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Georgia Power Upgrading Horse Park Lights to LEDs (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2020-12-18
Georgia Power reports it has contracted to upgrade outdoor lighting to energy efficient LED units at the International Horse Park Center in Conyers, in 20121.

Georgia Power also completed an energy audit report and secured more than $30,000 in commercial rebates for the Horse Park through the company's energy efficiency rebate program.

In 2020, Georgia Power's lighting team installed energy efficient lighting fixtures at over 20 high schools and colleges including Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton and Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland. (Source: Georgia Power, PR, 16 Dec., 2020) Contact: Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com

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


Weston, Mass. Scores Energy Efficient Lighting Funds (Funding)
Massachusetts Green Communities
Date: 2020-10-30
In August 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $13 million in Green Communities competitive grants to 103 municipalities across Massachusetts to fund clean energy projects. Weston was one of the recipients, receiving close to the $200,000 maximum award for a project expected to save the town an annual $50,000 in energy costs, or 250,000 kilowatts per hour in municipal energy use (roughly 1 pct of Weston's annual total).

The project includes a mixture of interior and exterior lighting upgrades in several town buildings and schools, taking advantage of energy-saving LED technology. The grant-funded upgrade will reduce energy expenses and ease the maintenance schedule compared to the older light fixtures and bulbs for a projected annual cost energy saving $50,000. (Source: Town of Weston Sustainability Committee, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Massachusetts Green Communities, www.mapc.org/our-work/expertise/clean-energy/green-communities

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Green Communities,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


Dubai Financial Centre Awarded LEED Gold Cert. (Int'l. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2020-09-11
In Dubai, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Gate Avenue has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold accreditation and Green Building Certification Inc. for energy efficiency and building excellence from integrative design to human health to material use.

DIFC LEED qualifying features included: water conservation fixtures; extensive recycled content -- including concrete, steel and glass; energy efficient lighting; occupancy sensors; CO2 sensors; and others. (Source: Design Middle East, 10 Sept., 2020)

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LED Light Requirements Coming for Calif. Greenhouses (Ind. Report)
California Lightwork
Date: 2020-08-24
According to Canoga Park-based "growlight" specialist California LightWorks, the recently introduced California Statewide Codes and Standards Enhancement (CASE) Program proposal to the California Energy Commission (CEC) calls for the state's 2022 Energy Code to require all indoor and greenhouse growers use only LED grow lights.

If accepted, these California LED requirements would mean every indoor operation that uses high-intensity discharge (HID) bulbs would be required to switch to an LED lighting system by 2023.

Simply put, lighting is the largest single energy expense for many cultivators, CASE wants to set higher energy efficiency standards for California and establishing state-wide LED requirements would be in line with the Energy Commission's commitment to energy innovation. (Source: California Lightworks, Aug., 2020) Contact: California LightWorks, (747) 444-3380, www.californialightworks.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  


Ameresco to Implement Lawrence LED Streetlight Project (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2020-07-22
In the Bay State, Framinghan-based energy efficiency and renewable enrgy specialist Ameresco, Inc., reports it has been selected by the City of Lawrence to complete a large-scale municipal energy efficient LED Streetlight energy conservation project.

Self-funded by an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), the project comes at no upfront cost to the City and will involve replacing more than 3,800 lighting fixtures with new energy efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LED). The total project will accrue $12.2 million in cost savings over the contract term. The project is slated for completion in September 2020.

Details on Ameresco's LED street and area lighting projects HERE. (Source: Ameresc, PR, Yahoo, 22 July, 2020) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

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GORD, EESL Cooperating on MENA Energy Efficiency (Int'l.Report)
Gulf Organisation for Research and Development
Date: 2020-06-22
In Qatar, the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions leading "green" buildings, sustainability and energy efficiency services provider, is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India's state-controlled Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to collaborate on and support local and regional energy efficiency projects in the Middle East.

The MoU includes the deployment of large-scale smart metering systems, electric vehicle charging, energy efficient lighting sustainable and energy efficient HVAC systems, renewable energy projects, and consulting on sustainability and variou carbon neutral projects. (Source: GORD, MENAFN, The Peninsula, 22 June, 2020) Contact: GORD, www.gord.qa;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services news,  EESL news,  Energy Efficiency news,  India Energy Efficiency news,  


$30Mn Assisted Living Project Partially PACE Funded (Ind. Report)
Petros PACE Finance Trust
Date: 2020-04-20
In Indiana, Indianapolis-based Leo Brown Group, owner of the $30 million Traditions of Lebanon assisted living complex to be developed in Lebanon, is expected to use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to cover $17 million of the project cost in semi-annual assessments of $230,000-$289,000 added to property taxes over 30 years.

