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O2 Investment Offloads Mantis Innovation Group (M&A, Ind. Report)
Mantis Innovation
Date: 2022-01-05
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan-based O2 Investment Partners is reporting the sale of its Houston-headquartered portfolio company, Mantis Innovation Group to Gemspring Capital.

Mantis solutions deliver better building performance and improved energy efficiency with proprietary software tools to offer a full suite of services, including: energy procurement and demand management; solar, roofing, building envelope and pavement assessment and maintenance; and LED lighting, HVAC/mechanical and building automation systems design and implementation. (Source: O2 Investment Partners, PR, Jan., 2022) Contact: O2 Investment Partners, www.o2investment.com; Gemspring Capital, www.gemspring.com; Mantis Innovation Group, 877.459.4728, info@mantisinnovation.com, www.mantisinnovation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mantis Innovation,  Energy Efficiency Software,  Energy Management ,  


Ameresco Announces £1.09 Welsh Energy Conservation Project (Int'l.)
Aneresco
Date: 2021-12-20
Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency service firm Ameresco, Inc., is reporting its partnership with Merthyr Tydfil Council in Wales on a £1.09 million energy conservation project.

Known as the former "Iron Capital of the World", Merthyr Tydfil is transforming itself into a modern commercial hub and smart city. With the help of Ameresco, the city council will look to provide solutions across the council's 31 sites, including upgrades to the town's aging infrastructure, optimizing the lifespan of the existing equipment, installing nine solar pv systems and 30 LED lighting upgrades, and implementing smart heating and hot water systems.

Upon completions in March, 2022, the project is expected to save the city £136,000 from its annual energy cost of £1.2 million and reduce carbon emissions from buildings by 251 tpy. The project also marks progress toward Merthyr Tydfil's goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, as outlined by the Welsh government. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, 16 Dec., 2021) Contact: Merthyr Tydfil Council, Judith Jones, +44 1685 725000, www.merthyr.gov.uk;Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amerseco,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  


Ameresco Nails Mo. School Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2021-12-15
Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco Inc. is reporting completion of its latest phase of its facility energy efficiency upgrades at the Hazelwood School District, in St. Louis County, Missouri.

For the project, Ameresco retrofitted HVAC systems and interior and exterior lighting with new LED lighting technology across all 34 buildings within the District for an estimated $1,250,000 in savings in annual utilities, operations and maintenance costs. Work was completed in July of 2021.

The 2021 LED lighting retrofit project was awarded two separate energy savings awards from Ameren Missouri, the local electric utility, through the BizSavers Program. Hazelwood School District won the Energy Efficiency Champion award and Ameresco won the Trade Ally Star award. (Source: Ameresco, Inc., Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Ameresco Inc., www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency

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


RI Infrastructure Bank Provides $246K C-PACE Loan (Ind. Report)
RI Infrastructure Bank , C-PACE
Date: 2021-12-10
In Providence, the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank reports it has provided $246,000 in Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program financing for energy efficiency upgrades to the Beswick Building in Pawtucket.

C-PACE financed Energy efficiency components include high-efficiency HVAC systems, LED lighting , 44 high efficiency windows and others that are projected to reduce the building's energy costs by nearly $25,000 per year. (Source: Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, Dec., 2021) Contact: Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, 401-453-4430, www.riib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RI Infrastructure Bank news,  C-PACE news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


AFFECT Energy Efficiency, BESS Funding Announced (Funding)
Federal Energy Management Program
Date: 2021-12-01
In Washington, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is reporting the selection of federal agency projects to receive a combined total of $13 million in Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) funding. The grants, which are expected to lead to more than $737 million when leveraged with energy performance contracts from private industry, include the following:
  • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) -- USCG will implement the agency's first microgrid control system (MCS) coupled with solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage system (BESS) resilience energy conservation measures (ECMs), to provide 10 days of off-grid operation during a power disruption event.

  • Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic -- The project will provide a comprehensive approach to enhancing its climate change adaptation-resilience posture and energy efficiency across eight NIWC Atlantic sites located in South Carolina, Virginia, and Louisiana. NIWC will deploy solar PV and an MCS to enable renewable back-up generation while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

  • Internal Revenue Service -- Internal Revenue Service is pursuing a near-net zero, comprehensive energy efficiency and resilience project that will empower up to 30 days of off-grid operation in the event of utility power disruption, amplify energy efficiency to substantially reduce baseload energy use and corresponding GHG emissions, and deploy solar PV coupled with an MCS, BESS.

  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst -- A large-scale, wholistic energy efficiency and climate change adaption-resilience project will deploy 40 MW of solar PV combined with a 12-MWh BESS and two unique MCSs alongside a wide range of key energy efficiency and resilience ECMs.

  • DoE, Office of Science -- A new project will bundle comprehensive traditional energy efficiency ECMs and resilience technologies such as lighting, water fixtures, simple HVAC controls, solar PV, BESS, and pumped water storage to reduce energy use and GHG emissions.

  • U.S. DoD, Pentagon -- Project will implement improvements to energy and water efficiency, as well as resilience to climate change-attributed severe weather events, via a comprehensive list of ECMs that will reduce baseload energy and water use and GHG emissions while adding renewable energy technologies. The project will achieve a net GHG reduction cost-effectively via combined reductions in baseload electricity (49 pct), water (8 pct), and sewer costs (40 pct).

  • Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall -- The project will deploy an advanced, hybrid geothermal heat recovery chiller system coupled with energy efficiency and resilience ECMs to simultaneously reduce GHG emissions and address climate change adaptation-resiliency.

  • Eglin Air Force Base -- Within this integrated, comprehensive energy efficiency and resilience project, Eglin Air Force Base will implement various resilience ECMs including solar PV, an MCS coupled with a BESS, and natural gas generators while replacing aging chillers that serve critical loads such as data centers.

  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest -- A new project to integrate a cybersecurity-compliant MCS and 150-kW/600-kWh BESS with a total of 1.1 MW of solar PV to augment climate change adaptation-resilience, increase energy efficiency, and reduce GHG emissions, while allowing for full, continuous mission-critical operability of essential facilities and systems in the case of power disruption events.

  • GSA Region 4, Valdosta and Brunswick -- The project will deploy and demonstrate an advanced solar PV technology utilizing bifacial modules at two federal sites in Georgia, directly reducing GHG emissions and assisting GSA in meeting its internal agency commitment of achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2025. The project will also build out capabilities for these sites to consider implementing complementary resilience ECMs such as a MCS or BESS in the future. It will also validate an advanced, bifacial module solar PV technology, which if successful could be replicated and scaled throughout not only GSA Region 4 and the Southeast, but also more broadly across all GSA Regions nationwide.

  • GSA Region 7 -- This project will implement resilience ECMs including an MCS and BESS to boost climate change adaptation-resiliency, reduce GHG emissions by 47 pct, and provide the means to demonstrate GEB concepts such as advanced energy load-shifting and management, and demand response at sites in Laredo and Houston, Texas.

