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Big Apple Council Demands Climate Change Survival Plan (Ind. Report)
New York City Council
Date: 2021-10-13
In the Empire State, on Thursday, Oct. 7, the New York City Council enacted legislation requiring all departments of the city government to come up with a plan to evaluate a variety of "climate hazards" -- including extreme weather and heat-- and identify strategies to make the city more resilient against them. The plan is to be updated every 10 years.

As previously reported, in 2007 NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg committed to cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions and protect vital city infrastructure from sea-level rise and storms. The city's wake-up call came in 2012, when Hurricane Sandy storm surges flooded much of the city, knocked out power for nearly a week, and left 44 people dead. The city then dedicated billions in federal and local dollars to its climate adaptation program which included flood mitigation projects.(Source: NYC City Council, Website PR, Oct. 2021) Contact: NYC City Council, www.council.nyc.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


JetBlue, SG Preston Report NY SAF Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
JetBlue, SG Preston
Date: 2021-10-01
NYC-headquartered air carrier JetBlue is reporting an offtake agreement with Philadelphia-headquartered bioenergy developer SG Preston under which SG Preston will deliver at least 670 million gallons of blended SAF to JetBlue at New Yok's JFK, LGA and EWR airports -- the first large-scale volume of domestically produced SAF for a commercial airlin.

With the addition of this SG Preston agreement to its previous SAF commitments, JetBlue is now ahead of its target of converting 10 pct of its total fuel usage to SAF on a blended basis by 2030. (Source: JetBlue, PR, 29 Sept., 2021) Contact: JetBlue, www.jetblue.com; SG Preston, Randy LeTang, CEO, (215) 278-6001, (215) 734-2401 -- fax, www.sgpreston.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News JetBlue,  SG Preston,  SAF,  


NYC Plans $191Mn Wind Infrastructure Investment (Ind. Report)
New York City,New York City Economic Development Corporation
Date: 2021-09-29
In the Emoire State, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) reports it is planning a $191 million Offshore Wind Vision (OSW) program designed to make the region a leading destination for the offshore wind industry. The program aims to create 13,000 jobs and generate $1.3 billion in average annual investment while helping the city meet its goal of 100-pct clean electricity by 2040 and carbon neutrality by 2050.

Under the plan NYCEDC will make commitments focused on three core areas: sites and infrastructure, business and workforce, and research and innovation. The city will work to develop best-in-class infrastructure that will support the construction and operation of offshore wind farms.

The plan also commits the city to developing workforce training and support businesses and public-private partnerships to create good-paying, green jobs in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The city will also work to promote research and innovation in offshore wind so new technologies and approaches are created in New York City.

NYCEDC will also work with the offshore wind industry and partners to launch an accelerator that will allow New York-based startups to build out the next generation of offshore wind technologies. (Source: New York City Economic Development Corporation, PR, Maritime Exec, 27 Sept., 2021) Contact: New York City Economic Development Corporation, www.edc.nyc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  New York City,  New York City Economic Development Corporation,  


Greenleaf Power Closes $100 Mn Growth Capital Facility (Funding)
Greenleaf Power
Date: 2021-09-22
Sacramento, California-headquartered biomass energy facility owner and operator Greenleaf Power LLC reports closing on a $100 million growth capital facility from NYC-headquartered EA Markets LLC.

The funding will be used for continued rapid growth through acquisitions. Since its founding, Greenleaf Power, a Denham Capital portfolio company has acquired five biomass facilities totaling roughly 145MW. (Source: Greenleaf Power, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Greenleaf Power, (916) 596-2500, info@greenleaf-power.com, www.greenleaf-power.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenleaf Power,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Greenbacker Acquires 41-MW Michigan Solar Asset (M&A Report)
Greenbacker,Prism Power Partners
Date: 2021-09-10
NYC-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC reports a wholly owned subsidiary has purchased Heathlands, a 41-MW utility-scale solar pre-construction solar project in Manistee County, Michigan, from Prism Power Partners LLC. The Heathlands solar facility was designed with the option to add co-located battery energy storage systems onsite.

The Heathlands project has a long-term PPA with an investment-grade offtaker and is slated to enters commercial operations in Q4, 2022.

With the acquisition -- Greenbacker's third from Prism -- Greenbacker will own approximately 2.18 GW of generating capacity (including assets that are to be constructed), comprising 1.82 GW of utility-scale and distributed solar facilities, 330.1 MW of wind facilities, 16.0 MW of battery storage, and 12.0 MW of biomass facilities Prism Power Partners is an experienced renewable energy project developer focused on leveraging strong relationships with host communities and electric load-serving entities throughout the Midwest, including Michigan. Prism's team has developed over 250 solar projects and over 100 MW of energy storage across North America. (Source: Greenbacker, PR., Sept., 2021) Contact: Greebacker Capital, www.greenbackercapital.com; Prism Power Partners, Randall Wood Managing Director, (312) 330-5014, randy@prismpowerpartners.com, www.prismpowerpartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Prism PowerBattery Energy STorage,  Solar+Storage,  Partners,  Solar,  Community Solar,  Greenbacker,  


Greenbacker Expands Clear Energy Renewables Investment (Funding)
Greenbacker Capital,Clear Energy Renewables
Date: 2021-09-01
NYC-headquartered Greenbacker Capital Management, LLC is reporting a Greenbacker affiliated fund it is increasing its investment in Denver-based Clear Energy Renewables, an owner-operator of hydroelectric power generation facilities in the Empire State. Clear Energy will use Greenbacker's additional investment to finance the acquisition and upgrade of two more hydro facilities in New York.

Greenbacker's initial 2020 investment in Clear Energy was used to acquire and modernize two hydro assets and upgrade a previously acquired facility in New York State. (Source: Greenbacker Capital, Website PR, 24 Aug., 2021) Contact: Greenbacker Capital, www.greenbackercapital.com; Clear Energy Renewables, www.linkedin.com/company/clear-energy-renewables

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker Capital,  Clear Energy Renewables,  Hydro ,  


Ohio State Study Touts Pennycress as Biofuel Crop (R&D)
Ohio State University, Pennycress
Date: 2021-08-04
A study from researchers at Ohio State University touts pennycress as a biofuel crop. Growing pennycress -- aka stinkweed -- as a crop requires less fertilizer, fewer pesticides and less soil tilling than other biofuel crops, reducing the associated environmental costs: CO2 emissions, fertilizer and pesticide use, water consumption and the energy required to harvest and transport pennycress seeds to a biorefinery and process them into usable fuel, according to the study.

