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Energy Efficiency Considered in UK Mortgage Affordability (Int'l.)
Monmouthshire Building Society
Date: 2020-07-01
In the UK, Newport-based Monmouthshire Building Society is touting the VALUER Project, a collection of industry partners led by Monmouthshire Building Society, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Rightmove and zero carbon homebuilder and sustainable energy service provider Sero.

The VALUER Project aims to launch the first mortgages and additional borrowing in the UK that recognizes home energy efficiency in their mortgage affordability calculations. The scheme's new green mortgages and additional borrowing products will be available to new build low energy homes using solar panels, energy storage and smart energy systems as well as existing homes looking to make retrofit energy improvements.

Under the scheme, new home purchasers will be offered pilot mortgage products that include assessments of energy efficiency and other new considerations. (Source: Monmouthshire Building Society, 30 June, 2020) Contact: Monmouthshire Building Society,

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Waterford Ireland Joins Covenant to Cut Carbon Emissions (Int'l.)
Waterford Ireland,Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
Date: 2020-07-01
In Ireland, the Waterford City & County Council reports it has joined the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and committed to cutting CO2 emissions within its administrative area by at least 40 pct by 2030 through improved energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy sources and increasing its resilience by adapting to the impacts of climate change.

The Covenant of Mayors commit to preparing a Baseline Emission Inventory and a Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessment and submit a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan. They also pledge to mainstream mitigation and adaptation considerations into relevant policies, strategies and plans. The Council will be required to report on the implementation of its Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan every two years. (Source: Waterford City & County Council, WaterfordLIve, 29 June, 2020) Contact: Waterford City & County Council, +353 76 110 2020,; Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy,

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

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

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

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

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TEP Touts Clean Energy Expansion Plan (Ind. Report)
Tucson Electric Power
Date: 2020-06-29
Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reporting plans to provide more than 70 pct of its power from wind and solar resources as part of a cleaner energy portfolio that will reduce carbon emissions 80 pct by 2035.

The 15-year 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for a dramatic expansion of wind and solar power resources, supported by efficient natural gas fired generators and energy storage systems the retirement of TEP's remaining coal-fired power plants over the next 12 years. Key IRP elements include:

  • 2,457 MW of new wind and solar power systems, including 457 MW that will be coming online over the next year.

  • 1,400 MW of new energy storage systems.

  • A proposal to ramp down and ultimately retire two units at the coal fired Springerville Generating Station in 2027 and 2032.

  • Eliminating the use of surface water for power generation and a 70 pc treduction in groundwater use.

  • Continued support for energy efficiency programs to reduce usage and peak power demands.

    TEP's CO2 emission reduction goal was developed in partnership with the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment with input from a diverse group of customers, community leaders, local government representatives and environmental advocates. The target represents TEP's fair share of worldwide efforts to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius under the 2015 Paris Agreement. TEP's plan would reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 pct, according to the release.

    Download the TEP 2020 Integrated Resource Plan, HERE. (Source: TEP, PR, 26 June, 2020) Contact: TEP, Joseph Barrios , (520) 884-3725,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power,  Renewable Energ,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

  • NJ Township Joins National Clean Energy Challenge (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In the Garden State, Maplewood Township (pop. 25,250) reports it is joining thirty communities in five states in taking the Sustainable States Community Energy Challenge.

    The challenge offers technical assistance, tools and support to assess clean energy and energy efficiency goals and initiatives, and compares related energy achievements across similarly-sized cities, assess future initiatives, and provide project implementation assistance.

    The challenge is a partnership of the Sustainable States Network, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and five state-level sustainability programs, including Sustainable CT, Green Cities California, Sustainable Maryland, Minnesota GreenStep Cities, and Sustainable Jersey.

    Maplewood Township is certified at the silver-level with Sustainable Jersey and has undertaken a number of initiatives to reduce energy use. For example, Maplewood Township: installed public electric vehicle charging stations; implemented an energy aggregation program which reduces costs and increases renewable energy use for residents; completed energy audits of all main buildings; upgraded lighting for energy efficiency in the Municipal Building, the Public Works building and Memorial Library; achieved LEED certification for the police and courts building; replaced old traffic signals with LEDs; participated in a cooperative buying agreement for cheaper and greener energy for buildings and purchased hybrid vehicles when replacing township fleet vehicles. (Source: Maplewood Township, PT,, 28 June, 2020) Contact: Sustainable States, Maplewood Township, Sustainable States Community Energy Challenge, www.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    TEP Plans 80 pct Carbon Emissions Cut by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In Arizona, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reporting plans to provide more than 70 pct of its power from wind and solar resources as part of a cleaner energy portfolio that will reduce carbon emissions 80 pct by 2035. The utility's 15-year 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for a dramatic expansion of wind and solar power resources, increased energy storage systems and energy efficiency and the retirement of TEP's remaining two coal-fired power plants in 2027 and 2032. The changes are expected to avoid more than 50 million tons of CO2 emissions over the next 15 years.

    TEP's CO2 emission reduction goal was developed in partnership with the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment with input from a diverse group of customers, community leaders, local government representatives and environmental advocates. The target represents TEP's fair share of worldwide efforts to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius under the 2015 Paris Agreement. TEP's plan would reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 pct, according to the release. (Source: TEP, PR, 26 June, 2020) Contact: TEP, Joseph Barrios , (520) 884-3725,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

    UK £80Mn Energy Efficiency Innovation Push Announced (Int'l.)
    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is reporting almost £80 million in funding to support a range innovative projects aimed at upgrading building energy efficiency.

