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Opportunities and Limits of CO2 Recycling in a Circular Carbon Economy: Techno-economics, Critical Infrastructure Needs, and Policy Priorities (Report Attached)
Columbia Universitys Center on Global Policy
Date: 2021-05-07
The attached report, part of the Carbon Management Research Initiative at Columbia University's Center on Global Policy, examines 19 CO2 recycling pathways to understand the opportunities, technical and economic limits of CO2 recycling products gaining market entry and reaching global scale.

The pathways studied consume renewable (low-carbon) electricity and use chemical feedstocks derived from electrochemical pathways powered by renewable energy. Across these CO2 recycling pathways, the authors evaluated current globally representative production costs, sensitivities to cost drivers, carbon abatement potential, critical infrastructure and feedstock needs, and the effect of subsidies. Based on this analysis, the paper concludes with targeted policy recommendations to support CO2 recycling innovation and deployment. Key findings of the analysis include :

  • CO2 recycling pathways could deliver deep emissions reductions. -- When supplied by low-carbon electricity and chemical feedstocks, CO2 recycling pathways have the combined potential to abate 6.8 gigatonnes of CO2 per year (GtCO2/yr) when displacing conventional production methods.

  • Some CO2 recycling pathways have reached market parity today, while the costs of remaining pathways are high. -- Electrochemical carbon monoxide (CO) production, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing, and the CarbonCure concrete process all have an estimated cost of production (ECOP) lower than the product selling price. These pathways have a combined carbon abatement potential of 1.6 GtCO2/yr. Most remaining pathways have an ECOP of 2.5 to 7.5 times greater than the product selling price. In particular locations and contexts, ECOP may be substantially lower, but these costs are representative of CO2 recycling at global scale.

  • Catalyst performance and input prices are the main cost drivers. -- The largest component of ECOP is electricity and chemical feedstock costs, and the main cost drivers are those who influence these two cost components. For electrochemical pathways, ECOP is most sensitive to catalyst product selectivity (the ability of the catalyst to avoid unwanted side reactions), catalyst energy efficiency, and electricity price. For thermochemical pathways, the largest cost drivers are product selectivity, chemical feedstock price, and the price of the electricity used to make the feedstocks.

  • CO2 recycling at the scale of current global markets would require enormous new capacity of critical infrastructure. -- Each pathway at global scale would consume thousands of tWh of electricity, 30--100 million metric tpy of hydrogen, and up to 2,000 Mt of CO2 annually. This would require trillions of dollars of infrastructure per pathway to generate and deliver these inputs, including a combined 8,400 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity and 8,000 GW of electrolyzer capacity across all pathways.

    Based on these findings, the authors recommend the following policy actions:

  • Ensure CO2 recycling pathways are fed by low-carbon inputs. -- Without low-carbon electricity and feedstocks, CO2 recycling could potentially be more carbon-intensive than conventional production.

  • Prioritize certain pathways strategically. -- CO2 recycling methane and ethane production are extremely uneconomic and should be deprioritized. All other pathways are more economically promising and could be the focus of a targeted innovation agenda to reduce costs. In addition, the following pathways that have an ECOP less than 5 times the selling price could be prioritized for early market growth: electrochemical CO production, green hydrogen, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing pathways, CO2 recycling urea production, and CO2 hydrogenation to light olefins, methanol, or jet fuel.

  • Target research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to catalyst innovation to bring down ECOP and reduce input demand. -- Policy makers can promote RD&D to improve the selectivity and energy efficiency of CO2 recycling catalysts. By decreasing a pathway's consumption of electricity and feedstocks, these innovations would both decrease ECOP and alleviate the sizable critical infrastructure needs.

  • Create demand pull for early market CO2 recycling products. -- Governments can use demand pull policies such as public procurement standards to bolster early markets for the most mature CO2 recycling pathways.

  • Promote build-out of critical infrastructure. -- To provide for the substantial infrastructure needs of CO2 recycling, policy makers can seek to remove barriers to and catalyze investment in building renewables installations, transmission lines, electrolyzers, and CO2 transport pipelines.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: Columbia University/ SIPA, Center for Global Energy Policy, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Columbia University, www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


  • LS Power Acquires GI Energy, Re-brands as Endurant Energy (M&A)
    LS Power, Endurant Energy
    Date: 2021-05-07
    NYC-based LS Power, a U.S. power and energy infrastructure owner, reports acquisition of distributed energy infrastructure solutions provider GI Energy, which will be rebranded as Endurant Energy.

    Chicago-headquartered Endurant is a full-service provider of cost-effective, resilient and sustainable clean energy, microgrid and energy storage solutions to the education, commercial, industrial, real estate, public utility and other sectors. In addition, Endurant is advancing a development portfolio of ground-breaking eco-district projects in California.

    To date, LS Power has developed, constructed, managed or acquired more than 45,000 MW of power generation, including utility scale solar, wind, hydro, natural gas-fired and battery storage projects, and over 660 miles of transmission, for which it has raised over $47 billion in debt and equity financing. Additionally, LS Power actively invests in businesses and platforms focused on distributed energy resources and energy efficiency, according to the company website. (Source: LS Power, PR, May, 2021) Contact: LS Power, Paul Segal, CEO, (212) 615-3456, www.lspower.com; Endurant Energy, (630) 323-5254.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LS Power,  Clean Energy,  Energy Storage,  Microgrid,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Spire Launches Online Energy Assessment Tool (Ind. Report)
    Spire Energy
    Date: 2021-05-07
    In the Show Me State, natural gas supplier Spire Energy is reporting the launch of a free, online energy assessment tool that provides recommendations on how to save energy and money. The new tool provides:
  • Professional-level insights for homes across Spire's service territory in Missouri.

  • Interactive home energy reports to show potential money and carbon savings.

  • Recommendations that allow customers to act immediately to see results.

