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Vanderbilt Scores USGBC Leadership Award (Ind. Report)
USGBC, Vanderbilt University
Date: 2020-11-13
In Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University has been honored with a 2020 Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council for achievements in green building and its commitment to creating a healthy, sustainable future. The university was among 10 companies, projects and individuals across the nation to be spotlighted during the Greenbuild Virtual conference on Nov. 12.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, known as LEED, has become the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of energy efficient, high-performance sustainable buildings.

The Vanderbilt campus has 21 LEED certified buildings, as well as WELL and PETAL projects. WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, while PETAL is a green business certification program for making organizations sustainable and healthy.

Examples of Vanderbilt's sustainable architecture includes six "green roofs" that cut building energy consumption, urban heat island effects, improve storm water management, increase roof longevity and improve aesthetics, according to the release. (Source: Vanderbilt University News, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Vanderbilt University, Mike Perez, Chief Faccilities officer in the Division of Administration, 615-322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; WELL Building Institute, +646.883.5001, +646.607.1058, info@wellcertified.com, www.wellcertified.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  WELL Building,  Green Building,  


NTU Touts Energy Efficient Liquid Window (Int'l, New Prod & Tech)
Nanyang Technological University
Date: 2020-11-11
Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a liquid window panel that can reduce buildings' energy consumption by up to 45 pct, is less expensive and 30 pct more energy-efficient than commercially available energy-efficient glass windows.

According to the release, the researchers placed hydrogel-based liquid -- a combination of micro-hydrogel, water, and stabilizer -- between glass panels to develop the liquid window. The researchers explained that a hydrogen-based liquid could respond to a change in temperature as it becomes non-transparent when exposed to heat and blocks the sunlight, and returns to its clear state when cooled. Besides that, water's high heat capacity enables the liquid window to store a large amount of thermal energy instead of getting transferred through the glass and into buildings during the day times.

As part of the experiment, the researchers conducted outdoor tests in Singapore's hot environment and the cold climate of Beijing, China. The smart liquid window registered a lower temperature (50 degree C) than a normal glass window (84 degrees C) during the hottest time of the day in Singapore. While the Beijing test revealed that the room equipped with the smart liquid window utilized 11 pct less energy to keep the same temperature than the room with a normal glass window. (Source: Nanyang Technological University, Website PR, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Nanyang Technological University, www.ntu.edu.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Window news,  Liquid Window news,  


EIB Funding Energy Efficient, Sustainable Bldgs. in Madrid (Int'l.)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2020-11-06
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Madrid-based GMP PROPERTY SOCIMI (Gmp), one of Spain's largest real estate groups, are set to finance green investments that reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in office buildings in Madrid.

To this end, the EU bank will provide the Spanish company with €28 million in financing for the development of near zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) and retrofits aimed at improving energy efficiency. The operation is supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe.

The primary energy savings covered by the EIB financing will be an estimated 3 420 MWh per year (MWh/year), implying CO2 emissions savings equivalent to the average emissions produced by 124 EU households a year.

The EU bank is assisting this operation via a green energy loan, the features of which are fully in line with the requirements set out in its Climate Awareness Bonds programme. As a result, it is likely to be allocated to its portfolio of loan operations financed via the issuance of these bonds. (Source: European Investment Bank, European Commission, PR, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  


Energy Efficiency ESCO Veregy Sold (M&A, Ind. Report)
Vergy
Date: 2020-11-04
Denver-headquartered private alternative asset management company Bow River Capital is reporting the sale of Phoenix-based independent energy services company (ESCO) Veregy to middle-market private equity firm Court Square Capital.

Veregy offers energy efficiency solutions and smart building technologies that optimize building performance and reduce energy consumption. The company deploys mechanical, plumbing, lighting, solar, battery storage, geothermal, building automation, and demand management measures to complete eco-friendly infrastructure upgrades. Veregy has delivered billions in energy performance contracts for clients in K-12 education, local government, hHealthcare, higher education and commercial sectors. (Source: Bow River Capital, PR, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: Bow River Capital, 303.861,8466, info@bowrivercapital.com, www.bowrivercapital.com; Vergy, John Hobbes, CEO, 800.460.0995, www.vergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vergy,  Energy Efficiency,  


PG&E Offers ENERGY STAR Product Rebates (Ind. Report)
PG&E, ENERGY STAR
Date: 2020-11-02
In the Golden State, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports its continued to partnership with the US EPA ENERGY STAR program and others to promote the benefits of energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program to help consumers cut energy consumption, save money and shrink their carbon footprint. ENERGY STAR serves as a guide for customers shopping for appliances and looking for potential rebates, such as PG&E's, that help offset the cost of qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances.

For example, PG&E customers that sign up for the utility's time-of-use rate plan and purchase a qualifying ENERGY STAR smart thermostat may be eligible for a $120 rebate through the end of the year. The amount of the smart thermostat rebate recently increased from $50. The purchase of a smart thermostat combined with a time-of-use rate plan can reduce costs by shifting heating or cooling needs to low energy demand times when energy demand and rates are lower, and the amount of renewable energy is higher. By way of illustration, PG&E notes the following ENERGY STAR product specific savings:

  • LED light bulbs -- ENERGY STAR certified lighting uses up to 90 pct less energy than incandescent bulbs, lasts 15 times longer and saves more than $50 in electricity bills over their lifetime. By replacing the five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs in a home with ENERGY STAR models, customers can save nearly $45 per year.

  • Washing machines and dryers -- Save more than $370 over the lifetime of an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer and even more with an ENERGY STAR washer/dryer pair. Clothes washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating use 25 pct less energy and approximately 33 pct less water than standard models.

