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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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Missouri Department of Natural Resources,  Energy Efficiency,  


NRCAN Offers Energy Efficiency Loans (Ind. Report)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2021-05-28
In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) is touting the launch of its Canada Greener Homes Program offering homeowners grants of up to $5,000 for improved insulation or roof panels, high-efficiency water heaters, heating equipment, solar panels and other energy efficiency-energy saving home improvements. The program is expected to award 700,000 grants, at an overall cost of $2.6 billion over seven years.

To be eligible a home -- including detached homes, rowhouses, townhouses, mobile homes and residential units in mixed-use buildings -- must be eligible for an EnerGuide evaluation and at least six months old. The loans could be available as soon as this summer and more than 200,000 households are expected to participate.

Additionally, the Liberal government has proposed a separate fund of $4.4 billion over seven years through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The fund would offer interest-free loans of up to $40,000 for authorized energy-efficient retrofit projects. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, 27 May, 2021) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, 343-292-6096, www.nrcan.gc.ca/home

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRCAN,  Energy Efficiency,  


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

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

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


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

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

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


Leeds Announces £100Mn Energy Efficiency Plan (Int'l. Report)
City of Leeds
Date: 2021-03-05
In the UK, the City of Leeds -- pop. 780,000 -- City Council has announced plans to invest £100 million in residential energy efficiency upgrades and innovations over the next five years. The council has also partnered with University of Leeds to identify the best way to target these improvements and to maximise the benefits for residents and the environment.

To that end, the Council will invest in new ground and air source heat pumps, district heating networks, external wall insulation and solar panels, with the investment funded primarily through housing revenues.

The Council is committed to reduce the city's direct emissions to net-zero by 2030. Roughly 25 pct of the city's carbon emissions come from the energy used to heat homes, according to the Council release. (Source: Leeds City Council, PR, Construction News, Mar., 2021) Contact: Leeds City Council, Debra Coupar, +44 0 113 868 9747, www.leeds.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Mass Save Municipal Partnership Participants Announced (Ind. Report)
Mass Saves, Eversource, National Grd
Date: 2021-02-19
In the Bay State, Mass Save® program sponsors Eversource and National Grid are reporting the communities of Framingham, Andover, Cambridge, Chelsea, Haverhill, Lawrence, Marshfield, Methuen and Westborough have been selected to participate in the 2021 Municipal Partnership and will benefit from funding and support to implement energy efficiency outreach in their communities.

The Municipal Partnership provides grants of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts municipalities that meet the partnership's goals for implementing energy efficiency outreach in their residential and small business communities and achieve exceptional energy savings by completing energy assessments and the installation of energy upgrades. These incentives are in addition to energy efficiency incentives already available to residents.

The MassSave® program, which is open to homeowners and renters, includes a no-cost energy audit and report that makes it easy to improve a home's energy efficiency. Mass Save will also install energy-saving products such as ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs; advanced power strips; low-flow showerheads; faucet aerators; and programmable thermostats or discounted wireless thermostats, all at no cost to home owners and renters. Program participants may also qualify for additional offers, rebates, and incentives for insulation, energy efficient HVAC and others based on the Home Energy Assessment report and household income levels. Mass Save is a collaborative of Massachusetts' natural gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers including Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid and Unitil. (Source: Mass Save, City of Framingham, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Mass Save, www.masssave.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MassSave,  Eversource,  National Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  


Seattle Updates Energy Efficiency, Bldg. Codes (Ind. Report)
Seattle
Date: 2021-02-02
The Seattle City Council reports approval of Council Bill 119993 updating the city's construction and building energy codes in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency. The Bill requires all new commercial and large multifamily buildings taller than three stories to "improve the building insulation, space heating, water heating, lighting, and renewable energy," as well as: elimination of all gas and most electric resistance space heating systems; elimination of gas water heating in large multifamily buildings and hotels; improved building exteriors to improve energy efficiency and comfort; Creation of more solar power opportunities; Requires electrical infrastructure necessary for future conversion of any gas appliances in multifamily buildings.

Gas continues to be the leading – and fastest growing -- source of climate pollution in the Evergreen State with offices, homes and buildings causing 27 pct of the state's climate pollution and are also the single fastest growing source. The legislation would reduce Seattle's total building emissions by 12 pct by 2050. Read More (Source: City of Seattle, Seattle PI, 1 Feb., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


Efficiency Manitoba Scores $64Mn in Gov. Funding (Funding Report)
Efficiency Manitoba
Date: 2021-02-01
On the Canadian Prairies, the province of Manitoba's Efficiency Manitoba agency is reporting the provincial and Canadian federal governments have each committed $32.3 million towards heating efficiency programs deployed through the Crown corporation.

The funding, totaling $64.6 million, is being invested in programs aimed at lowering the demand for natural gas and to bolster pre-existing insulation upgrades, smart thermostats and other energy efficiency incentive programs residential, commercial and industrial efficiency programs.used for heating and industrial purposes.

The federal funding for the energy efficiency initiative came from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund. (Source: Efficiency Manitoba, PR, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 Jan., 2021) Contact: Efficiency Manitoba, Colleen Kuruluk, CEO, 204-944-8181, www.efficiencymb.ca

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


UK Home Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme Extended (Int'l. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-11-20
In the UK, the Green Homes Grant energy efficiency upgrade scheme, which was originally launched in September 2020 for an initial six months, has been extended for an additional 12 months.

The scheme, which was originally allocated £1 billion, grants homeowners up to £ 5,000 to fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home energy efficieny improvement such as insulation, double glazed windows, heat pumps and others. (Source: The Construction Index, Nov., 2020)UK Home Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme Extended (Int’l. Report) In the UK, the Green Homes Grant energy efficiency upgrade scheme, which was originally launched in September 2020 for an initial six months, has been extended for an additional 12 months.