    The new investment covers a wide range of programmes, with £30 million going towards the first phase of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) aimed at energy intensive manufacturers such as car factories and steel plants; a further £25 million earmarked for heating networks and the remaining £24 million focused on new approaches for installing insulation for social housing at scale, rolling out heat pumps, and supporting the development of innovative green home finance products. The funding will enable various projects that use of modern smart technologies to cut energy consumption and energy costs across the UK. (Source: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, GreenBiz, 29 June, 2020) Contact: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister,

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

    IFC Invests in Globaltronics Energy Efficient Smart Meters (Int'l.)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2020-06-29
    The World Bank subsidiary International Finance Corporation (IFC) is reporting a $10 million investment in power grid solutions provider Globaltronics .

    The investment will facilitate the implementation of Globaltronics' energy efficient "smart" electric meter replacement project in Egypt, and is in line with the Egyptian government's ongoing energy reforms program. (Source: International Finance Corporation, Afrik21, 29 June, 2020) Contact: International Finance Corporation Globaltronics,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corporation,  Smart Meter,  Energy Efficiency,  

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    IEA Recommendations of the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency (Report Attached)
    Date: 2020-06-26
    Convened by the Executive Director of the IEA in response to the global slowdown of energy efficiency progress, the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency was established in June 2019 at the IEA's Fourth Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in Dublin, Ireland. The Commission has 23 members and is composed of national leaders, current and former ministers, top business executives and global thought leaders.

    With analytical support from the IEA, Global Commission members have examined how progress on energy efficiency can be rapidly accelerated through new and stronger policy action by governments across the globe. It has developed this series of actionable recommendations to support governments in achieving more ambitious action on energy efficiency.

    Download the Recommendations of the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency report HERE. (Source: IEA, June, 2020) Contact: IEA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Legend Power Sys. Trumpets SmartGATE™ Installations (Ind. Report)
    Legend Power Systems
    Date: 2020-06-26
    Vancouver-based intelligent power management specialist Legend Power® Systems is reporting its 304th SmartGATE™ platform installation.

    The SmartGATE platform: decreases operating costs and improves operating income; increases uptime and lifetime of key systems and machinery; significantly contributes to corporate ESG measures and mandates; and improves tenant experience and occupancy, according to the company release.

    Collectively the installations have operated trouble-free for 2.044 million hours and saved 110.736 million kWh of energy for more than $17.7 million in energy costs savings for US and Canadian commercial buildings.

    SmartGATE Insights™ metering and analytics is available as a portable diagnostic service to scope building priorities before installation and continuing to supply detailed power analytics on an ongoing basis post-installation. Legend is also enhancing SmartGATE's overall capabilities with SmartGATE 2.0 for additional electrical savings, more detailed power quality data and improved ease of installation, the company notes. (Source: Legend Power Systems Inc., PR, 27 June, 2020) Contact: Legend Power Systems, Randy Buchamer, CEO, Steve Vanry, CFO, (6040 671-9533,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Legend Power Systems,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency ,  

    Northern Ireland GHG Statistics Show Steady Decrease (Int'l.)
    Northern Ireland
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In the UK, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) recently released statistical bulletin on greenhouse gas emissions for Northern Ireland (NI) outlines slight decreases for period 1990-2018.

    In 2018, Northern Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions were estimated to be 19.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent -- a decrease of 2 pct compared to 2017. The longer term trend showed a decrease of 20 pct compared to the base year 1990.

    The largest sectors in terms of emissions in 2018 were agriculture at 27 pct, transportation with 23 pct, and power generation at 15 pct. The largest decreases, in terms of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), were in the energy supply, waste management and residential sectors.

    The decreases were driven by improvements in energy efficiency, fuel switching from coal to natural gas, which became available in the late 1990s, and the introduction of methane capture and oxidation systems in landfill management. Northern Ireland accounted for 4 pct of UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2018.

    Details are HERE. (Source: DAERA, Farming Life,23 June, 2020) Contact: DAERA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  

    Lisbon City Hall Retrofit Cuts Energy Use 36 pct (Int'l. Report)
    City of Lisbon,Sharing Cities
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In Porutgal, the city of Lisbon is reporting energy consumption at Lisbon's 1880 vintage City Hall has been reduced by 36 pct through what has been hailed as the "first deep energy-efficiency retrofit for a heritage building in Portugal."

    Measures to reduce energy usage included replacing the building's HVAC system, switching to LED lighting, installing solar panels and a Sustainable Energy Management System (SEMS) to monitor the loads from the PVs, HVAC, water heaters and other equipment.

    Developed by Sharing Cities, the SEMS advanced modular system centralises information and control of local energy systems and devices, and optimises the energy network.

    Lisbon originally planned a full energy retrofit of the building in 2016 under the EU Horizon 2020 Sharing Cities programme. (Source: City of Lisbon, Cities Today, 23 June, 2020) Contact: EU Horizon 2020 Sharing Cities,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Sharing Cities news,  

    Louisiana PSC Grants $1Mn in Energy-Efficiency Funding (Ind. Report)
    Louisiana Public Service Commission
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) reports the awarding of more than $1 million in energy efficiency grant funding to local governments and parish school systems in Northeast Louisiana.