  • Water heaters -- Water heaters account for 12 pct of residential energy consumption, costing a household of four up to $630 every year in energy costs. An ENERGY STAR certified electric water heater (known as Heat Pump Water Heaters) uses less than half the energy of a standard model. PG&E offers a $300 rebate for qualifying products.

    PG&E notes if every clothes washer, clothes dryer, dishwasher and refrigerator purchased in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR models, the equivalent of the greenhouse gas emissions from 450,000 cars would be avoided, and consumers would save more than $615 million in annual energy costs. (Source: PG&E, PR 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: PG&E, Aaron August, VP Business Development & Customer Engagement, www.pge.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  ENERGY STAR,  


  • Renewables on the Rise 2020 Tracks Renewable Energy Dev. (Ind. Report Attached)
    PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In the Keystone State, the not-for-profit Philadelphia-based PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center has released its Renewables on the Rise 2020 study that documents and compares the growth of solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency and electric vehicle technologies in each state, as well as nationally, over the past decade.

    According to the study, in 2019, the U.S. produced 30 times more solar power and more than triple the amount of wind energy than in 2010. Utility-scale battery energy storage increased 20-fold since 2010 and energy consumption per person declined thanks to improvements in energy efficiency, and more than one million electric vehicles were sold in the U.S.

    Download the Renewables on the Rise 2020 study HERE. (Source: PennEnvironment Policy & Research Center, Website PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: PennEnvironment Policy & Research Center, David Masur, Exec. Dir, Kelly Flanigan, Global Warming Solutions Associate, (215) 732-5897, (215) 732-4599 -- fax, www.pennenvironmentcenter.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    EU Releases 2030 Climate Target Plan (Int'l. Report)
    European Union,EC
    Date: 2020-10-26
    In 2019, the EU endorsed a new target of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. However, it is predicted that current policies will only reduce emissions by 60 pct (as against 1990 levels) by 2050.

    To begin to address the challenge ahead, the European Commission (EC) published the 2019 Communication on the European Green Deal (EGD), a growth strategy to reset the EC's commitment to tackling climate change. The EGD outlined an all-sector approach to reducing emissions and decoupling economic growth from resource use. The EC committed to presenting an impact assessed plan to increase the existing target for 2030 of reducing emissions by 40 pct to at least 50 pct to 55 pct against 1990 levels.

    Based on this impact assessment, the EC published a Communication on Stepping up 2030 Europe's Climate Ambition (Climate Target Plan) in September 2020 proposing to increase the 2030 target to at least 55 pct emissions reduction by 2030. Under the Climate Target Plan renewable energy would meet 38 pct to 40 pct of gross final consumption in 2030, and energy consumption would further reduce in 2030, achieving savings of 36--37 pct (final energy consumption -- total energy consumed by end users) and 39--41 pct (primary energy consumption -- total energy used to meet final energy needs).

    Previously this month, the European Parliament (EP) voted to up the 2030 target to 60 pct , and urged the EC to explore options for setting 2040 targets and negative post-2050 targets. The EP also sought a greater role in setting the indicative trajectory for achieving the target, an EU carbon budget, and a more explicit focus on emissions in the maritime and aviation transport sectors.

    Access the Climate Target Plan HERE. (Source: EU, EC, mondaq, 25 October, 2020)

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


    PA. DEP Offers Business, Farm Energy Efficiency Grants (Grants)
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    Date: 2020-10-21
    In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reports the availability of grant funding for energy-efficient equipment, such as boilers, LED lighting, Energy Star HVAC systems and others for small business owners and farmers through the Small Business Advantage Grant program.

    Pennsylvania farmers and other small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible for the grants. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 pct annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses. Businesses can apply for 50 pct matching funds for equipment or materials, up to $7,000, when adopting energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes.

    Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2020-21 funds are exhausted, or Monday, April 12, 2021, whichever occurs first. (Source: PA DEP, Pennsylvania Environment Digest, 20 Oct., 2020) Contact: Pa. DEP, (717) 772-5160, epadvantagegtrant@pa.gov, www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/SmallBusinessOmbudsmanOffice/Pages/Small Business Advantage Grant.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  


    Monaco Adds Wind to Renewable Energy Mix (Int'l., M&A)
    Monaco Energies Renouvelables
    Date: 2020-10-19
    The Principality of Monaco's Monaco Energies Renouvelables (MER) is reporting the purchase of three wind farms projects being developed in France by Weisbaden, Germany-headquartered ABO Wind AG.

    Two of the wind farms are in the Charente department, near Bordeaux, and the third one is in Brittany's Cote diArmor department. Each farm will have between two and four wind turbines generating a total 57 GWh -- sufficient to meet 10 pct of Monaco's energy consumption. The wind farms are expected to come online between December 2020 and June 2021.

    Monaco currently has ten solar farms which when added to the new wind farm purchases will produce 75 MW of renewable energy -- 25 pct of the Principality's power consumption. (Source: Monaco Energies Renouvelables , PR, 18 Oct., 2020) Contact: Monaco Energies Renouvelables, +377) 92 05 05 00, smeg@smeg.mc, www.smeg.mc; ABO Wind, +49 611 267 65-515, kontakt@abo-wind.de, www.abo-wind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABO Wind,  Wind,  Solar,  


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

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

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


    EIA Projects Increased Wood Biomass Consumption (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2020-10-09
    According to the just released U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Winter Fuels Outlook and an updated Short-Term Energy Outlook , approximately 1.4 pct -- 1.8 million U.S. households will use cord wood or wood pellets as their primarily residential spacing heating fuel during the 2020 – 2021 winter. The EIA report forecasts that U.S. residential energy consumption will be higher than the 2019 -- 2020 heating season.

