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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development intends to select and contract a consulting company for Azerbaijan Railways’ energy efficiency and commercialisation strategy. Through this assignm ......
|Description||The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development intends to select and contract a consulting company for Azerbaijan Railways’ energy efficiency and commercialisation strategy. Through this assignment, EBRD intends to support the company by providing technical assistance to conduct an energy efficiency audit and produce a priority investment plan in an effort to improve costs and revenues, reduce Co2 emissions and upgrade certain infrastructure and rolling assets. The consultant will be selected under a single stage of an open competitive tender, and the interested companies must submit a Technical and Financial Proposal. The assignment is expected to start in Q1 and has an estimated overall duration of 4 months. The estimated cost of the contract is EUR 200,000 exclusive of VAT, and it is financed by the ERBD. The consultant will be responsible for the electricity management and commercialisation, by analysing the current structure and processes of low-voltage power supply and electricity commercialization in ADY, to elaborate the energy efficiency and renewable energy generation, the consultant will review of energy audit methodologies developed by ADY and will complete a series of pilot energy audits and will also prepare a high level priority investment plan and high level recommendation for top priority investments. In addition, the consultant will realise a priority investment plan under which it will develop a high level set of base-line projections encapsulating the current status of the infrastructure and freight transport, will review of existing rolling stock and its maintenance management in use by the company taking into account safety, integrity and efficiency. The consultant will have to review the existing track status and existing investment plans for track electrification and will produce a high level proposal of investment in track electrification. For this programme, the EBRD and Azerbaijan Railways (ADY) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to improve company’s energy efficiency, renewable energy generation and to invest for upgrade and commercialisation of its railway operations. The full Terms of Reference (TOR) of the assignment can be found here. The consultants may submit a completed Technical and Financial Proposal as per the standard templates and instructions available here.|
|Industry||Administration & Marketing|
The Kingston Public, Victoria Jubilee, Mandeville and Falmouth hospitals are to benefit from a project aimed at improving the energy efficiency of the institutions. This follows Cabinet’s approval of ......
|Description||The Kingston Public, Victoria Jubilee, Mandeville and Falmouth hospitals are to benefit from a project aimed at improving the energy efficiency of the institutions. This follows Cabinet’s approval of the award of a US$5.35-million contract to Power Services Company Ltd to design, supply, install, commission and maintain energy-efficient and renewable-energy interventions at the hospitals. Making the announcement at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (November 14), Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the project could guarantee reductions in electricity consumption at the hospitals. “This is further to the conduct of an energy audit to allow for comparative review of the submissions,” he said. In the meantime, Mr. Reid announced that Cabinet also approved the award of a contract valued at US$121.1 million to supply medical gases to the Western Regional Health Authority for a one-year period. In addition, Cabinet also approved a contract valued at US$875,707 to LASCO Distributors Ltd to supply viral load testing reagents and supplies to the National Public Health Laboratory for one year.|
|Industry||Energy & Power|
The City of Spring Hill was awarded a state energy grant by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to install a series of energy efficiency projects to create significant taxpayer sa ......
|Description||The City of Spring Hill was awarded a state energy grant by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to install a series of energy efficiency projects to create significant taxpayer savings on municipal utility costs.
The City of Spring Hill was one of only 13 government entities throughout the state to receive a share of more than $1 million in grant funds for energy efficiency projects announced recently by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. Spring Hill received $26,409.78.
Grant recipients will implement projects designed to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings. Specifically, the projects focus on cleaner alternative energy, energy conservation and air quality improvement.
Spring Hill’s planned energy project is funded under a grant contract with the state of Tennessee and will include reducing electrical and HVAC consumption at the Spring Hill Water Treatment Plant, City Hall and the public library. The 50/50 matching grant will fund the cost of the project up to $55,319.06, of which TDEC will reimburse 50 percent up to $26,409.78.
Based on two years of utility bills, the three facilities use an average total of 2,064,180 kilowatt hours (kWh). The grant will allow the city to install indoor and outdoor LED lighting fixtures, energy-efficient HVAC components and retrofits such as programmable thermostats and infrared wall switches that are expected to make the buildings 30-40 percent more efficient. The city anticipates reducing energy usage by 198,025 kWh, equaling $19,802.00 in annual savings.
The estimated return on investment for the cost of all three projects is less than three years, and the recouping of city’s cost portion of the project is about 18 months. The project will be completed within less than six months after entering into a contract with TDEC, Polk said.
“I am very proud to have created this opportunity for the city of Spring Hill and its residents. Knowing these projects will begin saving energy instantly is crucial to starting the payback period,” said Spring Hill Stormwater Coordinator Jeremy Polk, who wrote the grant application. “I would encourage all residents to research energy efficient ideas for their residence. All are welcome to contact me through the city’s website with questions.”
