The city selected Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco to implement various energy savings measures and infrastructure improvements at 15 city facilities. The work included upgrades building envelopes, lighting and plumbing systems, HVAC systems at the City Hall and Center for Performing Arts, as well as the installation of Solar arrays at five city facilities.
Through the upgrades, the City is expected to realize a 6 pct reduction in annual energy consumption, an 11 pct reduction in electrical demand and a 21 pct reduction in total utility costs. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Website, 19 July, 2021)
Contact: City of Arvada, Kim Vagher, Facilities Mgr., (720) 898-7000, www. arvada.org; Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ameresco.com
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To reduce overall energy use, cut emissions and tackle energy poverty, the Energy Efficiency Directive will set a more ambitious binding annual target for reducing energy use and will guide how national contributions are established and almost double the annual energy saving obligation for Member States. The public sector will be required to renovate 3 pct of its buildings each year to drive the renovation wave, bring down energy use and costs.
European Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en. (Source: EC, PR, 14 July, 2021)
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Residential and commercial buildings account for more than one-third of the climate-altering carbon pollution America releases each year, use about 40 pct of the nation's energy and waste more than $100 billion annually due to energy inefficiency, according to the DOE. To address energy waste and inefficiency the DOE Better Building Initiative "whole-building" solution calls for the following:
Started in 2011, the Better Buildings Initiative has partnered with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation's homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment upgrades and products and sharing successful best practices.
Better Buildings partners represent more than 30 of the country's Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 U.S. employers, 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, and 13 pct of total commercial building space, as well as 17 federal agencies, 8 national laboratories, and more than 80 states and local governments.
(Source: US DOE Building Technologies Office, PR, June, 2021) Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office, 202-586-9127, email@example.com, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings
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The long-awaited national carbon market will put a price on carbon and set emission permits and quotas for energy-intensive industries, will initially cover more than 2,200 companies in China's power sector. When finally online, China's market will overtake the EU ETS to become the world's largest, covering 12 pct of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange.
The release noted, the biggest barrier for launching a national market lies in the establishment of a multi-dimensional and flexible trading mechanism "It is very difficult to set a unified cap on carbon emissions because CO2 emissions vary in different regions, as does demand for electricity. Some provinces' energy consumption tilts to hydropower, while others rely on coal and accordingly standards for carbon emissions set at the beginning might be relatively moderate and prudent to reduce the impact on the overall economy," according to the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange.
Although China's total energy consumption is expected to be controlled within 6 billion tons of standard coal equivalent by 2030, government anticipates "moderate" carbon emissions growth, and the country's energy consumption from 2020 to 2030 should peak at 800 million tons of standard coal equivalent.
(Source: China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, China National Development and Reform Commission, Global Times, 28 June, 2021) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,
China Center for Energy Economics Research, Xiamen University, www.energyxmu.edu.cn
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EIA data shows that biofuels, including fuel ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuels, accounted for approximately 17 percent of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2020, despite an 11 percent drop in biofuel consumption caused by market factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wood and waste energy, wood pellets, and biomass waste from landfills accounted for about 22 pct of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2019.
(Source: U.S. EIA, Monthly Energy Review, 16 June, 2021) Contact: IS EIA, www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=48396, www.eia.gov
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BrainBox AI technology leverages AI to improve building operational efficiency while reducing energy consumption and costs. Combining machine learning, cloud-based computing and self-directed decision-making, BrainBox AI enables a building HVAC system to operate autonomously and in real-time, generating up to a 25 pct reduction in total energy costs, 20-40 pct reduction in carbon footprint and 60 pct increase in occupant comfort.
(Source: BrainBox, PR, 8 June, 2021) Contact: ATS Automation, Josh Cales, Pres.,
Brian Veach, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.atsinc.org; BrainBox, 888 585 2630, www.brainboxai.com
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EESL and its subsidiary companies Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) and EPSL Trigeneration will complete the projects which are aimed at improving the energy efficiency and cutting energy consumption of the hotels chain's various properties and reducing the company's overall carbon footprint. (Source: EESL, PR, PTI 8 June, 2021)Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (India), www.eeslindia.org
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The Company is adding its first 20 new AssetCare customer buildings to benefit from this capability in partnership with local utilities in British Columbia, California, and New York.
