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GPT Advancing Net Zero Energy Ahead of Schedule (Int'l. Report)
GPT
Date: 2020-09-09
In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based property manager and real estate trust GPT Group reports it plans to achieve net zero energy across its $25.3 billion property portfolio of 12 shopping centers, 24 office buildings, 35 logistics buildings and others by 2024, six years earlier than previously announced.

To that end, the company is undertaking a number of energy efficiency projects including LED lighting upgrades, building management systems updates, on-site solar projects -- particularly in the company's retail assets, and others. The company is also procuring cost effective, low price volatility energy supply contracts and to date has cut energy costs 45 pct for a $210 million savings as well as reduced emissions by 60 pct -- 1.5 million tonnes of carbon , according to the release.

GPT partners with its tenants and organisations like ARENA, CEFC, NABERS and the Green Building Council of Australia. (Source GPT, The Fifth Estate, 8 Sept., 2020)Contact: GPT, www.gpt.com.au

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LED Light Requirements Coming for Calif. Greenhouses (Ind. Report)
California Lightwork
Date: 2020-08-24
According to Canoga Park-based "growlight" specialist California LightWorks, the recently introduced California Statewide Codes and Standards Enhancement (CASE) Program proposal to the California Energy Commission (CEC) calls for the state's 2022 Energy Code to require all indoor and greenhouse growers use only LED grow lights.

If accepted, these California LED requirements would mean every indoor operation that uses high-intensity discharge (HID) bulbs would be required to switch to an LED lighting system by 2023.

Simply put, lighting is the largest single energy expense for many cultivators, CASE wants to set higher energy efficiency standards for California and establishing state-wide LED requirements would be in line with the Energy Commission's commitment to energy innovation. (Source: California Lightworks, Aug., 2020) Contact: California LightWorks, (747) 444-3380, www.californialightworks.com

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Ottawa, Iqaluit Partner on Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-08-21
In Iqaluit, the Nunavut Minister of Northern Affairs and the Canadian federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change have announced an investment to support the South Baffin Energy Management Project. The project will help improve energy efficiency and introduce renewable energy in 45 buildings owned by the Government of Nunavut in the six communities that make up the South Baffin region.

The South Baffin Energy Management Project will receive $18.3 million through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund and $8.6 million from the Nunavut Department of Community and Government Services. Over the project's lifetime it is projected to cut 24,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades will include: solar panel installations; LED lighting; mechanical and control-system upgrades; building-envelope improvements; measures, such as air sealing; low-flow water-saving fixtures, and others. (Source: CNW Group. 20 Aug., 2020)

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NV Energy Offers Free Energy Efficient Appliances (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2020-08-14
Las Vegas-based NV Energy has added Qualified Appliance Replacement to its list of PowerShift products and services that help customers save energy and money. The new service will provide, free of charge, an ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerator, electric clothes dryer and other products to customers who meet income guidelines and other eligibility requirements. In addition to the refrigerator and electric clothes dryer, customers will receive advanced power strips, LED lights and dusk to dawn lighting control.

"PowerShift's new Qualified Appliance Replacement service will help those eligible customers who are unable to replace older appliances, such as refrigerators and dryers, with new, more energy-efficient models. We're excited to bring this offering to our customers who either own or rent their home as it will help them to better manage their energy use and save on monthly utility bills. And, it is part of our other PowerShift tools which focus on increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption," said PowerShift program manager Chad Piekarz. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: NV Energy, Chad Piekarz, Program Manager. 775-834-3891, cpiekars@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com; PowerShift, www.nvenergy.com/powershift

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RIIB Finances $1.3Mn LED Streetlight Project (Ind. Report)
Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
Date: 2020-08-14
In Providence, the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB) reports it provided $1.3 million in financing to the city of Pawtucket for the conversion of approximately 6,000 streetlights to LED lights for an expected energy costs savings. In 2017 the city borrowed $3.9 million trough RIIB for energy efficiency improvements in municipal buildings.

Of the $1.3 million, $1 million is for streetlight conversions through the Efficient Building Fund (EBF), and $350,000 is a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan for a storm water mitigation project adjacent to the future Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station.

The Efficient Buildings Fund provides below-market interest rate loans to municipalities, school districts and quasi-state entities to invest in clean energy projects. Since 2016, the Efficient Buildings Fund has reduced energy, maintenance and debt-service costs for municipalities by approximately $66 million through investments in onshore wind, solar, LED lighting and highly efficient heating and cooling improvements. These projects are estimated to reduce emissions equivalent to the annual carbon footprint of 3,400 American homes. Overall, the Bank's Efficient Buildings Fund has provided $33 million in loans to thirteen borrowers across the state. (Source: Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, PR, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank , (401) 453-4430, www,rib.org

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Hawaii Energy Offers $1Mn in Energy Relief Grants (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Energy
Date: 2020-08-12
In Honolulu, Hawaii Energy has announced a call for applications for its Energy Relief Grant program that will award a total of $1,000,000 in funding for energy efficiency improvements for nonprofits, small businesses and other qualifying organizations experiencing economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant can cover 100 pct of eligible expenses on pre-approved energy efficiency projects of up to $25,000.

Qualifying energy efficiency projects include:

  • Upgrading to LED lighting and/or controls such as occupancy sensors;
  • Upgrading old, inefficient HVAC units;
  • Upgrading aging commercial kitchen equipment with ENERGY STAR appliances; and
  • Upgrading to a heat pump water heater or solar water heater.

    Eligible expenses for these projects include:

  • New energy efficient equipment that qualify for Hawaii Energy program incentives;
  • Parts, accessories and other materials necessary for installation;
  • Labor for old equipment removal, site preparation and installation of energy efficiency measures;
  • Taxes, shipping costs for above qualifying equipment and materials.

    Energy Relief Grant details are HERE. (Source: Hawaii Energy, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Hawaii Electric, www.hawaiienergy.com

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


  • Wyoming Utility Delivering Free Energy Efficiency Kits (Ind. Report)
    Lower Valley Energy
    Date: 2020-08-12
    In Wyoming, Afton-based utility Lower Valley Energy reports it is collaborating with the not-for-profit Energy Conservation Works to deliver free energy efficiency kits in Jackson Hole.