The study researchers found it took about half as much energy to produce jet fuel from pennycress as it did to produce jet fuel from canola or sunflowers, two other potential bio-jet fuel crops. Pennycress oil production used about a third as much energy as soybean oil production and the energy needed for turning pennycress into jet fuel was about the same as that used to produce fuel from the flowering plant camelina, another biofuel crop. (Source: Ohio State Univ. News, 2 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ohio State University - Wooster, Ajay Shah, Associate Professor of Food, Ggricultural and Biological Engineering, 330-263-3858, shah.971@osu.edu, www.bsal.osu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pennycress,  Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAF,  


Greenbacker Invests in Commonwealth Energy Partners (Ind. Report)
Greenbacker,Commonwealth Energy Partners
Date: 2021-08-04
NYC-based sustainable infrastructure investment firm Greenbacker Capital Management, LLC reports an affiliated fund has made a strategic investment in Alexandria, Virginia-based Commonwealth Energy Partners (CEP), through the company's subsidiary CEP Solar. The Greenbacker investment will enable CEP to expand and execute on its existing project pipeline, which is focused on solar power and energy storage development in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The renewable energy market there is expected to grow exponentially, as demand for clean energy accelerates across both Virginia and the region’s broader PJM power market. Driven in part by the 2020 passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which mandates a statewide 100% clean energy standard by 2045, Virginia’s regulated market alone is expected to procure at least one gigawatt of solar annually for the next 15 years. (Source: Greenbacker Capital Management, Website PR, 28 July, 2021) Contact: Commonwealth Energy Partners, 703-373-8138; CEP Solar, www.linkedin.com/company/cep-solar; Greenbacker, (646) 720-9463, www.greenbackercapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capital,  CEP Solar ,  


Terra-Gen Closes Financing on CA Solar+Storage Facility (Ind. Report)
Terra-Gen
Date: 2021-08-02
NYC-headquartered independent renewable energy provider Terra-Gen, LLC reports completion of $804 million financing on the initial phase of its Edwards Sanborn Solar Storage facility in Kern County, California.

When fully operational the project will produce sufficient clean energy for more than 158,000 homes and displace more than 307,000 tpy of CO2. The Edwards Sanborn Solar Storage facility incorporates 346 MWac of solar modules and 1,501 MWh of battery storage.

The project is on land leased from Edwards Air Force Base as well as on adjacent private land. Mortenson is the full engineering, procurement and construction contractor on both the solar and energy storage scopes with First Solar supplying the solar modules and LG Chem and Samsung supplying the batteries.

Terra-Gen, LLC is a leading U.S. developer, owner, and operator of utility-scale renewable energy projects in North America. Terra-Gen owns approximately 1.3 GW and 77MWh of wind, solar and energy storage capacity in operation across 26 renewable power facilities throughout the United States. Terra-Gen was formed in 2007 and is owned by ECP, a leading investor in infrastructure facilitating the energy transition, and First Sentier Investors, a leading global asset manager. (Source: Terra-Gen LLC, PR Contact: Terra-Gen LLC, Jim Pagano, CEO, 646-829-3909, 646-829-3900, jpagano@terra-gen.com, www.terra-gen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Terra-Gen news,  Solar+Storage news,  Energy Storage news,  


IGP Snares Community Solar+Storage Developer Dimension (M&A)
Dimension Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-06-30
Zug, Switzerland-headquartered private investment firm Investment Partners Group (IGP) reports it has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in Atlanta-based community solar and battery storage specialist Dimension Renewable Energy.

Dimension develops, finances and operates community solar and battery energy storage facilities across the US, and has a pipeline of more than 180 projects in eight states with a combined solar capacity of over 800MW as well as 800MWh of battery storage. (Source: Dimension Renewable Energy, Website PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Investor Partners Group, +41 41 784 60 00, Fax + 41 41 784 60 01, 212 908 260 – NYC Office, www.partnersgroup.com; Dimension Renewable Energy, www.dimension-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Dimension Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  


Albany Hosts World's First Triple Net-Zero Building (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2021-06-16
In the Empire State, The Seventy-Six, a new housing development in the state capitol city of Albany is expected to be the first triple net-zero project -- energy, water, waste -- of its kind.

The $250 million project is being developed by NYC-based Garrison Architects and will provide 242 units across 450,000 square feet. The project has received a Buildings of Excellence award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and a portion of $13 million in funding set aside for low- or zero-carbon multi-family buildings. The buildings sustainability features include:

  • Modular construction;

  • All energy for heating, cooling, lighting, and appliances generated from the state of the art solar, wind, and water installations.

  • Total water consumption will be reduced to zero through modern water collection and filtering technologies, focused on re-use for toilets and irrigation, and zero landfill contribution. Waste will be recycled, composted, and incinerated onsite.

  • Fully integrated green spaces with abundant trees, grass, and ornamental gardens and aquaponics farming that hosts live fish with vegetable gardens and incorporates the Complex's water filtration system into the process.

  • Modern, durable interiors with natural materials, sunlight, and critical ventilation and oversized windows and balconies with planters and irrigation, rooftop garden (green roofs) and others. (Source: South End Development, PR, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: South End Development, The Seventy-Six, www.southenddevelopment.com/the-seventy-six

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


  • TATC, Rainforest Energy Study Cdn Biomass Energy Project (Ind. Report)
    Rainforest Energy
    Date: 2021-05-26
    On the Canadian prairies, Saskatchewan's Touchwood Agency Tribal Council (TATC) and Calgary, Alberta-based Rainforest Energy Corp. (RFEC) are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the joint evaluation and development of biomass and other clean energy in the TATC member territory in Saskatchewan.

    The evaluation will consider the feasibility of a $250-million clean energy project at Punnichy, Sask. It involves the conversion of Indigenous-sourced waste biomass -- straw, hemp residue, logging slash, and others -- into 87 million lpy of low-carbon gasoline, sustainable jet fuel (SAF) and propane.

