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EU Adopts Bldg. Energy Efficiency Renovation Wave Strategy (Int'l.)
European Commissions
Date: 2020-12-16
The European Commission (EC) reports the adoption of the Renovation Wave Strategy and other energy proposals and strategies fundamental to the implementation of the EU Green Deal and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 as well as emission reduction targets by 2030.

The Renovation Wave Strategy aims to at least double the office building renovation rate in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency, save energy, reduce Europe's greenhouse gas emissions, foster digitalization and improve the reuse and recycling of materials, according to a press release. The release noted that by 2030, 35 million buildings could be renovated and up to 160,000 additional green jobs created in the construction sector.

Buildings are responsible for about 40 pct of the EU's energy consumption, and 36 pct of greenhouse gas emissions. But only 1 pct of buildings undergo energy efficient renovation every year, so effective action is crucial to making Europe climate-neutral by 2050. (Source: EU, New Europe, Oct., 2020) Contact: EU Green Deal, ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  EU Green Deal,  


Espoo, Caverion Ink Energy Efficiency Agreement (Int'l. Report)
Espoo, Caverion
Date: 2020-11-11
In Finland, the City of Espoo is reporting the selection of Caverion Finland as its service provider for the energy efficiency and remote management of building automation in its roughly 400 properties as well as renovated buildings and future new buildings.

Under the agreement, Caverion is responsible for the continuous monitoring and reporting of energy use, energy audits and certificates. Caverion is also responsible for the remote management of building automation and developing the related technical infrastructure. With the 24/7 monitoring of the property conditions and energy use, negative developments can be prevented. The collected data can also be utilized to further improve and develop the buildings' infrastructure. A dedicated energy manager will follow the effectiveness of energy efficiency related actions, and guide and calculate the savings potential. (Source: City of Espoo, PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: Caverion Finland, Laura Karotie, Head of Managed Services , +358 50 326 9314, laura.karotie@caverion.com, www.caverion.com; City of Espoo, Mauri Laurila, Head of Premises, www.espoo.fi/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Espoo,  Caverion,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


ICF Supports Utility Bldg., Energy Efficiency Programs (ind Report)
ICF
Date: 2020-11-04
Milwaukee-headquartered ICF Consultants Inc. reports receipt of multiple "recompete" contracts with a combined multimillion-dollar value by several Northeast utilities and will continue to provide services in support of the utilities' new construction and energy efficiency programs.

Under the contracts, ICF will expand its design and implementation services to support the utilities' new construction and energy efficiency renovations programs for residential, multifamily and commercial and industrial metered buildings. In addition, the company will deliver services, such as training to support workforce development and help transform the energy efficiency and building construction industries. (Source: ICF, Nov., 2020) Contact: ICF, Mike Mernick, SVP, 414-273-2220, www.icf.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ICF,  Energy Efficiency,  


Renova Developing 75 MW Japanese Biomass Plant (Int'l. Report)
Renova
Date: 2020-10-28
Renewable energy and biomass power developer Renova Inc reports it has made a final investment decision and will proceed with the 75-MW Sendai-Gamo Biomass Project in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

The Sendai-Gamo Biomass Project will utilise wood pellets and palm kernel shells to generate roughly 553,300 MWh annually -- sufficient power for 170,000 households.

Sumitomo Forestry, United Purpose Management, Mizuho Leasing, and Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure are participating in the project which is slated to break ground in Feb, 2021 for completion and startup in Nov., 2023. (Source: Renova,Website PR, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Renova Inc., www.renovainc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova ,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Roanoke Encourages Energy Efficiency with C-PACE (Ind. Report)
City of Roanoke
Date: 2020-10-23
In the Old Dominion State, the City of Roanoke City Council has approved an ordinance enabling Commercial Property Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing for energy efficiency projects in the city of roughly 319,000 residents.

The C-PACE loan program is specifically for energy efficiency and clean energy projects for new construction or renovations. Qualifying projects include energy efficiency improvements, resiliency improvements, water efficiency improvements, and/or stormwater management improvements. C-PACE offers property owners special benefits and the loan covers 100 pct of qualified expenses with no money down with long-term loan repayment that is frequently offset by the energy savings. The loans can range from $30,000 to $20,000,000 therefore, C-PACE is a commercial loan that works for large projects and looks favorably on small business and non-profits . (Source: City of Roanoke, PR, 23 Oct., 2020) Contact: City of Roanoke, Nell Boyle, 540-853-5430 , nell.boyle@roanokeva.gov, www.roanokeva.gov

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Croatian Manufacturers Score €35Mn for Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Energy Efficiency,European Regional Development Fund
Date: 2020-10-12
In Zagreb, the Croatian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development (Ministry) reports it will issue a second public call for grants to co-finance energy efficiency and renewables projects in manufacturing industries. The call will be issued on October 15, and the total budget is slightly over €35 million. The funding was secured from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and individual grants will range from €26,400 to €2.64 million.

The public call aims to reduce energy consumption in the manufacturing sector through increased energy efficiency and the adoption of renewable energy. Projects may include the energy renovation of buildings related to manufacturing processes (Source: Croatian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Balkan Green Energy News, Oct., 2020) Contact: Croatian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development , +385 1 6106 449, info_javnanabava@mingo.hr, www.javnanabava.hr; European Regional Development Fund, www.ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/funding/erdf

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  European Regional Development Fund ,  


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

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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Desjardins Acquires US Green Infrastructure Portfolio (M&A)
Desjardins,EDP Renovaveis
Date: 2020-09-18
In Montreal, the Desjardins Group Pension Plan and Desjardins Financial Security reports it will acquire a majority stake in a 560-MW portfolio of US renewable power assets in Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Ohio from EDP Renovaveis (EDPR). The portfolio includes 4 wind farms currently in operation and 1 construction-stage solar farm. EDPR will stay on as a minority shareholder and continue to operate and manage the farms. Subject to regulatory approval, the deal is expected to close before the year end.

The acquisition is the latest addition to Desjardins Group's renewable energy asset portfolio, which is valued at more than $1.1 billion and includes wind farms, solar farms and hydroelectric power plants around the world.

