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GE Technology to Advance Norwegian Decarbonization (Int'l.)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-09-15
GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions business reports receipt of a contract from Oslo, Norway utility Elvia to deliver an SF6 free substation in Heggedal featuring GE's g3 gas, an alternative to Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) -- a potent greenhouse gas.

The project scope includes the design, engineering, delivery, erection and commissioning of six bays of GE's F-35-41g 145 kV g3 insulated switchgear and associated electrical balance of plant. This represents the delivery of one of the most digitally advanced gas-insulated substations (GIS) in the world, with a GE digital solution that includes low power instrument transformers (LPIT) and GE's BWatch, an online digital monitoring system.

A recent EU Commission report concluded that fluoronitrile-based gas mixtures -- such as g3 gas -- may be the only insulating and switching gas alternative to SF6 when space is a constraint. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: GE Grid Solutions, 678-844-6777, www.gegridsolutions.com/hvmv_equipment/catalog/g3; Elvia, www.elvia.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Energy Efficiency Key in Notre Dame Carbon Goal (Ind. Report)

Date: 2021-09-13
Near South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame University President Fr. John Jenkins, speaking at the annual Notre Dame Forum's Care for Our Common Home: Just Transition to a Sustainable Future , announced the University aims to achieve a 65 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 compared to a baseline year of 2005, on its way to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

As a result of past renewable and energy efficiency initiatives -- the elimination of all coal usage, green roofs and other energy efficiency measures -- the university (12,600 enrollment) exceeded its 2010 goal of achieving a 50 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and cut energy consumption by 11 pct since 2008, despite an increased demand for space. (Source: Notre Dame University, Observer, 12 Sept., 2021) Contact: Notre Dame University, Paul Kempf, Utilities and Maintenance, 574-631-5000, www.nd.edu

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


Notre Dames Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Notre Dame University
Date: 2021-09-13
Near South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame University President Fr. John Jenkins , speaking at the university's annual Notre Dame Forum, "Care for Our Common Home: Just Transition to a Sustainable Future" announced the University aims to achieve a 65 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 compared to a baseline year of 2005, on its way to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Due to past energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives -- the elimination of all coal usage, large-scale solar installations, geothermal, green roofs and others -- the university (12,600 enrollment) has exceeded its previously reported 2010 goal of achieving a 50 pct reduction in carbon emissions per gross square foot by 2030 and cut energy consumption by 11 pct since 2008, despite an increased demand for space. (Source: Notre Dame University, Observer, 12 Sept., 2021) Contact: Notre Dame University, Paul Kempf, Utilities and Maintenance, 574-631-5000, www.nd.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Energy Storage Association -- Now is the Time for Energy Storage ITC (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Energy Storage Association
Date: 2021-09-10
"More than 700,000 utility customers remain without power more than a week after Hurricane Ida barreled through Louisiana and parts of Mississippi, damaging homes and critical facilities while knocking out more than 2000 miles of transmission needed to deliver electricity to the region.

"This came a week after Tropical Storm Henri dumped nearly two inches of rain on New York City in a single hour and flooded communities along the coast of New England, causing power outages to more than 120,000 homes. The remnants of Hurricane Ida topped that record, dropping over 3 inches of rain on New York City and shutting down key infrastructure. Both incidents come amidst a year already marred by days-long, statewide outages in Texas, during an unprecedented period of freezing temperatures, and recurring power shut-offs across California in an attempt to forestall the worst wildfires in recent history.

"Yesterday's infrastructure cannot deal with tomorrow's weather. We need to eliminate carbon-emitting power sources to blunt the long-term climate drivers of extreme weather. And we also need to make our homes, businesses, and electric grids more resilient to those extremes.

"Most power grids are ill-equipped to confront mounting climate challenges. For example, Hurricane Ida took out all eight transmission lines that carry electricity into New Orleans; Entergy, the principal utility in the area, anticipates weeks before power is restored for most customers. If onsite energy storage, solar, and microgrids had been installed at critical facilities throughout southern Louisiana, they could have enabled continuity of key services during the storm and would have been operating immediately afterward for community benefit, unconstrained by fuel shortages. Importantly, energy storage assets can continue helping well after a disaster has passed.

"American companies have led the world in large-scale battery installation for homes and businesses, directly on the power grid, and integrated into wind and solar energy facilities. Other storage technologies, like thermal storage in buildings, flow batteries in substations, liquid air storage paired with generators, and renewable power-to-gas hydrogen offer opportunities for even longer durations that can further diversify our sources of power system reliability without adding to carbon pollution.

"The U.S. energy storage industry has grown up fast, with recent reports showing nine consecutive quarters of increasing deployment in the power system. Companies in the U.S. are on track to install 12,000 MWh of new storage capacity in 2021, enough to power 1.5 million homes through daily peaks and three times the amount added in 2020. Nevertheless, this pace of storage deployment is still much slower than what is needed to equip vulnerable communities for resilience to increasingly extreme weather and meet President Biden's goal of decarbonizing the power system by 2035.

"Congress has an immediate opportunity, through an energy storage Investment Tax Credit (ITC), to speed storage installations that enable greater deployments of wind, solar, and hydro power while mitigating catastrophic power outages. ITCs have long been an effective policy for driving down technology costs associated with solar power and other clean energy technologies. ITC legislation is a common-sense way to accelerate cost declines in storage technologies that can bolster some of the country's most vulnerable communities.

"Congress must ensure the nation's power infrastructure is capable of meeting 21st century needs and avoids catastrophic outages like we're seeing now in Louisiana. An ITC that makes energy storage more accessible creates a cleaner and more reliable grid and gives Americans greater control over their fate." (Source: Energy Storage Association, PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Energy Storage Assoc., www.energystorage.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage Association news,  Energy STorage news,  


Kinder Morgan Completes $310 Mn Entry into RNG Space (M&A)
Kinder Morgan, Kintrex
Date: 2021-09-08
Houston-headquartered Kinder Morgan Inc. reports it has closed closed the $310 million acquisition of Indianapolis-based Kinetrex Energy, marking the Houston-based pipeline operator's entry into the renewable natural gas (RNG) market. Kinetrex is the leading supplier of LNG in the Midwest and a rapidly growing player in producing and supplying RNG.

The deal follows the formation in March of Kinder Morgan's Energy Transition Ventures group, which has been tasked with identifying commercial opportunities emerging from the low-carbon energy transition.

At time of closing, the Kinextrex portfolio included two small-scale, domestic LNG production and fueling facilities, a 50 pct interest in a landfill-based RNG facility in Indiana, and signed commercial agreements for three additional RNG facilities with construction to begin shortly.

As the three new RNG facilities are expected to become operational over the next 18 months. The company will continue operations as Kinetrex Energy, a Kinder Morgan company. Additionally, key members of Kinetrex's management team, including President and CEO Aaron Johnson, were expected to join Kinder Morgan as part of the acquisition. (Source: Kinder Morgan, 20 Aug., Sept., 2021) Contact: Kinder Morgan, www.kindermorgan.com; Kintrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinder Morgan,  Kintrex Energy,  RNG,  


EMBER Finds Global Power Emissions, Renewables Rising (Int'l.)
EMBER, Renewable Energy, Carbon Emissions, Sandbag
Date: 2021-08-27
In its new Global Electricity Review 2021 UK energy think tank Ember -- fka Sandbag -- noted that rising global electricity demand in the first half of 2021 outpaced growth in clean electricity, which led to an increase in emissions-intensive coal power. As a result, global power sector emissions increased beyond pre-pandemic levels. The Review analyses electric power data from 63 countries representing 87 pct of electricity demand.

