July, 2019) Contact: City of Santa Barbara, www.santabarbaraca.gov
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As one of 19 community choice aggregation programs operating in California, EBCE will provide clean energy at competitive rates and will reinvest earnings back into the community. (Source: East Bay Community Energy, NA Windpower, 24 June, 2019) Contact: East Bay Community Energy, 833-699-3223, www.ebce.org
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The ReNew Hub corporate office energy efficiency features include: CFC free refrigerants in the HVAC system; water efficient plumbing features that have cut water consumption by half; waste segregation measures; the use of eco-friendly cleaning materials; and other features.
ReNew Power Limited develops, builds, owns and operates utility scale wind and solar energy projects as well as distributed solar energy projects that generate energy for commercial and industrial customers. (Source: ReNew Power, PR, May, 2019) Contact: ReNew Power Limited, Ms. Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.renewpower.com
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The two-year project will ultimately incorporate over 1,200 Ice Bears, providing the utility with greater flexibility to reduce electricity load during peak demand periods.
Ice Energy's contract with SCE enables qualifying Southern California businesses to receive free, fully installed Ice Bears. The Ice Bear "thermal battery" system is connected to standard 5-20 ton rooftop commercial AC units.
Approximately 100 Ice Bear systems, including the newly available Ice Bear 40 model, have been installed at businesses across SCE's service territory to date.
(Source: Ice Energy, PR, 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, Pres, (877) 542-3232, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ice-energy.com; Southern California Edison, www.sce.com/home
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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, eunice-group.com/projects/eunice-laboratories; Municipality of Fourni, www.gtp.gr/FourniCity
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According to the report, corporate funding in battery storage came from 34 investors, with the top dealan $80-million Series D financing round of behind-the-meter battery startup Stem Inc. Germany's Sonnen GmbH, raised $71 million in a financing round led by Shell Ventures. Massachusetts-based materials technology company Ionic Materials raised $65 million and Durapower raises $40 million while thermal energy storage provider Ice Energy also raised $40 million.
The number of battery storage-related M&A transactions in the six months was eight, only one of which was with a disclosed value. This compares to two such deals in the first half of 2017, according to the Mercon report. (Source: Mercom Capital Group
Contact: Mercom Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, email@example.com, www.mercomcapital.com
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The investment establishes a strategic relationship that begins with $40 million in funding for Ice Energy and its current projects, which are supported by long-term utility contracts to manage peak power demand and load shifting.
Argo Infrastructure Partners is an independent investment manager that invests in high-quality regulated and contracted infrastructure assets, targeting returns through sustainable cash yields and long-term capital appreciation.
With over $2 billion in assets under management on behalf of institutional investors, Argo manages an investment portfolio that includes a 330 MW ISO-interconnecting bi-directional power transmission system; power generation assets that provide the majority of electricity demand load for Pueblo, Colorado; Duquesne Energy, the regulated electric transmission and distribution utility serving over 500,000 customers in the Pittsburgh area; and two water utilities, including one serving the city of Bayonne, NJ.
Ice Energy's thermal energy storage products deliver behind-the-meter energy storage for commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration and process cooling systems, as well as for home AC, providing peak capacity to over 40 utility service territories nationwide. The company has installed 15 MW) of energy storage, has contracts to install another 30 MW, and has a pipeline of over 400 MW. The company is expanding quickly in the U.S. and internationally.
(Source: Ice Energy, PR 26 June, 2018) Contact: Argo Infrastructure Partners,
Hugh Au, Senior VP, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.argoip.com; Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, Pres, (877) 542-3232, email@example.com, www.ice-energy.com
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Launched in 2008, Opower Energy Efficiency programs have been implemented at more than 100 electric and gas utilities globally motivating customers to save more than 17 TWh of energy through multi-channel, personalized communications.