    The grants, which range from $9,875 to $219,896, will fund the installation of high-efficiency LED lights and energy-efficient windows in buildings operated by local governments and public schools. The grant money will come from a surcharge on electric bills paid by cities, parishes and other political subdivisions that receive their electricity from Entergy, SWEPCO and CLECO utilities. (Source: LPSC, PR, 23 June, 2020) Contact: LPSC, Gary Hobbs, 318-676-7464, 225-342-4999,,

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

    Emirates GBC Offers Green Building Retrofit Programme (Int'l)
    Emirates Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In Dubai, the Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates GBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, reports it will offer a virtual Building Retrofit Training Programme for the Middle East and North Africa region.

    The programme, which is offered in partnership with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company MASDAR, aims to strengthen knowledge sharing among construction sector stakeholders on the fundamentals of building energy efficiency retrofiting. (Source: Emirate Green Building Council, PR Trade Arabia News, 24 June, 2020) Contact: Emirates GBC, +971 4 346 8244,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates Green Building Council news,  Green Building news,  Energy Efficiency news,  MASDAR news,  

    Building Energy Experts Recognized for Home Energy Performance (Ind. Report)
    Building Energy Experts
    Date: 2020-06-24
    Crystal Lake, Illinois-based Building Energy Experts reports it has been awarded the US DOE ENERGY STAR® Century Club Award for its "Comprehensive whole-house" approach to improve the energy performance of more than 100 homes as part of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program.

    Building Energy Experts' service improves energy efficiency and comfort, cuts home utility bills and helps protect the environment, according to the release.

    As a participating contractor in the utility rebate program, Building Energy Experts received specialized training and is equipped with high-tech diagnostic tools to inspect buildings and determine where improvements are needed. Rather than focusing on a single problem, like an old heating or cooling system, not enough insulation in the attic, or leaky windows, Building Energy Experts look at how improvements throughout a home can work together to give homeowners the best results. Depending on the improvements selected by the homeowner, annual utility bill savings, improved comfort and better home air quality are possible. (Source: Building Energy Experts, PR, 24 June, 2020) Contact: Building Energy Experts, Anthony Stonis , 888.623.3769, 312.656.4705,; ENERGY STAR,

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

    SoCalGas, UCSB Tout Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    SoCalGas, Southern California Gas
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) have announced completion of two joint energy efficiency projects that will save UCSB 66,000 therms per year of energy -- equal to removing about 350 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Both projects were part of California's joint Energy Efficiency Partnership between state universities and investor-owned utilities. Over the last five years, SoCalGas has supported 184 energy-efficiency projects, saving university campuses 6,000,000 therms of energy -- a $6 million savings -- and providing more than $6,300,000 in incentives through this state program.

    The first of the two UCSB projects began in 2018 as part of the university's high opportunity projects and programs (HOPP's) initiative. SoCalGas and Southern California Edison co-funded the project which investigated how best to update two important laboratories at the university.

    The utilities conducted an energy management plan to document and list the savings, costs and measures to implement an energy efficient system. The utilities identified multiple measures to reduce energy consumption in the building's lighting and HVAC systems by installing occupancy sensors, wireless thermostats and low-power LED lights. The campus also added high efficiency dedicated natural gas boilers to each building. A new chilled water system including a cooling tower, and pumps were also installed. The project resulted in natural gas savings of 60,959 therms, and the university received an incentive from SoCalGas of $152,000.

    UCSB also installed an ozone laundry system to support its laundering of uniforms and sports gear for the university's athletic department which was eligible for a rebate from SoCalGas in the amount of $5,850 and will save the university about 5,880 therms of energy. (Source: SoCanGas, PR, Noozhawk, 19 June, 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Brian Prusnek, Director of Customer Programs , (800) 427-2200,; UCSB, Jordan Sager, Energy Manager, 805-893-8000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  Energy Efficiency,  

    GORD, EESL Cooperating on MENA Energy Efficiency (Int'l.Report)
    Gulf Organisation for Research and Development
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In Qatar, the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions leading "green" buildings, sustainability and energy efficiency services provider, is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India's state-controlled Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to collaborate on and support local and regional energy efficiency projects in the Middle East.

    The MoU includes the deployment of large-scale smart metering systems, electric vehicle charging, energy efficient lighting sustainable and energy efficient HVAC systems, renewable energy projects, and consulting on sustainability and variou carbon neutral projects. (Source: GORD, MENAFN, The Peninsula, 22 June, 2020) Contact: GORD,;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services news,  EESL news,  Energy Efficiency news,  India Energy Efficiency news,  

    Delaware Updates Building Energy Efficiency Codes (Ind. Report)
    Delaware Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In Dover, the Delaware Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy (DNREC) is reporting building code updates that include energy efficiency improvements, increased residential air sealing requirements, hot water pipe insulation, and energy efficient windows and lighting options, as well as more efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning system operation resulting from these improvements.

    Delaware first established a minimum statewide code for energy conservation in 1979. The code, which is based on standards set by the International Code Council (ICC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHREA) was last updated in 2009.