    RFEC is currently in offtake discussions with major crude oil refiners which need low-carbon fuel output to blend down its fossil fuel sales to meet the Canadian Clean Fuel Standard, according to the release. (Source: Touchwood Agency Tribal Council, Rainforest Energy , PR, 21 May, 2021) Contact: Rainforest Energy, Jeff Arsenych, Pres., CEO, jarsenych@rainforestenergy.ca, www.rainforestenergy.ca; Touchwood Agency Tribal Counci, Rod Favel, Economic Development Program Manager , (306) 835-2937, www.touchwoodagency.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Biomass,  Waste-to-Energy,  Rainforest Energy,  


    China's Emissions Top OECD's Combined Total Emissions (Int'l.)
    China Greenhouse Gas,OECD
    Date: 2021-05-10
    According to new research from the New York City-based Rhodium Group, China's heat-trapping, greenhouse gas emissions -- carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen triflouride (NF3) -- totaled 14.09 billion tons of CO2 equivalent in 2019, more than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 37 member nations emissions combined.

    China accounted for 27 pct of global emissions followed by the U.S, with 11 pct with India in third place with 6.6 pct. Historically, OECD members have pumped four times more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than China since 1750. (Source: Rhodium Group, Bloomberg, May, 2021) Contact: Rhodium Group, 212.532.1157, 212.532.1162 -- fax, nyc@rhg.com, www.rhg.com: OECD, www.oecd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News OECD,  China Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gases,  


    LS Power Acquires GI Energy, Re-brands as Endurant Energy (M&A)
    LS Power, Endurant Energy
    Date: 2021-05-07
    NYC-based LS Power, a U.S. power and energy infrastructure owner, reports acquisition of distributed energy infrastructure solutions provider GI Energy, which will be rebranded as Endurant Energy.

    Chicago-headquartered Endurant is a full-service provider of cost-effective, resilient and sustainable clean energy, microgrid and energy storage solutions to the education, commercial, industrial, real estate, public utility and other sectors. In addition, Endurant is advancing a development portfolio of ground-breaking eco-district projects in California.

    To date, LS Power has developed, constructed, managed or acquired more than 45,000 MW of power generation, including utility scale solar, wind, hydro, natural gas-fired and battery storage projects, and over 660 miles of transmission, for which it has raised over $47 billion in debt and equity financing. Additionally, LS Power actively invests in businesses and platforms focused on distributed energy resources and energy efficiency, according to the company website. (Source: LS Power, PR, May, 2021) Contact: LS Power, Paul Segal, CEO, (212) 615-3456, www.lspower.com; Endurant Energy, (630) 323-5254.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LS Power,  Clean Energy,  Energy Storage,  Microgrid,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NYC v.s. Big Oil Alleging Climate Change Greenwashing (Reg & Leg)
    NYC, ExxonMobil, American Petroleum Institute ,BP
    Date: 2021-04-28
    The City of New York is taking legal action against oil giants Exxon, Shell, BP and the(API) alleging they violated the city's Consumer Protection Law by engaging in "false advertising and other deceptive trade practices and have systematically and intentionally misled consumers in New York City about the central role their products play in causing the climate crisis."

    New York City's Consumer Protection Law prohibits "any deceptive or unconscionable trade practice in the sale -- or in the offering for sale -- of any consumer goods or services." Deceptive practices are defined as, "any false, falsely disparaging, or misleading oral or written statement, visual description or other representation of any kind made in the connection with the sale -- or in connection with the offering for sale -- of consumer goods or services which has the capacity, tendency or effect of deceiving or misleading consumers."

    The NYC suit alleges fossil fuel companies are misrepresenting the environmental benefits of the various fossil fuel products they sell and promote as "environmentally beneficial" while "omitting any mention of the products' role in aggravating climate change." NYC also alleged the fossil fuel companies "have worked tirelessly to "greenwash" their corporate brands and reputations to portray themselves as leaders in the fight against climate change, even though their products are the primary driver in causing it. (Source: City of New York, Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance, PR, 23 Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenwashing,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  NYC,  ExxonMobil,  American Petroleum Institute ,  BP,  


    Notable Climate Change Quote

    Date: 2021-04-28
    "Our children deserve to live in a world free from climate change, and we must do everything in our power to give them hope and stop climate change in its tracks" -- NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Apr., 2021


    Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight, NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com. (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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


  • DESRI Completes Financing 79-MW Assembly Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments
    Date: 2021-04-19
    NYC-headquartered D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI), a leading provider of cost-effective renewable energy across North America, reports the financial closing of Assembly Solar III, a 79-mw solar project in Lennon, Michigan. DESRI is moving forward with construction after securing both construction debt and tax equity financing for the project.

    The Assembly Solar III project is the third phase of the Assembly Solar project in Michigan to begin construction. The projects were developed by Chicago-based Ranger Power in partnership with DESRI, and are being constructed by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Assembly I began operating in December 2020 and Assembly II is slated to reach commercial operation in the third quarter of 2021. The Assembly Solar cluster will total 239 MW and generate sufficient power for more than 43,000 Michigan homes.

    DESRI and its affiliates acquire, own, and manage long-term contracted renewable energy assets in North America. DESRI's portfolio of contracted renewable energy projects currently includes 75 wind and solar projects across 32 states with 5,372 MWac of aggregate capacity. (Source: D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, PR, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: DESRI, (212) 478-0000, www.deshaw.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments news,  DESRI news,  Solar news,  


    Smart Electric Power Alliance Lauds Con Edison (Ind. Report)
    Smart Electric Power Alliance, Con Edison
    Date: 2021-04-16
    NYC-based utility Con Edison reports the not-for-profit Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has ranked Con Edison as a "leader among U.S. energy companies for its actions to create a clean, carbon-free energy system."

    SEPA, which envisions a carbon-free electric system by 2050, lauded Con Edison for connecting customers solar panels and other clean, renewable energy resources, its smart meter program and a wide range of actions and strategies. To date, Con Edison customers have completed 37,000 rooftop projects totaling 334 MW of clean, renewable power capacity. Through Consolidated Edison Inc.'s subsidiary, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, the company is the second-largest solar developer in the U.S. and the seventh-largest worldwide.

