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Georgia Power's Smart Neighborhood Initiative Lauded (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2020-07-29
Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power reports its Smart Neighborhood Initiative -- a real-world R&D project -- has been recognized by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) as part of its annual awards that celebrate innovation and collaboration of utilities, industry players and individuals shaping the future of energy. The initiative was included in Southern Company's designation as a 2020 SEPA Utility Business Models Power Player of the Year.

Georgia's first-of-a-kind Smart Neighborhood, located in Atlanta, includes 46 technology-enhanced townhomes equipped with battery backed rooftop solar arrays, optimal insulation for maximum efficiency, advanced heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, home automation, including smart thermostats, smart locks and voice control.

The Smart Neighborhood is a real-world research and development (R&D) project, including a supporting partnership with the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center. The company collaborated with U.S. DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on the initiatives. The information and data collected from the distributed energy resources will provide researchers valuable operational experience as the company continues to evaluate microgrids along with residential battery storage and rooftop solar. Information from the HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters and other technologies will help inform new programs and services for customers.

Georgia Power also offers a full suite of smart-home options, which includes easy access to products and services to help make customers' homes more energy efficient and connected. The company brings together popular products in the Smart Neighborhood, including the latest in smart thermostats and smart home products such as smart filters, lighting, door locks, light switches, vents, smoke alarms and doorbells, to a single online portal.

Download Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood Initiative HERE. (Source: Georgia Power, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: SEPA,; Georgia Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Energy Efficiency,  

Tampa Electric Expands Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Tampa Electric
Date: 2020-07-15
In the Sunshine State, Tampa Electric is reporting the launch of more than 30 new and updated energy-efficiency programs for its customers.

For residential customers, the new Energy Star Smart Thermostat program will offer a rebate up to $50 for installing a qualifying smart thermostat in their home. Also new is the Energy Star Pool Pump program, which provides a rebate up to $350 for installing a high-efficiency pool pump. The utility is also updating its Prime Time Plus load-management program that will use its smart meters to control a customer's air handler, water heater, and/or pool pump at times of high energy use.

For commercial customer the Facility Energy Management System program provides a rebate of up to $25,000 for installing a system that enables the customer to reduce energy consumption and demand. Also, the Smart Thermostat program will offer a rebate of up to $4,500 for installing smart thermostats to help reduce demand and the Variable Frequency Drive Control for Compressors program will give a $50 per horsepower rebate for installing qualifying equipment on a customer's new or existing refrigerant or air compressor motors.

Additionally, the company is ramping up the Integrated Renewable Energy System which will incorporate an 800-KW PV solar array, two 250-kW batteries, and several vehicle and industrial truck battery-charging stations. This pilot program will be used to study its performance and to maximize energy-saving benefits. Tampa Electric also will expand the existing energy education program to include renewable energy education for both residential and commercial customers. (Source: Tampa Electric, July, 2020) Contact: Tampa Electric,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tampa Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  

Consumers Offering Free Smart Thermostats, Rebates (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2020-06-01
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports it will provide up to 100,000 free smart thermostats to residents in a partnership with Google and Uplight.

Customers who participate will be enrolled in a program that helps curtail demand during peak times in the summer. The program will run through July 31, or until all 100,000 smart thermostats have been distributed. Customers who already have smart thermostats can also receive a $75 rebate for enrolling. (Source: Consumers Energy, Website, June, 2020) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Smart Thermostat,  Energy Efficiency,  

Ohio Utilities' Energy Efficiency Programs in Doubt (Ind. Report)
Ohio Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-03-04
In the Buckeye State, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) last week ruled that the state's energy-efficiency mandates for utilities will begin wrapping up on Sept. 30 and end completely on Dec. 31, 2020, as required under House Bill 6. That includes programs such as reduced-price LED bulbs, rebates on smart thermostats and energy-saving appliances, financial incentives to build energy-efficient homes and businesses, and free energy-efficiency and repair services for low-income households.

