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Ameresco Nails Arvada Energy Conservation Project (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2021-07-21
In Colorado, the City of Arvada (pop. 118,000) reports completion of an energy conservation and renewable energy project financed by a $4.5 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC).

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, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  


"Fit for 55" Calls for Energy Use Cuts, Increased Efficiency (Int'l.)
European Green Deal
Date: 2021-07-16
On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (EC) adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55) , compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With the Fit for 55 proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform the EU economy and society.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Green Deal,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  GHG,  


DOE Addresses Homes, Bldgs. Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
DOE Better Building Initiative
Date: 2021-07-14
In Washington, the Secretary of Energy has announced sweeping actions to power more American homes and buildings with cleaner, smarter, and more affordable energy services that sharply reduce the buildings sector's energy consumption and contributions to the climate crisis.

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:

  • Investing in Buildings' Workforce of the Future -- New investments of up to $30 million for the American workforce will expand DOE's support for organizations -- including unions, trade associations, and educational institutions -- that train and support career pathways for a diverse, qualified, and well-paid workforce that enables high-performance buildings.

  • Advancing Efficiency in Heating and Cooling Systems -- A new national initiative focused on clean and efficient heating and cooling systems in buildings called the Initiative for Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity (E3) will advance the research, development, and deployment of clean heating and cooling systems like heat pumps, advanced water heaters, low-to-no global warming potential refrigerants, and smarter HVAC diagnostic tools.

  • Driving Adoption of Smart Building Technologies -- A National Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings will chart a path to triple the energy efficiency and demand flexibility of U.S. buildings within the decade -- worth $100 to $200 billion in energy cost savings -- by implementing 14 practical recommendations that accelerate the ability of buildings to both reduce and change the timing of energy use through smart building operations sensitive to broader grid dynamics.

  • Collaborating with Industry to Decarbonize Buildings -- The Better Buildings Low Carbon Pilot, a project of the Better Buildings Initiative, will work with commercial, industrial, and multifamily organizations to set commitments and share pathways to low and no carbon emission buildings.

  • Opening Up Windows for Collaboration -- The Partnership for Advanced Window Solutions (PAWS) will accelerate the national availability and adoption of advanced and highly efficient windows and window attachments that improve comfort and reduce building energy use.

    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, buildings@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings

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


  • Delayed China Carbon Market Launch "Imminent" (Int'l. Report)
    China Carbon Market
    Date: 2021-06-30
    According to the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, China's stalled national carbon market may start trading as soon as next month, but with more moderate standards than originally planned. Even so, the launch of what will be the world's largest carbon market is not expected to have an impact on the country's goal of hitting peak emissions before 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, analysts noted.

    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, www.en.ndrc.gov.cn; China Center for Energy Economics Research, Xiamen University, www.energyxmu.edu.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  China National Development and Reform Commission,  China Carbon Market,  


    Biofuels 17 pct of US 2020 Renewables Consumption (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2021-06-18
    According to recent EIA data, consumption of renewable energy in the U.S. grew for the fifth consecutive year in 2020, reaching a record 11.6 quadrillion Btu -- 12 pct of total U.S. energy -- while fossil fuel and nuclear power consumption declined.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  US EIA,  


    BrainBox AI Names ATS Automation Systems Integrator (Ind. Report)
    BrainBox
    Date: 2021-06-09
    Montreal-based BrainBox AI, a provider of autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) technology for commercial real estate, is reporting the appointment of ATS Automation as a BrainBox AI Master Systems Integrator for the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and Alaska.

    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, brianv@atsinc.org, www.atsinc.org; BrainBox, 888 585 2630, www.brainboxai.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BrainBox,  Artifical Intelligence,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management ,  


    EESL, Indian Hotel Chaine Ink Energy Efficiency MoU (Int'l.)
    EESL
    Date: 2021-06-09
    In New Delhi, India's state-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is reporting a MoU with Lemon Tree Hotels Limited for the 3-year implementation of energy efficiency and energy conservation measures at a selected number of hotel properties in India .