    Con Edison is also investing in energy transmission and energy storage and offers energy efficiency programs that incentivize energy-saving upgrades to lighting, HVAC, and other equipment. The utility is seeking to triple its energy efficiency programs by 2025 and to offer 100 pct clean electricity by 2040. (Source: Con Edison of New York, PR, 14 Apr., 2021) Contact: SEPA, Julia Hamm, President and CEO, www.sepapower.org; Con Edison, www.coned.com; www.coned.com/energyefficiency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Electric Power Alliance,  Con Edison,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


    NIPSCo, Capital Dynamics Partner on Ind. Solar Park (Ind. Report)
    Capital Dynamics,NIPSCO
    Date: 2021-04-14
    NYC-based Capital Dynamics Inc. and Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCo) have inked an agreement to bring 200MW of solar energy to the state. The build-transfer agreement is for the Elliot Solar project, in Gibson County, which will begin construction in summer 2022 and begin commercial operations in summer 2023. Capital Dynamics will construct the project and NIPSCO will enter into a joint venture once construction is complete.

    Elliot Solar adds to NIPSCo's two operating wind farms as well as 11 renewable energy projects which include a combination of similar joint ventures and power purchase agreements. The company plans to be coal-free by 2028. (Source: NIPSCo, PR, 13 April, 2021) Contact: Capital Dynamics, 212-798-3400, www.capdyn.com; NIPSCO, www.NIPSCO.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  Solar,  Capital Dynamics,  


    Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight
    Date: 2021-04-14
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Energy Efficiency,  Decarbonization,  


  • NYC Wind Energy Hub Proposed (Ind. Report)
    New York City
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In the Big Apple, mayoral candidate Eric Adams has unveiled an ambitious new plan that aims to build wind turbines and their manufacturing plants at ports throughout New York City.

    According to the candidate, the plants would design, produce and ship the turbines through Arthur Kill, Port Richmond in Staten Island, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Red Hook Container Terminal.

    Adams noted his plan includes job-training programs and will create well paying, eco-friendly employment and aid the city in reaching its goal of using 70 pct renewable energy by 2030 and a zero-emission power sector by 2040. (Source: NY Post, Various Media, Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    CenterPoint Energy Seeks Additional 400 MW Solar (Ind. Report)
    CenterPoint Energy,Capital Dynamics,
    Date: 2021-03-03
    Evansville, Indiana-headquartered CenterPoint Energy (CNP) reports its Indiana-based electric and natural gas business, CenterPoint Energy Indiana South, is seeking Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approval for the acquisition of a 300-MW solar array as well as approval to enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for an additional 100 MWs of solar energy.

    CenterPoint Energy is seeking to enter into an agreement with global independent asset management firm Capital Dynamics Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI), the company that will build the 300-MW utility-owned project in Posey County, Ind. Arevon Energy Management and energy company Tenaska are co-developing the project.

    CenterPoint Energy aims to reduce operational emissions by 70 pct by 2035, avoiding approximately 700,000 tpy of CO2. (Source: CenterPoint Energy, PR 23 Feb., 2021) for Contact: Capital Dynamics,Capital Dynamics, 212 798 3400 -- NYC office, www.capdyn.com; CenterPoint Energy, Steve Greenley, Senior VP, Generation Del., www.centerpointenergy.com; Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tenaska,  Solar,  CenterPoint Energy,  Capital Dynamics,  ,  


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

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

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

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

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    Novatus, Southwest Generation Merge into Onward Energy (M&A)
    Novatus Energy, ONward Energy ,Southwest Generation
    Date: 2021-01-15
    NYC-based independent power producer Novatus Energy and Denver-headquartered Southwest Generation are reporting the merger of the two companies to create Onward Energy. Onward Energy will continue under common ownership by institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

    Onward Energy owns 43 wind, solar, and natural gas generating projects totaling 4 GW across 16 states. With offices in New York City, Denver, and Charlotte, Onward Energy will continue to provide services under Novatus Energy's and Southwest Generation's existing power purchase agreements with their respective counter parties. (Source: Onward Energy, PR, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: Southwest Generation, John Foster, CEO, (303) 623-7300, info@southwestgen.com, www.southwestgen.com; Onward Energy, (631) 552-5900, information@onwardenergy.com, www.onwardenergy.com; Novatus Energy, 631-552-5906, www.novatusenergy.com

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    Capital Dynamics Completes AVSE II Solar Acquisition (M&A)
    Capital Dynamics
    Date: 2021-01-06
    Global independent asset management firm Capital Dynamics Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) reports completion of its acquisition of the remaining 69.98 interest in the 125MW, Arlington Valley Solar Energy II solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Maricpa County, Arizona, from Apollo Funds. Financial details were not released.

    As previously reported, CEI acquired a 30.02 pct interest in AVSE II as part of the acquisition of three solar PV projects -- Centinela Solar Energy, a 252MWdc solar facility in Imperial County, California; and the 11MWdc Dover Sun Park in Dover, Delaware -- from LS Power, bringing its portfolio of US operating solar to 3.1GWdc. (Source: Capital Dynamics, PR, 30 Dec., 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics, 212 798 3400 -- NYC office, www.capdyn.com: Arlington Valley Solar Energy, 925 201 5220, info@AVSESolar.com, www.avsesolar.net

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    NY Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project Progressing (Ind. Report)
    Verdant Power
    Date: 2021-01-06
    As previously reported, NYC-based marine renewable energy start-up Verdant Power has installed three tidal power turbine generators at its Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project in the city's East River tidal strait. The deployment of Verdant's technology is the first licensed tidal power project in the US.

    The RITE project received $6 million US DOE funding and support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), as well New York-based private equity capital support.

    The company notes it is waiting for an independent performance assessment from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal testing facility to deploy the technology outside of the US.

    Since installation on 22 October, the TriFrame unit has generated an average 1MWh of power per day -- sufficient power power for 500 Manhattan apartments, according to the company. (Source: Verdant Power, Website, PowerTechnology, 4 Dec., 2020) Contact: Verdant Power, Trey Taylor, CMO, www.linkedin.com/company/verdant-power

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    NY Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project Progressing (Ind. Report)
    Verdant Power
    Date: 2021-01-05
    As previously reported, NYC-based marine renewable energy start-up Verdant Power has installed three tidal power turbine generators at its Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project in the city’s East River tidal strait as part of the company’s 5th generation tidal turbine system. The deployment of Verdant’s technology also marked the first licensed tidal power project in the US.