With the ruling, Ohio utilities have the option of seeking PUCO approval to voluntarily continue some or all of their energy-efficiency programs beyond 2020, but most haven’t yet decided their course of action.

FirstEnergy, whose subsidiaries provide power to Northeast Ohio and the Toledo area, has announced it will end two programs -- one $75 rebate for smart thermostats, and another that pays money for recycling old appliances.

AEP Ohio, which serves much of Central and Southeast Ohio, plans to continue at least some of its energy-efficiency programs, but has yet to determine the make-up and scope of the programs.

Dayton Power and Light has not yet decided which, if any, of its programs will continue past 2020.

In Southwestern Ohio, Duke Energycurrently offers a variety of energy-efficiency programs, including (among others) rebates for customers who install energy-saving devices, a monitor that offers bill credits to ratepayers who reduce energy usage during high demand periods, and discounted or even free LED lights, which cost anywhere between $1 and $8 per bulb.

As of last year, Ohioans were charged on their electric bills a fee averaging of $3.36 per month to support energy-efficiency programs, as well as programs (such as Duke’s energy monitors) designed to reduce power usage during peak demand times, according to the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund. That fee, as well as a renewable-energy mandate fee, has been eliminated by House Bill 6 and replaced with a new 85-cent surcharge that goes to bail out two Northern Ohio nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions, which changed its name to Energy Harbor late last month. (Source:, 3 Mar.,2020)

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

ACEEE 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard Released (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-02-24
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) just released 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the 52 largest U.S. electric utilities have dramatically increased their overall energy savings as they adopt innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Utilities leading the way are National Grid Massachusetts and Eversource Massachusetts, which tied for first place for the second time, followed by San Diego Gas & Electric, Commonwealth Edison in Illinois, Baltimore Gas and Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric, in that order. Rounding out the top 10 are the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), DTE in Michigan, Portland General Electric, and Eversource CT in that order.

The scorecard notes that, as a group, the utilities boosted their annual energy savings by 20 pct since 2015, saving almost 20 TWh of electricity in 2018 from programs administered that year -- enough to power 1.8 million homes.

The report highlights the ways in which the utility landscape has transformed since 2015, the baseline for the 2017 scorecard. New technologies are emerging -- states, utilities, and other stakeholders are increasingly focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the important role of energy efficiency with more than 900 different efficiency programs in 2018, about 300 more than in 2015. Additionally, 32 utilities piloted new programs that involve smart thermostats, online marketplaces for energy-saving products, commercial energy efficiency financing, and integration of efficiency with other DERs such as demand response and storage.

While overall energy savings increased, this upward trend was not universal, and seven utilities saw their energy savings decrease by more than 20 pct since 2015.

The scorecard also found that, while there is increased focus on changing utility business models nationally, utilities are generally slow to change these models and are often reluctant to give customers access to energy usage data.

The scorecard, which received no utility funding, increases the availability of utility-sector energy efficiency data to enable benchmarking and help utilities strengthen their programs. ACEEE focuses on the 52 largest electric utilities by retail sales volume, including all 51 utilities from its 2017 Scorecard, plus Tampa Electric.

Download the 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard at (Source: ACEEE, 21 Feb., 2020) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

Clean Power All. Touts Online Solar+Storage Marketplace (Ind. Report)
Clean Power Alliance
Date: 2020-02-19
Following up on our October 24th, 2019 coverage, in the Golden State, electric power provider Clean Power Alliance (CPA) has launched new programs and online resources to help its customers access solar and energy storage backup power and earn financial incentives managing their energy use.

The programs will offer smart thermostat and solar energy and solar energy storage programs that will serve participating residential customers who will be paid for enrolling and reducing their energy during peak energy times and notified about when to reduce energy consumption.

