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Georgia Power Touts Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2021-07-23
In Atlanta, Georgia Power is offering residential energy efficiency programs aimed at helping customers improve the efficiency of their homes, better manage energy usage and cut energy costs. While some of the programs offer no-cost tools and resources or rebates to any customers, others are tailored to income-qualified customers. Energy efficiency programs for the home include:

  • Conduct a free, online energy checkup -- Take a quick and easy online energy checkup that provides a customized energy usage report and ways to save money. Visit www.GeorgiaPower.com/EnergyCheckUp

  • Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP) -- The Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP) helps Georgia Power customers reduce energy use, save on energy costs and improve the indoor air quality and comfort of their homes. Residential customers can earn rebates from Georgia Power for implementing and installing qualifying energy savings improvements.

  • Home Energy Efficiency Assistance Program (HEEAP) -- The Home Energy Efficiency Assistance Program (HEEAP) helps eligible income-qualified customers make free energy efficiency improvements in their single-family home. At no cost to the customer, a program contractor performs the recommended energy efficiency upgrades. Customers can learn more and apply at www.GeorgiaPower.com/HEEAP

  • Lighting Program -- Customers can replace their incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs to use 90% less energy. Each bulb can save an average of $80 in electricity costs over its lifetime.

  • Georgia Power also provides hundreds of easy energy-saving tips for both homeowners and renters at: www.GeorgiaPower.com/EnergyEfficiency (Source: Georgia Power, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Argonne Awarded $4.15 Mn for Bldg. Efficiency (Funding)
    Argonne National Laboratory
    Date: 2021-07-23
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced over $30 million in federal funding, matched by over $35 million in private sector funds, for 68 projects that will accelerate the commercialization of promising energy technologies -- ranging from clean energy to building efficiency, energy efficiency and next-generation materials.

    The DOE's Argonne National Laboratory was awarded $4.15 million in federal funds, cost-shared by industry partners in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The awards are supported by the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF), which is managed by DOE Office of Technology Transitions.

    Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne is managed by University of Chicago Argonne LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. (Source: Argonne National Laboratory, PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Science, www.energy.gov/science; Argonne National Lab, 630-252-2000, www.anl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Argonne National Laboratory,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Bloomington Launches Green Home Program (Ind. Report)
    Bloomington
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In Illinois, the City of Bloomington is touting the Bloomington Green Home Improvement Program, a partnership between the city's Department of Economic and Sustainable Environment, the not-for-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Friendly Bloomington, and Clean Energy Credit Union -- a low-income designated, federally chartered credit union that offers loans for clean energy projects.

    Under the program, qualified Bloomington homeowners will be eligible for $1,000 rebates and low-interest loans for solar electric system installations, geothermal heat pump systems, energy efficient HVAC , LED lighting and others.

    All eligible Bloomington city residents will be directed to apply directly for a loan from Clean Energy Credit Union at an interest rate reduced by 0.5 pct according to the release. Residents with a household income below $100,000 who verify completion of a green energy project are then eligible for a $1,000 rebate from the city. A federal solar income tax credit of 26 pct is also available for solar or geothermal projects completed in 2021 or 2022. (Source: CDFI Friendly Bloomington, Indiana Daily Student, 22 July, 2021) Contact: CDFI Friendly Bloomington, Brian Payne, Executive Director, www.cdfifriendlybtown.org; Clean Energy Credit Union, www.cleanenergycu.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Am. Clean Power, US Energy Storage Assoc. Merging (Ind. Report)
    American Clean Power Assoc., US Energy Storage Assoc
    Date: 2021-07-23
    The Washington, DC-headquartered American Clean Power Association (ACPA) and the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) are reporting their upcoming merge to take effect Jan., 1, 2022.

    The merger aims to combine the membership and team members of ESA with the resources and reach of ACP, and enhance the ACPA's effectiveness in advocating for a clean power economy, renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy storage and related industries. (Source: ACPA, PR, July, 2021) Contact: American Clean Power Association, 202-383-2500, www.cleanpower.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Clean Power Assoc.,  US Energy Storage Assoc,  


    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,  


    LaGuardia Terminal B Lands LEED v4 Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In the Empire State, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is reporting LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B was awarded LEED v4 Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The certification makes it the first airline terminal in the world to achieve recognition for its sustainability efforts under the more stringent requirements.

    To achieve its LEED v4 Gold certification, the airport recycled nearly 100 pct of debris from the Terminal B Garage demolition for the new construction. Additionally, the terminal is designed to achieve more than 43 pct water savings and an 18 pct cut in energy costs. The building achieved energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions by using reduced window glazing area, installing light-colored aluminum membrane roof to reflect solar heat and reduce summer cooling loads, lower lighting power density, deploying daylight controls to adjust artificial lighting levels in response to sunlight, and utilizing solar water heaters.

    La Guardia was opened in Queens, New York, on the site of an amusement park in 1939 as the New York Municipal Airport. Playing on the amusement park theme, the airport charged a then curious public 10 cents to park and watch airplanes takeoff and land -- yielding over $900,000 in the airport's second year. The airport is presently raked as the 25th busiest, and one of the worst, airports in the world and has 4 terminals -- A-D. (Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, PR, Transportation Today, 21 July, 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    75F Total 'Series A' Funding Tops $28Mn (Funding, Ind. Report)
    75F
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Minneapolis-based IoT-based building management system specialist 75F reports it has raised $5 million from Siemens AG, bringing the total 'Series A' funding to $28 million.

    Next47, a global venture capital firm backed by Siemens, led the investment on behalf of Siemens Smart Infrastructure, according to the release. Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures is among the company's investors.