    In the electric power sector, biomass expected to be used to generate 27.9 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity this year, including 15.6 billion kWh from waste biomass and 12.3 billion kWh from wood biomass. Generation from biomass reached 28.8 billion kWh in 2019, including 15.7 billion kWh from waste biomass and 13 billion kWh from wood biomass. In 2021, generation from biomass is expected to increase to 31.2 billion kWh, including 16.4 kWh from waste biomass and 14.9 billion kWh from wood biomass. The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.233 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass this year, down from 0.236 quad in 2019, but increasing to 0.244 quad in 2021. The sector consumed 0.211 quad of wood biomass in 2019, with consumption expected to fall to 0.2 quad in 2020, and increase to 0.241 quad in 2021.

    In the electric power sector, biomass generating capacity was at 6,672 MW in 2019, including 3,945 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,727 MW of wood biomass capacity. Capacity by the end of 2020 is expected to fall to 6,628 MW, including 3,902 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,727 MW of wood biomass capacity. Biomass capacity is expected to reach 6,638 MW by the end of 2021, including 3,912 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,727 MW of wood biomass capacity.

    Download the EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook HERE. (Source: US EIA, PR, Oct., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Woody Biomass,  Bimass,  


    $20.1Mn Israeli Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Announced (Int'l.)
    Israel
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Energy, in collaboration with the ministries of economy, environment protection and finance, is reporting the launch of a $20.1 million national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance energy efficiency.

    Under the plan, industrial plants, small and medium businesses and local authorities will be awarded grant funding for cutting their energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The grants will be allocated for replacing old, wasteful and expensive technologies with new cost-effective systems in various fields, such as indoor and outdoor lighting systems, air conditioning, heat pumps, compressed air systems and manufacturing machines. Grant will also be given to projects that integrate new Israeli technologies in the areas of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. (Source: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, October 1, 2020) Contact: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, Minister, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_energy

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


    Recycling Wind Turbine Blades Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Wind Blade,Engie,LM Wind
    Date: 2020-10-05
    A consortium of wind energy players including LM Wind Power and Engie, has announced the Zero wastE Blade Research (ZEBRA) project with plans to design and construct the first 100 pct recyclable wind turbine and blades. Driven by French research center IRT Jules Verne, the project aims to demonstrate on a full scale the technical, economic, and environmental relevance of thermoplastic wind turbine blades, with an eco-design approach to facilitate recycling. The 42-month project has budget of $21.8 million.

    LM Wind Power will desig , process, and manufacture two prototype recyclable wind turbine blades using Arkema's Elium resin to test and validate the composite material's feasibility for industrial production. In parallel, the ZEBRA project partners will focus on developing and optimizing the manufacturing process by using automation to reduce energy consumption and waste from production.

    The team will then explore methods to recycle the materials used in the prototype blades into new products. (Source: LM Wind, Inceptive Mind, Oct., 2020)Contact: LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com; ENGIE, www.engie-fabricom.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind,  Engie,  Wind Turbine Blade,  


    Israeli Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Announced (Int'l, Funding)
    Israel
    Date: 2020-10-02
    In Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Energy, in collaboration with the Ministries of Economy, Environment Protection and Finance, is reporting the launch of a $20.1 million national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance energy efficiency.

    Under the plan, industrial plants, small and medium businesses as well as local authorities will be awarded grant funding for cutting their energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The grants will be allocated for replacing old, wasteful and expensive technologies with new cost-effective systems in various fields, such as indoor and outdoor lighting systems, air conditioning, heat pumps, compressed air systems and manufacturing machines. Grant will also be given to projects that integrate new Israeli technologies in the areas of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. (Source: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, October 1, 2020) Contact: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, Minister, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  GHG news,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions news,  


    $20.1Mn Israeli GHG Reduction Grant Funding Announced (Int'l.)
    Israel
    Date: 2020-10-02
    In Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Energy, in collaboration with Israeli ministries of economy, environment protection and finance, is reporting the launch of a $20.1 million national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance energy efficiency.

    Under the plan, industrial plants, small and medium businesses as well as local authorities will be awarded grant funding for cutting their energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The grants will be allocated for replacing old, wasteful and expensive technologies with new cost-effective systems in various fields, such as indoor and outdoor lighting systems, air conditioning, heat pumps, compressed air systems and manufacturing machines. Grant will also be given to projects that integrate new Israeli technologies in the areas of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. (Source: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, October 1, 2020) Contact: Israeli Ministry of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, Minister, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    LPA Beats Bldg. Industry's Energy Reduction Target (Ind. Report)
    LPA,American Institute of Architects
    Date: 2020-09-28
    Irvine, California-headquartered integrated design firm LPA was the largest firm in the country to meet the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment target in 2019 for reducing energy use in new buildings, according to data released this week by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). It was the second year in a row that LPA met the 2030 Commitment, the industry's largest initiative to address climate change, which calls for new buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030. In 2019, 27 companies met the Commitment's target of a 70 pct reduction in a project's predicted net energy use compared to a baseline standard, up from 16 in 2018, the AIA reports.

    LPA's integrated design process emphasizes research and collaboration across more than 6 million square feet of projects in California and Texas, including civic, education and healthcare facilities. LPA reduced energy use by an average of 73.2 pct, compared to an average of 49 pct from all the reporting firms.