CPA has also launched an online Solar Marketplace in collaboration with EnergySage for customers seeking solar and or solar-plus-storage battery systems. Customers can quickly receive and compare customized solar quotes from local, vetted contractors through the user-friendly website. Participating CPA customers will also get support from EnergySage's vendor-neutral Energy Advisors and educational tools to address questions about various solar and battery companies, equipment, and financing options. (Source: CPA, Feb., 2020) Contact: CPA, Ted Bardacke, Exec. Dir., 888-585-3788,; CPA Online Solar Marketplace, ; EnergySage,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Power Alliance,  Solar Energy Storage,  Smart Thermostat,  Energy Storage,  ,  

SoCalEd Efficiency Programs Saved $55.6 Mn in 2019 (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas
Date: 2020-02-12
In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalEd) is reporting its various energy efficiency programs collectively saved $55.6 million in 2019. The savings were equivalent to removing more than 265,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and taking more than 57,000 cars off of California roads for one year, according to a release.

SoCalGas energy efficiency programs include offering rebates on hundreds of home appliances and products such as smart thermostat,LED lighting, energy efficient furnaces, Energy Star appliances and others that help cut energy consumption and reduce costs. (Source: SoCalGas, CNS, Feb., 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Darren Hanway, manager of energy programs and strategy , (800) 427-2200,

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SaskPower Launches Energy Efficiency Assistance Prog. (Ind Report)
Date: 2020-02-03
On the Canadian prairies, the Saskatoon-based utility SaskPower reports it preparing to launch a new Energy Assistance Pilot Program in the province's largest cities, Regina and Saskatoon.

The program is aimed at assisting low income customers cut home energy costs by as much as $230 per year with affordable home energy-efficient upgrades. The program also includes the installation of free smart thermostats; energy-saving products such as LED light bulbs, smart power strips and high-efficiency bathroom fixtures; personal home walk-through energy assessments and, recommendations on cutting energy consumption. (Source: SaskPower, Public Release, Feb., 2020) Contact: SaskPower, Shawn Schmidt, VP Distribution and Customer Services, (306) 566-2121,

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Alliance Touts Energy Efficiency Incentives Programs (Ind Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-11-01
In the Cornhusker State, the city of Alliance (pop. 9,500 +-) reports it is partnering with its wholesale electric power supplier, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) to provide financial incentive for home energy efficiency and weatherization upgrades including: attic insulation; smart thermostat program, cooling system tune-up program; and a commercial LED lighting program.

The Attic Insulation Program provides cash incentives of $0.15/per square foot with a maximum incentive of $300 per existing residential dwelling for attic insulation. (Source: City of Alliance, Star Herald, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: Energy Efficiency Program Details, City of Alliance, Kirby Bridge, (308) 762-1907,; Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraskawww,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Insulation,  

CW&L Offering Energy Efficiency Replacement Program (Ind. Report)
Focus on Energy,
Date: 2019-09-04
In Ohio, the municipally-owned utility Columbus Water & Light (CW&L) reports it is partnering with Focus on Energy, a statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program, to promote the Heating and Cooling efficiency by replacing old inefficient heating and cooling equipment with newer, more energy efficient versions.

Under CW&L's program, rebate incentives are available through Focus on Energy to customers who upgrade equipment such as a furnace, boiler, smart thermostat or water heater. Utility customers who receive a rebate for a furnace fan or AC unit through the Focus on Energy program are eligible for an additional, matching incentive from Columbus Water & Light. Additional rebates are also available from the utility for AC tune-ups and smart thermostats. (Source: Columbus Water & Light, PR, Columbus Journal, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Columbus Water & Light, (920) 623-5912,; Focus on Energy Ohio, (440)715-1300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Focus on Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

Portland GE Pilot Addresses Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
Portland General Electric
Date: 2019-07-31
In Oregon, Portland General Electric (PGE) is reporting the launch of a test bed pilot program in three neighborhoods aimed at encouraging residential and business customers to be more proactive in monitoring their energy consumption and cultivating good energy use habits.