The $17 million, through Petros PACE Finance Trust, includes over $7.7 million in HVAC, energy efficient lighting and improvements and just under $7.9 million in interest.

Traditions of Lebanon was originally expected to include a 142-unit assisted living complex, including 30 units for memory care and 13 homes for independent living but has been reduced in size. Documents obtained last week indicate the scope of the project changed. The 170,000-square-foot senior living community will now include 48 independent living homes, 64 assisted living units and 30 memory care units. Energy savings from the Brown project are anticipated from HVAC improvements, LED lighting, energy-efficient windows and doors and the “building envelope”. (Source: Dayton Daily News, 18 April, 2020) Contact: Petros PACE Finance Trust LLC, www.petros-pace.com

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Energy Savings "GridRewards" Campaign Launched (Ind. Report)
Sustainable Westchester, Logical Buildings
Date: 2020-04-08
In the Empire State, Sustainable Westchester, a nonprofit consortium of Westchester municipalities, reports it has partnered with Livingston, New Jersey-based smart building software and solutions specialist Logical Buildings to launch the first-of-its-kind GridRewards campaign.

Logical Buildings SmartKit AI is a NYSERDA qualified Real Time Energy Management system and service platform that reduces energy and operating costs by 10 to 20 pct and optimizes performance of building systems, according to the company website.

GridRewards provides a cash-back incentive for energy saving actions such as dimming lights, avoiding electric hot water heating, energy efficient lighting, shifting dish washing and laundry activities to low electric power demand periods, and others.

GridRewards complements Sustainable Westchester's portfolio of energy solutions which includes the Westchester Power Program, the New York State model for Community Choice Aggregation, Community Solar for residents and municipalities and HeatSmart, efficient clean heating & cooling solutions for commercial and residential properties. (Source: Sustainable Westchester, April, 2020) Contact: Sustainable Westchester, Maria Genovesi, Director of Marketing, Communication & Outreach, (914) 242-4725 x104, maria@SustainableWestchester.org, www.sustainablewestchester.org; Green Button Initiative, www.greenbuttondata.org; Logical Buildings, Jeff Hendler, CEO, 908 517 3730 , www.logicalbuildings.com

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Hertfordshire Switching to LED Street Lighting (Int'l. Report)
Hertfordshire
Date: 2020-03-23
In the UK, the Hertfordshire County Council reports its program to switch to LED street lighting is expected to eliminate almost 12,000 tpy of carbon dioxide and save taxpayers around £5 million per year. The program is near completion. (Source: Hertfordshire County Council, EnergyLive, Mar., 2020) Contact: Hertfordshire County Council, www.hertfordshire.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Streetligh,  LED,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Light,  


Minn. CERTs Announces Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Team
Date: 2020-01-15
In Minneapolis, Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) reports it is awarding Seed Grants to 35 innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities statewide.

The 35 projects received funding across a broad spectrum of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies including LED energy efficient lighting, components of energy education, outreach, community building, R&D and others.

These awards mark the tenth round of Seed Grants from CERTs, totalling over $1.3 million to 393 projects since 2006. (Source: Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams, Cookston Times, 13 Jan., 2020)Contact: Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams, 612-625-8759, info@cleanenergyresourceteams.org, www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org

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


Kingston, NY Opts for 2,400 LED Streetlights (Ind. Report)
New York Power Authority
Date: 2020-01-15
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the City of Kingston recently announced the start of installation of LED streetlights throughout the city as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Smart Street Lighting NY program. The project will save the city more than $200,000 annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 570 tons per year. Smart Street Lighting NY is a statewide program that calls for at least 500,000 streetlights throughout the state to be replaced with LED technology by 2025.

