Energy Efficiency News – May 22nd

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In issue 44: efficiency program developments for Saskatchewan and Boulder, smart meters declared safe in Australia, and new energy software for British Gas.

Utilities

Michigan utility Consumers Energy awarded $2 million in energy efficiency funding to commercial and industrial customers last quarter. The 664 customers involved should save a cumulative $2.4 million in yearly costs.
Source: M Live

SaskPower has announced the expansion of its energy efficiency programs. The initiatives, delivered by ICF Marbek, include dedicated support teams for industrial customers and further incentives for commercial lighting.
Source: Electrical Business

Duke Energy has asked North Carolina regulators for a one year, six percent rate cut for its largest commercial and industrial customers. If approved, the reduction will be available to customers considering relocation or in financial distress.
Source: Charlotte Observer

UK utility British Gas announced a deal with AlertMe, to provide energy information software to all residential customers with smart meters. Under current plans all UK homes will have such technology by 2019.
Source: GigaOM

Institutions & Cities

The city of Boulder, Colorado, is considering a mandatory energy efficiency program for commercial and industrial users. The three-phased approach would expand existing incentives, followed by mandatory energy reporting then mandated conservation goals.
Source: Daily Camera

Delaware Technical Community College will save $9 million in energy costs over 15 years by installing $7 million in energy efficiency measures. The project was primarily financed by the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility, and managed by Pepco Energy Services.
Source: Environmental Leader

States

The California Energy Commission will adopt changes to the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, to take effect in 2014. The rules will include “net zero energy” provisions for new residential and commercial buildings, by 2020 and 2030 respectively.
Source: Glass on Web

Lawmakers in New York State are debating plans for a one gigawatt transmission line from Quebec to New York City. The project would bring low-cost hydro-electric power to the city, but is opposed by upstate generators and the Sierra Club.
Source: Times Union

A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council argues that Ohio’s energy efficiency standard has saved $100 million in utility costs and created over 4,000 new jobs. The state’s House of Representatives will imminently consider whether to dilute the standards.
Source: Marketwatch

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke in favor of energy efficiency and renewables at a conference convened to develop a three year energy plan. The state’s investment in clean energy is the highest per capita in the US, and was recently named the most energy efficient state by the ACEEE.
Source: The Sun Chronicle

North America

The ACEEE released a report examining the dozen lowest-performing states from its “Energy Efficiency Scorecard.” The report recommends that such states show leadership through government buildings, enforce building energy codes and implement utility energy efficiency programs.
Source: ACEEE

Nine Japanese companies launched a collaborative smart grid demonstration project in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The two-year study, in association with Public Service Company of New Mexico, will study demand response and energy efficiency technologies within a three-story commercial building.
Source: Marketwatch

International

Energy regulators in Victoria, Australia, found that smart meters are as safe as their electromechanical counterparts. Concerns had been raised over metering failures in Melbourne, but these were attributed to criminal damage.
Source: Victoria Department of Primary Industries

Jamaica has allocated $396 million for energy spending in 2012/13, according to the budget before the House of Representatives. The funds will go towards public-sector conservation projects, and be jointly funded by the national government and Inter American Development Bank.
Source: Jamaica Information Service

China will invest 2 trillion yuan ($316 billion) to promote energy-saving and low-carbon projects during the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-15). The country has set a goal of reducing its energy intensity by 16 percent and carbon intensity by 17 percent during the same period.
Source: China Daily

Tomas Freyman, Valuations Director at BDO, released an article on the energy efficiency sector. He points out that 90% of the buildings that will exist in 2035 are already built, representing a great opportunity for retrofits.
Source: FTSE Global Markets

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