    LPA designed the first LEED-NC building in the country, the Premier Automotive Group headquarters in 1998; the largest LEED-NC Gold office campus in California, Toyota's campus expansion, in 2003; and the first LEED Platinum project in Orange County, the net-zero Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, according to the release. (Source: LPA, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: LPA, Dan Heinfeld, Pres., www.lpadesignstudios.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Institute of Architects,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Efficiency,  


    PSE&G $1Bn Energy Efficiency Plan Wins NJ Approval (Ind. Report)
    PSE&G
    Date: 2020-09-25
    In the Garden State, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSEG) is reporting New Jersey regulators have approved its energy-efficiency plan allowing the utility to spend nearly $1 billion over three years to get customers to reduce their energy consumption with discount priced thermostats, LED lighting, and energy-efficient appliances.

    The plan, which the utility called "the largest commitment to energy efficiency ever in New Jersey", would direct about $284 million to residential customers and $686 million to commercial and industrial customers. The approved plan is a scaled-down version of the Clean Energy Future proposal that PSE&G announced in 2018, which would have spent $2.8 billion over six years on energy efficiency.

    The approved energy-efficiency plan was part of a larger $4.1 billion package that included proposals to spend $364 million for electric-vehicle infrastructure, including support for nearly 40,000 EV chargers, $180 million for massive utility-scale battery storage, and $800 million for an "Energy Cloud" program that includes the installation of wireless smart meters in every customer's home.

    The approved plan also accommodates low-income residents, multifamily developments, small businesses, local governments and nonprofits and will deliver $1 billion in net customer savings, create 3,200 direct jobs and 1,100 more indirect jobs, and help New Jersey avoid eight million metric tons of carbon emissions through 2050, according to the PSE&G release. (Source: Public Service Electric & Gas, PR, Philadelphia Enquirer, 24 Sept., 2020) Contact: Public Service Electric & Gas, www.pseg.com, PSE&G Clean Energy Future, psegpoweringprogress.com/clean-energy-future, www.psegpoweringprogress.com/energy-efficiency

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


    Steel City Releases Bldg. Energy Bench-Marking Data (Ind. Report)
    City of Pittsburgh
    Date: 2020-09-25
    At the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, the city of Pittsburgh has released and published the first information and data gleaned from its energy bench-marking ordinance.

    The ordinance, passed in 2016, requires all building owners with 50,000 or more square feet to track and report information about their energy and water use in the hope of encouraging building owners and managers increase energy efficiency and reduce their energy use.

    Under the city's program, building owners receive a report from the city on their building's energy performance compared to other similar buildings. More than half of the city's buildings have reported their energy use but hundreds of the city's largest buildings haven't yet complied with the ordinance.

    In 2019, more than 500 of Pittsburgh's larger buildings collectively reduced energy consumption by 23 pct compared to 6 pct in 2014. (Source: City of Pittsburgh, Public Source Pittsburgh, 25 Sept., 2020) Contact: City of Pittsburgh, Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer, 412-255-2621, www.pittsburghpa.gov

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


    KAMC Energy Efficiency Project to Cut Energy Consumption (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-09-21
    In Riyadh, the Saudi Arabia National Energy Services Company (Tarshid) reports energy efficiency upgrade work is underway at the King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC). The work is intended to raise the energy efficiency of the KAMC headquarters and other buildings and cut electric power consumption across a total area of 18,440m2.

    The work will include: rehabilitation of chiller systems with higher efficiency systems; installation of control systems in the main cooling station; replacement of chilled water pumps with better efficiency pumps; installation of speed control devices for cooling pumps and air handling units; lighting systems upgrade with energy-saving and high-performance LED systems linked to smart motion sensors, and others.

    Currently, KAMCs total annual electric power consumption is approximately 143 million kWh per year. The rehabilitation project aims to decrease the consumption to approximately 108 million kWh per year -- about 25 pct of the current electrical consumption. (Source: Saudi Arabia National Energy Services Company, Saudi Press Agency, !7 Sept., 2020) Contact: Saudi Arabia National Energy Services Company, Walid bin Abdullah Al-Ghariri, CEO, +966 9200 12370, www.tarshid.com.sa

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    SJG Offers Nest Thermostats to Cut Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    South Jersey Gas
    Date: 2020-09-11
    In Atlantic City, the South Jersey Gas (SJG) utility reports it is offering customers a free "smart" thermostat to help cut energy consumption and save on energy costs.

    Under the offering, customers can choose a $0 Google Nest Thermostat E or a discounted Google Nest Learning Thermostat -- which retails on Amazon in the $320 range -- for $49 after applicable rebates, when they shop on the South Jersey Gas Marketplace.

    Independent studies show that Google Nest thermostats saved people an average of 10 pct to 12 pct on heating and 15 pct on cooling costs for an estimated average savings of $131 to $145 per year, according to the South Jersey Gas release. (Source: South Jersey Gas, PR, Beachcomber, Sept., 2020) Contact: South Jersey Gas, Deborah Franco, VP Clean Energy & Sustainability, www.southjerseygas.com; Uplight, www.uplight.com; Neste Thermostat, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News South Jersey Gas ,  Thermostat,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Smithfield Foods Aims for Carbon Negative by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Smithfield Foods
    Date: 2020-09-09
    Virginia-based pork producer Smithfield Foods has pledged to become the first major protein company to go carbon negative through carbon reduction infinitive s at its 40 company-owned facilities in the U.S. by 2030 without purchasing carbon credits to offset emissions.