The report notes that global power sector emissions rebounded in the first half of 2021 and are presently 5 pct above pre-Covid levels. The global demand for electricity also rose by 5 pct in the first half of 2021 compared to pre-Covid levels, 57 pct of which was met by wind and solar and 43 pct by coal fired power. (Source: EMBER, Website, Aug., 2021) Contact: EMBER, Dave Jones, (+44) 020 8144 8663, info@ember-climate.org,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EMBER,  Sandbag,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  


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,  


ENERGY STAR Expands Data Center Efficiency Effort (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR
Date: 2021-08-18
The U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR program reports it is expanding its efforts to drive energy efficiency improvements among U.S. data centers -- one of the most energy-intensive building types, consuming 10 to 50 times more energy per square foot than a typical office building. In 2014, data centers in the U.S. consumed an estimated 70 billion kWh, roughly 1.8 pct of total U.S. electricity consumption.

Through its ENERGY STAR program, EPA has launched an updated specification for ENERGY STAR certification of data storage products, unveiled a brand-new website to serve as the "go-to place" for data center energy efficiency resources, and will be updating its 1-100 ENERGY STAR score for data centers.

Data center equipment that earns the ENERGY STAR label is independently certified to meet strict efficiency specifications set by the EPA. For example, labeled computer servers are on average 30 pct more efficient than non-certified products. In addition to servers, eligible products include uninterruptible power supplies, data center storage, and large network equipment like switches and routers. More than 190 data centers representing nearly 30 million square feet of floor space have earned ENERGY STAR certification.

Download the updated ENERGY STAR specification for data center storage products HERE. (Source: US EPA, ENERGY STAR, Aug., 2021) Contact: DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


MSU Funded for Industrial Energy Efficiency Center (Funding)
Michigan State University
Date: 2021-08-09
In East Lansing, Michigan State University (MSU) reports it has been awarded $2.25 million over the next five years from the U.S. DOE for the creation of an Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) to work with Michigan manufacturers to shrink carbon footprints, improve energy efficiency and cut energy costs. The funding is part of a 1976 DOE initiative that presently supports 32 IACs nationwide.

The MSU College of Engineering with provide the nucleus for the IAC which will capitalize on the experience found in MSU Extension, the Office of Sustainability, Infrastructure, Planning, and Facilities and the Construction Management programs. The IAC will also utilize the Construction Management Education and Research Lab space for student training and will capitalize on existing teaching, outreach and research efforts related to safety, green building, sustainability, and energy efficiency at all the partner institutions.

Download US DOE IAC details HERE (Source: Michigan State University, PR, dbusiness, 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: MSU College of Engineering, www.egr.msu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Michigan State University news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Green Building news,  


Hydrogen Aviation Fuel Center Slated for WA State (Alt. Fuel)
Universal Hydrogen, Plug Power
Date: 2021-08-06
In Seattle, Universal Hydrogen, magniX, Plug Power and AeroTEC have announced the creation of a Hydrogen Aviation Test and Service Center at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington.

The center will focus on the test flight and certification of Universal Hydrogen's retrofit conversion of a Dash-8 regional turboprop aircraft, scheduled for entry into commercial service in 2025. The Dash-8 conversion will be the first commercially-relevant hydrogen-powered aircraft on routes up to 1,000 kilometers.

According to the release, early adopters of the zero-carbon emission technology include Ravn Alaska, Icelandair, and Spain's Air Nostrum, which have entered into letters of intent with Universal Hydrogen to convert their existing and future fleets to a hydrogen powertrain and for long-term hydrogen fuel supply contracts using Universal Hydrogen's modular capsule distribution network.

The hydrogen powertrain comprises electric propulsion units (EPUs) from Everett, Washington-based magniX and fuel cells from Plug Power. Seattle-based AeroTEC will lead aircraft conversion, flight test, and certification activities, drawing on its own extensive experience with electric aviation and expertise from across the aerospace sector. The conversion work for U.S.-based airlines, flight test, as well as continuing airworthiness support would be based in AeroTEC's Moses Lake facility.

To accelerate market adoption, Universal Hydrogen is also developing a conversion kit to retrofit existing regional airplanes with a hydrogen-electric powertrain compatible with its modular capsule technology. (Source: Universal Hydrogen, PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Plug Power, Andy Marsh, CEO, investors@plugpower.com, www.plugpower.com/hydrogen/genfuel; Universal Hydrogen, Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO, investors@hydrogen.aero, www.hydrogen.aero; AeroTEC, www.aerotec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Universal Hydrogen,  Hydrogen Fuel,  Aviation Fuel,  Plug Power,  


Europe's Largest Energy Storage Project Comes Online (Int.l)
Sungrow
Date: 2021-08-04
China's Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd reports the largest energy storage project in Europe, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant with Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been grid-connected and is now fully operational.

Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage systems featuring high integration, which minimize the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost. The solution meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment -- requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second.

Sungrow is the world's most bankable inverter brand with over 182 GW installed worldwide as of June 2021. Sungrow is a leader in the research and development of solar inverters, with a dedicated R&D team and a broad product portfolio offering PV inverter solutions and energy storage systems for utility-scale, commercial, and residential applications, as well as internationally recognized floating PV plant solutions. With a strong 24-year track record in the PV space, Sungrow products power installations in over 150 countries, according to the company. (Source: Sungrow Power Supply Co., PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Sungrow Power Supply, +86 551 65327879, overseas@sungrow.cn, www.sungrowpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sungrow news,  Solar news,  Energy Storage news,  


Miami Beach Lands LEED Cities Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2021-07-30
In the Sunshine State, the City of Miami Beach reports receipt of U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for its sustainability initiatives, implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at improving sustainability and for its Green Building Ordinance.

The Green Building Ordinance requires new construction over 7,000 square feet or ground floor additions to existing structures that encompass more than 10,000 square feet of additional floor area to be LEED Gold certified or Living Building Challenge certified. In addition to the Green Building Ordinance, the city was also recognized for its alternative transportation options, its expansive green spaces and natural resources such as the dune system that protects the coastline, and its approach to civic and community engagement.

The key metrics tracked through the LEED Cities and Communities program will help support the first Miami Beach climate action plan, which includes setting greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and prioritizing mitigation actions in the sectors of energy and transportation. (Source: City of Miami Beach, PR, Miami Beach Chamber Community News, 30 July, 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency.LEED Certification,  LEED Cities,  


Neste Lauds EU Fit for 55 Package (Opinions & Editorials)
Neste, Fit for 55
Date: 2021-07-23
Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi issued the following comments in welcoming the EU's "Fit for 55" commitment to long-term policies and the ambition to become climate neutral by 2050:

"As a whole, the Fit for 55 package seems to provide the tools to combat the climate crisis during this decade by raising the ambition level of emission cuts across different sectors of the economy. It will support the growth of renewable fuels markets in both road and aviation segments. The Commission's proposal to establish an EU-wide obligation to supply a growing minimum share of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) as of 2025 will create a large market and progressively cut down emissions from flying. The package also supports Neste's climate commitments, including to reach carbon neutral production by 2035. Now that the EC's proposals will enter the legislative process, it will be important to further raise the level of ambition and keep the focus on emission cuts by various solutions, not only by specific technologies," notes Neste VP for Public Affairs, Ilkka Rasanen.

