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Md. DHCD Bonds Support Energy Efficient Housing (Ind. Report)
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Date: 2021-06-25
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is reporting the issuance of approximately $13.6 million in Sustainability Bonds to support energy efficient affordable housing in Frederick County.

The Sustainability Bonds designation combines green and energy efficiency elements alongside social factors including the low and moderate income population served by the department.

The Hamilton Station in Frederick -- the inaugural project -- will be financed with the proceeds of the Sustainability Bonds and will feature construction of 80 affordable units in 5, three-story "green" buildings featuring Energy Star Certification; National Green Building Standards: Bronze Certification; Energy Star windows, appliances, and light fixtures; EPA WaterSense faucets and fixtures; and high efficiency 15-SEER mechanical systems.. (Source: Maryland DHCD, PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: Maryland DHCD, Sara Luell, Director of Public Information, (301) 429-7400, sara.luell@maryland.gov,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Los Angeles Tops EPA ENERGY STAR Buildings List (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR
Date: 2021-06-16
The U.S. EPA's 13th annual U.S. Top Cities list of cities with the largest number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings during the previous year has ranked Los Angeles, California at the top of the big cities category with a total of 587 ENERGY STAR certified buildings.

The list ranked metropolitan areas in three categories -- the Top 25 Big Cities, Top Mid-Sized Cities and Top Small Cities.

To earn an Energy Star certification, buildings must be independently verified to be more energy efficient than 75 pct of similar buildings nationwide. On average, Energy Star certified buildings use 35 pct less energy than typical buildings and are responsible for 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: EPA, Wheeling News Register, 16 June, 2021) (Contact: DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov DOE Energy Star

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


Biden Administration Addresses Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
White House
Date: 2021-05-24
In Washington, the Biden administration has announced new federal initiatives and investments in building energy efficiency and electrification in a move to achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 and put the United States on an irreversible path to a net-zero economy by 2050. The White House initiative includes:
  • Launching the low-carbon buildings pilot -- Through the Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Initiative and in coordination with Housing and Urban Development, DOE is announcing the first 55 commercial, industrial, and multifamily organizations to participate in the Low-Carbon Buildings Pilot program, which will share lessons learned for real world pathways to low and no emission buildings.

  • In partnership with the Advanced Water Heating Initiative, DOE is launching a new initiative to increase market adoption of high-efficiency, grid-connected Heat Pump Water Heaters which are two to four times more efficient than conventional water heaters in residential and commercial buildings.

  • New and expanded EPA partnership programs -- EPA is launching new residential and commercial sector partnerships to accelerate efficiency and electrification retrofits with a focus on under served residential households through the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade program, accelerate building electrification through an advanced ENERGY STAR certification for new residential buildings, and recognize commercial buildings through a new zero-carbon commercial building certification. It will also launch a new Greenhouse Gas tool linked to its Portfolio Manager tool.

  • New national research initiative focused on innovating clean and efficient building heating and cooling systems -- DOE will launch the Initiative for Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity (E3 Initiative), putting $10M toward accelerating the research and adoption of heat pump technologies. As part of the E3 Initiative, DOE will launch a Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology Challenge to accelerate the development of high performing cold climate heat pump technologies. Another important component will be new research efforts partnering National Laboratories and manufacturers to accelerate the development of lower to no global warming potential refrigerants that can be quickly commercialized.

  • National grid-interactive efficient buildings roadmap -- DOE is releasing the Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Roadmap with 14 recommendations to better integrate buildings with solar and wind power through smart operation of electricity demand and storage. Smart buildings allow consumers to have more choice over building operations and provide the ability to manage energy loads and reduce energy bills. Over the next two decades, national adoption of GEBs would create savings of $100 -- $200 billion across the electric power system and could decrease emissions in the power sector by 6 pct per year.

  • New Federal Building Performance Standards -- Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is launching an inter-agency Federal sustainability effort with General Serivices Administration (GSA), DOE, and EPA to develop the first-ever building performance standards (BPS) for the federal government. The BPS will establish metrics, targets, and tracking methods to reach federal carbon emissions goals. The performance standards will identify progressive performance milestones as well as the resources that agencies need to meet them.

  • Blueprint to integrate GEB Technologies into Energy Savings Contracts -- GSA is releasing a blueprint to integrate grid-interactive technologies into federal building renovation and improvement projects, particularly using energy savings, and utility energy savings contracts. The blueprint puts practical guidance and tools into the hands of building operators to help them integrate GEB technologies into current and future performance contracts.

  • New ENERGY STAR standards to advance heat pump technology and fast chargers for electric vehicles -- If all heat pumps, central air conditioners, and electric water heaters sold in the U.S. met the new ENERGY STAR standards, the energy cost savings would grow to $11 billion a year, and 255 billion ppy of GHG emissions would be avoided. These new standards will increase American households' and businesses' access to affordable heating, cooling, water heating, and transportation options.