    75F designs and manufactures IoT-based Building Management System that leverages IoT, cloud computing and machine learning for data-driven, proactive building intelligence and controls for efficient HVAC and lighting optimization. (Source: 75F, PR, July, 2021) Contact: 75F, Deepinder Singh, CEO, www.75f.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 75F,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ameresco, Republic Services TX RNG Plant Online (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Republic Services
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports its landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant at Republic Services' McCarty Road Landfill in Houston, Texas, is now fully operational. The facility has a gross nameplate in excess of 1.1 million Dekatherms per year and is capable of processing 4,500 scfm of raw landfill gas.

    The fully operational project will result in a reduction of more than 61,000 tons of CO2 -- equivalent to removing 103,000 passenger cars removed from the roads or 146,000 acres of pine forest conserved every year over the project life. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, 15 July, 2021) Contact: Ameresco: Leila Dillon, 508.661.2264, www.ameresco.com; Republic Services: Deirdre Edgar, 480.757.9770, www.republicservices.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Republic Services,  Landfill Gas,  RNG,  Ameresco,  


    Generate Raises $2Bn for Sustainable Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
    Generate Capital
    Date: 2021-07-19
    In the Golden State, San Francisco-based sustainable infrastructure specialist Generate Capital reports it has raised $2 billion in corporate equity to accelerate the deployment of sustainable infrastructure.

    Generate builds, owns, operates and finances sustainable infrastructure that delivers affordable and reliable resource solutions for companies, governments and communities. Over the last seven years, Generate has built a portfolio of about $2 billion in sustainable infrastructure assets across the energy, waste, water and transport markets, deploying proven solutions that can have an immediate impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving resource efficiency.

    Generate offers sustainability project developers and technology companies a comprehensive and flexible range of financial and operational solutions, establishing itself as the only "one-stop-shop" for sustainable infrastructure pioneers. The asset base the company owns, operates and finances includes renewable power, community solar, energy efficiency, microgrids, energy storage, electric mobility, hydrogen, wastewater, and waste management. (Source: Generate Capital, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Generate Capital, Scott Jacobs, CEO, (415) 480-2914, www.generatecapital.com.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency Sustainability.Microgrid,  


    EC European Green Deal -- "Fit for 55" -- Proposes Massive Transformation to Meet Climate Change Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
    European Green Deal
    Date: 2021-07-16
    On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (EC) announced the adoption of 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 today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform our economy and society for a fair, green and prosperous future. The following proposals will enable the necessary acceleration of greenhouse gas emission reductions in the next decade:

  • The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) puts a price on carbon and lowers the cap on emissions from certain economic sectors every year. It has successfully brought down emissions from power generation and energy-intensive industries by 42.8 pct in the past 16 years. The EC is proposing to lower the overall emission cap even further and increase its annual rate of reduction and to phase out free emission allowances for aviation and align with the global Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and to include shipping emissions for the first time in the EU ETS.

    To complement the substantial spending on climate in the EU budget, Member States should spend the entirety of their emissions trading revenues on climate and energy-related projects. A dedicated part of the revenues from the new system for road transport and buildings should address the possible social impact on vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.

  • The Effort Sharing Regulation assigns strengthened emissions reduction targets to each Member State for buildings, road and domestic maritime transport, agriculture, waste and small industries. Recognizing the different starting points and capacities of each Member State, these targets are based on their GDP per capita, with adjustments made to take cost efficiency into account.

  • Member States also share responsibility for removing carbon from the atmosphere, so the Regulation on Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture sets an overall EU target for carbon removals by natural sinks, equivalent to 310 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030. National targets will require Member States to care for and expand their carbon sinks to meet this target. By 2035, the EU should aim to reach climate neutrality in the land use, forestry and agriculture sectors, including also agricultural non-CO2 emissions, such as those from fertilizer use and livestock. The EU Forest Strategy aims to improve the quality, quantity and resilience of EU forests. It supports foresters and the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030.

  • Energy production and use accounts for 75 pct of EU emissions, so accelerating the transition to a greener energy system is crucial. The Renewable Energy Directive will set an increased target to produce 40 pct of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. All Member States will contribute to this goal, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

  • 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 at EU level. It 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, create jobs and bring down energy use and costs to the taxpayer.

  • A combination of measures is required to tackle rising emissions in road transport to complement emissions trading. Stronger CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans will accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility by requiring average emissions of new cars to come down by 55 pct from 2030 and 100 pct from 2035 compared to 2021 levels. As a result, all new cars registered as of 2035 will be zero-emission. To ensure that drivers are able to charge or fuel their vehicles at a reliable network across Europe, the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation will require Member States to expand charging capacity in line with zero-emission car sales, and to install charging and fuelling points at regular intervals on major highways: every 60 kilometres for electric charging and every 150 kilometres for hydrogen refuelling.

  • Aviation and maritime fuels cause significant pollution and also require dedicated action to complement emissions trading. The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation requires that aircraft and ships have access to clean electricity supply in major ports and airports. The ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels, known as e-fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

  • The tax system for energy products must safeguard and improve the Single Market and support the green transition by setting the right incentives. A revision of the Energy Taxation Directive proposes to align the taxation of energy products with EU energy and climate policies, promoting clean technologies and removing outdated exemptions and reduced rates that currently encourage the use of fossil fuels. The new rules aim at reducing the harmful effects of energy tax competition, helping secure revenues for Member States from green taxes, which are less detrimental to growth than taxes on labour.

  • Finally, a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (Tax) will put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products to ensure that ambitious climate action in Europe does not lead to 'carbon leakage.' This will ensure that European emission reductions contribute to a global emissions decline, instead of pushing carbon-intensive production outside Europe. It also aims to encourage industry outside the EU and our international partners to take steps in the same direction.