Through AssetCare, mCloud offers a subscription-based solution enabling customers to automatically respond to utility requests to reduce energy consumption at peak times to decrease the concurrent load on a local utility grid during periods of high demand. Any utility supporting the industry-standard OpenADR protocol for grid interactivity is directly supported by AssetCare. Likewise, AssetCare customers can track their energy savings and reductions in their carbon footprint anywhere, anytime
(Source: mCloud Technologies Corp., PR, 8 June, 2021) Contact: mCloud, Dr. Patrick O'Neill, Pres.,Connected Buildings, 403.569.6480, www.mcloudcorp.com/HVAC-and-indoor-air-quality, www.mcloudcorp.com
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To that end, the bank will implement a three-pronged strategy to reduce energy consumption, transition to renewable energy, and offset carbon footprint. The strategy calls for a decrease in absolute emissions and energy consumed from the current level of 3,15,583 MT CO2 emissions, converting 50 pct of its total sourced electricity to renewable energy, creating single-use plastic-free corporate offices, planting 250 million trees and reducing water consumption by 30 pct. The bank will also focus on offering loans for green products like electric vehicles at lower interest rates and is also working on a framework for issuing green bonds. (Source: HDFC Bank, PR, June, 2021) Contact: HDFC Bank, www.hdfcbank.com
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The initial phases, which begun in 2019 and were completed Spring 2021, included solar arrays on 4 community buildings to generate $7.98 million in total savings and reduce energy consumption by 35 pct over the next 20 years.
In the expanded second phase, city infrastructure updates are expected to add $3.2 million in total savings over the next 15 years for a total combined energy costs saving of $11 million.
The City of La Crosse has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Johnson Controls Int'l., PR, May, 2021)
Contact: City of La Crosse, www.cityoflacrosse.org; Johnson Controls, Antonella Franzen, IR, 609.720.4665, email@example.com, www.johnsoncontrols.com
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The Czech government is to achieve 22 pct of renewable energy in total energy consumption by 2030 and to that end offers a "New Green Savings Program" and other incentives for rooftop PV installations. As of 2020, the country had 2.2 GW of solar capacity, according to the release. (Source: BayWa r.e., Website PR, 20 May, 2021) Contact: BayWa r.e., www.baywa-re.com
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The city's electric utility grid is currently carbon-free and the other electric provider, Holy Cross, has committed to being carbon-free by 2030, according to city officials. (Source: City of Aspen, PR, 17 May, 2021) Contact: Aspen City Council, 970-920-5199 , www.cityofaspen.com/674/City-Counci
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The $14.1 million investment supports PACE Maritimes (Property Assessed Clean Energy), a multi-provincial program that will operate in Stratford and Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Wolfville, N.S. The program will finance residential energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy storage projects across the three municipalities. Of the total, $175,000 is earmarked for City of Charlottetown to study the feasibility of energy retrofits to cut energy consumption in 22 municipal buildings
CEF helps communities of all sizes implement innovative local financing programs that directly help homeowners cut GHG emissions and improve energy efficiency. The Canadian Government has invested $1.65 billion in GMF since its inception 20 years ago.
(Source: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Natural Resources Canada, PR, 19 May, 2021)Contact: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Green Municipal Fund, T. 613-241-5221, F. 613-241-7440, www.fcm.ca/en/programs/green-municipal-fund, www.fcm.ca
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The 2021-25 Environmental Strategy calls for the city and its suburbs to be a "driving force for emissions reductions" and commits $24 million over four years to meet the goal of net-zero emissions by 2035. To that end, the city and its metropolitan area of 5.3 million residents will promote new targeted programs to manage energy consumption, public transport, electric vehicles, walking and cycling, encourage the use of renewable energy sources, 100 pct Green Power electricity plans and other measures. (Source: City of Sydney, PR, Morning Herald, 11 May, 2021)
Contact: City of Sydney, www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
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BrainBox AI uses deep learning, cloud-based computing, algorithms, and a proprietary process to support a 24/7 self-operating HVAC system that requires minimal human intervention and enables maximum energy efficiency.