    These actions -- involving the General Services Administration (GSA), Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- focus on key levers available within the administration's existing authority now, without waiting for the anticipated infrastructure package, the release notes. (Source: The White House, PR, 17 May, 2021)

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


  • Pearl Expanding Energy Efficiency Certification Program (Ind. Report)
    Pearl Certification
    Date: 2021-05-21
    Charlottesville, Virginia-based home energy efficiency and sustainability assessment service provider Pearl Certification reports it has raised $9.5 million to expand its third-party sustainability ratings which to date have certified and helped improve the energy efficiency of more than 72,000 homes. Clean Energy Ventures led funding round the round along with Keller Enterprises and the Felton Group. The National Association of Realtors, the Appraisal Institute and the US DOE Energy Star program also participated.

    In 2020, Pearl launched its Green Door Web App, an online portal that enables homeowners to manage, maintain, and improve their home's energy-efficient performance. Pearl works with homeowners, contractors, and real estate professionals to set the global standard in high-performing, high-ROI home improvements. Pearl Certification drives demand by showcasing home improvements -- like efficient heating and cooling systems, solar, and smart home devices -- and capturing their value for resale and appraisal. Pearl is expanding its certification system to include other high-performing home features, like indoor air quality, energy storage and resilience. (Source: Pearl Certification, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Pearl Certification, Cynthia Adams, CEO, (888) 557 5543, www.pearlcertification.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pearl Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    EFI to Expand CenterPoint's Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    CenterPoint Energy
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Boston-based CenterPoint Energy is partnering with Energy Federation, Inc, (EFI) to launch a new eCommerce energy efficient product, educational marketplace, and instant rebate program in Indiana.

    The program will provide new and innovative ways to reach utility customers while increasing savings and improving overall engagement while serving utility customers with energy efficiency products, energy efficiency related educational content, and enable eligible customers to purchase ENERGY STAR® certified products such as lighting, smart thermostats, smart home products, appliances and more at a competitive and reduced cost with utility rebates.

    Texas-based CenterPoint Energy, Inc. is an investor-owned electric and gas utility serving over 7 million metered customers in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas.

    EFI is a pioneering technology provider of utility-branded marketplaces and instant rebate programs for utility companies. EFI's innovative incentive and product all-in-one solutions help utilities meet their customer's needs -- “at the speed of life.” (Source: EFI, Center Point Energy, PR, 10 May., 2021) Contact: Center Point Energy, www.centerpointenergy.com; EFI, www.efi.org

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


    Hexion Touts GHG Emissions Reduction Commitment (Ind. Report)
    Hexion Inc
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Columbus, Ohio-headquartered resins and coatings producer Hexion Inc. reports that in order to help address climate change, it has committed to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 20 pct by 2030, compared to 2017 levels. The company's commitments includes Scope 2 and 3 emissions -- direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions -- from operations and consumed energy.

    To reach its goal, Hexion has determined its most important areas of focus, which included formalizing the following:

  • Minimizing climate change impact -- Hexion will strive to protect against climate change throughout its business lifecycle by efficiently using natural resources, optimizing existing processes and enhancing products and technologies through continuous innovation.

  • Developing innovative sustainable products -- Hexion is committed that by 2030, all new products will incorporate sustainable attributes.

  • Reducing spills and releases -- Hexion has committed to reduce spill mass and releases by 80 pct by 2025.

  • Maintaining product stewardship -- Hexion remains committed to implementing the Responsible Care Product Safety Code and will continue to be transparent and communicate to key stakeholders regarding its stewardship programs such as risk reviews and reduction of substances of concern.

    As further validation of its commitment to more sustainable operations, Hexion received its first ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award and has been recognized for numerous successes in waste reduction and energy efficiency throughout the company since 2014. In that time, Hexion has reduced global energy intensity by 28 pct, executed more than 250 sustainability projects, and produced water and energy savings of approximately $14 million, including $2 million in 2020 alone. (Source: Hexion, PR, 10 May., 2021) Contact: Hexion, Craig Rogers, CEO, www.hexion.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hexion Inc.,  GHGs,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight, NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com. (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  NYSERDA,  


  • Boston Properties Scores 2021 ENERGY STAR® (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2021-04-14
    Boston Properties, Inc., the largest publicly traded developer, owner, and manager of Class A office properties in the U.S., is reporting receipt of the US EPA, DOE 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award.

    In 2020, 52 Boston Properties buildings earned the ENERGY STAR rating and the Company achieved an average ENERGY STAR score of 79 out of 100 across its actively managed and eligible in-service portfolio.

    The company notes that since 2008, it has reduced the energy use intensity of its actively managed office buildings by 27 pct with the goal of cutting building consumption by 32 pct by 2025. (Source: Boston Properties Inc., PR, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: Boston Properties Inc., Laura Sesody, VP, Corporate Marketing & Communication, 617.236.3305, lsesody@bxp.com, www.bxp.com; DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


    PEG Wins ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award (Ind. Report)
    PEG LLC, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2021-04-14
    Fairfax, Virginia-based energy efficiency, engineering, environmental, and management consulting firm PEG, LLC reports it has received the 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA and the U.S. DOE for the fifth consecutive year.