As part of the test pilot, residential customers will be given incentives for using smart-home technologies as well as rebates for shifting their energy use during off-peak times. Commercial customers, meanwhile, will have the option of enrolling in PGE's Energy Partner Smart Thermostat program, which offers free thermostats and installation to qualifying businesses. The program will also give payments for businesses participating in load-control events. Other potential energy-saving opportunities include incentives for customers using rooftop solar or smart devices such as thermostats, water heaters and electric vehicle chargers and batteries.

PGE worked the Rocky Mountain Institute and an advisory panel to develop the program. PGE will also utilize the advanced communications capabilities and distribution system upgrades in three Oregon cities: Hillsboro, Portland and Milwaukie which have remote controls and other smart grid technologies installed to increase system reliability.

The launch of the test pilot comes as PGE submitted a new integrated resource plan to the Oregon PUC for approval to add more renewable power, increase energy efficiency and partner with customers to balance energy consumption during peak demand periods. (Source: PGE, PR, Daily Energy Insider, 30 July, 2019) Contact: PGE, Maria Pope, CEO, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Portland General Electric,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Use,  Energy Efficiency,  

Resideo Snares Whisker Labs to Expand Smart Home Offerings (M&A)
Resideo Technologies,Whisker Labs
Date: 2019-05-24
In the Lone Star State, Austin-based smart home, energy efficiency specialist Resideo Technologies, a 2018 Honeywell spinoff, is reporting its acquisition of energy efficiency technology from Whisker Labs. The technology creates a thermodynamic model of a home to accurately predict home heating and air conditioning run time and energy use to enable a homeowner to control energy usage.

According to Resideo, the technology complements it's portfolio of connected thermostats, including the Honeywell Home T-Series smart thermostats -- the T9 and T10 Pro -- which feature wireless smart-room sensors to deliver a desired temperature to a specific room as needed.

Resideo claims a presence in 150 million homes and a network of 110,000 professional contractors. (Source: Resideo TechnologiesPR, 22 May, 2019) Contact: Resideo Technologies, Mike Nefkens, Pres., CEO,; Whisker Labs,,

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Headwaters Wins Otter Tail Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
Otter Tail Power
Date: 2019-01-14
Fergus Falls, Minnesota-headquartered Otter Tail Power Co. reports it has issued a roughly $7,000 rebate to Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji for recently completed energy-efficient upgrades, including WiFi-enabled smart thermostats, new heat pumps and furnaces with energy-efficient motors, and others.

Otter Tail Power Co. provides rebates, grants, education, special programs, and financing to encourage individuals and businesses for energy efficiency and energy management.

Otter Tail Power is an investor-owned electric utility that provides electricity for residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. (Source: Otter Tail Power, Bemidji Pioneer, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: Otter Tail Power, Roger Garton, Energy Management Representative, (218) 739-8200,; Headwaters Science Center, (218)444-4472,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Otter Tail Power,  Energy Efficiency,  

SoCal Gas Launches NatGas Energy Conservation (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas Company
Date: 2018-12-10
Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) is touting the launch of its "Dial it Down" program designed to teach customers how to conserve energy and natural gas this winter when heat is in high demand. SoCalGas will release the "Dial It Down" alerts through either social media or the radio as the weather dictates.

According to SoCalGas, the program will increase energy reliability, save customers money, and reduce emissions related to climate change.

SoCalGas is also launching a "Smart Therm Program" under which participants set their "Smart Thermostat" to automatically adjust when energy conservation is needed; rebates are available for purchasing the thermostat.

SoCalGas offers more than 90 energy efficiency programs to keep natural gas consumption and costs low and realistic for Southern Californians.(Source: Southern California Gas Co, Santa Barbara Independent, 9 Dec., 2018)Contact: Southern California Gas,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SoCal Gas,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Smart Thermostat,  

sonnen, Pearl Homes Partner on Net-Zero Community (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-09
In Los Angeles, residential energy storage specialist sonnen reports it has partnered with Sarasota, Florida-headquartered Pearl Homes to bring the vision of solar + storage, home automation and home construction to life, resulting in a "Net-Zero-Plus and Climate-Positive community."