The nearly $1.4 million upgrade, financed and implemented by NYPA, includes the replacement of 2,400 streetlights throughout the city with energy-saving LED fixtures, improving lighting quality and neighborhood safety while reducing energy and maintenance costs. Installation will begin next week and is expected to complete during the summer. (Source: NYPA, Environment Energy Leader, 14 Jan., 2020) Contact: City of Kingston, John Schultheis, Engineering Office, (845) 334-3967, www.kingston-ny.gov; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, CEO , Pres., www.nypa.gov; BuildSmartNY, www.buildsmart.ny.gov

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JPS Converting 105,000 Street Lights to LEDs (Ind. Report)
Jamaica Public Service
Date: 2020-01-03
The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Company reports it has to date converted 65,000 of the island's 105,000 street lights to energy efficient LED lamps with "smart" controls. An additional 25,000 units are slated for conversion in 2020 and the remaining 15,000 will be converted in 2021.

The project, which launched in 2017, is being carried out under an arrangement between the Government and JPS, as part of efforts to reduce monthly electric power costs for the island's municipal corporations. The new LEDs and the smart control system are expected to lower street lighting costs by 50 to 60 pct. (Source: JPS, Jamaica Observer, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: Jamaica Public Service, Emanuel DaRosa, CEO,888-935-5577, 888-225-5577, www.jpsco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Streetlight,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  


The Climate Group, Signify Promoting Increased LED Use (Int'l)
The Climate Group
Date: 2019-12-20
The Climate Group, in partnership with Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), reports it is working to accelerate the adoption of LED street lighting in cities as well as driving a more urgent goal for all indoor lighting across the private sector to be LED by 2020. To that end, the Climate Group is working to create a network of companies and governments to speed up the sharing of energy efficient LED lighting information.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), a global switch to LEDs is one of the most actionable and ready-to-implement technologies for cities to transition to a low-carbon economy. This is especially important given that lighting accounts for nearly 6 pct of global CO2 emissions, with outdoor street lighting accounting for 25-50 pct of a city's entire electricity use. With LED lighting, cities and municipalities can expect to make energy savings of between 50-70 pct, alongside reduced maintenance costs. (Source: The Climate Group, PR, DEC., 2019) Contact: Signify, www.signify.com/en-gb; The Climate Group, Toby Morgan, LED Program Manager, LED@theclimategroup.org, www.theclimategroup.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  


Orillia Considering $2.85Mn LED Streetlight Upgrade (Ind. Report)
Orillia
Date: 2019-11-22
In Ontario, the City of Oriliia (pop. 32,000 +-) city council reports it is investigating the conversion of its 3,200 high pressure sodium streetlights which have an estimated end-of-life of 24,000 operating hours, or more than 2.5 years, to LED lighting. The proposed switch to LEDs would include "smart" lighting controls that would allow the city to monitor and change light output levels as needed.

With the proposed conversion to LEDs, energy consumption is projected to decrease by approximately 76 pct with a resulting 80 pct drop in annual maintenance costs and a $40,000 drop in operating cost.

The proposed switch to LEDs is expected to cost roughly $2.850 million. (Source: City of Orillia, CTV, 20 Nov., 2019)Contact: City of Orillia, www.orillia.ca

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Trump Expands on DoE Light Bulb Standard Rollback (Notable Quote}
Trump
Date: 2019-11-06
"The light bulb. People said what's with the light bulb. I said here's the story, and I looked at it. The bulb that we're being forced to use. Number one, to me, most importantly, the light's no good. I always look orange. And so do you. The light is the worst." -- Pres. Donald Trump.

Commenting on the President's dodgy logic, Alex Young of Consequences of Sound Radio noted: "So to recap, we're killing the environment to suffice the fragile ego of a man who made himself orange because he used a garbage tanning bed and now he can't handle being called a Cheeto." (Source: Consequences of Sound Radio, 14 Sept., 2019)

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Trump DOE Dumps Inefficient Bulbs Phase-Out (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2019-09-06
The New York Times and other media are reporting the Trump administration DOE has released new rules that annul Bush-era requirements on energy-saving light bulbs. The Bush-era regulation was to come into force on Jan. 1, 2020.

. The new rules could make less-efficient bulbs for certain fixtures more common, potentially contributing to man-made climate change by increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Politically, it's part of the Trump administration's efforts to roll back climate and other environmental regulations. Energy conservation groups are expected to mount challenges to the Trump administration's move that is widely thought to border on "senseless." (Source: US DOE, NYT, 4 Sept., 2019)

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Trump DOE Nixes Inefficient Bulbs Phase-Out (Ind. Report)
DOE
Date: 2019-09-04
The New York Times and other media are reporting the Trump administration DOE has released new rules that annul Bush-era requirements on energy-saving light bulbs. The Bushera regulation was to come into force on Jan. 1, 2020.