    PEG specializes in building energy performance, green building program compliance, building diagnostics, environmental and code compliance, thermal performance, HVAC design and operation, and construction defect.

    ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $450 billion in energy costs and achieve 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. (Source: PEG, LLC, PR, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: PEG LLC, JoAnn Spence, President and CEO , www.pegenv.com: DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


    Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight
    Date: 2021-04-14
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Energy Efficiency,  Decarbonization,  


  • Honda Plants Leaders in Energy Efficiency Recognition (Ind. Report)
    Honda, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2021-02-26
    Giant auto maker Honda is reporting four of its auto plants, two transmission plants and two engine plants in the U.S. have all earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR Certificate for Outstanding Energy Efficiency -- the only automaker to earn the EPA distinction for energy efficiency at every mass production auto plant it operates in the U.S.

    Honda's ENERGY STAR certified plants include: Honda Marysville Auto Plant and East Liberty Auto Plants in Ohio; Honda Manufacturing of Indiana; Honda Manufacturing of Alabama; the Anna Engine Plant, located in Anna, Ohio; the Honda Transmission Manufacturing plant, in Russells Point, Ohio and Honda Precision Parts of Georgia. Additionally, the Honda of Canada Mfg. auto and engine plants also earned first-time recognition in 2020 by the Canadian Department of Natural Resources.

    Through its Green Factory initiatives, Honda is working to address the environmental impacts of product manufacturing by reducing water use, energy use, waste and emissions. Honda has reduced the CO2 emissions intensity of automobile production in North America by 27.5 pct since 2010 and has cut waste to landfills from manufacturing by 93 pct since 2001. The company also is moving toward the use of renewable wind and solar power for the majority of the electricity it consumes in its manufacturing operations.

    ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $450 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 3.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR. (Source: Honda, DOE ENERGY STAR, Feb., 2021) Contact: DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


    Mass Save Municipal Partnership Participants Announced (Ind. Report)
    Mass Saves, Eversource, National Grd
    Date: 2021-02-19
    In the Bay State, Mass Save® program sponsors Eversource and National Grid are reporting the communities of Framingham, Andover, Cambridge, Chelsea, Haverhill, Lawrence, Marshfield, Methuen and Westborough have been selected to participate in the 2021 Municipal Partnership and will benefit from funding and support to implement energy efficiency outreach in their communities.

    The Municipal Partnership provides grants of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts municipalities that meet the partnership's goals for implementing energy efficiency outreach in their residential and small business communities and achieve exceptional energy savings by completing energy assessments and the installation of energy upgrades. These incentives are in addition to energy efficiency incentives already available to residents.

    The MassSave® program, which is open to homeowners and renters, includes a no-cost energy audit and report that makes it easy to improve a home's energy efficiency. Mass Save will also install energy-saving products such as ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs; advanced power strips; low-flow showerheads; faucet aerators; and programmable thermostats or discounted wireless thermostats, all at no cost to home owners and renters. Program participants may also qualify for additional offers, rebates, and incentives for insulation, energy efficient HVAC and others based on the Home Energy Assessment report and household income levels. Mass Save is a collaborative of Massachusetts' natural gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers including Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid and Unitil. (Source: Mass Save, City of Framingham, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Mass Save, www.masssave.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MassSave,  Eversource,  National Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Priority Power Snares Satori Energy Solutions (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Priority Power Management, Satori Energy Solutions
    Date: 2021-02-01
    Texas-based Priority Power Management, LLC, an independent energy management services and consulting firm, is reporting acquisition of Chicago-headquartered Satori Energy Solutions, LLC.

    Satori provides expertise and service to more than 55,000 industrial, municipal, and residential clients in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and Mexico. The company's capabilities span the spectrum of Energy Structuring and Market Intelligence Operations, including: energy procurement, market price monitoring, contract administration, review, and negotiation, transaction due diligence, demand-side curtailment program evaluation, energy and invoice auditing, capacity PLC notification, budgeting and forecasting, and utility account and service setup.

    Satori also has experience and expertise in energy transition, from sustainable energy and energy resiliency solutions, including community solar aggregation and behind-the-meter installations, to purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and carbon offsets, LEED certification, and ENERGY STAR® Certification and energy benchmarking.