With over $3 billion in assets under management -- 40 pct of which is invested in renewable -- Desjardins Group is the second largest private institutional investor in Canada in this asset class. (Source: Desjardins, Website PR, 15 Sept., 2020) Contact: Desjardines, www. desjardins.com; EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350 (Houston), +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Desjardins,  Renewable Energy,  EDP Renovaveis,  


Bank of Ireland Launches "Green" Bond Framework (Int'l. Report)
Bank of Ireland
Date: 2020-09-04
In Dublin, the Bank of Ireland reports the launch of a framework that will enable the Bank to issue "Green" Bonds and finance additional renewable energy, green buildings, and clean transportation. This follows the 2019 launch of the Bank's Sustainable Finance Fund which has to date provided €600 million in green loans to home owners and businesses.

Bank of Ireland's Responsible and Sustainable Business Initiatives include:

  • 50 pct carbon intensity reduction target for 2030 (on a 2011 baseline), within the Bank's operations and the 40 pct emissions reduction the Bank achieved since 2011.

  • €2 billion Sustainable Finance Fund encouraging and rewarding energy-efficient homes, investment in older properties to improve sustainability performance, and SME and agri investment in energy efficiency

  • The launch of Ireland's first Green Mortgage interest rate under which borrowers can receive a discount off fixed rate interest options -- from 1 to 10 years -- to finance the purchase, construction or renovation of residential buildings with an A-rated or to achieve an A-rated BER energy performance

  • Green Home Improvement Loan designed to fund energy efficient upgrades, borrowers offered loan a discounted rate for amounts from €2,000 to €65,000

  • Green Business Loan for businesses seeking to implement energy saving initiatives to reduce their energy costs and their carbon footprint

  • Providing finance to Renewable Energy projects which to date has provided the equivalent of 468,000 homes with renewable generated electricity

    In its effort to address climate change and climate change related risks, the Bank of Ireland became a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking in 2019 and a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD) in 2020. (Source: Bank of Ireland, PR, Finextra, 3 Sept., 2020) Contact: Bank of Ireland: Mark Spain, CSO, www.bankofireland.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • EDP Selling Majority Stake in US Wind, Solar Portfolio (M&A, Int'l.)
    EDP Renewables
    Date: 2020-09-04
    Lisbon-based Energias de Portugal SA (EDP) reports it will sell an 80 pct stake in a U.S. wind and solar portfolio to Toronto-headquartered Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure. Under the sale and purchase agreement, the Portuguese energy company, through its EDP Renovaveis S/A subsidiary , will sell the 80 pct stake for an enterprise value of $676 million.

    The wind and solar portfolio includes four wind farms in operation and one solar asset totaling 563 MW capacity. (Source: EDP, PR, 3 Sept., 2020) Contact: EDP, www.edp.com; Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure, (416) 862-2020, www.cclgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables ,  Wind,  Solar,  


    Croatia Launching $32.2Mn Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-08-19
    In Zagreb, the Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency is launching HRK 203 million ($32.2 million) family homes energy efficiency upgrades grant program.

    According to the agency website, Croatian family homes account to 65 pct of the country's housing stock and 40 pct of total energy consumption -- 70 pct of energy for heating, cooling, and hot water -- at the national level. The ministry estimates household energy consumption can be cut by as much as 60 pct.

    Under the scheme, eligible applicants may qualify for grants to cover 60 pct of the costs of energy efficiency upgrades and renovations including: external wall insulation; replacement of windows and doors, and others energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, Website, Croatia Week, 19 Aug., 2020) Contact: Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, www.fzoeu.hr/en/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    England's Green Homes Energy Efficiency Grants Soon Available (Int'l)
    UK Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-08-14
    In London, the UK government is touting its £2 billion ($2.6 billion) Green Homes Program through which homeowners in England can claim up to £5,000 worth of vouchers -- or £10,000 for the poorest households -- for energy-saving renovations. The program is expected to be available in England, but not the rest of the UK, this September.

    Homes with existing insulation or low-carbon heating can apply for funding for "secondary measures" such as draught proofing, double or triple-glazing for windows, energy-efficient doors to replace those installed before 2002, and various heating controls. The vouchers will cover roughly two-thirds of the overall cost for most homeowners, but possibly the entire cost for the lowest-income households.

    About half of England's homeowners are already planning to apply, while the real figure could end up being about three quarters, according to the release. (Source: UK Green Homes Program, Yahoo Finance UK, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: UK Green Homes Program, www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures

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


    MHI Unit Upgrading Tokyo Waste-to-Energy Plant Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,
    Date: 2020-07-27
    MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co ., division of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is reporting receipt of an order from Clean Authority of Tokyo to upgrade equipment and energy efficiency of the authority's 900 metric tpd, 22-Mw Minato waste-to-energy plant.

    In addition to plant heavy equipment renovations and replacements as needed, the facility will also be upgraded to utilize new motors and inverters for electric components to increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by around 4 pct annually. The ¥7.6 billion ($72.2 million U.S.) project is scheduled for completion in January 2023. (Source: MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Contact: MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., www.mhiec.co.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Heavy Industries news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Port Moody BC Details Climate Change Fight Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-07-22
    In British Columbia, the city of Port Moody (pop. 34,000+-) council is consider A proposed climate action plan that aims to achieve a 40 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and full carbon neutrality by 2050. Among the plan's 54 recommendations are:
  • Integrate consideration of climate change into all city processes like budget planning, stormwater management, etc.

  • Develop landscaping strategies for public lands that are resilient to climate change, as well as a green infrastructure program.

  • Implement strategies to protect, restore and connect environmentally sensitive areas, as well as manage invasive species.

  • Phased implementation of water metering on all properties.

  • Ensure the city is adequately staffed and equipped to respond to extreme weather events.

  • Create policy that encourages development of complete, compact communities that allow residents to easily access all their daily needs, target transportation hubs for development of dense, mixed-use neighbourhoods, and aim for the acquisition of park land on an ongoing basis.

  • Conduct climate audits on all civic buildings and develop a green buildings policy for the construction and renovation of city facilities.

  • Consider the creation of pedestrian priority zones.

  • Develop a zero-waste strategy for the community, as well as city facilities and events.

    City staff are in the process of prioritizing elements of the plan that can be implemented in its first two years, as well as determining requirements for funding, resources, and ways to track their progress. The strategy is expected be ready for council’s consideration in the fall. (Source: City of Port Moody, TriCity News, 20 July, 2020) Contact: City of Port Moody, Laura Sampliner, Sustainability Officer, www.portmoody.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • EDP Renewables Announces €2Bn Viesgo Acquisition (M&A, Int’l)
    EDP Renewables
    Date: 2020-07-20
    In Portugal, Lisbon-headquartered utility EDP reports it will acquire Spanish electricity company Viesgo from Macquarie funds in a deal worth more than €2 billion, including debt. The deal is expected to close before the year end.