The scheme, which was originally allocated £1 billion, grants homeowners up to £ 5,000 to fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home energy efficieny improvement such as insulation, double glazed windows, heat pumps and others. (Source: UK Green Homes Grants, The Construction Index, Nov., 2020) Contact: UK Green Homes Grants, www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme

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


S. Australia Commits $60Mn to Energy Efficient Gov. Bldgs. (Int'l.)
South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining
Date: 2020-11-11
In the Land Down Under, the South Australian Government in Adelaide is reporting a $60 million two-year investment into improved energy efficiency in government buildings to create jobs and reduce electricity costs for the state. Governments own or lease roughly 30 pct of Australia's non-residential buildings.

According to South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, "The $60 million commitment is the largest per capita stimulus investment of any Australian Government in improving the energy efficiency of public buildings. Simple measures like better insulation, shading, new lighting and more efficient air-conditioning can bring older public buildings that get too hot in summer and too cold in winter in line with modern energy efficiency standards." (Source: South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining, +61 8 8463 3000, www.energymining.sa.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


ClearFlame Engine Technologies (New Subscriber Profile)
ClearFlame
Date: 2020-11-02
"There is a great need in heavy-duty applications (e.g. long-haul trucking, construction, agriculture, marine and back-up power generation) for technologies that provide diesel-like performance but which are decoupled from the dirty emissions of diesel fuel. ClearFlame's mission is to break the bond between diesel engines and their fuel to create the fastest path to a sustainable future, equitably distributed to all the places that might be initially under-served by alternative solutions.

Electrification is important, but it requires extensive infrastructure expansion. This is expensive and will take decades, and until that expansion is complete, little benefit is achieved in reducing climate change or improving air quality in the front-line communities that are harmed most by pollution. We cannot wait that long.

"We believe the solution is our technology allows climate-friendly, renewable, decarbonized fuels to be used at the highest possible efficiency. Our technology can be adopted quickly. It uses existing liquid refueling infrastructure, and operators get the performance they expect while also relying on the existing base of engine technicians for service. Our solution provides "near-zero" emissions that are an order of magnitude better than even the cleanest diesel-fueled engines and is the fastest way for reducing CO2 emissions from heavy-duty engines. "Low carbon, renewable fuels are generally characterized as low in reactivity as measured by cetane number. These alternative fuels have historically required use of spark-ignited engines which have lower efficiency and are bore-size limited compared to compression ignition (Diesel) engines. These fuels were thought to be incompatible with compression ignition engines which traditionally require easily ignitable fuels.

ClearFlame uses a high-temperature combustion system that overcomes cetane limitations. We are using insulation strategies and calibration changes like reduced charge air cooling and increased EGR to increase combustion temperatures just enough so that lower cetane fuels like alcohols will ignite reliably with short ignition delays. There is no fuel blending, no spark plugs and no petroleum. The ClearFlame combustion process leverages the no/low soot characteristics of alternative bio or e-fuels and produces engine-out exhaust with ultra-low PM levels that does not require a DPF. Further, because the engine is no longer smoke-limited, the air-fuel ratio is changed from lean to stoichiometric using "clean" EGR for dilution at lower loads, improving volumetric efficiency/power density, and leaving an exhaust stream suitable for 3-way catalysis. The SCR after-treatment system can be eliminated in favor of a 3-way catalytic converter allowing a substantial cost reduction and improvement in NOx reduction efficiency. DEF/AdBlue/urea is no longer required and system reliability is improved.

The value added by being able to change fuels is tremendous because a very high efficiency combustion process can now be paired with use of 100 pct renewable, clean fuels providing a combination that surpasses all other alternatives in terms of CO2 mitigation, reduced criteria emissions and lower costs.

ClearFlame Engine Technologies recognizes the importance of developing renewably-fueled combustion-based alternatives that complement electrification enabling sustainability in applications where liquid fuels will remain necessary.

"Technologies that integrate globally deployed, decarbonized fuels with high-efficiency combustion can be implemented faster and at lower cost than even current diesel technology, providing the immediate scalability needed for rapid carbon mitigation. Such solutions can support electrification by providing low-cost range extension power to otherwise electrified drivetrains (e.g. in a series hybrid configuration), relieving the need for complete charging/H2 infrastructure buildout before scalability can be achieved." (Source: Subscriber profile submitted by ClearFlame Engine Technologies, Oct.,2020) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, John Howell, Bus. Dev., 508-404-9398, JohnH@clearflameengines.com, www.clearflameengines.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  Alternative Fuel,  


DISCA Touts Weatherization, Energy Efficiency Success (Ind. Report)
DOE Weatherization Assistance Program
Date: 2020-10-30
In Michigan, the Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency (DISCA) is reminding the region about the US DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) -- the nation's largest whole-house home energy upgrade program -- to assist low-income families invest in energy efficiency.

Every $1 invested in WAP returns $4.50 in benefits, including energy savings and the health and safety of individuals, according to WAP. Under the WAP program, DICSA has weatherized 1,315 homes in Iron County and 2,015 homes in Dickinson County since 1989, at no cost to the home owner. Rental units also are eligible with landlord approval and 25 pct contribution on costs.

Qualifying weatherization and energy efficiency measures include major bypasses, duct sealing/repair/replacement, duct insulation, attic insulation, smart thermostat, knee wall insulation and exterior wall insulation. Reducing electric baseload, such as refrigerator replacement and compact fluorescent lamps, smoke detectors, clothes dryer vents, combustion appliance testing/repair and/or replacement.

Download DOE Weatherization Assistance Program details HERE. (Source: Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, Daily News, 30 Oct., 2020) Contact: Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, 906-774-2256, www.dicsami.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Weatherization Assistance Program,  


Alliance, Oklahoma offers Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)

Date: 2020-10-21
In the Cornhusker State, the City of Alliance, in partnership with its wholesale electric power supplier, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, has introduced the following financial incentives for energy efficiency upgrades:
  • The Attic Insulation Program provides cash incentives of $0.15/per square foot with a maximum incentive of $300 per existing residential dwelling for attic insulation;

  • Smart Thermostat Program provides a cash incentive of up to $100 paid directly to residential customers to help cover the cost of installing a qualifying smart thermostat;

  • Cooling System Tune-Up Program provides a $30 cash incentive to residential homeowners who have their cooling system tuned up by a HVAC contractor, regardless of what type or age of cooling system (air conditioner/air or water source heat pump);

  • Commercial LED Lighting Program offers cash incentives paid directly to commercial customers to help cover the cost of lighting upgrades and replacements. (Source: City of Alliance, Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, Star Herald, 19 Oct., 2020) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, (402) 474-4759, Fax: (402) 474-0473, www.nmppenergy.org/mean

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


  • Residential Energy Efficiency Grants Available in UK (Int'l. Report)
    UK Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-10-19
    In the UK, under the new Green Homes Grant, the Government is providing vouchers of up to £10,000 to help cover the cost of residential energy efficiency and low-carbon heating improvements .