    Priority Power is the #1 Independent Energy Solutions Provider focused on Energy Infrastructure, Energy Transition Program Management, Market Intelligence Operations, and Energy Structuring. Priority serves over 1,600 clients, totaling $2.4/BN in energy spend across 37 states. Priority is backed by Ara Partners, a private equity firm specializing in decarbonization investments in the industrial and manufacturing, chemicals and materials, energy efficiency and green fuels, and the food and agriculture sectors. (Source: Priority Power Management, LLC, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Ara Partners, (917) 439-3507, www.arapartners.com; Priority Power Management, LLC, John J. Bick, Managing Principal, (972) 314-9040, JBick@PriorityPower.net , www.prioritypower.net; Satori Energy Solutions, 312-850-2300, www.satorienergy.com

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


    Santee Cooper Touts "Smart" Energy Program (Ind. Report)
    Santee Cooper
    Date: 2021-01-15
    In Berkeley County, South Carolina state-owned public utility Santee Cooper reports the launch of EmpowerSC -- an initiative to help customers take advantage of the latest "smart energy" technology trends and innovations to better manage power consumption by providing insight, expertise, resources and rebates, that put money back in their pockets.

    EmpowerSC includes four main focuses targeting specific areas of energy savings: EmpowerHome -- Offers rebates on equipment such as HVAC and water heating systems, ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances and smart thermostats. Some of the new rebates are also available for multi-family housing. Low-interest loans for home improvements and home energy audits, or House Calls, are also available.

    EmpowerBusiness -- Resources are available to help South Carolina businesses make the best choices when it comes to powering their organizations. EmpowerBusiness also provides rebates for qualifying equipment purchased, which can lead to substantial savings.

    EmpowerSolar -- Solar Home and Solar Business can help customers add solar panels to their property and pay part of the cost with rebates and credits. For those who aren't able or don't wish to put panels on their roof, Solar Share allows them to purchase a share of locally produced "community" solar power for as little as $10 per month.

    EmpowerAuto -- With the increasing number of electric vehicles on the road, EmpowerAuto provides information to help customers understand, choose and thrive with electric vehicles. Santee Cooper is offering up to $500 in rebates for a qualified, level 2 residential charging station. (Source: Santee Cooper, PR, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: EmpowerSC, www.EmpowerSC.com; Santee Cooper, Mike Poston, Chief Customer Officer, www.santeecooper.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Santee Cooper ,  Energy Management,  Smart Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Arizona Cement Plant Awarded Ninth ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
    CalPortland ,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2021-01-15
    In Arizona, CalPortland reports its Rillito cement plant has been awarded its ninth consecutive US EPA ENERGY STAR certification for energy efficiency and intensity reduction.

    To gain ENERGY STAR recognition, the plant replaced and upgraded various equipment for greater energy efficiency and expanded its energy team and increased energy efficiency awareness throughout the plant. (Source: CalPortland, Global Cement News , 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: CalPortland, Allen Hamblen, CEO, 520-744-3222, www.calportland.com; DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


    EnergyCAP Energy Info Management FedRAMP Approved (Ind. Report)
    EnergyCAP
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Pennsylvania-based EnergyCAP, Inc. reports its EnergyCAP® software platform and data hosting energy management information solution (EMIS) service has been granted an Authorization to Operate under the U.S. Government's FedRAMP program and is now an authorized participant in the FedRAMP Marketplace.

    According to the release, EnergyCAP, Inc. has helped more than 10,000 energy managers in government, education, and commercial organizations derive value from their utility bills and energy data. Clients use EnergyCAP software-based solutions to streamline utility bill processing and auditing, track energy and greenhouse gas data, process campus chargebacks, target reduction goals, benchmark facilities, submit to ENERGY STAR, measure and verify energy & cost savings, create budgets, forecasts and others. (Source: EnergyCAP Inc., PR, Jan., 2020) Contact: EnergyCAP Inc., Steve Heinz, CEO, 855.315.5117, 719.623.0577--fax, www.energycap.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyCAP,  Energy Management,  


    NY Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project Progressing (Ind. Report)
    Verdant Power
    Date: 2021-01-06
    As previously reported, NYC-based marine renewable energy start-up Verdant Power has installed three tidal power turbine generators at its Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project in the city's East River tidal strait. The deployment of Verdant's technology is the first licensed tidal power project in the US.

    The RITE project received $6 million US DOE funding and support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), as well New York-based private equity capital support.

    The company notes it is waiting for an independent performance assessment from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal testing facility to deploy the technology outside of the US.

    Since installation on 22 October, the TriFrame unit has generated an average 1MWh of power per day -- sufficient power power for 500 Manhattan apartments, according to the company. (Source: Verdant Power, Website, PowerTechnology, 4 Dec., 2020) Contact: Verdant Power, Trey Taylor, CMO, www.linkedin.com/company/verdant-power

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Verdant Power,  Tidal Energy,  


    NY Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project Progressing (Ind. Report)
    Verdant Power
    Date: 2021-01-05
    As previously reported, NYC-based marine renewable energy start-up Verdant Power has installed three tidal power turbine generators at its Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project in the city’s East River tidal strait as part of the company’s 5th generation tidal turbine system. The deployment of Verdant’s technology also marked the first licensed tidal power project in the US.

    The RITE project received $6m in US DOE funding and support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in addition to New York-based private equity capital support. The company is also waiting for an independent performance assessment from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal testing facility to deploy the technology outside of the US.