. The new rules could make less-efficient bulbs for certain fixtures more common, potentially contributing to man-made climate change by increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Politically, it's part of the Trump administration's efforts to roll back climate and other environmental regulations. Energy conservation groups are expected to mount challenges to the Trump administration's move that borders on senseless. (Source: US DOE, NYT, 4 Sept., 2019)

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UCT Stresses Sustainability, Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
Green Building Council South Africa
Date: 2019-08-30
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Properties and Services Department is touting its sustainability plan aimed at reducing reduce energy consumption and achieving close to net-zero carbon emissions not later than 2050. The UCT sustainability plan includes:
  • extensive energy audits of building energy consumption;
  • intensified energy metering and monitoring;
  • improved, automated building management systems
  • energy efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning installations and retrofits;
  • "green" energy efficiency certification on new buildings;
  • replacing diesel powered shuttle transportation with electric buses;
  • solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on rooftops and parking areas -- a feasibility study is presently under way to determine which buildings and locations are most suitable for solar PV installations.

    Over the past 10 years UCT has converted electric hot water boilers in residences to energy-efficient heat pumps, conducted energy audits in some buildings and retrofitted energy-efficient lighting fixtures in one residence.

    In 2012 the university committed to green designs for all new buildings -- independently certified by the Green Building Council South Africa.(Source: Univ. of Cape Town, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: University of Cape Town, www.uct.ac.za; Green Building Council South Africa, +27 86 104 2272, www.gbcsa.org.za

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


  • Amesbury Upgrading to Energy Efficient LEDs (Ind. Report)
    Amesbury Mass
    Date: 2019-08-28
    In the Bay State, the city of Amesbury reports the upgrading of its 1,250 "cobra head" streetlights to LEDs program is slated to get underway in early Sept. The Essex County city of 16,700 resident recently purchased all of its 1,250 "cobra head" streetlights from National Grid for $23,267 and has entered into a contract with Rhode Island-based Arden Engineering Constructors to begin converting the halogen/mercury vapor lights to light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

    The $469,748 upgrade to LEDs is expected to cut the city's energy consumption by roughly 5 pct. The project received grants from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Massachusetts Department of Energy, and expects to receive rebates from National Grid. (Source: City of Amesbury, PR, Daily News, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Amesbury, Tom Barrasso, Director of Energy and Environmental Affairs, (978) 388-8110 x314, www.amesburyma.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  


    Entergy Awards Roseburg $1.3Mn for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    Entergy Arkansas
    Date: 2019-08-19
    Springfield, Oregon-based wood products manufacturer Roseburg Forest Products reports receipt of $1,366,392.00 incentives from the Entergy Arkansas Entergy Solutions Program. The program provides technical and financial support to help Entergy Arkansas customers identify and implement projects that reduce energy usage.

    The Roseburg MFD El Dorado Arkansas plant partnered with Entergy Arkansas on interior and exterior energy efficient lighting, lighting controls and variable speed drive fans. The plant also enrolled in Entergy Arkansas's Large Commercial and Industrial Solutions Program.

    The plant's energy efficieny improvements are saving 9,127,704 kWh annually, which is the equivalent to eliminating the carbon dioxide emissions from 726,304 gallons of gasoline, according to EPA calculations. (Source: ElDorado News Times, 17 Aug., 2019) Contact: Entergy Arkansas, www.entergy-arkansas.com/energy efficiency; Roseburg Forest Products, www.roseburg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Entergy Arkansas,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Quebec LED Lighting Specialist Wins CED Support (Funding)
    RayonLed,Canada Economic Development
    Date: 2019-06-28
    In Ottawa, Canada Economic Development (CED) for Quebec Regions reports it has awarded $300,000 in repayable funding to Brossard, Quebec-based RayonLed, a newly established distributor of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and fixtures.

    The CED funds will be used to acquire two production lines and equipment that will enable the company to manufacture heavy duty LED lighting systems. (Source: Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, PR News,Telbec, 26 June, 2019) Contact: RayonLed Lighting Systems, 450-444-4567, info@rayonled.ca, www.rayonled.com/en; CED Regional Economic Growth through Innovation, www.dec-ced.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Lighting,  Canada Economic Development ,  


    Kuala Lumpur Upgrades 212,639 Street Lights to LED (Int'l. Report)
    Tenaga Nasional Berhad
    Date: 2019-06-21
    The Malaysian utility company Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in Kuala Lumpur reports it has replaced almost 60 pct of the city's 367,000 street light bulbs with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights.

