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EY Announces Carbon-Neutral by Year End Commitment (Ind. Report)
Ernst & Young
Date: 2020-01-31
Reporting from London, Ernst & Young Global Limited (EY) has announced plans to be carbon neutral by the year end.

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:

  • Designed its environmental strategy in alignment with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) environmental principles, including measurement and reporting of the EY carbon footprint over the past 10 years.

  • Issued a global environmental statement in financial year (FY) 18, setting the expectation that the global EY network bears a collective responsibility to minimize its environmental impact.

  • Between FY17--FY19, EY decreased office energy emissions by over 11 pct while continuing to grow its business, resulting in a 25 pct reduction in energy emissions per full-time employee (FTE)

  • Over the past 15 years, its market-leading EY Climate Change and Sustainability Practice has supported EY clients' decarbonization and sustainability journeys by helping them implement a range of solutions crossing sustainability, supply chains and reporting.

  • Played a leading role in the World Economic Forum's International Business Council and developed a core set of common metrics and disclosures on non-financial factors to their investors and other stakeholders.

  • Introduced a global supplier code of conduct and procurement environmental criteria to improve the sustainability of products and services.

  • Collaborated with hotel suppliers to reduce waste, emissions and water use from EY people. EY people have dedicated time and skills to accelerate environmental sustainability through the EY Ripples program and helped scale nearly 100 impact enterprises focused on critical socio-environmental issues. (Source: EYGM, PR, 30 Jan., 2020) Contact: EY, Carmine Di Sibio, CEO, Steve Varley, EY Global Vice Chair – Sustainability , Alasdair Gee, Media, +44 (0) 20 7980 0612,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ernst & Young,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissionms,  

  • UKGBC Office Energy Performance Targets Released (Report Attached)
    UK Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-01-17
    The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published new energy performance targets for commercial offices that are aiming to achieve net-zero carbon in operation. The targets were developed as an addition to UKGBC's landmark 2019 report Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition developed in collaboration with Verco, Better Buildings Partnership and BPF, with support from Arup, Carbon Intelligence, JLL UK and TfL.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Green Building Council,  

    MBCP Seeking Battery Energy Storage Proposals (Ind. Report)
    Monterey Bay Community Power
    Date: 2019-09-25
    In the Golden State, community choice aggregator Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) reports it is looking to acquire 10 MW to 100 MW of front of the meter battery storage capacity and discharged energy over a two-hour to eight-hour period. The energy storage system is required early in 2021. Sellers can submit one or more offers and should indicate to which of the following options each offer is applicable:
  • Option 1: MBCP purchases Resource Adequacy (RA) capacity only. Pricing structure should be in $ per kw-month, reflecting the value that the proposer will derive from the energy arbitrage;

  • Option 2: MBCP purchases the exclusive right to charge and discharge the battery as it sees fit, retaining all energy revenues earned along with the purchase of RA capacity. Pricing structure should be in $ per kw-month;

  • Option 3: MBCP purchases RA capacity, and the seller will optimize the charging and discharging of the battery but will split all energy revenues received on a 50/50 ratio. Pricing structure should be in $ per kw-month for the RA capacity plus the terms and conditions associated with the revenue sharing component.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  Energy Storage ,  

  • New energyOrbit Service to Manage Infrastructure for Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-08-12
    San Francisco-based energyOrbit is reporting the launch of its Application Management Services (AMS) to support customers using its existing cloud-based management platform.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News energyOrbit,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Santa Barbara Chooses Community Choice Renewable Energy (Ind Report)
    Santa Barbara
    Date: 2019-08-02
    In the Golden State, the City of Santa Barbara -- pop. 95,000 +- -- reports it is planning to create a community choice energy entity to offer 100 pct renewable energy to its customers by the year 2021. Only Santa Barbara residents would qualify for the program which is expected to raise power rates between 6 pct and 9 pct, according to a city release.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Santa Barbara,  Renewable Energy,  Community Choice Energy,  