    The vouchers will cover up to two-thirds of the cost for homeowners and landlords up to £5,000. Low-income households will be able to access £10,000 worth of vouchers to cover the full cost of insulation -- solid wall, cavity wall, under-floor, loft or roof insulation -- and low-carbon heating, such as air-source or ground-source heat pumps, solar thermal systems, and other renewable home heating . Vouchers also cover "secondary" measures such as draught proofing and double glazing completed prior to the voucher being issued. The voucher must be redeemed, and improvements completed by March 31, 2021.

    Download Green Homes Grant program details HERE. (Source: Oxford Mail, 17 Oct., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energey Efficiency Grants,  


    ClearFlame Engine Technologies (New Subscriber Profile)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2020-10-09
    "There is a great need in heavy-duty applications (e.g. long-haul trucking, construction, agriculture, marine and back-up power generation) for technologies that provide diesel-like performance but which are decoupled from the dirty emissions of diesel fuel. ClearFlame's mission is to break the bond between diesel engines and their fuel to create the fastest path to a sustainable future, equitably distributed to all the places that might be initially under-served by alternative solutions.. Electrification is important, but it requires extensive infrastructure expansion. This is expensive and will take decades, and until that expansion is complete, little benefit is achieved in reducing climate change or improving air quality in the front-line communities that are harmed most by pollution. We cannot wait that long. Further, developing economies and marginalized locations may not be able to afford electric equipment and its required infrastructure, and will therefore be forced to continue using aged diesel assets that compromise air quality.

    "We believe the solution is our technology allows climate-friendly, renewable, decarbonized fuels to be used at the highest possible efficiency. Our technology can be adopted quickly. It uses existing liquid refueling infrastructure, and operators get the performance they expect while also relying on the existing base of engine technicians for service. Our solution provides "near-zero" emissions that are an order of magnitude better than even the cleanest diesel-fueled engines and is the fastest way for reducing CO2 emissions from heavy-duty engines.

    "Low carbon, renewable fuels are generally characterized as low in reactivity as measured by cetane number. These alternative fuels have historically required use of spark-ignited engines which have lower efficiency and are bore-size limited compared to compression ignition (Diesel) engines. These fuels were thought to be incompatible with compression ignition engines which traditionally require easily ignitable fuels. ClearFlame uses a high-temperature combustion system that overcomes cetane limitations. We are using insulation strategies and calibration changes like reduced charge air cooling and increased EGR to increase combustion temperatures just enough so that lower cetane fuels like alcohols will ignite reliably with short ignition delays. There is no fuel blending, no spark plugs and no petroleum. The ClearFlame combustion process leverages the no/low soot characteristics of alternative bio or e-fuels and produces engine-out exhaust with ultra-low PM levels that does not require a DPF. Further, because the engine is no longer smoke-limited, the air-fuel ratio is changed from lean to stoichiometric using "clean" EGR for dilution at lower loads, improving volumetric efficiency/power density, and leaving an exhaust stream suitable for 3-way catalysis. The SCR after-treatment system can be eliminated in favor of a 3-way catalytic converter allowing a substantial cost reduction and improvement in NOx reduction efficiency. DEF/AdBlue/urea is no longer required and system reliability is improved. The value added by being able to change fuels is tremendous because a very high efficiency combustion process can now be paired with use of 100 pct renewable, clean fuels providing a combination that surpasses all other alternatives in terms of CO2 mitigation, reduced criteria emissions and lower costs.

    ClearFlame Engine Technologies recognizes the importance of developing renewably-fueled combustion-based alternatives that complement electrification enabling sustainability in applications where liquid fuels will remain necessary.

    "Technologies that integrate globally deployed, decarbonized fuels with high-efficiency combustion can be implemented faster and at lower cost than even current diesel technology, providing the immediate scalability needed for rapid carbon mitigation. Such solutions can support electrification by providing low-cost range extension power to otherwise electrified drivetrains (e.g. in a series hybrid configuration), relieving the need for complete charging/H2 infrastructure buildout before scalability can be achieved." (Source: Subscriber profile submitted by ClearFlame Engine Technologies, Oct.,2020) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, John Howell, Bus. Dev., 508-404-9398, JohnH@clearflameengines.com, www.clearflameengines.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  


    £3Bn UK Green House Grant Scheme Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Energy UK
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In London, the UK government reports its £3billion plan to upgrade the nation's buildings and reaching net zero emissions by 2050, is now underway.

    Under the £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, with an additional £1billion announced to improve the energy efficiency of publicly owned buildings, the government will fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home improvements up to £5,000. Those homeowners with low-incomes, including those on certain benefits, are eligible for a grant covering up to 100 pct of the cost of work up to £ 10,000. The scheme will cover green home energy efficiency improvements ranging from insulation of walls, floors and roofs, to the installation of double or triple glazing when replacing single glazing, and low-carbon heating like heat pumps or solar thermal energy for over 600,000 homes. The Green Homes Grant is part of a wider plan that includes:

  • £1 billion to boost the energy efficiency of public buildings, including schools and hospitals through a Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund;

  • New measures to ensure nearly three-million privately rented homes are upgraded to modern energy efficiency standards by 2028;

  • £50 million to improve the energy efficiency of low-income "social housing."

    Upgraded properties are expected to save between £300 and £500 per year in energy costs. (Source: Energy UK, Infrastructure Intelligence, Oct., 2020) Contact: Energy UK, Emma Pinchbeck, CEO, +44 0 20 7930 9390, www.energy-uk.org.uk

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


  • USDA Supports Rural Kansas Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2020-09-28
    Reporting from Topeka, USDA Rural Development State Director for Kansas, Lynne Hinrichsen, has announced that USDA is investing $558,552 to make energy efficiency improvements and reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions in rural Kansas.

