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RDCK Adopts BC New Home Energy Step Code (Ind. Report)
BC Energy Step Code
Date: 2020-11-27
In Nelson, British Columbia, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (pop. 59,500) reports it has adopted the BC Energy Step Code requiring all new residential buildings be certified as meeting all energy efficiency and related energy requirements of the current building code. Without that certification a building permit will not be issued.

The BC Energy Step Code is a series of five steps, each with increasingly advanced energy saving standards. Step 1 means the status quo, with certification by an energy advisor. Step 2 means increasing energy efficiency above the status quo by 10 pct: Step 3 by 20 pct, and Step 4 by 40 pct. The fifth step is a net-zero building that produces as much energy as it uses. Standards in the code are measured by how much energy is being lost from the building envelope, not on the source of heat or the building materials used.

Energy Step Code details are HERE (Source: Regional District of Central Kootenay, PR, Nelson Star, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: Regional District of Central Kootenay, Stuart Horn, CEO, (250) 352-6665 www. rdck.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


TEPCO Commits to ¥2Tn Green Energy Investment by 2035 (Int'l.)
TEPCO
Date: 2020-06-08
In Tokyo, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings' TEPCO Renewable Power unit reports it will invest as much as ¥2 trillion ($18 billion) to develop 6 - 7 GW of Japanese offshore wind and hydroelectric power projects by 2035.

The additional investment would boost the company's renewable energy capacity from 20 pct to 25 pct of the group's total capacity. (Source: TEPCO Renewable Power, PR, Reuters, 8 June, 2020) Contact: TEPCO Renewable Power, www.tepco.co.jp/en/rp/index-e.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News TEPCO,  Renewable Energy,  


Bidgely Touts Residential Energy Efficiency Solution (ind. Report)
Bidgely
Date: 2020-04-08
Mountain View, California-based utility artificial (AI) intelligence specialist Bidgely is reporting its Home Energy Reports HER 2.0 Solution increases energy savings by 80 pct and enables utilities to design more accurate treatment groups for behavioral energy efficiency programs -- including lower base-load consumption users and low-income households.

Having partnered with numerous utilities and the largest energy retailers around the world, like TEPCO in Japan and Rocky Mountain Power and Duke Energy in North America, to improve behavioral energy efficiency programs, drive substantial $/kWh savings and expand the customer reach with the Bidgely HER 2.0 Solution, customer results have shown:

  • 41GWhs of energy savings in less than one year at a 25 pct program cost savings and 80 pct "Likes" from customer satisfaction for the program;

  • 2 times higher energy savings in peak months compared to paper-only based programs, as a result of multiple touch points and tailored messages throughout the customer journey;

  • 40 pct expansion of treatment population at no additional cost through AI-powered personalized energy profiles of each home;

  • 50 pct reduction in high bill calls and a correlation to an increased JD Power score of two quartiles.

    Bidgely has over 15 energy patents, $50 million in funding, retains more than 30 data scientists, and serves residential customers around the world, according to the company. (Source: Bidgely, Oleans Times Herald, 7 April, 2020) Contact: Bidgely, Colin Gibbs, VP Strategy, www.bidgely.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bidgely ,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Choshi Offshore Wind Farm JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Tokyo Electric Power,Orsted
    Date: 2020-03-20
    Kallanish Energy is reporting Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings and Orsted A/S have formed Choshi Offshore Wind Farm KK, a joint venture company to bid in the Choshi-city offshore wind promotion area in Japan.

    The joint venture is expected to bid for 1 GW of offshore wind in the Round 1 auction and possible future offshore wind project opportunities as they develop. (Source: Tokyo Electric, Orsted, Kallanish Energy, 19 Mar., 2020)Contact: Tokyo Electric Power, www7.tepco.co.jp; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tokyo Electric Power ,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


    Zenobe Energy Scores £25Mn from Japanese Power Majors (Int'l)
    Zenobe Energy,Tokyo Electric Power
    Date: 2019-02-22
    UK battery storage firm Zenobe Energy reports it has secured a £25 million ($32.6Mn US) investment from Japanese power giants Jera and Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco). The new funds, which are earmarked for expansion purposes, are in addition to £45.5 million of equity already invested into Zenobe over the course of the last 18 months and a further £30 million of senior debt facilities provided by Santander and Generation IM.

    Zenobe, which has around 73MW of operational storage assets, is developing various new service offerings, which the company said would counter controversial charging reforms proposed by Ofgem, and is also providing flexible power solutions for electric bus depots, with an eye on expanding this offering to commercial EV operators. (Source: Zenobe Energy, current+-, Feb., 2019)Contact: Zenobe Energy, Nicholas Beatty, co-founder, +44 (0) 203 912, 7853contact@zenobe.co.uk, www.zenobe.co.uk; Tokyo Electric Power, www7.tepco.co.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zenobe Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    JERA Investing in UK Battery Energy Storage Specialist (Int'l)
    Zenobe Energy,JERA Co.
    Date: 2019-02-20
    In the Land of the Rising Sun, Tokyo-based JERA Co, a fuel trading JV between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power, reports it is partnering with TEPCO Power Grid and will invest £25 million ($32 million) in London, UK-headquartered battery storage specialist Zenobe Energy.

    Zenobe Energy supplies, finances, owns and operates battery storage assets and is one of the largest owners and operators of battery storage in Britain, with a capacity of approximately 73 MW, according to JERA. (Source: JERA Co. Website, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: JERA Co., www.jera.co.jp/english; Zenobe Energy, contact@zenobe.co.uk, +44 (0) 2039127853, www.zenobe.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    TEPCO Planning Million KW Offshore Wind Project (Int'l Report)
    Tokyo Electric Power
    Date: 2019-01-07
    Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) reports it is considering construction of a 1 million kilowatt -- roughly equivalent toa nuclear power plant -- offshore wind farm off the coast of Choshi, Chiba Prefecture. As previously reported, the company initially began planning for the project in 2009.

    For the project, TEPCO intends to partner with an experienced European offshore wind power developer and spend about ¥1 trillion ($9.2 billion) on the 200, 5,000 kw, "fixed bottom" turbine offshore project. The utility is also considering a nearby location for the full-fledged generator and intends to begin construction as early as fiscal 2019. (Source: Tokyo Electric Power Company, PR, Japan News, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: TEPCO, www.tepco.co.jp/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tokyo Electric Power,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


    TEPCO Testing for Offshore Wind Seabed Viability (Int'l Report)
    Tokyo Electric Power Company
    Date: 2018-11-14
    In Japan, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO) reports it is using bore-holes and sound waves to survey the seabed to verify the feasibility of constructing offshore offshore wind farms off the coasts of Choshi City and Asahi City in Chiba Prefecture.

    TEPCO began research off the coast of Choshi City in August 2009 in response to the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization's (NEDO) call for expressions of interest. (Source: TEPCO, Nikkei, Nov., 2018) Contact: NEDO, www.nedo.go.jp/english; TEPCO, www.tepco.co.jp/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NEDO,  Tokyo Electric Power Company,  TEPCO,  Offshore Wind,  

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