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Finnish Cities Project Addresses Old Bldg Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Helsinki,Smart City
Date: 2019-06-07
In Finland, six housing construction companies in the cities of Helsinki (pop. 631,700) and Vantaa (pop. 217,000) are piloting an Internet of Thing- (IoT-) based solution to inpoyve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption in blocks of older flats.

The project's participating builders installed IoT sensors on several older buildings. Data from the sensors will be analyzed and used to identify the most cost-effective ways of increasing the buildings energy efficiency and thus cut the buildings energy consumption and costs.

The pilot is part of the Climate-friendly Housing Companies joint venture project between the City of Helsinki, the City of Vantaa, the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) and the Green Building Council Finland.

The project will run until the end of 2020 and will publish a digital guide for housing companies. The project is funded by the 6Aika programme, a joint strategy focusing on sustainable urban development of Finland's six largest cities. (Source: City of Helsinki, Climate-friendly Housing Companies, Smart Cities World, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Climate-friendly Housing Companies,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart City,  Energy Efficiency,  

Tampa Electric Switching to Itron Smart Street Lighting (Ind Report)
Itron,Tampa Electric
Date: 2019-02-18
In Florida, the investor-owned Tampa Electric Company reports it is working with Itron to deploy a smart lighting solution to allow streetlights to communicate with the utility. The Itron initiative is line with the utility’s streetlight replacement programme to convert traditional lighting infrastructure to energy-efficient LED technology, Tampa Electric will install more than 260,000 Itron smart photocells in the next five years.

With Itron's smart streetlight solution, the utility can remotely control streetlight fixtures using advanced capabilities, such as dynamic dimming. Itron’s network also give the utility a foundation for future distribution automation and smart city applications, such as air quality management or smart parking. (Source: Tampa Electric, Smart Cities News, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: Tampa Electric,; Itron, Steve Hambric, VP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Itron,  LED Light,  Streetlight,  Tampa Electric,  

Amsterdam Opts for Smart Blue-Green Roof Installations (Int'l)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-10-19
In Amsterdam, social housing in four city locations are to be fitted with smart blue-green roofs to help protect the buildings from extreme weather conditions, store excess water and generally improve energy. efficiency

The new roofs, which will be planted on 10,000 square meters of social housing buildings over 3 years, will incorporate a system of sensors and will retain or release water in response to the weather forecast and will be linked in a network.

The smart roofs project is a partnership between the city of Amsterdam, the water company Waternet, green roof companies Polderdak and Rooftop Revolution, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, housing corporations Stadgenoot, Ymere and De Key, and roof maintenance company Consolidated. The project is being funded by €4.8 million from the EU. (Source: City of Amsterdam, Smart Cities World, 18 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  Energy Efficiency,  

PSE&G Promoting NJ Clean Energy, Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-03
Further to our June 4th coverage, Newark-based Public Service Electric and Gas Co (PSE&G) reports it has submitted a proposal for a Clean Energy Future (CEF) program with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. If approved and implemented, the program is expected to save customers $7.4 billion in energy costs and cut carbon emissions by 36 million tonnes.

The CEF includes a plan to implement an advanced technology platform, called the "energy cloud" which would modernize the way the utility serves its customers. When fully implemented, the energy cloud is expected to save customers another $1.7 billion over 20 years.

The proposal is intended to help New Jersey meet its energy storage goals set forth in the state's clean energy legislation requiring utilities to cut customers' annual electric and gas consumption by 2 pct and 0.75 pct respectively.

To that end, the CEF program would invest in clean energy and advanced technology that would advance the state as a national leader in energy efficiency and jump-start other clean energy priorities.

The $2.8 billion energy efficiency plan includes $2.5 billion of investment and $283 million in other program costs. The program will allow customers to: use upfront rebates and other financial incentives to purchase more efficient appliances, smart thermostats and other equipment; get free and affordable energy audits, reports and system design advice; get free and low-cost energy efficiency kits, tools and installations; and seed funding for new energy-saving techniques. (Source: PSE&G, Smart Cities World News, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: PSEG, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency, Michael Voltz, Energy Efficiency Dir., (6310 844-3819,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PSE&G,  Clean Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

ADB Green Bonds to Fund Climate Change Mitigation Projects (Int'l)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2018-09-24
Further to our May 4th coverage, the Manila-headquartered Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it has raised another $750 million in 10-year green bonds to help finance climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.