  • Joint Base Langley-Eustis -- This project will augment the capacity of a BESS to 1MW/4MWh, which will be coupled with a recommissioned energy management control system, cybersecurity-compliant MCS, and 1-MW solar PV array to meet the U.S. Air Forces' resilience requirements for energy performance contracts, allowing the base to shed noncritical energy loads and support mission-critical operations should climate change-induced severe weather such as hurricanes or other external forces result in an extended power disruption event.

    The project will also allow the joint base to reduce GHG emissions, improve energy efficiency, and provide peak shaving, demand response, energy time-of-use-shifting, dynamic frequency, and voltage regulation to reduce overall base electricity demand and energy costs.

  • Federal Aviation Administration -- A novel project to directly address federal building energy efficiency and load management, in coordination with their serving utility, to bundle electric vehicle supply equipment with a range of other energy efficiency and resilience ECMs including ground-mounted solar PV, LED lighting, HVAC upgrades, and variable frequency drives.

    The project will reduce GHG emissions by 89 pct by coupling electrification of buildings and transportation, which are key priorities of the Administration's decarbonization goals. (Source: US DOE Federal Energy Management Program, PR 1 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE, Federal Energy Management Program, www.energy.gov/eere/femp/2021-assisting-federal-facilities-energy-conservation-technologies-affect-federal-agency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Federal Energy Management Program,  Energy Efficiency,  BESS,  Energy Storage,  


  • Lightsourebp's Elm Branche Solar Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Lightsourcebp
    Date: 2021-11-15
    In the Lone Star State, Lightsourcebp is reporting its 163 MW, 360,000 solar panel equipped Elm Branch solar project -- roughly 40 miles south of Dallas -- has begun commercial operation under a power contract between L3Harris Technologies and Lightsource bp.

    The agreement with L3Harris enabled Lightsource bp to finance and construct the solar project, which broke ground in January. Lightsource bp, owner and operator of the site, selected McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as the Engineer, Procure, and Construct (EPC) contractor for the solar project.

    The solar power agreement between L3Harris and Lightsource bp is the equivalent of eliminating about 110,000 metric tpy of CO2 or removing 24,000 cars from the road every year. The . The agreement between L3Harris and Lightsource bp is for 100 MW of capacity and the environmental attributes. (Source: Lightsourcebp, PR, Website, Nov., 2021) Contact: Lightsourcebp Americas, Kevin Smith, CEO , www.lightsourcebp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsourcebp,  Solar,  


    Tenaris Commits $6Mn to Energy Management, Efficiency Plan (Int'l)
    Tenaris
    Date: 2021-10-15
    Luxembourg-headquartered steel pipe specialist Tenaris reports it will invest $6 million in a plan to increase energy efficiency across its global footprint and contribute to the company's targets of lowering its carbon emissions intensity.

    The plan is part of a larger, ongoing energy management project that encompasses energy conscious activities ranging from switching to LED lighting, electrification of processes and higher efficiency equipment such as compressors, pumps and fans in its plants. The plan includes a new Tenaris-developed energy monitoring dashboard that allows real-time monitoring of energy consumption versus standard use, with the ability to analyze trends of each power/fuel source -- electricity, natural gas, water, air, nitrogen, and oxygen. Additionally, several heating furnaces are being studied to evaluate the improvements needed to cut fuel consumption while reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) the main environmental concern related to natural gas furnaces.

    To minimize NOx emissions, Tenaris partnered with sister company Tenova which designed best-in class combustion technology burners for reheating furnaces. The company's plant in Bay City, TX, is equipped with the flameless NOx reducing burners which also improves the use of natural gas, the plant's sole fuel.

    Tenova has heavily invested in research & development to improve its combustion process through innovative technologies to minimize NOx emissions, reduce and diversify fuel consumption, and optimize performances. As part of an ongoing R&D project, Tenaris will be testing the use of hydrogen as a fuel on one of its furnaces during 2022. (Source: Tenaris, PR, 15 Oct., 2021) Contact: Tenaris, www.tenaris.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Hydrogen news,  Energy Management news,  NOx news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Dominion Offers Agribusinesses Financial Incentives to Cut Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2021-10-13
    South Carolina agricultural businesses may now be eligible for thousands of dollars in incentives toward qualifying energy efficiency projects through Dominion Energy's EnergyWise for Your Business program.

    The program offers financial incentives and technical assistance for eligible non-residential electric customers to replace aging, inefficient equipment and systems with energy-efficient technologies. Participating customers can apply for up to $100,000 per eligible project type and customer tax ID annually, subject to terms and conditions.

    The program offers incentives for site-specific, cost-effective technologies. Projects must demonstrate specific and proven energy savings and costs. Qualifying projects might include: heating pads for swine; dairy milk pre-coolers; animal agricultural LED lighting; horticultural LED lighting; grain bin variable frequency drives (VFD); well pump tune-ups nnd VFDs; and others.

    Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Energy is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and to achieving net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, 11 Oct., 2021) Contact: Dominion Energy, Ashley Cunningham, (803) 904-2877, ashley.cunningham@dominionenergy.com, www.dominionenergy.com; EnergyWise for Your Business, 877-784-7234, DominionEnergySC.com/ForYourBusiness.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficiency Incentive news,  


    Ameresco Nails Stadium Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-10-01
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc., is reporting completion of its latest phase of work for Paul Brown Stadium, in Cincinnati.

    Ameresco replaced over 500 2000-Watt metal halide technology sports field lights and installed 300 1400-Watt LED technology sports field lights and a new, state-of-the-art DMX lighting control and monitoring system.

    The LED fixtures will eliminate future costs associated with routine lamp and ballast replacements and are expected to generate more than $60,000 in annual electric cost savings. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR. 29 Sept., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  LED Light,  


    $2.1Mn PACE Energy Efficiency Project Set for Dayton (Ind. Report)
    Property Assessed Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-09-27
    In the Buckeye State, the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority is reporting the issuance and sale of $2.1 million in bonds for a PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) funded energy project at a 21 story building in downtown Dayton.

    The PACE funding will be used to: replace all incandescent and fluorescent lights with higher-efficiency LED lighting; rebuild chillers to reduce power consumption; install a new cooling tower to reduce electric and water consumption; install new HVAC-control automation with remote control access; and coat windows with film to reduce heat reseal all of the building's 1,875 windows. (Source: Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority, PR, Website, 27 Sept., 2021) Contact: Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority, Joseph M. Geraghty, Exec. Dir., 937.853.2535 joe@daytonport.com, www.daytonport.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Aussie GBC Promotes Home Green Star Energy Standard (Int'l. )
    Australian Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-09-01
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Green Building Council (GBCA) is touting a new Green Star Home Standard certification system that it says could cut residential energy bills by up to 75 pct.

    The certification system, the world's first mass-market residential climate-positive certification, will see new homes throughout Australia constructed to withstand the effects of climate change with: solar power systems; water and energy efficiency features mitigating a number of potential emission or toxicity issues; smarter HVAC; energy efficient appliances: LED lighting; increased insulation and ventilation, all of which help drive down energy costs. The GBCA is presently collaborating with the Federal Government to usher the system into the current National Construction Code which presently only accounts for insulation levels.