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EESL,  Energy Eficiency,  Energy Conservation ,  


    mCloud Delivers AI Grid-Adaptive Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    mCloud
    Date: 2021-06-09
    Following up on our 21 April coverage, Calgary, Alberta-based artificial-intelligence (AI) powered asset management and ESG solutions specialist mCloud Technologies Corp. is reporting the addition of grid-adaptive demand management to its AssetCare™ for Buildings solution using AI in the cloud to actively manage the electric demand of a building in direct response to signals from local utility operators.

    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

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


    Indian Banking Major Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2031 (Int'l)
    HDFC Bank
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In Mumbai, India's largest bank with $3.8 billion (US) in assets. HDFC Bank has announced it plans to become carbon-neutral by 2031-- 32.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Footprint news,  Green Bond news,  


    Johnson Controls Expands La Crosse Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2021-05-26
    In the Badger State, Milwaukee-headquartered Johnson Controls and the City of La Crosse have launched the next phase of the city's sustainability initiative. Building on the significant progress made through their initial sustainability investments, this next phase will deliver solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy efficiency installations throughout city fire stations, at community libraries and within several city parks as well as LED upgrades to the city's street lighting.

    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, antonella.franzen@jci.com, www.johnsoncontrols.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  


    BayWa r.e. Snares Czech Solar Distributor (M&A, Int'l. Report)
    BayWas r.e.
    Date: 2021-05-24
    BayWa r.e. is reporting the acquisition of leading Czech solar wholesaler Solid Power Distribution. Established in 2015, the company serves the Czech and Slovakian installer market as a distributor of high-quality components for residential and industrial end-consumers.

    . 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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e. news,  Solar news,  


    Aspen, Colorado Stiffens Building Code for Increased Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    City of Aspen
    Date: 2021-05-19
    In Colorado, the Aspen City Council reports it is adopting a new building code that focuses on increased energy efficiency, building energy efficiency minimum standards, net-zero waste in demolition of old buildings, reducing overall energy consumption, onsite renewable sources for new structures, and other measures aimed at reducing the community's carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2050 in line with the community's Climate Action Plan.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Aspen,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Code,  


    FCM Invests $14Mn in PEI, NS Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    Federation of Canadian Municipalities
    Date: 2021-05-19
    In Ottawa, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is reporting a $14.1-million investment through FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) and drive cost savings in communities in Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Nova Scotia (NS).

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy .PACE news,  PACE-C news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy STorage news,  


    Sydney Speeds Up Net-Zero Emissions Plan to 2035 (Int'l. Report)
    City of Sydney
    Date: 2021-05-14
    In the Land Down Under, the City of Sydney ha released its 2021-25 Environmental Strategy and pledged to advance the city's net-zero emissions goal by five years to 2035.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


    BrainBox AI Pilot Reports 25-29 pct Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    BrainBox
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Montreal-headquartered autonomous building technology specialist BrainBox AI reports it has partnered with GWL Realty Advisors to pilot its artificial intelligence (AI) technology in a GWL managed office tower and multi residential property in downtown Toronto.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BrainBox,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Southern Maine Small Bus. Energy Audits Offered (Ind. Report)
    Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission
    Date: 2021-04-30
    In Saco, the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC) is reporting a new Energy Audit Program designed to help small businesses and farmers with energy efficiency upgrades. The Commission will use $100,000 in grant funding from the Rural Energy for America Program to conduct 15 or more energy audits for rural small businesses and farmers in the 39 municipalities in York, southern Oxford and Cumberland counties served by SMPDC.

    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, kgraeter@smpdc.org, www.smpdc.org or 207-571-7065.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency.Energy Audit news,  


    Crown Battery Enhances Green Energy, Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Crown Battery,AEP Energy
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Fremont, Ohio-headquartered industrial battery manufacturer Crown Battery reports the inking of a contract with AEP Energy to source clean energy through AEP's Integrated Renewable Energy (IRE) solution to power its manufacturing operations.