Forty-six pct of the issue was distributed in Europe, Middle East and Africa and 28 pct in the Americas and 26 pct in Asia. Thirty-one pct of the issuance was purchased by banks, 25 pct by insurance companies and pension funds, 24 pct by central banks and official institutions, and 20 pct by fund managers.

ADB issued its first US dollar-denominated green bond in 2015. ADB's financing of climate mitigation and adaptation reached a record $4.5 billion in 2017 and the institution is now in position to achieve its US$6 billion annual climate financing target by 2020. Of the total $6 billion, $4 billion will be dedicated to mitigation through scaling up support for renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and building smart cities, while $2 billion will be for adaptation through more resilient infrastructure, climate-smart agriculture and better preparation for climate-related disasters. ADB plans to raise around $23 billion from the capital markets in 2018. (Source: ADB, The Asset ESGForum, 23 Sept., 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  Green Bonds,  Asian Development Bank,  

Engie Opening Brazilian Green Energy R&D Facility (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-06-01
French energy group Engie reports its Rio de Janeiro- based Engie Brasil will establish a research centre in Brazil to act as the company's regional hub for innovations in wind, solar, biogas and hydrogen projects as well as new technologies for Smart Cities. Engie Brsil has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) and the Santa Catarina government.

The new Engie Lab Brasil, which is expected to open before the year end, will be similar to the company's research facility in Chile.

ENGIE is Brazil's largest private-sector electricity producer, operating 10,290 MW in installed capacity from 32 plants nationwide, equivalent to 6 pct of the country's capacity. Ninety percent of the Group's Brazilian installed capacity comes from clean, renewable sources with low greenhouse gas emissions, a position that is being reinforced with the construction of new wind farms in the Brazilian Northeast. ENGIE is currently building one of Brazil's biggest hydro plants, the Jirau hydropower plant (3,750 MW) under commissioning on the Madeira river, in the state of Rondonia. (Source: Engie Brasil Website, Various Media, 30 May, 2018) Contact: Engie Brasil, Mauricio Bahr, CEO, +55 21 397 45400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie,  Renewable Energy,  

Power Ledger Partners in Aussie Smart City Initiative (Int'l)
Power Ledger
Date: 2018-05-14
In the Land Down Under, peer-to-peer renewable energy marketplace provider Power Ledger is inviting the residents of Fremantle, Western Australia to become part of the RENeW Nexus Smart Cities and Suburbs Project to aggregate both renewable energy production and rainwater collections of individual households into a wider smart city infrastructure.

The RENeW Nexus initative is supported by Power Ledger, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Synergy, Landcorp, Western Power, the City of Fremantle, and the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

Program participants will receive a WiFi metering device to remotely track data of both production and consumption of energy and water. The collated data will be analyzed to find the best way to achieve an interconnected infrastructure of future smart cities that are able to utilize distributed renewable energy and alternative water systems. (Source: Power Ledger, PR, ICOExaminer, May, 2018) Contact: Power Ledger, +61 8 9322 6659,; City of Freemantle, www./

More Low-Carbon Energy News Power Ledger,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Cities,  

Hawaii Energy, Honolulu Partner on Multi-Unit Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Energy
Date: 2018-03-05
In the Aloha State, Hawaii Energy reports it is partnering with the city of Honolulu in the Energy Smart 4 Homes program aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of thousands of rental units in Downtown Honolulu.

The effort will see Hawaii Energy professionals install energy-efficient technologies directly into units at no cost to building owners or their tenants. Under the program, eleven city-owned multifamily property buildings will be retrofitted with:

  • high-efficiency shower heads that cut water consumption and reduce electric water heating demand by up to 30 pct:
  • efficiency faucet aerators in the kitchen and bathroom that can decrease hot water use and electric water heating costs:
  • installation of ENERGY STAR-certified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) which use approximately 78 pct less energy and last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs;
  • and use of energy-saving Smart Power Strip can help manage energy consumption and can eliminate phantom electrical loads.