    USDA is investing in 17 rural small businesses and agricultural producers through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants and Guaranteed Loans. Investments can used for renewable energy systems such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower. REAP funding can also be used for energy audits and to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems, insulation, lighting and refrigeration.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development, Salina Post, 26 Sept., 2020) Contact: USDA Rural Development, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency/mn, www.rd.usda.gov/ks

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA Rural Development,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Saffron Offers Retro-Fit Energy Efficiency Mortgage (Ind. Report)
    Saffron Building Society
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In the UK, the Sussex-based Saffron Building Society reports the launch of a retro-fit mortgage which offers a reduced rate if the borrower improves their EPC -- building energy efficiency -- rating after six months.

    The mortgage is aimed at people planning to move to an older or period property and need to remortgage or upgrade on their existing home. The "green"mortgage offers the borrower a rate relief for the remainder of the fixed rate period, when the works undertaken on the property produce a one-step rise in the EPC rating -- as long as this is above an E.

    Saffron's retro-fit, energy efficiency mortgage comes in the month the government is launching its Green Homes Initiative which offers up to £5,000 for cavity wall insulation, window and door glazing, solar panel installations and other energy efficiency improvements and upgrades to existing buildings. (Source: Saffron Building Society, Mortgage Finance Gazette, 3 Sept., 2020) Contact: Saffron Building Society, Laura Bright, +44 0 1799 522211, www.saffronbs.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Saffron Building Society,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Mortgage,  


    SoCalGas Touts Energy Savings Assistance Program (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Gas Company
    Date: 2020-09-02
    In the Golden State, Los Angeles-headquartered Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has announced a virtual enrollment option for the Energy Savings Assistance Program.

    The Program provides an average of $705 in professionally installed home energy efficiency improvements at no cost to the low-income renter or homeowners. The program aims to help program recipients conserve energy, reduce natural gas use and enhance safety, health, and comfort. Qualifying improvements may include: high efficiency washers, water heater replacement, furnace replacement, attic insulation, door weather-stripping and more.

    Between 2015 and 2019, SoCalGas energy efficiency programs delivered more than 208 million therms in energy savings -- enough natural gas usage for 127,000 households a year and saved SoCalGas customers more than $229 million in utility costs. The Energy Savings Assistance Program is funded by California investor-owned-utility customers and administered by Southern California Gas Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

    Download SoCalGas Energy Savings Assistance Program details HERE. (Source: SoCalGas, Website PR, 1 Sept., 2020) Newswire Contact: SoCalGas, Jeff Walker, VP Customer Solutions, www.socalgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas Company news,  SoCal Gas news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Green Building Certification Launched in Namibia (Int'l. Report)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2020-09-02
    In Namibia, the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports it is partnering with Bank Windhoek to launch Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) software that will enable the certification of green buildings to facilitate their financing. The EDGE initiative also aims to compensate for the lack of a local certification body.

    EDGE software allows the evaluation of a building's energy consumption, energy efficiency and overall "green" features including: low-flow faucets to reduce water consumption; wastewater management systems; efficient HVAC systems; insulation; green building materials and others.

    With EDGE software, certified green real estate projects are projected to achieve a 20 pct reduction in energy and water consumption compared to conventional buildings. (Source: IFC, Afrik21, Sept., 2020) Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  International Finance Corporation ,  


    Croatia Launching $32.2Mn Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-08-19
    In Zagreb, the Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency is launching HRK 203 million ($32.2 million) family homes energy efficiency upgrades grant program.

    According to the agency website, Croatian family homes account to 65 pct of the country's housing stock and 40 pct of total energy consumption -- 70 pct of energy for heating, cooling, and hot water -- at the national level. The ministry estimates household energy consumption can be cut by as much as 60 pct.

    Under the scheme, eligible applicants may qualify for grants to cover 60 pct of the costs of energy efficiency upgrades and renovations including: external wall insulation; replacement of windows and doors, and others energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, Website, Croatia Week, 19 Aug., 2020) Contact: Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, www.fzoeu.hr/en/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    England's Green Homes Energy Efficiency Grants Soon Available (Int'l)
    UK Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-08-14
    In London, the UK government is touting its £2 billion ($2.6 billion) Green Homes Program through which homeowners in England can claim up to £5,000 worth of vouchers -- or £10,000 for the poorest households -- for energy-saving renovations. The program is expected to be available in England, but not the rest of the UK, this September.

    Homes with existing insulation or low-carbon heating can apply for funding for "secondary measures" such as draught proofing, double or triple-glazing for windows, energy-efficient doors to replace those installed before 2002, and various heating controls. The vouchers will cover roughly two-thirds of the overall cost for most homeowners, but possibly the entire cost for the lowest-income households.

    About half of England's homeowners are already planning to apply, while the real figure could end up being about three quarters, according to the release. (Source: UK Green Homes Program, Yahoo Finance UK, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: UK Green Homes Program, www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures

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


    €850Mn Earmarked for Greek Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
    Greece
    Date: 2020-08-12
    In Athens, the Greek Energy Ministry reports it is preparing a €850 million program to support energy efficiency in the private buildings sector.

    The program aims to introduce energy saving measures and energy efficiency upgrade subsidies of as much as 85 pct -- to a maximum of €50,000 -- to 60,000 Greek households per year until 2030.

    The program would cover: insulation improvements, solar system installations, energy storage, smart energy management systems, smart lighting with remote control, HVAC upgrades and other energy saving measures. The program is expected to launch this fall. (Source: Balkan Green Energy News, 11 Aug., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Adrian Inks City Energy Efficiency Upgrades Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2020-08-10
    In Michigan, the Adrian City (pop, 20,200) Commission reports approval of a $13 million energy efficiency improvements purchase agreement with Johnson Controls.

    The agreement includes replacement of the city's 119 downtown street lights with LED fixtures and new poles where needed. The new lighting is expected to save the city more than $14 million over 20 years as guaranteed by Johnson Controls. The agreement also includes numerous interior and exterior lighting upgrades, "enveloping" for selected city buildings, window insulation, new and/or upgraded HVAC systems, new water meters and others.