National Grid's program started as a small implementation of Opower Home Energy Reports (HERs) in New York, and is today a multi-state engagement that touches 2.6 million customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 2017 alone, National Grid customers received over 24 million personalized reports and 143,000 high bill alerts. In addition to driving savings, National Grid's HER reports have also improved customer awareness of, and interest in National Grid energy efficiency programs.
Over the past several years, National Grid has augmented their energy efficiency program with several other Opower solutions including Digital Self Service Energy Management web tools and segmented campaigns to improve participation in programs such as income assistance.
National Grid also deployed an innovative Oracle Utilities Opower Peak Management program called Peak Time Rewards that encourages customers to reduce peak electric load and overall electric and gas consumption with reward points.
(Source: Oracle Utilities, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Oracle Utilities, Oracle Industry Connect, Rodger Smith, Snr. VP,
www.oracle.com/oracleindustryconnect; www.oracle.com; National Grid, John Isberg, VP Customer Solutions, www.nationalgridus.com
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Under the program, Orange County businesses are eligible to receive free, fully installed HVAC and thermal energy storage systems, using Ice Energy's proprietary Ice Bear® solution.
The Ice Bear provides a unique solution to the problem of peak load management by connecting to one or more standard 5-20 ton rooftop commercial AC units and serving as a thermal battery. Ice Bear systems freeze standard tap water at night when demand for power is low and capacity is abundant. The stored ice is then used during the peak period of the day to provide uninterrupted cooling, using a fraction of the energy required to operate a traditional HVAC system and reducing air conditioning bills by up to 40 pct.
Ice Energy thermal energy storage products deliver behind-the-meter storage for commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration and process cooling systems, and for home AC, providing peak capacity to over 40 utility service territories nationwide. (Source: Ice Energy, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Ice Energy Keep Your Cool , Tony Huffman, (800) 808-9539, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.keepyourcool.com; Ice Energy, mike Hopkins, Pres, www.ice-energy.com
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Vail Resorts is not necessarily seeking projects or PPAs from states where it has operations. State where Vail has no operations, ie Pennsylvania or Nebraska, would qualify.
Many cities and some counties where Vail does business have adopted 100 pct renewable goals, among them South Lake Tahoe, Breckenridge and Park City. The utilities that serve these resorts have also generally agreed to work with the localities to push the clean-energy agenda.
(Source: Vail Resorts, Mountain Town News, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Vail Resorts, Auden Schendler, VP Sustainability, Rob Katz, CEO, (303) 404-1800, www.vailresorts.com
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To receive ACI's Level 1 accreditation the Austin airport: created and published an official environmental policy; calculated the carbon footprint for the airport developing a base year following ACI's methodology; and enlisted a third party to verify the calculations.
Other carbon reduction initiatives include:
using 100 percent Green Choice Energy – Wind power;
cutting fossil fuels consumption and converting to electric vehicles;
sing Green Seal products such as water based paints and cleaning products;
developing recycling and waste management programs;
and using energy efficient construction, renovation and engineering designs.
Source: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Oct 5, 2017) Contact: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, www.austintexas.gov/department/airport; Airport Carbon Accreditation, http://airportco2.org
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Berkeley Lab partnered with the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx), an independent nonprofit, to demonstrate that even in relatively modern office buildings, installing the latest generation of smart, actively controlled energy efficient lighting and shading can significantly lower energy costs.
LBL will work with BEEx and building owners to further promote the business case for these advanced technologies and with DOE and manufacturers to develop next-generation products for improved energy efficiency. (Source: LBL, July, 2017) Contact: Berkeley Lab, Eleanor Lee, Project Leader, www.lbl.gov;
DOE Office of Science, science.energy.gov;
Building Energy Exchange, (212) 349-3900, www.be-exchange.org
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The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) awarded the two firms a contract to provide over 200 residential behind-the-meter energy storage solutions on Nantucket using Ice Energy's proprietary Ice Bear 20 technology. Genbright will perform real-time dispatch of the Ice Bears to deliver over 1 MW of peak demand reduction, which is equivalent to one year of growth in electricity demand on the island.