    The Energy Efficiency Kit includes: 14 LED light bulbs of varying sizes; 1 advanced power strip; 1 thermostatic valve showerhead; and 2 sink aerators. The kits are intended to help the utility's customers reduce energy consumption and cut energy costs.

    Energy Conservation Works operates in partnership with the Town of Jackson, Teton County, Lower Valley Energy, and a wide spectrum of organizations to implement and advocate for energy conservation and emissions reduction in Jackson Hole. Contact: Lower Valley Energy, (307) 885-3175, www.lvenergy.com; Energy Conservation Works -- Jackson Hole, www.energyconservationworks.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Adrian Inks City Energy Efficiency Upgrades Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2020-08-10
    In Michigan, the Adrian City (pop, 20,200) Commission reports approval of a $13 million energy efficiency improvements purchase agreement with Johnson Controls.

    The agreement includes replacement of the city's 119 downtown street lights with LED fixtures and new poles where needed. The new lighting is expected to save the city more than $14 million over 20 years as guaranteed by Johnson Controls. The agreement also includes numerous interior and exterior lighting upgrades, "enveloping" for selected city buildings, window insulation, new and/or upgraded HVAC systems, new water meters and others.

    Johnson Controls will complete the work over 16 months. (Source: City of Adrian, Daily Telegram, 10 Aug., 2020) Contact: City of Adrian, Greg Elliott, City Manager, (517) 263-2161 , www.adriancity.com; Johnson Controls, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


    Consumers Energy Offers Virtual Energy Consultation (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2020-08-10
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy is reporting the launch of a telephone follow-up to its previously announced virtual energy assessment program.

    The telephone assessment consists of three phone calls to customers. The first is just checking in with customers and making sure they are aware of Consumers' business center and access to grants. The second call involves discussions about the customer's business and what kind of products or lighting they have in that business then a third "follow-up" call to determine a possible course of action, if any.

    The utility also offers an online marketplace where customers can order the energy-efficient items, such as smart thermostats or LED lights, that would be installed by Consumers staff. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Consumers Energy, Chad Miller, Energy Efficiency Program Manager , www.consumersenergy.com

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


    GeoSolar Plus Smart Home Energy System Announced (Ind. Report)
    Fourth Wave Energy
    Date: 2020-07-31
    In he Golden State, San Jose-based Fourth Wave Energy is touting its new GeoSolar Plus smart home clean energy system for existing and newly built homes. The company now plans to market the product as a "complete energy makeover" of an existing home. The turnkey system includes:
  • home energy audit and environmental analysis; reinsulating and sealing building envelope for air tightness;

  • geothermal ground source heating and cooling system or air-to-air heat pump technology;

  • heat pump for domestic hot water;

  • air monitoring and filtration system;

  • LED lighting upgrade;

  • roof-mounted solar PV system and EV car charging station.

    The company also plans to offer homeowners a turnkey financing solution to acquire and install the system which sells for roughly $39,000 after valuable tax credits. (Source: Fourth Wave Energy, PR, Contact: Fourth Wave Energy, Joseph Issacs, CEO, 818-855-8199, info@fourthwaveenergy.com, www.fourthwaveenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fourth Wave Energy,  Solar,  


  • Georgia Power's Smart Neighborhood Initiative Lauded (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Power
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power reports its Smart Neighborhood Initiative -- a real-world R&D project -- has been recognized by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) as part of its annual awards that celebrate innovation and collaboration of utilities, industry players and individuals shaping the future of energy. The initiative was included in Southern Company's designation as a 2020 SEPA Utility Business Models Power Player of the Year.

    Georgia's first-of-a-kind Smart Neighborhood, located in Atlanta, includes 46 technology-enhanced townhomes equipped with battery backed rooftop solar arrays, optimal insulation for maximum efficiency, advanced heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, home automation, including smart thermostats, smart locks and voice control.

    The Smart Neighborhood is a real-world research and development (R&D) project, including a supporting partnership with the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center. The company collaborated with U.S. DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on the initiatives. The information and data collected from the distributed energy resources will provide researchers valuable operational experience as the company continues to evaluate microgrids along with residential battery storage and rooftop solar. Information from the HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters and other technologies will help inform new programs and services for customers.

    Georgia Power also offers a full suite of smart-home options, which includes easy access to products and services to help make customers' homes more energy efficient and connected. The company brings together popular products in the Smart Neighborhood, including the latest in smart thermostats and smart home products such as smart filters, lighting, door locks, light switches, vents, smoke alarms and doorbells, to a single online portal.

    Download Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood Initiative HERE. (Source: Georgia Power, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: SEPA, www.sepapower.org; Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


    SUNY New Paltz Innovation Hub Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    SUNY New Platz, USGBC
    Date: 2020-07-27
    In the Empire State, the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz is reporting it's new, 2-story, 19,500 sq-ft Engineering Innovation Hub (EIH) building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification.

    The project's $13.5 million energy efficiency features include: building envelope and mechanical systems that have cut energy costs 28 pct; landscape water conservation and reuse features; SUNY New Platz, white reflective TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) membrane roof system with added insulation to improve the R-value; energy efficient LED lighting with motion sensors; proximity to public transportation; water saving plumbing fixtures; and low-VOC emission locally sourced building materials. (Source: School Construction News, July, 2020) Contact: SUNY New Platz, www.newplatz.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SUNY New Platz,  USGBC,  LEED Gold,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ameresco to Implement Lawrence LED Streetlight Project (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2020-07-22
    In the Bay State, Framinghan-based energy efficiency and renewable enrgy specialist Ameresco, Inc., reports it has been selected by the City of Lawrence to complete a large-scale municipal energy efficient LED Streetlight energy conservation project.