    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, sales@crownbattery.com, www.crownbattery.com; AEP Energy, www.aepenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Storage news,  Crown Battery news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Battery news,  Energy Storage news,  AEP Energy news,  


    Continental Tyre SA Scores Energy Efficiency Award (Int'l.)
    Continental Tyre,South African Energy Efficiency Confederation
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Continental Tyre South Africa's Sustainable Technology and Infrastructure Department is reporting receipt of the Industrial Corporate Project of the Year Award from the South African Energy Efficiency Confederation for its focus on sustainability and and reducing its energy consumption.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Turks Save $158Mn with Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
    Turkey Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In Ankara, the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Ministry reports the country’s investments in energy efficiency in 2020 totaled $635 million for a savings of $158 million.

    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, bilgi@enerji.gov.tr, www.enerji.gov.tr/anasayfa

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Znergy Acquires Quantum Energy LLC (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Znergy,Quantum Energy
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Syracuse, Indiana-based energy efficient LED lighting products, lighting controls and energy management solutions specialist Znergy, Inc. is reporting acquisition of Quantum Energy, LLC. Under the terms of the agreement Znergy, Inc. will acquire the assets of Quantum Energy, LLC. without issuing any new Znergy shares.

    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, rick.mikles@znergyworld.com, www.zenergyworld.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Quantum Energy,  Znergy,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Mnagement,  


    Nevada Considers Appliance Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    Nevada Office of Energy
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In Carson City, the Nevada legislature is considering Assembly Bill 383 which, if made law, would require the Director of the Nevada Office of Energy to adopt energy efficiency standards for a wide range of appliances used and sold in Nevada. According the Appliance Standards Awareness Project estimates, Bill 383 would save Nevadans more than $29 million a year by 2035 while removing the carbon emissions equivalent of 28,000 cars from our roads.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Appliance Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Nevada Office of Energy,  


    UK Stiffening Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Int'l.)
    UK Dept. of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In London, the UK Dept. of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is proposing to implement tighter minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for privately rented non-domestic buildings to reach a long-term target of having an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of B by 2030. The measures are in line with the government's aim of reducing building energy consumption by 20 pct by 2030 and attain net-zero carbon emissions in the UK by 2050.

    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, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.beis.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Dept. of Business news,  Energy and Industrial Strategy news,  BEIS news,  Building Energy Efficiency news,  


    EnergyFact Helps UK Homeowners with Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Countrywide Surveying Services
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In the UK, Countrywide Surveying Services is reporting he launch of its EnergyFact report to help UK homeowners assess the energy efficiency of their homes.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Countrywide Surveying Services news,  


    Stoke-on-Trent Energy Efficiency Projects Funded (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-03-22
    In the UK, the city of Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been allocated funding from the government Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme for a series of energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects expected to cost the city roughly £4.3 million.

    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

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


    GWEC Comments on China's Wind Power Growth (Int'l. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2021-03-19
    According to the Belgium-based Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), in 2020 China broke the world record for most wind power capacity installed in a single year with 52 GW of new capacity -- doubling the country's annual installations compared to the previous year.

    "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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council ,  


    China's Xinjiang Region Upping Wind, Solar Power Generation (Int'l.)
    China Wind, Renewable Enery
    Date: 2021-03-17
    According to the Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is taking the lead in China's renewable energy push, with wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power capacity jumped 135 pct from 2015 levels to a record high of 35.83 GW -- more than some developed countries including the UK, Belgium, Netherlands or Japan.