    The utility replaced 212,639 units of the old High Pressure Sodium Vapour (HPSV) bulbs with a capacity of 150 Watts with LED lights with a capacity of 90 watts, with the remaining HPSV united scheduled for replacement in December, 2020.

    The conversion to LED, which is under the Incentive-Based Regulation (IBR) initiative for the period 2018 to 2020, is expected to deliver street light energy cost savings of between 30 and 40 pct as well as maintenance cost savings. (Source: TNB, Edge Source, 21 June, 2019) Contact: Tenaga Nasional Berhad, www.tnb.com.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Street Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  


    Hoboken Steps Up to the Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Garden State, the city of Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has signed an executive order adopting Hoboken's Climate Action Plan committing the city to "achieving carbon neutrality by 2050."

    The plan, establishes goals for greenhouse gas emission reduction for government operations and as a city overall. Progress will be evaluated through benchmarks every five years. The plan's features include:

  • Purchasing 100 pct renewable electricity for municipal facilities (went into effect April, 2019);

  • Installing energy efficient upgrades in 11 municipal buildings, resulting in cost savings of over $100,000 per year;

  • Introducing an affordable renewable energy purchasing program for homeowners to utilize wind and/or solar electricity;

  • Implementing electric vehicle charging stations across the City (Hoboken recently was awarded funding through the State for up to 14 EV charging stations);

  • Creating Hoboken's own community solar program, allowing low-moderate income residents to utilize solar energy from other parts of the State even if they can not install solar panels on their homes;

  • Replacing street and traffic lights with LED energy efficient lighting;

  • The city of 56,000 +- residents has also reaffirmed its commitment to exceeding the goals" of the Paris Climate Accord.

    "The city's Climate Action Plan, which its two-pronged emphasis on adaptation and mitigation, puts Hoboken at the forefront of what cities can do to combat climate change," Doyle said. "Our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with an aggressive window through becoming a net zero city and achieving carbon neutrality is the progressive path forward toward achieving that goal." (Source: Hoboken Patch, 23 April, 2019) Contact: City of Hoboken, (201) 420-2000, www.hobokennj.gov

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  • Orion Energy Announces Additional $35Mn LED Energy Efficient Lighting Installation Contract (Ind. Report)
    Orion Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-04-05
    Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based LED lighting specialist Orion Energy Systems reports it has expanded the retrofit of an un-named national account customer's lighting systems with LED lighting and wireless IoT enabled control solutions at additional locations nationwide.

    The contract builds upon an earlier Letter of Intent (LoI) for Orion to provide approximately $11 million in turnkey LED lighting retrofit services, most of which were completed prior to March 31, 2019. A significant portion of the installations, including IoT enabled control systems, are expected to be completed before June 30, 2019. (Source: Orion Energy, Street Insider, 3 April, 2019) Contact: Orion Energy, Mike Altschaefl, CEO, (312) 660-3575, www.orionlighting.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orion Energy Systems,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Irish SMEs Claim They Can Do More in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In a recently released survey, the Dublin-headquartered Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) notes Irish firms believe they have a role in tackling climate change but highlight the lack of time and funding as the biggest obstacles to fulfilling that role. Even so, 20 pct of the SMEs surveyed believe they've done all that they could.

    The SME sector in Ireland spends more than €2 billion per year on energy, of which 10 pct can be readily saved through good energy management practices, energy efficient lighting, as well as efficient heating and air conditioning an other measures, according to SEAI. (Source: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Irish Times, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, +353 1 808 2100, www.seai.ie

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    GE Current Halves Automaker's Lighting Costs Lighting (Ind Report)
    General Electric
    Date: 2019-03-22
    Current, powered by GE announced that its work at more than 50 Fiat Chrysler Group Automotive US LLC (FCA) North American facilities and dealerships are cutting lighting energy costs by half or more GE's Current LED lighting installations.

    The largest impact to-date has come from 18 FCA US manufacturing sites where 20,000 of Current's Albeo luminaires are now improving energy efficiency, with an additional 5,000 indoor and outdoor fixtures installed at 33 dealerships.