    . In 2016, the company announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 pct by 2025 across its entire supply chain and in 2017 launched Smithfield Renewables that united its carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts. The company is known for its anaerobic digestion biogas efforts to turn methane from hog manure into renewable natural gas, The company will also work to sequester more carbon in farmlands and natural ecosystems. It also intends to add more wind and solar energy; streamline distribution routes to reduce miles traveled; reduce energy consumption for refrigeration, lighting and equipment. (Smithfield Foods, PR, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: Smithfield Foods, Kenneth M. Sullivan, Pres., CEO, Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, lvmartin@smithfield.com, www.smithfield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smithfield Foods,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Negative,  Biogas,  Methane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Alberta Scores $6.3Mn for Green Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    Date: 2020-09-09
    In Ottawa, the Canadian government reports the Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) program is issuing $3 million in funding to support innovation and growth in Alberta's construction and engineering industry. The funding will help small- and medium-sized businesses adopt new products and technologies that improve building energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    This funding will be directed towards an Alberta-based not-for-profit organization—the Smart Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure Association (SSRIA) -- to establish a network of test buildings where firms can collaborate and test their products under different conditions. Alberta Innovates is contributing $2.8 million.

    Products and services expected to be commercialized through this initiative include: materials for walls, roofs, and foundations; mechanical and electrical system improvements; sensors and lighting products that reduce energy consumption; and software for storing and analyzing building performance on energy efficiency and GHGs. (Source: Western Economic Diversification Canada, Construction Canada, Sept., 2020) Contact: Western Economic Diversification Canada, www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/home.asp; Smart Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure Association, www.ssria.ca; Alberta Innovates, www.albertainnovates.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Economic Diversification Canada ,  Energy Efficiency,  Alberta Energy Efficiency,  


    Green Building Certification Launched in Namibia (Int'l. Report)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2020-09-02
    In Namibia, the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports it is partnering with Bank Windhoek to launch Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) software that will enable the certification of green buildings to facilitate their financing. The EDGE initiative also aims to compensate for the lack of a local certification body.

    EDGE software allows the evaluation of a building's energy consumption, energy efficiency and overall "green" features including: low-flow faucets to reduce water consumption; wastewater management systems; efficient HVAC systems; insulation; green building materials and others.

    With EDGE software, certified green real estate projects are projected to achieve a 20 pct reduction in energy and water consumption compared to conventional buildings. (Source: IFC, Afrik21, Sept., 2020) Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  International Finance Corporation ,  


    USDA Grants Help Maine Businesses Cut Energy Costs (Funding)
    USDA Rural Energy for America Progam
    Date: 2020-08-28
    Reporting from Augusta, the USDA Rural Energy for America Progam is providing nearly $1 million in grant funding to support a total of 33 Maine rural businesses, farms, and organizations improve energy efficiency, lower energy consumption and cut operating costs.

    The individual grants range from roughly $8,000 to $100,000 with an average in the $35,000 range. (Source: USDA, Rural Energy for America Progam, WABI, 27 Aug., 2020) Contact: USDA, Rural Energy for America Progam, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA Rural Energy for America Progam,  


    ICD Brookfield Place Scores LEED Platinum Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Brookfield Properties,USGBC
    Date: 2020-08-24
    In Dubai, real estate services firm Brookfield Properties reports its ICD Brookfield Place building has achieved US Green Building Council (UEGBC) LEED® Platinum certification for green building design, construction, operations and performance. ICD Brookfield Place is the tallest and largest office building in the EMEA region to achieve the rating, and is among the top 20 of the world's largest LEED® Platinum projects.

    The 53-story, 1.1 million square foot office and retail complex in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is designed to be energy efficient and minimize its ecological footprint, and has reduced its energy consumption by 28 pct above industry standards. (Source: ICD Brookfield, MENAFN , 22 Aug., 2020) Contact: Brrokfield Properties, www.brookfieldproperties.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Cenergistic Helps Piscataway Schools Cut Energy Use (Ind. Report)
    Cenergistic
    Date: 2020-08-21
    In the Garden State, the Piscataway Township School Board is reporting an overall 30 pct cut in energy consumption after wrapping up the first year of an energy conservation partnership with Cenergistic.

    To find energy savings and efficiency opportunities, Cenergistic tracked energy consumption at all campuses to identify waste, drive energy efficiency and conservation and deploy energy-using systems across the organization to achieve peak efficiency. During the COVID-19 shutdown, Cenergistic continues to monitor district facilities for energy inefficiencies both onsite and through online technology.

    Since 1986 Cenergistic has partnered with 1470+ educational, municipal government and healthcare organizations to achieve $5.8 billion in utility savings and cost avoidance. These strong results come from the application of Cenergistic's organizational behavior-based strategies and are enhanced by our proprietary software platform to drive building and equipment optimization. The company's energy conservation program reduces utility consumption by an average of 25 pct with no capital investment while maintaining or improving the comfort and quality of building environments, according to Cenergistic. (Source: Piscataway Township Schools, Cenergistic, PR, TAPinto.net, 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Cenergistic, www.cenergistic.com; Piscataway Township Schools, www.piscatawayschools.org

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

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

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

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    Schneider and Huck Partner On Energy-as-a-Service (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric, Huck Capital
    Date: 2020-08-17
    Global energy efficiency and energy management services specialist Schneider Electric and San Francisco-based Huck Capital have announced a partnership to create a new company that will deliver energy-as-a-service to commercial and industrial buildings -- combining Schneider's energy management and microgrid expertise with Huck's sustainability-focused investment and operational focus.

    According to the release, this partnership creates an innovative alternative for building owners and operators who want to transition to renewable energy to lower emissions, increase resiliency, and reduce energy consumption and costs without investing in renewable energy assets and relying on specialists to operate the microgrid. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, EC&M, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Huck Capital, Steve McBee, info@huckcapital.com, www.huchcapital.com; Schneider Electric, Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Chief Innovation Officer, www.schneider-electric.us

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    NV Energy Offers Free Energy Efficient Appliances (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2020-08-14
    Las Vegas-based NV Energy has added Qualified Appliance Replacement to its list of PowerShift products and services that help customers save energy and money. The new service will provide, free of charge, an ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerator, electric clothes dryer and other products to customers who meet income guidelines and other eligibility requirements. In addition to the refrigerator and electric clothes dryer, customers will receive advanced power strips, LED lights and dusk to dawn lighting control.