    The energy assessment tool is currently available to Spire residential customers. Once customers establish an account, the energy assessment takes less than 10 minutes, on average. Upon completion, customers receive a report and rebate recommendations. Customers also can audit multiple properties within one account. (Source: Spire, PR, May, 2021) Contact: Spire Energy, Shaylyn Dean, Energy Efficiency Manager, www.spireenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Spire Energy,  


  • Solano County Investing $38Mn in Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Solano County
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In the Golden State, Solano County supervisors are banking on energy cost savings to pay for most of the $38.08 million in new and upgraded power infrastructure they recently approved. said in an interview Friday that the county pays about $3 million a year in utility costs. That is the entire county and not just the project sites.

    The energy cost savings after 20 years is estimated at $39.45 million, and $60.55 million over 25 years, the report to the board states. The larger number reflects five years of having no debt service payments. Most of the savings will be generated by rooftop solar systems, battery energy storage, more efficient LED lighting systems and newer more efficient equipment at five sites where it will produce 85 to 90 pct of the energy needs. The county hopes the project will be operational in two years; 18 months of that is basically waiting for PG&E to approve an inner-connectivity agreement.

    The county notes its master plan calls for $89 million in new buildings in the coming decades and it aims to reduce its energy use by 50 pct by 2035. (Source: Saolona County, PR, 1 May, 2021) Contact: Solano County, Megan Greve, Dir, General Services, (707) 784-7900, GSDAdmin@solanocounty.com, www.solanocounty.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    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,  


    Duke Energy Florida Installs 2Mn Smart Meters (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2021-04-30
    US utility Duke Energy is reporting completion of the installation of roughly 2 million smart meters in the Sunshine State.

    The smart meter installations are part of Duke's digital transformation initiative and to improve customer services, revenue collection and grid management. Smart Meters will also provide real-time energy usage data to help consumers make smarter choices regarding electric power use and improving energy efficiency. (Source: Duke Energy, PR 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Florida,  Smart Meter,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Safe Foods Scores LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-04-28
    North Little Rock, Arkansas-headquartered Safe Foods Corporation reports its global headquarters and innovation center has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED v4 Silver level of certification.

    Completed in 2019, the Safe Foods project is a complete renovation of a 133,128 square foot building consisting of blending, packaging, and warehousing areas on the first level while the upper levels are reserved for manufacturing, offices, and communal spaces. The LEED Silver certification of Safe Foods project incudes:

  • The installation of low mercury lighting and high-efficiency HVAC systems, saving almost 30 pct in energy costs per year over a comparable building of this size and use.

  • Low flow fixtures throughout the facility reduces the water used every year by 32 pct

  • The utilization of low emitting construction materials throughout

  • The preservation of 492,000 square feet of open space, retention of 93 pct of the existing structure, and others. (Source: Safe Foods, PR, 26 Apr., 2021) Contact: Safe Foods Corp., 501-758-8500, www.safefoods.net; USGBC, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Novus International Awarded LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In the Show Me State, livestock and food processor Novus International Inc. reports its new global headquarters in St. Charles has received the Platinum LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council .

    The 90,000-square-foot building incorporates: under-floor air distribution system, 5,000 square-foot solar array, salvaged and recycled material use in construction, and other energy efficiency features. (Source: Novus International, PR, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Novus International, www.novusint.com; US Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org

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


    £50Mn UK Energy Efficient Housing Project Lauded (Int'l.)
    Active Building Centre
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In Swansea, Wales, the Active Building Centre reports it is advising and working with the Nationwide Building Society to help create one of the UK's largest energy-efficient housing developments in Swindon. The £50 million project will construct 239 homes to EPC-A energy efficiency, the highest new home environmental rating in the UK.

    The new properties will all be equipped with: air source heat pumps rather than gas boilers; photovoltaic solar panels; electric vehicle charging points; individual building battery energy storage units; and other energy efficient features. The first units will go on the market in 2022. (Source: Active Building Centre, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Active Building Centre, Ron Cowley, CEO, info@activebuildingcentre.com, www.activebuildingcentre.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Ukraine Sees Bionergy Crops Replacing Gas Imports (Int'l. Report)
    Ukraine
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In Kyiv, the Ukraine State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving reports it may slash gas imports and eventually abandon gas imports in favor of cultivating energy crops for power generation. In 2020 Ukraine imported almost 16 bcm of gas.

    In 2019 Ukraine had roughly 6,400 hectares (ha) of energy crops under cultivation and approximately 4 million ha of unproductive and degraded lands suitable for cultivation of non-food crops.

    The State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Policy, the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, scientific institutes and other stakeholders endorse the initiative. (Source: Ukraine State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, UNIAN, 25 Apr., 2021) Contact: Ukraine State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving. www.saee.gov.ua/uk; Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, www.uaeb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Crop,  Bioenergy,  


    Prologis Launching LEED v4 Volume Program (Ind. Report)
    Prologis
    Date: 2021-04-26
    San Francisco-headquartered warehouse development powerhouse Prologis Inc. reports launching the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design v4 for Core and Shell Volume Program for the U.S. logistics real estate sector.

    The new version features more rigorous standards than the previous LEED Volume Program, which was established in 2014. Under the LEED v4 for Core and Shell Volume Program, Prologis "will implement measurable strategies for achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality for its projects in the U.S., Latin America, Canada and Italy."

    According to a company release, "The Volume Program streamlines the certification process at a substantially lower cost than would be possible with individual building assessments. Since our initial participation in the 2014 program, we have saved $24 million when compared to the costs for non-Volume certification."