    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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    Palm Coast Community Center Scores LEED Silver Cert. (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In the Sunshine State, the city of Palm Coast -- pop. 81,000 -- reports its recently expanded 21,000 square feet Community Center has received US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for environmental sustainability and resource efficiency. The project earned LEED qualifying points for:
  • Location and Transportation -- surrounding density and diverse uses, bicycle facilities, reduced parking footprint, green vehicles;

  • Sustainable Sites -- construction activity pollution prevention, site assessment, open space, rainwater management, heat island reduction (reduce effects on human and wildlife habitats by reducing the impact of heat retaining components);

  • Water Efficiency -- outdoor water use reduction, indoor water use reduction, building-level water metering;

  • Energy and Atmosphere -- fundamental commissioning and verification, minimum energy performance, building-level energy metering, fundamental refrigerant management, optimize energy performance, enhanced commissioning (verifying the training of the staff and testing to operate the energy and water systems), enhanced refrigerant management (reduce ozone depletion by minimizing the emission of harmful compounds), green power and carbon offsets (100 pct of the total building energy consumption is offset by the use of renewable energy sources);

  • Materials and Resources -- storage and collection of recyclables, construction and demolition waste management planning, building life-cycle impact reduction (reuse or salvage at least 25 pct of the materials for the building), product disclosure and optimization -- environmental product declarations (utilize products and materials that have environmental, economical, and socially preferred life-cycle impacts), product disclosure and optimization -- material ingredients (Install materials that have a minimum level of recycled content), construction and demolition waste management (reduce construction waste that is disposed of in landfills);

  • Indoor Environmental Quality -- minimum IAQ performance, environmental tobacco smoke control, enhanced IAQ strategies (utilize mechanically and naturally ventilated ideals to promote occupant comfort), low-emitting materials (reduce concentrations for chemical contaminants), construction IAQ management plan (promote the well-being of the construction workers during construction), thermal comfort (provide multiple controls of the mechanical system to the building occupants), interior lighting (provide multiple controls of the lighting to the building occupants);

  • Innovation -- achieved a higher level of low-emitting materials and use of environmentally sensitive cleaning products to maintain the building;

  • Regional Priority Credits -- surrounding density and diverse uses (extra credit granted on the location of the project), thermal comfort (extra credit granted on the location of the project). (Source: City of Palm Coast, Palm Coast Observer, Mar., 2021) Contact: City of Palm Coast, www.palmcoastgov.com; USGBC, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  


  • $40Mn Carbon Tax Cash for Ont. School Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2021-03-12
    In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government reports it will spend more than $40 million of federal carbon tax revenue to help 172 schools in Ontario improve energy efficiency, cut energy consumption and costs, reduce emissions, make learning environments cleaner and healthier and improve air quality -- a hot-button issue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Ontario Carbon Tax,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Turntide Tech Completes Smart Motor Funding Round (Funding)
    Turntide Technologies
    Date: 2021-03-05
    Sunnyvale, California-based "Smart Motor" startup Turntide Technologies has completed an $80 million funding round that brings its total funding to date to $180 million. Investors include Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Amazon's Climate Pledge Fund, and others.

    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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    WELTEC BIOPOWER Claims German Wastewater AG Contract (Int'l)
    WELTEC BIOPOWER
    Date: 2021-03-01
    Vechta, Germany-based WELTEC BIOPOWER is reporting receipt of a roughly €1.14 million contract for the anaerobic digestion (AD) component for the municipal sewage treatment plant in Buckeburg, North Germany. Apart from the earthworks and the electrical installations, WELTEC BIOPOWR will supervise the construction of the new sludge thickener, the engine room for the cogeneration power plant and the digester with its gas storage roof. The AD stage is expected to go live in October 2021.

    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 , info@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

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    BlocPower Raises $63Mn to "Green" Old Buildings (Ind. Report)
    BlocPower
    Date: 2021-02-26
    In NYC, Brooklyn Navy Yard-based company BlocPower is working to reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by "greening" older buildings which, according to BlocPower, produce more greenhouse gases than the entire U.S. transportation sector.

    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, support@blocpower.io, www.blocpower.io

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    Atos, HDF Energy to Develop Green Hydrogen Datacenter (Int'l.)

    Date: 2021-02-26
    In Paris, Atos International and HDF Energy are reporting plans to develop a complete end-to-end long-term solution to supply datacenters with green hydrogen generated by renewable energy in 2023.