    Download Green Star Home Standard certification system details HERE . (Source: Green Building Council of Australia, PR, 31 Aug., 2021) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Davina Rooney, CEO, www.gbca.org.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australian Green Building Council news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Eagle's Nest Lands Energy-Efficiency Incentive (Ind. Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2021-08-25
    In the Badger State, the Riverwood Senior Living-Eagle's Nest is discovering first-hand how "Focus On Energy" worked with Wisconsin Dells Power and Light and Alliant Energy incentives for using energy-efficient equipment including: LED lighting; occupancy sensors with in-place switches; in-floor heat throughout the building and other energy efficiency upgrades that earned the facility $10,458.52 in incentives from Focus on Energy, according to an Aug. 20 release.

    Riverwood is the first senior living project in the state to use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy efficiency upgrades. Riverwood's PACE consultant noted the Eagle's Nest facility 38 pct more energy efficient than what is typically required by code. (Source: Wisconsin Dells Power and Light, Wisconsin Dells Events, 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: Wisconsin Dells Power and Light, www.citywd.org/index.asp?SEC=725C79B5-E2A5-417A-A4AC-76357C6E05A3&Type=B_BASIC

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  PACE Financing,  Alliant Energy,  


    Evergreen Consulting to Launch DTE Energy Programs (Ind. Report)
    Evergreen Consulting, DTE Energy
    Date: 2021-08-23
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered Evergreen Consulting Group, which designs and manages innovative energy and resource efficiency solutions for utilities and energy organizations, reports it has been hired by Detroit, Michigan-based utility DTE Energy to launch and manage two pilot programs and a controlled environmental agriculture (CEA) program that will help increase energy cost savings for indoor and hybrid agriculture sites and small business utility customers by reducing energy consumption.

    The Main Street Energy Savings Pilot Program provides outreach and solutions to thousands of Michigan's small businesses and property owners. The pilot promotes more than 200 hundred utility incentive measures and energy efficiency improvement solutions including: HVAC, LED lighting, energy management systems, water and refrigeration efficiency systems and others.

    To implement the pilots, Evergreen is partnering with Berkley, Michigan-based Energy Sciences LLC, a small energy consulting services and solutions to commercial, industrial and municipal clients. Both programs will deliver technical and participation support, as well as help contractors and customers calculate energy use and costs, develop estimates and identify incentives for eligible measures. (Source: Evergreen Eficiency, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: Evergreen Consulting Group, Matt Gibbs, Pres., 503-347-8601, emily.pearce@evergreen-efficiency.com, www.evergreen-efficiency.com; Energy Sciences, 248-792-9287, www.energysciencesllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Evergreen Consulting,  DTE Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Green City OKs $1.14Mn Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    City of Green
    Date: 2021-08-11
    In Summit County, Ohio, the City of Green (pop. 25,700 ) City Council reports approval of a 10-year, $1.14 million energy efficiency improvement contract designed to make up for its own costs through efficiency savings.

    The contract is with Gardiner Service Co., which operates out of Green and Solon, Ohio. The package includes LED lighting, automated control systems and purchase of energy efficient equipment, and ionization purification systems for city-owned facilities. Upon completion, the upgrade are expected to deliver more than $945,000 in energy cost savings over 10 years. (Source: City of Green, PR, Akron Beacon Journal, 11 Aug., 2021) Contact: City of Green, Planning & Dev., 330-896-6614 , www.greencity.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Green OKs $1.14Mn Energy Efficiency, Savings Contract (Ind. Report)
    City of Green
    Date: 2021-08-11
    In Summit County, Ohio, the City of Green (pop. 25,700 ) City Council reports approval of 10-year, $1.14 million energy improvement contract designed to make up for its own costs through efficiency savings. The contract is with Gardiner Service Co., which operates out of Green and Solon, Ohio.

    The package includes LED lighting, automated control systems and purchase of energy efficient equipment and ionization purification systems for city-owned facilities and is expected to deliver more than $945,000 in energy cost savings over 10 years. (Source: City of Green, PR, Akron Beacon Journal, 11 Aug., 2021) Contact: City of Green, Planning & Dev., 330-896-6614 , www.greencity.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Vaughan Selects Telensa Smart Streetlighting (Ind. Report)
    Telensa
    Date: 2021-07-30
    UK-headquartered smart street lighting specialist Telensa Ltd reports the City of Vaughan, (pop. 324,000 +-) Ontario, Canada, will retrofit it's existing 23,000 streetlights with energy efficient LED's and Telensa's PLANet "wireless" intelligent street lighting system.

    The City-wide LED Streetlight Retrofit Program is expected to cut energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions and deliver roughly $1 million per year in street lighting energy cost savings.

    The LED program is backed by the City's Corporate Energy Fund which is designed to financially support and implement energy retrofit projects. (Source: Telensa, PR, LEDs Mag., 28 July, 2021) Contact: Telensa Ltd, +44 (0)1799 588800, 470 558 9711 -- US Office, www.telensa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Streetlight,  


    Bloomington Launches Green Home Program (Ind. Report)
    Bloomington
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In Illinois, the City of Bloomington is touting the Bloomington Green Home Improvement Program, a partnership between the city's Department of Economic and Sustainable Environment, the not-for-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Friendly Bloomington, and Clean Energy Credit Union -- a low-income designated, federally chartered credit union that offers loans for clean energy projects.

    Under the program, qualified Bloomington homeowners will be eligible for $1,000 rebates and low-interest loans for solar electric system installations, geothermal heat pump systems, energy efficient HVAC , LED lighting and others.

    All eligible Bloomington city residents will be directed to apply directly for a loan from Clean Energy Credit Union at an interest rate reduced by 0.5 pct according to the release. Residents with a household income below $100,000 who verify completion of a green energy project are then eligible for a $1,000 rebate from the city. A federal solar income tax credit of 26 pct is also available for solar or geothermal projects completed in 2021 or 2022. (Source: CDFI Friendly Bloomington, Indiana Daily Student, 22 July, 2021) Contact: CDFI Friendly Bloomington, Brian Payne, Executive Director, www.cdfifriendlybtown.org; Clean Energy Credit Union, www.cleanenergycu.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Ameresco, Northwestern Univ. Ink EaaS Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, Northwestern Univ.
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting a a long-term energy-as-a-service (EaaS) agreement with Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, to address the university's energy-related deferred maintenance challenges with no up-front capital required.The university is aiming to slash its greenhouse gas emissions 30 pct by 2030.

    As part of the agreement, Ameresco will provide ongoing energy management and related services, in addition to identifying and implementing energy efficiency upgrades including building systems automation, LED lighting, HVAC, and alternative energy systems for the campus's 175 buildings and central plants. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Smart Cities World News, July, 2021) Contact: Northwestern Univ., www.northwestern.edu; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  EaaS,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NY Offers Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In the Empire State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) has announced more than $9 million is available to establish the Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program to support breakthrough innovations to contribute to building New York as a hub for carbon-to-value technology. The new program will provide technical expertise that bridges research and development with the commercialization of products, grow entrepreneurial training for scientists, expand the State's innovation ecosystem, and accelerate economy-wide deep decarbonization.