    In 2020, Prologis set a goal that 100 pct of new developments and redevelopments will achieve sustainable building certification each year. As of the end of 2019, Prologis had 143 million square feet of sustainably certified space across 397 projects in 18 countries. (Source: Prologis, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Prologis, 415 394 9000, www.prologis.com

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


    Renewables Included in USDA Infrastructure Investments (Funding)
    USDA
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In Washington, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports it is investing $487 million in critical infrastructure that will help communities in 45 states "build back better and stronger while prioritizing climate-smart solutions and environmental stewardship." USDA is making the investments under the Water and Environmental Program, the Rural Energy for America Program, the Electric Loan Program and the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program.

  • Renewable Energy in Rural Communities -- USDA is investing $78 million in renewable energy infrastructure in 30 states through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. Projects financed under this program can help to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas pollution that affects our climate.

    For example, in Iowa, Textile Brewery LLC will use a $20,000 grant to purchase and install a 38-KW solar array. This project will save the company nearly $20,000 in electricity costs and will replace 50 pct of the electricity it uses each year.

  • Other investments include: Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure -- $374 million; Rural Electric Infrastructure Upgrades -- $17.4 million; Biofuel Infrastructure -- $18.4 million.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to support infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development , PR 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: USDA Rural Development www.usda.gov, www.rd.usda.gov; Rural Energy for America Program, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rural Energy for America Program ,  USDA,  HBIIP,  Renewable Energy,  


  • Biden Admin U.S. Int'l. Climate Finance Plan Summary (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-04-26
    This Plan -- the first of its kind in the U.S. government -- focuses on international climate finance. For the purposes of this Plan, "climate finance" refers in part to the provision or mobilization of financial resources to assist developing countries to reduce and/or avoid greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

  • Scaling-Up International Climate Finance and Enhancing its Impact. The Administration is embracing ambitious but attainable goals regarding the quantity of public climate finance provided by the U.S, recognizing the urgency of the climate crisis, confronting the sharp drop in U.S. international climate finance during the FY 2018-2021 period, and understanding the need to re-establish U.S. leadership in international climate diplomacy. The U.S. intends to double, by 2024, our annual public climate finance to developing countries relative to the average level during the second half of the Obama-Biden Administration (FY 2013-2016).

    As part of this goal, the U.S intends to triple our adaptation finance by 2024.. The Biden Administration will work closely with Congress to meet these goals. U.S. agencies, working with development partners, will prioritize climate in public investments, enhance technical assistance and long-term capacity, align support with country needs and priorities, and boost investments in adaptation and resilience. For example, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will release a new Climate Change Strategy in November 2021. The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will update its development strategy to not only include climate for the first time, but also to make investments in climate mitigation and adaptation a top priority. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will adopt a new Climate Strategy in April 2021, centered on investing in climate-smart development and sustainable infrastructure, and aims to have more than 50 pct of its program funding go to climate-related investments over the next five years. Treasury will direct U.S. executive directors in multilateral development banks (MDBs) to help ensure MDBs set and apply ambitious climate finance targets and policies, in partnership with other shareholders.

    U.S. departments and agencies will enhance strategic coordination on providing and mobilizing international climate finance and technical assistance to ensure the complementarily of agency efforts, instruments, and expertise. Departments and agencies will increase collaboration and adopt best practices on incorporating climate considerations into their international work and investments, such as screening all projects for climate-related risks to ensure they are resilient.

  • Mobilizing Private Finance Internationally Public interventions, including public finance, must also mobilize private capital. Several efforts will help mobilize more private finance. For example, MCC will expand partnerships and the use of blended finance to catalyze private capital for climate projects. DFC will increase its climate-related investments beginning in FY 2023, so that at least one-third of its new investments are linked to addressing the climate crisis. The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) will identify ways to significantly increase, as per its mandate, its support for environmentally beneficial, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage exports from the United States. U.S. agencies, including DFC, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, EXIM, the Department of State, MCC, and USAID will work together to build a strong investable project pipeline.

  • Ending International Official Financing for Carbon-Intensive Fossil Fuel Based Energy Scaling back public investments in carbon-intensive fossil fuel-based energy is the necessary corollary to increasing investments in climate-friendly activities. Departments and agencies will seek to end international investments in and support for carbon-intensive fossil fuel-based energy projects. Departments and agencies will work with other countries, through bilateral and multilateral formula, to promote the flow of capital toward climate-aligned investments and away from high-carbon investments. Treasury, in partnership with other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and other U.S. government departments and agencies, will spearhead efforts to modify disciplines on official export financing provided by OECD export credit agencies, to reorient financing away from carbon-intensive activities.

  • Making Capital Flows Consistent with Low-Emissions, Climate-Resilient Pathways Financial markets are increasingly demanding investment opportunities that are consistent with low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate-resilient pathways Supporting the flow of capital toward activities that are consistent with those pathways involves building an ecosystem of data, information, practices, and procedures that enable financial market actors to internalize climate-related considerations into their decisions. This concept is embodied in the Paris Agreement’s Article 2.1(c) and has been widely embraced by financial policy makers and regulators around the world. The Treasury Department, in coordination with other U.S. agencies and regulatory bodies, as appropriate, will continue to promote improving information on climate-related risks and opportunities; identifying climate-aligned investments; managing climate-related financial risks; and aligning portfolios and strategies with climate objectives.

  • Defining, Measuring, and Reporting U.S. International Climate Finance Drawing on over a decade of experience in tracking climate finance, the U.S. intends to ensure that our future reporting is on the cutting edge of transparency and evolves along with our strategic approach to climate finance. This will include more detailed reporting, tracking finance for vulnerable populations, and enhanced reporting on mobilization and impact. The National Security Council staff will conduct a review of this Plan in FY 2023 to take stock of progress and assess whether changes are needed to increase ambition and impact. (Source: The White House, PR, 23 Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • NASA Nails 2020 Green Bldg Initiative Award (Ind. Report)
    NASA,Green Building Initiative
    Date: 2021-04-23
    The Green Building Initiative (GBI) reports the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) Building 4221 in Huntsville, Alabama has won the 2020 Green Globes Project of the Year Award.