"Neste firmly believes that all solutions are needed in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the societies. On European roads, the number of electric cars is growing at a rapid pace, which is a logical and welcome development as the power generation sector is embracing emission free technologies. However, achieving the ambitious climate targets requires both EVs and renewable transport fuels, as internal combustion engine vehicles will keep playing a key role for a long time, particularly in heavy-duty vehicles. The average age of cars in Europe is more than 10 years; this means that many new vehicles sold today will still be in use for another 15-20 years. When it comes to especially heavy-duty vehicles, internal combustion engines and renewable fuels, both biofuels and so-called e-fuels (Power-to-X), will be needed for a long time. After all, the combustion engine is not the problem when the fuel is renewable and sustainably produced. Already today, customers using the Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ made from 100 pct renewable raw materials can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 pct compared to fossil diesel.

"The aviation industry has already taken steps in the right direction by committing to the target of achieving carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. Neste, as the world's leading producer of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), is committed to helping the aviation industry meet the proposed EU-wide obligation.

"Following its sustainable sourcing principles, Neste continues to develop the availability of emerging, lower-quality waste and residue raw materials, as well as agricultural and forest harvesting residues, algae and municipal solid waste as future raw materials. Neste is also exploring Power-to-X technologies as a new renewable fuel." (Source: Neste, PR, Website 16 July, 2021)Contact: Neste, Ilkka Rasanen, Vice President, Public Affairs, +358 50 458 5123, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biofuel,  Fit for 55,  


Enchant Seeks Carbon Storage "Pore Space" Clarity (Ind. Report)
Enchant Energy
Date: 2021-07-19
In New Mexico, Enchant Energy is calling for state lawmakers to consider legislation to clarify "pore space" ownership and related issues.

Pore space -- the empty space between grains of rocks underground where the firm hopes to store carbon it would remove while running the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology -- starts just below the surface and can be used to sequester carbon dioxide by injecting the gas thousands of feet underground.

Enchant Energy has been working with the City of Farmington to retrofit the San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology after current operations end next year.

According to the company, pore space ownership is beneficial to the state by creating jobs, furthering economic development and generating taxes and payments from injection fees as well as defining ownership and conveyance without harming mineral rights. Montana, Oklahoma and Wyoming presently have pore space legislation. (Source: Enchant Energy, PR, Farmington Times, 17 July, 2021) Contact: Enchant Energy, Ciny Crane, CEO, 505-436-1828, www.enchantenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enchant Energy,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Sequestration,  


DOE Addresses Homes, Bldgs. Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
DOE Better Building Initiative
Date: 2021-07-14
In Washington, the Secretary of Energy has announced sweeping actions to power more American homes and buildings with cleaner, smarter, and more affordable energy services that sharply reduce the buildings sector's energy consumption and contributions to the climate crisis.

Residential and commercial buildings account for more than one-third of the climate-altering carbon pollution America releases each year, use about 40 pct of the nation's energy and waste more than $100 billion annually due to energy inefficiency, according to the DOE. To address energy waste and inefficiency the DOE Better Building Initiative "whole-building" solution calls for the following:

  • Investing in Buildings' Workforce of the Future -- New investments of up to $30 million for the American workforce will expand DOE's support for organizations -- including unions, trade associations, and educational institutions -- that train and support career pathways for a diverse, qualified, and well-paid workforce that enables high-performance buildings.

  • Advancing Efficiency in Heating and Cooling Systems -- A new national initiative focused on clean and efficient heating and cooling systems in buildings called the Initiative for Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity (E3) will advance the research, development, and deployment of clean heating and cooling systems like heat pumps, advanced water heaters, low-to-no global warming potential refrigerants, and smarter HVAC diagnostic tools.

  • Driving Adoption of Smart Building Technologies -- A National Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings will chart a path to triple the energy efficiency and demand flexibility of U.S. buildings within the decade -- worth $100 to $200 billion in energy cost savings -- by implementing 14 practical recommendations that accelerate the ability of buildings to both reduce and change the timing of energy use through smart building operations sensitive to broader grid dynamics.

  • Collaborating with Industry to Decarbonize Buildings -- The Better Buildings Low Carbon Pilot, a project of the Better Buildings Initiative, will work with commercial, industrial, and multifamily organizations to set commitments and share pathways to low and no carbon emission buildings.

  • Opening Up Windows for Collaboration -- The Partnership for Advanced Window Solutions (PAWS) will accelerate the national availability and adoption of advanced and highly efficient windows and window attachments that improve comfort and reduce building energy use.

    Started in 2011, the Better Buildings Initiative has partnered with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation's homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment upgrades and products and sharing successful best practices. Better Buildings partners 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, and 13 pct of total commercial building space, as well as 17 federal agencies, 8 national laboratories, and more than 80 states and local governments. (Source: US DOE Building Technologies Office, PR, June, 2021) Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office, 202-586-9127, buildings@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Better Building Initiative,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Nostromo Ice Energy Storage System Raises $13.6Mn (Int'l. Report)
    Nostromo
    Date: 2021-06-21
    In Tel Aviv, Israeli cold energy storage specialist Nostromo reports completion of a merger with Somoto Ltd., a Tel Aviv-based publicly traded global software company that specializes in online marketing, raising $13.6 million in the process.

    Nostromo's cold energy storage system is based on encapsulated ice cells (IceBrick™) that allow modular installation in commercial buildings. The modular structure of the cells is economical in space and volume allowing for quick installation on roofs, in basements, or along walls.

    The system charges cold energy during hours when electricity demand is low or there is a surplus of renewable energy, and discharges energy during peak consumption hours, relieving the grid from the high air conditioning electricity demands.

    Founded in 2017, Nostromo -- a public technology company -- is listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. (Source: Nostromo, PR, 21 June, 2021) Contact: Nostromo, Yaron Ben Nun, CEO, www.nostromo.energy; Somoto Ltd., www.somoto.com

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


    Manulife Touts Real Estate Portfolio GHG Reduction Plan (Ind. Report)
    Manulife Investment Management
    Date: 2021-06-16
    In Boston, Manulife Investment Management reports in its 2021 Real Estate Sustainability report it had set a GHG reduction target of 80 pct by 2050 across its $18.2 billion property portfolio 63 million sq-ft of office, industrial and retail space and over 6,500 multifamily units across Canada, the US and Asia.

    Manulife developed a GHG model to identify multiple abatement opportunities and model reduction scenarios, and last year it conducted a "deep carbon retrofit study" of its corporate real estate to see where it could achieve immediate and longer-term reductions. Through carbon-emission reduction, Manulife Investment Management aims to be a key player in the transition to a low carbon economy.

    Manulife's global climate action plan also commits to a 35 pct reduction of Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2035, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Manulife Investment Management, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Manulife Investment Management, www.manulifeim.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG news,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions news,  


    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,  


  • Rolls-Royce Developing Aviation Energy Storage Tech. (Int'l.)
    Rolls-Royce
    Date: 2021-06-16
    UK Aerospace engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce reports it plans to invest £80 million ($112.9 million) to develop energy storage systems (ESS) that will enable aircraft to undertake zero-emissions flights of over 100 miles on a single charge.

    Aerospace-certified ESS solutions from Rolls-Royce will power electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems for eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing) in the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market and fixed-wing aircraft, with up to 19 seats, in the commuter market.

    According to the release, Rolls-Royce has to-date designed 10 different aerospace battery systems, four of which have flown in three aircraft, accumulating more than 250 hours of flight experience and another two designs will complete their first flight in aircraft in 2021.

    Rolls-Royce and airframer Tecnam are currently working with Scandinavian regional aircarrier Wideroe to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market, which is planned to be ready for revenue service in 2026. Rolls-Royce will deliver the entire electrical propulsion system including an energy storage system for the new P-VOLT aircraft.