In the pilot project, the office tower saw a preliminary reduction in energy consumption of 29 pct on HVAC, with an expected reduction of its carbon emissions by 218 metric tpy. Accounting for 45 pct of buildings' energy consumption, HVAC systems are one of commercial real estat's leading contributors to energy usage and GHG emissions. The multi-residential building saw a preliminary reduction in energy consumption on HVAC of 25 pct avoiding 180 metric tpy of carbon emissions.
BrainBox AI was created in 2017 with the goal of redefining building automation through artificial intelligence to be at the forefront of a green building revolution. BrainBox AI's technology is currently impacting over 100,000,000 sq. ft. of real estate across 16 countries. (Source: BrainBox, PR, May, 2021) Contact: BrainBox, 888 585 2630, www.brainboxai.com
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SMPDC will work with the client and a local commercial energy audit firm to prepare an energy audit report, outlining ways to maximize long term savings, minimize energy consumption, recommend resources for financing, and estimate return on investment. (Source: Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission, PR,Press Herald, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact:
SMPDC, Karina Graeter, Sustainability Coordinator, 207-571-7065, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.smpdc.org or 207-571-7065.
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The long-term, fixed-price retail energy program will support new, locally sourced wind and solar power for more than 12 years beginning in January 2023. The company will purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from AEP Ohio to power operations until the IRE supply begins, according to the company release.
To date, Crown has invested over $8 million in energy efficiency, including the use of on-site solar panels, ultra-efficient lighting, geothermal cooling and an ultra-efficient charging system that will drastically reduce energy consumption, according to the company.
(Source: Crown Battery, PR, DC Velocity, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: Crown Battery, Hal Hawk, Pres., 419.334.7181, email@example.com, www.crownbattery.com; AEP Energy, www.aepenergy.com
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The award was given for a heat-recovery project that significantly reduced the tyre plant's energy consumption and operating costs. Continental was also shortlisted in the categories of Corporate Company of the Year and Young Professional of the Year, further demonstrating its long-term commitment to energy saving and sustainability. (Source: Continental Tyre, PR, 12 April, 2021) Contact: South African Energy Efficiency Confederation, www.saeeconfed.org.za
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Turkey's 2017 National Energy Efficiency Action Plan targeted a 14 pct reduction in primary energy consumption and 66.6 million tons of CO2 equivalent emissions reduction by 2023. To help meet its goal, the country invested $4.8 billion in energy efficiency projects between 2017 and 2020 for a cumulative savings of $1.2 billion, the Ministry noted.
The Turkish Efficiency Enhancing Projects plan identified 434 projects in the commercial buildings, energy, services and agriculture sector facilities and calls for a 15 pct increase in energy efficiency for public institutions up to the end of 2023. To that end, Turkey plans to invest around $11 billion for energy efficiency in all related sectors by 2023 for an expected savings of $30 billion by 2033. (Source: Turkey Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, Daily Sabah, 7 Apr., 2021)
Contact: Turkey Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, +90 (312) 212 64 20, +90 (312) 222 57 60, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enerji.gov.tr/anasayfa
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Quantum Energy has an extensive B2B book of business across most U.S. business segments, including Fortune 500 companies, state municipalities, universities and companies in Canada.
Znergy's commonsense cost reduction program enables customers to reduce energy consumption, lower maintenance costs and realize environmental benefits, according to the company website. (Source: Znergy Inc., PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Zenergy Inc., Investor Relations ,
Rick Mikles, (800) 931-5662, email@example.com, www.zenergyworld.com
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The U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office administers the federal Appliance Standards Program under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act which functions as a central clearinghouse for appliance efficiency standards. Since the Appliance Standards Program launched in 1987, the DOE estimates American consumers have collectively saved more than $2 trillion in reduced energy consumption and associated spending. Federal standards cover roughly 90 pct of home energy use, 60 pct of commercial building use and 30 pct of industrial energy use, according to the DOE.