    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,  


  • "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,  


  • DOE Updating Manufactured Home Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    US DOEm
    Date: 2021-07-14
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE reports it is considering new energy efficiency standards for "manufactured" -- pre-assembled -- housing and will release a supplemental notice of proposed rule-emaking in August that will be based on the 2021 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

    The new manufactured home standards would cover: the building thermal envelope; air sealing; installation of insulation; duct sealing; HVAC; service hot water systems; mechanical ventilation fan efficacy; and heating and cooling equipment sizing.

    Energy conservation portions of current manufactured housing regulations have not been adjusted since 1994. Roughly 7 million manufactured homes are in the U.S, Manufactured homes use 70 pct more energy per square foot than traditional "stick-built" homes, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). (Source: US DOE, ACEEE, 14 July, 2021) Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, www2.aceee.org; International Energy Conservation Code, www.iccsafe.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ACEEE,  International Energy Conservation Code,  


    Climate First Bank Touts Solar Energy Loan Program (Ind. Report)
    Climate First Bank
    Date: 2021-07-09
    In the Sunshine State, the St. Petersburg-based Climate First Bank has unveiled its solar energy loan programs focused on residential and commercial uses.

    The flexible term loans program is aimed at addressing climate change, making renewable energy more accessible, increasing property values, drastically reducing or eliminating energy costs by retrofitting properties to the highest levels of energy efficiency.

    Climate First Bank is a signatory member of the B Corp Climate Collective Commitment: Net Zero 2030, pledging to achieve net zero on all greenhouse gas emissions, whether direct or indirect, by the year 2030. (Source: Climate First Bank, Website, PR, 7 July, 2021) Contact: Climate First Bank, Ken LaRoe, CEO, www.climatefirstbank.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Climate Change,  Energy Efficiency,  


    US DOE Funding Clean Hydrogen Tech R&D (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2021-07-09
    The US DOE reports it is providing $52.5 million in R&D funding through its new Hydrogen Energy Earthshot Initiative for 31 clean hydrogen technology projects to help bring about the decarbonisation of the electricity sector by 2035. The selected projects are expected to deliver technological progress and support the Initiative's aim to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80 pct to $1 per kg in one decade.

    Of the total funding, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is providing $36 million for 19 projects and the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) is adding $16.5 million for 12 projects.

    Download DOE Hydrogen Energy Earthshot details HERE. ( Source: US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, PR, 7 July, 2021) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  DOE EERE,  


    Ameresco, Northwestern Univ. Ink EaaS Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, Northwestern Univ.
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting a a long-term energy-as-a-service (EaaS) agreement with Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, to address the university's energy-related deferred maintenance challenges with no up-front capital required.The university is aiming to slash its greenhouse gas emissions 30 pct by 2030.

    As part of the agreement, Ameresco will provide ongoing energy management and related services, in addition to identifying and implementing energy efficiency upgrades including building systems automation, LED lighting, HVAC, and alternative energy systems for the campus's 175 buildings and central plants. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Smart Cities World News, July, 2021) Contact: Northwestern Univ., www.northwestern.edu; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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


    CEC Launches RESNET Water Efficiency Rating (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2021-07-09
    In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) reports its accredited rating providers, CalCERTS and CHEERS, were recently approved by RESNET as official HERSH2O providers -- paving the way for the launch of the water efficiency rating program in California.

    Built off RESNET's nationally recognized Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, which is the gold standard for rating the energy efficiency of a home, HERSH2O was developed as a system for rating whole-house water efficiency including both indoor and outdoor uses through a consensus development process with input from more than 75 organizations.

    The approval of two of California's accredited rating providers comes as water resources are becoming increasingly strained in many parts of the country and the cost to upgrade aging water infrastructure is taking a toll. With water prices increasing faster than energy prices, there is the potential for water efficiency measures to impact cost savings throughout the US.

    The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

    The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is a not-for-profit, membership corporation recognized national standards-making body for building energy efficiency rating and certification systems in the United States . (Source: California Energy Commission, International Code Council, PR, July, 2021) Contact: International Code Council, Mark Johnson, Exec. VP, www.iccsafe.org; California Energy Commission, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  California Energy Commission,  


    Mississauga Setting Private Bldg. Efficiency Standards (Funding)
    City of Mississauga
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In Ontario, the metropolitan Toronto area City of Mississauga (pop. 669,000 +-) is reporting receipt of $175,000 from the Government of Canada's $1.65 billion Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to create a comprehensive set of Green Development Standards for all new private buildings. The GMF was established in 2000 to fund works on developing environmental initiatives including energy efficiency and addressing climate change.

    Aligned with Mississauga's Climate Change Action Plan, the new Green Development Standards aim to improve energy efficiency and sustainability for private developments. It will target greenhouse gas emissions and include performance metrics that are "obtainable, quantifiable and enforceable." City staff will engage with residents and stakeholders for input later this year as work on the new standards begin. (Source: City of Mississauga, PR, Website, 2 July, 2021) Contact: City of Mississauga, 905-615-4311, www.mississauga.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Mississauga,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    Fannie Mae Green Bonds Cut Emissions, Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Fannie Mae
    Date: 2021-07-02
    In Washington, the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), commonly known as Fannie Mae, reports its lending against environmentally friendly/energy efficient apartment and single-family homes has helped deliver environmental benefits and save money for apartment renters and homeowners.

    The energy efficient buildings financed by Fannie Mae in 2020 alone resulted in 1.7 billion btu in annual energy savings -- equivalent to the amount of energy used to power more than 12,000 US homes for one year. They also saved around 800 million gallons of water, and an estimated reduction of 106,000 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to removing roughly 23,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year.