    The Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program will be administered and funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which is seeking proposals for an organization to run the Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program.

    Carbontech describes a family of technologies that can convert different forms of carbon into a diverse array of valued products and services in a climate-beneficial way. These technologies include but are not limited to: low-embodied carbon cement, sustainable building materials, LED lighting systems, energy efficient home appliances, longer-lasting batteries, and more efficient heating-and-cooling systems, and others.

    Through its entrepreneurial support programs, the State has invested more than $28 million since 2009 through NYSERDA, supporting nearly 349 companies and generating more $780 million in private investments and $200 million in project finance capital have been created while supporting more than 440 new and improved clean and energy efficient products to market. (Source: NYSERDA, June, 2021) Contact: NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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


    Ameresco, Cannon AFB Ink $19Mn ESPC Project (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, Cannon AFB
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting a partnership with Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) in New Mexico and the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (DLA Energy) for a $19 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project featuring 1.9 MW of solar generation capacity, smart controls, and other energy conservation technologies.

    Utilizing the US DOE ESPC vehicle, the project will enhance Cannon AFB's mission capabilities and address its energy and sustainability goals. The project designed by Ameresco will provide tangible facility improvements and enable recurring reductions in utility costs, while converting 4 pct of Cannon's electric energy usage to onsite renewable resources.

    Planned improvements will include: upgrades to existing transformers; direct digital controls (DDC); HVAC equipment; a 1.9MW ground mount solar photovoltaic (PV) array; and LED lighting retrofits. These upgrades are projected to save Cannon AFB roughly $1.1 million in the first year alone and $33 million over the course of the performance period. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, June, 2021). Contact: Cannon AFB, www.cannon.af.mil; Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Cannon AFB,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


    Budderfly Delivers Energy Efficiency, Savings to YMCA (Ind. Report)
    Budderfly
    Date: 2021-06-16
    Shelton Pointe, Conn.-based energy efficiency specialist Budderfly Inc. reports completion of a facility assessment and energy efficiency related upgrades at no cost to the YMCA of Southwest Kansas' 68,000 sq-ft Garden City facility.

    As part of the no-cost energy-as-a-service plan, Budderfly created a three-week installation plan and hired/negotiated pricing with the YMCA's preferred vendors wherever possible. Budderfly also upgraded the YMCA facility's existing lighting to LED lighting, performed a complete audit of the HVAC units, installed NexRev Variable Frequency Drives which make constant small adjustments to control power and temperature with maximized performance and efficiency, installed HVAC Chips in seven units to regulate performance and extend the unit's lifecycle.

    Additionally, Budderfly provided 100 pct of the capital, equipment, and installation and assumed responsibility for all maintenance and monitoring as well as the YMCA's electric and gas payments. With the change, Budderfly sends the YMCA a simple, consolidated monthly bill showing pre-established usage. Savings from increased energy efficiency will be contractually shared by Budderfly and the YMCA. (Source: Budderfly Inc., PR, My Tech, 14 June, 2021) Contact: YMCA of Southwest Kansas, www.ymcaswkansas.org; Budderfly Inc., Al Subbloie, CEO, 855-299-1334 , www.budderfy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    JTA Transportation Hub Wins USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,LEED
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In the Sunshine State, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) reports its 67,000-square-foot multimodal transportation hub -- Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla -- has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

    The JRTC at LaVilla received 63 out of 65 eligible credits for the Build Design and Construction category, which is used for new constructions or major renovations of existing spaces. LEED Gold certification requires between 60-79 credits.

    JRTC at LaVilla facility's energy efficiency LEED qualifying features include: LED lighting complete with occupancy sensors, dimming and daylight harvesting; low-flow plumbing fixtures; energy-efficient HVAC systems; an indoor air quality management plan; heat reflective cool roof; bio-swales, rain gardens and bio-retention areas to pre-treat surface water runoff from the site and reduce water used for irrigation by 50 pct; and other features. (Source: Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), PR, June, 2021) Contact: Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), 904-630-3181, www.jtafla.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


    DOE Better Bldgs. Initiative Saves $13.5Bn (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-05-28
    According to a new report released today, the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Initiative, in collaboration with nearly 1,000 businesses, government, and other partners, saved $13.5 billion in energy costs and more than 130 million metric tons of carbon emissions in the past year -- equivalent to the greenhouse gases emitted by 28.2 million vehicles in a single year.

    Since 2011, the Better Buildings Initiative has partnered with public and private sector leaders to make the nation's homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment in energy related upgrades,products and sharing best practices. The 2021 Better Buildings Progress Report outlines the progress and collaboration of Better Buildings partners, which represent more than 30 of the country's Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 U.S. employers, 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, 13 pct of total commercial building space, as well as 17 federal agencies, eight national laboratories, and more than 80 states and local governments.

    DOE also announced launching the Low Carbon Pilot, with more than 50 leading partners, including automakers, food service companies, universities, and local governments, working with DOE to share their experiences, successes, and challenges pursuing low-carbon strategies. The lessons learned help DOE and the broader energy market better understand the dynamics of emissions reduction, energy efficiency, cost savings, and resilience. Find the full list of partners participating in the Low Carbon Pilot HERE

    The DOE has also launched the latest iteration of the L-Prize, a $12 million competition to spur the development of next-generation LED lighting by incentivizing the manufacture and installation of LEDs. The first L-Prize, which was awarded 10 years ago to a LED replacement for the 60-watt bulb, helped lay the groundwork for products that now save Americans $14.7 billion per year in avoided energy costs.

    the Better Buildings Progress Report includes:

  • Financing for Energy Efficiency Projects -- Financial Allies, working with DOE, have extended more than $26 billion to date for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across a range of sectors and communities.

  • Generating Savings through Energy Management -- Partners in the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign closed out 2020 with a projected $95 million savings for participants annually through energy management information system technologies and ongoing monitoring practices.

  • Increasing Public and Private Better Buildings Partnerships -- More than 400 organizations are part of the Better Buildings Residential Network, which has completed nearly 300,000 home energy upgrades in the past year.

  • Recognizing High Performance and Healthy Buildings -- Green Lease Leaders are modernizing leases to spur collaborative action on energy efficiency, cost savings, improved air quality, and sustainability across nearly two billion square feet of building space. This DOE initiative is in partnership with the Institute for Market Transformation.

    Download DOE Better Buildings Initiative details HERE.

    Download the Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 17 May, 2021)

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  • Solano County Investing $38Mn in Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Solano County
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In the Golden State, Solano County supervisors are banking on energy cost savings to pay for most of the $38.08 million in new and upgraded power infrastructure they recently approved. said in an interview Friday that the county pays about $3 million a year in utility costs. That is the entire county and not just the project sites.