The $3 million project, which will begin this summer, aims to prove how new energy storage technologies can be deployed as "non-wires alternatives" to defer the need for a third undersea cable to Nantucket, which is expected to cost between $75-100 million. (Source: Ice Energy, Genbright, Marketwired, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Genbright LLC, Joe Crespo, (800) 977-5909, www.genbright.com; Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, CEO, (877) 542-3232, email@example.com, http://ice-energy.com
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The Ice Bear 20 is based on Ice Energy's award-winning Ice Bear 30 energy storage system for commercial and industrial air conditioners, but unlike the Ice Bear 30, completely replaces the conventional home AC unit.
Large-scale manufacturing of the Ice Bear 20 is set to begin this summer to fulfill contracts already in hand for utility-sponsored programs in California and Massachusetts. Later this year the product will be made available directly to homeowners in certain regions, including California, Hawaii, Australia and the Middle East. (Source: Ice Energy, PR, MarketWire, 8 June, 2017) Contact: Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, CEO, (877) 542-3232, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://ice-energy.com
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A solar-plus-storage system comprised of a rooftop array of 73.6 kW of solar panels and five Ice Energy Ice Bear 30s replaced the theater's outdated HVAC system. During the day, the solar PV supplies the energy needs of the theater, including charging the Ice Bears. In the evening, the Ice Bears provide up to four of cooling using a fraction of the electricity normally needed.
California's Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), combined with Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing enabled the installation with a minimal up-front investment. (Source: Horizon Solar Power, NewsWire, 23 May, 2017) Contact: Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, CEO, (877) 542-3232, email@example.com, http://ice-energy.com; Horizon Solar Power, Frank Kneller, (847) 337-4076, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.horizonsolar power.com
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Under the plan, San Jose residents will be automatically enrolled, but can drop out if they want to stick with PG&E. Customers will be able to purchase electricity from greener sources that may end up being cheaper than what major utilities offer. The city will offer at least one option with a rate equal to or cheaper than PG&E.
The city expect the program to break even, but it will require $55 million to get off the ground. That could come from a loan or line of credit. (Source: Silicon Valley News, San Jose Blog, 19 May, 2017) Contact:
City of San Jose, Environmental Services, Kerrie Romanow, Dir., (408) 535-8550, www.sanjoseca.gov
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The RFI will allow the combined RCE and Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services (RCE-ESS) division to receive and warehouse up-to-date project and pricing information on behalf of its C&I clients, as well as enable developers to position their projects in future RCE-ESS client solicitations for large-scale wind and solar power purchase agreements.
(Source: Renewable Choice Energy, PR, 5 May, 2017)
Contact: Renewable Choice Energy, John Powers, VP, Strategic Renewables, (877) 810-8670, www.renewablechoice.com
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The project features 73.6 kW of solar panels and five Ice Energy Ice Bear 30 integrated heating, cooling and energy storage systems that have replaced the center's outdated HVAC system. During the day, the solar PV supplies the energy needs of the center, including charging the Ice Bears. In the evening, the Ice Bears provide up to four hours of cooling using a fraction of the electricity normally needed, according to Ice Energy.
According to Ice Energy , California's Self-Generation Incentive Program, combined with Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, enabled the center to install the solar-plus-ice-storage system with minimal up-front investment. (Source: Ice Energy, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, CEO, (877) 542-3232, email@example.com, http://ice-energy.com; Horizon Solar Power, (844) 765-2780, www.horizonsolarpower.com
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The Iron Forge design features should result in a building that is 30 pct more energy efficient over the next 5-years than the national average for new schools.
The upgrades include rooftop solar arrays, a displacement ventilation system that reduces the energy use for air handling by 25 to 30 pct, ice energy storage and improved insulation, LED lighting, high efficiency pumps and motors and other energy management and efficiency and features.
(Source: Carlisle Sentinel, 23 Mar., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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