    California Community Wind, Solar Projects Approved (Ind Report)
    East Bay Community Energy
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In the Golden State, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), a community choice energy provider, reports approval of two power purchase agreements (PPAs) totaling 157.5 MW from new wind and solar facilities, along with 30 MW of battery energy storage, to be built in Alameda and Fresno counties in California. The approved contracts include:
  • the Summit Wind Project -- a 20-year agreement to purchase 57.5 MW of wind from the Altamont Winds LLC project, near Livermore in Alameda County, from San Diego-based Salka LLC in partnership with a global private equity firm. The project will see the repowering a 569, 100 kW turbines with 23 modern turbines at a former Altamont Pass wind farm and is expected to be completed in late 2020.

  • Sonrisa Solar Park -- a 20-year agreement to purchase 100 MW of solar and 30 MW of energy storage from the Sonrisa Solar Park, located in Fresno County and owned/operated by EDP Renewables North America. Construction on the Sonrisa solar project will begin as early as December 2021. It is expected to be operational in 2022.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Community Wind,  Community Solar,  

  • India's ReNew Power Claims LEED Gold Certification (Int'l Report)
    USGBC,ReNew Power
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In the Sub-Continent, independent power producer ReNew Power Ltd. reports receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for energy efficiency and sustainable construction at the company's ReNew Hub corporate office in New Delhi.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  ReNew Power Ltd,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Ice Energy SCE Energy Storage Installation Underway (Ind. Report)
    Ice Energy,Southern California Edison
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Costa Mesa, California-based distributed thermal energy storage solutions specialist Ice Energy is reporting completion of the first stage of its Ice Bear systems under a 21.6-MW energy storage contract with Southern California Edison (SCE).

    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,,; Southern California Edison,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison,  Ice Bear,  Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  

    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,  

    Battery Storage VC Funding Hits $539Mn in H1, says Mercom Report (Ind. Report)
    Mercom Capital Group
    Date: 2018-07-25
    Mercom Capital Group LLC consultancy's report on funding, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency sectors notes that venture capital (VC) funding for battery storage companies grew to $539 million in the first half of 2018, marking a 12 pct year-on-year rise. The data covers the second quarter and first half of 2018.

    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,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercom Capital Group,  Battery,  Energy Storage ,  

    Ice Energy Reports Argo Infrastructure Partners Funding Agreement (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Ice Energy,Argo Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2018-06-27
    Costa Mesa, California-based Ice Energy, the leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, reports it has entered into a long-term funding agreement with private equity manager Argo Infrastructure Partners LLC.

    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,,; Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, Pres, (877) 542-3232,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  thermal energy storage,  

    Oracle Saves Utilities Customers $2Bn in Energy Cost (Ind. Report)
    Oracle Utilities,National Grid
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Oracle Utilities is reporting its Opower Energy Efficiency programs have generated a total of $2 billion in utility bill savings for customers over the past decade.

    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,;; National Grid, John Isberg, VP Customer Solutions,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oracle Utilities,  National Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Ice Energy Launches Free HVAC, Energy Storage Program (Ind. Report)
    Ice Energy
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Costa Mesa,California-based distributed thermal energy storage solutions for utilities specialist Ice Energy is reporting the launch of the Keep Your Cool free HVAC replacement and energy storage program, available to qualified businesses in Orange County, California.

    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,,; Ice Energy, mike Hopkins, Pres,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  

    Vail Resorts Moving to Renewables, Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    Vail Resorts
    Date: 2018-01-15
    Broomfield, Colorado-based Vail Resorts reports it has contracted with Schneider Electric subsidiary Renewable Choice Energy, based in Boulder, Colo., to help identify and implement renewable energy projects that it can either purchase, fund, or purchase power from as part of its comprehensive sustainability commitment and goal of utilizing 100 pct renewable energy.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vail Resorts,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Neutrality,  

    Austin-Bergstrom Earns Airport Carbon Accreditation (Ind. Report)
    Airport Carbon Accreditation
    Date: 2017-10-11
    In the Lone Star State, The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport reports it has joined the Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) Airport Carbon Accreditation program and has been recognized for its efforts to manage and reduce carbon (CO2) emissions. Presently 27 North American airports are recognized by ACI's international carbon accreditation program.

