Following the communities of Pownal, Randolph, Middlebury, and Swanton, RAMP is the fifth community participant in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program at the not-for-profit Montpelier-based Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), which works to connect rural economic development to climate change responses.
The RAMP campaign encourages commercial building and homeowners to install solar panels, convert from fossil fuels to renewable electricity, weatherize their buildings and otherwise save money while saving energy and reducing emissions. (Source: The Bridge, 12 June, 2019)
Contact: Vermont Council on Rural Development, 802-223-6091, www.vtrural.org
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According to the report, energy consumption growth was driven by natural gas, which contributed more than 40 pct of the increase. All fuels grew faster than their 10-year averages, apart from renewables, although renewables still accounted for the second largest increment to energy growth.
The report found the rapid increase in carbon emissions was at least partially due to the sharp increase in abnormally hot and cold days around the world, which in turn led consumers to use more energy for cooling and heating. China, the US, and India together accounted for more than two-thirds of the global increase in energy demand, with US consumption expanding at its fastest rate for 30 years.
Download the BP 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy HERE.
(Source: BP, Statistical Review of World Energy, Digital Journal, June, 2019) Contact: BP, www.bp.com
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The Defense Department -- the Pentagon -- is the world's single largest consumer of oil and 55th largest GHG emitter, releasing 59 million metric tons of CO2 and other GHGs into the atmosphere in 2017 alone.
The report notes the majority of the Pentagon's energy consumption is related to maintaining 560,000 buildings at 500 military installations and the jet and diesel fuel used to move soldiers and weapons.
Download the Brown University Cost of War study HERE. (Source: Brown University, The Week, June, 2019)Contact: Brown University, 401-863-1000, www.brown.edu
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The plan calls for reducing energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector, accelerating deployment of renewable energy, maximizing energy efficiency and conservation, reducing energy use through decarbonization, modernizing the electric grid and utility infrastructure, as well as expanding clean energy job training opportunities and programs.
Download the NJ PUC Draft 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan HERE. (Source: NJ PUC, NJ 101.5, June, 2019)
Contact: NJ PUC, (800) 624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us
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In 2018, Boeing unveiled its new environment strategy through 2025 with ambitious goals to innovate products for environmental performance, reduce emissions, waste, and water and energy consumption at work sites, and to work with communities around the globe. Report highlights include:
The project's participating builders installed IoT sensors on several older buildings. Data from the sensors will be analyzed and used to identify the most cost-effective ways of increasing the buildings energy efficiency and thus cut the buildings energy consumption and costs.
The pilot is part of the Climate-friendly Housing Companies joint venture project between the City of Helsinki, the City of Vantaa, the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) and the Green Building Council Finland.
The project will run until the end of 2020 and will publish a digital guide for housing companies. The project is funded by the 6Aika programme, a joint strategy focusing on sustainable urban development of Finland's six largest cities. (Source: City of Helsinki, Climate-friendly Housing Companies, Smart Cities World, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Climate-friendly Housing Companies, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.forumvirium.fi/en/climate-friendly-housing-companies-energy-efficiency-through-data-utilisation
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Section 179D of the tax code offers a tax deduction to building owners and businesses for energy efficiency improvements such as lighting, heating and cooling, hot water systems, ventilation, or the building envelope like insulation or windows. It offers incentives for upgrades at new or existing buildings that cut the total energy and power cost by at least 50 percent compared to a building meeting the ASHRAE codes baseline for energy efficiency.
Jason Hartke, CEO, Alliance to Save Energy states, "This is a key tax incentive for encouraging energy efficiency in commercial buildings, which account for about 20 percent of U.S. energy consumption. It is important that Congress extend this incentive to give building owners and designers the certainty they need to make these investments." (Source: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, PR, Cap May Herald, 31 May, 2019)
Contact: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, www.vandrew.house.gov; Rep Mike Kelly, https://kelly.house.gov;
Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org
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The Council will use the funds for various schemes including the installation of solar panels, upgrading both interior and exterior lighting to LEDs for increased energy efficiency, and upgrading inefficient oil boiler systems. With the upgrades, the Council predicts that carbon emissions could be reduced by 1600 tpy for an annual savings of ,£ 600,000 on energy bills.