    The RITE project received $6m in US DOE funding and support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in addition to New York-based private equity capital support. The company is also waiting for an independent performance assessment from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal testing facility to deploy the technology outside of the US.

    According to Verdant Power co-founder and chief marketing officer Trey Taylor: “Given the East River’s depth and tidal current speed of 2.25m/s, the company’s fifth-generation system or ‘commercial standard system’ has been tailored to this site by using five-metre diameter rotors with 35kW nameplate generators -- three to a single TriFrame or 105kW. Since installation on 22 October, the TriFrame has generated an average 1MWh per day or enough power for 500 Manhattan apartments.” (Source: Verdant Power, Website, PowerTechnology, 4 Dec., 2020) Contact: Verdant Power, Trey Taylor, CMO, www.linkedin.com/company/verdant-power

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    Major Solar Projects Slated for SW Indiana (Ind. Report)
    Capital Dynamics,Arevon
    Date: 2020-12-16
    Zug, Switzerland based asset management firm Capital Dynamics subsidiary Clean Energy Infrastructure reports it and Omaha-headquartered Tenaska are developing three major solar projects totaling nearly $430 million Knox, Gibson and Pike counties in SW Indiana. Scottsdale, Arizona-based Arevon Energy will serve as the "boots on the ground" for the work.

    The first project is the $128 million, 150-MW Ratts 1 Solar Project in Pike County near Petersburg will break ground next summer for completion in 2023. The $128 million, 150-MW Ratts 2 Solar Project in Vincennes is slated for early 2022 construction for completion in 2023. Developers are also planning a $170 million, 200-MW solar farm in Gibson County. Construction on the Elliott Solar Farm is expected to begin in early 2022 and be complete in 2023. (Source: Tenaska, Capital Dynamics Website, PR, Inside Indiana Business, 14 Dec., 2020) Contact: Arevon Energy, 480-653-8450, www.arevonenergy.com; Capital Dynamics, Benoit Allehaut, +41 41 748 84 44, 212 798 3400 -- NYC Office, www.capdyn.com; Tenaska, Jerry Crouse, CEO,(402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

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    DOE Sued Over Energy Efficiency Standards Changes (Ind. Report)
    NRDC, US DOE
    Date: 2020-10-19
    The NYC-headquartered Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports it has again sued the Trump administration DOE for altering its energy efficiency standards-setting process to make it more difficult to set rigorous energy-saving levels for America's appliances and equipment.

    NRDC was joined by three other environmental groups and 13 states in this suit, which is closely related to an ongoing lawsuit regarding DOE's "Process Rule."

    At issue is how the DOE determines whether a new energy efficiency standard is "economically justified" -- meaning that its benefits, such as consumer savings from lower utility bills, exceed its costs.

    DOE is looking for ways to set weaker standards, or no standards at all as part of an ongoing pattern to weaken a critically important program. And it's illegal. Without strong efficiency standards, purchasers can't be sure the appliances they buy are not wasting energy, which can substantially increase their energy bills.

    According to NRDC, these changes represent yet more attacks on the nation's highly successful energy efficiency standards program that has been saving U.S. households, on average $500 every year and will deliver $2 trillion in savings to consumers and businesses as well as help avoid 3 billion tonnes of CO2 pollution by by 2030.

    This is the 130th lawsuit NRDC has filed against the Trump administration's rollbacks and efforts to undermine environmental safeguards. To date, NRDC has prevailed in 73 of the 81 cases resolved thus far. This latest lawsuit related to the Process Rule also marks the fourth time in 11 months that NRDC and other environmental and consumer groups have sued DOE over energy efficiency standards.

    Meanwhile, DOE has repeatedly failed to meet its statutory requirements to update standards for appliances and equipment, having now missed 26 deadlines -- the most of any administration, according to the NRDC release. (Source: NRDC, Blog, 17 Oct., 2020) Contact: Natural Resource Defense Council, 212.727.2700, www.nrdc.org

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    ISU Researchers Transforming Pennycress Into Commercial Crop (R&D)
    Illinois State University
    Date: 2020-10-02
    Although pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) is widely considered a weed, Illinois State University researchers are working to genetically modify pennycress into a commercially grown cover crop that could be processed into biofuel, jet fuel, animal feed, and other high-value products. The mult-istate, multi-institutional 5-year effort is funded by a $10 million USDA grant and $13 million from the US DOE.

    Domesticated, commercially grown pennycress could be grown as a cold-resistant, high-yield oilseed crop across the central United States, where nearly 80 million acres of land devoted to corn and soybeans sit dormant in the winter months.

    This research has been ongoing for 10 years with the latest grant awarded in 2020. Illinois State researchers are currently working under the umbrella of the Integrated Pennycress Research Enabling Farm and Energy Resilience (IPREFER) program with colleagues at Western Illinois University, the University of Minnesota, The Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and the St. Louis-based crop development company CoverCress Inc.

    Download Integrated Pennycress Research Enabling Farm and Energy Resilience (IPREFER) program details HERE (Source: Illinois State University, 1 Oct., 2020) Contact: Illinois State Univ., Professor John Sedbrook, (309) 438-3374, (309) 438-3722 -- fax, jcsedbr@ilstu.edu, www.illinoisstate.edu

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    ENE, Shaw Renewable Invest Complete Solar Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Energy New England ,D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments
    Date: 2020-09-28
    In the Bay State, Mansfield-based Energy New England LLC (ENE), the largest wholesale risk management and energy trading organization serving the needs of municipal utilities in the northeastern U.S., has completed a major clean energy transaction for 19 Massachusetts and Rhode Island municipal utilities that will add 50 MW of new solar energy to their portfolios in partnership with NYC-headquartered D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI).

    The Gravel Pit Solar III project is slated to begin operating in early 2023 and ENE's customers have signed an agreement with the project with a 25-year term. Gravel Pit Solar III, a proposed portfolio of solar projects DESRI is planning for sites under consideration in western Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, would be an extension of the proposed Gravel Pit Solar project in East Windsor, Conn.