    Johnson Controls will complete the work over 16 months. (Source: City of Adrian, Daily Telegram, 10 Aug., 2020) Contact: City of Adrian, Greg Elliott, City Manager, (517) 263-2161 , www.adriancity.com; Johnson Controls, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


    Missouri DNR Offering Energy Efficiency Loans (Ind. Report)
    Missouri DNR
    Date: 2020-08-05
    In Jefferson City, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports it is accepting low-interest energy efficiency improvement loan applications from public K-12 schools, universities, local governments, public and not-for-profit hospitals and others.

    The DNR is offering a total of $4.5 million for high-efficiency lighting, high-efficiency HVAC systems, combined heat and power systems, renewable energy systems, waste heat recovery, energy-efficient pumps, building shell improvements, insulation and other measures that reduce energy use and cost.

    The loan application period runs through Oct. 30, 2020, for loans between $10,000 and $1 million. Since the Energy Loan Program's inception in 1989, the DNR has awarded over 622 loans, resulting in more than $118 million in completed energy efficiency projects and more than $214 million in estimated cumulative energy savings.

    Download Energy Loan Program details HERE. (Source: Missouri DNR, Website, Aug., 2020) Contact: Missouri Department of Natural Resources Division of Energy, (573) 751-2254 , (855) 522-2796, www.energy.mo.gov

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    Sarajevo Scores EBRD Energy Efficiency Support (Int'l. Report)
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    Date: 2020-07-31
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it is extending a €8 million loan to help the city of Sarajevo (pop. 360,000) increase city building energy efficiency. The funding is in addition to a €2 million EU grant for the refurbishment of 40 school and health buildings in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    The energy efficiency works are a priority project under the Green City Action Plan for the Sarajevo Canton. The expected energy savings are estimated to be around 13.7 GWh and would result in 4,774 tpy of CO2 savings. Energy efficiency measures will include the introduction of cleaner and more efficient heating, better insulation, better lighting and overall improvements.

    The 43-member EBRD Green Cities initiative is designed to help cities articulate a sustainable development vision and their strategic objectives as well as define actions and investments necessary to address priority environmental issues. (Source: EBRD, New Europe, 30 July, 2020) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, www.ebrd.com

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    Georgia Power's Smart Neighborhood Initiative Lauded (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Power
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power reports its Smart Neighborhood Initiative -- a real-world R&D project -- has been recognized by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) as part of its annual awards that celebrate innovation and collaboration of utilities, industry players and individuals shaping the future of energy. The initiative was included in Southern Company's designation as a 2020 SEPA Utility Business Models Power Player of the Year.

    Georgia's first-of-a-kind Smart Neighborhood, located in Atlanta, includes 46 technology-enhanced townhomes equipped with battery backed rooftop solar arrays, optimal insulation for maximum efficiency, advanced heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, home automation, including smart thermostats, smart locks and voice control.

    The Smart Neighborhood is a real-world research and development (R&D) project, including a supporting partnership with the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center. The company collaborated with U.S. DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on the initiatives. The information and data collected from the distributed energy resources will provide researchers valuable operational experience as the company continues to evaluate microgrids along with residential battery storage and rooftop solar. Information from the HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters and other technologies will help inform new programs and services for customers.

    Georgia Power also offers a full suite of smart-home options, which includes easy access to products and services to help make customers' homes more energy efficient and connected. The company brings together popular products in the Smart Neighborhood, including the latest in smart thermostats and smart home products such as smart filters, lighting, door locks, light switches, vents, smoke alarms and doorbells, to a single online portal.

    Download Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood Initiative HERE. (Source: Georgia Power, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: SEPA, www.sepapower.org; Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com

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    SUNY New Paltz Innovation Hub Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    SUNY New Platz, USGBC
    Date: 2020-07-27
    In the Empire State, the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz is reporting it's new, 2-story, 19,500 sq-ft Engineering Innovation Hub (EIH) building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification.

    The project's $13.5 million energy efficiency features include: building envelope and mechanical systems that have cut energy costs 28 pct; landscape water conservation and reuse features; SUNY New Platz, white reflective TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) membrane roof system with added insulation to improve the R-value; energy efficient LED lighting with motion sensors; proximity to public transportation; water saving plumbing fixtures; and low-VOC emission locally sourced building materials. (Source: School Construction News, July, 2020) Contact: SUNY New Platz, www.newplatz.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Natural Gas Utilities Support Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    American Gas Association
    Date: 2020-07-17
    Natural gas utilities invested $1.47 billion -- $3.8 million per day -- in energy efficiency programs in 2018, according to a new report by the American Gas Association (AGA).

    According to the report, natural gas utilities funded 132 natural gas efficiency programs in the U.S. and Canada in 2018 for a total investment of $1.47 billion -- an 8 pct jump from 2016 and a 20 pct increase from 2012. This includes programs to install tighter-fitting windows and doors, better insulation, and purchase more efficient natural gas appliances. One-quarter of their budget was spent on low-income efficiency programs, assisting over 214,581 participants in 2018. Further, more than 66,000 commercial customers and 72,000 industrial program customers were enrolled in natural gas efficiency programs that year.

    Download AGA Natural Gas Efficiency Programs details HERE. (Source: American Gas Association , Website, 13 July, 2020) Contact: American Gas Association, Karen Harbert, CEO, 202-824-7000, www.aga.org

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    Pomerleau Targets Passive House Standard for UT Dorm (Ind. Report)
    University of Toronto
    Date: 2020-07-13
    In Ontario, the University of Toronto (UT) has announced that Pomerleau Construction has been awarded a design-bridge-build contract for the construction of a new 265,000 sq-ft residence hall to be built to ultra energy efficient Passive House standards in Toronto's Scarborough community. Pomerleau will construct and own the building which is expected to break ground this summer.