    Fannie Mae is the largest global green bond issuer in the world over the past 10 years, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative, having issued over $88 billion in multi-family green mortgage-backed securities since the program began in 2012. (Source: Fannie Mae, 2 July, 2021) Contact: Fannie Mae, Laurel Davis, Snr. VP, www.fanniemae.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Fannie Mae news,  Green Bond news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Toronto Considers Tighter Building Efficiency Targets (Ind. Report)
    City of Toronto,Toronto Atmospheric Fund
    Date: 2021-06-30
    In Ontario, part of the city of Toronto's proposed fourth update to the Toronto Green Standard and the city's goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the city could soon require developers to ensure new buildings have fewer carbon emissions and consume less energy, while adding more green roofs and electric vehicle parking spots, and other low-carbon, energy efficient features, according to the regional climate agency, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

    If adopted, the updated standard would come into force in May 2022 and require new mid-high rise residential and commercial builders to cut annual greenhouse gases and energy use intensity a further 25 pct and 28 pct, respectively, compared to the current voluntary version.

    Download Toronto Green Standard details HERE (Source: Atmospheric Fund, CBC, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, 416-359-7802, Fax: 416-338-0616, info@taf.ca, www.taf.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Toronto,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


    DEWA Claims Sixth LEED Green Building Certification (Int'l.)
    DEWA, US Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is reporting receipt of the 2021 USGBC Regional Leadership Award from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) -- its sixth green building with LEED ratings.

    DEWA’s new headquarters under construction, is slated to be the tallest, largest, and smartest government Net Zero Energy building in the world when completed, according to past DEWA statements. (Source: DEWA, ZAWYA, 27 June, 2021) Contact: DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Thayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  LEED Certification,  US Green Building Council,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


    WorldGBC Hails Latin American Green Policy (Report Attached)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-06-28
    A new report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) notes that work by Green Building Councils in Latin American countries have led to the introduction of four significant building energy efficiency policies and the development of 10 others across the region since 2019.

    Four policies have been approved in Mexico and Colombia, while another 10 are in development in Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala. These policies are boosting energy savings across the built environment while also introducing new systems for monitoring performance and accessing data. Given the size of the region -- a population of 624 million, more than 80 pct of whom live in cities -- introducing ambitious policies will be key in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement, the WorldGBC said.

    According to the report, "the building and construction sector has a significant importance in the sustainability agenda, but it has traditionally been fragmented, slowing the scaling of innovation, improvements in productivity and best practice from one project to another."

    The WorldGBC Cities Climate Action Project was launched in 2019 with the aim of delivering projects and policies that promote resource efficiency in buildings.

    The regulations in development in each country will give the private sector "the right set of signals to align their investments with the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.", according to the WorldGBC report.

    Download the WorldGBC report HERE. (Source: WorldGBC, PR, June, 2021) Contact: WorldGBC, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, www.worldgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council ,  


    NY Offers Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In the Empire State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) has announced more than $9 million is available to establish the Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program to support breakthrough innovations to contribute to building New York as a hub for carbon-to-value technology. The new program will provide technical expertise that bridges research and development with the commercialization of products, grow entrepreneurial training for scientists, expand the State's innovation ecosystem, and accelerate economy-wide deep decarbonization.

    The Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program will be administered and funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which is seeking proposals for an organization to run the Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program.

    Carbontech describes a family of technologies that can convert different forms of carbon into a diverse array of valued products and services in a climate-beneficial way. These technologies include but are not limited to: low-embodied carbon cement, sustainable building materials, LED lighting systems, energy efficient home appliances, longer-lasting batteries, and more efficient heating-and-cooling systems, and others.

    Through its entrepreneurial support programs, the State has invested more than $28 million since 2009 through NYSERDA, supporting nearly 349 companies and generating more $780 million in private investments and $200 million in project finance capital have been created while supporting more than 440 new and improved clean and energy efficient products to market. (Source: NYSERDA, June, 2021) Contact: NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    DOE Better Buildings Initiative Saves $13.5Bn (Report Attached)
    DOE Better Buildings Initiative
    Date: 2021-06-25
    According to the 2021 Better Buildings Progress Report, the DOE Better Buildings Initiative in collaboration with nearly 1,000 businesses, government, and other partners, saved $13.5 billion in energy costs and more than 130 million metric tons of carbon emissions in the past year -- equivalent to the greenhouse gases emitted by 28.2 million vehicles in a single year.

    "Through Better Buildings, leading organizations across the U.S. are demonstrating their commitment to use energy more efficiently. In partnership with DOE, they are sharing the solutions needed to tackle our climate crisis, create jobs, and build healthy, safe, and thriving communities," according Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

    Download the 2021 Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 22 June, 2021)

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


    Greenbacker Acquires 57.5 MW Calif. Wind Farm Project (M&A)
    Greenbacker Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-06-25
    New York, New York-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC (GREC), an owner and operator of sustainable infrastructure and energy efficiency projects, reports its purchase -- through a subsidiary company -- of the Altamont Winds Project from funds managed by Castlelake, L.P.. The 57.5MW Altamont Winds Project in Alameda County is Greenbacker's second wind asset in California and raises company's total nationwide wind energy capacity to just over 300 MW.

    The Altamont Winds Project, which is in final stages of commissioning, has a long-term PPA with East Bay Community Energy, a community choice aggregator (CCA). CCA allow residents, businesses, and municipalities to procure power from an alternative supplier, while still using the transmission and distribution services of their local electric utility provider.