The community, which will launch at Hunters Point in Cortez, FL., will include 148 LEED standard homes equipped with rooftop solar, a new and affordable sonnen energy storage system designed for mass market appeal, a smart thermostat and an EV charger -- all controlled by sonnen's energy automation and artificial intelligence (AI) software platform.

The Hunter's Point sonnen community represents the first time an energy storage system has worked in concert with Google Home in a master-planned development capable of maximizing the intelligent use of each household's renewable energy. In total, the Hunter's Point sonnenCommunity projects represent 9MWh of storage capacity and 7.2MW of power. (Source: sonnen, PR, 7 Nov., 2018) Contact: Pearl Homes, Monique Viehman,,; sonnen, Blake Richetta, Snr. VP, sonnen U.S. operations,

More Low-Carbon Energy News sonnen,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

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,  

Clayton Homes, ecobee Partner on Smart Thermostats (Ind. Report)
ecobee,Clayton Home Builders
Date: 2018-10-01
Maryville, Tenn.-based Berkshire Hathaway-owned pre-fabricated home builder Clayton Home Building Group is reporting an exclusive partnership with ecobee, the company behind the world's first wi-fi smart thermostat.

Effective immediately, all Clayton Built® homes ordered nationwide will be equipped with ENERGY STAR® certified ecobee3 lite smart thermostats. The ecobee4 will also be available as an upgrade in select Clayton Built® homes across the U.S.

ecobee's smarter algorithms and advanced sensing technology empower homeowners to live comfortably and save money on their energy bills. ecobee has estimated that, to date, it has helped homeowners save enough energy to take the City of Miami off the grid for a year.** (Source: Clayton Home Building Group Contact: Clayton Home Building Group, Keith Holdbrooks, Pres.,; ecobee, Stuart Lombard, CEO, Kristen Johnson,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ecobee,  Smart Thermostat,  Energy Efficient,  

Ecobee Touts Peak Relief Pilot Program (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-08-01
Toronto, Ontario-headquartered Ecobee is reporting the launch of a Peak Relief pilot program that automatically cuts down on heating and cooling when electric power rates are at their highest. It uses your comfort preferences, home energy efficiency and the weather forecast to ramp up the heat or AC right before peak times which, according to Ecobee, will save an additional 10 pct on your bills.

The pilot is currently limited to certain users in Arizona, California and the Canadian province of Ontario, and then only for people who both have electric heating/cooling and hour-by-hour utility billing. (Source: Ecobee, CNET, July, 2018) Contact: Ecobee Inc., Stuart Lombard, Pres., CEO, (647) 428-2220,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ecobee,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Thermostat,  

MidAmerican Energy Efficiency Plan Cuts Customer Fees (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-07-11
Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy Co. reports it has filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for approval of a five-year energy efficiency program that meets new spending caps by utilities on those programs enacted by the Iowa Legislature earlier this year.

If approved, the Iowa Energy Efficiency Plan 2019-2023 will deliver nearly $84 million in reduced energy efficiency program fees for MidAmerican Energy's Iowa customers. Residential customers with gas and electric service would see an average savings of $81 per year, while commercial customers would average $172 in savings. The average industrial customer would save more than $12,000 annually, according to a company release.

MidAmerican Energy's proposal includes 14 energy efficiency programs including: online home energy assessments; incentives to replace older heating and air conditioning equipment with new high-efficiency models; appliance recycling; rebates to purchase smart thermostats; and others. The existing Plant Some Shade, Upstream Retail Lighting and Residential New Construction programs will be eliminated. (Source: MidAmerican, Business Record, 9 July, 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  

Ameren Missouri Proposes Energy Savings Programs (Ind. Report)
Ameren MIssouri
Date: 2018-06-06
In St. Louis, Ameren Missouri reports it has submitted a proposal to the Missouri PSC to invest $550 million over 6 years in 26 programs aimed at helping customers save energy and money by recycling old, inefficient appliances; educating those in low-income communities on how to lower energy use; and promoting smart thermostats to reduce electricity costs during the high energy consumption that happens in the summer.