    According to Verdant Power co-founder and chief marketing officer Trey Taylor: “Given the East River’s depth and tidal current speed of 2.25m/s, the company’s fifth-generation system or ‘commercial standard system’ has been tailored to this site by using five-metre diameter rotors with 35kW nameplate generators -- three to a single TriFrame or 105kW. Since installation on 22 October, the TriFrame has generated an average 1MWh per day or enough power for 500 Manhattan apartments.” (Source: Verdant Power, Website, PowerTechnology, 4 Dec., 2020) Contact: Verdant Power, Trey Taylor, CMO, www.linkedin.com/company/verdant-power

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Verdant Power news,  Tidal Energy news,  


    Green Building Registry, RESNET Partner on HERS Data (Ind. Report)
    Earth Advantage
    Date: 2020-12-16
    Earth Advantage®, Inc. and RESNET are reporting a partnership to help deliver green and energy-efficient home data through the Green Building Registry® (GBR). Historically, important information on a home such as energy ratings, third-party building certifications or renewable power production estimates (solar panels) has not been included in For Sale listings. Thousands of dollars of value could be lost because trustworthy data was not available for a listing agent and potential buyers to react to at the time of sale. That lack of data has also prevented appraisers and lending institutions from accounting for those market reactions, according to the release.

    Since 2017, GBR has provided green home data to the public and real estate multiple listing services. The DaaS (Data as a Service) platform provides verified data directly from sources such as U.S. DOE, ENERGY STAR Home Energy Scores, US Green Building Council LEED for Homes, National Green Building Services (NGBS), solar data, and other third-party verification programs. Nationwide values for the HERS Index, a scoring system for home energy performance administered by RESNET will now be included in GBR for the entire U.S..

    The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills, according to RESNET's website. (Source: Green Building Registry, PR, Website, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: Green Building Registry, Meg Garabrant , 503.310.9138 x62, meg@greenbuildingregistry.com, www.greenbuildingregistry.com; Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET, Steve Baden, Exec. Dr., www.resnet.us; Earth Advantage, David Heslam, Exec. Dir., www.earthadvantage.org

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    Longmont Considering Building Energy Benchmaking (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2020-12-09
    In Colorado, the city of Longmont is considering an energy benchmarking strategy for measuring current energy use by privately owned commercial and industrial buildings as well as municipal buildings larger than 20,000 square feet. The building benchmarking program would coordinate with the city's 2018, 100 pct renewable energy target and other city efforts to track and improve energy efficiency in municipal buildings.

    In the Longmont program, a building owner self-reports data into a no-cost, secure U.S. Environmental Protection Agency software program. The building receives output from the software model -- an ENERGY STAR Score -- comparing energy consumption against similar-use buildings in the same climate region.

    In 2021, the city plans to make a voluntary program for benchmarking available to all commercial buildings greater than 20,000 square feet in Longmont. (Source: City of Longmont, Dec., 2020) Contact: City of Longmont, Longmont Utilities, (303) 776-6050, www.longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-n-z/utilities


    Ardagh Scores ENERGY STAR® Building Certification (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-12-04
    Indianapolis-based glass and metal recycling specialist Ardagh Group reports its distribution center in Fairfield, California was awarded an an EPA ENERGY STAR® building certification for superior energy performance.

    The company's facilities in Bridgeton, N.J.; Dunkirk, Ind.; and Madera, Calif.; were awarded ENERGY STAR plant certifications earlier in the year. In addition to the ENERGY STAR certifications, all of the company's 13 North American facilities are ISO 14001 certified.

    Ardagh Group is a global supplier of infinitely recyclable metal and glass packaging with 56 metal and glass production facilities in 12 countries and sales of approximately $7bn.

    On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants use 35 pct less energy, cause 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers -- all without sacrifices in performance or comfort. ENERGY STAR is the only U.S. energy efficiency certification based on actual, verified energy performance. (Source: Ardagh Group, PR, 3 Dec., 2020) Contact: Ardagh Group, Gina Behrman, VP Marketing, Communications, (317) 558-5717, gina.l.behrman@ardaghgroup.com, www.ardaghgroup.com; ENEGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/buildings

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    H2PRO Green Hydrogen Tech Wins Shell Energy Challenge (Int'l.)
    H2PRO
    Date: 2020-11-27
    Israeli green energy startup H2Pro reports winning the top prize at Royal Dutch Shell's annual New Energy Challenge competition for its cost effective Electrochemical-Thermally Activated Chemical (E-TAC) hydrogen production technology.

    E-TAC uses renewable energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in two separate phases. E-TAC is membrane-free, requires no precious metals and can operate at high pressure. The process, developed at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, reaches 95 pct efficiency with nearly 30 pct less renewable electricity than leading electrolysis technologies use to produce green hydrogen -- a viable and renewable fuel alternative to oil and natural gas.