    The building was recognized for its innovative sustainability features that include: a customized stormwater management plan, cistern, and bioswales, stormwater capture and infiltration, reflective roof with a 120kW solar array, improved thermal envelope, high-efficiency glazing, and exterior shading. The project also includes a green cleaning program, temperature and humidity sensors to maintain thermal comfort and day-lighting in 94 pct of occupied space. During construction the project diverted 78 pct of on-site generated construction waste from landfills and 23 pct of the total construction materials contain recycled content from local sources and 92 pct of the lumber used in construction came from FSC-Certified forests.

    GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer dedicated to improving building performance and reducing climate impacts. Founded in 2004, the organization is the global provider of the Green Globes® and federal Guiding Principles Compliance building certification and assessment programs, according to its website. (Source: Green Building Initiative, PR, 23 Apr., 2021) Contact: GBI, info@thegbi.org, www.thegbi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Initiative,  Energy Efficiency,  NASA,  Green Building,  


    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,  


    Honolulu Aims to Curb CO2, Increase Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Honolulu
    Date: 2021-04-23
    In the Aloha State, the city of Honolulu has released its One Climate: One Oahu climate action plan featuring key strategies to make three sectors within the city's control more environmentally sustainable: ground transportation, electricity and waste.

    The strategies include efforts to bolster electric vehicle use, electrify the city's bus fleet, increase city buildings energy efficiency, encourage high-density development and make it easier to convert to renewable energy sources, among others.

    The city plans to make $51 million worth of energy-efficiency upgrades to various buildings and facilities across the island and expects the energy savings to cover the costs plus net an additional $9 million in savings. (Source: City of Honolulu, Honolulu Civic Beat, 23 Apr., 2021) Contact: City of Honolulu, Matt Gonser, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, (808) 768-2277, resilientoahu@honolulu.gov, www.resilientoahu.org/our-team

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Honolulu,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Schneider Elec. Suppliers to Halve CO2 Footprint by 2025 (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-04-21
    Energy automation, management and efficiency specialist Schneider Electric reports the launch of its Zero Carbon Project under which it will partner with its top 1,000 suppliers -- which represent 70 pct of Schneider's carbon emissions -- to halve their operations CO2 emissions by 2025.

    Under the program, Schneider's Energy & Sustainability Services division will provide tools and resources to program participants to help them set and achieve their own carbon reduction targets. Suppliers will be first encouraged to quantify their CO2 emissions using the company's digital tools. Suppliers will then use that data to set goals and strategies for emissions reduction. Suppliers will also work towards their goals through decarbonization initiatives such as energy efficiency or renewables. The Zero Carbon Project will enable best practice exchange with peers and partners to access other innovative solutions for decarbonization. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Construction Week, 19 Apr., 2021)Contact: Schneider Electric, Vicki True, 774-613-1158, vicki.true@se.com, www.se.com, twitter.com/SchneiderElec

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    USGBC 2021 Green Bldg. Community Survey Released (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,Green Business Certification
    Date: 2021-04-21
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) along with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) have released the results of the 2021 community survey designed to gather actionable feedback that can be used for USGBC and GBCI program development and to understand more about the needs of the green building and business community.

    Survey respondents see many opportunities stemming from the challenges of 2020, including the focus on health. Members see more demand for buildings to promote a healthy environment for occupants and more people understand the link between buildings and the environment, and how the connection impacts individual health and wellness. The largest opportunity identified through the survey is greater consumer demand for buildings to promote a healthy environment for occupants (35 pct). The connection the general public is making about the impact sustainability has on health and wellness (24 pct) and the importance of increased monitoring of indoor air quality (22 pct) were also identified as opportunities.

    The biggest pain points, the survey found, due to the pandemic are economic. No single pain point stands out, but the top issues relate to costs and reduced occupancy with financial pressures and tight budgets (23 pct), increased operational costs for health and safety protocols (22 pct), as well as a remote workforce (22 pct) and reduced/no occupancy (21 pct). The pandemic has also put a spotlight on indoor air quality with that being both the most important issue for the industry due to the pandemic and the biggest way to increase public trust in buildings.

    Download the USGBC and GBCI community survey 2021 report HERE. (Source: USGBC, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: USGBC, wwwusgbc.org; GBCI, www.gbci.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Business Certification,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building ,  


    DOE Helps Remote Communities Transition to Clean Energy (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-04-21
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) has announced it will work with 11 remote and island communities around the U.S and provide federal assistance to bolster their renewable energy and energy infrastructure, energy efficiency reduce the risk of outages, and improve their future energy and economic outlook, advance local clean energy solutions and improve resilience.

    To that end, ETIPP will use a community-led and inclusive approach to identify the each community's energy challenges and provide strategic assistance and funding to help communities determine and direct their energy transition. The 11 selected communities include: Sitka, Alaska; Dillingham, Alaska; Eastport, Maine; Honolulu, Hawaii; Islesboro, Maine; Kauai, Hawaii; Nags Head, North Carolina; Ocracoke Island, North Carolina; Ouzinkie, Alaska; Sitka, Alaska; and Wainwright, Alaska.

    These projects are funded by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Energy Transition Initiative, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Water Power Technologies Office, and are supported by the DOE's Office of Electricity. Five regional stakeholder engagement partners will help communities identify and prioritize their energy resilience needs and connect them to experts from DOE's NREL, PNNL, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. (Source: US DOE, ETIPP, PR, 20 Apr., 2021) Contact: ETIPP, www.energy.gov/eere/energy-transitions-initiative-partnership-project-who-we-are

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    WashREIT Announces $350 Mn of Green Bonds for Eligible Green Bldgs Achieving BREEAM Certification (Ind. Report)
    BREEAM
    Date: 2021-04-21
    In Washington, DC, commercial and residential landlord WashREIT has announced an expansion of its $350 million Green Bond Framework for eligible green projects, including eight multifamily assets acquired in 2019. WashREIT intends to achieve BREEAM In-Use Very Good certifications for the majority of its real estate assets. Green Bond proceeds will be allocated to buildings that achieve BREEAM certification to address energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy projects.