    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) Contact: Atos Lucie Duchateau , +33 (0)7 62 85 35 10, lucie.duchateau@atos.net, www.atos.net; HDF, Annick Latour, +33 (0)5 56 77 11 11, communication@hdf-energy.com, www.hdf-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  


    Emissions-Free Industrial Heat Challenge Announced (Int'l.)
    Iberdrola,European Innovation Council
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Iberdrola Group, in collaboration with the European Innovation Council's Energy4Planet initiative, has launched a new Startup Challenge through its International Startup Programme (PERSEO) which aims to discover innovative solutions to decarbonize industrial processes, through the automatisation of the design and the further integration of clean technologies and energy efficiency measures.

    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:

  • Automation project design for decarbonisation of industrial processes using software tools;

  • Hybridisation of clean technologies, for example: heat pumps, electric furnaces, energy efficiency measures, green hydrogen or self-consumption by distributed renewable energy;

  • Energy Consumption and Savings simulations; and

  • Project finance calculations based on project.

    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, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

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  • Bonduelle Scores Energy Efficiency Study Funding (Funding)
    NRCAN
    Date: 2021-02-08
    In Ottawa, the the Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources (NRCAN) reports it is providing a $24,000 investment to Bonduelle Canada for a process integration study that will recommend energy-efficiency improvements to reduce energy consumption and cut costs at the company's vegetable processing facility in St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. The province's Energi agency also contributed to the project to bring the total investment to nearly $50,000. (Source: Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources, Food Canada, 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Bonduelle Canada, www.bonduelle.com/en; Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources, www,nrcan.gc.ca

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    INHS Announces Energy Efficiency Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Ithaca Neighbourhood Housing Service , NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-01-27
    In the Empire State, the not-for-profit affordable housing Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Service (INHS} and Taitem Engineering, a local engineering firm specializing in energy efficiency, are reporting a yearlong partnership to reduce INHS's properties energy consumption through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) On-Site Energy Manager (OsEM) program.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


    UK Home, Office Energy Efficiency Standards Unveiled (Int'l.)
    UK Housing Minister
    Date: 2021-01-22
    In the UK, Housing Minister Chris Pincher this week announced that all new homes must be "more energy efficiency and zero-carbon ready" by 2025.

    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)


    Solar Carports Slated for New Mexico Gov. Buildings (Ind. Report)
    New Mexico General Services
    Date: 2021-01-08
    In Santa Fe, the New Mexico General Services Department's $32 million State Buildings Green Energy Project -- an initiative to cut the energy consumption of 30 buildings in Santa Fe and reduce the state government's carbon footprint -- is reporting construction is expected to get underway before the month end on 4 carport solar arrays on government buildings at a total cost of $9.7 million.

    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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    Rhode Island National Energy Efficiency Program Leader (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2021-01-08
    According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Rhode Island ranks fourth in the nation as a leader in cost-effective energy efficiency programs, incentives, and energy efficiency investments that help residents and businesses use less energy to provide the same output. In doing so, these investments reduce energy consumption and costs as well as shrink the state's carbon footprint and create jobs throughout the green economy.

    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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    STM, Schneider Electric Partner on Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-01-06
    In Singapore, global semiconductor specialist STMicroelectronics (STM) reports the selection of energy management and renewable energy specialist Schneider Electric as a strategic partner to support its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2027.

    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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    Ontario Ice Arena Scores Zero-Carbon Bldg. Certification (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-01-06
    In Ottawa, Ontario, the AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex reports it is the first Zero Carbon Building Performance Standard Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building certified arena. Modern Niagara, a Canadian mechanical, electrical, building services, and integrated building technology company, partnered with AMPED on the initiative.