    H2PRO, which has an exclusive license to the technology, has raised funds from major firms like Hyundai, Sumitomo and Bazan, according to a company release. (Source: H2PRO, Jerusalem Post, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: H2PRO, www.h2pro.co; Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, www.technion.ac.il/en

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    Georgia-Pacific Mill Earns ENERGY STAR® Certification (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-11-23
    Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific reports its Leaf River cellulose mill in New Augusta, Mississippi, is the first U.S. pulp mill to earn U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR certification signifying that the manufacturing facility performs in the top 25 pct of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

    ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all fifty states have earned the ENERGY STAR. (Source: Georgia Pacific, PR, 23 Nov., 2020) Contact: Georgia Pacific, Leaf River Mill, Chuck LaPorte, Manager, www.gp.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    Partnership Accelerates Green Building Certifications (Ind. Report)
    USDGBC, ENERGY Star
    Date: 2020-11-20
    Dublin-based Wattics Energy Management Ltd. and Washington, DC-headquartered US Green Building Council affiliate Arc Skoru, are touting the recent integration of the two software platforms that together will deliver the following features and benefits:
  • Automate building data collection and management to monitor, improve, and steer toward energy efficiency certification;

  • Leverage real-time data monitoring toward a project's performance score in ARC -- eg. electricity, water, gas, air quality data, GHG data, etc.;

  • Scale green building certification for large building portfolios;

  • Analyze and compare performance across building portfolios and/or individual buildings within a portfolio;

  • Compare the performance of certified buildings to non-certified buildings and determine US Green Building Council LEED, ENERGY Star, BREEAM and other third party certification "readiness" for buildings

    The software platform enables the collection, management, and analysis of utility/IoT/sub-meter data to conduct energy audits, forecast savings, benchmark building portfolios and analyse KPIs, measure and verify efficiency and renewable energy projects, analyse tariffs and create sustainability reports at scale.

    The ARC platform allows buildings, city and community projects to collect data, manage and benchmark progress, measure impact and improve sustainability and calculates a performance score based on global building data and action-oriented strategies across five categories, including energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. (Source: Wattics Ltd, PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: Wattics Energy management, Antonio Ruzzelli, CEO, Amy Ryan, +353 1 415 1241, amy.ryan@wattics.com, www.watics.com; Arc Skoru, Dave Witek, COO, www.arcskoru.com

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  • CEMEX's Miami Plant Cements ENERGY STAR Cert. (Ind. Report)
    CEMEX, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Houston-headquartered CEMEX USA reports its Miami cement plant has achieved US EPA ENERGY STAR® Certification for 2020 -- the tenth consecutive year the plant has earned the recognition for energy efficiency and sustainability and ranked in the top 25 pct of similar US facilities.

    Since 2007, CEMEX USA cement plants have earned more than 50 ENERGY STAR® Certifications. In addition, dozens of CEMEX USA cement terminals and ready-mix concrete operations have achieved the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry. (Source: CEMEX USA, PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: CEMEX USA, Jaime Muguiro, Pres., 713-650-6200, www.cemexusa.com; US DOE, ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    CenterPoint Raises $250Mn for Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    CenterPoint Properties
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Oak Brook, Illinois-headquartered industrial real estate company CenterPoint Properties is reporting closure of its inaugural $250 million green bond issuance.

    The bond proceeds will be used to finance projects such as green building construction, the development and operational maintenance of green buildings and to acquire new, refurbished, or existing buildings that receive LEED, ENERGY STAR® and other industry-leading certifications. Bond proceeds will also be used to fund energy-efficient projects within the company's current portfolio, including operational enhancement and other sustainable maintenance. (Source: CenterPoint Properties, PR, Mercom, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: CenterPoint Properties, (630) 586-8000, www. centerpoint.com; LEED,US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; US DOE, ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    Aramark Global HQ Awarded USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    Aramark,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Philadelphia-headquartered food services and facilities provider Aramark Corp. is reporting its global headquarters office space in Philadelphia has scored US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for sustainable workspace design and construction.

    Specific LEED qualifying sustainability highlights include:

  • Water saving fixtures that reduce water consumption by 35 pct;
  • Efficient LED lighting that decreases lighting power density to 40 pct below code;
  • Over 90 pct of all appliances hold Energy Star certifications;
  • Locally sourced and manufactured materials and certified Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) wood used throughout;
  • 75 pct of waste construction materials were diverted from landfills; and others. (Source: Aramark Corp., PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Aramark Corp., www.aramark.com; LEED, US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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  • 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

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  • Delmarva Launches Energy Efficiency Rebates Programs (Ind. Report)
    Delmarva Energy
    Date: 2020-11-02
    Delmarva Power is reporting the launch of new energy-efficiency programs offering LED lighting discounts and cash rebates for recycling old appliances.