    Unlike a program like LEED, which features a checklist with parameters such as proximity to transit, Passive House focuses on energy efficiency. For the U of T project, attention will be paid to minimizing the potential for thermal bridging and selecting the best materials for high performance, stuffing the exterior cladding with extra insulation, installing triple-glazed windows and ensuring the clips used to fasten the cladding are as efficient as possible. (Source: University of Toronto, Daily Commercial News, 13 July, 2020) Contact: Pomerleau Construction, www.pomerleau.ca; University of Toronto, www.utoronto.ca; Passive House, International Passive House Association www.passivehouse-international.org, www.passivehousecanada.com

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    UK Energy Efficiency Job Growth Projected (Int'l. Report)
    UK Energy Efficiency,UK Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-07-06
    According to the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), to meet its goal of net-zero climate-changing emissions by 2050, Britain needs to upgrade the energy efficiency and lower fossil fuel consumption in 29 million homes -- almost two homes per minute -- something it is so far nowhere near prepared to do.

    Previous government-backed green programmes to spur homeowner investment in insulation and other energy-efficiency measures were "shoddily carried out or drew little interest and failed to produce clear energy savings," and have been mostly discontinued, according to a government audit. Now, to revive interest in such efforts and train more people to do the work "we have to do for retrofit what we did about 15 years ago for recycling and waste." About 430,000 new workers are needed to deliver "anything like the level of retrofits that will be required", according to Paul Toyne of the London Sustainable Development Commission.

    The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) notes the government is looking at whether a home energy-efficiency push should be part of the package of COVID-19 pandemic recovery spending. Energy efficiency retrofitting work could be pushed forward by measures such as lower property transfer taxes on energy efficient homes and issuing green bonds to fund retraining in retrofitting skills for workers left jobless by the COVID-19 crisis, according to Green Finance Institute director Emma Harvey. (Source: London Sustainable Development Commission, Business Times, Reuters, 4 July, 2020) Contact: London Sustainable Development Commission, www.london.gov.uk/about-us/organisations-we-work/london-sustainable-development-commission; UK Green Building Council, John Alker, Policy Director, www.ukgbc.org

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    UK £80Mn Energy Efficiency Innovation Push Announced (Int'l.)
    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is reporting almost £80 million in funding to support a range innovative projects aimed at upgrading building energy efficiency.

    The new investment covers a wide range of programmes, with £30 million going towards the first phase of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) aimed at energy intensive manufacturers such as car factories and steel plants; a further £25 million earmarked for heating networks and the remaining £24 million focused on new approaches for installing insulation for social housing at scale, rolling out heat pumps, and supporting the development of innovative green home finance products. The funding will enable various projects that use of modern smart technologies to cut energy consumption and energy costs across the UK. (Source: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, GreenBiz, 29 June, 2020) Contact: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister, www.gov.uk/government/people/kwasi-kwarteng

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    Building Energy Experts Recognized for Home Energy Performance (Ind. Report)
    Building Energy Experts
    Date: 2020-06-24
    Crystal Lake, Illinois-based Building Energy Experts reports it has been awarded the US DOE ENERGY STAR® Century Club Award for its "Comprehensive whole-house" approach to improve the energy performance of more than 100 homes as part of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program.

    Building Energy Experts' service improves energy efficiency and comfort, cuts home utility bills and helps protect the environment, according to the release.

    As a participating contractor in the utility rebate program, Building Energy Experts received specialized training and is equipped with high-tech diagnostic tools to inspect buildings and determine where improvements are needed. Rather than focusing on a single problem, like an old heating or cooling system, not enough insulation in the attic, or leaky windows, Building Energy Experts look at how improvements throughout a home can work together to give homeowners the best results. Depending on the improvements selected by the homeowner, annual utility bill savings, improved comfort and better home air quality are possible. (Source: Building Energy Experts, PR, 24 June, 2020) Contact: Building Energy Experts, Anthony Stonis , 888.623.3769, 312.656.4705 242338@email4pr.com, www.buildingenergyexperts.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    Delaware Updates Building Energy Efficiency Codes (Ind. Report)
    Delaware Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In Dover, the Delaware Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy (DNREC) is reporting building code updates that include energy efficiency improvements, increased residential air sealing requirements, hot water pipe insulation, and energy efficient windows and lighting options, as well as more efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning system operation resulting from these improvements.

    Delaware first established a minimum statewide code for energy conservation in 1979. The code, which is based on standards set by the International Code Council (ICC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHREA) was last updated in 2009.

    The update includes a six-month transition period, during which the Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy will provide targeted training and technical assistance to the construction industry and code enforcement officials. Topics covered by the training will include an overview of the changes, practical compliance strategies, particularly for the building envelope requirements in the new energy codes, construction and design strategies for air sealing smaller homes, and hot water pipe insulation and HVAC duct design. (Source: DNREC, Cape Gazette, June, 2020) Contact: DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy, www.dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/climate-coastal-energy

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    Alberta Abandons Provincial Energy Efficiency Agency (Ind. Report
    Alberta
    Date: 2020-06-12
    On the Canadian Prairies, the office of Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon has announced the closure of Energy Efficiency Alberta and the transfer of the 2017-vintage agency's $8-million budget into other departments or the current Emissions Reduction Alberta.

    Energy Efficiency Alberta received funding from a provincial carbon tax on gasoline and heating fuels. The agency issued initiatives and rebates on everything from solar panels to energy-efficient appliances, windows, insulation, LED light bulbs and low-flow shower heads. The rebates were cancelled last fall. (Source: Office of Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon , JWN, Canadian Press, 12 June, 2020) Contact: Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon, 780-427-2711, www.alberta.ca/minister-of-environment-and-parks.aspx

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    Bldg. Life Cycle Assessment Tech Touted (New Prod. & Tech., Int'l.)
    EPFL Fribourg
    Date: 2020-06-10
    Vizcab, a spin-out company of Swiss technical university EPFL Fribourg, is touting its recently developed life cycle assessment (LCA) method for engineers to assess a building's energy efficiency right from the design stage.

    The technology runs thousands of simulations based on different design parameters such as heating, glazing and insulation and different construction assumptions into a web app that enables architects and engineers to integrate energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission targets into the early stages of the design process.

    The method, which was developed by Building2050, a team based at EPFL's Smart Living Lab in Fribourg, draws on the latest advances in building physics, environmental science, mechanical engineering, data science, statistics and data visualization.