    The energy cost savings after 20 years is estimated at $39.45 million, and $60.55 million over 25 years, the report to the board states. The larger number reflects five years of having no debt service payments. Most of the savings will be generated by rooftop solar systems, battery energy storage, more efficient LED lighting systems and newer more efficient equipment at five sites where it will produce 85 to 90 pct of the energy needs. The county hopes the project will be operational in two years; 18 months of that is basically waiting for PG&E to approve an inner-connectivity agreement.

    The county notes its master plan calls for $89 million in new buildings in the coming decades and it aims to reduce its energy use by 50 pct by 2035. (Source: Saolona County, PR, 1 May, 2021) Contact: Solano County, Megan Greve, Dir, General Services, (707) 784-7900, GSDAdmin@solanocounty.com, www.solanocounty.com

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    Znergy Acquires Quantum Energy LLC (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Znergy,Quantum Energy
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Syracuse, Indiana-based energy efficient LED lighting products, lighting controls and energy management solutions specialist Znergy, Inc. is reporting acquisition of Quantum Energy, LLC. Under the terms of the agreement Znergy, Inc. will acquire the assets of Quantum Energy, LLC. without issuing any new Znergy shares.

    Quantum Energy has an extensive B2B book of business across most U.S. business segments, including Fortune 500 companies, state municipalities, universities and companies in Canada. Znergy's commonsense cost reduction program enables customers to reduce energy consumption, lower maintenance costs and realize environmental benefits, according to the company website. (Source: Znergy Inc., PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Zenergy Inc., Investor Relations , Rick Mikles, (800) 931-5662, rick.mikles@znergyworld.com, www.zenergyworld.com

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    Charles City Schools Solar, Energy Efficiency Funded (Funding)
    Charles City County Public Schools System
    Date: 2021-03-29
    In the Old Dominion State, the Charles City County Public Schools System is reporting receipt of $500,000 in grant funding from the Solar Enhanced Energy Savings Performance Contract Program at the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for energy efficiency upgrades and the addition of renewable energy production at its schools.

    The $500,000 grant will fund the solar portion of the project which is expected to cut the school systems electric power bill by 59 pct for an annual savings of more than $86,000. Energy efficiency improvements -- HVAC upgrades, LED lighting, building automation, wastewater treatment plant and building envelope improvements and others -- are expected to save $3.4 million in energy costs over the next 15 years.

    This program is among several efforts to meet the goals put forth in the Virginia Governor's executive order, which include powering 30 pct of the state's electric system from renewable energy resources by 2030 and produce 100 pct of Virginia's electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050. (Source: Charles City County Public Schools System, PR, Augusta Press, 27 Mar., 2021) Contact: Charles City County Public Schools System, 804-652-4612, www.ccps.net; Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, 804-692-3200 www.dmme.virginia.gov


    Chicago PACE Closes $4.6Mn Amped Kitchens Funding (Ind. Report)
    Property Assessed Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-03-26
    Chicago PACE, a program of the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development, reports it has closed $4.6 million in Commercial (C-PACE) funding in support of completed energy efficiency work at the recently opened Amped Kitchens Chicago facility in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.

    The $4.6 million in private funding through the Chicago PACE program was provided by CounterpointeSRE, a national C-PACE capital provider, and was earmarked to a long list of energy efficiency improvements that included new HVAC consisting of packaged RTUs, hoods, water heaters, and indirect fired gas furnaces as well as LED lighting at the 5801 W Dickens Ave. facility.

    The Chicago PACE program, a public-private partnership designed to fund energy-saving and renewable infrastructure improvements to commercial and multifamily properties, is administered by Loop-Counterpointe PACE LLC, a joint venture between Loop Capital Markets and Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate.

    Amped Kitchens provides long-term production space to some of the nation's most innovative and successful food brands. (Source: Chicago PACE, PR, 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: Chicago PACE, inquiry@chicagopace.org, www.ChicagoPACE.org

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    Jersey City Invests in Microgrid, Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Jersey City, Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In the Garden State, Jersey City reports it will partner with Schneider Electric to implement the city's first Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) and self-sustainable municipal microgrid which is expected to save taxpayers approximately $21 million in energy and operational costs over 20 years.

    The city of 258,000 residents will also enter into a roughly $500,000 contract for the PSE&G Direct Install / "Energy Savers" energy efficiency program for the installation of LED lighting, water conservation measures, HVAC equipment replacements, and other energy efficiency upgrades at 22 city-owned facilities with PSE&G covering majority of the costs. (Source: City of Jersey City, PR, Hudson Reporter, 26 Mar., 2021)

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    NYPA, Tonawanda Announce LED Streetlight Program (Ind. Report)
    NYPA
    Date: 2021-03-22
    In the Empire State, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Town of Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda have partnered for the installation energy-efficient LED streetlights throughout the municipalities under the state's Smart Street Lighting NY program that calls for at least 500,000 streetlights throughout the state to be replaced with LED technology by 2025.

    The installation of more than 7,600 LED streetlights in Tonawanda is expected to begin this month for completion before the year end. The $7.5 million project will be implemented by NYPA. The town is financing the lighting installation and the more than $12 million purchase of the lights from National Grid through a municipal bond. (Source: NYPA, Niagara Gazette, 22 Mar., 2021) Contact: NYPA, Gil Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

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    $1Mn for Madison City-County Bldg Energy Efficiency (Funding)

    Date: 2021-03-03
    In the Badger State, the City of Madison is reporting Dane County, the City of Madison, and local nonprofit Slipstream will receive nearly $1 million through the US DOE Building Technologies Proving Ground -- Public Sector Field Validation Funding Opportunity for an energy efficiency retrofit of the City-County Building.

    The funding will be used to retrofit the City-County Building with triple-paned windows, cost-effective LED lighting and integrated automation control systems. The project will demonstrate whole-building energy savings resulting from integrated HVAC and lighting systems that save 10 pct and 60 pct, respectively, while providing key grid services simultaneously.

    The project is expected to total about $1.5 million, with Dane County with the City of Madison contributing approximately $500,000 in matching funds.

    The project, which is expected to get underway this spring and continue through 2022, will also leverage technical expertise from Focus on Energy and MGE, the local energy utility. (Source: City of Madison, PR, 1 Feb., 2021) Contact: Dane County, Ariana Vruwink, vruwink.ariana@countyofdane.com; City of Madison, Katie Crawley, 608-335-7071, kcrawley@cityofmadison.com


    FOMO Acquiring Energy Intelligence Center Assets (M&A, Ind. Report)
    FOMO, SMart Cities
    Date: 2021-02-24
    Chicago-headquartered FOMO CORP. is reporting a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire the assets of the Energy Intelligence Center LLC (EIC), a U.S. solutions provider for energy efficient buildings. This LOI follows FOMO's 8-K filing on February 16, 2021, specifically relative to FOMO licensing the patent of Online Energy Manager, LLC (OEM) and FOMO's option to purchase OEM.

    EIC and OEM are strategic partner companies, and these two recent developments set the stage to further position FOMO in 2021 as a clean energy technology company within the growing "Clean-Tech" and smart building marketplace.