    Self-funded by an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), the project comes at no upfront cost to the City and will involve replacing more than 3,800 lighting fixtures with new energy efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LED). The total project will accrue $12.2 million in cost savings over the contract term. The project is slated for completion in September 2020.

    Details on Ameresco's LED street and area lighting projects HERE. (Source: Ameresc, PR, Yahoo, 22 July, 2020) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  LED,   Street Light.LED Light,  


    Vodafone Committed to 100 pct Green, Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Vodafone
    Date: 2020-07-20
    In the UK, Berkshire-based telecommunications firm Vodafone Group Plc reports it remains committed to improving the energy efficiency of its base station sites and in its data and switching centres, which together account for 95 pct of the company's total global energy consumption. During 2020, Vodafone invested €77 million in energy efficiency and renewable projects, which led to annual energy savings of 186GWh. In 2019, the company achieving a 38.5 pct reduction in the total amount of GHG emissions per petabyte (PB) of mobile data carried.

    Vodafone's energy efficiency initiatives are focused on sourcing and implementing more efficient network equipment, reducing energy demand by installing lower-energy power and cooling technologies, and cutting energy use by decommissioning and replacing legacy equipment. Vodafone's energy efficiency initiatives include:

  • Smart energy meters that enable businesses, municipal authorities and households to monitor, manage and reduce their energy use. Worldwide, Vodafone has over 12 million smart meter connections using its IoT technology, saving an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of CO2e.

  • Smart cities networked intelligently to improve the efficiency of energy-intensive services such as public transport, public road networks and street lighting. For example, in the city of Guadalajara, Spain, 13,500 LED lights were connected to a central management system, reducing street lighting energy consumption by 68 pct.

    (Source: Vodafone Group Plc, IoT Business News, July, 2020) Contact: Vodafone Group Plc., www.vodafone.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vodafone news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


  • Fairbanks Completes Illinois 1,750 LED Unit Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    Fairbanks Energy Services
    Date: 2020-07-15
    Hingham, Mass.-based Fairbanks Energy Services, a full-service design/build energy efficiency firm and developer of comprehensive commercial and industrial (C&I) projects, reports completion of an interior LED lighting project at one of WernerCo's Illinois-based, equipment manufacturing facilities.

    Fairbanks Energy ugraded of more then 1,750 outdated, inefficient lighting units to LED for an expected 1,473,000 kWh cut in energy consumption and an annual $156,000 savings. (Source: Fairbanks Energy Services, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Rob Golden, VP Midwest Region , Caroline Haley, Marketing Manager, (978) 394-8670, caroline.haley@fairbanksenergy.com, info@fairbanksenergy.com, www.fairbanksenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fairbanks Energy Services,  LED LIght,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Food Lion Scores 19th ENERGY STAR Partner Award (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-07-10
    Salisbury, North Carolina-based 400-store across 10 states grocery retailer Food Lion reports receipt of the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for a 19th consecutive year.

    In addition to energy conservation, Food Lion adheres to sustainable sourcing standards, increased recycling to divert more waste from landfills, the use of motion sensor equipped energy efficient LED lighting and other sustainability and energy efficiency efforts.

    Since 2000, Food Lion's energy reductions in carbon emissions are equivalent to supplying the energy needed to charge more than 75.3 billion smart phones or providing 70,717 neighbors homes' energy for one year. (Source: Food Lion, PR, 10 July, 2020) Contact: Food Lion, Matt Yates, VP Brand Strategy, Kelly Powell, 704-310-3886, Kelly.powell@foodlion.com, www.foodlion.com; ENERGY STAR , energystar.gov/about and energystar.gov/numbers

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


    Lisbon City Hall Retrofit Cuts Energy Use 36 pct (Int'l. Report)
    City of Lisbon,Sharing Cities
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In Porutgal, the city of Lisbon is reporting energy consumption at Lisbon's 1880 vintage City Hall has been reduced by 36 pct through what has been hailed as the "first deep energy-efficiency retrofit for a heritage building in Portugal."

    Measures to reduce energy usage included replacing the building's HVAC system, switching to LED lighting, installing solar panels and a Sustainable Energy Management System (SEMS) to monitor the loads from the PVs, HVAC, water heaters and other equipment.

    Developed by Sharing Cities, the SEMS advanced modular system centralises information and control of local energy systems and devices, and optimises the energy network.

    Lisbon originally planned a full energy retrofit of the building in 2016 under the EU Horizon 2020 Sharing Cities programme. (Source: City of Lisbon, Cities Today, 23 June, 2020) Contact: EU Horizon 2020 Sharing Cities, www.sharingcities.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Sharing Cities news,  


    Louisiana PSC Grants $1Mn in Energy-Efficiency Funding (Ind. Report)
    Louisiana Public Service Commission
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) reports the awarding of more than $1 million in energy efficiency grant funding to local governments and parish school systems in Northeast Louisiana.

    The grants, which range from $9,875 to $219,896, will fund the installation of high-efficiency LED lights and energy-efficient windows in buildings operated by local governments and public schools. The grant money will come from a surcharge on electric bills paid by cities, parishes and other political subdivisions that receive their electricity from Entergy, SWEPCO and CLECO utilities. (Source: LPSC, PR, 23 June, 2020) Contact: LPSC, Gary Hobbs, 318-676-7464, 225-342-4999, gary.hobbs@la.gov, www.lpsc.louisiana.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficiency Funding news,  


    SoCalGas, UCSB Tout Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    SoCalGas, Southern California Gas
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) have announced completion of two joint energy efficiency projects that will save UCSB 66,000 therms per year of energy -- equal to removing about 350 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Both projects were part of California's joint Energy Efficiency Partnership between state universities and investor-owned utilities. Over the last five years, SoCalGas has supported 184 energy-efficiency projects, saving university campuses 6,000,000 therms of energy -- a $6 million savings -- and providing more than $6,300,000 in incentives through this state program.

    The first of the two UCSB projects began in 2018 as part of the university's high opportunity projects and programs (HOPP's) initiative. SoCalGas and Southern California Edison co-funded the project which investigated how best to update two important laboratories at the university.