    Under the agreement, EDP will acquire a 75.1 pct interest in Viesgo, including the interest currently owned by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 4. Macquarie Super Core Infrastructure Fund will retain the remaining 24.9 pct.

    EDP, through its majority owned subsidiary EDP Renovaveis (EDPR) will acquire Viesgo's renewable energy portfolio that includes 24 wind farms and two mini hydro power plants located throughout Spain and Portugal with more than 500MW of installed net capacity.

    EDPR designs, develops, manages and operates wind and solar power plants that generate electricity from renewable energy sources. (Source: EDP, EDP Renewables, Global Legal Chronicle, 18 July, 2020) Contact: EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350 (Houston), +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables,  M&A,  


    Council Rock Schools Score Energy Efficiency Funds (Funding)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In the Keystone State, Council Rock School District in Newton reports receipt of a $1,641,916 matching-fund grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority's Alternative and Clean Energy High Performance Building program. The money will be used to upgrade portions of two schools to USGBC LEED Gold certification for greater energy efficiency reduced energy costs.

    The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, an 85 kW solar PV array, and an improved thermal envelope.

    The High Performance Building Program provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high performance buildings across Pennsylvania. The program is managed within the DCED Office of Business Financing. (Source: Newton Patch, 14 July, 2020) Contact: Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority Alternative and Clean Energy High Performance Building program, dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/energy-programs; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  


    Northumbria U. Joins EU Housing Energy Efficiency Project (Int'l.)
    Northumbria University
    Date: 2020-07-10
    In the UK, Northumbria University reports it has been selected to participate in a €4.8 million RINNO project to make renovating residential buildings in Europe more energy efficient.

    Over the next four years, the RINNO project will develop new ways to increase a building's energy efficiency, environmental performance and occupant satisfaction. The project will investigate novel technologies, processing and business models, and develop solutions to enable the construction industry to make significant improvements to energy inefficient buildings around Europe.

    Northumbria University researchers will join experts from Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain to investigate new building systems, the use of robots and 'cobots' for building assembly, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and Blockchain-enabled crowd equity funding to improve current processes relating to building renovation. Northumbria will also develop state-of-the-art energy monitoring software systems and use its Smart Connected Homes tool which shows how residents use electricity, light and move around their homes, as well as internal room temperatures and levels of humidity. The Northumbria team will also develop a project collaboration platform that will integrate the actors and workflows involved in the deep renovation of buildings.

    The RINNO project is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. The solutions developed by RINNO will be demonstrated in four real-life renovation projects in France, Denmark, Greece and Poland. (Source: Northumbria University, PR, pbctoday, 10 July, 2020) Contact: RINNO Project , +39 010 3196643, arianna.amati@rina.org, www.rina.org, www. rinno-h2020.eu; Northumbria University, www.northumbria.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Building Energy Performance news,  


    Energy Efficiency Incentives Data Available (Ind. Report)
    New Vista Solutions, IncentiFind
    Date: 2020-07-01
    Austin, Texas-based full-service vendor management company for residential and commercial mortgage lenders New Vista Solutions (NVS) reports it is partnering with IncentiFind to create The Quick Summary and The Green Report, two products designed to help property owners find and take advantage of cost-saving incentives for their new construction or renovation projects that incorporate energy-efficient measures and upgrades.

    IncentiFind houses and maintains the nation's only comprehensive database of more than 12,000 government and utility-backed real estate and home improvement incentives.

    The Quick Summary provides a high-level overview of real estate and home improvement incentives based on the property's address. It is designed to be a low-price-point marketing tool for lenders who are (1) promoting home equity products to existing borrowers with tappable equity, (2) seeking new customers who need to finance home renovations or (3) working with property owners who are constructing or renovating commercial buildings.

    The Green Report provides a detailed, property-specific list of real estate and home improvement incentives available to a property owner. It is designed to inform property owners of incentives they are eligible for and to assist them in applying to the incentives that help lower costs of the improvements / construction. (Source: New Vista Solutions, PR, 30 June, 2020) Contact: NVS, Jesse Rivera, CEO , 866.721.9295, 242725@email4pr.com, www.newvistasolutions.com; IncentiFind, www.incentifind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Vista Solutions ,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


    DCU IIDB Tackling European Housing Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Irish Institute of Digital Business
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In Ireland, the Irish Institute of Digital Business (IIDB) at Dublin City University reports it will lead a new €4.8 million , four-year project focused on developing solutions for the construction industry to accelerate the rate of energy inefficient upgrades to residential buildings around Europe, and thereby contribute to reaching the target of 32.5 pct in energy savings set by the EU Green New Deal. The effort is funded through European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme.

    Approximately 77 pct of the EU residential buildings were constructed before 1990 and roughly 11 pct of Europe's population still experiences energy poverty due to poor building quality, and in particular, thermal inefficiency.

    The European Commission estimates that a renovation rate of 3 pct per year is needed to accomplish the EU's energy efficiency and environmental ambitions in a cost-effective manner. (Source: Institute of Digital Business at Dublin City University, Irish Tech News, 29 June, 2020) Contact: Institute of Digital Business at Dublin City University Prof. Theo Lynn, +353 1 700 6873, www.iidb.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Latvian Capital Approves Energy Efficiency Co-Funding (Int'l.)
    Riga, Latvia
    Date: 2020-06-03
    The Latvian capital city of the Riga (pop. 650,000) City Council reports its approval of a program that would provide municipal assistance and co-financing for building renovation and energy efficiency upgrades, pending Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development approval.

    Under the initiative, the city could cover up to 50 pct of energy efficiency projects costing a maximum €50,000 with an additional €1,000 available for project development costs. Co-financing program is expected to be available this autumn (Source: City of Riga, The Mayor EU, 3 June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Henrico County Lauded for Energy Efficiency Effort (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council,Virginia Energy Efficiency Council
    Date: 2020-06-01
    In the Old Dominion State, Henrico County and the University of Virginia are being lauded by the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council and the US Green Building Council for innovation in their efforts to improve energy efficiency in schools, libraries, university construction and government buildings. The two green-building programs received the council's fifth Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards last month.