    The Rolls-Royce ESS effort is being supported by the UK Government Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). (Source: Rolls-Royce, PR, 16 June, 2021) Contact: Rolls-Royce, Rob Watson, Director of Electrical, www.rolls-royce.com/contact-us/rolls-royce-headquarters.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  Rolls-Royce news,  


    Aalto Studies Green Infrastructure to Cut Carbon Foot Prints (Int'l.)
    Aalto University
    Date: 2021-06-16
    A new study led by Finland's Aalto University is the first to map out how green infrastructure can be a resource for cities on the path to carbon neutrality. The study, done in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the University of Helsinki, charted the lifecycle phases of plants, soils and mulches to determine the basic considerations needed to create standards for products commonly used in green urban spaces. p> The study identified the existing carbon footprint standards, widely used in the construction industry, that would need development if applied to green infrastructure. To do so, they compared the flows of carbon in soils, mulches and plants over their lifespans. The team then tried to translate these carbon flows into the standardised reporting format used for conventional building products.

    The study recommendations provide a concrete basis for developing global and regional -- for example, European Union -- standards for green infrastructure. The aim is to ensure claims of carbon storage hold true, as well as eventually have a tool for landscape designers to help plan new areas or refurbishing existing urban spaces.

    The recommendations are particularly relevant for countries and regions like the Nordics, where nature has been traditionally integrated into urban landscapes. However, they can also help other areas meet their carbon targets.

    Researchers at Aalto University, together with consortium partners of the Co-Carbon project, are currently starting field tests to determine the exact carbon sequestration potential of plants at various stages of growth. While the carbon storage potential of trees is relatively well-known, the study is set to be the first to focus on plants and bushes, elements commonly used in urban landscaping. At Luke, researchers are developing a tool to model the changes in carbon storage of plants and soil at regional level due to land use changes. Such a tool could help planners target and maintain existing carbon storage in plants and soil. (Source: Aalto University, PR, Website, June, 2021) Contact: Aalto University, Dr. Matti Kuittinen, Dr. Matti Kuittinen, +358 5059 47990, matti.kuittinen@aalto.fi, www.aalto.fi; Natural Resources Institute Finland, Dr. Eeva-Maria Tuhkanen, Research scientist, +358 2953 26595, eeva-maria.tuhkanen@luke.fi, www.luke.fi

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Foot Print,  


    USGBC Lauds LG for Green Building Commitment (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, LG Electronics
    Date: 2021-06-14
    LG Electronics USA is reporting its North American headquarters campus in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. has received US Green Building Council 2021 LEED Platinum certification.

    LG's new $300 million, 350,000 sq-ft building and campus incorporates 50 pc more green space on the 27-acre site, maintained woodlands and wetlands and planted more than 1,500 trees native to New Jersey. The facility features highly efficient LG HVAC technologies to maximize energy conservation and an 85,000-square-foot rooftop array of LG solar modules to generate clean electricity on-site and help reduce carbon emissions. Other award-winning technologies and systems from LG -- including digital signage displays and smart appliances -- are integrated throughout the property.

    The LG campus is one of only 10 new construction buildings in the Garden State and one of 894 projects nation-wide to earn LEED Platinum. (Source: LG Electronics USA, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: LG Electronics USA, www.lg.com/us; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    IRENA, Morocco Partnering to Advance Green-Hydrogen (Int'l.)
    International Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2021-06-14
    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports it will work the Morocco Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment (MEME) to strengthen joint collaboration to advance knowledge in renewable energy and advance the national green hydrogen economy in line with Morocco's aim to become a major green hydrogen producer and exporter.

    Under the agreement, IRENA and the MEME Morocco will work together to develop technology and market outlook studies, craft public-private models of cooperation in the hydrogen space, explore the development of new hydrogen value chains and lay the groundwork for the trading of green hydrogen at a national and regional level. The two parties will also conduct joint analyses to explore the socio-economic benefits of renewables, emphasising the development of new value chains, job creation at the national level and lessons learned to the broader region.

    At the end of 2020, the Kingdom of Morocco had a total installed renewable energy capacity of almost 3.5 GW, according to IRENA. (Source: IRENA, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: IRENA, +971 241 79000, info@irena.org, www.irena.org

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    CSU Awarded $1Mn to Support Clean Energy Innovation (Funding)
    Colorado State University, Innosphere Ventures
    Date: 2021-06-09
    In Denver, the Colorado State University (CSU) Energy Institute reports it will receive $1 million in new funding from the U.S. DOE to support low-carbon energy innovation and commercialization in Colorado and the region.

    The award is part of the DOE's $10 million Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) and will provide resources to enable the CSU Energy Institute to launch the Rockies/Plains Energy Accelerator for Commercializing Hardtech (REACH) -- in collaboration with Innosphere Ventures, the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (CERC) and 22 other ecosystem partners. REACH is tailored to the specific needs of the Rocky Mountains Great Plains region which produces 25 pct of the nation's energy.

    Innosphere and CSU will plan, develop, and execute a growth strategy for clean energy innovation clusters throughout the region in partnership with public, private, non-profit, and higher education partners, and with support from CERC -- Colorado's inter-institutional partnership between CSU, University of Colorado- Boulder, Colorado School of Mines and the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

    EPIC is a $10 million funding opportunity created by the DOE Office of Technology Transitions to underscore the importance of regional clusters which increase productivity of area companies, drive the direction and pace of innovation, and stimulate the formation of new businesses, further reinforcing the cluster itself.

    CSU is one of 10 recipients of the EPIC funding award. (Source: Colorado State University, PR, Website, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Colorado State University Energy Institute, Bryan Willson, Exec, Dir., Allison Vitt, Allison.Vitt@colostate.edu, www.energy.colostate.edu; Innosphere Ventures, Mike Freeman, CEO, www.innosphereventures.org; Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory, www.coloradocollaboratory.org

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    Tallahassee Scores USGBC LEED Gold for Cities (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In the Sunshine State, the state capital City of Tallahassee (pop. 195,000) reports it has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold for Cities certification.

    To earn City LEED Gold certification, the City conducted an in-depth, cross-departmental data analysis and evaluation related to its strategic sustainability and resilience efforts. Following the receipt of a partial grant from USGBC in 2019, the city established a team to begin coordinating the certification of the City through the global LEED for Cities program. The following initiatives helped the City earn certification:

  • Integrative Planning -- The City received the maximum number of points available for its comprehensive planning and leadership.

  • Natural Systems and Ecology -- The City was awarded the maximum number of points available for its ecosystem assessment, green spaces availability, natural resource conservation and resilience planning.

  • Transportation and Land Use -- The City was awarded the maximum number of points available for its historical site preservation policies. It also received points for its transportation performance.

  • Water Performance -- The City earned LEED points for its annual water consumption per capita data and progressive water management policies.

  • Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions -- The City was awarded the maximum number of points available for energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management, which included an assessment of Tallahassee’s per capita and total GHG emissions. The City also earned points for its renewable energy generation and declining GHG intensity (GHG relation to GDP). Lastly, the City received the maximum points allowed for its net metering practices.

  • Innovation -- The City received the maximum number of points available for its innovative approaches to advancing sustainability and resiliency.