    With this acquisition, Greenbacker will own approximately 1.18 GW of generating capacity (including assets that are to be constructed), comprising 855.4 MW of utility-scale and distributed solar facilities, 300.1 MW of wind facilities, 16.0 MW of battery storage, and 12.0 MW of biomass facilities. (Source: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Charles Wheeler, CEO,(646) 720-9463, generalenquires@greenbackerreneable energy.com, www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


    Maine Adopts Energy Storage Deployment Target (Ind. Report)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2021-06-25
    In Augusta, the Office of Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) reports the governor has inked bill LD 528 -- an act to advance energy storage in the Pine Tree State.

    The legislation sets a goal for energy storage development of 300MW of installed capacity within Maine by the end of 2025 and 400MW by 31 December 2030 -- lower than existing targets and mandates adopted by most states. At the high end, Virginia has targeted 3.1GW by 2035 and New York 3GW by 2030.

    The Governor's Energy Office will assess the state's energy storage market and review opportunities and challenges to reaching the state's goal and submit its findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by the beginning of March 2022. Maine's independent administrator for energy efficiency and emissions reduction, the Efficiency Maine Trust, will also look at he state's energy storage options. (Source: Office of Maine Governor Janet Mills, 22 June, 2022) Contact: Office of Maine Governor Janet Mills, 207-287-3531, www.maine.gov/governor/mills

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    EnergyLink Projecting 3X Growth in 2021 (Ind. Report)
    EnergyLink
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Columbia, Missouri-based renewable energy developer and energy services provider EnergyLink reports it has secured several multi-year contracts within the traditional commercial, federal government, education, healthcare and municipality markets and expects to realize a 3X growth on the previous year.

    EnergyLink, which offers innovative turn-key financial modelling along with traditional performance-based contracts, is a National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) accredited Energy Efficiency Contractor (EEC) that designs, builds, and funds renewable energy and energy efficiency products for commercial businesses, public institutions, cities, municipalities, and nonprofits. (Source: EnergyLink, PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: EnergyLink, Matthew Frappier Marketing Manager, 573-355-5380, mfrappier@goenergylink.com, www.goenergylink.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyLink,  Energy Efficiency,  


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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    stjomo.com Energy Efficiency Delivers Savings (Ind. Report)
    City of St. Joseph
    Date: 2021-06-23
    In the Show Me State, the City of St. Joseph (pop. 72,400) reports its ongoing, two-year energy savings program and agreement with Schneider Electric saved the city almost $270,000 in energy costs in first year of program which completed HVAC, new windows and other energy efficiency related work to 17 city-owned facilities. The city also received an energy rebate check of more than $78,000.

    The next phase of the program involves energy efficiency upgrades to the city's waste water treatment plant. (Source: City of St. Joseph, KQ2, 21 June, 2021) Contact: City of St. Joseph, 816-271-4730, www.stjomo.com; Schneider Electric, Vicki True, 774-613-1158, vicki.true@se.com, www.se.com, twitter.com/SchneiderElec

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ameresco, Cannon AFB Ink $19Mn ESPC Project (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, Cannon AFB
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting a partnership with Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) in New Mexico and the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (DLA Energy) for a $19 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project featuring 1.9 MW of solar generation capacity, smart controls, and other energy conservation technologies.

    Utilizing the US DOE ESPC vehicle, the project will enhance Cannon AFB's mission capabilities and address its energy and sustainability goals. The project designed by Ameresco will provide tangible facility improvements and enable recurring reductions in utility costs, while converting 4 pct of Cannon's electric energy usage to onsite renewable resources.

    Planned improvements will include: upgrades to existing transformers; direct digital controls (DDC); HVAC equipment; a 1.9MW ground mount solar photovoltaic (PV) array; and LED lighting retrofits. These upgrades are projected to save Cannon AFB roughly $1.1 million in the first year alone and $33 million over the course of the performance period. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, June, 2021). Contact: Cannon AFB, www.cannon.af.mil; Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

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    ARENA CCS, Blue Hydrogen Funding Nixed (Int'l. Report)
    ARENA
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Yesterday in Canberra, the Australian Senate rejected a government regulation that would have allowed the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to invest in blue hydrogen projects andcarbon capture and storage (CCS).

    If passed into law, the regulation would have enabled ARENA to support: energy efficiency projects, carbon capture technologies, blue hydrogen from gas using CCS, energy storage technologies to back up renewable energy and technologies that reduce emissions from aluminium and steel, and soil carbon. (Source: ARENA, The Conversation, 22 June, 2021) Contact: ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

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    "One of the Most Ambitious (Climate Action Plans) in the Nation" Released (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-06-23
    In Maryland, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has released the county's Climate Action Plan that aims to reduce GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2027 and by 100 pct by 2035 compared to 2005 levels. The plan, which outlines 86 climate actions, is "one of the most ambitious climate plans in the nation for a local government", according to the release.

    The main elements of the Climate Action Plan include:

  • Reduce Emissions in the Energy, Buildings and Transportation sectors -- The plan recommends actions that include increasing the use of and investment in clean, reliable and affordable energy; implementing code requirements related to energy efficiency, solar installations and net-zero standards and building energy performance standards for existing buildings; expanding public transit service, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and a shared micro-mobility network; and supporting community-wide adoption of electric vehicles.

  • Center Racial Equity and Social Justice -- The plan considers the racial equity and social justice implications of each climate action through the identification of equity-enhancing measures. The plan also assesses impacts on communities most vulnerable to climate hazards.

  • Address Residual Emissions and Carbon Sequestration -- The plan identifies nature-based carbon sequestration actions including retaining, managing and expanding forests, wetlands, grasslands and urban tree canopy. It also seeks to increase carbon in soils through improved agricultural practices.

  • Reduce Climate Risk -- This will be achieved through actions that enhance the resilience of the community and infrastructure assets, including repairing and upgrading stormwater drainage and management systems; updating green streetscape and green infrastructure standards; hardening emergency shelters and installing resilience hubs; and updating floodplain maps.