    The company recently completed a funding round that €1.6 million for marketing in France and is planning a series B funding round in 18-24 months for a wider European marketing campaign. (Source: EPFL, Mirage, June, 2020) Contact: EPFN, +41 21 693 11 11, www.actu.epfl.ch

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    Alabama Issues Weatherization, Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
    Alabama
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In Montgomery, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) reports the awarding of $3.2 million to 14 community agencies as part of the state's Weatherization Assistance Program. The program provides funds to improve the energy efficiency and lower energy costs for qualifying homes. Priority is given to people with disabilities, the elderly and low-income households with children.

    Under the program, qualifying homes receive an energy audit to determine the most cost-efficient measures. Common improvements include installing extra insulation in the attic, walls and floor; sealing air leaks around doors and windows; repairs or tune-ups for air conditioning and heating units; and replacing incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency bulbs.

    The grants, which are administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, are drawn from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Energy. (Source: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, PR, 8 June, 2020) Contact: Governor Kay Ivey, governor.alabama.gov; Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, adeca.alabama.gov

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    EPCG Announces HQ Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-06-03
    Montenegrin state power utility Elektroprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) is reporting an energy efficiency upgrade project at its headquarters building in the city of Niksic.

    The first stage involves installing solar panels on the roof and the parking lot. Other measures include thermal insulation of exterior walls, thermal and hydro insulation of the roof, installation of a modern HVAC system, and LED lighting, all of which will eventually meet up to 97 pct of the building's energy needs and cut the 60-year old building's CO2 emissions by nearly 1,290 tpy, according to the EPCG release. (Source: EPCG, Balkan News, 2 June, 2020) Contact: EPCG, www.epcg.com

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    Cape Cod Playhouse Energy Efficiency Upgrades Funded (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-06-01
    In the Bay State, the not-for-profit Cape Cod Center for the Arts in Dennis is reporting receipt of grant funding approval from the board of MassDevelopment, the Mass Cultural Council's partner in the 2020 administration of the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund.

    The $150,000 grant, coupled with a $250,000 grant from the Dennis Community Preservation Committee in December 2019 , will be used for insulation, winterization and energy efficiency upgrades to the Center's 1838 vintage structure. (Source: Cape Cod Center for the Arts , CapeCod.com, 30 May, 2020) Contact: Cape Cod Center for the Arts, 508-385-3618

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    Ameresco, N.H. Ink Energy Conservation ESPC Contract (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, New Hampshire
    Date: 2020-05-13
    In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc. Ameresco reports it and the State of New Hampshire have entered into an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for energy conservation measures at 21 state facilities in New Hampshire's Seacoast Region.

    By utilizing an Energy Savings Performance Contract, the State will save energy without incurring any up-front costs and pay for the energy improvements with the realized energy savings, estimated to be over $4 million over the 20-year contract term.

    Specific energy conservation measures include: lighting system improvements, new energy management systems, demand-controlled ventilation, chiller replacement, new windows, high-efficiency pumps, infiltration reductions, pipe insulation, new transformers, three solar PV arrays and automatic temperature controls, all of which is expected to be complete in March 2021. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Renewables 11 May, 2020) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, Exec.VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

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    Cape Light Offers Major Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Cape Light Compact
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Cape Light Compact Offering Up to 100% Off Small Business Project Costs South Yarmouth, Mass.-based utility Cape Light Compact reports it will be offering incentives of up to 100 to Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard businesses for LED lamps and fixtures, HVAC and lighting controls, water saving equipment such as faucet aerators and spray valves, pipe insulation and other energy efficiency upgrades and projects.

    The enhanced incentives will be available for customers who sign an installation contract no later than August 31 and complete installation of equipment by December 31, this year. The offer will also apply to those customers who have already had energy saving opportunities identified by Cape Light Compact but have not yet installed any equipment.

    Details of the Cape Light Compact 2019-2021 Energy Efficiency Plan are HERE. Cape Light Compact energy incentives incentives information is HERE (Source: Cape Light Compact, Cape Cod Today, 11 May, 2020) Oct., 2018) Contact: Cape Light Compact, (508) 375-6644, www.capelightcompact.org

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    Serbia Earmarks €4.25Mn for Energy Efficiency in 2020 (Int'l.)
    Serbia
    Date: 2020-05-06
    Balkan Green Energy News is reporting the Serbian government has committed roughly €4.25 million for energy efficiency projects implemented by state authorities, local municipalities and other state agencies in 2020.

    The money can be used for building thermal insulation, HVAC upgrades and modernization, solar energy installations and energy efficient interior lighting projects as well as for project design work and training.

    The programs goals include: financing activities and measures for improving energy efficiency; realizing energy savings and rational use of energy by applying cost-effective technologies and products; increased use of renewable energy sources; reducing GHG emissions and increasing public awareness of the importance of energy efficiency. (Source: Balkan Green Energy News, 4 May., 2020)

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    Chelan County PUD Ups Window Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Chelan County PUD
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In Wentachee, Washington State the Chelan County PUD says some of its energy-saving rebate amounts will almost double this year. Customers can cash in on rebates through use of energy efficient windows and insulation materials. Insulation rebate rates for walls, floors, and attics have doubled from .50 per square foot to $1.00. In addition, customers who use furnace, baseboard or wall heat in homes with single-pane windows can get $12 per square foot for upgrading to energy-efficient windows. The previous rebate was $6. The rebates are retroactive through January 1, 2020

    The PUD aims to make it more affordable to replace inefficient single-pane windows, especially where the heat source is not a heat pump, and to encourage energy efficiency upgrades and programs in its service district. (Source: Chelan PUD, Columbia Basin News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Chelan County PUD, Josh Mitchell, Resaidential Energy Advisor, 888-663-8121, www.chelanpud.org

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    Pittsburgh U Dorm Earns USGBC LEED Silver Cert. (Ind. Report)
    University of Pittsburgh
    Date: 2020-03-25
    In the Keystone State, the University of Pittsburgh is reporting its $17-million, 170-bed Livingston Alexander House residence hall in Bradford has earned US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for green construction practices, water and energy efficiency, high-efficiency HVAC and thermal glass and insulation to reduce the building's energy consumption by 30 pct over standard construction.