    The utilities conducted an energy management plan to document and list the savings, costs and measures to implement an energy efficient system. The utilities identified multiple measures to reduce energy consumption in the building's lighting and HVAC systems by installing occupancy sensors, wireless thermostats and low-power LED lights. The campus also added high efficiency dedicated natural gas boilers to each building. A new chilled water system including a cooling tower, and pumps were also installed. The project resulted in natural gas savings of 60,959 therms, and the university received an incentive from SoCalGas of $152,000.

    UCSB also installed an ozone laundry system to support its laundering of uniforms and sports gear for the university's athletic department which was eligible for a rebate from SoCalGas in the amount of $5,850 and will save the university about 5,880 therms of energy. (Source: SoCanGas, PR, Noozhawk, 19 June, 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Brian Prusnek, Director of Customer Programs , (800) 427-2200, www.socalgas.com; UCSB, Jordan Sager, Energy Manager, 805-893-8000, www.ucsb.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NY Replacing 500,000 Streetlights with Smart LEDs (Ind. Report)
    New York Power Authority
    Date: 2020-06-19
    In the Big Apple, the The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reports it will replace at least 500,000 city streetlights with energy-efficient and connected LED lighting.

    To that end, NYPA is teaming with Signify for connected LED luminaires and Interact City internet of things (IoT) lighting systems that will reduce energy consumption, energy and maintenance costs, and help cut the city's carbon footprint.

    To date more than 50,000 LED streetlights have been installed or are about to be installed under the program.

    NYPA is offering municipalities low-rate loans for lighting conversions, including the option to buy the physical street lighting assets from local utilities. (Source: NYPA, PR, electronics360, 19 June, 2020) Contact: NYPA, Gil Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Streetlight,  Smart Streetlight,  NYPA,  


    Alberta Abandons Provincial Energy Efficiency Agency (Ind. Report
    Alberta
    Date: 2020-06-12
    On the Canadian Prairies, the office of Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon has announced the closure of Energy Efficiency Alberta and the transfer of the 2017-vintage agency's $8-million budget into other departments or the current Emissions Reduction Alberta.

    Energy Efficiency Alberta received funding from a provincial carbon tax on gasoline and heating fuels. The agency issued initiatives and rebates on everything from solar panels to energy-efficient appliances, windows, insulation, LED light bulbs and low-flow shower heads. The rebates were cancelled last fall. (Source: Office of Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon , JWN, Canadian Press, 12 June, 2020) Contact: Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon, 780-427-2711, www.alberta.ca/minister-of-environment-and-parks.aspx

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


    Indian BMW Plant Stresses Efficiency, Sustainablity (Int'l.)
    BMW
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In India, a release from the 2010 vintage BMW Group Plant Chennai reports energy efficiency and sustainability is a top priority at the manufacturing facility which is taking an active lead towards a green and sustainable future.

    To that end, the plant is committed to increasing use of renewable energy to meet 100 pct of its energy needs by end of the year and has launched new initiatives for water conservation and tree plantation/biodiversity. A 1350 KW solar array presently supplies 40 pct of the plant's electric power and a recent conversion to LED lighting and other energy efficiency initiatives have cut power consumption by 50 pct.

    Water used for cleaning is treated and reused in landscaping and sensor-equipped taps and other efforts have cut water consumption by 45 pct -- from 40825 KL to 20594 KL for the period 2016 to 2019. Additionally, a new Rainwater Harvesting Project stores up to 2,000 kilolitres and meets 40 pct of the plant's requirements and treated sewage is used for toilet flushing. (Source: BMW Group Plant Chennai, Business Wire India, 5 June, 2020) Contact: BMW Group Plant Chennai, www.bmwgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BME news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    EMC Lauded for Maryland LED Lighting Projects (Ind. Report)
    Delmarva EMC
    Date: 2020-06-08
    Plymouth, Minnesota-based EMC LLC reports it has been recognized for its role supporting several energy efficiency programs offered by Delmarva Power.

    Delmarva Power, which serves 532,000 electric customers in Delaware and Maryland, recognized EMC as one of the company's 2019 Top Three Lighting & Controls service providers for completing 11 high-volume lighting and controls projects for nationwide retail customers

    EMC provides best-in-class LED lighting + technology solutions and services to a broad range of multinational retail, commercial, industrial and specialized customers. Since 2003, the company has used its total project management approach, EnergyMAXX®, to successfully implement thousands of lighting upgrade projects, saving clients across industries billions in kilowatt-hours of energy, according to the company release. (Source: EMC LLC, PR, JUne, 2020) Contact: Delmarva Power, www.delmarva.com; EMC , Jerry Johnson, CEO, 952-542-7960, www.emcllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Delmarva news,  LED Lighting news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    EPCG Announces HQ Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-06-03
    Montenegrin state power utility Elektroprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) is reporting an energy efficiency upgrade project at its headquarters building in the city of Niksic.

    The first stage involves installing solar panels on the roof and the parking lot. Other measures include thermal insulation of exterior walls, thermal and hydro insulation of the roof, installation of a modern HVAC system, and LED lighting, all of which will eventually meet up to 97 pct of the building's energy needs and cut the 60-year old building's CO2 emissions by nearly 1,290 tpy, according to the EPCG release. (Source: EPCG, Balkan News, 2 June, 2020) Contact: EPCG, www.epcg.com

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    IMEA Offers Energy Efficiency Grant Funding (Funding)
    Illinois Municipal Electric Agency
    Date: 2020-05-22
    Nonresidential customers of the Naperville electric utility are invited to apply for the 2020 Naperville/Illinois Municipal Electric Agency electric efficiency program.