    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, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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    Freddie Mac Green Program Cuts Multifamily Energy and Water Consumption (White Paper Attached)
    Freddie Mac
    Date: 2020-12-23
    Properties participating in Freddie Mac Multifamily's Green Advantage® program save an average of more than 2.7 million gallons of water and 1.3 million kBtu of energy per year, according to a new white paper 2020 Analysis of Green Improvements in Workforce Housing. Created in 2016, the program, which includes the Green Up® and Green Up Plus® offerings, provides financing incentives for multifamily borrowers that agree to reduce energy and water consumption.

    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:

  • Tenants are saving, on average, $114 per year based on reported property data;

  • Properties have reported over 827 million gallons in actual cumulative water consumption savings, which is the equivalent of 1,250 Olympic-sized swimming pools and over 152 million kBtu in actual cumulative energy consumption savings or roughly enough energy to power 4,100 homes;

  • The reported actual annual overall cost savings totals over $11 million, which averages roughly $40,500 per loan per year and $133 per unit per year;

  • The projected average cost for improvements is $471 per unit with a total of $280 million of projected improvements as of the end of the third quarter of 2020;

  • The most commonly selected water-saving improvements continue to be the low-cost showerheads, kitchen aerators and bathroom aerators;

  • The most commonly selected energy-saving improvements were exterior and common area LED lighting, closely followed by unit interior LED lighting and then HVAC thermostats.

    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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  • Buildings-Related Carbon Emissions Hit Record High (Int'l.)
    UN Environment Programme
    Date: 2020-12-21
    A new UN Environment Programme, Energy and Climate Branch report finds emissions from the operation of buildings hit a highest-ever level in 2019. Including construction, the building sector now accounts for 38 pct of total global CO2 emissions.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  IEA,  UN Environment Programme,  


    STM, Schneider Electric Partner on Energy-Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Schneider Electric, STMicroelectronics
    Date: 2020-12-18
    STMicroelectronics (STM) and Schneider Electric have announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on the overall reduction of energy consumption on STM manufacturing and design sites, the renewable energy sourcing strategy across all of STM locations, and the identification and implementation of credible and relevant carbon avoidance and sequestration programs.

    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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    EU Adopts Bldg. Energy Efficiency Renovation Wave Strategy (Int'l.)
    European Commissions
    Date: 2020-12-16
    The European Commission (EC) reports the adoption of the Renovation Wave Strategy and other energy proposals and strategies fundamental to the implementation of the EU Green Deal and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 as well as emission reduction targets by 2030.

    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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    Cambridge to Monitor Bldg. Energy Efficiency from Space (R&D)
    Cambridge, UK Space Agency
    Date: 2020-12-09
    The University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy is one of 21 UK organisations awarded a share of over £7 million in funding from the UK Space Agency's National Space Innovation Programme (NSIP).

    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, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-space-agency

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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


    Israel Launches Energy Efficiency, Climate Change Plan (Int'l.)
    Israel Climate Chnage
    Date: 2020-11-18
    The Israeli Ministry of Energy is reporting the launch of a new, 10-year national energy efficiency plan aimed at reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to deal with the climate crisis .

    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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    World Bank Supports S.African Energy Efficiency Study (Int'l.)
    World Bank
    Date: 2020-11-18
    The World Bank reports the issuance of a $305,000 grant for South Africa for the Climate Change Trust Fund for South Africa: Development of Sustainable Financing Mechanisms for Demand-Side Energy Efficiency Market Transformation, a study of sustainable financial mechanisms for demand-side energy efficiency market transformation for the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the South African Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE).

    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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    PECO Unplugs Smart A/C Energy Saving Program (Ind. Report)
    PECO
    Date: 2020-11-18
    In the Keystone State, Philadelphia utility PECO -- fka Philadelphia Electric Company -- reports it is discontinuing a popular program that paid customers to allow the utility to remotely control their central air-conditioning systems to curb overall energy consumption.

    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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    Bendix Commits to Reduce Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    Bendix
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Ohio-headquartered Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC reports it has revamped its climate action plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2021 and cutting its carbon emissions in half by 2030 as part of its renewed commitment to adopt the aggressive climate strategy recently launched by its parent company, the Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse AG.

    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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