    Delmarva's LED lighting in-store discount is now available in more than 50 retailers across Delaware, including participating Home Depot, Walmart and other locations. The program helps customers replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs and will provide instant in-store discounts on select ENERGY STAR-certified LED bulbs.

    The appliance recycling program offers $50 for recycling old, inefficient working refrigerators, freezers and other appliances, plus an additional $25 for recycling a working room air conditioner or dehumidifier at the same time. (Source: Delmarva Power, PR,2 Nov., 2020) Contact: Delmarva Power, 888-997-9108, delmarva.com/waystosave

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    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

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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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    Hawaii Energy Offers $1Mn in Energy Relief Grants (Ind. Report)
    Hawaii Energy
    Date: 2020-08-12
    In Honolulu, Hawaii Energy has announced a call for applications for its Energy Relief Grant program that will award a total of $1,000,000 in funding for energy efficiency improvements for nonprofits, small businesses and other qualifying organizations experiencing economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant can cover 100 pct of eligible expenses on pre-approved energy efficiency projects of up to $25,000.

    Qualifying energy efficiency projects include:

  • Upgrading to LED lighting and/or controls such as occupancy sensors;
  • Upgrading old, inefficient HVAC units;
  • Upgrading aging commercial kitchen equipment with ENERGY STAR appliances; and
  • Upgrading to a heat pump water heater or solar water heater.

    Eligible expenses for these projects include:

  • New energy efficient equipment that qualify for Hawaii Energy program incentives;
  • Parts, accessories and other materials necessary for installation;
  • Labor for old equipment removal, site preparation and installation of energy efficiency measures;
  • Taxes, shipping costs for above qualifying equipment and materials.

    Energy Relief Grant details are HERE. (Source: Hawaii Energy, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Hawaii Electric, www.hawaiienergy.com

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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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    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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    KB Home Claims Record 21 Energy Star Awards (Ind. Report)
    KB Homes, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-07-17
    KB Home is reporting receipt of a record 21 EPA ENERGY STAR® Market Leader Awards in 2020 for energy-efficient construction and providing home buyers significant value through comfort, durability and energy utility bill savings. To date, KB Home has delivered more than 140,000 ENERGY STAR certified new homes.

    KB Home's ENERGY STAR certified new homes are up to 20 pct more energy efficient than standard new homes built to code and are tested and certified by independent third-party inspectors.

    The home builder estimates that its sustainably designed homes have cumulatively reduced energy utility bills for its homeowners by $780 million. Additionally, to date, the company has lowered its customers' CO2 emissions by an estimated 5 billion pounds, the equivalent of removing 490,000 cars from the road for one year, according to the release. (Source: KB Homes, PR, July, 2020) Contact: KB Homes, Jeffrey Mezger, CEO, Craig LeMessurier, 925-580-1583, clemessurier@kbhome.com, www. kbhome.com/sustainability; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov .

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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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    DC Affordable Community Scores USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-07-13
    In Washington, DC, City View, a three-story, 58-unit affordable community in the Anacostia neighborhood has received U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification.

    The $12 million project's LEED qualifying sustainable features include: a rooftop solar panel array. Energy Star rated windows; individual energy efficient HVAC and hot water heater units; low-consumption plumbing fixtures and appliances; and others. (Source: USGBC, Multi Housing News, 13 July, 2020) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Food Lion Scores 19th ENERGY STAR Partner Award (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-07-10
    Salisbury, North Carolina-based 400-store across 10 states grocery retailer Food Lion reports receipt of the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for a 19th consecutive year.

    In addition to energy conservation, Food Lion adheres to sustainable sourcing standards, increased recycling to divert more waste from landfills, the use of motion sensor equipped energy efficient LED lighting and other sustainability and energy efficiency efforts.

    Since 2000, Food Lion's energy reductions in carbon emissions are equivalent to supplying the energy needed to charge more than 75.3 billion smart phones or providing 70,717 neighbors homes' energy for one year. (Source: Food Lion, PR, 10 July, 2020) Contact: Food Lion, Matt Yates, VP Brand Strategy, Kelly Powell, 704-310-3886, Kelly.powell@foodlion.com, www.foodlion.com; ENERGY STAR , energystar.gov/about and energystar.gov/numbers

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

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

    As a participating contractor in the utility rebate program, Building Energy Experts received specialized training and is equipped with high-tech diagnostic tools to inspect buildings and determine where improvements are needed. Rather than focusing on a single problem, like an old heating or cooling system, not enough insulation in the attic, or leaky windows, Building Energy Experts look at how improvements throughout a home can work together to give homeowners the best results. Depending on the improvements selected by the homeowner, annual utility bill savings, improved comfort and better home air quality are possible. (Source: Building Energy Experts, PR, 24 June, 2020) Contact: Building Energy Experts, Anthony Stonis , 888.623.3769, 312.656.4705 242338@email4pr.com, www.buildingenergyexperts.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    B.C. Building Performance Benchmarking Pilot Launched (Ind. Report)
    Open Green Building Society
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In British Columbia, more than 50 commercial real estate owners and managers have agreed to voluntarily measure, report and disclose their buildings' energy use and greenhouse gas gas emissions with Building Benchmark BC, an initiative of the Open Green Building Society. The initiative is funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and BC Hydro with support from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.