London-headquartered Salix Finance Ltd. provides interest-free Government funding to the public sector to improve their energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy consumption and costs. (Source: Highland Council, Energy North, SPP, May, 2019) Contact: Highland Council, www.highland.gov.uk; Salix Finance Ltd., +44 20 3102 6900, www.salixfinance.co.uk
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Power Factor Correction at the equipment level is a documented energy efficiency measure that to date has had limited adoption worldwide. TEC has perfected this technology and application over the last 10 years which offers significant energy savings, as well as more operational up-time and extended equipment life.
Smartcool's ECO3, ESM and ECOHome retrofit technologies reduce the energy consumption of compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems by up to 40 pct, according to the company.
(Source: Smartcool, Newsfile, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Smartcool, Mike Kordysz
VP, Investor Relations,
(604) 904- 8632,
email@example.com, www.smartcool.net[endlink, [satrtlink]www.smartcooleco3.com; Total Energy Concepts, www.totalenergyconcepts.com
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Out of some 700 U.S. colleges and universities to sign a carbon neutrality pledge in 2007, Bates is one of only seven to date that have reached that goal. Bates cut its carbon footprint by: reducing energy consumption through efficiency measures; strengthening the culture of sustainability on campus and changing behaviors in concrete ways; and switching to renewable energy sources -- specifically, Renewable Fuel Oil (RFO), a wood-derived liquid that serves as the primary fuel for the college's central heating plant. (Source: Bates College, PR 16 May, 2019) Contact: Bates College, Marjorie Hall,
(207) 786-8248, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bates.edu
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Under the legislation, homeowners are required to secure a PEB energy performance certificate for their homes by 2025, in order to drive down energy consumption of Brussels homes by a third between 2030 and 2050.
The measure aims to ensure the Brussels Capital Region respects a national commitment to cut Belgium’s carbon emissions by 35 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050.
Residential and office buildings in the region currently account for over 74 percent of energy consumption, and out of an estimated 575,000 residential buildings in Brussels, 30 pct were built before the 1960s and are not -insulated. An average insulation is expected to cost approximately
€40,000 per home. (Source: Brussels Housing Minister, Brussels Times, 15 May, 2019)
Contact: Celine Fremault, Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region responsible for: Housing. Quality of Life. Environment.
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Presently, between 6 and 8 pct of the city's energy needs are drawn from renewable energy resources. Atlanta's green energy plan touts the creation of 8,000 new jobs and claim the plan could also help low-income families in other ways.
More than 100 cities have recently pledged to run on 100 pct renewable energy, signing onto the Sierra Club's Ready For 100 campaign. To that end, the city
aims to: cut energy consumption 25 to 30 pct;
insulating old homes; installing energy-efficient lights; installing better HVAC systems; installing commercial and residential solar systems; increased battery energy storage for solar energy: and using renewable-energy credits from outside the state to offset coal and gas power still coming from the local grid; as well as maintain nuclear power as part of the city's energy mix. (Source: City of Atlanta, BBC, May, 2019) Contact: City of Atlanta,
Amol Naik, chief Resilience Officer,email@example.com, www.atlantaga.gov; Sierra Club/i> Ready For 100 www.sierraclub.org/ready-for-100
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The company, which currently emits around 3.3 million metric tpy of C02,
aims to achieve its goal by increasing energy efficiency, increasing the share of renewables in its energy supply mix to as much as 40 pct, accessing more green power and offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions.
This includes financing climate protection projects such as wind power in the Caribbean or forest conservation in Africa to offset just under 40 pct of its energy consumption, according to the company release. The company expects its initiative to
Icome in at a cost of €2 billion ($2.24 billion) but to deliver about €1 billion in energy efficiency savings.
(Source: Robt. Bosch LLC, Various Media, Reuters, 8 May, 2019)
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The legislation is intended to introduce and secure the sufficiency and stability of the country's energy resources by promoting the development and utilization of efficient renewable energy technologies and systems as well as delineating responsibilities among various government agencies and private entities.
The newly-signed law creates the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan (NEECP), a national comprehensive framework that defines national targets and feasible strategies, as well as imposes regular monitoring and evaluation system.