    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,; Airport Carbon Accreditation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Airport Carbon Accreditation,  

    Shading, Lighting Retrofits Slash Office Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Building Energy Exchange
    Date: 2017-07-12
    Researchers from the US DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) have found that by using advanced lighting and automated shades occupants on one 40,000 sq-ft floor of a New York City high-rise office building slashed lighting energy usage by nearly 80 pct. Researchers estimated that a building-wide retrofit -- excluding heating and cooling -- would have saved $730,000 in annual energy costs. Using industry estimates of typical installed system costs ranging from $3 to $10 per square foot, the shading and lighting retrofits would pay for themselves in three to 12 years.

    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,; DOE Office of Science,; Building Energy Exchange, (212) 349-3900,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Building Energy Exchange ,  

    Ice Energy, Genbright Partner to Cut Nantucket's Peak Electricity Demand (Ind. Report)
    Genbright,Ice Energy
    Date: 2017-06-19
    Hingham, Mass.-headquartered clean energy technology specialist Genbright LLC and thermal energy storage specialist Ice Energy reports they are joining forces to help reduce the island of Nantucket's peak energy demand.

    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,; Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, CEO, (877) 542-3232,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Genbright,  Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  

    Ice Energy Energy Storage System Sets World Record Energy Efficiency Rating (Ind. Report)
    Ice Energy
    Date: 2017-06-12
    Santa Barbara-based distributed thermal energy storage specialist Ice Energy reports that its Ice Bear 20 home cooling and energy storage system has achieved a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 14.56 when operating like a conventional AC unit, and when operating in its ice cooling mode using stored ice, an unprecedented Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 150.

    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,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  Ice Energy,  

    Ice Energy, Horizon Solar Nail Palm Springs Theater Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Horizon Solar Power,Ice Energy
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Following on our March 31 coverage, Horizon Solar Power, a Temecula, California-based solar installer and thermal energy storage specialist Ice Energy are reporting the completion of a solar-plus-ice-battery-storage system at the Camelot Theaters at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in California's Coachella Valley.

    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,,; Horizon Solar Power, Frank Kneller, (847) 337-4076,, www.horizonsolar

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Horizon Solar Power,  Ice Energy,  Energy Storage ,  

    San Jose Launching Community Clean Energy Choice (Ind. Report)
    San Jose Environmental Services
    Date: 2017-05-22
    In the Golden State, the city of San Jose City Council has voted to launch a Community Choice Energy (CCE) next spring to become the eighth of its kind in California. With a population of close to 1 million, the city is the largest in the state to establish a similar program. The San Jose CCE program will allow city residents to choose an alternative to utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy,  

    Renewable Choice Energy Issues Wind Developers RFI (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Choice Energy, Schneider Electric,
    Date: 2017-05-10
    Boulder, Colorasdo-based Schneider Electric subsidiary Renewable Choice Energy (RCE) has issued a renewable energy request for information (RFI) for commercial and industrial customers in North America.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Choice Energy ,  Schneider Electric,  Renewable Energy,  

    Ice Energy Touts Solar+ Thermal Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Horizon Solar Power.Ice Energy
    Date: 2017-03-31
    Santa Barbara, Calif.-based thermal energy storage specialist Ice Energy and Horizon Solar Power, a Temecula, California-based solar installer, have completed the installation of a solar-plus-storage system at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in California’s Coachella Valley.

    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,,; Horizon Solar Power, (844) 765-2780,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ice Energy,  Horizon Solar Power,  Solar Energy Storage,  

    $2Mn Grant for Penna. School Energy Efficiency Upgrade (Funding)
    Date: 2017-03-27
    The South Middleton School District in Pennsylvania is reporting receipt of $2 million in grant funding from the state Department of Community and Economic Development to help offset the costs of the recent energy efficient expansion and upgrading of Iron Forge School to USGBC LEED Gold certification standard.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  

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