    FOMO's previous asset acquisition of Independence LED Lighting, LLC and Purge Virus, LLC serve as excellent complements to EIC for next generation clean air and energy efficient buildings.

    According to the Smart Cities Challenge, the global market for energy efficiency is pegged at $360 billion/year. (Source: FOMO CORP., PR, 28 Feb., 2021) Contact: Energy Intelligence Center, www.energyintelligencecenter.com; FOMO, Vik Grover, CEO, Wayman Baker, EVP Corporate Dev., (630) 286-9560, IR@fomoworldwide.com, www.fomoworldwide.com

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    FOMO to Acquire Energy Intelligence Center (M&A, Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-02-24
    Chicago-headquartered FOMO CORP. is reporting a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire the assets of the Energy Intelligence Center LLC (EIC), a U.S. solutions provider for energy efficient buildings. This LOI follows FOMO’s 8-K filing on February 16, 2021, specifically relative to FOMO licensing the patent of Online Energy Manager, LLC (OEM) and FOMO’s option to purchase OEM.

    EIC and OEM are strategic partner companies, and these two recent developments set the stage to further position FOMO in 2021 as a clean energy technology company within the growing “Clean-Tech” and smart building marketplace.

    FOMO’s prior asset acquisition of Independence LED Lighting, LLC and Purge Virus, LLC serve as excellent complements to EIC for next generation clean air and energy efficient buildings.

    According to a recent survey by Smart Cities the global market for energy efficiency is $360 billion/year. (Source: FOMO CORP., PR, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: Energy Intelligence Center, www.energyintelligencecenter.com; FOMO, Vik Grover, CEO, Wayman Baker, EVP Corporate Dev., (630) 286-9560, IR@fomoworldwide.com, www.fomoworldwide.com


    Mass Save Municipal Partnership Participants Announced (Ind. Report)
    Mass Saves, Eversource, National Grd
    Date: 2021-02-19
    In the Bay State, Mass Save® program sponsors Eversource and National Grid are reporting the communities of Framingham, Andover, Cambridge, Chelsea, Haverhill, Lawrence, Marshfield, Methuen and Westborough have been selected to participate in the 2021 Municipal Partnership and will benefit from funding and support to implement energy efficiency outreach in their communities.

    The Municipal Partnership provides grants of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts municipalities that meet the partnership's goals for implementing energy efficiency outreach in their residential and small business communities and achieve exceptional energy savings by completing energy assessments and the installation of energy upgrades. These incentives are in addition to energy efficiency incentives already available to residents.

    The MassSave® program, which is open to homeowners and renters, includes a no-cost energy audit and report that makes it easy to improve a home's energy efficiency. Mass Save will also install energy-saving products such as ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs; advanced power strips; low-flow showerheads; faucet aerators; and programmable thermostats or discounted wireless thermostats, all at no cost to home owners and renters. Program participants may also qualify for additional offers, rebates, and incentives for insulation, energy efficient HVAC and others based on the Home Energy Assessment report and household income levels. Mass Save is a collaborative of Massachusetts' natural gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers including Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid and Unitil. (Source: Mass Save, City of Framingham, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Mass Save, www.masssave.com

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    Dane County, Madison Wisc. Win Energy Efficiency Funds (Funding)
    Madison Wisconsin
    Date: 2021-02-03
    In the Badger State, Dane County, the City of Madison and local nonprofit Slipstream are reporting receipt of nearly $1 million in grant funding from the US DOE Building Technologies Proving Ground -- Public Sector Field Validation Funding Opportunity for energy efficiency upgrades to the City-County municipal building.

    The upgrades will include triple-paned windows , LED lighting, HVAC systems and others. The project is expected to cost about $1.5 million, with Dane County and the City of Madison allocating $500,000 in matching funds. (Source: City of Madison, Dane County Wisc., 1 Feb., 2021) Contact: Dane County Wisc., Joe Parisi, www.countyofdane.com US DOE Building Technologies Proving Ground -- Public Sector Field Validation Funding Opportunity , www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/events/building-technologies-proving-ground-public-sector-field-validation-applicant

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    UK Port of Tyne Fine Tunes Decarbonization Strategy (Int'l.)
    Port of Tyne
    Date: 2021-01-08
    In the UK, the deep-water Port of Tyne in the north-east of England reports completion of a detailed modelling exercise and long-term analysis of its electric power network as part of its decarbonisation and clean energy strategy.

    The analysis is intended to help port management understand both current and future energy requirements in line with Tyne's roadmap to net-zero emissions -- carbon neutrality by 2030 and an all-electric port by 2040.

    In reaching its goal, the Port of Tyne recently invested in a fleet of electric vehicles, LED lighting and smart energy monitoring meters in every building and asset, and is presently evaluating the potential for installing solar panels on warehouse buildings. Port of Tyne has also launched Tyne Clean Energy Park as a strategic base for the region's rapidly growing renewable energy sector.

    Port of Tyne is one of the UK's largest Trust Ports and is entirely self-financing with no government support. (Source: Port of Tyne, SmartCitiesWorldNews, 5 Jan., 2021) Contact: Port of Tyne Authority, Matt Beeton, CEO , +44 191 257 1373, www.portoftyne.co.uk

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    University Earns $1.18Mn for Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Ind. Report)
    California State University Dominguez Hills
    Date: 2021-01-08
    In the Golden State, the California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in Carson is reporting receipt of over $1.18 million in performance payments from the Clean Energy Optimization Pilot, a four-year, $20 million effort for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    The Southern California Edison (SCE) administered program payments are funded through SCE's cap-and-trade auction revenues and is based on actual metered results. Success is measured on greenhouse emissions avoided, rather than the standard method of measuring reduced energy use.

    In qualifying for the payment, CSUDH upgraded its natural gas absorption chillers with electric chillers, and one large natural gas boiler with eight small condensing staged boilers for a 57 pct reduction in natural gas usage, a 2.8 million gallons drop in water usage in one year, and significantly cut to CSUDH's greenhouse gas emissions. Other energy savings initiatives included installation of new LED lighting and smart sensors in several campus buildings. (Source: California State University Dominguez Hills, PR, Daily Breeze, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: California State University Dominguez Hills, 310-243-3696, www.csudh.edu

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    National Grid Touts LED Streetlight Conversion Program (Ind. Report)
    National Grid
    Date: 2020-12-30
    In the Empire State, National Grid is reporting the recent conversion of 2,300 roadway lights with the City of Lackawanna as part of its Streetlight Conversion Program. These new company-owned energy efficient LED streetlights will save on energy and maintenance costs to the City as well as improve visibility.

    In total, the National Grid new LED Streetlight Conversion Program has saved upstate New York municipalities more than 18,000 MWh, or the equivalent of average energy consumed annually by approximately 1,660 U.S. homes. Additionally, National Grid has returned over $2 million in energy efficiency incentives to qualified municipalities that participated in the Streetlight Conversion program.

    Since initially launching its LED Streetlight Conversion Program in 2017, National Grid has converted 40,000 traditional high-pressure sodium streetlight fixtures to LED.