The law also mandates the development and maintenance of a centralized National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Database (NEECD) on the application and use of energy efficient and renewable technologies, and other relevant information. that will about energy consumption. The system will be developed, monitored and maintained by the Philippine DOE.
(Source: Sunstar, Yahoo Philippines, 7 May, 2019)
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The regulator approved 11 new Dominion Energy programs totaling $226 million as well as energy efficiency spending by Appalachian Power, the state's second largest electric utility. In their approval, the two companies are required to track and report the
effectiveness of their programs in reducing energy consumption at a future date.
(Source: Virginia State Corporation Commission, NBC29, AP, 4 May, 2019) Contact: Virginia State Corporation Commission, www.scc.virginia.gov; Appalachian Power, Don Nichols, (800)956-4237, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.appalachianpower.com; Dominion Energy, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com
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The project is partially funded by over $241,000 from the state Labor Government's New Energy Jobs Fund and
$58,460 from the Victorian government's Local Government Energy Saver Program -- a $3.4 million fund which supports resource constrained councils across regional Victoria to reduce their energy consumption and operating costs of community facilities.
A further $15,000 grant from the state government supporting Bass Coast Shire Council in their goal to transition the community to zero-net emissions will support the expansion of work begun by the coastal community of Phillip Island, which has committed to to being carbon neutral by 2030. The Victorian Labor government has pledged a 50 pct Renewable Energy Target (VRET) by 2030. (Source: PV Mag., Various Media, 3 May, 2019)
Contact: Wonthaggi Coal Mining Museum, www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/state-coal-mine-wonthaggi
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The FOA topics will advance DOE's Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO) objectives to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. Topics areas for this funding opportunity include the following:
This FOA also supports the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, DOE-led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. In particular, this funding will support R&D focused on anaerobic digestion, a technology that can help achieve the Grand Challenge's goal to double resource recovery from municipal wastewater. (Source: US DOE EERE, 3 May, 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere
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The partnership aims to cut energy consumption across dozens of MBTA stations and facilities, reduce MBTA operating costs, improve lighting and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This initiative will reduce MBTA electricity use by 7 pct -- 30 million kWh annually -- and save MBTA $2.7 million in energy costs while eliminating 10,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions.
The MBTA will invest approximately $30 million in the projects which include new lighting and lighting controls, upgrading HVAC equipment and building automation controls.
The Nass. Department Energy Resources (DOER) will provide $3.5 million in funding while
Eversource and National Grid provide and estimate $9 million in cost cutting incentives. (Source: Framingham Source, 30 April, 2019) Contact:Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, email@example.com, www.mass.gov/doer; Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor
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To that end WMATA is undertaking a program the includes: changing every single light bulb in the system to LED bulbs; capturing and storing the energy given off when trains brake (regenerative braking); incorporating solar energy where possible; cutting bus idling time to reduce fuel costs and cut emissions; purchase electric buses as needed; and other measures.
. (Source: WMATA, NBC Universal, 22 April, 2019)
Contact: WMATA, Rachel Healy, Sustainability Director, www.wmata.com
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Approximately 60 pct of the sector is rented, creating barriers to improve energy efficiency due to complex contracts between landlords and commercial tenants which often clash with the ownership, maintenance and long lifetimes of technological improvements.
The Ministry notes its Clean Growth Strategy includes a "package of measures" to support business to improve energy efficiency and productivity by at least 20 pct by 2030 and lead to the establishment of an Industrial Energy Efficiency scheme to help large companies cut energy use and bills in commercial properties.
BEIS estimates that the 20 pct target will significantly cut energy costs for businesses and, to that end, has also launched a £315 million Industrial Energy Transformation Fund to support high energy consumption businesses with the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Elsewhere, the UK Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) came into effect in April 2018, imposing new rules on both domestic and commercial properties within the private rental sector. The rules prohibit landlords from granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants if the property has a sub-standard Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating.
(Source: BEIS, edie Newsroom, 25 April, 2019) Contact: BEIS, Ben Golding, Director of Energy Efficiency and Local Department, +44 0 20 7215 5000, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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O'Hare has six LEED-certified buildings and over 521,000 square feet of green roofs, more than any other airport in the world.