    A first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of GE, Current blends advanced LED technology with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings, retail stores, industrial facilities and cities more energy efficient and productive. (Source: FCA, GE, Green Car Congress, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: FCA Group, www.fcagroup.com/en-US/Pages/home.aspx; GE Current, www.currentbyge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED,  GE Current,  General Electric,  Energy Efficient Light,  


    UC-Davis Launches Million Light Bulb Challenge (Ind. Report)
    UC-Davis,Million Light Bulb Challenge
    Date: 2019-03-11
    The University of California - Davis is reporting the launch of the Million Light Bulb Challenge to replace one million incandescent light bulbs for high-quality, energy-efficient LED light bulbs in campus buildings and residences to encourage the reduction of carbon footprints and energy usage.

    Under the program, all UC students, staff, faculty, alumni and retirees can purchase high-quality LED light bulbs through the Community Buy program.

    Lighting can account for 30 pct of the energy usage in a typical home so switching to high performance LED technology can deliver significant cuts in energy consumption, reduced energy bills and lower carbon emissions. (Source: UC Davis, California Aggie, Mar., 2019) Contact: Million Light Bulb Challenge, www.millionledchallenge.com; UC Davis, www.ucdavis.edu

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    Vanderbilt Engineering, Science Bldg Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-01-18
    In Nashville, Tenn., private research university Vanderbilt is reporting its Engineering and Science Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

    The Engineering and Science Building houses the university's most energy efficient lab space. During the initial design phase of the building, 3D modeling was used to evaluate conditions of the site such as orientation, heat gain from windows, natural light, and others to ensure optimized design. Other green design elements that helped achieve its LEED status include:

  • 20' tall enthalpy wheels to transfer heat and humidity, conditioning the fresh air intake with exhaust air leaving the building;
  • Chilled beams supplied by hot and cold water used to condition spaces which is more efficient than conditioning with air systems;
  • A 10,000 gallon cistern to capture rain water for irrigation;
  • Sunshading frit on glass to optimize natural solar light and to also help prevent bird strikes;
  • LED energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors;
  • Flexibility of design to allow different lab type use over time as well as lab renovations without major mechanical systems rework;
  • Clean room energy reduction through occupancy and particle sensors to decrease system use when not needed. (Source: Vanderbilt University, PR, 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: Vanderbilt University, 615-322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • Orion Claims Fed. Energy Efficient LED Lighting Projects (Ind. Report)
    Orion Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-01-16
    Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based LED lighting specialist Orion Energy Systems reports receipt of $3.6 million contract to install LED lighting systems in two unidentified US government facilities. The project is expected to start in fiscal year 2019.

    Once the lighting retrofits are completed, the federal customers expect to cut their annual energy usage for lighting by approximately 50 pct per facility.

    For the projects, Orion is replacing legacy T5, T8, compact fluorescent and HID lighting systems with energy-efficient LED lighting platforms and controls. (Source: Orion, PR, Energy Mgr., Others, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, Mike Altschaefl, CEO, (312) 660-3575, www.orionlighting.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orion Energy Systems ,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Light,  


    Ohio School District Commits $900 K to Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-01-04
    In the Buckeye State, the Commits $9 New Albany-Plain Local School District reports it will spend more than $900,000 on building energy efficiency and upgrades beginning this April.

    As part of the program, the school board is assessing its boilers campus-wide and is working with Columbus, Ohio-based utility American Electric Power (AEP)to improve overall campus-wide energy efficiency, energy efficient lighting, HVAC controls and trimming general energy related costs. The board' aims to save $650,000 in total by June 30, of this year. (Source: New Albany-Plain Local School District, This Week Community News, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: New Albany-Plain Local School District, Superintendent Michael Sawyers, www.napls.us

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    Brandeis University Switches to LEDs (Ind. Report)
    Brandeis University
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In Waltham, Mass., Brandeis University is reporting completion of the retrofitting of much of its campus lighting to energy efficient LEDs which are expected to cut the school’s energy costs by 78 pct for an annual savings of $32,000.

    Providence, Rhode Island-based Energy Source completed an LED retrofit project for Brandeis University. According to Energy Source, it has completed similar energy efficiency work with 13 New England universities. (Source: Brandeis University, Waltham Patch, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Brandeis University, www.brandeis.edu; Energy Source, (401) 490-7805, info@energysource.com, www.energysource.com

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    RealTerm Energy, Municipalities Partner on LED Light (Ind. Report)
    RealTherm Energy
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In the Empire State, RealTerm Energy reports it has partnered with the municipalities of Great Neck, Newark, Nyack, Goshen, Florida and Piermont to convert their current HID (high intensity discharge) streetlights to high efficiency LED technology. The conversions are expected to save the municipalities an estimated collective $475,000 per year and reduce their energy consumption by nearly 1,700,000 kWh annually.