    "PowerShift's new Qualified Appliance Replacement service will help those eligible customers who are unable to replace older appliances, such as refrigerators and dryers, with new, more energy-efficient models. We're excited to bring this offering to our customers who either own or rent their home as it will help them to better manage their energy use and save on monthly utility bills. And, it is part of our other PowerShift tools which focus on increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption," said PowerShift program manager Chad Piekarz. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: NV Energy, Chad Piekarz, Program Manager. 775-834-3891, cpiekars@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com; PowerShift, www.nvenergy.com/powershift

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    Wyoming Utility Delivering Free Energy Efficiency Kits (Ind. Report)
    Lower Valley Energy
    Date: 2020-08-12
    In Wyoming, Afton-based utility Lower Valley Energy reports it is collaborating with the not-for-profit Energy Conservation Works to deliver free energy efficiency kits in Jackson Hole.

    The Energy Efficiency Kit includes: 14 LED light bulbs of varying sizes; 1 advanced power strip; 1 thermostatic valve showerhead; and 2 sink aerators. The kits are intended to help the utility's customers reduce energy consumption and cut energy costs.

    Energy Conservation Works operates in partnership with the Town of Jackson, Teton County, Lower Valley Energy, and a wide spectrum of organizations to implement and advocate for energy conservation and emissions reduction in Jackson Hole. Contact: Lower Valley Energy, (307) 885-3175, www.lvenergy.com; Energy Conservation Works -- Jackson Hole, www.energyconservationworks.com

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    O2 UK Foresees CO2 5G Network Benefits (Int'l. Report)
    O2 UK
    Date: 2020-08-12
    Slough, UK-based telecommunications service provider Telefonica UK Limited, trading as O2 UK, is predicting 5G could significantly reduce the UK's carbon emissions by cutting energy consumption over 15 years, with the greatest benefits to be reaped by utility companies and the home energy sector.

    According to O2 UK, the next-generation networks to shed up to 269 megatonnes of CO2 from the country's emissions by 2035 making the technology vital to the UK achieving carbon neutral status by 2050.

    According to a company release, smart technology could cut 181 megatonnes of carbon emissions from the utility and home energy sectors over the 15 year period. In 2018, England's total emissions amounted to 280 megatonnes.

    O2 UK is aiming to become the UK's first net-zero mobil network by 2025. (Source: O2 UK, PR, MobilWorld, 12 AUG., 2020) Contact: O2 UK, Mark Evans, CEO, www.o2.co.uk

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    Fonterra's first wood pellet-fuelled plant will fire up in September
    Fonterra
    Date: 2020-08-10
    Fonterra is one step away from pushing the go button on its first factory to convert from coal to wood pellet energy. The dairy company’s Te Awamutu plant in the Waikato is putting the finishing touches on the $11 million power source conversion which could be used as a blueprint for its other factories around the country. It was part of the company’s move to renewable energy and to reduce emissions as it worked towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050. When fully operational the new wood pellet burner will eliminate 84,000tpy of carbon emissions and reduce Fonterra’s coal energy consumption in New Zealand by 10 per cent. (Source: Fonterra Stuff NZ, 9 Aug., 2020) Contact: Fonterra, www.fonterra.com.nz

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    ENERGY STAR Focus on Bakery Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-08-03
    The US DOE ENERGY STAR® program is reporting a new focus on helping the commercial baking industry cuts energy consumption and costs with improved energy efficiency. With the new focus, bakers can use the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management to build a bakery-specific energy management program focused on best practices from the industry.

    ENERGY STAR plant energy performance indicator (EPI) tools assess the energy performance of plants relative to similar plants and provide a 1 -- 100 ENERGY STAR score for a quick understanding of how the plant is performing. Plants receiving a score of 75 or higher are eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification.

    Download details on EPIs and Benchmarking Industrial Energy Performance HERE.

    Download Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the Baking Industry HERE. (Source: US DOE, ENERGY STAR, Aug., 2020) Contact: US DOE, ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    UK Carbon Emissions Negative by 2033, says National Grid (Int'l.)
    National Grid ESO
    Date: 2020-07-29
    According to a new research report from London-headquartered National Grid ESO, carbon emission from the UK's electricity systems could turn negative as early as 2033 and reach zero carbon emissions by 2050 or earlier with "immediate action across all key policy areas and technologies" -- fundamental changes for energy consumers, particularly in heating, transportation, and energy efficiency.

    National Grid expects a significant boom in renewable energy projects, an extensive rollout of electric vehicles, significant transformation and reductions in consumer energy consumption, and better energy efficiency. The report also notes the on-going Covid-19 pandemic will have an impact on the energy landscape in the future. (Source: National Grid ESO, PR, July, 2020) Contact: National Grid ESO, Mark Herring, Head of Strategy, +44 (0) 1926 65 3000, www.nationalgrideso.com

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    Bulgaria Meeting 2014-20 Energy Savings Target (Int'l Report)
    Bulgaria
    Date: 2020-07-22
    In the capital city of Sofia, the Bulgarian Council of Ministers reports that as result of the implementation of energy saving measures in all sectors of the economy for the period 2014-2019, the country has saved 7,295.2 GWh of energy and fulfilled 87.6 pct of its national target for energy savings by 2020. (Source: Sofia News Agency, 22 July, 2020)

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    Vodafone Committed to 100 pct Green, Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Vodafone
    Date: 2020-07-20
    In the UK, Berkshire-based telecommunications firm Vodafone Group Plc reports it remains committed to improving the energy efficiency of its base station sites and in its data and switching centres, which together account for 95 pct of the company's total global energy consumption. During 2020, Vodafone invested €77 million in energy efficiency and renewable projects, which led to annual energy savings of 186GWh. In 2019, the company achieving a 38.5 pct reduction in the total amount of GHG emissions per petabyte (PB) of mobile data carried.