    Gravel Pit Solar III is expected to generate more than 86 million kWh annually and will be the fourth largest Class I Renewable Energy Credit energy transaction ENE has originated for its customers, and its second solar agreement of this size in a year. Over the term of this agreement, the project is anticipated to generate nearly 2 billion kWh of solar energy.

    ENE manages power supply portfolios for more than 20 municipal electric systems throughout New England that collectively serve more than 1,300 MW of load and own more than 550 MW of generation capacity. ENE provides wholesale and retail energy advisory and transaction services for more than 1 billion kWh annually.

    D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) and its affiliates acquire, own, and manage long-term contracted renewable energy assets in North America. DESRI's portfolio of renewable energy projects currently includes 41 wind and solar sites that represent more than 2,400 MW of aggregate capacity. DESRI is a member of the D. E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm with more than $50 billion in investment and committed capital as of June 1, 2020, and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. (Source: D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, PR, 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: ENE, www.ene.org; D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, , www.deshaw.com

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    Tecogen Scores Manhattan Trigeneration Project Order (Ind. Report)
    Tecogen
    Date: 2020-09-18
    Waltham, Mass.-based Tecogen Inc, an on-site power, heating and cooling equipment supplier, reports receipt of an order for three InVerde e+ microgrid enabled cogeneration units for installation in a commercial building in NYC.

    The system will be part of a trigeneration plant providing 375 kW to the building and 120 tons of absorption cooling, as well as providing backup power to the complex in the event of a grid outage.

    An Energy Services Company (ESCO) will acquire and own the system and will sell energy to the complex at a discounted rate. Once installation is completed in 2021, Tecogen will enter into a long-term service agreement with the ESCO for the duration of the energy service agreement, and the facility will be serviced from Tecogen’s Piscataway, NJ service center.

    Tecogen Inc. designs, manufactures, sells, installs and maintains high efficiency, ultra-clean, cogeneration products including combined heat and power, air conditioning systems and high-efficiency water heaters for residential, commercial, recreational and industrial use. The company provides cost efficient, environmentally friendly and reliable products for energy production that, through patented technology, nearly eliminate criteria pollutants and significantly reduce a customer’s carbon footprint. (Source: Tecogen, Website PR, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: Tecogen Inc., 781-466-6400, www.tecogen.com

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    Boston Outer-Harbor Flood Barrier, Tidal Power Generation Suggested (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Tidal Power
    Date: 2020-08-31
    The Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston produced the "Feasibility of Harbor-wide Barrier Systems" report for flood damage reduction in Boston in May 2018. Two scenarios were studied that combined shore-based systems and a barrier-wide system in terms of the time when barrier construction would be complete.

    Scenario 1 was for completion in 2070 with shore-based systems needing damage protection to elevation +14 ft. Scenario 2 finished construction in 2050 with shore-based systems protection reduced to elevation +12 ft. for reducing flood damage.

    When evaluating the outer-harbor barrier benefits, The SSL scenario analysis considered the integrated benefits of a combined shore-based system and harbor- wide barrier system as well as a design that combines storm surge flood damage reduction benefits with tidal-flow turbines for renewable energy generation.

    The incorporation of turbines would generate electricity and an endless source of funding to help pay for the cost of the project. Similar tidal-flow turbines have been functioning in the East River, NYC, since 2006, according to the article. (Source: David R. Basco, Ph.D., Prof. emeritus of civil engineering and a former director of the Coastal Engineering Centre at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., Boston Herald, 30 Aug., 2020)

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    Capital Dynamics, Tenaska Plan Calif. BESS Projects (Ind Report)
    Clean Energy Infrastructure
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Zug, Switzerland based asset management firm Capital Dynamics subsidiary Clean Energy Infrastructure reports it and Omaha-headquartered Tenaska will develop nine battery energy storage systems (BESS) with approximately 2,000 MW of capacity in the Cal-ISO market to "help integrate" renewable energy.

    Presently, Clean Energy Infrastructure and Tenaska jointly own two solar facilities in California's Imperial Valley area and are developing additional solar projects. (Source: Capital Dynamics, Website Press Release, , 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics, Benoit Allehaut, +41 41 748 84 44, 212 798 3400 – NYC Office, www.capdyn.com; Tenaska, Jerry Crouse, CEO,(402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

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    NY Investing $1Bn in Residential Energy Conservation (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2020-08-05
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) reports it is collaborating with the region's investor-owned utilities to provide clean and energy-efficient solutions to more than 350,000 low-to-moderate income households throughout the Empire State.

    The statewide plan will invest $1 billion through 2025, half of which will be used to "improve energy efficiency in affordable multifamily buildings". More then $300 million has been earmarked to "reduce energy burdens by increasing access to energy efficiency for low and moderate income homeowners and renters" and $45 million has been allocated for "community-level engagement and capacity building with community-based organizations."

    The new $1 billion initiative complements other efforts statewide to blunt the impact of high utility costs, including NYC's recently announced $70 million initiative to assist residents with their utility bills as well as the gifting of 74,000 free air conditioning units to the city's low-income seniors. (Source: NYSERDA, Grist, 4 Aug., 2020) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Press Office, (518) 474-8418, (212) 682-4640, Press.Office@exec.ny.gov; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    ISU Investigating Pennycress Biofuel Potential (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Illinois State University
    Date: 2020-08-05
    Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, is reporting genetics Prof. John Sedbrook will head-up a nation-wide collaboration of university's and scientists to develop field pennycress oil into bio-jet fuel or biodiesel The $13 million project is being funded by the US DOE.

    Field pennycress, a member of the mustard family, can develop up to 65 gallons of oil and yield more than 1,500 pounds per acre of seeds.