    The program for commercial, educational, nonprofit and institutional customers provides grant funding from the Springfield-headquartered Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA)for qualifying energy-related projects, including installation of LED lighting systems, refrigeration measures and variable-speed drives for HVAC pumps and motors. Projects can receive grant funding for up to 50 pct of the total project cost, up to $20,000. (Source: IMEA, Daily Herald, 19 May, 2020) Contact: IMEA, 217-789-4632, 217-789-4642 - Fax, imea@imea.org, www.imea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    NorthWestern Energy Upgrading Missoula Street Lights (Ind Report)
    NorthWestern Energy
    Date: 2020-05-15
    In Montana, NorthWestern Energy reports it will begin converting its 1,800 street lights in Missoula with energy efficient LEDs for an expected annual savings of $80,000 in electrical costs for the city of 77,000 residents.

    The Missoula street light updating is part of a larger $24 million project to retrofit 43,000 high-pressure sodium lights with LEDs. (Source: NorthWestern Energy, Missoula Current, 13 May, 2020) Contact: City of Missoula, Jeremy Keene, Dir. Public Works, 406-552-6769, 406-327-2202 – fax, publicworks@ci.missoula.mt.us, www.ci.missoula.mt.us; NorthWestern Energy, www.northwestenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NorthWestern Energy ,  LED Light,  LED Street Light,  Energy Efficient Ligh,  


    $30Mn Assisted Living Project Partially PACE Funded (Ind. Report)
    Petros PACE Finance Trust
    Date: 2020-04-20
    In Indiana, Indianapolis-based Leo Brown Group, owner of the $30 million Traditions of Lebanon assisted living complex to be developed in Lebanon, is expected to use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to cover $17 million of the project cost in semi-annual assessments of $230,000-$289,000 added to property taxes over 30 years.

    The $17 million, through Petros PACE Finance Trust, includes over $7.7 million in HVAC, energy efficient lighting and improvements and just under $7.9 million in interest.

    Traditions of Lebanon was originally expected to include a 142-unit assisted living complex, including 30 units for memory care and 13 homes for independent living but has been reduced in size. Documents obtained last week indicate the scope of the project changed. The 170,000-square-foot senior living community will now include 48 independent living homes, 64 assisted living units and 30 memory care units. Energy savings from the Brown project are anticipated from HVAC improvements, LED lighting, energy-efficient windows and doors and the “building envelope”. (Source: Dayton Daily News, 18 April, 2020) Contact: Petros PACE Finance Trust LLC, www.petros-pace.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Algeria Stiffens Residential Energy Efficiency Policy (Int'l. Report)
    Algeris
    Date: 2020-03-20
    In oil soaked Algeria, the building sector is one of the major energy consumers. Oil industry aside, it accounts for 42 pct of end-user energy consumption, of which 35 pct in the residential sector and pct 7 pct in the services sector. Transport is close behind with 35 pct followed by industry at 16 pct The building sector therefore is one of the Algerian government's priority target areas for energy efficiency .

    Algeria's national energy efficiency programme for buildings and construction cover: thermal insulation of buildings, thermal renovation, the fitting of household solar water heaters, distribution of LED light bulbs at discounted prices, appliance energy consumption and efficiency labeling and other programs and initiatives. (Source: Algeria Energy Ministry, Econostrum, 19 Mar., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Fairbanks Astoria NY LED Lighting Project Completed (Ind Report)
    Fairbanks Energy Services
    Date: 2020-03-18
    Fairbanks Energy Services, a full-service design/build energy efficiency firm and developer of comprehensive commercial and industrial projects, reports the completion of a turn-key occupancy sensor equipped LED lighting energy reduction project at Shore Towers, a 23-story luxury waterfront condominium in Astoria, NY, The project was supported with $73,000 in incentives from the local electric utility.

    Installed across the 300,000 square foot property, the lighting efficiency solutions are estimated to lower annual energy use in kWh by 161,235. (Source: Faibanks Energy Services, PR Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, (914) 960-0282, info@fairbanksenergy.com, www.fairbanksenergy.com

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    Abu Dhabi Awards 43,000 LED Streetlight Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Abu Dhabi City Municipality
    Date: 2020-03-11
    In the UAE, the Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) Department of Municipalities and Transport reports it has awarded a Traffic Assets and Systems Operation and Management contract to Tatweer Construction for the replacement of 43,000 streetlights with energy-efficient LED units. The upgrade to LEDs is expected to save 900 million kWh worth $72 million over the 12 year contract term.

    As per a statement, the concession will target specific requirements and energy saving targets, including operating and maintaining the new devices, and installing and maintaining a smart central system to control the lighting throughout the agreement period. (Source: Abu Dhabi City Municipality, ME Construction News, 9 Mar., 2020)Contact: Abu Dhabi City Municipality, +971 2 6788888, www.dmt.gov.ae/en/adm; Tatweer, +971 2 441 5551, info@tatweer-co.ae, www.tatweer-co.ae

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    Syracuse Marriott Uses C-PACE Program for Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    C-PACE
    Date: 2020-03-11
    In the Empire State, the Marriott Downtown Syracuse Hotel it used the C-PACE program to fund almost $10 million in cost-effective energy efficient improvements including HVAC, LED lighting and other energy efficiency improvements.

    The C-PACE program allows building owners to finance qualifying energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on via a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill. (Source: Marriott Downtown Syracuse, Syracuse University Press, WAER, 9 Mar., 2020) Contact: Marriott Downtown Syracuse, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/syrmc-marriott-syracuse-downtown; C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.c-pacealliance.com

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    Ohio Utilities' Energy Efficiency Programs in Doubt (Ind. Report)
    Ohio Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-03-04
    In the Buckeye State, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) last week ruled that the state's energy-efficiency mandates for utilities will begin wrapping up on Sept. 30 and end completely on Dec. 31, 2020, as required under House Bill 6. That includes programs such as reduced-price LED bulbs, rebates on smart thermostats and energy-saving appliances, financial incentives to build energy-efficient homes and businesses, and free energy-efficiency and repair services for low-income households.

    With the ruling, Ohio utilities have the option of seeking PUCO approval to voluntarily continue some or all of their energy-efficiency programs beyond 2020, but most haven’t yet decided their course of action.

    FirstEnergy, whose subsidiaries provide power to Northeast Ohio and the Toledo area, has announced it will end two programs -- one $75 rebate for smart thermostats, and another that pays money for recycling old appliances.