Together, the programs are projected to save 2 billion kWh of energy -- sufficient energy for about 166,000 homes.

The energy-efficiency proposal would also help Ameren reach it goal of cutting its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. If approved, the energy-efficiency programs could get underway in 2019. (Source: Ameren Missouri, St. Louis Public Radio, June, 2018) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Tara Oglesby, VP Customer Experience ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren,  Energy Efficiency,  

CEFC Funds Zen Ecosystems Smart Thermostat Growth (Funding)
Zen Ecosystems,Clean Energy Finance
Date: 2018-04-30
A company that has developed a "smart thermostat" to allow businesses and homes to remotely control and reduce their energy consumption has received a In the Land Down Under, Zen Ecosystems -- which has developed intelligent energy management solutions that could save Australian businesses as much as 25 pct on their energy consumption -- reports receipt of $5 million (AUS) in equity funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation's (CEFC) innovation fund. The funds will be used to help the company expand their product roll-out in Australia and the US where they have already gained a foothold.

Zen Eco Systems' two main products are Zen Thermostat that allows homes to remotely control and reduce their energy consumption, and the Zen HQ, a low-cost cloud-based platform for smaller businesses trying to manage energy-intensive assets across single and multiple sites.

Zen Eco Systems is one of 10 companies working on a demand response trail with the Australian Energy Market Operator and Australian Renewable Energy Agency. As part of the project, Zen Ecosystems will deploy a network of connected, smart thermostats in commercial buildings and households in Victoria and South Australia. The network can then be controlled to reduce energy consumption when called upon by AEMO. (Source: Zen Ecosystems, Financial Review, 29 April, 2018) Contact: Zen Ecosystems, James McPhail, CEO,,; Clean Energy Finance,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zen Ecosystems,  Smart Thermostat,  Clean Energy Finance,  

HomeWorks Expands Energy Efficiency Services to NY (Ind. Report)
HomeWorks Energy
Date: 2018-03-23
HomeWorks Energy, one of the largest providers of home energy efficiency services in the Northeastern U.S., reports it is expanding into Westchester County, New York.

HomeWorks Energy, the leading partner of the Mass Save® program, conducts thorough home energy assessments and manages retrofits to improve in-home energy efficiency, including the installation of LED lighting, smart thermostats, upgraded insulation, window treatments and more. HomeWorks Energy makes energy efficiency simple for homeowners by connecting them to available financing and government incentive options and offers streamlined paperwork and logistics processing to remove traditional barriers to adoption.

In January alone, HomeWorks Energy's upgrades prevented more than 50,000 metric tons of CO2 from being released into the environment. The company's efforts will support New York State's ambitious energy initiatives, including a 40 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emission from 1990 levels, and a 600-trillion Btu increase in statewide energy efficiency. (Source: HomeWorks Energy, PR, AltEnergy, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: HomeWorks Energy, Max Veggeberg, CEO,

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

Ohio Energy Efficiency Program Funded by Duke Energy Dispute Settlement ((Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
In the Buckeye State, is reporting that an initial $500,000 from Duke Energy's $80 million settlement of an over-billing dispute has been earmarked for energy-efficiency programs for Duke Energy customers in its Southern Ohio service area.

The program offers homeowners and landlords interest-free loans for insulation, smart thermostats and other residential improvements. The loans would be repaid over three to five years with the savings from the upgrades. Specifically, the program is made possible through a grant awarded to local energy analytics firm EmpowerSaves and housing nonprofit Cincinnati Development Fund by the Duke Class Benefit Fund. Officials hope to lend out the $500,000 to roughly 200 to 250 homeowners or landlords to each make upwards of $3,500 worth of energy improvements which are expected to deliver saving in the range of 25 pct off a homeowner's annual utility bills. The program, available to Ohio residents in the Duke Energy service area.(Source:, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: EmpowerSaves,