    Field pennycress is primarily a winter cover crop throughout the United States and requires few inputs, little labor, and no land charge. Pennycress seed meal remaining from biodiesel production can be further processed to yield aviation fuel, livestock feed or protein isolates for human food, or as an organic fertilizer or a biofumigant, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. (Source: Illinois State University, 4 Aug., 2020) Contact: Illinois State University, Prof. John Sedbrook, (309) 438-3374, (309) 438-3722 - fax, jcsedbr@ilstu.edu, www.illinoisstate.edu

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    Citigroup Targets $250Bn for Low-Carbon Activities (Ind. Report)
    Citigroup
    Date: 2020-07-31
    NYC-headquartered banking giant Citigroup Inc., the 4th largest US bank by assets, reports it aims to lend $250 billion for low-carbon renewable energy, clean technology, water quality and conservation, sustainable transportation, green buildings, energy efficiency, circular economy and sustainable agriculture and land use over the next five years.

    The bank noted it is working to measure, manage and reduce the climate risk and impact of its portfolio of clients and to that end is is participating in the development and rollout of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, a framework that will help it measure the carbon footprint of its lending portfolios. Additionally, Citi is testing the methodology for the 2016 Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment, a tool that will enable it to look at its most carbon-intensive sectors and clients and measure their progress toward reducing global warming.

    Citigroup is also aiming for a 45 pct CO2 emission reduction reduction in its operations by 2025 from a 2010 baseline and, to that end, aims to only use renewable electricity to power its facilities globally by the end of 2020.

    In 2019, Citigroup assets totaled $1.951 trillion, equity totaled $193 billion and net income came in at $19.471 billion. (Source: Citigroup, PR, MarketScreener, 29 July, 2020) Contact: Citigroup, www.citigroup.com

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    KEPCO Takes Stake in Aviator Wind Farm Project in TX (M&A)
    KEPCO
    Date: 2020-07-15
    Osaka, Japan-headquartered Kansai Electric Power Co.(KEPCO) Inc. is reporting its subsidiary KPIC USA, LLC has acquired a 48.5 pct stake in Aviator Wind Holdings, LLC owned by funds managed by NYC-based Ares Management Corporation's Infrastructure and Power strategy.

    The Aviator project, which will incorporate 191 wind turbines totaling 525MW, is located northwest of Houston in central Texas. When fully operation next month, Aviator will be the largest single-phase wind project in ERCOT and the largest single-phase, single-site wind project in the U.S. Aviator is KEPCO's first U.S. renewable energy and onshore wind farm project. Worldwide, KEPCO's net generation assets total approximately 2,861 MW. (Source: Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., PR, Website, 10 July, 2020) Contact: KEPCO, www.kepco.com.jp

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    Empire State Bldg. Enjoys Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind.Report)
    Empire State Building
    Date: 2020-06-01
    In the Big Apple, energy efficiency upgrades done at the Empire State Building in New York City over the past 10 years have reportedly reduced the iconic NYC landmark's emissions by 40 pct and saved $4 million in annual electricity costs, according to Clean Technica. (Source: Clean Technica, 31 May, 2020)

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    NYC Green Roof Mandate and Grant Program (Ind. Report Attached)
    New York City Green Roof
    Date: 2020-05-20
    In 2019 New York City passed the Climate Mobilization Act by New York City Council, a suite of legislation to combat the existential threat of climate change, targeting the development of clean energy infrastructure, greenhouse gas reduction, and improvements to ecosystem services through the implementation of green roofs city-wide .

    New York City Green Roof Mandate and Grant Program details are HERE. (Source: living Architecture, May, 2020)

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    NYC Building Energy Conservation Code Updated (Ind. Report)
    New York City
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Empire State, the Big Apple is reporting the updating its New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) which will be current with the New York State 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code.

    The State code is based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016. The 2020 NYCECC will become effective May 12, 2020, the same effective date as the state's energy code which aligns the code with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) NYStretch Energy Code-2020, as adopted by the New York City Council on March 29, 2020.

    The 2020 New York City Energy Code includes energy efficiency requirements help to improve overall building envelope performance through installation of better performing and more energy efficient windows and other initiatives.

    Access the 2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code HERE (Source: NYC City Council, Door & Window Market, 8 May, 2020)

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    NYC Upgrades Energy Efficiency, Conservation Codes (Ind Report)
    New York City, Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-04-03
    In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio is reporting passage of a new and updated 2020 Energy Conservation Code aimed at improving energy efficiency for new and existing buildings as part of New York City's Green New Deal.

    The 2020 Energy Conservation Code was modeled after the 2020 New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) NYStretch Energy Code, requires new and existing buildings meet the following, effective 12 May:

  • Improve the building thermal envelope by requiring better performing walls and windows;

  • Minimize and control air leakage by sealing and testing the building envelope;

  • Balconies and parapets must be continuously insulated;

  • Meet minimum energy efficiency requirements for heating and cooling systems;

  • More efficient interior lighting and additional lighting controls;

  • Perform commissioning on more HVAC alteration projects;

  • Efficiency measures on new elevators and commercial kitchen equipment;

  • Create the infrastructure for the future installation of electric vehicle chargers in one- and two-family homes;

  • Require whole building metering for new buildings greater than 25,000 square fee;

  • Allow source energy as a metric, instead of energy cost, for buildings choosing to comply with energy modeling;

  • Additional thermal envelope performance requirements for buildings choosing to comply with energy modeling. (Source: Office of Mayor Bill de Basio, NY Law School, City Land, 2 April, 2020) Contact: Office of Mayor Bill de Basio, Mark Chambers, Director of Sustainability, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

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  • Sustainable "Green" Roofs in the Big Apple (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
    New York Green Roof
    Date: 2020-02-03
    The publication FacilitiesNet is reporting no area of institutional and commercial facilities in the Big Apple has escaped intense scrutiny related to improved sustainability and energy efficiency, including roofs.

    Under NYC's 2019 Sustainable Roof Laws -- laws 92 and 94 -- most new buildings and buildings undergoing major roof reconstruction are required to include "green" roof features and or solar panels on 100 pct of the available roof space. Presently, according to The Nature Conservancy mapping project of the more than one million roofs in NYC, only about 730 roofs were "green" in 2016.