    The county program included building or renovating 16 government buildings and schools to LEED certification standards since 2011, and the county is pursuing certification of LEED Silver or higher on six current projects. The efforts are credited with reducing energy consumption by approximately 30 pct, according to a release. (Source: Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, Richmond BizSense, June, 2020) Contact: Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, 804-464-8233, www.vaeec.org; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Willdan Energy Design Assistance Contract Renewed (Ind. Report)
    Wildan,CenterPoint Energy
    Date: 2020-05-22
    Anaheim, California-headquartered Willdan Group Inc. reports it has been selected by Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy Inc. to continue implementing the Energy Design Assistance (EDA) Program. This latest contract is valued at $10 million over four years.

    The EDA program provides commercial building owners within Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy's service territory with energy expertise to encourage energy-efficient building design and construction. The program uses Willdan's real-time energy modeling software -- Net Energy Optimizer (NEO) -- to allow project teams to visualize the effects of energy efficiency measures. The program serves new commercial construction, additions, and major renovations over 20,000 square feet.

    Willdan has served more than 900 buildings through this program to date, delivering 23 million therms and 550 million kWh in annual savings, according to the release. (Source: Wildan, PR , BusinessWire, 19 May, 2020) Contact: Xcel Energy, xcelenergy.com; Center Point Energy, www.centerpointenergy.com; Willdan Group, Inc. , Stacy McLaughlin , CFO, 714-940-6300 , smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.willdan.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel,  Wildan,  CenterPoint Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Virginia Energy Efficiency Awards Announced (Ind. Report)
    Virginia Energy Efficiency Council
    Date: 2020-05-19
    In the Old Dominion State, the Richmond-based Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) reports it has recognized Henrico County and the University of Virginia with its fifth annual Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards.

    Henrico County was recognized the construction or renovation of 16 government buildings and schools to LEED certification standards since 2011. The county is also pursuing certification of LEED Silver or higher on six current projects that will cut energy consumption by approximately 30 percent.

    The University of Virginia's Delta Force Program was recognized for achieving energy efficiency and for its $17.4 million in energy efficiency projects for a savings of $28.7 million in energy costs and 180,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions since 2009. (Source: VAEEC, NBC12, 17 May, 2020) Contact: VAEEC, Cheslea Mamish, Exec. Dir., 804-464-8233, www.vaeec.org

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


    City of Beacon Adopts NYStretch Energy Code (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2020-04-27
    In the Empire State, the City of Beacon (pop. 14,800 +-) reports it is the first municipality in New York State outside New York City to adopt the New York State Stretch Energy Code that ensures cost-effective energy efficiency in building construction.

    The NYStretch Energy Code-2020 Version 1.0 was adopted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and calls for incrementally higher efficiency standards in new and renovated buildings.

    According to NYSERDA, adopting NYStretch will provide savings of roughly 11 pct over the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State when that energy code is released by the state department of state.

    Download NY Stretch Energy Code details HERE. (Source: City of Beacon, MidHudson News, 26 April, 2020) Contact; City of Beacon, 845-838-5020, www.cityofbeacon.org; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Allegheny College PA's First Carbon Neutral College (Ind. Report)
    Allegheny College
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In the Keystone State, Allegheny College (enrollment 1850 +-) in Meadville reports it is the state's first college or university and only the eighth in the nation to achieve carbon neutrality.

    Allegheny College's Board of Trustees established a climate action plan in 2010 that in part aimed to become a carbon-neutral institution by 2020.To that end, the school increased its energy efficiency by nearly 20 pct through retrofitting existing infrastructure, making system and behavioral changes, and opting for sustainable construction and renovation. It also shifted from fossil fuel-based energy sources to alternative energy sources by installing geothermal heating and cooling systems in four buildings, generating 8,500 kilowatt-hours of solar energy annually and by only buying energy from wind-generated sources. It offset remaining emissions by investing in projects that Allegheny College faculty and students are involved in, including, for example, a methane-capture project at a dairy farm. (Source: Allegheny College Times News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Allegheny College, Kelly Boulton, Sustainability Director, www.allegheny.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon-Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    State ‘net energy’ proposal raises static among developers

    Date: 2019-12-31
    A proposal that would require new commercial construction projects in Massachusetts to use only renewable energy has opponents and proponents drawing a line in the sand. Supporters say the net zero net energy proposal is needed to address global warming more quickly. Opponents argue that there is not sufficient technology and capacity to increase electrification to meet the demand. Opponents also say the proposal would greatly diminish housing development during the state’s housing crisis and that electricity bills for tenants would skyrocket. “As housing costs continue to skyrocket, we need more housing. To add an additional cost to housing production is essentially a barrier ... We’ll see a slowdown in housing production,” said Tamara Small, CEO of Needham-based NAIOP, the state’s commercial real estate development association. NAIOP has about 1,700 members in Massachusetts. The proposal basically requires new commercial construction and significant commercial renovations to generate as much renewable energy as needed on-site. What can’t be generated on-site can be purchased off-site. Only energy from solar, wind and hydro would be allowed. The use of all fossil fuels, including natural gas, propane, oil, coal and wood pellets, would be banned. While the proposal is primarily for commercial construction, it would affect some housing as well. The exemptions are single-family houses, multifamily homes of three stories or less, and mobile and modular homes. The proposal was written by the American Institute of Architects and submitted to the International Code Council to be considered for codes being compiled for 2021. All 50 states adopt some version of ICC’s residential, commercial and other codes. The AIA’s Massachusetts Chapter in November also submitted the proposal to the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards for consideration for inclusion in the 10th edition of the state’s building code. Massachusetts in 2009 became the first state to adopt a “stretch code,” an enhancement to its base building energy code that provides for more energy-efficient construction. To be designated as a Green Community, municipalities have to comply with the stretch code. While the stretch code initially resulted in a 10% jump in energy efficiency, that has decreased after two subsequent editions of the code, in part because the base energy code has gotten more efficient. “Now about 80% of the 351 cities and towns have become designated as Green Communities. A good majority are saying we need to take the next step, which is net zero,” Nunnari said. This would be another tool in their quest toward mandating a higher level of energy efficiency, he added. The hope, he said, is if ICC agrees to include the proposal in its 2021 documents, all 50 states would have the opportunity to adopt the net zero regulation or amend it to their liking. California, he noted, has already imposed a net zero energy requirement for new residential and commercial buildings by 2030. Similar regulations are being considered by several other states and regions, he said. The proposal has the backing of several hundred organizations. (Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 28 Dec., 2019)


    €21.6Mn Earmarked for Slovenian Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-12-18
    In the capital city of Ljubljana, the Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology has published a call for tenders for tourism industry micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in a push to increase material and energy efficiency.