    The update includes a six-month transition period, during which the Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy will provide targeted training and technical assistance to the construction industry and code enforcement officials. Topics covered by the training will include an overview of the changes, practical compliance strategies, particularly for the building envelope requirements in the new energy codes, construction and design strategies for air sealing smaller homes, and hot water pipe insulation and HVAC duct design. (Source: DNREC, Cape Gazette, June, 2020) Contact: DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy,  Energy Consumption,  ASHRAE,  

    India's EESL Investing in UK Energy Efficiency Market (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency Services Limited
    Date: 2020-06-19
    India's Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, is reporting plans to invest £150 million this year in the UK and Ireland market. The investment, as part of EESL's UK joint venture EnergyPro Assets Limited (EPAL), will be focussed on decentralised energy systems that provide efficient power as well as heating and cooling. (Source: EESL, PTI, 17 June, 2020) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (India),

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services Limited ,  

    Cenergetic Cuts CCSD Energy Consumption 17 pct (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-06-19
    In the Palmetto State, the Charleston County School District (CCSD) reports its energy use has fallen by 17 pct since implementing an energy conservation program with Dallas-based K-12 schools energy efficiency specialist Cenergistic.

    To find savings, CCSD personnel worked closely with Cenergistic engineers, experts, and energy specialists to audit and optimize energy-using systems across the school district to achieve peak efficiency. Cenergetic tracked energy consumption at all CCSD campuses through state-of-the-art smart technology to identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.

    Since 2016, Cenergetic has created more than $7 million in savings, seen 61 different facilities gain ENERGY STAR® certification, and created a culture of sustainability among students and staff. The energy saved from the program equates to avoiding the carbon emissions produced by the average car driving approximately 100 million miles, according to the company. (Source: Cenergetic, Website, June, 2020) Contact: Cenergistic, Dr. Wm. Spears, CEO, (855) 798-7779,,

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

    DOE EERE Funding Battery Manufacturing Innovation (R&D Funding)
    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-06-19
    In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office is soliciting proposals from the National Laboratories and industry partners that pursue radical innovations for American battery manufacturing leadership. Under this opportunity, DOE will directly fund the National Laboratories to establish public-private partnerships that solve engineering challenges for advanced battery materials and devices, with a focus on de-risking, scaling, and accelerating adoption of new technologies.

    The EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office and Vehicles Technologies Office will jointly invest up to $12 million in projects that address capability gaps for enhanced lithium-ion batteries, next-generation lithium-ion batteries, and next-generation lithium-based battery technologies through the following areas -- materials processing and scale-up; innovative advanced electrode and cell production; designer materials and electrodes; and formation.

    Individual projects awards will range from $500,000 to $3 million over 24 to 36 months. A 50/50 cost-share will be required between DOE and the private partner, which can include an in-kind contribution.

    Download details and contact information HERE .. (Source: DOE EERE, 18 June, 2020} Contact: DOE EERE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy StorageU.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy ,  

    Winnipeg Launches Bldg. Energy Disclosure Project (Ind. Report)
    City of Winnipeg
    Date: 2020-06-19
    On the Canadian prairies, the city of Winnipeg (pop. 817,000) reports the launch of its Building Energy Disclosure (benchmarking) Project for commercial and institutional buildings. The free program enables building owners to better understand their building's energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) performance by tracking a building's energy and GHG performance on ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager as well as disclose key building profile and performance metrics for inclusion on a public disclosure map.

    Program participants will receive a personalized scorecard highlighting their building's key energy and GHG performance metrics, access to free educational workshops offered by the city and the Canada Green Building Council and assistance with identifying key building metrics including the creation of an ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account.

    The program is made possible through a financial contribution from the Government of Canada's Department of Natural Resources.

    Download Winnipeg Building Energy Disclosure Project Details HERE. (Source: City of Winnipeg, DCN-JOC News Services June 19, 2020) Contact: City of Winnipeg,

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

    Honeywell-SAP Cloud Offers Building Intelligence (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-06-17
    To help pass the benefits of Cloud Computing, AI and Automation to real estate customers in the US and Canada, global tech firms Honeywell and SAP have partnered together. Honeywell, the Fortune 100 tech Company, will use SAP’s Cloud for Real Estate solution to improve overall building performance and deliver operational intelligence.

    The SAP-Honeywell Cloud-based automated real estate Business Intelligence tool, building owners can deliver on their promised KPIs, including building safety, zero/ low-carbon footprint and energy savings (HVAC efficiency). For example, AI-powered Honeywell Forge can save up to 25 pct of energy costs within the first year of deployment. (Source: AITHORITY Blog, Honeywell USA/ SAP, PR, June, 2020) Contact: SAP, Christian Klein, CEO , 800-872-1727,; Honeywell Fotge, (480) 353-3020,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAP,  Honeywell,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Artifical Intelligence,  

    Infosys Takes The Climate Pledge (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Climate Pledge
    Date: 2020-06-17
    Amazon is reporting Bengaluru, India-headquartered business consultancy Infosys Ltd has signed on to The Climate Pledge.

    The Climate Pledge calls on new signatories to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040 -- a decade ahead of the Paris Climate Accord's goal of 2050. It also calls for signatories to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis; implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions and other carbon emission elimination strategies; and neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially-beneficial offsets to achieve net zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.