    RealTerm Energy will be responsible for the removal of existing fixtures, the installation of new technology, the provision of customized lighting designs and supporting the municipalities in their selection of new LED light fixtures based on products that best suit their needs. RealTerm will also be offering financing and ongoing maintenance options. To date, RealTerm Energy has designed, procured, installed or is in the process of installing more than 250,000 streetlights nationwide. (Source: RealTerm Energy, PR, 6 Dec., 2018) Contact: RealTerm Energy, Rebecca Handfield , Marketing Manager, (866) 422-5201, www.realtermenergy.com

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    Medford Mass. Switching to LED Streetlights (Ind. Report)
    City of Medford
    Date: 2018-11-19
    In the Bay State, the city of Medford City Administration reports it plans to replace 4,783 streetlights and 181 decorative lights across the city with LED light bulbs before the year end.

    The LED conversion will cost the city of approximately 58,000 residents more than $1.9 million, $993,350 of which will be covered by the city with the balance funded by multiple grants and rebates. The change to LEDs is expected to save the city approximately $258,000 in annual energy cost with a 3.8 year ROI. (Source: City of Medford, Wicked Local Medford,16 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Medford, www.medfordma.org

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    Kingston Investing $130,000 in LED Light Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    City of Kingston NY
    Date: 2018-11-12
    In the Empire State, the city of Kingston (pop. 23,200) in Ulster County reports it will invest as much as $130,000 to retrofit 11 city buildings with energy efficient LED lighting indoors.

    The project with Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. is expected to cut the city's energy costs by approximatey $50,500 per year for a 2.5 year ROI. (Source: City of Kingston, Daily Freeman,10 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Kingston Planning Dept., (845) 334-3955, www.kingston-ny.gov; Central Hudson Gas & Electric, www.cenhud.com

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    Bronx Hospital Confirms $11Mn Energy Efficiency Project (Ind Report)

    Date: 2018-11-05
    In metropolitan New York, the Bronx Jacobi Medical Center is reporting its planned $11 million, two-phase energy conservation and efficiency project is expected to be completed within 18 months.

    The project will include: interior and exterior energy efficient LED lighting upgrades; energy efficient lighting controls; HVAC and chiller plant upgrades; minor boiler plant upgrades; and the incorporation of renewable energy and other upgrades expected to have a positive impact on patients, staff and visitors as well as cut energy costs. (Source: Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx Times, 3 Nov., 2018) Contact: Jacobi Medical Center, www.jacobimed.org


    St. Joseph Considers PACE Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    PACE Program
    Date: 2018-10-22
    In the Show Me State, the City of St. Joseph -- pop. 76,400 +- -- city council reports it is considering an ordinance to make St. Joseph a Clean Energy District. If passed, the ordinance would provide alternative funding options for businesses and homeowners wanting to make energy efficient through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

    The PACE program, which would not require additional funding from the city or a special tax from residents, would provide funding for solar paneling, energy efficient hot water heating, HVAC, LED energy efficient lighting and other similar upgrades. (Source: City of St. Joseph, KQ2, 19 Oct., 2018) ontact: City of St. Joseph, www.ci.st-joseph.mo.us

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    NSW Draws Climate Change Fund Cash to Cut Energy Costs (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-08-20
    In the Land Down Under, the Government of New South Wales State (NSW) reports it is withdrawing $72 million from its Climate Change Fund to help some businesses and households reduce their energy costs.

    Of the total, $35 million would be given to about 250 manufacturing businesses to install energy efficient equipment and meters to track their energy use. An additional $24.5 million will be directed at low-income renters, so they can obtain energy efficient lighting, heating and hot water systems that would save Individual renters an estimated $400 each per year on their energy bills. The rest of the money will go to local councils for LED streetlight upgrades. , NSW has set a zero net emissions by 2050 target. (Source: NSW, ABC News, 19 Aug., 2018)

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    Decatur Upgrading to LED Lighting for $2.5Mn Savings (Ind. Report)
    Decatur,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-08
    The city of Decatur, Illinois, reports it will contract with Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. for the retrofit of outdoor lighting with energy-efficient LED bulbs at various city facilities for a total cost of $2 million.