    AEP Ohio, which serves much of Central and Southeast Ohio, plans to continue at least some of its energy-efficiency programs, but has yet to determine the make-up and scope of the programs.

    Dayton Power and Light has not yet decided which, if any, of its programs will continue past 2020.

    In Southwestern Ohio, Duke Energycurrently offers a variety of energy-efficiency programs, including (among others) rebates for customers who install energy-saving devices, a monitor that offers bill credits to ratepayers who reduce energy usage during high demand periods, and discounted or even free LED lights, which cost anywhere between $1 and $8 per bulb.

    As of last year, Ohioans were charged on their electric bills a fee averaging of $3.36 per month to support energy-efficiency programs, as well as programs (such as Duke’s energy monitors) designed to reduce power usage during peak demand times, according to the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund. That fee, as well as a renewable-energy mandate fee, has been eliminated by House Bill 6 and replaced with a new 85-cent surcharge that goes to bail out two Northern Ohio nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions, which changed its name to Energy Harbor late last month. (Source: Cleveland.com, 3 Mar.,2020)

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    DEEIF Offers Energy Efficiency Grant Funding (Funding, Ind Report)
    Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Date: 2020-03-04
    The Delaware Energy Efficiency Investment Fund (DEEIF), which offers grants to offset the cost of energy efficiency improvements, reports it has broadened the kinds of light fixtures that will qualify for grants and adjusted incentives offered for large custom projects to reflect competitive regional market rates.

    The DEEIF, which is administered by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Climate, Coastal, & Energy. (DNREC), assists with energy assessments, lighting, HVAC, complex retrofits, building improvements and thermal energy systems. Changes to the lighting incentives include 34 new categories of eligible fixtures, varying incentive rates based on wattage, and the addition of incentives for lighting control systems. All incentive levels also have been adjusted to reflect market conditions for LED lights.

    EEIF is funded through the Public Utility Tax, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and one-time funding from the Exelon-Pepco merger settlement. Grant amounts are capped at 30 pct of the project's total cost. (Source: DNREC, 2 Mar., 2020) Contact: Delaware Energy Efficiency Investment Fund, Dayna Cobb, Dir., 302.735.3480, https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/climate-coastal-energy/efficiency/energy-efficiency-investment-fund, de.gov/eei

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    Energy Focus Claims Navy Fleet LED Lighting Contract (Ind. Report)
    Energy Focus
    Date: 2020-03-04
    Solon, Ohio-headquartered sustainable LED lighting technologies specialist Energy Focus reports it has been awarded a $3.4 million contract to supply tubular LED (TLED) lighting products to the U.S. Navy by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a world-wide combat support agency in the U.S. Department of Defense.

    The company expects to deliver on the contract beginning in the second quarter of 2020 with completion expected by year-end.

    Since 2007, Energy Focus has installed approximately 650,000 lighting products including TLEDs, waterline security lights, explosion-proof globes and berth lights, saving more than four million gallons of fuel and 200,000 man-hours in lighting maintenance annually. (Source: Energy Focus, Renewable Energy, 3 Mar., 2020) Contact: Energy Focus Inc., James Tu, CEO, and President, (440) 715-1300, www.energyfocus.com

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    Manchester Plans Stress Increased Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
    City of Manchester
    Date: 2020-03-02
    In the UK, the city of Manchester (pop. 2.8 million), in keeping with its pledge to reach net-zero carbon by 2038, has issued a call to "collective action" on the climate crisis with proposals to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, primarily through increased energy efficiency.

    To that end, the city council wants to retrofit and upgrade the energy efficiency of as many of the 350 city-owned buildings, install solar and wind energy generation capacity on city owned sites and housing complexes, complete the ongoing replacements of the city's street lighting with energy efficient LED lighting, promote energy conservation, incentivize cleaner and more efficient transportation and other energy efficiency initiatives.

    Under the plan, the city council will work with and continue to fund the Manchester Climate Change Agency to establish community-wide climate change related engagement activities and to encourage businesses to improve their energy efficiency reduce their carbon footprint. (Source: City of Manchester, Manchester Evening News, Mar.,2020) Contact: Manchester Climate Change Agency, www.manchesterclimate.com

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    Manchester Plans to Halve GHG Emission by 2025 (Int'l. Report)
    City of Manchester
    Date: 2020-03-02
    In the UK, the city of Manchester (pop. 2.8 million), in keeping with its pledge to reach net-zero carbon by 2038, has issued a call to "collective action" on the climate crisis with proposals to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

    To that end, the city council wants to retrofit as many of the 350 city-owned buildings with more efficient technology, install solar and wind energy generation capacity on city owned housing sites and complexes, and complete the ongoing replacements of the city's street lighting with low energy LED lighting. The city will also invest roughly £10 million to replace diesel power fleet vehicles with alternative fuel and electric vehicles. City staff will also be incentivized to use cleaner transportation and to conserve energy.

    The council also intends to plant 2,000 trees, hedge trees and four community orchards per year beginning this year. The city's existing tree coverage stores 124,330 tonnes of carbon, absorbs 4,980 tonnes and removes 84 tonnes of pollution, according to the city release.

    Under the plan, the city council will work with and continue to fund the Manchester Climate Change Agency to establish community-wide climate change related engagement activities and to encourage businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and sign up to the zero-carbon ambition. (Source: City of Manchester, Manchester Evening News, Mar.,2020) Contact: Manchester Climate Change Agency, www.manchesterclimate.com

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    Virginia Tech Commits $3.1Mn to Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
    Virginia Tech
    Date: 2020-02-28
    In the Old Dominion Sate, Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg reports approval of more than $3.1 million for the 5th phase of the school's ongoing Five-Year Energy Action Plan, a comprehensive blueprint to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption and costs within five years.

