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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, www.cityofalliance.net; Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraskawww,mppenergy.org/mean

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, www.columbuswaterandlight.com; Focus on Energy Ohio, (440)715-1300, www.focusonenergy.com

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, www.portlandgeneral.com

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, www.resideo.com; Whisker Labs, hello@whiskerlabs.com, www.whiskerlabs.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Whisker Labs,  Energy Efficiency,  


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, www.otpco.com; Headwaters Science Center, (218)444-4472, www.hscbemidji.org

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, www.socalgas.com

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)
sonnen
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, MV@pearlhomesfl.com, www.pearlhomesfl.com; sonnen, Blake Richetta, Snr. VP, sonnen U.S. operations, www.sonnenusa.com

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


PSE&G Promoting NJ Clean Energy, Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
PSE&G
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, michael.voltz@pseg.com, www.pseg.com

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., www.claytonhomes.com; ecobee, Stuart Lombard, CEO, Kristen Johnson, Kristenj@ecobee.com, www.ecobee.com

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


Ecobee Touts Peak Relief Pilot Program (Ind. Report)
Ecobee
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, www.ecobee.com

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, www.midamericanenergy.com

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 , www.ameren.com/missouri

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, info@zenecosystems.com, www.zenecosystems.com; Clean Energy Finance, info@cefc.com.au; www.cefc.com.au

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, www.homeworksenergy.com

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, Cincinnati.com 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: Cincinnati.com, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: EmpowerSaves,www.empowersaves.com/online-assessment

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, www.engieinsight.com; CLEAResult, Aziz Virani, CEO, www.clearesult.com

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, www.ecobee.com/social-impact, www.ecobee.inc; The Atmospheric Fund, (416) 392-027, info@taf.ca, www.taf.ca; 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, www.greenon.ca

    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, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power ,  Energy Storage,  Smart Neter,  Smart Thermostat,  


    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Public Service news,  Energy Storage news,  


    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, www.aps.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Arizona Public Service,  Energy Efficiency,  


    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, www.pseg.com; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, (609) 777-3300, www.state.nj.us/bpu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,  


    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, xcelenergy.com; Tendrill, www.tendrilinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Tendril,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    1858 Vintage Bucknell Building Scores LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
    Bucknell University,USGBC
    Date: 2017-07-24
    In Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Bucknell University reports its second-oldest on campus building -- Roberts Hall constructed in 1858 -- has been awarded US GReen Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency. According to the university, energy consumption dropped by 30 pct with the recently completed building restoration, addition of central air conditioning and extensive energy related upgrades. The work included the almost complete replacement of the building's exterior walls, new metal roofing, all new plumbing with low-flow fixtures, new double-paned, argon-filled vwindows, new HVAC, LED Lighting and occupancy sensors, smart thermostats and others. Roberts is the eighth LEED certifield building on the Bucknell campus. (Source: Bucknell University, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Bucknell University, www.bucknell.edu; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Top NJ Utilities Deliver Poor Energy Efficiency Savings, says ACEEE Report (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE,Jersey Central Power & Ligh
    Date: 2017-06-21
    In evaluating 51 of the nation's largest electric utilities on their delivery of energy efficiency services the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rated two New Jersey utilities -- Jersey Central Power & Light and Public Service Electric & Gas -- near the bottom of the heap at 41st and 42nd respectively.

    The ACEEE report examined energy efficiency programs undertaken in the utility's service territory under the oversight of state regulatory authorities, but excluded a company's individual programs.

    The ACEEE rated Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid Massachusetts at the other end of the spectrum. Both utilities saved their customers more than 3 pct of their total retail sales, while PSE&G and JCP&L save customers 0.52 pct and 0.47 pct of retail sales. The high-ranking Massachusetts utilities have the most diverse energy-efficiency programs and technologies such as smart thermostats. The top-ranked utilities also invested a higher percentage of their total revenue in energy efficiency programs, according to the report. (Source: ACEEE, NJSpotlight, 19 June, 2017) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org; Jersey Central Power & Light, www.firstenergycorp.com; Public Service Electric & Gas, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, (973) 430-7000, www.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  Jersey Central Power & Light,  Public Service Electric & Gas ,  


    ICF Inks $13.6Mn Con Edison Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    ICF, Con Edison
    Date: 2017-05-12
    Fairfax, Virginia-based consulting and technology services provider ICF reports it has won a contract under which it will assist Con Edison with its residential energy efficiency programs. The 3-year contract, which was awarded in Q,is valued at $13.6 million.

    ICF will work with Con Edison to plan, design and market the programs and provide Con Edison with detailed analytics, call center support and information technology services.

    Con Edison's residential energy efficiency programs include incentives for upgrades to HVAC, lighting, appliances and smart thermostats. (Source: ICF, 10 May, 2017) Contact: ICF, Mike Merrick, Snr. VP, Erica Eriksdotter, (703) 934-3668, erica.eriksdotter@icf.com, www.icf.com; ConEdison, Vicki Kuo, Dir.Energy Efficiency, kuov@coned.com, www.coned.com, www.coned.com/energyefficiency, www.conedsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICF,  Con Edison,  Energy Efficiency,  


    MGE Announces $107Mn Iowa Wind Farm Project (Ind. Report)
    Madison Gas and Electric
    Date: 2017-02-24
    In Wisconsin, MGE Energy Inc. subsidiary Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E) is reporting plans toconstruct a $107 million, 66-MW wind farm in Howard County, Iowa. The 33-wind turbine, 10-square-mile site about 200 miles west of Madison, will be the utility's latgest wind farm to date, according to a press release. If approved, construction could get underway early nest year for completion before the year end.

    The project is the latest in MGE's Energy 2030 framework, under which the company pledges to supply 30 pct of its electric sales with renewable resources by 2030, rising to 25 pct by 2025. The framework includes MGE's Shared Solar project in partnership with the city of Middleton, reduction of its ownership in the coal-fired Columbia Energy Center in Portage, and the Smart Thermostat Demand Response Pilot Program for residential customers, which, if approved, could be rolled out later this year. (Source: Madison Gas & Electric, Milwaukee Bus. Journal, Feb 22, 2017) Contact: Madison Gas and Electric , Gary Wolter, CEO, (608) 252-7222, www.mge.com

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    APS Offers Home, Business Smart Thermostat Rebates (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-02-22
    Arizona Public Service (APS} is reporting the availability of its residential, internet-enabled smart thermostat rebate program. Automated thermostats enable remote control of a home's temperature for greater flexibility, comfort and energy savings.

    Under the APS program, each qualifying smart thermostat installed and activated at an APS residential customer's home is eligible for a $75 rebate. Businesses that install qualifying smart thermostats can receive a rebate of $60.

    Smart thermostats can reportedly deliver electricity savings ranging from 8 to 15 pct of a home's cooling and heating costs. (Source: APS, Daily Courier, Others, 19 Feb., 2017) Contact: APS, Jim Wontor, Mgr. Demand Side Management, www.aps.com/thermostat

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