    The €22.6 million scheme is for cofinancing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects undertaken by registered companies, proprietorships and limited liability cooperatives engaged in the hotels, inns and similar accommodation industries. The program covers costs in energy renovation of buildings and material efficiency, information and communication and outsourcing services. Funds are awarded as "de minimis" state aid, as regulated by the European Union. (Source: Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Balkan Green Energy News, 17 Dec., 2019) Contact: Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, www.gov.sl

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    Renova Power Plant Completes RME Oil Biofuel Upgrade (Int'l.)
    Renova
    Date: 2019-12-16
    In Gothenburg, Swedish waste power plant Renova reports the completion of upgrads to its eight start-up and support burners to operate on with rapeseed methyl ester (RME) oil biofuel. Belgian clean energy company PetroBio completed the upgrade of the existing combustible oil system for operation with RME of which the plant consumes about 550 cubic mpy. (Source: Renova, Biofuels, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: PetroBio, Johanna Linden, CEO , +46 31 335 49 50, info@petro.se, www.petro.se; Ronova, www.renova.se

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    Why including buildings in the EU ETS is not the right tool to deliver energy-efficient homes
    EURIMA
    Date: 2019-11-29
    The European Commission is assessing whether to extend the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to cover the emissions associated with the heating and cooling of buildings. This paper points out several reasons why this would not be the best approach to deliver a highly energy-efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.

    Buildings are the EU’s biggest CO2 emitter. Our homes, offices and buildings are the EU’s biggest CO2emitters, as well as its single largest energy user. Decreasing and decarbonising the energy consumption to heat, cool and use buildings is crucial for the transition to a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 at the latest. Since most of the buildings that we will occupy in 2050 are already built, the main challenge is to renovate these 210 million existing buildings to make them less energy-hungry. At the current rate of renovation, it would take another century to achieve a decarbonised building stock, instead of the targeted30 years. Further inaction risks the EU missing its climate objectives by up to 400 million tonnes of CO21.Around 50 million people still live in energy poverty. Deep renovation of their homes would lower their energy bills and make their houses more comfortable and healthy. Well-insulated buildings moreover offer the flexibility to receive energy when it is available, thereby allowing the effective integration of renewables in the energy system during the entire year

    .Integrating buildings in the EU ETS is complex and time-consuming. Urgent action on buildings is vital to overcome the climate and social crises facing Europe today. Integrating the building sector in the EU ETS is complex and likely to take at least several years. That is time we do not have, and which diverts attention from more effective short-term measures. The EU should instead prioritize a Green Deal for housing to unlock vast investments for building renovations, while creating local jobs and more energy-efficient and affordable housing.

    What is the EU ETS? The EUETS sets a cap on the total amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted by installations from the power, industry and aviation sectors. The cap is reduced over time so that emissions go down. Within the cap, companies receive or buy emission allowances which they can trade with each other, thereby creating a carbon price. The building sector is already covered by a cap on how much greenhouse gases can be emitted as part of the Effort Sharing Regulation; the EU’s other climate legislation targeting sectors not included in the EU ETS.

    Carbon pricing does not deliver more affordable, energy-efficient homes. According to the International Energy Agency2, most of the energy efficiency potential is available at a negative cost. This means that these efficiency measures already pay for themselves, even in the absence of a carbon price. The reasons why these measures, such as energy renovation, are not taken are usually not economic in nature, but rather the result of market-barriers and -imperfections. In the case of the building sector, these barriers include split incentives between those making investments (i.e. home-owners) and those paying energy bills (i.e. tenants), the inability to come up with high upfront costs and a lack of information on renovation opportunities and financing options. Including the building sector in the EU ETS would do nothing to overcome these barriers to make buildings more energy-efficient. Even worse, the introduction of a carbon price for the heating and cooling of buildings could lead to higher energy bills for tenants or homeowners who are not able to, or cannot afford to, renovate their homes.

    Governments should remain responsible for the built environment. Extending the EU ETS to buildings would mean that governments are no longer accountable for introducing measures to decarbonise the building stock under the Effort Sharing legislation. Under the Effort Sharing Regulation, each Member State has annual climate targets that it needs to meet. By integrating buildings in the EU ETS, the sector would be taken out of the Effort Sharing Regulation, putting the responsibility of climate action instead on heating fuel suppliers. The integration of the building sector in the EU ETS could lead to the dismantling or shying away from more effective EU and national energy efficiency legislation, under the pretext that this would undermine the functioning of the carbon market. This would be dangerous as the decarbonisation of the building stock requires dedicated policies beyond a carbon price. It is up to governments to put in place programmes to accelerate renovation, to introduce minimum energy performance standards for buildings and to prioritize measures to alleviate energy poverty. These actions will not happen through the EU ETS, but by policymakers taking ownership of the transition to a climate-neutral built environment.

    Green Deal for housing should be a key priority for Europe. Without urgent and accelerated action to renovate up to 97% of the European building stock by 2050, it will be impossible to meet the EU’s climate objectives. Fortunately, buildings’ operational emissions can be cut by 100%, mostly by using already commercially available solutions such as insulation. Including the building sector in the EU ETS distracts from taking effective measures to overcome the main barriers hampering the renovation of the EU building stock and the alleviation of energy poverty. The EU instead needs to put in place an enabling framework to ensure that the worst energy performing buildings are phased out over time, to guarantee quality homes for people and clear a pathway to climate-neutrality. The European Green Deal presents a perfect opportunity to deliver on comfortable, affordable and energy-efficient housing. This Green Deal can help unlock 130 billion euro per year to fill the investment gap for energy-efficient buildings3. Over 2 million jobs in Europe could be created throughsuch investments in energy efficiency –in particular in the deep renovation of buildings4. (Source:EURIMA - European Insulation Manufacturers Association, Nov., 2019) Contact: EURIMA, Femke de Jong, femke.dejong@eurima.org

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    Elecnor Contracts for 30-MW Mexican Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    Elecnor SA
    Date: 2019-11-25
    Madrid-based construction and engineering firm Elecnor SA is reporting receipt of a €16 million ($17.8-million) turnkey contract from the Mexican state of Baja California to construct a 30-MW wind park in the community of San Matias.