The combination of sustainable features has cut the O'Hare control towers energy consumption by 25 pct and water usage by 40 pct compared to a traditional control tower design, according to the Commission. (Source: City of Chicago, Chicago Aviation Commission, Connect Chicago, 23 April, 2019)
Chicago Dept. of Aviation, www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/doa.html Commission; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Additionally, CalPortland's energy management program has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR program for 15 years in a row
CalPortland, (626) 852-6200, www.calportland.com; Portland Cement Assoc., www.cement.org
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The EC also noted "the pace of increase of the renewable energy share has slowed down" and increases in absolute energy consumption has lowered the renewable share in 2017 in seven EU states. In France, Ireland, Poland and elsewhere, "additional efforts" were needed. (Source: EC, EU Observer, 9 April, 2019)
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According to the Minister, Turkey's energy transition plan has two periods, the first of which was launched 17 years ago. At the end of the first transition period, Turkey was able to implement all relevant market reforms and the Turkish energy market attracted $60 billion in energy related investment, primarily in wind and solar energy production and technologies.
Bayraktar noted that Turkey prioritizes its energy infrastructure, so it will make significant investments to make its grid more resilient and reliable in both the gas and power sectors at the transmission and distribution levels.
(Source: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Anadolu Agency, April, 2019) Contact: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, https://enerji.gov.tr/en-US/Mainpage, https://enerji.gov.tr/en-US/Pages/Contact-Us
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Following the EnerGuide home energy evaluation, both home owners and renters will be able to access current rebate offers, financing options, a local contractor, list and energy coaching to increase home energy efficiency, cut energy consumption and save on energy costs.
The program offers two streams: the energy efficient home renovation stream provides incentives that support energy audits and access to rebates. The energy efficient new-home education stream provides training and access to information for all new home builders. The New Home program will encourage a standard of energy efficient construction as outlined in the BC Building Step Code.
The program makes energy efficiency accessible by reducing the cost of EnerGuide home energy evaluations, installing free energy efficiency products such as LED lighting and water conserving fixtures and by supporting residents' participation in Fortis and BCHydro's income qualified Energy Conservation Assistance Programs (ECAP).
(Source: RDCK, Media Release, Nelson Daily, 7 April, 2019) Contact: RDCK, Aimee Watson, Chairperson, www.rdck.ca/reep
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The installation would have a combined capacity of 270 kilowatts (kW) and would generate approximately one-third of the five buildings' daily energy consumption. (Source: Gunnison Country Times, April, 2019) Contact: Gunnison County, www.gunnisoncounty.org
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The UB researchers will use the award to reduce the cost of producing silica aerogel, a synthetic gel with low thermal conductivity. Having low thermal conductivity makes it an effective insulator.
The EERE awards are intended to "drive innovation in early-stage research and development for advanced building technologies and systems that will serve as a foundation for future technological developments and reductions in building energy consumption."
(Source: University of Buffalo, UBNow, PR, 2 April, 2019) Contact: Univ. of Buffalo, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Prof., Shenqiang Ren, (716) 645-1431, email@example.com,
engineering.buffalo.edu/mechanical-aerospace/people/faculty/s-ren.html; Contact: US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-ener
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Each member state has its own individual renewable energy goal ranging from 10 to 49 pct based on its situation and potential. While 11 countries in the bloc have already surpassed their targets, others are lagging behind, according to Eurostat.
With the target for 2030 at 32 pct, Eurostat notes, "While the EU as a whole is on course to meet its 2020 targets, some member states will need to make additional efforts to meet their obligations."
Specifically, the EU's renewable energy leaders are Nordic countries: Sweden, Finland and Denmark with more than half of the total energy consumed coming from renewables -- primarily hydropower, wind and biofuels.
Luxembourg and the Netherlands are the EU countries with the lowest consumption of renewables, at 6.4 pct and 6.6 pct respectively. Despite its investment in offshore wind farms, the Netherlands is the furthest from reaching its targets.
In 2017 France reached 16.3 pct of energy consumption from renewables, compared to its 23 pct target for 2020. Woody biomass and hydropower are the main sources of green energy in France which sources 70 pct of its electricity from nuclear. Even so, France has committed to closing 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 and shutting down four still-active coal power plants by 2022.