  • Regional Priority -- The City received regional priority credits for membership and participation in the Capital Area Sustainability Compact, its disaster preparation efforts, initiatives to reduce housing insecurity, as well as the City's significant efforts to protect Wakulla Springs. (Source: City of Tallahassee, June, 2021) Contact: City of Tallahassee, www.talgov.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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  • 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

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    EESL, ISHRAE Partner for Indian HVAC Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency Services Limited
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In New Delhi, India state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) reports it is partnering with the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Engineers (ISHRAE) to develop and implement energy efficiency and clean energy solutions in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) space.

    Under this association, EESL and ISHRAE will establish committees and task forces to address specific areas requiring joint participation for the promotion of energy efficient low carbon technologies in cooling & heating and in the cold chain sector, including transportation. The partners will also work on District Energy Systems including awareness & adoption, training, and capacity building programmes for Refrigerator and Air Conditioning (RAC) technicians engaged in original equipment manufacturing (OEM), channel partners or independent service centres.

    EESL is a "Super Energy Service Company" (ESCO) seeking to advance the Indian energy efficiency market. It acts as the resource center for capacity building of State Distribution Companies (DISCOMs), State Development Authorities (SDAs), upcoming Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), financial institutions, etc. (Source: EESL. PR, PTI June, 2021) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Limited, www.eeslindia.org; ISHRAE, www.ishrae.in

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    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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  • AboitizPower Planning Second Philippines Solar Project (Int'l.)
    Aboitiz Power
    Date: 2021-05-26
    In the Philippines, Aboitiz Power Corporation reports it plans to expand its share in the Philippines solar energy space with construction of a 74-MW solar power facility this year.

    The solar project, which is slated to be built in Cayanga in the town of Bugallon, about 13 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital of Lingayen, is now in the development stage. The Cayanga project will be the company's second solar power venture after its 59-MW-peak facility in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, which was inaugurated in 2016.

    Construction is expect the get underway later this year for commercial operations by Q4, 2022. (Source: AboitizPower, PR, Website, 24 May, 2021) Contact: AboitizPower, AboitizPower, Officer Emmanuel V. Rubio, Pres., CEO, www.aboitizpower.com

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    FCM Invests $14Mn in PEI, NS Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    Federation of Canadian Municipalities
    Date: 2021-05-19
    In Ottawa, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is reporting a $14.1-million investment through FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) and drive cost savings in communities in Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Nova Scotia (NS).

    The $14.1 million investment supports PACE Maritimes (Property Assessed Clean Energy), a multi-provincial program that will operate in Stratford and Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Wolfville, N.S. The program will finance residential energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy storage projects across the three municipalities. Of the total, $175,000 is earmarked for City of Charlottetown to study the feasibility of energy retrofits to cut energy consumption in 22 municipal buildings

    CEF helps communities of all sizes implement innovative local financing programs that directly help homeowners cut GHG emissions and improve energy efficiency. The Canadian Government has invested $1.65 billion in GMF since its inception 20 years ago. (Source: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Natural Resources Canada, PR, 19 May, 2021)Contact: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Green Municipal Fund, T. 613-241-5221, F. 613-241-7440, www.fcm.ca/en/programs/green-municipal-fund, www.fcm.ca

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    Schneider Touts EcoStruxure 43U C-Series Micro (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-05-17
    Energy management specialist Schneider Electric reports an expansion of its EcoStruxure™ Micro Data Center C-Series with the new 43U, offering the greatest capacity and energy efficiency in the company's commercial and office line of micro data centers.

    The EcoStruxture Micro Data Centers will empower organizations to optimize their operations and increase productivity, cost-efficiency and seamless interoperability. The new 43U C-Series offers a complete edge management solution that can be remotely monitored with EcoStruxure IT Software and Digital Services.

    The 43U C-Series is designed for low-to-medium density applications and environments without 24/7 precision cooling for sensitive IT such as supply rooms, IT closets, and office spaces.

    Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries provides integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Website, DJ, 15 May, 2021) Contact: Schneider Electric, Vicki True , 774-613-1158, vicki.true@se.com, www.se.com, twitter.com/SchneiderElec

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    Illinois EPA Supports Clean Energy Innovation Fund (Funding)
    Illinois EPA
    Date: 2021-05-14
    In Springfield, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Energy has awarded $750,000 to the Illinois Clean Energy Innovation Fund, which is administered by Clean Energy Trust (CET). This current investment is made possible through the State Energy Program grant awarded by the U.S. DOE to the Illinois EPA.

    To date, the Innovation Fund has invested a total of $2.9 million in 11 Illinois-based companies which have gone on to raise tens of millions of dollars in follow-on investments. Two rapidly growing Illinois-based cleantech companies -- Intellihot and Agentis -- have received investment from the Illinois Clean Energy Innovation Fund.

  • Intellihot designs and manufactures the first "smart" tankless water heaters suitable for commercial buildings. Their innovative, modular design saves space, cuts costs and energy use.

  • Chicago-based Agentis leverages billions of data points from over 2.5 million businesses in North America to change the way businesses work with their utilities. Agentis digital engagement software drives measurable energy efficiency results, allowing customers access to energy data that accelerate the adoption of new technologies like solar and battery storage. (Source: Illinois EPA Office of Energy, PR, 14 May., 2021) Contact: Illinois Clean Energy Innovation Fund, www.cleanenergytrust.org/programs/illinois-clean-energy-innovation-fund; Illinois EPA Office of Energy, www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/energy/Pages/default.aspx

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  • Carbon180 Unveils Carbon Removal Policy Roadmap (Report Attached)
    Carbon 180
    Date: 2021-05-14
    Washington-based climate not-for-profit Carbon180 has published a series of recommendations for Congress to catalyze the next wave of transformation in carbon removal -- a widely overlooked but invaluable pathway for meeting global climate goals.

    These recommendations aim to accelerate further development in the space by mobilizing a combination of research, development and demonstration (RD&D), deployment incentives, infrastructure and regulations over the next 1-3 years.

    In this policy roadmap, Carbon180 is calling on Congress to fulfill a series of actions across sectors to drive this industry forward, including:

  • LAND-BASED APPROACHES -- Land-based carbon removal approaches, many of which are relatively inexpensive and already being deployed, can provide myriad environmental and economic co-benefits. Congress has the opportunity to utilize an integrated approach to assessing and deploying these solutions and build a durable and equitable carbon removal economy in Forestry, Soil Carbon, Marine "blue carbon" and Environmental Justice.

  • TECH-BASED APPROACHES -- Technologies that pull carbon out of the atmosphere have the potential to remove gigatons of CO2 create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and contribute significantly to economic growth in Direct Air Carbon Capture, Geologic Storage, Federal Procurement, Emerging Solutions and Environmental Justice.

  • CROSS-SOLUTION APPROACHES -- Carbon removal solutions have traditionally been developed and deployed in silos but with a host of opportunities and challenges across the industry, it is crucial to develop federal policy that utilizes expertise across federal agencies including : Cross-Agency Collaboration, BECC Deployment Roadmap and Environmental Justice.

    Congressional attention and funding around carbon removal solutions has gained significant momentum over the last five years and especially in the last 12 months. The 2020 Omnibus Bill delivered historic wins for carbon removal and both the SCALE Act and the REPLANT Act, introduced in the first four months of the 117th Congress, signal a promise to accelerate land- and tech-based solutions. Alongside the continued support from the Biden administration and private sector leaders, including Stripe, Shopify, and Microsoft, carbon removal is positioned to grow into a booming industry. Congress now has the opportunity to solidify US leadership on climate and elevate carbon removal as a climate solution mainstay.