    The project will incorporate eight 3.8-MW wind turbines and will be monitored and managed from within its electrical substation. The project is being financed through Spanish Banco Sabadell's wholly-owned subsidiary Sinia Renovables and its local unit Fuerza Eolica de San Matias.(Source: Elecnor SA, 22 Nov., 2019) Contact: Elecnor, +91 417 99 00, +91 597 14 40 - fax, elecnor@elecnor.com, www.elecnor.com

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    Mainstream Closes on $580Mn Chilean Renewables Financing (Int'l)
    Mainstream Renewable Power
    Date: 2019-11-25
    Global renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power reports it has closed on $580 million for its wholly-owned Chilean subsidiary, Andes Renovables,for construction of the largest solar and wind generation plant in the whole of Latin America. A group of banks -- KfW IPEX-Bank, Societe Generale, SMBC, CaixaBank, Natixis, DNB, Banco Santander -- provided debt financing for the deal.

    The first phase of the project is going to see the construction of three wind power generation assets and one for solar energy. The second and third phases of the project's construction have not yet been announced. (Source: Mainstream Renewable Power, CryptoNewsZ, 23 Nov., 2019) Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Andy Kinsella, CEO, +353 (0) 1 290 2000, +56 (2) 25923100 -- Santiago, Chile Office, info-Chile@mainstreamrp.com, www.mainstreamrp.com

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    World's Largest Floating Wind Turbine Expected on Line This Year (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Windplus,ABS,Principle Power
    Date: 2019-11-06
    Windplus, a consortium of utilities EDP, ENGIE and Repsol along with clean energy firm Principle Power, is touting the development of an 8.4MW floating offshore wind turbine to be deployed in Viana do Castello, Portugal. The turbine is expected to come online before the year end.

    The wind turbine has been developed by ABS Group and is the first of three ABS-classed, SEMI Submersible Type units that will make up for a total of 25 MWs of floating offshore wind power. (Source: Principle Power, Smart Energy, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer, 0421 897 660 0, c.meyer@windplus.de, www.windplus.de; ABS, Christopher J. Wiernicki, CEO, www.abs-group.com; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com

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    China Projected to Triple Biofuel Production by 2024 (Int'l. Report)
    IEA
    Date: 2019-10-23
    According to the Paris-headquartered International Energy Agency's Renewables 2019 Report, the world total biofuel output is forecast to increase 25 pct by 2024. In 2018, production grew at its fastest pace for five years, propelled by a surge in Brazil's ethanol output. Overall, Asia accounts for half of the growth, as its ambitious biofuel mandates aimed at reinforcing energy security boost demand for agricultural commodities and improve air quality.

    China is set to have the largest biofuel production growth of any country. The rollout of 10 pct ethanol blending in a growing number of provinces and increasing investments in production capacity drive a tripling of ethanol production by 2024. Brazil registers the second largest growth, boosted by the introduction of the Renovabio programme in 2020. The United States and Brazil still deliver two-thirds of total biofuel production in 2024. (Source: IEA Renewables 2019 Report, Oct., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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    NYStretch Energy Code -- 2020 Released in Albany (Ind Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-10-21
    In Albany, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is touting the release of it new NYStretch Energy Code -- 2020 to advance the development of energy-efficient buildings.

    The new code will help both consumers and municipalities interested in voluntarily adopting higher efficiency standards for new and renovated building construction projects.

    NYStretch is expected to deliver roughly 11 pct in energy savings over the model energy codes that will be the basis for the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (2020 ECCC-NYS), with ROI ranging from 6to 12 years. (Source: NYSERDA, 11 Oct., 2019)Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    BuiltGreen Launches High Density Renovation Pilot (Ind. Report)
    BuiltGreen Canada
    Date: 2019-10-02
    Built Green Canada is reporting the launch of its High Density Renovation Program pilot with four office-to-residential re-purposing and energy efficiency projects in Calgary and Edmonton.

    Alongside Built Green's Single Family Renovation Program, also applicable to multi-family low rise, the High Density (HD) Renovation Program offers builders a means to renovate high density and high density mixed-use buildings more sustainably.

    To qualify for the HD Renovation program, substantial upgrades/retrofits must be made to the energy-related building systems, including the building envelope and the mechanical and electrical systems. The energy performance of the building's upgrades and retrofits are then compared to the requirements of the current energy standard or energy code used for modeling with ASHRAE 90.1-2010 or NECB 2011 to show energy savings resulting from the renovation. Beyond efficiency, the renovations must be sustainable.

    Strategic Group has four high density renovation projects enrolled in this pilot. Additionally, the company has two projects enrolled in Built Green High Density New Construction, while yet another project was certified in 2017.

    Built Green Canada is a national, industry-driven, not-for-profit organization offering third-party certification programs in the residential building sector. Since its inception, builders have completed over 32,750 BUILT GREEN® certified homes in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario; including units in multi-storey projects, this total is over 36,090 (as at March 31, 2019).

    Download the BuiltGreen® Canada pilot program HERE (Source: BuiltGreen Canada, PR, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jennifer Christenson, CEO, 780.485.0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca,, www.builtgreencanada.ca

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    German Ministry Calls for Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives (Int'l)
    Energy Incentives
    Date: 2019-08-26
    In Bonn, the German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community is supporting the introduction of tax incentives for residential energy efficiency upgrades and renovations. According to the Ministry, tax incentives for home heating systems, insulation and water heating should be possible but would mean at least €1 billion loss in tax revenues.

    Previously, the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU, proposed the issuance of climate bonds with a guaranteed interest rate for citizens who want to invest in climate-friendly, energy efficiency renovations. A premium payable to home owners for scrapping inefficient furnaces, hot water heaters and major appliances was also proposed. Federal interior minister Horst Seehofer previously proposed making the climate-friendly, energy efficiency renovation of older buildings tax deductible. (Source: Merkur, Clean Energy Wire, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Ministry_of_the_Interior,_Building_and_Community

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    NYSERDA Launches Second Phase of Home Energy Efficiency Rating Pilot (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Following up on our March 4th coverage, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the launch of the second phase of its multi-year Home Energy Rating Pilot (Pilot), the first phase of which was launched in February, 2019.

    Under the programme, licensed home inspectors will deliver home energy ratings to home buyers as part of the pre-purchase inspection -- an independent third-party examination report detailing the condition of a home. The aim is to help purchasers understand the efficiency, comfort, and value of the home they are considering purchasing.

    Home energy ratings are similar to vehicle miles per-gallon ratings, providing easy-to-understand visual reports that provide insight into how a home performs in areas like insulation, air sealing, heating and cooling efficiency, and water heating efficiency. With nearly 60 pct of home buyers considering a property that needs renovating, a home energy rating can provide a roadmap of energy efficiency opportunities that can be made after the purchase is complete.

