Alabama utility extends energy efficiency project

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According to a local publication, the electric, gas and water utility serving Huntsville (Alabama) consumers plans to install the equipmen including heating and cooling systems in 1,100 homes by September 2017.

To date, 800 HU consumers have thus far been approved to benefit from the US$11.7m energy efficiency loan which the utility received from the Tennessee Valley Authority to reduce power consumption for its consumers by 25%.

[quote] The programme is only available to houses that are 20 years old and older, owner occupied and have electric heating systems.

HU Lead Energy Adviser Bradley Lyon. “We’re putting in high-efficiency heat pumps, so when they go from strip heat to heat pump, there’s a large savings there.”

“Any time you help people out that are having a hard time, it makes your job easier, it makes you feel good,” reiterated Lyon.

Energy efficiency by US states

Last week, the US Commonwealth of Massachusetts partnered with Energy Intelligence software (EIS) provider EnerNOC for rollout of an energy efficiency programme.

Under the three year collaboration, the state will use the US based firm’s technology to lower energy consumption and costs in its 420 facilities including universities, adminstrative buildings, hospitals and courthouses.

Commenting on the signing of the US$5.6m project, Governor Charlie Baker said:  “This innovative program further signals our commitment to using advanced technologies and cutting edge strategies to make state government more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally sound.

“This initiative will ensure that Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in energy efficiency standards and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” added the governor.

EnerNOC claims its solution will help the state government to monitor its progress towards reducing carbon emissions as well as drive operational efficiency by identifying and prioritise on capital investments.

The state plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 25% by 2020, states a combined statement.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.