    NYC Green Roof Law details HERE. (Source: FacilitiesNet, 30 Jan., 2020)

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    NYC Considers Rikers Island Renewables Hub (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-01-31
    In the Big Apple, the City Council Committee on Environmental Protection is considering the Renewable Rikers Act that calls for a wastewater treatment, battery storage facilities and solar panels on the 413-acre island after the closing of the notorious jail complex. (Source: New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection, NY Daily News, 29 Jan., 2020)

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    NYC Mayor Urged to Commit $1Bn to Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    NYC
    Date: 2020-01-24
    In the Big Apple, Mayor de Blasio is being lobbied by City Comptroller Scott Stringer to commit $1 billion per year to the upgrading of the energy efficiency of the city's public housing. The cash would build on the city's Dirty Buildings Law requiring energy upgrades and improvements.

    In 2019, budgeted $60 million to start retrofitting municipal buildings. Retrofitting can entail changes to lighting and upgrades to air distribution systems. The Mayor has proposed roughly $300 million for "building construction, reconstruction or retrofit" over the next four years. (Source: Various Media, NY Daily News, 23 Jan., 2020)Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

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    Kresge Foundation Commitment to Advance Solar+Storage, Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Clean Energy Group
    Date: 2020-01-13
    The Kresge Foundation, the Montpelier, Vermont-based not-for-profit Clean Energy Group (CEG) and New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) are reporting a $3.3 million commitment to accelerate the market development of solar PV plus battery storage (solar+storage) technologies in historically under-served communities. The multiyear financing program guaranteed by the Kresge Foundation includes:
  • A $3 million loan guarantee to reduce credit risk for solar+storage projects in low- and moderate-income areas. Structured as a 50 pct payment guarantee to help ensure borrowers' loan payments remain current, this innovative credit enhancement reduces the risk of a payment default to lenders and their investors who provided capital for solar+storage loans.

  • $170,000 in a capacity-building grant to accelerate the participating lender's ability to finance solar+storage projects, build project pipelines and actively engage in information sharing.

  • $120,000 in technical-assistance grants to enable eligible project owners and developers to assess the technical and financial feasibility of new solar+storage projects.

    Clean Energy Group is a national, nonprofit advocacy organization working on innovative technology, finance, and policy programs in the areas of clean energy and climate change.

    Established in 2010 as the nation's first local green bank, NYCEEC is a 501(c)(3) mission-driven lender focused exclusively on energy efficiency and clean energy in buildings. (Source: Clean Energy Group, Vermont Business, 9 Jan., 2020) Contact: NYCEC, Jessica Luk, Director of Development, www.nyceec.com; Clean Energy Group, Robert Sanders, rsanders@cleanegroup.org, www.cleanenergygroup.org; Kresge Foundation, www.kresge.org

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  • NYC Mandates All Bldg. "Green" Roof, Solar Systems (Ind Report)
    New York City
    Date: 2020-01-13
    In the Big Apple, under recently enacted Climate Mobilization Act legislation, any roof undergoing major construction must now host either solar photovoltaic (PV) panels or a vegetation covered "green" roof system. Construction projects affected include new construction, vertical and horizontal extensions, and major modifications to any roof requiring a permit.

    Buildings are responsible for more than 70 pct of greenhouse gas emissions in NYC, according to the Climate Mobilization Act. (Source: silive, 12 Jan., 2020) Contact: NYC Climate Mobilization Act, www.council.nyc.gov/data/green

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    N. America's Largest Certified Passive House Lauded (Ind. Report)
    Bright Power
    Date: 2020-01-06
    Energy and water management services specialist Bright Power along with its partner Omni New York, LLC, is reporting its Park Avenue Green low-income residential project in NYC has been recognized as the largest passive house standard building in North America. The building was designed by Curtis + Ginsberg Architects. The voluntary Passivhaus standard entails:
  • Annual heating and cooling needs of now more than 15 kWh/m2 (4,755 BTU/sq ft; 5.017 MJ/sq ft) -- or, alternately, a peak heat load of 10 W/m2 (1.2 hp/1000 sq ft);

  • Energy needs of no more than 60 kWh/m2 (19,020 BTU/sq ft; 20.07 MJ/sq ft) per year;

  • Near-complete air-tightness -- leaking under 0.05 cubic feet per minute -- less than 0.6 times the house volume per hour at 50 Pascals;

  • Passive solar design (primary windows facing towards winter sun, compacts house design, etc.);

  • Insulation and/or super-insulation;

  • exterior wall color choices made based on specific climate;

  • Possible low-volume heat recovery ventilation systems;

  • Windows with very high R-values -- triple-pane, glazed, etc.

  • Eliminated thermal bridges, possible passive natural ventilation, possible mechanical heat recovery ventilation systems and insulated ventilation ducts, and many others.

    Generally Passivehaus standard buildings annual energy needs can be reduced by can cut energy consumption by 60 pct or more as compared to conventional design. Average construction costs for a building based on Passivhaus standards runs roughly 10 pct higher than conventional construction costs in the U.S. (Source: Bright Power, Passivhaus Inst., CleanTechnica, 1 Jan., 2019)Contact: Bright Power Inc., Andrea Mancino, Dir. New Construction, 212.803.5868, 415.914.7171, www.brightpower.com; Passive House Institute US, (312) 561-4588, info@phius.org, www.phius.org

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  • DOE Supports Lehigh Bldg. Thermal Battery R&D (R&D, Funding)
    Lehigh University
    Date: 2019-11-27
    According to Carlos Romero, director of Lehigh University's Energy Research Center (ERC) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the addition of renewable energy into the electrical grid is forcing conventional power plants to adapt to new power generation realities. To address the new realities, an interdisciplinary team, promoted by Lehigh's Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE), is launching a project on thermal energy storage (TES) for applications in fossil-fired power plants.

    The team matches the ERC's expertise in power generation and energy with appropriate expertise in civil engineering within Lehigh's Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Research Center.

    Other project partners include: Advanced Cooling Technologies Inc., Dominion Energy-Virginia, Slaw Precast (concrete), Nycon (steel fiber), Hanson Cement and others.

    The research group recently received a three-year, $2 million grant from the US DOE Transformative Power Generation Program to support the design, engineering, optimization, and testing of the Lehigh team's heat Thermal Energy Storage (TCM-TES) concept. (Source: Lehigh University Energy Research Center, PR, Nov., 2019) Contact: Lehigh University, Energy Research Center, Carlos E. Romero Director and Principal Research Scientist, (610) 758-4092, cerj@lehigh.edu, www.lehigh.edu

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