    Under the NYSERDA program, two home energy rating systems will be piloted: the US DOE Home Energy Score and the Pearl Home Certification from Pearl, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm. The pilot is being implemented in four phases through 2020.

    Programme funding is from the state's 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund. (Source: NYSERDA, PR, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Pearl Home Certification, Cynthia Adams, CEO, (888) 557-5543, www.pearlcertification.com; US DOE Home Energy Score, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/home-energy-score

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    Manitoba PC's Promise $25Mn in Annual Energy Efficiency Retrofit Rebates ... if Reelected (Ind. Report
    Efficiency Manitoba
    Date: 2019-08-19
    On the Canadian prairies, the ruling Manitoba Progressive Conservative (PC) Party has announced that if reelected it will invest $25 million per year in energy efficiency programs and incentives to support residential and business energy efficient renovations on existing homes and commercial buildings.

    The retrofit program would be managed by Efficiency Manitoba, a crown corporation focused on energy conservation, which was created to take over Manitoba Hydro's Power Smart program.

    Rebates would apply to retrofit windows and doors, furnace conversions and appliances purchased to make homes and businesses emit less greenhouse gases. It would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 135,000 tonnes over the next three years. (Source: Efficiency Manitoba, CBC, 17 Aug., 2019) Contact: Efficiency Manitoba, www.efficiencymb.ca

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    Praj, Dedidn Ink Brazilian Biofuels Plants Pact (Int'l.)
    Praj Industries,Dedini IndWstrias de Base
    Date: 2019-08-14
    Brazilian sugar-ethanol mill developer Dedini IndWstrias de Base is reporting a cooperation agreement with India's Praj Industries under which Praj will sell corn ethanol production equipment and technologies. technologies for corn-based biofuel. Details of the agreement have not been announced.

    The Brazilian company added that the cooperation agreement is intended to take advantage of a growing demand for ethanol as a result of an upcoming national programme to boost biofuel use, known as RenovaBio, which is scheduled to start in January, 2020. The RenovaBio program will require 30 new ethanol plants in Brazil, the expansion of some existing plants and the rebooting of some previously shuttered facilities. (Source: Dedini IndŴstrias de Base, Hindu Business Line, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Dedini IndWstrias de Base, +55 19 3403-5500, www.dedini.com.br; Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, info@praj.net, www.praj.net

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    WindFloat Atlantic Floating Wind Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Windfloat Atlantic,EDP,Repsol
    Date: 2019-07-24
    Windplus is reporting the installation of the first Windfloat Atlantic turbine on its three-turbine floating platform -- the first such platform in continental Europe and largest turbine ever to be installed on a floating platform -- is underway in the outer harbor of Ferrol, Spain.

    The project belongs to the Bremen, Germany-based Windplus consortium, which is jointly owned by EDP Renovaveis with 54.4 pct, ENGIE with 24 pct and Repsol at 19.4 pct and Principle Power Inc. with the balance. The project will incorporate 3 Vestas turbines to collectively deliver an installed capacity of 25 MW -- sufficient power for 60,000 homes in one year. (Source: Windfloat Atlantic, reve, 18 July, 2019) Contact: EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer, 0421 897 660 0, c.meyer@windplus.de, www.windplus.de

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    Canon Canada HQ Awarded LEED® Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-07-22
    Brampton, Ontario-headquartered digital imaging specialist Canon Canada Inc reports it has been awarded the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED®, Gold certification for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009 certification for its corporate headquarters. . Canon Canada collaborated with Colliers Project Leaders and architects Moriyama & Teshima to construct the building which features:
  • Energy reduction and efficiency is built-in to the building's lighting and cooling/heating systems, with LED lighting that helps to save approximately 70 to 80% of energy (compared with traditional 60W incandescent lights) and building systems are set to shut off after hours to help reduce energy.

  • Natural light and solar-adaptive shading help to maximize daylight in the office while minimizing glare and solar heat, simultaneously aiding in the regulation of lighting and temperature.

  • Rooftop greywater collection system helps save 20%of the building's annual domestic city water usage (the equivalent of 4.5 million bottles of water); the water is reused for flushing and irrigation.

  • Energy-saving office technologies like Canon's own multifunction devices and display projectors automatically power down to minimize energy consumption in all meeting and copier rooms.

  • A sophisticated kitchen digestion system helps divert and reduce organic waste from landfills.

  • Encouraging employees to reduce carbon emissions by offering premium parking for green vehicles, employees that carpool as well as sheltered bicycle parking.

  • Employees and the surrounding residential community enjoy an expansive community green space, including a pond and recreational path, 6,000 drought-resistant shrubs and 200 drought-resistant trees to promote the area's wildlife biodiversity.

  • Phasing out the sale single-use plastic water bottles and plastic straws has begun at the headquarters and at all Canon Canada's 13 office locations across the country by the end of 2019. (Source: Cannon Canada, CNW, 22 July, 2019) Contact: Canon Canada, www.cannon.ca ; Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, President and CEO (CaGBC) and GBCI Canada

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  • Entegrity Boasts Efficiency Upgrades, LEED Cert.(Ind Report)
    Entegrity
    Date: 2019-07-15
    In Little Rock, Entegrity -- f.k.a. Viridian -- is reporting its recent $500,000 office building renovation saves or creates enough power to balance out all of its energy use.

    With the energy efficient upgrades, the building has electrochromatic windows that tint at the command of a Wi-Fi signal; composting and recycling; high-control HVAC systems; a rooftop solar array; and all-LED lighting.

    The building is "one of the only net-zero buildings in the state. and the second building in the world to get LEED Zero certification, and the first in the United States," according to Entigrity. (Source: Entegrity, USGBC, Arkansas Business, July, 2019)Contact: Entegrity Partners, Rob Guthrie, Bus. Dev., (800) 700-1414, info@entegritypartners.com, www.entegritypartners.com

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    Bi-Partisan U.S. Bill Aimed at Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In the nation's capital, in a rare display of bi-partisan cooperation, Rep.. Earl L. Carter (R-GA) and Marc Veasey (D-TX) have tabled the All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act designed to enhance federal building energy efficiency.