    One of the cornerstones of the Energy Action Plan is leveraging data to optimize energy usage to achieve energy efficiency at scale on campus. Ten new buildings are added to the university's energy management platform during each phase. Proposed projects under Phase 5 (2019-20) of the Energy Action Plan include:

  • LED lighting overhaul in a range of buildings

  • Lab ventilation optimization and retro-commissioning of HVAC energy systems

  • Power plant compressed air system optimization

  • Integration of 10 additional energy-intensive

    buildings into the university's energy management platform

  • Ongoing smart metering, meter replacement and maintenance, and

  • Implementation of a rooftop solar project at the Sterrett Facilities Complex. (Source: Virginia Tech, 25 Feb., 2020) Contact: Virginia Tech, Office of Energy Management, Christopher H. Kiwus, Associate VP, Chief Facilities Officer, 540-231-4300 www.facilities.vt.edu/energy-utilities/energy-reduction-efforts.html, www.vt.edu

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  • NC State Univ. Completes Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    North Carolina State University
    Date: 2020-02-21
    North Carolina State University in Raleigh is reporting the upgrading of all T12 fluorescent lights to LED light at Biltmore Hall and Pulp and Paper labs. The switch to LEDs is expected to save the school over 400,000 kW of electricity per year for an annual energy cost saving of $30,000.

    Other "green" improvements and upgrades include the installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, lighting fixture-integrated occupancy sensors, thermal energy storage and water conservation capacity, and others. (Source: NC State University, Technician, 19 Feb., 2020) Contact: NC State University, Kerby Smithson, Energy Project Manager, 919-515-2011, www.ncsu.edu

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    SoCalEd Efficiency Programs Saved $55.6 Mn in 2019 (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Gas
    Date: 2020-02-12
    In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalEd) is reporting its various energy efficiency programs collectively saved $55.6 million in 2019. The savings were equivalent to removing more than 265,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and taking more than 57,000 cars off of California roads for one year, according to a release.

    SoCalGas energy efficiency programs include offering rebates on hundreds of home appliances and products such as smart thermostat,LED lighting, energy efficient furnaces, Energy Star appliances and others that help cut energy consumption and reduce costs. (Source: SoCalGas, CNS, Feb., 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Darren Hanway, manager of energy programs and strategy , (800) 427-2200, www.socalgas.com

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    Illinois County Claims LED Lighting Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Ameren
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In the Land of Lincoln, Madison County Facilities Director Rob Schmidt reports the county saved more than $47-thousand on energy costs after switching electric providers in April 2019 and gained a net savings of $15,266 after paying a $32,520 termination fee with its previous provider.

    According to Schmidt, the savings were the result of switching 12,608 light bulbs with LED bulbs at 15 of the counties 26 facilities through Ameren Illinois' Energy Efficiency Program. The switch to LEDs is expected to save the county roughly $67,900 in annual energy costs. (Source: Madison County, WBCZ Radio, Alton Daily News, 9 Feb., 2020) Contact: Madison County, County Clerk, Debbie Ming-Mendoza, (618) 692-6290, Rob Schmidt, County Facilities Director, www.co.madison.il.us: Ameren Illinois, www.ameren.com/illinois

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    Lightsource BP Orders 1.2 GW of Canadian Solar Modules (Int'l.)
    Lightsource BP,Canadian Solar
    Date: 2020-02-07
    UK oil and gas giant BP-backed Lightsource BP reports ordering 1.2 GW of Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. modules for various, un-named photovoltaic (PV) projects in the US and Australia.

    The order calls for the delivery of bifacial polycrystalline PERC modules, of the BiHiKu (CS3W-PB-AG) type, which, according to Canadian Solar, enhance power production when installed in a limited area and "dramatically" cut the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) of the solar plant. The high-power HiKu (CS3W-P) modules are also part of the deal.

    BP acquired a 43 pct stake equity share in Lightsource Renewable Energy in 2017 for $200 million over three years, and the company was then relabeled Lightsource BP. (Source: Canadian Solar Solutions, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com; Lightsource BP, Carl Jackson, Director Utility-scale Solar Initiatives, +44 0 333 200 0755, www.lightsourcebp.com

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    Durham County Council Commits £50Mn to Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Durham County Council
    Date: 2020-02-07
    In the UK, the Durham County Council reports it plans to spend as much as £50 million over two years to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. The Council's plan includes:
  • Conversion of an additional 17,000 streetlights using energy-saving LEDs

  • The development of a scheme to harness heat from minewater as a form of renewable energy

  • Major energy efficiency upgrades to schools and other council buildings

  • Installation of solar panels in addition to already planned energy efficiency measures at the council's new HQ, subject to planning permission.

  • Raising the Council's existion emission reduction target from 60 pct to 80 pct by 2030. (Source: Durham County Council, Transport Network, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: Durham County Council, +44 03000 26 0000, www.durham.gov.uk

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  • SaskPower Launches Energy Efficiency Assistance Prog. (Ind Report)
    SaskPower
    Date: 2020-02-03
    On the Canadian prairies, the Saskatoon-based utility SaskPower reports it preparing to launch a new Energy Assistance Pilot Program in the province's largest cities, Regina and Saskatoon.

    The program is aimed at assisting low income customers cut home energy costs by as much as $230 per year with affordable home energy-efficient upgrades. The program also includes the installation of free smart thermostats; energy-saving products such as LED light bulbs, smart power strips and high-efficiency bathroom fixtures; personal home walk-through energy assessments and, recommendations on cutting energy consumption. (Source: SaskPower, Public Release, Feb., 2020) Contact: SaskPower, Shawn Schmidt, VP Distribution and Customer Services, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

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    Church of England Preaching Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
    Church of England
    Date: 2020-01-29
    In the UK, the Church of England reports it is aiming to reduce the church's carbon footprint from all of its 40,000 buildings to carbon zero by 2045.