    The program is using Energy Star Portfolio Manager software which allows building owners to input and retrieve as well as software developed by OPEN Technologies that is able to compare and visualize the data.

    Participants in the program which launched in Jan. include the City of North Vancouver, City of Victoria, District of Saanich and Township of Langley, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Metro Vancouver. (Source: Open Green Building Society, Construct Connect, May, 2020)Contact: Open Green Building Society, David Ramslie, Dir., info@opentech.eco, www.opentech.eco; Building Benchmarks BC, www.BuildingBenchmarkBC.ca

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    Lockheed Martin ENERGY STAR® Partner Award Winner (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR,Lockheed Martin
    Date: 2020-04-27
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered defense contractor Lockheed Martin is for the second consecutive year being recognized as a 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. In 2019, the company saved enough energy to offset one year's worth of employee commutes and business travel, according to Lockheed Martin.

    ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through superior energy efficiency. (Source: Lockheed Martin, ENERGY STAR,April, 2020) Contact: Lockheed Martin, Carol B. Cala. VP Environment, Safety and Health, (202) 740-5997, carol.b.cala@lockheedmartin.com, www.lockheedmartin.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    Appalachian Power 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner Recipient (Ind. Report)
    Appalachian Power,American Electric Power
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In the Old Dominion State, Roanoke-based Appalachian Power Co., a unit of Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP), reports receipt of the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its leadership in energy efficiency and the ENERGY STAR program. Appalachian started offering energy efficiency programs in 2011.

    The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award recognizes ENERGY STAR partner businesses and organizations in good standing that demonstrate superior leadership, innovation and commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR. (Source: Appalachian Power, Smith Mountain Eagle, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Appalachian Power, Kelly Marlowe, Energy Efficiency Coordinator, www.appalachianpower.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

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    NYSERDA Earns 15th ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) reports it has been awarded the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award for the 15th consecutive year by the U.S. DOE and the EPA. NYSERDA is being recognized for demonstrating commitment and dedication to leadership in energy efficiency and the Energy Star program.

    The U.S. DOE and EPA recognized NYSERDA's Home Performance with ENERGY program, including its low-income EmPower New York (EmPower) component serving households with incomes at or below 60 pct of the State Median Income. The NYSERDA programs offer low-cost financing, no-cost or reduced energy assessments incentives for completed energy efficiency improvements.Since 2001, over 250,000 homeowners and renters have participated, reducing their energy costs and increasing comfort of their homes.

    This award demonstrates NYSERDA's continued efforts to advance Governor Cuomo's (D) New Efficiency: New York 2025 energy efficiency target to reduce energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs below forecasted energy use in 2025 -- a level of savings equivalent to fueling and powering over 1.8 million New York homes. (Source: NYSERDA, NYREJ, 21 April, 2020) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    Boston Properties 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR,Boston Properties
    Date: 2020-04-15
    The largest publicly-traded developer, owner and manager of Class A office properties in the U.S., Boston Properties, Inc. has been selected as an EPA 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.

    The Company has reduced the energy use intensity of its actively-managed office buildings 27 pct and aims to reduce energy use intensity 32 pct by 2025. (Source: Boston Properties, PR, 13 April, 2020) Contact: Boston Properteis, Doug Linde, President, Laura Sesody VP, Corporate Marketing & Communication, lmarchisi@bxp.com, www.bxp.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® Recognized (Ind. Report)
    Baltimore Gas and Electric,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-04-15
    0 Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) reports its BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® has been recognized by the DOE ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award.

    The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® features a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficiency programs to help customers reduce energy demand and usage in support of EmPOWER Maryland which is funded by a charge on customers' energy bill.

    BGE customers are expected to save more than $5.3 billion as a result of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® and have reduced their electricity use by 4.6 billion kilowatt hours since 2008. (Source: BGE, M2 Communications, MarketScreener, 14 April, 2020) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; BGE, Laurie Duhan, Energy Efficiency Manager,www.BGESmartEnergy.com; EmPOWER Maryland, www.bgesmartenergy.com

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    Ricoh Earns ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award (Ind Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-04-06
    Malvern, Penna.-based imaging equipment specialist Ricoh USA, Inc. is reporting receipt of the 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year.

    The ENERGY STAR® award recognizes Ricoh's work to foster environmental sustainability in its operations and promoting sustainability and energy efficiency to its customers, employees and the larger business community.

    The EPA ENERGY STAR program is a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all fifty states have earned the ENERGY STAR®. (Source: Ricoh Americas, MyChessCo, ENERGY STAR, April, 2020) Contact: Ricoh Americas, Donna Venable, Exec. VP, www.ricoh-usa.com; EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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