In 2019, 42 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico considered more than 500 pieces of legislation related to energy efficiency. More than 80 measures were enacted. In Nevada, during the 2019 session of the State Legislature, lawmakers passed and signed into law AB54, a measure that set new efficiency standards for lights sold in the state.
(Source: Nevada Office of Energy, Sierra Nevada Ally, 26 Mar., 2021) Contact: Nevada Office of Energy, 775-687-1850, www.energy.nv.gov
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Under current MEES regulations, landlords are, subject to certain exemptions, prohibited from granting new or renewed leases on non-domestic privately rented property with an EPC rating below E. From 1 April 2023, the ban will extend to prohibit the continuation of any existing lease of non-domestic premises with an EPC rating below E. There are stringent financial penalties for non-compliance
Under the proposals ,subject to some exceptions, landlords will need to present a valid EPC by 1 April 2025 and then will have until 1 April 2027 to improve the building to at least an EPC rating of C. Landlords will then need to repeat the process by providing a valid EPC by 1 April 2028 and subsequently ensure that by 1 April 2030 the building has improved to at least an EPC rating of B. (Source: Dept. of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Mar., 2021) Contact: BEIS, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.beis.gov.uk
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EnergyFact does not require a surveyor's visit and is generated through a new dedicated online portal by using information about the property from sources such as the Energy Saving Trust and Landmark Valuation Services. It will also take into account customer provided details about their property's size, age and construction, as well as their current utility usage.
The report then suggests improvements and outlines the cost for completing the work plus a calculation of how much it would approximately save customers on energy bills.
It also suggests customers lifestyle changes that could help cut energy consumption, improve the overall energy efficiency and cut energy costs. (Source: Countrywide Surveying Services, PR, Mortgage Finance Gazette, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: Countrywide Surveying Services, +44 1332 565220, www.countrywide.co.uk
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According to a council report, work at various city facilities and building will include: replacement of gas boilers with low-carbon air source heat pumps: installation of photovoltaic panels on six council buildings; a new building energy management system (BEMS) for 30 buildings, replacing the existing system, upgrading windows, and other energy efficiency measures. The report notes the energy efficiency improvements are "in line with the city council's asset management strategy to reduce energy consumption across the corporate estate."
When completed, the projects are expected to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by up to 1,659 tpy of CO2 and save an estimated £590,000 a year on energy costs. (Source: Stoke-on-Trent, PR, 21 Mar., 2021) Contact: Stoke-on-Trent City Council, www.stokesentinel.co.uk
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"The incredible and rapid growth of wind power in the region has been led by China, which now has more wind power capacity than Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America combined. We were expecting an installation rush in China last year due to the phase out of the onshore wind Feed-in-Tariff by the end of 2020, but the Chinese wind market exceeded our original forecasts by over 73 percent," the GWEC noted. "Top-down policies requiring wind and solar be integrated into the power grid, rather than subsidy support, would probably drive the greater transition to renewables", the GWEC added.
According to China's National Bureau of Statistics , the share of clean energy consumption in China has risen from 19.1 pct in 2016 to 24.3 pct in 2020. (Source: GWEC, PR, Xinhua, Mar., 2021) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www,gwec.net
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New-energy electricity generation in Xinjiang reached 84.5 billion kWh and accounted for 24 pct of the total electricity produced in 2020, mostly attributed to solar power. It is equal to the energy consumption of 27 million tons of standard coal, which would have released 72.9 million tons of carbon dioxide.
As previously reported, China aims to reach a carbon dioxide emissions peak before 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: Xiamen University Center for Energy Economics Research, Xinhua News Agency, China Global Times, 14 Mar., 2021) Contact: Xiamen University, Center for Energy Economics Research, www.en.xmu.edu.cn
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Ontario, which initially opposed the federal carbon tax, does not impose a carbon levy on fuel purchases.
(Source: Various Media, Canadian Press, 10 Mar., 2021)
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The funding will be used to develop a building automation software program -- Riptide IO -- and extend its Building Operation System platform to more buildings, including schools and offices.
The company's Smart Motor System -- the world's most energy-efficient, cost-effective, internet-enabled motors and controls -- has helped reduce energy consumption for clients by an average of 64 pct compared to the conventional electric motors used in home HVAC applications, according to the company.