    With the upgrades, residents are expected to save as much as $160 per year while taxpayers save $120,000 annually.

    The program is funded through the Public Benefits Fund, which supports initiatives that help consumers become more energy-efficient. The Fund is collected through a small surcharge that every electric utility customer in Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties pay through their bill. (Source: Hawaii Energy, Smart Cities Connect, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Public Benefits Fund,; Energy Smart 4 Homes,; Hawaii Energy,

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

  • Los Angeles Joins CAPE Energy-Saving Portal (Ind. Report)
    Tech Mahindra
    Date: 2017-11-20
    The City of Los Angeles reports it has teamed with USC Viterbi School of Engineering, USC Marshall School of Business, and Mumbai, India-headquartered Tech Mahindra on a digital community action platform for engagement (CAPE) initiative to achieve smart buildings and more sustainable and energy-efficient cities.

    The CAPE digital platform uses advanced data analytics -- including satellite imagery and government energy consumption data -- to help jump-start cost effective community-led energy projects and to create a marketplace where citizens, community action groups, local authorities and energy suppliers can view and select from an array of alternative energy options available in their designated area.

    Using data supplied by the City of Los Angeles, platform users will be able to identify their neighborhood on a satellite map and discover which alternative energy solutions are available and the potential cost-savings they will receive should they make a switch. Platform participants would then be able to use online forums to recruit their neighbors to create user pools large enough to attract proposals from alternative energy suppliers. (Source: Tech Mahindra, Smart Cities World, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Tech Mahindra,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Finland, Uttar Pradesh Explore Smart City, Solar Power Projects Partnership (Int'l)
    Clean Energy
    Date: 2017-10-09
    In Lucknow, India, the government of Uttar Pradesh reports it is in talks with a group of 23 Finnish companies regrading the development of renewable energy, biofuel, electric vehicles, smart grid and smart cities technologies and projects. The Uttar Pradesh government is aims to build partnerships to work on smart city and solar energy projects in the state.

    According to Kimmo Tiilikainen, the Finnish Minister for Environment and Energy , Finland's technology can be used for biomass projects, energy saving projects, management and related clean energy projects. (Source: Finnish Minister for Environment and Energy, Twitter, News18 India, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: Finnish Minister for Environment and Energy.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Cities,  Solar,  Clean Energy,  

    Philips, American Tower Partner on Smart Cities Offering (Ind. Report)
    American Tower Corporation,Philips Lighting
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Boston-based wireless infrastructure specialist American Tower Corp. and Philips Lighting report they are partnering to develope a collocation ready, 4G/5G enabled LED smart light pole for use on roadways and in urban areas. The new smart pole will collocate multiple wireless carriers in a single structure and incorporates a plug-n-play design to allow multiple wireless carriers to install radio equipment, including 4G and 5G small cell radios. (Source: American Tower, Philips Lighting, CivSource, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: American Tower Corp., Philips Lighting, Matt Marcus, (551) 227-6790,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Philips Lighting,  Energy EfficientLighting,  LED Light,  

    Acuity , Silver Spring Partner on LED Lighting Solution (Ind. Report)
    Acuity Brands Lighting, Silver Spring Networks
    Date: 2017-09-15
    Acuity Brands, Inc.subsidiary Acuity Brands Lighting, reports it is partnering with Silver Spring Networks, Inc. to develop and offer its new DTL-DSN intelligent photo-control street lighting network.