  • Identify Ways to Pay for Climate Action -- Implementing the actions in the plan calls for commitment from the public and private sectors while leveraging local, State and Federal government resources. It will be critical to mitigate the cost impacts to low-and moderate-income residents in particular to ensure that the most vulnerable residents are not adversely impacted.

  • Enhance Climate Governance -- This will be accomplished through actions that institutionalize climate change considerations within Montgomery County Government processes and decision making; measure and report on progress; and foster creativity, collaboration and innovation to implement climate solutions.

  • Engage the Community as Partners in Climate Action -- Residents will be involved in the implementation of the plan through a climate communications coalition; a Community Justice Academy in which community ambassadors work with neighbors and the County to co-create community-based solutions; and enhanced partnerships with municipalities. The plan increases opportunities for climate change education in the public school system and calls for a statewide coalition of local governments and youth groups focused on advancing ambitious State climate policy.

    Download the plan details HERE. (Source: Montgomery County, PR June, 2021) Contact: Montgomery County Maryland, Marc Elrich, Climate Action Plan, County Executive , www.montgomerycountymd.gov

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  • Titan America Cements USGBC Leadership Award (Ind. Report)
    Titan America, USGBC
    Date: 2021-06-18
    Norfolk, Virginia-headquartered heavy building materials supplier Titan America LLC reports its Pennsuco Plant in Florida and its Roanoke Cement Company in Virginia have been awarded 2021 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Regional Leadership Award for green building and sustainable practices.

    Titan America LLC building products include cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete and fly ash beneficiation. Its parent company, Titan Cement International, S.A., headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, is a participant of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, based on companies' commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to support the UN goals. (Source: Titan America, LLC, PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Titan America LLC, 757-858-6500, www.titanamerica.com; Titan Cement International, S.A., www.titan-cement.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Budderfly Delivers Energy Efficiency, Savings to YMCA (Ind. Report)
    Budderfly
    Date: 2021-06-16
    Shelton Pointe, Conn.-based energy efficiency specialist Budderfly Inc. reports completion of a facility assessment and energy efficiency related upgrades at no cost to the YMCA of Southwest Kansas' 68,000 sq-ft Garden City facility.

    As part of the no-cost energy-as-a-service plan, Budderfly created a three-week installation plan and hired/negotiated pricing with the YMCA's preferred vendors wherever possible. Budderfly also upgraded the YMCA facility's existing lighting to LED lighting, performed a complete audit of the HVAC units, installed NexRev Variable Frequency Drives which make constant small adjustments to control power and temperature with maximized performance and efficiency, installed HVAC Chips in seven units to regulate performance and extend the unit's lifecycle.

    Additionally, Budderfly provided 100 pct of the capital, equipment, and installation and assumed responsibility for all maintenance and monitoring as well as the YMCA's electric and gas payments. With the change, Budderfly sends the YMCA a simple, consolidated monthly bill showing pre-established usage. Savings from increased energy efficiency will be contractually shared by Budderfly and the YMCA. (Source: Budderfly Inc., PR, My Tech, 14 June, 2021) Contact: YMCA of Southwest Kansas, www.ymcaswkansas.org; Budderfly Inc., Al Subbloie, CEO, 855-299-1334 , www.budderfy.com

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    Albany Hosts World's First Triple Net-Zero Building (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-06-16
    In the Empire State, The Seventy-Six, a new housing development in the state capitol city of Albany is expected to be the first triple net-zero project -- energy, water, waste -- of its kind.

    The $250 million project is being developed by NYC-based Garrison Architects and will provide 242 units across 450,000 square feet. The project has received a Buildings of Excellence award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and a portion of $13 million in funding set aside for low- or zero-carbon multi-family buildings. The buildings sustainability features include:

  • Modular construction;

  • All energy for heating, cooling, lighting, and appliances generated from the state of the art solar, wind, and water installations.

  • Total water consumption will be reduced to zero through modern water collection and filtering technologies, focused on re-use for toilets and irrigation, and zero landfill contribution. Waste will be recycled, composted, and incinerated onsite.

  • Fully integrated green spaces with abundant trees, grass, and ornamental gardens and aquaponics farming that hosts live fish with vegetable gardens and incorporates the Complex's water filtration system into the process.

  • Modern, durable interiors with natural materials, sunlight, and critical ventilation and oversized windows and balconies with planters and irrigation, rooftop garden (green roofs) and others. (Source: South End Development, PR, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: South End Development, The Seventy-Six, www.southenddevelopment.com/the-seventy-six

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  Net-Zero Energy,  


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

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

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

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    USGBC Lauds LG for Green Building Commitment (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, LG Electronics
    Date: 2021-06-14
    LG Electronics USA is reporting its North American headquarters campus in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. has received US Green Building Council 2021 LEED Platinum certification.

    LG's new $300 million, 350,000 sq-ft building and campus incorporates 50 pc more green space on the 27-acre site, maintained woodlands and wetlands and planted more than 1,500 trees native to New Jersey. The facility features highly efficient LG HVAC technologies to maximize energy conservation and an 85,000-square-foot rooftop array of LG solar modules to generate clean electricity on-site and help reduce carbon emissions. Other award-winning technologies and systems from LG -- including digital signage displays and smart appliances -- are integrated throughout the property.

    The LG campus is one of only 10 new construction buildings in the Garden State and one of 894 projects nation-wide to earn LEED Platinum. (Source: LG Electronics USA, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: LG Electronics USA, www.lg.com/us; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    DTE Energy Touts Customer Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
    DTE Energy
    Date: 2021-06-14
    In Michigan, DTE Energy reports its residential and business customers will save nearly $400 million on their cumulative lifetime energy bills with the company's energy efficiency programs. Along with dollar savings, the 2020 combined electric and natural gas verified net savings from energy efficiency programs equate to lifetime greenhouse gas reductions of 6.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 2,869 metric tons of nitrogen oxides, and 3,785 metric tons of sulfur dioxide.