    BREEAM is the world's leading sustainability assessment methodology for master-planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognizes and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction, through performance in operation, to refurbishment. BREEAM does this through third party certification of the assessment of an asset's environmental, social and economic sustainability performance, according to its website.

    WashREIT owns and operates 43 properties includes nearly 7,000 multifamily apartment units and approximately 3.4 million square feet of commercial space in Washington, DC.

    The global green bond market expected to exceed $ 1 trillion by the end of 2021. (Source: WashREIT, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: WashREIT, 202.774.3200, www.washreit.com; BREEAM USA, 415-747-5152, breeamusa@bregroup.com www.breeam.com/usa

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    Maine Historic Bldg. Energy Efficiency Grants Offered (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-04-21
    In Portland, the Maine Community Foundation reports it is seeking grant proposals to its Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Grant Program. The program invests in the preservation, restoration, and retrofitting of historic buildings in Maine.

    Grant awards of up to $20,000 are available for the preservation and reuse of historic buildings that serve as civic, cultural, or economic hubs for Maine communities. All proposed projects must be for non-profit owned historic buildings listed or declared eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or contributing buildings within a federally designated historic district.

    Grant application deadline is June 1, 2021. (Source: Maine Community Foundation, PR, PenBayPilot, 20 Apr., 2021) Contact: Maine Community Foundation, 207-667-9735, www.mainecf.org

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    eEnergy Invests in UK Smart Metering Business (Int'l. Report)
    eEnergy Group
    Date: 2021-04-19
    In the UK, London-headquartered energy efficiency-as-a-service provider eEnergy Group is reporting a £ 0.13 million investment in newly-formed smart metering measurement equipment and analytics business eEnergy Insights (EIL).

    The investment, which was in the form of loan notes and a nominal equity investment resulting in a 33 pct equity interest, Includes proprietary hardware and software enabling customers to analyse and monitor itemised, or 'behind-the-meter', energy usage data via a live cloud portal. The investment will allow eEnergy to offer its customers validation of energy savings delivered on their energy efficiency projects, and facilitate additional efficiencies through a metering-as-a-service proposition. (Source: eEnergy Group, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: eEnergy Group, www.eenergyplc.com

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    Smart Electric Power Alliance Lauds Con Edison (Ind. Report)
    Smart Electric Power Alliance, Con Edison
    Date: 2021-04-16
    NYC-based utility Con Edison reports the not-for-profit Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has ranked Con Edison as a "leader among U.S. energy companies for its actions to create a clean, carbon-free energy system."

    SEPA, which envisions a carbon-free electric system by 2050, lauded Con Edison for connecting customers solar panels and other clean, renewable energy resources, its smart meter program and a wide range of actions and strategies. To date, Con Edison customers have completed 37,000 rooftop projects totaling 334 MW of clean, renewable power capacity. Through Consolidated Edison Inc.'s subsidiary, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, the company is the second-largest solar developer in the U.S. and the seventh-largest worldwide.

    Con Edison is also investing in energy transmission and energy storage and offers energy efficiency programs that incentivize energy-saving upgrades to lighting, HVAC, and other equipment. The utility is seeking to triple its energy efficiency programs by 2025 and to offer 100 pct clean electricity by 2040. (Source: Con Edison of New York, PR, 14 Apr., 2021) Contact: SEPA, Julia Hamm, President and CEO, www.sepapower.org; Con Edison, www.coned.com; www.coned.com/energyefficiency

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    JCI Claims $91Mn GSA Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls International,General Services Administration
    Date: 2021-04-16
    Johnson Controls International (JCI) reports it has been awarded a $91 million project with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to improve the energy efficiencies of landmark federal buildings, including the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House and the Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade Center and others. The project is part of the National Deep Energy Retrofit program which launched in 2012.

    The overall project objectives for the retrofit program include: reducing energy and water consumption; improving efficiency of lighting, water and HVAC systems and transforming building automation systems, and others. The retrofits will be designed to provide financial paybacks in 25 years or less, according to the release. Work associated with the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) contract is expected to start 1 May, this year. (Source: Johnson Controls, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Johnson Controls, www.johnsoncontrols.com; GSA, Kevin Kampschroer, (202) 357-9582, www.gsa.gov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Glasgow Consider "Massive" Energy Efficiency Retrofits (Int'l. Report)
    Glasgow
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In Scotland, the city of Glasgow (pop. 598,000) reports it is undertaking a feasibility study of a proposed energy retrofit / energy efficiency programme that could target over 420,000 homes, especially properties with the lowest energy efficiency / energy performance ratings across the Glasgow city region. Program partners include both the Scottish and UK Governments, Skills Development Scotland, the construction industry, social landlords and homeowners.

    The £80,000 feasibility study of appropriate energy efficiency solutions including insulation, clean energy and low/zero emissions heat technologies and others is expected to be completed by September. The study will also look at potential barriers, such as mixed ownership in flats and ensuring uptake among private landlords and homeowners. (Source: City of Glasgow, PR, GlasgowLive, 10 Apr., 2021)

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    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

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    EGLE Submits Mich. U.P. Energy Task Force Report (Ind. Report)
    Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In Lansing, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) reports the submission of its Upper Peninsula (U.P.) Energy Task Force (UPETF) energy supply report to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office. Gov. Whitmer created the UPETF by Executive Order with the mandate to:
  • Assess the U.P.'s overall energy needs and how they are currently being met.

  • Formulate alternative solutions for meeting the U.P.'s energy needs, with a focus on security, reliability, affordability, and environmental soundness -- inclding but not limited to, alternative means to supply the energy sources currently used by UP residents, and alternatives to those energy sources.