    Download the Carbon180 reports and recommendations HERE. (Source: Carbon180, PR, May, 2021) Contact: Carbon180, Erin Burns, Exec. Dir., policy@carbon180.0rg, www.carbon180.org

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  • 424 Capital Snares QE Solar (Ind. Report, M&A)
    QE Solar
    Date: 2021-05-12
    In the Bay State, Wakefield-headquartered 424 Capital is reporting the acquisition of Cranford, New Jersey-based QE Solar , a provider of operations and maintenance (O&M) services for commercial, industrial, and utility scale solar infrastructure as well as battery energy storage systems.

    QE Solar is the largest independent provider of O&M services to commercial and industrial (C&I) scale solar PV systems in the US offering nationwide coverage with a dedicated team of over 80 field technicians and engineers. QE Solar is a full-service partner for solar asset owners and provides a comprehensive suite of O&M, commissioning, aerial thermography, engineering consulting, and construction management services for over 2.0 GW of solar C&I installations across the US.

    424 Capital works in partnership with founders and management teams to accelerate and scale for long-term growth, focusing primarily on investments in the healthcare and renewable energy spaces. (Source: 424 Capital, PR, 11 May, 2021) Contact: 424 Capital, Jenn Mosto, jmosto@424capital.com, www.424capital.com; QE Solar, www.qesolar.com

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    Group14 Technologies Planning New Battery Prod. Facility (Ind. Report)
    Group14 Technologies
    Date: 2021-05-12
    In Washington State, battery technology start-up Group14 Technologies reports it is considering and seeking capital for construction of a large production facility in Moses Lake before the end of 2021. The new facility is projected to begin production early in 2023. This follows Group14's recent completion of a 27,000-square-foot production facility in Woodinville.

    Group14 Technologies pioneered a carbon-silicon composite to replace graphite anodes that gives rechargeable lithium-ion batteries 50 pct more capacity. Silicon has long been known to be a more efficient material for anodes in rechargeable batteries. However, silicon molecules heat up as electricity flows through them, expanding and becoming brittle. Group14 has solved that problem with a silicon-carbon composite called SCC55, which uses a carbon scaffolding to contain the silicon molecules, giving them space to expand without damaging the anode, according to the company. (Source: Group14 Technologies, PR, 10 May, 2021) Contact: Group14 Technologies, Rick Luebbe, CEO, www.group14.technology

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    Ithaca Energy Code Requires Net-Zero Const. by 2026 (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-05-10
    In the Empire State, the City of Ithaca has adopted the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (IECS) code requirements for new buildings and major renovations that will substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions while emphasizing affordability.

    The rules, which will go into effect on August 4, 2021, require all new buildings be constructed to produce 40 pct fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than those built to NY State code. The IECS will become more stringent in 2023, requiring an 80 pct reduction in emissions. Starting in 2026, net-zero buildings that do not use fossil fuels will be required (with exceptions for cooking and process energy).

    Partly due to broad community support and the increasing urgency of global climate change, Ithaca Common Council voted to accelerate the implementation timeline from the originally proposed step-up dates of 2025 and 2030.

    The IECS offers flexibility for builders to comply using the prescriptive Easy Path, a customized point-based system, or the performance-based Whole Building Path. Using the Easy Path, GHG reductions are achieved from electrification of space and water heating (e.g., heat pumps), renewable energy (e.g., community solar), and affordability improvements which reduce construction costs (e.g., efficient building shape).

    The IECS is an overlay to the state energy code, not a replacement, and is All other applicable code requirements must still be met. The Ithaca Energy Code Supplement is a major piece of the City's Green New Deal (GND) which aims to achieve an equitable transition to carbon-neutrality community-wide by 2030.

    Download Ithaca Energy Code Supplement at www.ithacagreenbuilding.com. (Source: City of Ithaca, PR, 7 May, 2021) Contact: City of Ithaca, JoAnn Cornish, Director Planning & Development, 607-274-6565, dgrunder@cityofithaca.org; Nick Goldsmith, Sustainability Coordinator, 607-274-6550 ngoldsmith@cityofithaca.org, www.cityof ithaca.org


    Blue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis (Marine Conservation Society Report Attached)
    Marine Conservation Society
    Date: 2021-05-05
    In the UK, the Marine Conservation Society, in partnership with Rewilding Britain, has released Blue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis, a report on the ocean's vital role in fighting the climate crisis and blue carbon solutions as an effective strategy for hitting net zero by 2050. In recognition of the vital role oceans must play in climate change mitigation and adaptation, ocean-based solutions must be adopted with pace and at scale by 2030.

    Globally, the "rewilding" of key blue carbon securing marine and coastal ecosystems -- seagrass beds, saltmarshes and mangroves -- could deliver CO2 mitigation amounting to 1.83 billion tonnes. That is 5 pct of the emissions savings we need to make globally. This figure doesn't include the enormous quantities of carbon stored in fish and other marine life; in marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, seaweeds and shellfish beds; or the vast stores of carbon in our seabed sediments.

    The report motes that 500,000 km2 of the UK's shelf seas hold an estimated 205 million tonnes of carbon -- 50 million tonnes more than the entire quantity held within the UK's forests. Harmful fishing practices such as bottom trawling, and other activities such as dredging, disturb seabed sediments and have the potential to result in the loss of 13 million tonnes of carbon from vital blue carbon stores, including shellfish beds and kelp forests, over the next decade.

    Nature-based solutions could provide a third of climate change mitigations required to address the climate crisis, but currently they attract less than 3 pct of funds invested globally in addressing climate change, he report notes. Internationally, the UK is leading the way by committing to significantly increase its spending on nature-based solutions, including those offered by the ocean. This must be matched with equally ambitious actions at home. Investment in protecting our marine ecosystems is vital, for both biodiversity and blue carbon storage.

    The report makes the case for the development of a four nation Blue Carbon Strategy, focusing on three key action areas. First, scaling up marine rewilding for biodiversity and blue carbon benefits. Second, Integrating blue carbon protection and recovery into climate mitigation and environmental management policies. Third, working with the private sector to develop and support sustainable and innovative low-carbon commercial fisheries and aquaculture.

    With COP26 occurring in six months time, it has never been more pertinent for UK governments to take action. Ocean-based solutions must be part of the many urgent and varied solutions required to address the climate crisis.

    Download theBlue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis report HERE. (Source: Marine Conservation Society, PR Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Marine Conservation Society, Dr Chris Tuckett, Prog. Dir., info@mcsuk.org, +44 0 1989 566017, www.mcsuk.org

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    USGBC Develops LEED Safety First Credits (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2021-05-03
    As part of its Healthy Economy strategy, the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched LEED Safety First credits that support project teams as they work toward reentry and safe operation. The Safety First Credits were designed to be "agile" and up-datable as more is known about the virus that causes COVID-19.

    Safety First LEED credits are helping building teams provide healthy spaces and assisting with building reentry. The credits outline sustainable best practices that align with public health and industry guidelines related to cleaning and disinfecting, workplace reoccupancy, HVAC and plumbing operations. The credits can be used by LEED projects that are certified or are undergoing certification.

    While all these measures are aimed at supporting how building design and operations can help mitigate the spread of disease, including the virus that causes COVID-19, they are also based on ensuring healthy indoor air and spaces even beyond the effects of a pandemic, and they could help frame future long-term updates to the LEED rating system.

    Download USGBC LEED Safety First details HERE. (Source: US Green Building Council, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org

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    Tesla Battery Powerwall Boss Talks Carbon Tax (Notable Quote)
    Elon Musk
    Date: 2021-04-30
    "I talked to the Biden administration, and they were like 'Well, this seems too politically difficult' and I was like, 'Well, this is obviously a thing that should happen', and by the way, SpaceX would be paying a carbon tax too. So I'm like, you know, I'm like, I think we should pay it too. It's not like we shouldn't have carbon generating things. It's just that there's got to be a price on this stuff.