    The 3-story dormitory also utilizes renewable energy, organic compounds and furnishings made from recycled materials. (Source: University of Pittsburgh, PR, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: University of Pittsburgh, Rhett Kennedy, Dir. Auxiliary Services, 412-624-4141, www.pitt.edu; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Rockwool Targets 70 pct Emissions Cut (Int'l Report)
    ROCKWOOL Group
    Date: 2020-03-20
    Copenhagen-headquartered global mineral wool insulation specialist Rockwool Group reports it aims to reduce the "absolute and relative intensity" of the CO2 emissions from its production in Denmark by 70 pct by 2030 -- compared to 1990 levels. The company's target aligns with the Danish government's national target. (Source: Rockwool, PR MarketScreener, 19 Mar.,2020) Rockwool Group, +45 46 56 03 00, +45 46 56 33 11 - fax, info@rockwool.com, www.rockwoolgroup.com

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    Algeria Stiffens Residential Energy Efficiency Policy (Int'l. Report)
    Algeris
    Date: 2020-03-20
    In oil soaked Algeria, the building sector is one of the major energy consumers. Oil industry aside, it accounts for 42 pct of end-user energy consumption, of which 35 pct in the residential sector and pct 7 pct in the services sector. Transport is close behind with 35 pct followed by industry at 16 pct The building sector therefore is one of the Algerian government's priority target areas for energy efficiency .

    Algeria's national energy efficiency programme for buildings and construction cover: thermal insulation of buildings, thermal renovation, the fitting of household solar water heaters, distribution of LED light bulbs at discounted prices, appliance energy consumption and efficiency labeling and other programs and initiatives. (Source: Algeria Energy Ministry, Econostrum, 19 Mar., 2020)

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    Dominion Touts Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program (Ind Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2020-03-16
    Dominion Energy is reporting the launch of its Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program offering free energy-saving products to eligible customers. The residential Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program includes the installation of the following energy efficiency measu; low-flow kitchen faucet aerators; electric water heater wraps and insulation for water heater pipes; advanced power strips; adjustment of electric water heater temperature, and HVAC air filter replacement.

    Dominion Energy started the Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program in 2013 to provide eligible neighborhoods with energy education and the direct installation of energy-saving improvements for residential customers at no cost.

    By taking advantage of the energy-efficiency tips, rebates and incentives associated with EnergyWise programs, Dominion Energy customers have reduced electricity usage by more than 797,000 MWh during the last eight years -- sufficient energy to power 67,463 homes for a year. (Source: Dominion Energy, The T&D, Mar., 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy EnergyWise, 877-510-7234, dominionenergysc.com/EnergyWise

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    Penna. DEP Defends Gov. Wolf's RGGI Exec. Order (Ind. Report)
    RGGI, Pa DEP
    Date: 2020-02-28
    Following up on our 4 Oct., 2019 coverage, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell has defended Gov. Tom Wolf's (D) executive order directing the agency to develop rules for joining RGGI, a cap and trade regional program that charges power producers for the pollution they emit.

    McDonnell's comments came in response to concerns from the House Appropriations Committee over how the state's share of the RGGI programs quarterly auction program would be used by the state, relative to climate change issues rather than unrelated programs and projects.

    Sec. McDonnell assured the Appropriations Committee "improvements to public transportation, installing energy efficient windows, insulation, or appliances, or building out alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure" were among the projects the RGGI funds would be applied to.

    Governor Wolf's executive order follows the implementation of aggressive clean energy targets announced last year, including a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025. Pennsylvania also became the 24th state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance -- a group formed in 2017 after President Donald Trump withdrew the nation from the Paris Agreement.

    Critics of RGGI argue it will cripple Pennsylvania's economy, force fossil fuel plants into early retirement and drive up electricity prices. Critics note that Pennsylvania is the nation's number two natural gas producer and the region's top power exporter -- making it very different, economically, from the other RGGI participants. (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, The Center Square, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov; C RGGI, www.rggi.org

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    UK AI System Measures Commercial Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    UWE Bristol
    Date: 2020-02-07
    In the UK, the University of West of England in Bristol (UWE Bristol) reports it is collaborative;y developing a system incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) to determine the energy consumption and cost efficiency of commercial buildings.

    The IoT-enabled Real-time Energy Analytics Platform (i-REAP) is a two-year £1.5 million collaborative R&D project funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The system will use data collected from a network of small sensors to paint an accurate picture of energy consumption at a number of commercial building test sites with a view to setting up a service to offer energy efficiency advice to businesses.

    The project is led by engineering firm TerOpta, which is developing Internet of Things (IoT) enabled sensors for i-REAP. Researchers from UWE Bristol's Big Data Lab will initially carry out a feasibility study in the buildings, assessing the heating layout, staff sitting arrangements, office structure, orientation of buildings and building facade, materials, as well as insulation. UWE will then install up to 80 IoT sensors inside and four outside each of the buildings. By collecting data over a period of six months, the researchers will be able to gather enough intelligence on the building to then give client advice on how the current building systems are functioning and how they could be improved by retrofitting for energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness. (Source: UWE Bristol, pbctoday, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: UWE Bristol, Prof. Lukumon Oyedele, +4411732 83443, L.Oyedele@uwe.ac.uk, www.uwe,ac.uk

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    Stillwater Considers Energy Saving, Efficiency Upgrades (Ind Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2020-01-20
    In Minnesota, the Stillwater City Council reports it is considering an energy assessment and proposal from Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco. The Ameresco assessment projects that $700,000 -- $1,000,000 in energy efficiency upgrades to nine city owned facilities could significantly cut energy consumption as well as reduce energy and future maintenance costs. The savings would cover the cost of the infrastructure upgrades or the difference would be covered by Ameresco.

    Ameresco's proposed upgrades include: replacing fluorescent lighting with LEDs; occupancy controled lighting; installing mechanical insulation to pumps and piping; and building envelope improvements. (Source: City of Stillwater, 17 Jan., 2020) Contact: City of Stillwater, Mick Greiner,Facilities Manager, 651-430-8800, www.ci.stillwater.mn.us; Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

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