    Vodafone's energy efficiency initiatives are focused on sourcing and implementing more efficient network equipment, reducing energy demand by installing lower-energy power and cooling technologies, and cutting energy use by decommissioning and replacing legacy equipment. Vodafone's energy efficiency initiatives include:

  • Smart energy meters that enable businesses, municipal authorities and households to monitor, manage and reduce their energy use. Worldwide, Vodafone has over 12 million smart meter connections using its IoT technology, saving an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of CO2e.

  • Smart cities networked intelligently to improve the efficiency of energy-intensive services such as public transport, public road networks and street lighting. For example, in the city of Guadalajara, Spain, 13,500 LED lights were connected to a central management system, reducing street lighting energy consumption by 68 pct.

    (Source: Vodafone Group Plc, IoT Business News, July, 2020) Contact: Vodafone Group Plc., www.vodafone.com

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  • Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Launched (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-07-20
    In Halifax, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines (NSDEM), along with program partners Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) are touting the recently launched Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Program aimed at helping building owners and operators reduce energy consumption and transition to the mandatory building energy labeling initiative announced by the federal government in the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

    The Nova Scotia pilot, which is funded by Natural Resources Canada and NSDEM, plans to enroll 25 buildings in year one, 150 in year two, and 200 in its third year.

    By using the free and secure web-based tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, owners of mixed-use, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings can discover the operational efficiencies of their properties, and benchmark against others in the sector to find ways to optimize energy and save money. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, July, 2020) Contact: Canada Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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    Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Program Launched (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-07-20
    New Nova Scotia energy benchmarking pilot to help building owners manage energy InIIiHalifax, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines (NSDEM), along with program partners Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) are touting their recently launched Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Program aimed at helping building owners and operators reduce energy consumption and transition to the mandatory building energy labeling initiative announced by the federal government in the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

    The Nova Scotia pilot is funded by Natural Resources Canada and NSDEM, supports building owners The Program plans to enroll 25 buildings in year one, 150 in year two, and 200 in year three.

    By using the free and secure web-based tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, owners of mixed-use, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings can discover the operational efficiencies of their properties, and benchmark against others in the sector to find ways to optimize and save money. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, July, 2020)

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

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

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

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

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    Fairbanks Completes Illinois 1,750 LED Unit Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    Fairbanks Energy Services
    Date: 2020-07-15
    Hingham, Mass.-based Fairbanks Energy Services, a full-service design/build energy efficiency firm and developer of comprehensive commercial and industrial (C&I) projects, reports completion of an interior LED lighting project at one of WernerCo's Illinois-based, equipment manufacturing facilities.

    Fairbanks Energy ugraded of more then 1,750 outdated, inefficient lighting units to LED for an expected 1,473,000 kWh cut in energy consumption and an annual $156,000 savings. (Source: Fairbanks Energy Services, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Rob Golden, VP Midwest Region , Caroline Haley, Marketing Manager, (978) 394-8670, caroline.haley@fairbanksenergy.com, info@fairbanksenergy.com, www.fairbanksenergy.com

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    Exelon Names $20Mn Climate Change Investment Initiative Winners (Ind. Report)
    Excelon
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In Chicago, Excelon Corp and the Exelon Foundation, an independent not-for-profit, have selected 10 startups to receive a combined $1 million in direct funding to develop new technologies to mitigate and build resiliency to the impacts of climate change in the inaugural year of the company's $20 million Climate Change Investment Initiative (2c2iSM).

    The Exelon Foundation invests directly in projects and people helping to address climate change mitigation and build resiliency to health and environmental pressures in under-resourced communities within Exelon's service area. Startup applicants were also required to demonstrate how their projects would meaningfully advance state and local jurisdictions' own sustainability goals under the US Climate Alliance.

    Of the startups selected in the first round of funding, 50 pct are minority or women-owned businesses, 60 pct of the projects are focused on greenhouse gas mitigation, 40 pct are addressing climate change resiliency and adaptation. First-round startups will receive $100,000 each from the Exelon Foundation. They are:

  • ATP-MD, a Maryland-based startup with two patented and cost-effective processes that generate multiple environmental benefits using specially-bred, non-evasive plants (bio-crops) and their resulting biomass;

  • BlocPower, a software platform developer for analyzing, financing, monitoring and managing clean energy projects, allowing building owners to identify and complete energy efficiency and electrification upgrades in urban communities.

  • Dynamhex, developer of a software platform leveraging complex energy consumption data that enables close collaboration among a range of city, community and utility stakeholders to achieve local carbon-reduction goals.

  • Greenprint Partners reduces water pollution and flooding by working with water utilities and landowners to design, build, finance and maintain high-impact green storm water infrastructure (GSI).

  • GrowFlux, a horticultural tech company that specializes in data-driven cultivation technology and offers an ecosystem of commercial-scale, wireless controls and sensors enable emerging indoor farms and automated greenhouses.

  • NETenergy, a Chicago-based hybrid energy storage/air conditioner technology specialist with the potential to reduce peak energy demand by over 50 pct, reduce peak energy consumption by 20 pct, and reduce overall energy consumption by more than 10 pct over standard air conditioners.

  • New Ecology, developer of a remote monitoring and optimization (ReMO) system to improve the performance of buildings with central boilers for increased efficiency and reduced utility costs.

