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A Wisconsin developer is upgrading an outdated building with energy efficient features thanks to funding from the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) initiative.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…

Energy Services Performance Contract to Save Army Base $92M

Energy Services Performance Contract to Save Army Base $92M

The Fort Riley Army Post in Kansas expects to save $92 million in energy costs over the next 22 years with 15 new energy conservation measures it plans to implement. Fort Riley, expecting to reduce energy use by 25% by 2025, is expanding and upgrading … Read more…

Trinity College to Install Fuel Cell Power Plant, Save 30% in Energy, Prep for Future Micro-grid

Trinity College to Install Fuel Cell Power Plant, Save 30% in Energy, Prep for Future Micro-grid

Trinity College in Hartford, CT, is the latest institute of higher learning to ensure a steady and reliable source of power while saving on energy costs and reducing CO2. The college expects to save about 30% in energy costs per year with the installation of a … Read more…

Oregon’s Senator Wyden Proposes ‘Clean Energy for America’ Tax Credits

Oregon’s Senator Wyden Proposes ‘Clean Energy for America’ Tax Credits

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and his colleagues introduced a Clean Energy for America Act on May 5 that includes technology-neutral tax credits for domestic production of clean electricity and clean transportation fuel, as well as performance-based tax incentives for energy-efficient homes and office buildings. These credits are open to all resources, including fossil fuels that capture carbon or make efficiency improvements.

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