  • Identify and evaluate potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution in the UP; the economic, environmental, and other impacts of such changes; and the alternatives for meeting the U.P.'s energy needs in response to such change.

    The report includes 16 recommendations for actions the state could take to improve affordability, enhance reliability, and promote energy security for U.P. residents includes:

  • Encourage electric providers to participate in an Upper Peninsula-wide electric plan.

  • Promote energy waste reduction and broadband expansion

  • Offer residential programs for energy efficiency and energy upgrade grants

  • Develop renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging

  • Examine the rate of disparity between customer classes.
  • Create brownfield and state land inventory for energy infrastructure development, and others. (Source: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy , U.P. Energy Task Force, www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135-3306_88771_93973---,00.html

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  • Idaho Power Touts Energy Efficiency Program Savings (Ind. Report)
    Idaho Power
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Boise, Idaho Power Company's just released Demand Side Management 2020 Annual Report (IPC) noted customers saved 196,809 MWh of energy by participating in energy efficiency activities last year -- enough energy to power almost 17,000 average homes for a year.

    Idaho Power's report outlines the utility's two energy savings programs -- energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing overall electricity consumption, and demand-response programs that shift energy use from high demand periods of extreme demand periods and in the summer months. Idaho Power has committed to provide 100 pct clean energy by 2045. (Source: Idaho Power, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Idaho Power, Theresa Drake, Customer Relations & Energy Efficiency Senior Manager, www.idahopower.com

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    Colorado Mtn. College Solar+ Storage Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    AMeresco
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting a partnership with Glenwood Springs, Colorado-headquartered Holy Cross Energy (HCE) for a solar and battery energy storage project at Colorado Mountain College's Spring Valley Campus.

    Under the agreement, Ameresco will install, maintain and own 4.5MW of solar PV and 15 MWh battery energy storage and sell the generated output to HCE under a long-term PPA.

    The project's avoided annual greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be 6,853 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which equates to the emissions benefit of removing 1,481 passenger vehicles from the road, or not burning 7,551,050 pounds of coal.

    Holy Cross Energy aims to source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030. (Source: Colorado Mountain College, PR. 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: Colorado Mountain College, www.coloradomtn.edu; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; Holy Cross Energy, Bryan Hannegan, CEO, (970) 945-5491, www.holycross.com

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    Energy Efficiency Legislation Advances in W. Va. (Reg & Leg)
    West Virginia
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Charleston, the West Virginia Senate Finance Committee reports it has advanced House Bill 2667 aimed at reduce energy usage in all state buildings to 25 pct below 2018 levels by 2030. The bill also requires annual reports on building energy performance compared to similar buildings in similar climates be submitted to the West Virginia Office of Energy.

    If passed into law, the West Virginia Office of Energy would audit at least 20 pct of energy-metering devices at state buildings each year so all devices are audited by the end of 2026. The Energy Office would also establish a program for measuring and benchmarking the energy efficiency of all state buildings and submit energy usage data to a U.S. EPA operated benchmarking tool, to which the state is already registered. Sixty out of roughly 3.600 state owned buildings statewide are presently bench hmarked.

    West Virginian spends an estimated $88 million to $100 million per year on utility costs. Benchmarking, utility auditing and other low-cost and no-cost measures are projected to cut those cost by 15 to 28 pct. (Source: West Virginia Office of Energy, Charleston Gazette-Mail, 7 Apr., 2021) Contact: West Virginia Office of Energy, Karen Lasure, Energy Efficiency Administrator, www.westvirginia.gov/divisions/office-of-energy

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    Spruce Power, sonnen Partner on Home Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Spruce Power, sonnen
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Spruce Power, a power-as-a-service company with roots in energy efficiency and residential solar energy, is reporting a supply and partnership agreement with sonnen that will provide Spruce's existing 50,000 residential solar customers a chance to add energy storage. In addition, the two companies plan on developing virtual power plant (VPP) projects in emerging distributed energy resource (DER) aggregation markets like New York and California that have programs to support the growth of behind-the-meter residential energy storage systems.

    Under the partnership , existing Spruce solar customers have the option to add sonnen's newest offering, the 10 KWh sonnenCore home battery system, to their solar home. Together with its partners, sonnen has already deployed more than 12.6 MWh of VPP projects built around the sonnen ecoLinx, which Bloomberg described as the "iPhone of batteries." Spruce and sonnen plan to develop VPP projects using behind-the-meter solar and retrofit battery customers in markets where DER aggregation opportunities are emerging. (Source: Spruce Power, 8 Apr., 2021) Contact: Spruce Power, Christian Fong, CEO , 866-216-5474, www.sprucepower.com; sonnen, Blake Richetta, CEO US Operations, www.sonnenusa.com

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    IRENA Presents Measures to Drive the Energy Transition (Int'l.)
    IRENA
    Date: 2021-04-09
    The International Renewable Energy (IRENA) has published a preview of its publication, World Energy Transitions Outlook report on technology choices, investment needs, and socio-economic contexts necessary to set the world on a trajectory towards a sustainable, resilient and inclusive energy future.

    IRENA Dir. General Francesco La Camera notes that over 170 countries have set renewables targets, many of which are included in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

    To meet the Paris Agreement 1.5 degree C goal, the report notes the following could be used in combination: Energy efficiency and circular economy measures; decarbonized power systems with supply dominated by renewables; electrification of end-use sectors, with the increased use of electricity in buildings, industry, and transport; expanded production and use of green hydrogen, synthetic fuels, and feedstocks to pursue indirect electrification; and targeted use of sustainably sourced biomass.

    According to the report, financial markets and investors have begun directing capital away from fossil fuels and towards other energy technologies including renewables. However, to achieve the 1.5 degrees C climate ambition, energy transition investment will have to increase by 30 pct over currently planned investments, to an average annual level of $4.4 trillion. The report also suggests that national social and economic policies will play important roles in delivering the energy transition at the necessary speed.