    Infosys, which is one of the first companies to place an internal price on carbon, has an energy efficiency program that helped reduce its per-capita electricity consumption by 55 pct , and has invested in community-based emission reduction projects to help meet its net zero carbon goal. (Source: Amazon, PR, Business Wire, 16 June, 2020) Contact: Infosys, Salil Parekh, CEO,; The Climate Pledge,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Pledge news,  Infosys news,  Climate Chnage news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Paris Climate Agreement news,  

    Smarter Choices Helps SME Manufacturers Cut Energy Costs (Int'l.)
    Smarter Choices
    Date: 2020-06-17
    In the UK, the Smarter Choices Group is reporting the launch of a pilot aimed at helping UK manufacturing SMEs to overcome current barriers to energy efficiency. The project is supported by the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy funding.

    The Smarter Choices one-stop-shop digital platform will: showcase results from independent energy assessments; frame projects for financial review; provide a comprehensive offering with bundled access to financing; identify recommended and accredited contractors; integrate Measurement & Verification (M&V) technology and performance insurance; and others to support SME energy efficiency and cost cutting projects

    Download Smart Choice details HERE. (Source: Smarters Choices Group, Production Engineer Solutions, 17 June, 2020) Contact: Smarter Choices Group, Dr. Joanne Wade, Chairperson, +44 ( 0) 207 7215031,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  

    First Carbon Fiber Reinforced Concrete Bldg. Touted (Int'l,)
    Technical University of Dresden
    Date: 2020-06-15
    In Germany, the Technical University of Dresden is touting "Carbonhaus" as the world's first building made from carbon fiber reinforced concrete ,

    The €5-million, 2,200 sq-ft building consists of a precast box and a double-curved roof made possible with the use of lightweight and pliable carbon fiber composite materials. The carbon provides the tensile strength of steel at one-quarter the weight, is more durable than steel , energy efficient and saves up to 70 pct in greenhouse gas emissions. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

    (Source: Technical University of Dresden, Composites Manufacturing, 12 June, 2020) Contact: Institute of Concrete Construction Technical University Dresden, Manfred Curbach, +49 351 463-0, www.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Technical University of Dresden news,  Concrete news,  Carbon Fiber news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

    NJBPU OKs Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-06-15
    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is reporting approval of the next generation of Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction programs, including the setting of energy consumption reduction targets at 2.15 pct for electric distribution companies and 1.10 pct for gas distribution companies.

    The just announced Board Order provides for the administration of the energy efficiency programs and establishes the mechanisms for the recovery of costs associated with the programs delivery, performance metrics and targets, an evaluation, measurement, verification framework and program filing and reporting requirements. The Order also includes the following energy efficiency related requirements:

  • The state's utilities will administer core, consistent energy efficiency programs that serve the residential, commercial and industrial, and multifamily sectors. These will include programs that serve moderate-income and small commercial customers.

  • Utilities will also be required to propose a peak demand program to start by program year four.

  • The state will continue to administer the Large Energy Users Program (with the exception of hospitals), combined heat and power projects, as well as state and local government programs. The utilities and state will continue to co-manage the low-income Comfort Partners program. The state will also take the lead on related R&D, workforce development initiatives, public education, and community energy planning grants.

  • Program expenses will be amortized over 10 years, which sets energy efficiency investments on a level playing field relative to other utility investments.

  • Over the next several months, staff will work with the utilities and the Division of Rate Counsel to develop a mechanism for the utilities to recover their lost revenue as an option should utilities not wish to utilize the Lost Revenue Adjustment Mechanism as laid out in the order. Further, the Board has instituted a system of incentives and penalties as required by the Clean Energy Act to encourage performance.

  • Staff will develop and distribute a mechanism for stakeholder comments, and recommend a test that will determine program cost-effectiveness in order to comply with the Clean Energy Act. The state will also hire a statewide evaluator to ensure transparency and accountability for state and utility programs.

  • The BPU will conduct a triennial review process to revisit key energy efficiency decisions, such as reviewing and establishing performance metrics and targets, cost recovery mechanisms, program administration and design, and "cost to achieve" budgets, among others, to ensure that the programs are "best-in-class."

    Other program components include enhanced required reporting and measurement for performance incentives and collection of additional information via a recently completed demographic analysis study to determine energy efficiency market barriers to penetration. (Source: NJ BPU, PR, 10 June, 2020) Contact: NJ BPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres., 800-624-0241,

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

  • Alberta Abandons Provincial Energy Efficiency Agency (Ind. Report
    Date: 2020-06-12
    On the Canadian Prairies, the office of Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon has announced the closure of Energy Efficiency Alberta and the transfer of the 2017-vintage agency's $8-million budget into other departments or the current Emissions Reduction Alberta.

    Energy Efficiency Alberta received funding from a provincial carbon tax on gasoline and heating fuels. The agency issued initiatives and rebates on everything from solar panels to energy-efficient appliances, windows, insulation, LED light bulbs and low-flow shower heads. The rebates were cancelled last fall. (Source: Office of Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon , JWN, Canadian Press, 12 June, 2020) Contact: Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon, 780-427-2711,

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

    DOE Better Buildings Initiative Trumpets Success (Report Attached)
    DOE Better Buildings Initiative
    Date: 2020-06-12
    In Washington, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative 2020 Progress Report, the program has saved participants nearly $11 billion, avoid 105 million tons of CO2 emissions and cut water use by 8.5 billion gallons over the last decade.