    "If we just put a price on carbon emissions, the market will react in a sensible way. But because we don]t have a price on it, it is behaving badly. It's either we have sustainable energy or civilization collapses. And so if civilization doesn't collapse we will have sustainable energy, it's just a question of how soon does that happen. Sooner is better." -- Elon Musk, Feb., 2021)

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    Safe Foods Scores LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-04-28
    North Little Rock, Arkansas-headquartered Safe Foods Corporation reports its global headquarters and innovation center has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED v4 Silver level of certification.

    Completed in 2019, the Safe Foods project is a complete renovation of a 133,128 square foot building consisting of blending, packaging, and warehousing areas on the first level while the upper levels are reserved for manufacturing, offices, and communal spaces. The LEED Silver certification of Safe Foods project incudes:

  • The installation of low mercury lighting and high-efficiency HVAC systems, saving almost 30 pct in energy costs per year over a comparable building of this size and use.

  • Low flow fixtures throughout the facility reduces the water used every year by 32 pct

  • The utilization of low emitting construction materials throughout

  • The preservation of 492,000 square feet of open space, retention of 93 pct of the existing structure, and others. (Source: Safe Foods, PR, 26 Apr., 2021) Contact: Safe Foods Corp., 501-758-8500, www.safefoods.net; USGBC, www.usgbc.org

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  • Prologis Launching LEED v4 Volume Program (Ind. Report)
    Prologis
    Date: 2021-04-26
    San Francisco-headquartered warehouse development powerhouse Prologis Inc. reports launching the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design v4 for Core and Shell Volume Program for the U.S. logistics real estate sector.

    The new version features more rigorous standards than the previous LEED Volume Program, which was established in 2014. Under the LEED v4 for Core and Shell Volume Program, Prologis "will implement measurable strategies for achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality for its projects in the U.S., Latin America, Canada and Italy."

    According to a company release, "The Volume Program streamlines the certification process at a substantially lower cost than would be possible with individual building assessments. Since our initial participation in the 2014 program, we have saved $24 million when compared to the costs for non-Volume certification."

    In 2020, Prologis set a goal that 100 pct of new developments and redevelopments will achieve sustainable building certification each year. As of the end of 2019, Prologis had 143 million square feet of sustainably certified space across 397 projects in 18 countries. (Source: Prologis, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Prologis, 415 394 9000, www.prologis.com

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    NASA Nails 2020 Green Bldg Initiative Award (Ind. Report)
    NASA,Green Building Initiative
    Date: 2021-04-23
    The Green Building Initiative (GBI) reports the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) Building 4221 in Huntsville, Alabama has won the 2020 Green Globes Project of the Year Award.

    The building was recognized for its innovative sustainability features that include: a customized stormwater management plan, cistern, and bioswales, stormwater capture and infiltration, reflective roof with a 120kW solar array, improved thermal envelope, high-efficiency glazing, and exterior shading. The project also includes a green cleaning program, temperature and humidity sensors to maintain thermal comfort and day-lighting in 94 pct of occupied space. During construction the project diverted 78 pct of on-site generated construction waste from landfills and 23 pct of the total construction materials contain recycled content from local sources and 92 pct of the lumber used in construction came from FSC-Certified forests.

    GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer dedicated to improving building performance and reducing climate impacts. Founded in 2004, the organization is the global provider of the Green Globes® and federal Guiding Principles Compliance building certification and assessment programs, according to its website. (Source: Green Building Initiative, PR, 23 Apr., 2021) Contact: GBI, info@thegbi.org, www.thegbi.org

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    Sustainable Aviation Fuels Buyers Alliance Launched (Ind. Report)
    Sustainable Aviation Fuels Buyers Alliance
    Date: 2021-04-21
    The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is reporting the launch of the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) to accelerate the path to net zero aviation by driving investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), catalysing new SAF production and technological innovation and supporting member engagement in policy-making. SABA's founding member companies include Boeing, BCG, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Netflix and Salesforce. Key aspects of SABA's work will include:
  • Education and Policy Support -- SABA will help members navigate the technical aspects of SAF and the SAF market, aviation emissions accounting, and the SAF policy landscape.

  • Technology Innovation -- SABA will assess emerging SAF technologies and work with like-minded organizations to help address barriers to scale and cost reduction.

  • Investment Opportunity -- SABA will establish a rigorous, transparent SAF certificate system enabling air transport customers -- not only aircraft operators -- to invest in high quality SAF to meet their ambitious climate goals.

    According to RMI's managing director of climate intelligence Ned Harvey, "SABA will build on the strong foundation of these global efforts, and develop a system that enables SAF to grow at the same pace and scale that renewable electricity grew over the last decade. The benefits of investing in SAF will go beyond the aviation sector, creating vast new clean energy jobs and new, sustainable revenue sources for farmers and tech innovators." (Source: EDF, PR, 20 Apr., 2021) Contact: EDF, www.edf.org

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  • WashREIT Announces $350 Mn of Green Bonds for Eligible Green Bldgs Achieving BREEAM Certification (Ind. Report)
    BREEAM
    Date: 2021-04-21
    In Washington, DC, commercial and residential landlord WashREIT has announced an expansion of its $350 million Green Bond Framework for eligible green projects, including eight multifamily assets acquired in 2019. WashREIT intends to achieve BREEAM In-Use Very Good certifications for the majority of its real estate assets. Green Bond proceeds will be allocated to buildings that achieve BREEAM certification to address energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy projects.

    BREEAM is the world's leading sustainability assessment methodology for master-planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognizes and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction, through performance in operation, to refurbishment. BREEAM does this through third party certification of the assessment of an asset's environmental, social and economic sustainability performance, according to its website.

    WashREIT owns and operates 43 properties includes nearly 7,000 multifamily apartment units and approximately 3.4 million square feet of commercial space in Washington, DC.

    The global green bond market expected to exceed $ 1 trillion by the end of 2021. (Source: WashREIT, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: WashREIT, 202.774.3200, www.washreit.com; BREEAM USA, 415-747-5152, breeamusa@bregroup.com www.breeam.com/usa

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    Major Business Support for Biden Administration's Climate Action Plan (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
    We Mean Business Cooalition
    Date: 2021-04-16
    On Tuesday, in an open letter organized by the We Mean Business coalition to President Biden, 310 businesses and investors with a footprint in the U.S. signed their support for the Biden administration's commitment to climate action and for setting a federal climate target to reduce emissions.

    An excerpt from the letter states, "To restore the standing of the U.S. as a global leader, we need to address the climate crisis at the pace and scale it demands. Specifically, the U.S. must adopt an emissions reduction target that will place the country on a credible pathway to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. We, therefore, call on you to adopt the ambitious and attainable target of cutting GHG emissions by at least 50 pct below 2005 levels by 2030."

    The letter demonstrates the U.S. business and investor communities' strong support for a highly ambitious 2030 emissions reduction target, or Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) pursuant to the Paris Agreement, in pursuit of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. Latest climate modeling shows that at least halving emissions by 2030 is achievable, and provides strong economic benefits. The Biden administration is expected to announce its NDC prior to the Leaders Summit on Climate.

