International District Energy Association Calls for Greater Use of District Cooling and Microgrids

International District Energy Association Calls for Greater Use of District Cooling and Microgrids

  The International District Energy Association (IDEA) is calling for more focus and energy being put towards district cooling systems and microgrids. As Robert P. Thornton, president & CEO of IDEA, writes on gineersnow.com, “one of the key challenges facing our both industry and society … Read more…

Massachusetts Awards $20M Grants for Energy Storage

Massachusetts Awards $20M Grants for Energy Storage

Massachusetts awarded $20 million in grants for energy storage projects in the state this week, doubling the initial amount planned, MassLive reported. The funding is going toward 26 projects involving different business models in an effort to accelerate the development of energy storage technologies. The … Read more…

Investment Group Puts $94.22M Into Canadian C&I Energy Storage

Investment Group Puts $94.22M Into Canadian C&I Energy Storage

Commercial and industrial sector energy storage projects in Canada are set to go into high gear. The Swiss investment group SUSI Partners signed a deal for US $94.22 million (C $120 million) with Toronto-based energy storage project developer and owner NRStor Inc. The investment comes from … Read more…

Johnson Controls: Energy Security and Emissions Reduction Drive Investment

Johnson Controls: Energy Security and Emissions Reduction Drive Investment

The 2017 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey of facility and management executives from a dozen countries was released this week, revealing increased interest in energy efficiency. Greenhouse gas emissions reduction and energy security became the largest drivers for investment in the US and … Read more…

California Governor Signs Bills for PACE Loan Protections

California Governor Signs Bills for PACE Loan Protections

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed two bills into law that aim to establish a consumer protection, underwriting, and regulatory framework for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans. The signing comes after a year of discussions and negotiations among low-income consumer advocates, environmental and clean-energy … Read more…

Michigan PACE Programs Set to Boom, Says Lender

Michigan PACE Programs Set to Boom, Says Lender

The state of Michigan is on the verge of exploding with PACE projects, according to Andy Levin, president of Levin Energy Partners LLC. Levin, who promotes PACE through the company’s Lean & Green Michigan program, says nearly 10 energy management improvement projects in Michigan have taken … Read more…

MA Jail Nabs Juicy Grant for Solar Canopy

MA Jail Nabs Juicy Grant for Solar Canopy

A jail in Greenfield, MA, has received a grant of more than half a million dollars from the state Department of Energy Resources to install a solar canopy.  The $545,000 grant will pay for a 436-kilowatt array expected to offset 26% of the facility’s energy … Read more…

Prison Captures $33 Million in Energy, Water Savings with ESPC

Prison Captures $33 Million in Energy, Water Savings with ESPC

A prison in Illinois will benefit from more than $33 million in energy and water savings thanks to an energy savings performance contract (ESPC); the ESPC project is expected to reduce energy consumption by 53% across 13 main buildings, leading to significant reductions in utility and … Read more…

Milwaukee Developer Finds Benefits in PACE Financing

Milwaukee Developer Finds Benefits in PACE Financing

A Wisconsin developer is upgrading an outdated building with energy efficient features thanks to funding from the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) initiative. Developer Juli Kaufmann has installed an energy efficient furnace, a more efficient water heater, upgraded windows, LED lighting, more insulation and a … Read more…

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