    DTE Energy Efficiency Assistance programs team up with local nonprofit organizations and community action agencies to provide free energy-saving home improvements to eligible customers. In 2020, the DTE Income-Qualified program had 10,926 electric and 12,273 natural gas participants. This program includes Energy Efficiency Assistance, the Income-Qualified Heat Pumps initiative and the Income-Qualified components of the Multifamily and Home Energy Consultation programs.

    DTE's commercial and industrial programs offer incentives to replace existing equipment and fixtures with new energy efficient equipment and incentives for designing and building new or remodeling projects that are energy efficient. In 2020, DTE energy efficiency programs achieved:

  • Over 400,000 customer applications were processed within the commercial electric and natural gas programs;

  • More than 110,000 customers used the DTE Insight mobile app to help understand, manage and control their energy usage;

  • 85,000 energy efficient product rebates were issued;

  • 11,400 natural gas and electric appliance rebates were issued;

  • Over 5,000 electronics incentives were provided through the DTE Consumers Electronics program;

  • More than 29,000 HVAC residential customer applications were processed;

  • 30,000-plus home energy efficiency Consultations were completed and more than 500,000 Home Energy Reports mailed to customers;

  • Participating builders in the DTE New Home Construction program increased from 25 in 2019 to 40 in 2020 and 1,500 business energy consults carried out;

  • 21,152 customers recycled inefficient appliances. (Source: DTE Energy, PR, June, 2021) Contact: DTE Energy, John Boladian, Dir. Energy Efficiency, (313) 235-9994, www2.dteenergy.com

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  • BTO Funds Small Bus. Building Efficiency Projects (Funding)
    DOE EERE
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In Washington, the US DOE is reporting $54 million in funding for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development projects. As part of the funding, the Building Technologies Office (BTO) will invest $3.6 million in 21 projects across 14 states.

    The SBIR/STTR Program helps small businesses conduct R&D for projects with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from commercialization while stimulating technological progress.

    SBIR/STTR-funded projects are one way DOE supports the development of a clean energy workforce and engages all levels of the energy economy to combat the climate crisis.

    The BTO-funded projects will focus on modeling, data, and analytics; lighting R&D; energy management for indoor agriculture; healthy, efficient buildings; advanced building technologies; heat exchangers; and thermal energy storage technologies.

    Download BTO SBIR/STTR Phase I grant details HERE. (Source: US DOE, EERE, PR, 10 June, 2021) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings; Building Technologies Office, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero Initiative Launched (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Natural Resources
    Date: 2021-06-09
    On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources, Cenovus Energy, Imperial, MEG Energy and Suncor Energy are touting the recent launch of the Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero initiative. The Initiative will work collectively with the Canadian federal and Alberta governments is to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from oil sands operations by 2050 to help Canada meet its climate goals, including its Paris Agreement commitments and 2050 net zero aspirations.

    Pathways vision is anchored by a major Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) trunkline connected to a carbon sequestration hub to enable multi-sector tie-in projects for expanded emissions reductions. The initiative pathways to address GHG emissions includes:

  • A core Alberta infrastructure corridor linking oil sands facilities in the Fort McMurray and Cold Lake regions to a carbon sequestration hub near Cold Lake via a CO2 trunkline. The trunkline would also be available to other industries in the region interested in capturing and sequestering CO2. There is also potential to link the infrastructure corridor to the Edmonton region.

  • Deploying existing and emerging GHG reduction technologies at oil sands operations along the corridor, including CCUS technology, clean hydrogen, process improvements, energy efficiency, fuel switching and electrification.

  • Evaluating, piloting and accelerating application of potential emerging emissions-reducing technologies including direct air capture, next-generation recovery technologies and small modular nuclear reactors.

    In addition to collaborating and investing together with industry, it is essential for governments to develop enabling policies, fiscal programs and regulations to provide certainty for this type of long-term, large-scale investment. This includes dependable access to carbon sequestration rights, emissions reduction credits (RECs) and ongoing investment tax credits. (Source: Canadian Natural Resources, PR, Website, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Canadian Natural Resources, Tim McKay, Pres., (403) 517-6700, Facsimile (403) 517-7350 , www.cnrl.com

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  • Lime Supports GWP Clean Energy Transformation (Ind. Report)
    Willdan, Lime Energy
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In California, Willdan Group, Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary Lime Energy had been awarded a seven-year, $18 million contract from Glendale Water & Power (GWP) to support the City of Glendale, California's clean energy transformation.

    Lime Energy will deliver 36,500 MWh in energy savings by providing a combination of targeted energy efficiency technologies, upgrades, and services for small and large Glendale businesses, making GWP's shift toward a clean energy future more feasible. Lime Energy will provide marketing, sales, engineering, project implementation, and customer support for a comprehensive mix of lighting and non-lighting measures. (Source: Willdan, PR 7 June, 2021) Contact: Glendale Water & power, www.GlendaleWaterAndPower.com; Willdan Lime Energy, www.lime-energy.com; Willdan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, CEO, Stacy McLaughlin , CFO, 714-940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.willdan.com

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    MO. DNR Offers Energy Efficiency Loans to Not-for-Profits (Funding)
    Missouri Department of Natural Resources
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In Jefferson City, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports the availability of $5 million in loan financing for public schools, public higher education institutions, not-for-profit hospitals and local governments and similar entities to make investments that reduce their energy use. The loan money can be used for high-efficiency lighting fixtures, low-flow plumbing, HVAC and insulation improvements and similar energy efficiency upgrades.