Germany's renewable energy, which comes mainly from wind and solar power, reached just 15.5 pct in 2017, while its 2020 objective is set at 18 pct. Coal still accounts for 37 pct of Germany's electric power production and more than 30 pct of its heating.
(Source: EuroStat, France 24, Mar., 2019)
Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat
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Coal use rose 0.7 pct in 2018 with higher demand for coal coming from Asian countries, including China and India. The pace of growth slowed down from the 4.5 per cent rise in coal use in 2017, although it still remains the largest source of electricity. Coal use accounted for 10 billion tonnes of carbon emissions in 2018, with China, India and the US accounting for 85 pct of the net increase in emissions. The 560-million-tonne increase in carbon emissions in 2018 was equivalent to total emissions from international aviation.
In 2018, US GHG emissions increased by 3.1 pct, China's emissions climbed 2.5 pct and India's carbon emissions increased by 4.5 pct.
The IEA notes that 2018's global energy consumption increased by 2.3 pct with fossil fuels accounting for 70 pct of the increase. (Source: IEA, Mar., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
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To reach its goal, REI installed a 2.2-MW solar array that is expected to power the entire facility and installed a robotic fulfillment system that streamlines and speeds operations.
REI has been part of the DOE's Better Buildings Alliance in 2015. The program brings together commercial building owners to share energy efficiency best practices with peers in the retail sector. (Source: REI Co-op, DOE Better Building Alliance, DC Velocity, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: DOE https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/alliance; REI Co-op, (253) 395-3780,
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The analysis finds that a $500 billion investment over 15 years in improving building energy efficiency would net: $1.3 trillion in savings on consumer utility bills; 1.3 million jobs created annually -- 20 pct more than current job creation rates; a 36 pct decline in building energy consumption from current projected demand; 300 million metric ton reduction in CO2 emissions from current projections; and completely eliminate the need to build new fossil fuel power plants.
Download the Building Climate Justice: Investing in Energy Efficiency for a Fair and Just Transition report HERE. (Source: Food & Water Watch, Mar., 2019) Contact: Food & Water Watch, www.foodandwaterwatch.org
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. As part of its 2019-2024 Sustainability Plan, the university has taken a holistic approach to energy efficiency by repairing or replacing inefficient lighting and other equipment along with other measures to reduce the energy footprint of new projects. The school is also developing a climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the overall campus energy footprint.
(Source: Concordia University News, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Concordia University, Daniel Gauthier, Building Performance Facilities Management Coordinator, (514)848-2424, ext. 2400, www.concordia.ca/offices/facilities.html
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Under the program, all UC students, staff, faculty, alumni and retirees can purchase high-quality LED light bulbs through the Community Buy program.
Lighting can account for 30 pct of the energy usage in a typical home so switching to high performance LED technology can deliver significant cuts in energy consumption, reduced energy bills and lower carbon emissions. (Source: UC Davis, California Aggie, Mar., 2019) Contact: Million Light Bulb Challenge, www.millionledchallenge.com; UC Davis, www.ucdavis.edu
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The TEC installations are expected to increase the school's energy efficiency and reduce monthly power and maintenance expenses by over 40 pct -- approximately $3,000 per month.
Smartcool Systems Inc. ECO3, ESM and ECOHome retrofit technologies reduce the energy consumption of compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems by up to 40 pct.
Total Energy Concepts (TEC) is a leader in Power Protection, Energy Management, Power Quality, Facility Grounding, and Lighting Solutions and takes a holistic approach to energy efficiency with proprietary technologies for power factor correction and third party technologies including LED, voltage conditioning and intelligent motor controls.
(Source: Smartccol, InvestorIntel , 26 Feb., , 2019) Contact: Smartcool, (604) 669-1388, www.smartcool.net; Total Energy Concepts, (218) 393-2143, www.totalenergyconcepts.com
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Acciona will initially perform a baseline audit to ascertain current energy consumption. The buildings will subsequently be monitored to obtain energy consumption data in real time. The captured data will be organized and processed at the ACCIONA Building Control Centre where it will be analyzed around the clock. The resulting information will enable the city to respond to alerts of anomalous consumption and provide information with which to enhance operations and detect inefficient consumption patterns.