    Business signatories of the letter collectively represent over $3 trillion in annual revenue and employ nearly 6 million U.S. workers across all 50 states. They range in size from small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to large multinational corporations, and represent a number of industries. Investor signatories collectively represent more than $1 trillion in assets under management and include CalSTRS, the New York State Comptroller, the New York City Comptroller and the California State Controller's Office, among others.

    "The U.S. business community is committed to doing its part to reduce emissions because it is good for the economy and helps us build back better. Companies want to work with the Biden administration toward a better future for all," said Maria Mendiluce, CEO of the We Mean Business coalition. "I applaud businesses and investors for raising their voices in support of at least halving U.S. emissions by 2030. This is what the climate crisis requires, and will strengthen the country's competitiveness and create more good jobs"

    "A strong national emissions reduction target is just what we need to catalyze a net-zero emissions future and build back a more equitable and inclusive economy," said Anne Kelly, vice president of government relations at Ceres. "Businesses of all sizes recognize that reducing emissions is vital to keeping the U.S. competitive, and protecting the health and well-being of people and the planet. By setting a strong target, the Biden administration can ensure the U.S. is ready to return to its role as a global climate leader and spur further action from the private sector."

    We Mean Business is a global coalition of nonprofit organizations working with the world's most influential businesses to take action on climate change. The coalition brings together seven organizations: BSR, CDP, Ceres, The B Team, The Climate Group, The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Together we catalyze business action to drive policy ambition and accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

    Business signatories to the letter include Apple; Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc.; BT Americas; Boston Consulting Group; Burton; Coca-Cola; Danone North America; DSM North America; Edison International; Facebook; GAP Inc.; General Electric; Google; H&M; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; HP Inc.; IKEA Retail U.S.; Johnson & Johnson; Kellogg Company; LafargeHolcim; Levi Strauss & Co.; Lyft, Inc.; MARS; Mastercard; McDonald's Corporation; Microsoft; National Grid; New Belgium Brewing; Nestle; Nike; Novozymes North America; Orsted North America; Ralph Lauren Corp.; Schneider Electric; Siemens; Solvay; Starbucks; Tiffany & Co; Unilever; Verizon; VF Corporation; and Walmart, among others. (Source: We Mean Business Coalition, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: We Mean Business Coalition, Maria Mendiluce, CEO, Kristen King, 904-608-1745, kristen@wemeanbusinesscoalition.org, www.wemeanbusinesscoalition.org

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    California Carbon Reduction Partnership Growing (Ind. Report)
    Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In the Golden State, the Oakland-based not-for-profit Rising Sun Center for Opportunity is reporting the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, Bay Area Regional Energy Network, and East Bay Community Energy have joined other Bay Area industry, labor, and government agencies to work to "ensure equitable access to high-road jobs in the building decarbonization industry" and reducing the region's carbon footprint.

    Other organizations joining the effort include the Construction Trades Workforce Initiative, Emerald Cities Collaborative, The Greenlining Institute, several builder groups, and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.

    According to Rising Sun, most housing in the Bay Area uses natural gas for cooking, water heating, and space heating. Reducing residential carbon dioxide emissions will require new housing to be all electric new construction, as well as significant retrofitting of existing housing.

    The effort is being funded by California High Road Training Partnership and California Climate Investments program. (Source: Rising Sun, PR, The Independent, 10 Apr., 2021) Contact: Rising Sun, Julia Hatton, CEO, 510-665-1501, www.risingsunopp.org

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    PSU $4.6Bn Endowment Aims for Net-zero Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Penn State University
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In the Keystone State, the Penn State University Office of Investments has announced it will eliminate greenhouse gas emissions associated with underlying investments, but not necessarily divesting fossil fuels, in Penn's $4.6 billion endowment by 2050.

    The goal supports efforts outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to reduce the world's net anthropogenic emissions to zero by 2050. This announcement builds upon Penn State's annual Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 report, released on Dec. 1, 2020, which summarized the University's latest progress in environmental sustainability made from 2019 to 2024 with a commitment to achieve a 100 pct carbon-neutral campus by 2042.

    Penn State has reduced its overall carbon emissions by 37.2 pct since 2009 and "greened" its physical footprint with 27 buildings achieving US Green Building Council LEED certification, 34 buildings having green roofs, and 14 acres of open space having been added through the creation of Penn Park. In 2020, the University signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the construction of two new solar energy facilities which will offset 75 pct of both the academic campus and the University of Pennsylvania Health System's electricity consumption through renewable energy. (Source: Penn State University, PR, The Pennsylvanian, Apr., 2021) Contact: Penn State University, 814-865-6528, www.bursar.psu.edu/endowments

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    ADM Rebooting Idled Ethanol Plant Production (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Further to our 27 April, 2020 coverage, Chicago-headquartered biofuel pioneer and ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) reports it is rebooting ethanol production at its 300-gpy corn dry mills plants in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Columbus, Nebraska.

    "We've been carefully monitoring a wide variety of industry ethanol conditions, and in recent weeks, we've seen consistent signs pointing to accelerating demand for domestic ethanol. company said in a statement. Inventories across the industry are steadily coming down, China is importing volumes, we continue to expect driving miles to increase as the pace of vaccinations accelerates, and the EPA's support of a strong Renewable Fuel Standard is helping drive great blending economics," according to a company statement . Ethanol deliveries are expected by mid-April, with full capacity by late spring. (Source: Archer Daniels Midland, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com

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    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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    Penna. DEP Eases Energy Efficiency Loan Process (Ind. Report)
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    Date: 2021-03-22
    In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reports it has revamped the Green Energy Loan Fund (GELF) to make it easier for commercial property owners to get low-interest loans for large-scale, high-impact energy efficiency projects.

    The DEP and GELF work with building owners to ensure projects meet minimum energy savings requirements. In preparation for financing, GELF offers borrowers technical assistance to help building owners identify the most efficient, effective solutions to improve their building's energy performance. The improvements make it easier for borrowers to get even lower interest rates if they commit to performing a retro-commissioning -- upgrading -- several years after installation of their energy-saving project. New equipment must reduce energy use at least 25 pct, and whole building projects must reduce energy use more than 10 pct over current building energy code.

    The GELP prioritizes local community development efforts and seeks to support projects in Environmental Justice areas. Nearly 30 pct of funded projects have been in buildings owned or controlled by persons of color or with low income, and more than half have been located in low-income census tracts.

    The Green Energy Loan Fund has financed 16 projects for a total of $23 million in improvements to 2.1 million square feet of building space since 2009. The financing has enabled a carbon dioxide emissions reduction of 110,000 tons over the life of these projects.

    Download Penna. Green Energy Loan Fund details HERE. (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov

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    PACE Loans Under Review in the Show Me State (Reg. & leg.)
    PACE Loan
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In Jefferson City, Missouri House and Senate committees have passed legislation that would place significant new regulations on residential property assessed clean energy (PACE) loans.

    Under the legislation, PACE programs would be examined by the state Division of Finance every 24 months at an estimated cost of $50,000 per review. Under another bill, (HB 697), mortgage lenders would have the power to veto PACE loans.

    PACE loans are repaid as a line item added to borrowers' property tax bills and processed by county collectors as though they were a tax and, in the event of a mortgage payment default, are collected ahead of the mortgage loan. Consequently, mortgage lenders are uneasy with PACE financing and federal mortgage lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae do not allow PACE loans on top of mortgages they hold.

    Current law allows PACE loans only in cities and counties that pass ordinances authorizing the lending. Proposed legislation would limit a PACE loan plus the outstanding mortgage debt to no more than 80 pct of a property's appraised value, plus the value of improvements made. (Source: Various Media, Energy News, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

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