    The loans are not defined as debt and do not impact the borrowing entities' debt limit and loan recipients are usually able to repay the loan through money saved from the efficiency improvements. The DNR Energy Loan Program is accepting applications until Sept. 30, 2021. (Source: Missouri Department of Natural Resource, PR, Website, June., 2021) Contact: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Daniel Dahler, Energy Loan Program and Energy Assurance supervisor, 573-751-3443, contact@dnr.mo.gov, www.dnr.mo.gov

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    EIB Grants €2.48Mn to Promote Spanish Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2021-06-07
    The European Commission (EC) reports that along with the European Investment Bank (EIB) it is allocating funds for European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) for the Primavera project -- a €2.48 million financing for Pamplona-based Nasuvinsa -- a manager of social housing and industrial land for purchase and-or rent -- to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in existing residential buildings in Spain.

    The funds will support Nasuvinsa's communication plan, technical studies, energy audits, feasibility studies for housing energy efficiency renovations.

    The ELENA programme, targeting entities across Europe, provides financial support for actions aimed at achieving greater energy efficiency and the incorporation of renewable energies. With this support, the European Union is promoting investments especially in buildings, heating networks, public lighting and clean urban transport. (Source: European Commission, PR, 7 June, 2021) Contact: Nasuvinsa, www.nasuvinsa.es

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    BIOGEST Announces French Biomethane-RNG Projects (Intl.)
    BIOGEST
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Vienna, Austria-based BIOGEST reports it has contracted to construct two biomethane (RNG) plants in France that will use regionally sourced agricultural, poultry waste and by-products to produce RNG.

    The first project, Enerfees, is located close to Rennes, joint by the Cooperative des Fermiers de Janze and ENGIE will produce 400 Nm3/h biomethane. The second project, Methagrilou,, near Le Mans will produce 130 Nm3/h of biomethane.

    BIOGEST's biomethane plant technology offers significant advantages in energy efficiency and operational safety, as well as an easy and cost-efficient maintenance system. During the fermentation process of both projects 94,400 tonnes (in total) of waste/year are transformed into high-quality organic fertilizer that acts as a substitute for chemical products. According to the Biogest website. (Source: BIOGEST, Website PR, 1 June, 2021) Contact: Biogest, Martin Schlerka, CEO, +43 1 2260700, office@biogest.at, www.biogest.at

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    ABB Strengthens Commitment to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    ABB Group
    Date: 2021-06-04
    As part of its new Sustainability Strategy, Zurich-headquartered ABB Group is reporting a commitment to partner with its customers and suppliers to reduce their emissions and to achieve carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2030. ABB also announced that it has joined three initiatives led by the international non-profit Climate Group in line with its action plan and focus areas identified to reduce its own emissions:
  • ABB commits to electrifying its fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles by 2030. ABB in Sweden, for example, has already started to convert its around 700 company cars to all-electric vehicles, while ABB in the UK announced last year that the company will be transitioning its over 500 company cars to an all-electric fleet by 2025.

  • ABB commits to sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity until 2030. In 2020, 32 percent, of all the electricity used by ABB, was either purchased as certified green electricity or generated by the company's own solar power plants. Since 2020, ABB in Switzerland already sources 100 percent of its power from renewable sources.

  • ABB commits to establishing energy efficiency targets and continue deploying energy management systems at the company's sites. Already today, more than 100 ABB sites are covered by externally certified or self-declared energy management systems.

    Additionally, the company's own reduction targets have now also received approval by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) confirming that they are in line with the 1.5 degree C scenario of the Paris Agreement .ABB has also joined the Business Ambition for 1.5 degree C Campaign, a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders, led by the UNGC.

    ABB's Sustainability Strategy has a clear focus on areas with the biggest impact -- enabling a low-carbon society by reducing emissions, preserving resources, and promoting social progress underpinned by a strong commitment to integrity and transparency. As part of the strategy and starting in 2021, ABB has also added specific targets related to sustainability into its senior management remuneration, according to the release. (Source: ABB Group, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: ABB, Theodor Swedjemark, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, www.abb.com

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  • SCE Added 1,360 MW of Energy Storage in 2020 (Ind. Report)
    Edison International, Southern California Edison,
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In the Golden State, Edison International's just released 2020 Sustainability Report notes its subsidiary Southern California Edison (SCE) added 1,360 MW of new energy storage in 2020 through its Charge Ready Program. The report also notes that SCE operated the lowest system average rate among California's investor-owned utilities in 2020.

    The Edison International report also noted will continue work to finance or refinance projects in four environmental categories: renewable energy, clean transportation, energy efficiency/carbon reduction, or climate change adaptation. (Source: Edison International, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Edison International, Southern California Edison, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement and Management, www.sce.com

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    JTA Transportation Hub Wins USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,LEED
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In the Sunshine State, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) reports its 67,000-square-foot multimodal transportation hub -- Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla -- has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

    The JRTC at LaVilla received 63 out of 65 eligible credits for the Build Design and Construction category, which is used for new constructions or major renovations of existing spaces. LEED Gold certification requires between 60-79 credits.

    JRTC at LaVilla facility's energy efficiency LEED qualifying features include: LED lighting complete with occupancy sensors, dimming and daylight harvesting; low-flow plumbing fixtures; energy-efficient HVAC systems; an indoor air quality management plan; heat reflective cool roof; bio-swales, rain gardens and bio-retention areas to pre-treat surface water runoff from the site and reduce water used for irrigation by 50 pct; and other features. (Source: Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), PR, June, 2021) Contact: Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), 904-630-3181, www.jtafla.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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

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