  • Propagate Ventures developed an analytics and project development platform that reduce the cost and provide the resources needed for agroforestry, which is the strategic integration of fruit, nut and timber trees with agriculture crops to ensure long term resiliency.

  • Radiator Labs invented the Cozy™, a wireless, low-cost and easily installed retrofit that drops on top of steam heat radiators, providing a solution to the chronic problem of uneven heating in apartment buildings.

    The Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corporation are now accepting startup applications for year two of 2c2i. In partnership with Freshwater Advisors, 2c2i leaders are actively scouting for promising new startups and projects relevant to: greenhouse gas mitigation; protect urban infrastructure against flood, storm water and rising temperatures; climate change adaptation; and city sustainability and climate goals.

    For more information, visit www.exelonfoundation.org/environment.html. (Source: Exelon, PR, 13 July, 2020) Contact: Exelon, Bill Gibbons, Communications, 708-932-6123, William.Gibbons@exeloncorp.com, www.exeloncorp.com

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  • Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage Recognized by Exelon (Ind. Report)
    Exelon
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In Chicago, Excelon Corp and the Exelon Foundation, an independent not-for-profit, have selected 10 startups to receive a combined $1 million in direct funding from the company's $20 million Climate Change Investment Initiative (2c2iSM).

    Of the startups selected in the first round of funding, 50 pct are minority or women-owned businesses, 60 pct of the projects are focused on greenhouse gas mitigation, 40 pct are addressing climate change resiliency and adaptation. First-round startups will receive $100,000 each from the Exelon Foundation. Building energy management and efficiency and energy storage related winners include:

  • BlocPower, a software platform developer for analyzing, financing, monitoring and managing clean energy projects, allowing building owners to identify and complete energy efficiency and electrification upgrades in urban communities. www.blocpower.io

  • Dynamhex, developer of a software platform leveraging complex energy consumption data that enables close collaboration among a range of city, community and utility stakeholders . to achieve local carbon-reduction goals. www.dynmhx.io

  • NETenergy, a Chicago-based hybrid energy storage/air conditioner technology specialist with the potential to reduce peak energy demand by over 50 pct, reduce peak energy consumption by 20 pct, and reduce overall energy consumption by more than 10 pct over standard air conditioners. www.netenergytes.can

  • New Ecology, developer of a remote monitoring and optimization (ReMO) system to improve the performance of buildings with central boilers for increased efficiency and reduced utility costs. www.netecology.org

    The Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corporation are now accepting startup applications for year two of 2c2i. In partnership with Freshwater Advisors, 2c2i leaders are actively scouting for promising new startups and projects relevant to: greenhouse gas mitigation; protect urban infrastructure against flood, storm water and rising temperatures; climate change adaptation; and city sustainability and climate goals. For more information, visit www.exelonfoundation.org/environment.html (Source: Exelon, PR, 13 July, 2020) Contact: Exelon, Bill Gibbons, Communications, 708-932-6123, William.Gibbons@exeloncorp.com, www.exeloncorp.com

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  • Energy Efficiency Grants Available in Wyoming (Ind. Report)
    Wyoming Energy Authority
    Date: 2020-07-13
    In Casper, the Wyoming Energy Authority reports it will oversee the distribution of competitive federal grant funds to improve energy efficiency in buildings statewide.

    The State Energy Program provides several grant opportunities including the K-12 Schools Lighting Grants, the Small Business Energy Audits/Retrofit Grants and the Local Government Energy Retrofit Grants for local municipalities, schools and businesses hoping to conduct energy audits or retrofit their facilities to lessen utility costs and energy consumption. (Source: Wyoming Energy Authority, Casper Star Tribune, Contact: Wyoming Energy Authority, Ashlee Erickson, Program Coordinator, ashlee.erickson1@wyo.gov, www.wyoenergy.org; Wyoming State Energy Program, www.wyoenergy.org/2020-grants

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    Australia Earmarks Energy Efficiency Funding (Int'l. Funding)
    Australia Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-07-06
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Government's Energy Efficient Communities Program is offering a total of $9 million in grants of up to $20,000 each to small businesses for energy audits, to upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption, energy management systems and other energy efficiency initiatives and technologies aimed at cutting power consumption and costs. These grants build on other Government policies like retail price caps that are already delivering lower energy costs for small business owners.

    The Energy Efficient Communities Program was announced as part of the Government's Climate Solutions Package in the 2019 Federal Budget. The Government is also offering free advice to help small businesses and their representatives get better energy deals and increase their energy efficiency through the Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP). (Source: Gov. of Australia, BEAP, July, 2020) Contact: BEAP , Energy Efficient Communities Program , www.energy.gov.au

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    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, www.gov.uk/government/people/kwasi-kwarteng

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    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, www.sharingcities.eu

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    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, www.socalgas.com; UCSB, Jordan Sager, Energy Manager, 805-893-8000, www.ucsb.edu

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    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, www.dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/climate-coastal-energy

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    Cenergetic Cuts CCSD Energy Consumption 17 pct (Ind. Report)
    Cenergetic
    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, info@cenergistic.com, www.cenergistic.com

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    China's Emissions Dramatically Up Since 2011 (Int'l. Report)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-06-19
    According to BP's Statistical Review of World Energy, China's CO2 emissions increased by 3.4 pct in 2019, higher than the ten-year average growth rate of 2.6 pct and the highest growth rate of Chinese emissions since 2011.

    Chinese CO2 emissions accounted for the single largest share of global carbon emissions in 2019 at 28.8 pct. The country was also the key driver of energy consumption growth in 2019 when global growth slowed to 1.3 pct from 2.8 pct energy demand growth in 2018, according to the BP report. (Source: BP, Oil Price, 17 June, 2020)

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