    Under the contract, Johnson Controls is guaranteeing $2.5 million in savings over the course of 20 years.

    Project funding will come primarily from the guaranteed annual savings of the city's energy bill and $175,000 in rebates from Ameren Illinois. (Source: City of Decatur, Herald & Review, Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Decatur, City Manager, Billy Tyus, (217) 424-2700, www.decaturil.gov; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com

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    Electrix Wins Aussie Smart Street lighting Lighting Project (Int'l)
    VINCI Energies
    Date: 2018-06-25
    In the Land Down Under, VINCI Energies's Australian subsidiary Electrix, reports it has secured a 7-year, €37 million streetlight network management contract for the Canberra Region (population 400,000) awarded by the Australian Capital Territory Government.

    It contract includes the renovation, operation and maintenance of more than 80,000 streetlights, 50,000 of which will be replaced with LEDs to achieve a target of 47 pct energy saving. In addition, a smart monitoring system will be installed to track the streetlight network in real time.

    Under this contract, VINCI Energies will implement the CityApp application to support maintenance and operation and the BIMCity hypervisor to ensure better customer service, network reliability and safety and track performance indicators.

    This is the first contract in Australia to combine smart LED streetlight installation, smart city network implementation and overall infrastructure management. It is also the first streetlighting project to be carried out under an Energy Performance Contract. (Source: VINCI, NewsWire, 22 June, 2018) Contact: VINCI Energies, www.VINCI-Energies.com; Electrix, www.Electrix.com.au

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    CTC Upgrading AF Lighting Equip. Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    US Air Force Research Laboratory (ARL) Advanced Power Technology Office
    Date: 2018-06-22
    The US Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Power Technology Office (ARL) reports it has awarded a $983,790 contract to Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) for energy efficiency lighting.

    Currently, the Air Force uses deployable light carts that provide ground-level flightline illumination, task lighting for aircraft maintenance and troubleshooting, as well as perimeter lighting to secure deployed and contingency locations. CTC will modernize the existing light cart with upgraded technologies and control strategies for improved energy efficiency and reduced reduced maintenance and energy costs. The new Advanced Flightline Power and Light System developed by CTC will incorporate energy-efficient lighting, energy storage and various modes of operation. (Source: Air Force Technology, 21 June, 2018) Contact: US Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Power Technology Office, http://afrl.dodlive.mil/tag/advanced-power-technology-office; CTC, Edward J Sheehan Jr., CEO, Pres., (800) 282-4392, www.ctc.com

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    Neshoba Miss. Scores TVA Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
    TVA
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In Mississippi, the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors is reporting receipt of almost $78,000 in energy efficiency rebates from the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Right Rebate Program.

    The rebate was thin recognition of the county's Energy Efficiency and Reinvestment Project which included LED energy efficient lighting and other upgrades. The county plans to apply the rebate cash to other county facility energy efficiency improvements. "We are already seeing savings of over our 35 percent estimate. With us seeing savings over that, I think the project is going very well,” explains Mayo. The board plans to reinvest the check by continuing this project at the Neshoba County Coliseum. The county-wide facility improvements include: Interior and exterior LED lighting in the buildings, a new roof on the courthouse and new HVAC systems. (Source: Neshoba County,Miss., WTOK, 6 June, 2018) Contact: Neshoba County, Jeff Mayo, County Administrator, (601) 656-6281, www.neshobacounty.net; TVA, John Myers, Dir. Policy & Regulatory Affairs, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.gov, www.tva.gov

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    EESL Touts India's Energy Efficient LED Lighting Program (Int'l)
    EESL
    Date: 2018-05-21
    India'state-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) is reporting the distribution of over 30 crore (1 crore = 10 million) light emitting diode (LED) bulbs across the country under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme launched by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in January 2015.

    The program, which quickly grew into the largest LED distribution programme in the world, has led to energy savings of over 38,952 million kWh, annually, amounting to Rs 15,581 crore in energy savings, according to an EESL statement.

    In its commitment to reduce carbon intensity by 33 to 35 pct between 2005 and 2030, India has recognized energy efficiency as a key mitigation strategy, with the UJALA scheme serving as the government's flagship programme for efficient domestic lighting. India's share in the global LED market has increased to 12 pct cent from 0.1 pct, with the penetration of LED in the domestic market rising to 10 per cent from 0.4 per cent, according to EESI. (Source: EESL, PTI, 19 May, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar, Managing Dir., www.eeslindia.org

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