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

CLEAResult Acquiring Ecova's Utility Division (M&A)
CLEAResult,ENGIE Insight
Date: 2018-01-31
Austin, Texas-headquartered CLEAResult, the largest energy efficiency programs and services for utilities provider in North America, reports it has agreed to acquire the Utility Division of Ecova (aka ENGIE Insight). The acquisition will expand CLEAResult's ability to help its utility clients enhance customer experience and deliver greater energy efficiency savings to their residential, commercial and industrial customers. The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2018

The acquisition will broaden CLEAResult's retail-based and midstream demand side management programs and network of relationships across home improvement retailers, global lighting, smart thermostat and other efficient product manufacturers. CLEAResult plans to leverage the combined offerings to continue to transform retail-based and midstream demand side management programs through key innovations such as digital instant rebates and digital marketplace applied to leading-edge smart-thermostat, low income and renewables programs. ENGIE Insight's Utility Division will be rebranded CLEAResult. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: ENGIE Insight Services, Mark Henderson, Chief Utility Officer,; CLEAResult, Aziz Virani, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CLEAResult,  ENGIE Insight,  ECOVA,  Energy Efficiency,  

ecobee Donates Smart Thermostats to Community Housing (Ind. Report)
ecobee,Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Date: 2018-01-26
Toronto-headquartered smart WiFi thermostat specialist ecobee Inc. reports it has donated 776 ecobee3 smart thermostats to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), which houses more than 110,000 individuals in over 2,000 buildings. The ecobee smart thermostats will improve TCHC buildings energy efficiency and help advance the city's climate Change action plan, TransformTO.

The ecobee Smart Thermostat donation is part of a larger energy efficiency demonstration project called TowerWise. The buildings were retrofitted to achieve energy, emission and cost reductions.The newly installed ecobee3 units use sensors to make intelligent heating and cooling decisions to reduce energy waste and offer real-time insights to identify other opportunities for future improvements.

In addition to the new ecobee3 smart thermostats, TAF also installed new boilers, LED lighting and measures to improve indoor air quality. These changes reduce the building's carbon emission by 30 pct and utility costs by 20 pct. (Source: ecobee Inc., PR, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: edobee, Stuart Lombard, CEO, (6747) 428-2220,,; The Atmospheric Fund, (416) 392-027,,; Toronto Community Housing Corporation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ecobee,  smart thermostat,  Energy Efficiency,  

Ontario Launches GreenON Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
Green Ontario Fund
Date: 2017-12-22
At Queens Park, the government of Ontario is touting its Green Ontario Fund tenant and homeowners program in support of low-carbon, energy-efficient renovations. New GreenON Rebates will cover:
  • up to $7,200 off new insulation and a $100 rebate for air sealing;
  • up to $20,000 to install ENERGY STAR certified ground source heat pumps (home geothermal) or up to $4,500 to repair existing heat pump systems;
  • as much as $5,800 off air source heat pumps that are ENERGY STAR certified or meet program requirements
  • up to $5,000 for replacement windows that meet program requirements;
  • a $100 smart thermostat rebate through a partnership with Save on Energy.

    The province is also launching GreenON Support, a free over-the-phone service offering impartial advice from energy experts to help consumers learn how they can save money and reduce their carbon footprint through home upgrades. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, Kenora Online, Dec., 2017) Contact: Green Ontario Fund, (888) 728-8444,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Energy Efficiency,  

  • TEP Bid to Control Residential Power Seeks Approval (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2017-10-02
    The Arizona elcetric utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reported to be seeking regulatory approval for a pilot program in which customers with "smart" internet-connected thermostats would allow the utility to remotely control a customer's air conditioner or adjust the thermostat to help the utility control the load on its power grid.

    If the pilot program is approved, an initial 650 participating customers would receive an annual $40 incentive payment as well as save an undertermined amount of money on a time-of-use rate plan. TEP is also offering a $35 rebate on the purchase of a Nest thermostat which it will evaluate against other smart thermostats to determine those that qualify for the program.