(Source: Turntide Technologies, Website, Fortune, Mar., 2021) Contact: Turntide Technologies, 669-224-4377, www.turntide.com
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Until now, the sewage treatment plant with a capacity of 33,000 PE (population equivalents) has applied aerobic wastewater treatment. The conversion to anaerobic sludge stabilisation will put the entire plant on track towards economic and ecological success. The new wastewater treatment solution is set to optimise operating processes, deliver significantly higher energy efficiency and reduce the sewage treatment plant‘s greenhouse gas emissions by 664 tpy. Within the framework of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the investment and development bank of Lower Saxony (NBank) rewards the carbon savings with a subsidy of €1 million.
Besides the ecological improvement, WELTEC's anaerobic wastewater treatment will deliver significant energy consumption reductions and an annual drop in energy costs from the present €195,000 to €65,000. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, PR, 1 March., 2021)
Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH,
+49 4441 99978-0, Fax: +49 4441 99978-8 , email@example.com, www.weltec-biopower.de
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BlocPower utilizes its proprietary software for analysis, leasing, project management, and monitoring urban clean energy projects and building owners and tenants saving 20-40 pct per year on their energy bills. The company's machine learning tech platform works by determining which retrofits will produce the most energy savings in a building while remotely monitoring energy consumption. Common retrofits include solar panels and cold-climate electric heat pumps which BlocPower offers to multifamily building owners for no money down.
To date, BlocPower has "green" upgraded more than 1,000 buildings in New York City, including over 200 in Brownsville, and is now working in 23 other cities, according to the company.
BlocPower is backed by Kapor Capital, one of Uber's first investors, Andressen Horowitz, early investor in Facebook, Twitter, AirBnB and Lyft, the former Chairman of Google, and American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. (Source: BlocPower, Websitem BKReader, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: BlocPower, Donnel Baird, CEO, (718) 924-2873, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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Atos will supply the hardware, software, integration services and advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to optimize energy consumption. HDF Energy will supply a power plant which will provide predictable and firm electricity thanks to its high-powered fuel cells powered by green hydrogen derived from photovoltaic or wind farms.
Atos recently signed the Climate Neutral Datacenter Pact together with 35 other European companies and associations emphasizing the industry's contribution to the European Green Deal. (Source: Atos, PR, 24 Feb., 2021)
Lucie Duchateau , +33 (0)7 62 85 35 10, email@example.com, www.atos.net;
HDF, Annick Latour, +33 (0)5 56 77 11 11, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hdf-energy.com
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Iberdrola is looking to help these industries on their energy transition, searching for ad-hoc solutions for factories to improve the efficiency of the energy used while reducing CO2 emissions in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. The solutions submitted must meet the following needs:
CAPEX and OPEX inputs: Investment Rate of Return (IRR), Net Present Value (NPV) and Payback Periods (PB).
The proposals will be analysed based on criteria of scalability, replicability, ease of implementation and integration of ad-hoc decarbonisation solutions for industrial plants.
The selected project will be developed in collaboration with the technical specialists from the Iberdrola Industrial Heating and Cooling area. Iberdrola will collaboration on the development of a proof-of-concept and may offer the winner the opportunity to scale up the solution by means of commercial agreements. Additionally, PERSEO may consider investing in the participant.
Download Industrial Heat Challenge details HERE. (Source: Iberdrola, Pei, 14 Feb., 2021) Contact: European Innovation Council, ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/european-innovation-council-eic-pilot; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, email@example.com, www.iberdrola.es
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The program offers a 75 pct cost-share for staffing at industrial, commercial, and multifamily buildings, like those within the INHS housing portfolio.
Taitem Engineering will provide energy audits and walk-through inspections and make recommendations
to cut energy consumption within INHS's housing portfolio and future developments. Taitem will also develop guidelines for future development and provide staff training on energy efficiency best practices. The goal is to realize a 4 pct saving in electric and natural gas costs.