    The DTL-DSN intelligent photocontrol system will function on a wireless network platform managed by Silver Spring Networks to provide "enhanced functionality and adaptive networking and control of large-scale LED street lighting systems." In May 2017, the company announced the inclusion of a new Atrius brand in its portfolio of IoT business solutions and Atrius software platform. This software platform enables an array of capabilities including indoor positioning, asset tracking, space utilization, spatial analytics and energy management. Atrius sales grew 35% in the fiscal third quarter, higher than 25% reported last quarter, representing approximately 13% of sales. (Source: Acuity Brands, Nasdaq, Sept., 2017) Contact: Acuity Brands Lighting, (770) 922-9000,; Silver Spring Networks, Amy Cook, (650) 839-4183, Global Communications, Brandon Davito, VP Smart Cities and Lighting,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acuity Brands Lighting,  Silver Spring Networks,  

    LED Lighting Market Growing 18 pct CAGR, says Report (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-09-06
    According to a just released report from London, UK-based Technavio Market Research, the LED light market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of more than 18 pct from 2017 to 2021.

    The growth is being attributed to the demand for energy-efficient lighting solutions across all sectors and an increased adoption of LED lighting worldwide.

    Technavio notes that four market drivers are contributing to the growth of the global LED market: favourable policy environment and governmental support; demand for energy-efficient lighting solutions; increasing outreach of energy-efficiency certification programs; and upcoming international events and infrastructure projects.

    In addition to the events, governments are making significant investments in the development of infrastructure projects and smart cities to complement the economic growth. (Source: Technavio, Compound Semiconductor, 5 September, 2017)Contact: Technavio Research, Jesse Maida, Marketing, (630) 333-9501 - US Office,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED LIght,  Energy Efficient Light,  Technavio,  

    Highview Power Storage Joins NYU Urban Future Lab (Ind. Report)
    Highview Power Storage
    Date: 2017-01-16
    London, UK-headquartered energy storage specialist Highview Power Storage, a developer of large-scale energy storage solutions utilizing low-temperature (Cyrogenic) liquids, reports it will enter ACRE, NYC's business incubator for smart cities, smart grid, and clean energy at the Urban Future Lab (UFL) located at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering.

    The Future Labs are the first public-private partnership with New York City tasked with creating a sustainable incubation program focusing on increasing the success rate of new ventures and generating economic impact.

    Highview Power Storage utilizes the basic principles of Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) that draws from established processes from the turbo-machinery, power generation and industrial gas sectors. (Source: Highview Power, PR, Investor Ideas, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Highview Power, +44 20 7872 5800,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  

    Costain Touts CITT Tool to Combat Carbon Emissions (New Prod & Tech)
    Costain,University of Edinburgh
    Date: 2017-01-16
    Maidenhead, Berkshire UK-headquartered energy solutions provider Costain is touting its Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Tool (CITT). The CITT detects potential carbon emission points in building designs and flags them on designers' computer dashboards enabling informed decisions on how to minimize the amount of carbon generated by building projects.

    The open-source plug-in, which was developed by Costain and the University of Edinburgh's Business School, works with all industry standard project planning tools and could be particularly effective when looking at concrete-intensive areas of design.

    The UK Climate Change Act dictates that the UK cut its carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2050. More than 50 pct of the country's emissions are under the control or influence of the infrastructure sector, so there is a need for programmes and applications that help to reduce the amount of carbon generated. (Source: Costain, Smart Cities World, New Civil Engineer, 13 Jan., 2017) Contact: Costain, Damien Canning, +44 0 1628 842 444,; University of Edinburgh, +44 131 650 8074,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Building Emissions,  

    SANY Commits $2Bn to Gujarat India Renewable Projects (Int'l)
    Sany Group
    Date: 2016-11-30
    In India, the Gujarat State government reports it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SANY Group Co, Ltd., a Chinese machinery equipment manufacturer which will invest $2 billion in wind and solar energy, housing and smart cities in Gujarat State over the next five years.

    Under the terms of the MoU, Sany Group will help develop 1,000 MW of wind power from 2017-2022; 1,000 MW of wind and solar power from 2017-2020; set up a facility for manufacturing wind turbines starting 2017; develop at least one smart city and establish a housing construction facility. (Source: Gujarat State, Business Standard, 28 Nov., 2016) Contact: SANY Group Co. Ltd.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SANY Group,  Wind,  India Wind,  

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