    Preview the World Energy Transitions Outlook report HERE. (Source: IRENA, Apr., 2021) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

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    IWRC Helps Small Businesses with Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Waste Reduction Center
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Cedar Rapids, the University of Northern Iowa's Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) is touting its energy efficiency program for small businesses. Since August, IWRC programs have completed 27 energy reduction assessments and identified more than $110,000 in potential energy efficiency savings.

    The IWRC provides free comprehensive, on-site energy assessments that analyze all aspects of a business' energy use, including compressed air leak detection along with facility lighting analysis and a building envelope inspection. After the on-site energy assessment, the IWRC team reports the amount of energy being lost, potential savings based on the facility's annual operation hours and energy costs and an estimated return on investment for the energy saving recommendations. The IWRC also provides on-site technical assistance and educational materials specifically tailored to individual business energy efficiency needs.

    The free assistance is funded through an Iowa Economic Development Authority grant awarded to the IWRC. (Source: Iowa Waste Reduction Center, PR, Website, Iowa News Now, Apr., 2021) Contact: Iowa Waste Reduction Center, Dan Nickey, Associate Director, (319) 273-8905, www.iwrc.uni.edu

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    Oregon Credit Union Launches Green Horizons Initiative (Ind. Report)
    OnPoint Community Credit Union
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered OnPoint Community Credit Union, the states' largest credit union, is touting its Green Horizons Initiative aimed at making it more affordable for Oregon and Southwest Washington members adopt new sustainable technology and help address the effects of climate change.

    Among the Initiative's features, homeowners applying for an EquityFlex Line of Credit for home improvements can fix a portion of their line of credit for the purchase of solar panels and receive a 0.25 pct discount off the EquityFlex Fixed Portion APR. (Source: OnPoint Community Credit Union, Website PR, Appril, 2021) Contact: OnPoint Community Credit Union, 800.527.3932, www.onpointcu.com

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    LCRI Cutting Rural Oregonians' Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Lake County Resources Initiative
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In Oregon, the Lake County Resources Initiative (LCRE) is reporting a two-year partnership with not-for-profit Spark Northwest to provide energy efficiency and renewable energy development assistance (REDA) program support to rural Oregonians.

    REDA is a service process that increases rural energy productivity and independence. It can help small businesses and farming operations implement solar photovoltaics, solar heating, energy efficiency, micro hydro, wind energy and methane digesters and other energy efficiency systems and initiatives to lower energy expenses.

    LCRI connects producers and small business owners to funding opportunities and project assistance for energy saving projects. LCRI can also provide technical guidance and grant assistance as well as direct people toward Energy Trust trade ally energy saving project contractors statewide. (Source: LCRI, Contact: LCRI, Nick Johnson, Dir., 541-947-5461, www.lcri.org; Oregon Renewable Energy Development Assistance, www.oregon.gov/energy/Incentives/Pages/Renewable-Energy-Grants.aspx; Spark Northwest, 206.267.2212, www.sparknorthwest.org

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    Lotte Chemicals, Samsung Cooperation on Net-Zero Carbon (Int'l.)
    Lotte Chemical,Samsung Engineering
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In South Korea, Seoul-headquartered Lotte Chemical is reporting a collaboration agreement with Samsung Engineering to expand, promote and jointly invest in the development and commercialization of eco-friendly technologies and the realization of carbon neutrality at Lotte Chemical.

    To that end, Samsung Engineering will help Lotte Chemical improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technologies, and promote Lotte's green hydrogen business and technology licensing.

    As previously reported in February, Lotte Chemical declared "Green Promise 2030" an ESG management strategy for the implementation of its eco-friendly business and achieving growth without expanding carbon generation by 2030 and achieving net-zero carbon by 2050. (Source: Lotte Chemical, PR, Business Korea, 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: Lotte Chemical, www.lottechem.com; Samsung Engineering, www.samsungengineering.com

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    Oregon Credit Union Launches Green Horizons Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Oregon Credit Union
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered OnPoint Community Credit Union, the states' largest credit union, is touting its Green Horizons Initiative aimed at making it easy and more affordable for Oregon and Southwest Washington credit union members adopt new sustainable and efficient energy technology and help address the effects of climate change.

    Among the Initiative's benefits, homeowners applying for an EquityFlex Line of Credit for home energy efficiency and other energy related improvements can fix a portion of their line of credit for the purchase of solar panels and receive a 0.25 pct discount off the EquityFlex Fixed Portion APR. (Source: OnPoint Community Credit Union, Website PR, 2021) Contact: OnPoint Community Credit Union, 800.527.3932, www.onpointcu.com

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    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

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    WBCSD, NBI Ink Net-Zero Buildings MOU (Ind. Report)
    World Business Council for Sustainable Development,New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Reporting from Geneva, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Portland, Oregon-headquartered New Buildings Institute (NBI) are reporting a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) defining how the two organizations will collaborate to advance and promote energy efficiency, enhance resilience and achieve carbon reductions in buildings. This is critically important as buildings account for nearly 40 pct of carbon emissions globally.

    Specifically, WBCSD and NBI are seeking to develop and disseminate effective solutions for full life cycle decarbonization of new and existing buildings and districts. In addition, the collaboration will work to expand the number of businesses and building owners investing in net-zero performance as well as grow capability of the building industry to meet this demand. Other intentions include accelerated adoption of zero-energy and zero-carbon standards and tools across the entire life cycle of buildings and promotion of the Building System Carbon Framework as a tool enabling decarbonization.