    The program includes 32 Fortune 100 companies, 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint and 13 pct of the nation's commercial building space. The program challenges businesses, manufacturers, cities, states, universities and school districts to improve building energy efficiency by at least 20 pct over a decade.

    Download the full report HERE. (Source: US DOE, June, 2020) Contact: US DOE, Better Buildings Initiative,

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

    Jersey City NJ Encourages Green Sustainable Dev. (Ind. Report)
    Jersey City
    Date: 2020-06-12
    In the Garden State, Jersey City officials are touting the Sustainability Incentive Program (SIP), a voluntary dual-pronged approach to development designed to reduce pollution while promoting sustainable development.

    The first green initiative incentivizes new and existing development to divert storm water from the sewer system by installing green infrastructure, as well as meeting strict energy and water conservation standards provided in US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines. If the building is built to LEED certifications, it will receive a discount on water and sewer connection fees based on that level of LEED accreditation.

    The second initiative is the Flood Overlay Zone Program, which will require new developments in FEMA-designated flood hazard zones to incorporate green infrastructure to help control localized flooding and minimize pollution runoff into local waterways. New developments will implement green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, green roofs, bioswales, and permeable pavement, to absorb and filter storm water runoff, which will help avoid combined sewage overflows in which sewage and wastewater overflow and pollute local waterways. (Source: Jersey City, PR, Hudson Reporter, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Jersey City Office of Sustainability, Kate Lawrence, Director(201)-547-4632,,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainability,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Infrastructure,  USGBC,  

    Energy Inspectors Corp. Earns 2020 ENERGY STAR® (Ind. Report)
    Energy Inspectors Corp
    Date: 2020-06-12
    Las Vegas-based Energy Inspectors Corporation (Ei Corp) is reporting receipt of the 2020 ENERGY STAR Market Leader Award for promoting energy efficient construction and helping home buyers take advantage of ENERGY STAR certified homes or apartments.

    More than 95,000 ENERGY STAR certified single-family homes and multifamily units were built in 2019, for a total of more than 2 million homes since 1995. Ei Corp completed 19,732 certifications in 2019 -- approximately 20 pct of the national total in 2019. Since 1998 Ei Corp. has certified more than 300,000 ENERGY STAR homes, according to the release.

    Ei Corp is part of Ei Companies which includes Ei Engineering, Ei Risk Management, and ABCO Engineering Services Incorporated. The company is the leading energy rating company in the nation, and an industry leader in construction risk management serving builders and insurance companies . (Source: Ei Companies, PR, June, 2020) Contact: EiCompanies, Galo LeBron, CEO, Renee Ryan, ENERGY Star,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Inspectors Corp,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  

    National Grid Supports UN Race to Zero Campaign (Ind. Report)
    National Grid,UNFCCC
    Date: 2020-06-10
    National Grid reports it is supporting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) global "Race to Zero Campaign" and has to date cut its emission by 70 pct over 1990 levels.

    To future meet its goals, National Grid is also: reducing SF6 emissions used in electrical equipment and swapping for alternatives; increasing energy efficiency; moving to renewable energy sources; researching the potential of hydrogen and renewable natural gas; and promoting similar actions among its supply chain and communities, targeting indirect emissions in particular.

    In the US, National Grid it is working with customers to improve energy efficiency, investing in future energy systems through National Grid Partners, and supporting both solar and wind developments through Geronimo Energy. (Source: National Grid, PR, Energy Insider, 9 June, 2020) Contact: National Grid, John Pettigrew, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid,  Carbon Emission,  UNFCCC,  

    Bldg. Life Cycle Assessment Tech Touted (New Prod. & Tech., Int'l.)
    EPFL Fribourg
    Date: 2020-06-10
    Vizcab, a spin-out company of Swiss technical university EPFL Fribourg, is touting its recently developed life cycle assessment (LCA) method for engineers to assess a building's energy efficiency right from the design stage.

    The technology runs thousands of simulations based on different design parameters such as heating, glazing and insulation and different construction assumptions into a web app that enables architects and engineers to integrate energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission targets into the early stages of the design process.

    The method, which was developed by Building2050, a team based at EPFL's Smart Living Lab in Fribourg, draws on the latest advances in building physics, environmental science, mechanical engineering, data science, statistics and data visualization.

    The company recently completed a funding round that €1.6 million for marketing in France and is planning a series B funding round in 18-24 months for a wider European marketing campaign. (Source: EPFL, Mirage, June, 2020) Contact: EPFN, +41 21 693 11 11,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  

    DNV GL Implementation Contractor of the Year for 2020 (Ind. Report)
    DNV GL,Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In Detroit, the not-for-profit Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA) has named DNV GL as the Implementation Contractor of the Year for 2020 for the the fourth year in a row.

    DNV GL has served as the primary energy efficiency program implementer for both DTE and Consumers since 2009. During that time, DNV GL has completed more than 115,000 energy efficiency projects throughout the state of Michigan and distributed more than $532 million in incentive payments for these projects. These efforts have resulted in an energy savings of more than 30 million Mcf of natural gas, 10,000+ GWh of electricity, and $700 million in avoided energy costs for Consumers Energy's and DTE Energy's customers.