(Source: INHS, PR, Finger Lakes 1, 27 Jan., 2021)
Contact: Taitem Engineering, 607-277-1118, www.taitem.com; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov;
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Service, 670.277.4500, www.ithacanhs.org
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Specifically, new homes are expected to produce 75-80 pct lower carbon emissions compared to current builds. An additional requirement is for new homes to have a reduced carbon footprint of 31 pct by 2021 compared to current levels.
Additionally, all existing homes and home extensions will be subject to new energy efficiency standards focused on energy consumption, such as windows, lighting and HVAC systems. A consultation on higher energy performance targets for non-domestic buildings, was also announced. (Source: UK Housing Minister, edie, 21 Jan., 2021)
The Green Energy Project includes installation of rooftop solar arrays on 16 buildings, the installation of window film, water conservation measures, and upgrades to HVAC systems and controls, lighting, and transformers.
Upon completion, the project is expected to slash electric power bills for the buildings by 50 pct and save the state more than $1 million per year. (Source: New Mexico General Services Department, Pr., Jan. 2021) Contact: New Mexico General Services Department, 505-827-2000, www.generalservices.state.nm.us
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According to the press release, Rhode Island has set aggressive energy savings targets for electric and gas utilities' programs that help residential and commercial customers save energy as part of its energy efficiency resource standard. The State government is also adopting cost-saving efficiency measures that are reducing energy demands and operating costs and has also entered into an innovative Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP) with National Grid that is actively supporting the deployment of cost-effective efficiency investments across public sector facilities.
(Source: State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families, PR, 8 Jan., 2021)
Contact: State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families, www.dcyf.ri.gov; ACEEE, www.aceee.org
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Under the agreement, STM and Schneider Electric will increase their cooperation on reducing STM's energy consumption, and increased use of renewable energy and identify and implement ocarbon avoidance and sequestration programs across all of STM locations. The companies will develop additional joint products, technologies, and solutions focused on energy efficiency improvements, supporting digital transformation in buildings, datacenters, industrial applications, and infrastructure.
STM is stepping up its planned global energy procurement of 100 pct renewable energy and to become carbon neutral by 2027, according to the release.
(Source: STMicroelectronics, Website PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: STMicroelectronics, Jean-Marc Chery, Pres. & CEO, www.st.com; Schneider Electric, www.se.com
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The arena is recognized for its energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures, reduced overall energy consumption, intelligent building automation, on-site renewable energy power generation, and replacing all fossil fuel consuming equipment on-site, such as gas-fired rooftop units, hot water heaters and the ice rink dehumidifier. (Source: AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex, Canada Green Building Council,
4 Jan., 2021 )
Contact: AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex, (613) 822-9000, www.ampedsportslab.com; Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cagbc.org
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Since program inception through the third quarter of 2020, Freddie Mac Multifamily Green Up and Green Up Plus provided over $60 billion in financing through loans purchased on nearly 600,000 units. The financed properties are typically garden-style apartments that are, on average, 35 years old with 85 pct of units being affordable to households making 100 pct of area median income (AMI) or less. The White Paper's key findings include:
Download the 2020 Analysis of Green Improvements in Workforce Housing White Paper HERE .
(Source: Freddie Mac, PR, Dec., 2020)
Contact: Freddie Mac, Mike Morosi
(703) 918-5851, Michael_Morosi@FreddieMac.com, www.freddiemac.com
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The 2020 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, from the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) found that while global building energy consumption remained steady year-on-year, energy-related CO2 emissions increased to 9.95 GtCO2 in 2019. This increase was due to a shift away from the direct use of coal, oil and traditional biomass towards electricity, which had a higher carbon content due to the high proportion of fossil fuels used in generation.
When adding emissions from the building construction industry on top of operational emissions, the sector accounted for 38 pct of total global energy-related CO2 emissions., according to the report.