    To that end, York Minster -- the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York -- has already seen all halogen bulbs replaced with low-energy LED lighting with motion control systems, the installation of new energy efficient heating systems and other low-carbon, energy efficient and climate friendly upgrades. York Minster also buys 90 pct of goods locally to reduce CO2 emissions from transportation and looks at energy usage when ordering new components. (Source: York Minster, PR, 28 Jan., 2020)Contact: York Minster, www.yorkminster.org

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    Home Builders Focusing on Energy Efficient High-Performance Building Practices (Ind. Report)
    National Association of Home Builders
    Date: 2020-01-24
    According to the 2020 Green Single Family and Multifamily Homes SmartMarket Brief conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), almost all home builders in the US are incorporating energy-efficient practices and over two-thirds are using practices designed to improve indoor air quality and water efficiency. Key findings include:
  • 91 pct of home builders use energy-efficient approaches, and 69 pct do so on the majority of their projects. These practices may include the use of LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances and appropriately-sized, highly efficient HVAC systems;

  • Energy efficiency and durability are the top influential green attributes in product/system selection;

  • Over two-thirds use practices designed to improve indoor environmental quality and water efficiency; and

  • 97 pct of green builders report using energy efficiency practices on more than 75 pct of their projects.

    The study reveals both customer demand and perceptions about performance are driving green engagement. Most builders believe that the top factors influencing consumer decisions about whether to invest in a green home are concerns about cost and performance, with related issues -- like their return on investment and the quality of the home -- following close behind. However, most builders and remodelers say it's a careful balance of production with demand. Lack of market demand was cited as the top reason why many companies are not ramping up their green building. Forty-two pct of single-family and 31 pct of multifamily builders reported doing no green projects at all.

    Cost is also a major influencer in the green building market. However, 70 pct of single-family home builders believe that their customers will pay more for a green home, suggesting that many home buyers understand the benefits of green. (Source: National Association of Home Builders, Jan., 2020) Contact: National Association of Home Builders, www.nahb.org

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  • Stillwater Considers Energy Saving, Efficiency Upgrades (Ind Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2020-01-20
    In Minnesota, the Stillwater City Council reports it is considering an energy assessment and proposal from Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco. The Ameresco assessment projects that $700,000 -- $1,000,000 in energy efficiency upgrades to nine city owned facilities could significantly cut energy consumption as well as reduce energy and future maintenance costs. The savings would cover the cost of the infrastructure upgrades or the difference would be covered by Ameresco.

    Ameresco's proposed upgrades include: replacing fluorescent lighting with LEDs; occupancy controled lighting; installing mechanical insulation to pumps and piping; and building envelope improvements. (Source: City of Stillwater, 17 Jan., 2020) Contact: City of Stillwater, Mick Greiner,Facilities Manager, 651-430-8800, www.ci.stillwater.mn.us; Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

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    Rutgers Engineering Hall Rated USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    Rutgers University,USGBC
    Date: 2019-12-23
    In the Garden State, Piscataway-based Rutgers University reports its 106,000 sq-ft Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering -- Busch campus, was recently awarded LEED™ Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

    The Richard Weeks Hall energy efficiency features include: energy cost savings of 29 pct through solar orientation and superior envelop design; mechanical systems include active chilled beams; ventilation with 100 pct outdoor air with energy recovery; occupancy controled LED lighting; a 38 pct reduction of potable water use; diversion of 97 pct of construction waste from landfills, and other energy efficiency and sustainability features. (Source: Rutgers University, School Construction News, 18 Dec., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    The Climate Group, Signify Promoting Increased LED Use (Int'l)
    The Climate Group
    Date: 2019-12-20
    The Climate Group, in partnership with Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), reports it is working to accelerate the adoption of LED street lighting in cities as well as driving a more urgent goal for all indoor lighting across the private sector to be LED by 2020. To that end, the Climate Group is working to create a network of companies and governments to speed up the sharing of energy efficient LED lighting information.

    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), a global switch to LEDs is one of the most actionable and ready-to-implement technologies for cities to transition to a low-carbon economy. This is especially important given that lighting accounts for nearly 6 pct of global CO2 emissions, with outdoor street lighting accounting for 25-50 pct of a city's entire electricity use. With LED lighting, cities and municipalities can expect to make energy savings of between 50-70 pct, alongside reduced maintenance costs. (Source: The Climate Group, PR, DEC., 2019) Contact: Signify, www.signify.com/en-gb; The Climate Group, Toby Morgan, LED Program Manager, LED@theclimategroup.org, www.theclimategroup.org

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    Grundfos Asian HQ Lauded for Green Credentials (Int'l Report)
    Grundfos
    Date: 2019-12-16
    Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos reports its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore has been awarded the Singapore Building and Construction Authority's (BCA) Gold Green Mark, a green rating system for assessing new and existing buildings operational energy efficiency and overall environmental performance.

    As a non-residential building, the Grundfos headquarters was evaluated across a number of areas -- energy efficiency, air-conditioning, LED lighting, water efficiency, environmental protection, indoor environmental quality, and other green features. The buildings air-tight design incorporates double walls and double-glazed windows, 100 pct natural ventilation on the production floor, enhanced natural daylight in the office from a high-efficiency lighting system and high-efficiency air-conditioning system, and 30 pct recycled building materials. (Source: Grundfos, Bangkok Post, 15 Dec., 2019) Contact: Grundfos, www.grundfos.com; Singapore Building and Construction Authority, www.bca.gov.sg

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    Calififornia Local Energy Efficiency Standards Exceeding Statewide Standards Approved (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2019-12-13
    In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is reporting approval of six applications from the cities of Menlo Park, San Jose, San Mateo, and Santa Monica; County of Marin and West Hollywood.cities of Menlo Park, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Marin County for local energy ordinances that exceed statewide requirements of the 2010 CalGREEN green building standard and the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

    The CEC also approved the 2019 California Energy Efficiency Action Plan, which addresses building energy efficiency, efficiency in the industrial and agricultural sectors, barriers to energy efficiency for low-income and disadvantaged communities, and using efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in buildings. The 2019 standards take effect 1 January 2020.

    Statewide standards focus on smart residential photovoltaic systems, updated and cost effective insulation standards, residential and nonresidential ventilation requirements, and nonresidential lighting updates to take advantage of the rapid improvement in LED lighting technology. (Source: California Energy Commission, Green Car Congress, 12 Dec. 2019) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

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