    Additionally, TEP proposes to use some participating customers' homes and water heaters to store energy. The utility also would explore "feeder-level" -- neighborhood-level -- power storage in some areas to help reduce peak demand. (Source: TEP, Tucson Daily Star, 30 Sept., 2017) Contact: Tucson Electric Power, David G. Hutchens, CEO, Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725,,

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    Arizona Public Service wants to boost customer storage incentive funding 50%
    Arizona Public Service
    Date: 2017-09-12
    Arizona Public Service's slate of efficiency and demand-side management programs for 2018 includes expanding the utility's Demand Response, Energy Storage and Load Management program by boosting funding from $4 million to $6 million and broadening the pool of eligible participants.

    APS wants to expand the program to include commercial and industrial customers and would grow the program's focus to include an examination of pumped water storage and opportunities to save both energy and water in utility water delivery systems.

    The utility this month filed demand management programs that include incentives for smart thermostats, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, electric school buses and charging infrastructure, water heater timers, and other resources. APS said it intends to purchase a supply of smart thermostats that include energy efficiency savings functionality and the ability to control the thermostat remotely through a cell phone app. The devices will also be capable of utility communications for use in future demand response events. Thermostats will be provided free for participating customers who meet program requirements. Among the other programs APS proposed is a "reverse demand response" pilot that aims to address negative pricing in the middle of the day. The utility wants to shift non-residential load to times when renewable energy abundant, and aims to reduce the need to curtail solar during periods of negative pricing. To be eligible, dispatchable customer load must have a demand of at least 30 kW. (Source: APS, UtilityDive, 12 Sept., 2017)

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    APS Touts Next Generation Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Arizona Public Service
    Date: 2017-09-06
    Phoenix-headquartered Arizona Public Service (APS) reports it has proposed a new plan that rewards customers for targeted energy conservation during high demand times and provides more opportunities for customers to save with APS's new rate plans. The program would also incentivize solar power use when the state's solar resources are abundantly producing energy. According to APS, this new targeted energy efficiency approach can help better integrate renewable resources and delay the need for future infrastructure. .

    Specifically, APS is offering new rebates, incentives and/or increased opportunities for: smart thermostats; electric vehicle charging infrastructure; electric school buses and charging infrastructure; increase energy storage funding from $4 million to $6 million) for water heater timers for residential HVAC; support for home Performance with Energy Star; support energy efficient new residential construction and solutions for Business. The plan would also guide customers on how to make the most of the new APS rate plans and to take advantage of home pre-cooling, shifting the use of appliances to off-peak hours, and staggering the use of major appliances as ways to cut energy consumption and costs. (Source: APS, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Arizona Public Service Co., Stacy Derstine, VP Customer Service,

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    PSE&G Investing $69Mn in Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2017-08-25
    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it has given the green light Public Service Electric and Gas Company's (PSE&G) proposed extension of three existing energy efficiency programs and the implementation of two new programs.

    PSE&G will invest a total of $69 million to continue its Hospital Efficiency Program, Residential Multifamily Housing Efficiency Program and Direct Install Program and to begin a Smart Thermostat Program and Residential Data Analytics Program. The two new programs will help residential customers save money on their home energy bills by encouraging the purchase of smart thermostats and by providing selected customers with personalized energy reports. (Source: PSEG, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: PSEG, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency,; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, (609) 777-3300,

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    Xcel Selects Tendril for Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy,Tendril
    Date: 2017-08-23
    Xcel Energy reports it has selected Tendril's Orchestrated Energy for a new smart thermostat optimization pilot launching later this month. Under the program, Xcel Energy customers in Colorado and Minnesota will be able to optimize their smart thermostats cooling and/or heating schedules to reduce peak load by up to 50 pct and lower energy consumption by as much as 20 percent.

    Detials are HERE. (Source: Xcel Energy, 22 Aug., 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy,; Tendrill,

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