    MEECA is a nonprofit trade association that promotes and supports the contractors, utilities, manufacturers, and program implementers that provide energy efficiency products and services across Michigan.(Source: DNV GL, PR, 29 May, 2020) Contact: DNV GL, Nick Brod, Senior VP Program Design and Implementation,; Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association, 517-896-2960,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association,  Energy Eficiency,  DNV GL,  

    Indian BMW Plant Stresses Efficiency, Sustainablity (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In India, a release from the 2010 vintage BMW Group Plant Chennai reports energy efficiency and sustainability is a top priority at the manufacturing facility which is taking an active lead towards a green and sustainable future.

    To that end, the plant is committed to increasing use of renewable energy to meet 100 pct of its energy needs by end of the year and has launched new initiatives for water conservation and tree plantation/biodiversity. A 1350 KW solar array presently supplies 40 pct of the plant's electric power and a recent conversion to LED lighting and other energy efficiency initiatives have cut power consumption by 50 pct.

    Water used for cleaning is treated and reused in landscaping and sensor-equipped taps and other efforts have cut water consumption by 45 pct -- from 40825 KL to 20594 KL for the period 2016 to 2019. Additionally, a new Rainwater Harvesting Project stores up to 2,000 kilolitres and meets 40 pct of the plant's requirements and treated sewage is used for toilet flushing. (Source: BMW Group Plant Chennai, Business Wire India, 5 June, 2020) Contact: BMW Group Plant Chennai,

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

    Alabama Issues Weatherization, Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In Montgomery, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) reports the awarding of $3.2 million to 14 community agencies as part of the state's Weatherization Assistance Program. The program provides funds to improve the energy efficiency and lower energy costs for qualifying homes. Priority is given to people with disabilities, the elderly and low-income households with children.

    Under the program, qualifying homes receive an energy audit to determine the most cost-efficient measures. Common improvements include installing extra insulation in the attic, walls and floor; sealing air leaks around doors and windows; repairs or tune-ups for air conditioning and heating units; and replacing incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency bulbs.

    The grants, which are administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, are drawn from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Energy. (Source: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, PR, 8 June, 2020) Contact: Governor Kay Ivey,; Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs,

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

    EMC Lauded for Maryland LED Lighting Projects (Ind. Report)
    Delmarva EMC
    Date: 2020-06-08
    Plymouth, Minnesota-based EMC LLC reports it has been recognized for its role supporting several energy efficiency programs offered by Delmarva Power.

    Delmarva Power, which serves 532,000 electric customers in Delaware and Maryland, recognized EMC as one of the company's 2019 Top Three Lighting & Controls service providers for completing 11 high-volume lighting and controls projects for nationwide retail customers

    EMC provides best-in-class LED lighting + technology solutions and services to a broad range of multinational retail, commercial, industrial and specialized customers. Since 2003, the company has used its total project management approach, EnergyMAXX®, to successfully implement thousands of lighting upgrade projects, saving clients across industries billions in kilowatt-hours of energy, according to the company release. (Source: EMC LLC, PR, JUne, 2020) Contact: Delmarva Power,; EMC , Jerry Johnson, CEO, 952-542-7960,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Delmarva news,  LED Lighting news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

    Cork ISO Recognized for Energy Efficiency Commitment (Int'l.)
    Cork Ireland, ISO 50001
    Date: 2020-06-05
    In Ireland, the Cork City Council has achieved international certification for its commitment to energy efficiency within the organisation and therefore to reducing its carbon footprint. The international ISO 50001 standard outlines international best practice in energy management within an organisation.

    Cork City Council's certification was achieved after an extensive audit of the organisation's energy management system. The achievement assists Cork City Council in meeting national energy efficiency targets of a 33 pct improvement in energy efficiency by the end of this year and a 50 pct efficiency improvement by 2030.

    Cork City Council achieved a 31.5 pct improvement in energy efficiency up to the end of 2018 compared to the baseline year of 2009. This puts Cork City Council 5 pct ahead of the target glide-path to meet its 2020 target. It will also contribute to the implementation of the Cork City Council's Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and the Sustainable Energy Climate Action Plan. (Source: Cork City Council, Cork Safety Alerts News, 4 Jun, 2020) Contact: Cork City Council, +353 21 496 6222,; ISO 50001,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ISO 50001 news,  Energy Management news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

    UK Building Society Offers Energy Efficiency Mortgage (Int'l.)
    Saffron Building Society
    Date: 2020-06-05
    Sussex, UK-based Saffron Building Society is reporting the launch of a "green" mortgage following a Government Green Finance Strategy campaign to encourage "green financial products."

    Saffron's Retro-Fit Mortgage is designed to encourage borrowers to upgrade current housing stock to a better energy efficiency rating (EPC). The initial interest rate is 1.47 pct fixed until 30/11/2022 followed by a 1 pct discount off the standard variable rate (SVR), currently 5.39 pct variable for the rest of the mortgage. The mortgage is available as Repayment (Capital and interest) up to 80 pct LTV or interest only up to 70 pct LTV, with a repayment vehicle in place (Source: Saffron Building Sciety, PR, June, 2020) Contact: Saffron Building Society, Laura Bright, +44 0 1799 522211,

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

    Indian Healthy, Energy Efficient Bldgs Initiative Launched (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency Services
    Date: 2020-06-05
    Indian state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) are reporting the launch of the Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings initiative aimed at retrofitting existing buildings and air conditioning systems for better health conditions and increased energy efficiency.