    Download the National Grid Streetlight Conversion Program details HERE. (Source: National Grid, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: National Grid, National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com

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    Freddie Mac Green Program Cuts Multifamily Energy and Water Consumption (White Paper Attached)
    Freddie Mac
    Date: 2020-12-23
    Properties participating in Freddie Mac Multifamily's Green Advantage® program save an average of more than 2.7 million gallons of water and 1.3 million kBtu of energy per year, according to a new white paper 2020 Analysis of Green Improvements in Workforce Housing. Created in 2016, the program, which includes the Green Up® and Green Up Plus® offerings, provides financing incentives for multifamily borrowers that agree to reduce energy and water consumption.

    Since program inception through the third quarter of 2020, Freddie Mac Multifamily Green Up and Green Up Plus provided over $60 billion in financing through loans purchased on nearly 600,000 units. The financed properties are typically garden-style apartments that are, on average, 35 years old with 85 pct of units being affordable to households making 100 pct of area median income (AMI) or less. The White Paper's key findings include:

  • Tenants are saving, on average, $114 per year based on reported property data;

  • Properties have reported over 827 million gallons in actual cumulative water consumption savings, which is the equivalent of 1,250 Olympic-sized swimming pools and over 152 million kBtu in actual cumulative energy consumption savings or roughly enough energy to power 4,100 homes;

  • The reported actual annual overall cost savings totals over $11 million, which averages roughly $40,500 per loan per year and $133 per unit per year;

  • The projected average cost for improvements is $471 per unit with a total of $280 million of projected improvements as of the end of the third quarter of 2020;

  • The most commonly selected water-saving improvements continue to be the low-cost showerheads, kitchen aerators and bathroom aerators;

  • The most commonly selected energy-saving improvements were exterior and common area LED lighting, closely followed by unit interior LED lighting and then HVAC thermostats.

    Download the 2020 Analysis of Green Improvements in Workforce Housing White Paper HERE . (Source: Freddie Mac, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Freddie Mac, Mike Morosi (703) 918-5851, Michael_Morosi@FreddieMac.com, www.freddiemac.com

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  • Georgia Power Upgrading Horse Park Lights to LEDs (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Power
    Date: 2020-12-18
    Georgia Power reports it has contracted to upgrade outdoor lighting to energy efficient LED units at the International Horse Park Center in Conyers, in 20121.

    Georgia Power also completed an energy audit report and secured more than $30,000 in commercial rebates for the Horse Park through the company's energy efficiency rebate program.

    In 2020, Georgia Power's lighting team installed energy efficient lighting fixtures at over 20 high schools and colleges including Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton and Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland. (Source: Georgia Power, PR, 16 Dec., 2020) Contact: Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com

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    Glenn Falls Upgrading to Energy Efficient Streetlights (Ind. Report)
    Glenn Falls
    Date: 2020-11-09
    In the Empire state, the city of Glen Falls reports it will replace its current leased streetlights with energy-efficient LED lighting, beginning next year. The $2.6 million project will be paid for over a 15-year period with the savings generated by the new lights.

    To complete the conversion, the city recently secured a $2.6 million low-interest loan through the state's Power Authority, which will also carry out the work beginning sometime in January. The project is expected to take around three months to complete. The loan also comes with a separate $225,000 grant, which the city is currently deciding how to spend.

    The currently leases its 1,500 streetlights through National Grid for around $140,000 a year. (Source: City of Glenn Falls, 7 Nov., 2020)

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    Aramark Global HQ Awarded USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    Aramark,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Philadelphia-headquartered food services and facilities provider Aramark Corp. is reporting its global headquarters office space in Philadelphia has scored US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for sustainable workspace design and construction.

    Specific LEED qualifying sustainability highlights include:

  • Water saving fixtures that reduce water consumption by 35 pct;
  • Efficient LED lighting that decreases lighting power density to 40 pct below code;
  • Over 90 pct of all appliances hold Energy Star certifications;
  • Locally sourced and manufactured materials and certified Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) wood used throughout;
  • 75 pct of waste construction materials were diverted from landfills; and others. (Source: Aramark Corp., PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Aramark Corp., www.aramark.com; LEED, US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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  • PG&E Offers ENERGY STAR Product Rebates (Ind. Report)
    PG&E, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-11-02
    In the Golden State, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports its continued to partnership with the US EPA ENERGY STAR program and others to promote the benefits of energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program to help consumers cut energy consumption, save money and shrink their carbon footprint. ENERGY STAR serves as a guide for customers shopping for appliances and looking for potential rebates, such as PG&E's, that help offset the cost of qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances.

    For example, PG&E customers that sign up for the utility's time-of-use rate plan and purchase a qualifying ENERGY STAR smart thermostat may be eligible for a $120 rebate through the end of the year. The amount of the smart thermostat rebate recently increased from $50. The purchase of a smart thermostat combined with a time-of-use rate plan can reduce costs by shifting heating or cooling needs to low energy demand times when energy demand and rates are lower, and the amount of renewable energy is higher. By way of illustration, PG&E notes the following ENERGY STAR product specific savings:

  • LED light bulbs -- ENERGY STAR certified lighting uses up to 90 pct less energy than incandescent bulbs, lasts 15 times longer and saves more than $50 in electricity bills over their lifetime. By replacing the five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs in a home with ENERGY STAR models, customers can save nearly $45 per year.

  • Washing machines and dryers -- Save more than $370 over the lifetime of an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer and even more with an ENERGY STAR washer/dryer pair. Clothes washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating use 25 pct less energy and approximately 33 pct less water than standard models.

  • Water heaters -- Water heaters account for 12 pct of residential energy consumption, costing a household of four up to $630 every year in energy costs. An ENERGY STAR certified electric water heater (known as Heat Pump Water Heaters) uses less than half the energy of a standard model. PG&E offers a $300 rebate for qualifying products.

    PG&E notes if every clothes washer, clothes dryer, dishwasher and refrigerator purchased in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR models, the equivalent of the greenhouse gas emissions from 450,000 cars would be avoided, and consumers would save more than $615 million in annual energy costs. (Source: PG&E, PR 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: PG&E, Aaron August, VP Business Development & Customer Engagement, www.pge.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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  • Delmarva Launches Energy Efficiency Rebates Programs (Ind. Report)
    Delmarva Energy
    Date: 2020-11-02
    Delmarva Power is reporting the launch of new energy-efficiency programs offering LED lighting discounts and cash rebates for recycling old appliances.

    Delmarva's LED lighting in-store discount is now available in more than 50 retailers across Delaware, including participating Home Depot, Walmart and other locations. The program helps customers replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs and will provide instant in-store discounts on select ENERGY STAR-certified LED bulbs.