To get on track to net-zero carbon building stock by 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that direct building CO2 emissions need to fall by 50 pct and indirect building sector emissions by 60 pct by 2030. This equates to building sector emissions falling by around 6 pct per year until 2030, close to the 7 pct decrease in 2020 global energy sector CO2 emissions due to the pandemic. (Source: UN Environment Programme, Energy and Climate Branch,
UNEP, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: UNEP, Sophie Loran , +33-601-377-917, Sophie.Loran@un.org, www.unep.org
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Under the new agreement, the two firms will develop additional joint products, technologies and solutions focused on energy efficiency improvement, supporting digital transformation in buildings, data centers, industrial applications, and infrastructure. (Source: STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric, PR, Printed Electronics Now, 18 Dec., 2020)
Contact: STMicroelectronics, Jean-Marc Chery, Pres., CEO, +65 65455488 -- Singapore, www.st.com; Schneider Electric, www.se.com
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The Renovation Wave Strategy aims to at least double the office building renovation rate in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency, save energy, reduce Europe's greenhouse gas emissions, foster digitalization and improve the reuse and recycling of materials, according to a press release. The release noted that by 2030, 35 million buildings could be renovated and up to 160,000 additional green jobs created in the construction sector.
Buildings are responsible for about 40 pct of the EU's energy consumption, and 36 pct of greenhouse gas emissions. But only 1 pct of buildings undergo energy efficient renovation every year, so effective action is crucial to making Europe climate-neutral by 2050. (Source: EU, New Europe, Oct., 2020) Contact: EU Green Deal, ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en
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The Cambridge research team will develop and build a prototype high-resolution thermal infrared space telescope and related satellite communications to track a structure's energy consumption and efficiency as well as develop end-user climate change cases to identify buildings using large amounts of energy.
UK Space Agency grant funding supports companies and universities with radical ideas for tackling climate change through earth observation or addresses satellite communications challenges.
(Source: UK Space Agency, Website PR, 7 Dec., 2020) Contact: University of Cambridge, Dr Ian Parry, Cambridge Institute of Astronomy, +44 1223 337548 , www.ast.cam.ac.uk; UK Space Agency,
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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,
The plan includes promoting the transition to renewable energy, measures to reduce municipal electricity consumption, a reform in the import of electrical products, grant funding support for energy efficiency, building energy bench-marking and rating and an overall increased energy efficiency in government Ministries.
The plan also calls for a ban on the sale of new fossil fuel burning and polluting vehicles as of 2030 and the installation of electric vehicle electric charging infrastructure and clean transportation incentives that the Ministry estimates will
cut greenhouse gas emissions by 7.5 pct -- 6 million tpy. (Source: Israel Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, CanIndia News, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Israel Ministry of Energy, www.gov.il/en/departments/news?OfficeId=0caee7eb-1ebb-4c12-9ed8-7dce94badcb2&skip=0&limit=10
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The two organizations will use the study to identify and develop appropriate financing mechanisms that can be used to leverage private sector participation and the mobilization of capital to address the financing needs for delivering the measures laid out in the National Energy Efficiency Strategy.
The study has a particular focus on the public, agriculture and industrial sectors which combined, represent about 45 pct of South Africa's total energy consumption.
(Source: World Bank, Creamer Media, 17 Nov., 2020)
Contact: South African National Energy Development Institute , Barry Bredenkamp. Energy Efficiency GM, +27 11 038 4300, www.sanedi.org.za; World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org
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The Smart A/C Saver program initially paid customers $120 a year to shut off their air conditioners for 15-minute intervals during "conservation events", usually on the hottest summer days when power demand pushed the limits of the grid's capacity. PCO later cut the customer payments to $80 a year then down to $40 a year as a cost cutting measure. In 2019, 62,000 PECO customers were enrolled in the program. (Source: PECO, Philadelphia Enquirer, 18 Nov., 2020) Contact: PECO, www.peco.com
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During the company's 2009-2019 ECCO2 initiative Bendix exceeded the combined goals to reduce energy consumption by 30 pct from its 2009 baseline, by achieving a 42 pct reduction over the past 10 years. Bendix also saved more than 27 million kilowatt-hours of energy and an estimated $2 million over that time frame, through projects focused on more efficient use of lighting, HVAC and compressed air.
Bendix is set to cut its greenhouse gas emissions from the 2018 baseline in half by 2030 through: continued energy efficiency projects; on-site generation of renewable energy; and the obtaining of green energy combined with carbon offsets.
(Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, PR,Morning Journal, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, www.bendix.com
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