Acciona will draw on the data for measures such as the implementation of specific efficiency measures, the swapping-out of obsolete and inefficient items of equipment, and the installation of control and automation devices. (Source: Acciona, Construction Index, 25 Feb., 2019)
Contact: Acciona, +34 91 663 28 50, Fax: +34 91 663 28 51, www.acciona.com
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To tackle the county's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, the transportation sector according to the resolution, the county plans to develop a policy to build a "green" vehicle fleet.
The move was proposed and supported by the Snohomish County chapter of The Climate Reality Project, Sierra Club, 350 Everett and the statewide group Environment Washington.
Snohomish County is the fifth government in Washington state to set a goal of 100 pctclean energy, after Edmonds, Whatcom County, Bellingham and Spokane, according to Environment Washington. (Source: Snohomish County Public Utility District, HeraldNet, Everett, Washington, 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: Snohomish County Public Utility District, www.snopud.com
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Project development services will mostly be directed towards households and homeowner associations and other organizations, such as financial institutions (including commercial banks). Public entities may also be supported with the implementation of large-scale energy rehabilitation programs. The grants are distributed through commercial banks.
In December, 2018,
EU member states agreed to cut energy consumption by 32.5 pct by 2030 compared to 1990. The target implies huge investments, especially in residential buildings, which account for around 40 pct of the EU's final energy demand.(Source: EIB, Budapest Business Journal, Feb., 2019)Contact: European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA), www.eib.org/en/products/advising/elena/index.htm
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The Cooler Community Challenge is modeled after a similar successful effort in the town of Concord.
The Agawam initiative, which is supported by ener-G-save, a program supported by the Howard Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, hopes is to reach people who have not been active in "green" efforts previously, and to engage young people in energy and climate change issues.
Agawam is a Massachusetts Green Community program member.(Source: Town of Agawam, MassLive, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Green Community, www.mass.gov/orgs/green-communities-division
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The partnership between the City of Kissimmee -- pop, 71,100 -- and KUA allows the City the opportunity to secure a fixed energy rate for the next 20 years, independent of the fluctuating costs associated with typical power generation.
The city is also replacing inefficient lighting with LED units at athletic fields within City limits. The city is also installing electric vehicle charging stations, upgrading its recycling program and deploying hydraulic-hybrid sanitation vehicles that rely less on fossil fuels. The city is also making structural modifications to select facilities to improve energy efficiency and various automated HVAC systems have been replaced to lower energy consumption.
(Source: City of Kissimmee, Osceola Gazette, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Kissimmee, Jose Alvarez, Mayor,
(407) 518-2120, www.kissimmee.org
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The project incorporates "passive housing" standards for energy efficiency and features extra insulation, high-quality windows, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery for greater energy efficiency and minimum energy consumption. The aim is to maintain constant inside temperatures in
The 5.9-acre property is being developed by PSC East LLC, an affiliate of GMA Management Development Group and Mstick Construction, and financed via housing tax credits through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, as well as $10 million in financing from Citizens Bank.
(Source: City of Erie, GoErie.com, Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Erie, Chris Groner, Economic Dev. Director, (814) 870-1272, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.erie.pa.us;
GMA Management Development Group, (312) 690-4205,
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The plan outlines strategies for the university to reach its sustainability goals, including cutting energy consumption, building energy efficient and weather-resilient infrastructure, and an increased focus on wind and solar renewable energy which, according to a BU release, could cut emissions from energy consumption by 31 pct by 2032.
Download the Boston University Climate Action Plan HERE.
(Source: Boston University, The Daily Free Press, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Boston University, email@example.com, www.bu.edu
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The buildings and building construction sectors combined are responsible for 36 pct of global final energy consumption and nearly 40 pct of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions, stated the company, citing the data from International Energy Agency (IEA).
(Source: Danube Properties, Trade Arabia, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Danube Properties, www.danubeproperties.ae; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com
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The ordinance also requires owners of sub-50,000-square-foot apartment buildings that meter each unit's energy consumption to submit data to a utility-created portal that will be available in 2021. The result will allow renters to compare the energy performance of buildings, using an annual per-square-foot measurement. The city's energy ordinance aims to upgrade 75 pct of the city's homes by 2025.