    As part of the initiative, EESL will develop specifications for Indian building energy as well as aid in evaluating the effectiveness and cost benefits of various technologies and their short and long-term impacts on air quality, comfort, and energy consumption.

    A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC Ltd) report noted that various Indian energy efficiency measures have translated into approximate savings of Rs 89,122 crore ($890,000 US) in 2018-19, as against Rs 53,627 crore ($530,000 US) savings during 2017-18. (Source: EESL, USAID, Outlook India, June, 2020) Contact: USAID,; Energy Efficiency Services Ltd., 011-4580 1260,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services,  Energy Efficiency,  USAID,  

    Scotia Plaza Canada's Largest Zero-Carbon Cert. Bldg (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-06-05
    KingSett Capital, on behalf of its Canadian Real Estate Income Fund (CREIF) is reporting Scotia Plaza's 40 King St. West building in Toronto, Ontario, has earned a Zero Carbon Building -- Performance v2 Certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

    The designation marks an important milestone for owners KingSett Capital, Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) and James Richardson & Sons Limited as it is the largest certified Zero Carbon Building in Canada at more than 1.5 million square feet, according to the release.

    Scotia Plaza is the head office of the Canada's third largest bank -- the Bank of Nova Scotia with $1,154.02 billion in assets. (Source: KingSett Capital, PR, 4 June,2020) Contact: Canada Canada Green Building Council/Zero Carbon Certification, (866) 941-1184,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council ,  Energy Efficiency,  Zero-Carbon,  

    EPCG Announces HQ Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-06-03
    Montenegrin state power utility Elektroprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) is reporting an energy efficiency upgrade project at its headquarters building in the city of Niksic.

    The first stage involves installing solar panels on the roof and the parking lot. Other measures include thermal insulation of exterior walls, thermal and hydro insulation of the roof, installation of a modern HVAC system, and LED lighting, all of which will eventually meet up to 97 pct of the building's energy needs and cut the 60-year old building's CO2 emissions by nearly 1,290 tpy, according to the EPCG release. (Source: EPCG, Balkan News, 2 June, 2020) Contact: EPCG,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Norfolk, Neb. Approves C-PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-06-03
    In the Cornhusker State, the city of Norfolk (pop. 25,000 +-) Council is reporting approval of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan program to assist commercial developers with energy efficiency and renewable energy project funding.

    PACE loans are long term, fixed rate, non-recourse loans secured by assessments on the property with priority equal to property tax. PACE provides commercial real estate financing for HVAC systems, lighting, energy efficiency, energy conservation measures, water conservation such as low flow toilets and low flow fixtures, as well as renewable energy systems. (Source: City of Norfolk, WJAG, 2 June, 2020) Contact: City of Norfolk, (402) 844-2000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE news,  PACE news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Cape Cod Playhouse Energy Efficiency Upgrades Funded (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-06-01
    In the Bay State, the not-for-profit Cape Cod Center for the Arts in Dennis is reporting receipt of grant funding approval from the board of MassDevelopment, the Mass Cultural Council's partner in the 2020 administration of the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund.

    The $150,000 grant, coupled with a $250,000 grant from the Dennis Community Preservation Committee in December 2019 , will be used for insulation, winterization and energy efficiency upgrades to the Center's 1838 vintage structure. (Source: Cape Cod Center for the Arts ,, 30 May, 2020) Contact: Cape Cod Center for the Arts, 508-385-3618

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

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

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

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

    Empire State Bldg. Enjoys Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind.Report)
    Empire State Building
    Date: 2020-06-01
    In the Big Apple, energy efficiency upgrades done at the Empire State Building in New York City over the past 10 years have reportedly reduced the iconic NYC landmark's emissions by 40 pct and saved $4 million in annual electricity costs, according to Clean Technica. (Source: Clean Technica, 31 May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Empire State Building,  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,  

    UIPA, RMP Ink Renewables Cooperation Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power,Utah Inland Port Authority
    Date: 2020-05-29
    In the Beehive State, the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) and Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) report the inking of a Joint Clean Energy Cooperation Statement to create a sustainable energy supply within the UIPA jurisdictional area. The agreement allows the sharing of data and resources to identify solutions to meet future needs with net 100 pct renewable energy, planning for electrification of freight, cargo and logistics equipment, and energy efficiency programs.

    Work will begin by developing a 10-year power use forecast for the current UIPA jurisdictional land that identifies how much power is needed, followed by a renewable energy generation and storage forecast to serve as a roadmap for future action that includes resource type (wind, solar, battery, renewable energy credits, etc.), resource size (in megawatts), and capital. Additional agreements and approvals on specific projects are anticipated as this work goes forward.(Source: Utah Inland Port Authority , KUTV, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Utah Inland Port Authority, Jack Hedge, Executive Director,; Rocky Mountain Power, Gary Hoogeveen, Pres., CEO, (800) 222-4335,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Energy Eficiency,  Renewable Energy,  

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