    The appliance recycling program offers $50 for recycling old, inefficient working refrigerators, freezers and other appliances, plus an additional $25 for recycling a working room air conditioner or dehumidifier at the same time. (Source: Delmarva Power, PR,2 Nov., 2020) Contact: Delmarva Power, 888-997-9108, delmarva.com/waystosave

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    Weston, Mass. Scores Energy Efficient Lighting Funds (Funding)
    Massachusetts Green Communities
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In August 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $13 million in Green Communities competitive grants to 103 municipalities across Massachusetts to fund clean energy projects. Weston was one of the recipients, receiving close to the $200,000 maximum award for a project expected to save the town an annual $50,000 in energy costs, or 250,000 kilowatts per hour in municipal energy use (roughly 1 pct of Weston's annual total).

    The project includes a mixture of interior and exterior lighting upgrades in several town buildings and schools, taking advantage of energy-saving LED technology. The grant-funded upgrade will reduce energy expenses and ease the maintenance schedule compared to the older light fixtures and bulbs for a projected annual cost energy saving $50,000. (Source: Town of Weston Sustainability Committee, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Massachusetts Green Communities, www.mapc.org/our-work/expertise/clean-energy/green-communities

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    Ameresco Upgrading Medford Street Lights to LED (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2020-10-28
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. and the City of Medford, Oregon are reporting a $4 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) that will impact approximately 8,000 light fixtures across the City of 81,000 residents .

    The improvements are being financed by a low-interest loan and include converting street lights and parks department lighting to energy efficient LED technology.

    All city and utility-owned street lights, park and parking lot lighting will be converted to LED units. The project is expected to be completed in 2021. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: City of Medford, Karl MacNair, Transportation Manager, www.ci.medford.or.us; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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    Alliance, Oklahoma offers Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2020-10-21
    In the Cornhusker State, the City of Alliance, in partnership with its wholesale electric power supplier, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, has introduced the following financial incentives for energy efficiency upgrades:
  • The Attic Insulation Program provides cash incentives of $0.15/per square foot with a maximum incentive of $300 per existing residential dwelling for attic insulation;

  • Smart Thermostat Program provides a cash incentive of up to $100 paid directly to residential customers to help cover the cost of installing a qualifying smart thermostat;

  • Cooling System Tune-Up Program provides a $30 cash incentive to residential homeowners who have their cooling system tuned up by a HVAC contractor, regardless of what type or age of cooling system (air conditioner/air or water source heat pump);

  • Commercial LED Lighting Program offers cash incentives paid directly to commercial customers to help cover the cost of lighting upgrades and replacements. (Source: City of Alliance, Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, Star Herald, 19 Oct., 2020) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, (402) 474-4759, Fax: (402) 474-0473, www.nmppenergy.org/mean

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  • PA. DEP Offers Business, Farm Energy Efficiency Grants (Grants)
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    Date: 2020-10-21
    In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reports the availability of grant funding for energy-efficient equipment, such as boilers, LED lighting, Energy Star HVAC systems and others for small business owners and farmers through the Small Business Advantage Grant program.

    Pennsylvania farmers and other small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible for the grants. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 pct annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses. Businesses can apply for 50 pct matching funds for equipment or materials, up to $7,000, when adopting energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes.

    Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2020-21 funds are exhausted, or Monday, April 12, 2021, whichever occurs first. (Source: PA DEP, Pennsylvania Environment Digest, 20 Oct., 2020) Contact: Pa. DEP, (717) 772-5160, epadvantagegtrant@pa.gov, www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/SmallBusinessOmbudsmanOffice/Pages/Small Business Advantage Grant.aspx

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    Iowa City Scores Energy Efficiency Design Award (Ind. Report)
    City of Iowa City ,Alliant Energy,MidAmerican Energy Company
    Date: 2020-10-07
    In the Hawkeye State, the City of Iowa City is reporting receipt of an Excellence in Energy Efficiency Design award for energy efficiency and energy use reduction at the new Iowa City Public Works Facility.. Candidates are selected from projects whose organizers participated in the Commercial New Construction (CNC) program offered by Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy Company.

    The Iowa City Public Works complex achieved 52 pct kBTU energy savings when compared to the CNC's program baseline. This means that the City's Public Works Facility uses less than half the energy as compared to other buildings of the same type and size.

    The buildings energy and environmental energy conservation features include: LED lighting, daylight dimming and skylight systems, precast insulated concrete walls, insulated roof with translucent panels; dedicated outdoor air system and others, all of which is projected to realize a $21,000 per year energy costs savings and an anticipated payback within 9.3 years. (Source: City of Iowa City, PR, Oct., 2020)Contact: Alliant, Jeff Hanson, Environmental Serv. And Sustainability Director, (608) 458-3956, www.alliantenergy.com; MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com; Iowa City Public Works Dept., 319-356-5140, www.icgov.org/city-government/departments-and-divisions/public-works

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    Dayton School Energy Efficiency Upgrades Underway (Ind. Report)
    Dayton Public School Board
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In the Buckeye State, the Dayton Public School Board reports $30 million in planned facility renovations and upgrades are underway with $10 million of that work scheduled for completion during to 2020-21 school year.

    The district has already begun $1.38 million in LED lighting upgrades in 10 school buildings and a $6.41 million building automation systems upgrade featuring centralized control of individual building HVAC components. The upgrades will use a single contractor and master automation system with dashboards to better monitor energy efficiency.

    The district will qualify for over $100,000 in energy efficiency rebates from Dayton Power & Light. (Source: Dayton School Board, PR, Dayton Daily News, Oct., 2020) Contact: Dayton Public Schools, Gary Dickstein, Business Manager, 937-542-3000, www.dps.k12.oh.us

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    PSE&G $1Bn Energy Efficiency Plan Wins NJ Approval (Ind. Report)
    PSE&G
    Date: 2020-09-25
    In the Garden State, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSEG) is reporting New Jersey regulators have approved its energy-efficiency plan allowing the utility to spend nearly $1 billion over three years to get customers to reduce their energy consumption with discount priced thermostats, LED lighting, and energy-efficient appliances.

    The plan, which the utility called "the largest commitment to energy efficiency ever in New Jersey", would direct about $284 million to residential customers and $686 million to commercial and industrial customers. The approved plan is a scaled-down version of the Clean Energy Future proposal that PSE&G announced in 2018, which would have spent $2.8 billion over six years on energy efficiency.

    The approved energy-efficiency plan was part of a larger $4.1 billion package that included proposals to spend $364 million for electric-vehicle infrastructure, including support for nearly 40,000 EV chargers, $180 million for massive utility-scale battery storage, and $800 million for an "Energy Cloud" program that includes the installation of wireless smart meters in every customer's home.

    The approved plan also accommodates low-income residents, multifamily developments, small businesses, local governments and nonprofits and will deliver $1 billion in net customer savings, create 3,200 direct jobs and 1,100 more indirect jobs, and help New Jersey avoid eight million metric tons of carbon emissions through 2050, according to the PSE&G release. (Source: Public Service Electric & Gas, PR, Philadelphia Enquirer, 24 Sept., 2020) Contact: Public Service Electric & Gas, www.pseg.com, PSE&G Clean Energy Future, psegpoweringprogress.com/clean-energy-future, www.psegpoweringprogress.com/energy-efficiency

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