City officials believe building owners with low-performing properties would be more open to utility and city efficiency programs to reduce their energy use. Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; Berkeley, California; and Boulder, Colorado are among the cities with similar programs. (Source: City of Minneapolis, Finance & Commerce, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Minneapolis,
Kim Havey, Sustainability Manager, 612-673-3666, Kim.Havey@minneapolismn.gov, www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@citycoordinator/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-215081.pdf
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The new programs include: Bring Your Own "Smart" Thermostat (BYOT) Program; eScore home energy audits and savings Program; Commercial and Industrial Lighting energy efficiency Program; Commercial & Industrial non-lighting energy efficiency Standard Program; a Small Business Direct no-cost energy efficiency upgrades Install Program, and others.
Review Appalachian Power's energy efficiency program details HERE.
(Source: Appalachian Power, Virginia First, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Appalachian Power, Don Nichols, firstname.lastname@example.org
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In 2017, the building was recertified when Chubb became one of the first companies in North America to use the Leed Dynamic Plaque to manage the building's energy efficiency and environmental performance.
The Leed Dynamic Plaque calculates and displays the building's performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. Other green initiatives that contributed to the re-certification include: energy-efficient LED lights, electric car charging stations, a trash audit and waste recycling program and others. Chubb notes that since 2011 it has cut the Bermuda building's energy consumption 28 pct.
Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurer.
(Source: Chubb, PR, Royal Gazette, 22 Jan., 2019)
Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Chubb,
Colin Brown, Bermuda VP facilities and Leed project manager, 441-295-5200, https://www.chubb.com/bm-en/contact.../chubb-bermuda-international-contacts.aspx
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"Achieving this target requires fundamental changes to energy consumption and supply. In both scenarios, we assume that there will be a massive expansion of renewable energies, considerable improvements in efficiency, and more electricity and synthetic fuels used in the heating and mobility sectors," says DLR researcher Thomas Pregger. As part of the study, the Energy Systems Analysis department at the DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics modelled the entire energy systems of 10 regions of the world.
The study is based on the technologies available today. In line with the objective, options with major uncertainties in terms of social, economic or environmental consequences, such as nuclear power, geoengineering or carbon capture and storage (CCS) were not considered.
Access the full article HERE. (Source: German Aerospace Center, PR, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: German Aerospace Center, Public Affairs and Communications, +49 711 6862-8086, www.dlr.de
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In qualifying for certification, the Stamford hospital focused on; airflow, energy consumption, air quality, and "green" roofs.Other LEED qualifying features include:
In addition, the hospital has also been lauded by Stamford 2030 District, a public-private nonprofit collaborative community of high-performance buildings in downtown Stamford.
Stamford 2030 aims to cut energy and water consumption and reduce emissions from transportation in the city by 50 pct by 2030.
(Source: WestFair Online, Stamford Health, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Stamford Health, Kathleen Silard, Pres., CEO, www.stamfordhealth.org;
USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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VTA instigated a Sustainability Program and established a goal to incorporate green building principles into VTA projects in 2008. The program included new or renovated buildings or other facilities such as parking garages or bus rapid transit stations. VTA has since constructed and renovated several buildings with renewable energy, water and energy efficient fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, and other green building features.
The new VTA Green Building Policy is intended to help reduce energy consumption and costs and to formalize green building principles into all aspects of its infrastructure for greater environmental, social and economic responsibility.
To date, the Santa Clara County VTA has implemented sustainability features such as solar panels at bus terminals, EV charging stations, low-flow plumbing equipment, solar-powered trash and recycling containers, transit platforms lit by natural light and water recycling as well as repurposing cut trees into retaining walls and mulch.
(Source: Santa Clara County VTA, Silicon Valley Voice, 12 Jan., 2019)Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, www.vta.org
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To qualify for the rebate, the company installed a power monitoring and control system across their manufacturing operations to implement a range of energy saving procedures including soft motor starts, energy efficient LED lighting, and others. The company estimates it will shave 26,000 kilowatt-hours at a cost savings of $4,000 off its annual energy consumption and costs.
Details on the MEO Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program are HERE. (Source: Michigan Energy Office, PR, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Michigan Energy Office, www.michigan.gov/energy
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