    Both organizations work with a variety of stakeholders including building owners, designers, operators, consultants, government officials and businesses with building portfolios. The partnership is intended to engage with the critical market actors to accelerate and scale net-zero policies and practices that will dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment in the United States and share lessons learned across the world, according to the release. (Source: WBCSD, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: WBCSD Bill Sisson, Exec. Director, North America, www.wbcsd.org; NBI, Ralph DiNola, CEO, (503) 761-7339, Fax: (503) 968-6160, www.newbuildings.org

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    Japanese Loan to Support Indian Green Projects (Int'l. Report)
    Japan International Cooperation Agency
    Date: 2021-04-05
    In Tokyo, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAIC) reports it will loan up to ¥10 billion ($90 million)to India's Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd. -- a joint venture between Tata Capital and the World Bank-backed International Finance Corporation (IFC). Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd. will use the funds to provide "green loans" to companies that focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy , and others aimed at cutting carbon emissions and mitigating the impact of climate change.

    Tata Cleantech Capital has to date contributed to the development of 9.8 million kilowatts renewable energy and the reduction of 15.1 million tons of carbon dioxide. India has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per GDP by 33 to 35 pct by 2030 from the 2005 level under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Japan International Cooperation Agency, PR, Kyodo News, 3 Apr., 2021) Contact: Japan International Cooperation Agency, www.jica.go.jp; Tata Cleantech Cap., www.tatacapital.com/tccl.html

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    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,  


    Maryland Awards $3.3Mn for Energy Efficiency Projects (Funding)
    Maryland Energy Administration
    Date: 2021-03-31
    The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has today announced $3.3 million in funding for fiscal year (FY) 2021 Combined Heat and Power (CHP) grants enabling eight Maryland organizations to maximize energy efficiency, decrease carbon emissions and maintain services during a power outage.

    CHP systems combine technologies to efficiently reduce energy waste and offer cleaner, more resilient energy. CHP grants are funded by the Strategic Energy Investment Fund and are ideal for critical infrastructure facilities like hospitals, wastewater treatment plants, and critical manufacturers. CHP systems can also be implemented by businesses, multifamily housing facilities, and other industries where continuous access to reliable electricity and heat are needed.

    Download MEA CHP Resource Guide details HERE.

    The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) advises the governor and general assembly on all energy matters, promoting affordable, reliable and cleaner energy. MEA develops and administers programs and policy to support and expand all sectors of the state's economy while benefiting all Marylanders and implementing legislation. (Source: the Maryland Energy Administration, PR, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, 443-694-3651, www.Energy.Maryland.gov

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    Charles City Schools Solar, Energy Efficiency Funded (Funding)
    Charles City County Public Schools System
    Date: 2021-03-29
    In the Old Dominion State, the Charles City County Public Schools System is reporting receipt of $500,000 in grant funding from the Solar Enhanced Energy Savings Performance Contract Program at the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for energy efficiency upgrades and the addition of renewable energy production at its schools.

    The $500,000 grant will fund the solar portion of the project which is expected to cut the school systems electric power bill by 59 pct for an annual savings of more than $86,000. Energy efficiency improvements -- HVAC upgrades, LED lighting, building automation, wastewater treatment plant and building envelope improvements and others -- are expected to save $3.4 million in energy costs over the next 15 years.

    This program is among several efforts to meet the goals put forth in the Virginia Governor's executive order, which include powering 30 pct of the state's electric system from renewable energy resources by 2030 and produce 100 pct of Virginia's electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050. (Source: Charles City County Public Schools System, PR, Augusta Press, 27 Mar., 2021) Contact: Charles City County Public Schools System, 804-652-4612, www.ccps.net; Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, 804-692-3200 www.dmme.virginia.gov


    Bay State Governor Inks Climate Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
    Mass. Climate Change
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Following up on our Jan. 6th coverage, Bay State Gov. Charlie Baker (D) has signed into law climate legislation committing Massachusetts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, establish interim emissions goals between now and the middle of the century, adopt energy efficiency standards for appliances, authorize another 2,400 MW of offshore wind power and address needs in environmental justice communities.

    The new law requires that greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 be at least 50 pct lower than 1990 emissions, and that 2040 emissions be at least 75 pct lower and that 2050 emissions be at least 85 pct below 1990 emissions. The remaining 15 pct will be achieved through carbon sequestration and carbon banking.

    The bill also requires the Department of Public Utilities to consider emissions reductions on an equal footing as its considerations of power generation reliability and affordability within 90 days, that the governor appoint three green building experts to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards, and that the administration establish the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for the home energy efficiency program MassSave. (Source: Various Media, Sentinal Herald, 27 Mar., 2021)Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Charlie Baker,  Climate Change,  MassSave,  


    UK Green Homes Grant Funding Scheme Gets the Chop (Int'l. Report)
    UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2021-03-29
    In London, the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced its £1.5 billion Green Homes Grant voucher scheme, which was launch launched last July, will close on Wednesday, 31 March. The scheme will be replaced with a £ 300 million national home energy upgrades and low carbon heating program.

    The scheme, previously due to run until March next year, offered households grants of up to £5,000 -- £10,000 for those on low incomes -- to pay for insulation or low-carbon heating. More than 123,000 grant applications were made in February but only 28,000 vouchers issued and just 5,800 energy efficiency measures installed. (Source: UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), PR, Morning Star, 28 Mar., 2021) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BEIS,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Mass. Climate Legislation Stresses Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
    Energy Eficiency
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Following up on our Jan. 6th coverage, Bay State Gov. Charlie Baker (D) has signed into law climate legislation committing Massachusetts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, establish interim emissions goals between now and the middle of the century, authorize another 2,400 MW of offshore wind power and address needs in environmental justice communities.

    The legislation also calls for the governor to: appoint three green building experts to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards; adopt energy efficiency standards for appliances; and establish the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for the home energy efficiency program MassSave. (Source: Various Media, Sentinal Herald, 27 Mar., 2021)Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor; MassSave, (866) 527-7283, www.masssave.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  MassSave news,  Charlie Baker news,  

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