    The Act, if passed into law, would remove the present ban on the use of fossil fuels in federal buildings while implementing energy efficiency targets. Under the legislation, federal facility managers could choose the energy mix that best meets their efficiency goals and saves on a building's operating costs as well as ensure significant renovations to existing facilities achieving 30 pct less energy use than the current requirements. (Source: Various Media, Energy Insider, 15 May, 2019) Contact: Rep. Earl L. Carter, (202) 225-5831, www.congress.gov/member/earl-carter/C001103; Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), (202) 225-9897, https://veasey.house.gov

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    Brussels Mandates Home Energy Efficiency by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Homeowners in Brussels will have until 2025 to undertake home renovations to put residential buildings in the capital on track with national energy-efficiency goals by 2030, according to a decree passed by Brussels Capital Region authorities.

    Under the legislation, homeowners are required to secure a PEB energy performance certificate for their homes by 2025, in order to drive down energy consumption of Brussels homes by a third between 2030 and 2050. The measure aims to ensure the Brussels Capital Region respects a national commitment to cut Belgium’s carbon emissions by 35 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. Residential and office buildings in the region currently account for over 74 percent of energy consumption, and out of an estimated 575,000 residential buildings in Brussels, 30 pct were built before the 1960s and are not -insulated. An average insulation is expected to cost approximately €40,000 per home. (Source: Brussels Housing Minister, Brussels Times, 15 May, 2019) Contact: Celine Fremault, Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region responsible for: Housing. Quality of Life. Environment. Contact: https://be.brussels/about-the-region/the-government-of-the-region

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    Chapel Hill Considering Mandatory Rooftop Solar (Ind. Report)
    Chapel Hill Town Council
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In North Carolina, the Chapel Hill Town Council reports it is considering a petition from the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board requiring all new building construction and renovations in Chapel Hill to install roof-mounted solar energy systems. The petition would cover over 80 percent of eligible roof areas, including all sunshade flat roofs and pitched roofs facing between southeast to southwest.

    According to the mayor, the town should offer a range of different options as well as incentives for owners of existing properties to convert to solar and other renewable energy options. (Source: Chapel Hill Town Council, Chapelboro.com, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Chapel Hill Town Council, (919) 968-2757, www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/government/mayor-council

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    CoalSwitch Manufacturer Expanding into North Carolina (M&A)
    Active Energy Group
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In North Carolina, the Robeson County Economic Development Commission is reporting London, UK-listed forestry management company Active Energy Group PLC (AEG) is paying $50 million for an abandoned 415,000 square-foot plant and surrounding land in Robeson County. The building, which was shuttered in May, 2017, will be the base of AEG's biomass-processing operations, housing production of its woody niomass, waste forestry products based CoalSwitch brand fuel products.

    The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority is supporting the project with a $500,000 building re-use and renovation grant to Robeson County, money that is available through the Community Development Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is administered in part by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Other partners included the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Robeson Community College, Robeson County and the city of Lumberton. Michael Rowan, CEO of AEG. (Source: Robesonian, 18 April, 2019) Contact: Active Energy Group, Michael Rowan, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com; Robeson County Economic Development Commission, (910) 739-7584, www.robesoncountyoed.org

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    Kootenay Energy Efficiency Program Available (Ind. Report)
    Regional District of Central Kootenay
    Date: 2019-04-08
    In British Columbia, Canada, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) reports the availability of the Regional Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) Home Renovation program under which residents can access a subsidized EnerGuide home energy evaluation.

    Following the EnerGuide home energy evaluation, both home owners and renters will be able to access current rebate offers, financing options, a local contractor, list and energy coaching to increase home energy efficiency, cut energy consumption and save on energy costs.

    The program offers two streams: the energy efficient home renovation stream provides incentives that support energy audits and access to rebates. The energy efficient new-home education stream provides training and access to information for all new home builders. The New Home program will encourage a standard of energy efficient construction as outlined in the BC Building Step Code.

    The program makes energy efficiency accessible by reducing the cost of EnerGuide home energy evaluations, installing free energy efficiency products such as LED lighting and water conserving fixtures and by supporting residents' participation in Fortis and BCHydro's income qualified Energy Conservation Assistance Programs (ECAP). (Source: RDCK, Media Release, Nelson Daily, 7 April, 2019) Contact: RDCK, Aimee Watson, Chairperson, www.rdck.ca/reep

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    Wisc. Focus on Energy Grants $65,377 for School Upgrades (Funding)
    Wisconsin Focus on Energy
    Date: 2019-03-25
    In the Badger State, the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program , which is made possible by Alliant Energy and Waupun Utilities, reports the granting of a $65,377 and a matching incentive from WPPI Energy for $23,817 for nergy-saving improvements to lighting, heating and cooling systems at all schools within the Waupun Area School District.

    In 2017-18 the Waupun School District initiated a $36 million energy efficiency and conservation-focused renovation of the district's school facilities. About that time the district applied for energy improvement incentive grants of nearly $90,000 for additional projects. (Source: Wisconsin News, 22 Mar., 2019)Contact: Wisconsin Focus on Energy, (800) 762-7077, www.wisconsinisin.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-K2m2Yad4QIVQuDICh3VeQBLEAAYASAAEgL5wPD_BwE; WPPI Energy, (608) 834-4500, www.wppienergy.org; Waupun Utilities, www.waupunutilities.com

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    The Climate Group Calls for LED Street Lighting (Ind. Report)
    Philips Lighting
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In 2015, the international not-for-profit The Climate Group, in partnership with Signify (fka Philips Lighting), called for all public lighting worldwide to be energy efficient LED by 2025. The Climate Group is now calling for national leaders to publicly support the wider call for LED adoption to achieve our 2025 scale-up target.

    The unprecedented energy savings of 50-70% from LEDs compared to traditional lighting presents a compelling reason to urgently raise the priority of LED adoption. The drive towards connected LED street lighting also serves as a stimulus for wider renovation of aging city infrastructure, and for further innovations in smart city development and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives. It also presents the opportunity to build upon a connected and secure city lighting network with an expanding array of city-to-citizen data-based products and services.

    Recently we have seen huge LED retrofit programs around the world, with Chicago replacing 270,000 old fashioned street lights, which will save taxpayers $100m over 10 years and avoid over 11,000 metric tons of CO2 annually. New York State is currently rolling out an ambitious LED program, replacing half a million street lights, saving 482 gWh per year. However, many cities are not in this position, and this is when supporting energy efficiency policy and legislation, from state, regional or federal level can address some of these barriers and catalyze action.

    As well as federal level policy, states can also introduce their own policy which can benefit their cities, businesses and citizens alike. (Source: The Climate Group, Blog, 18 Mar., 2019) Contact: The Climate Group, (646) 233-0550 NYC Office, +44 (0)20 7960 2970, info@theclimategroup.org, www.the climategroup.com

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