Funding for the projects comes from an April 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the TVA. Under the consent decree, Tennessee received $26.4 million over the past five years to fund clean energy mitigation programs in the state. TDEC has used the funding to reimburse grantees for a variety of innovative projects to reduce environmental impacts and operating costs at sites of new construction, redevelopment projects, and sites with aging infrastructure.
“This year’s applicants have proposed creative energy efficiency programs designed to decrease emissions and reduce expenses at the local level,” TDEC Commissioner Martineau said in an August state news release about the grant program. “We will continue to look for ways to promote environmental awareness and energy efficiency within state government and in Tennessee communities.”
“I’m pleased that Spring Hill was able to use our energy audit recommendations to successfully apply for a Clean Tennessee Energy Grant and I encourage other communities to utilize the service,” said Molly Cripps, director of TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs. “We offer no-cost technical assistance to public sector entities in Tennessee to identify opportunities to reduce energy and water consumption in public buildings.”
Energy efficiency upgrades to City Hall include retrofitting the existing thermostats with seven-day, multi-time setting thermostats and replacing existing light switches with passive infrared occupancy sensors. The thermostats and sensors will optimize conditions when occupants are present and reduce operating costs during non-work hours. The city also will install a single-room, ductless, split-system HVAC unit in the electronics room.
Other improvements include:
The Spring Hill Water Treatment Plant retrofit of 33 metal-halide, 400-watt ceiling fixtures with LED high bay lights. Since these lights operate 24-7, the upgrades not only will save energy, but will significantly reduce the need for constant maintenance. The current lights last only 6-8 months and the new lights will last 8-10 years.
The Spring Hill Public Library installation of an automated Energy Management System for HVAC efficiency improvements. The system will monitor daily energy usage and HVAC operation and automatically report any issues to designated personnel. Lighting in the library also will be upgraded, replacing about a dozen 17S-watt metal halide bulbs with 42-watt LED bulbs. Beyond reducing energy and operational expenses, the upgrades also will provide a better experience for library users.
General public benefits show:
LED lighting gives off a strong white light that provides better illumination than what is currently installed, enhancing public safety and city employee work areas, and improving security lighting.
Programmable thermostats provide instant savings that will continue through the life of the facility. Existing thermostats do not support set back temperatures or schedules to maximize savings.
Passive IR ceiling and wall-mounted sensors decrease work time usage when personnel are not occupying areas, ensuring all lighting is off during non-work hours and extending the life of existing lights, reducing replacement cost and installation labor.
Energy Management System (EMS) ensures the public library has a comfortable, relaxing environment while reducing usage and cost of non-work hours in setback mode. The electronic schedule will eliminate on-site personnel making daily adjustments and provide automatic notification of EMS-monitored maintenance issues.
|Industry||Energy & Power|
Earlier this year, the City of Douglas Mayor and Commission approved to begin two new utilities programs for senior citizens who are 65 years of age or older. The two programs, a monthly $10.00 Senior ......
|Description||Earlier this year, the City of Douglas Mayor and Commission approved to begin two new utilities programs for senior citizens who are 65 years of age or older. The two programs, a monthly $10.00 Senior Discount and the Weatherization Grant-Loan Program, will be available to citizens on October 3.
The Senior Discount Program will be available only for senior citizens who are active account holders. Through this program, seniors will be eligible to receive a $10.00 monthly credit to their Douglas utilities account.
Some of the requirements include the following: electric service is turned on for the utility account with the Douglas Utility Department, the senior must be 65 or older, the account must be a residential account, and the applicant must be the owner of the utility account with full privileges on the account.
Every two years on February 1, the senior must re-apply and follow all of the requirements to continue to be eligible. The only exception to this rules is if the senior citizen is placed in an assisted living facility or at another location for personal care and no one is living at the utility service location, if the City is notified and services are left on, the discount will continue.
If the account holder does not comply, the discount will be stopped until the proper steps are taken by the account holder. The reinstated discount will not be retroactive but will resume again with the next billing cycle.
If the City of Douglas is informed or discovers that any account holder receiving this discount is deceased or no longer resides at the approved location, the discount will be discontinued.
“For several years, senior citizens have asked for a discount or incentive when becoming a City of Douglas utility customer. We are proud to offer these new utility programs that will offer a monthly discount and provide a grant-loan program for weatherization of homes that seniors own within the City of Douglas,” states City of Douglas Utility Director Mike Hudson.
The Weatherization Grant – Loan Program will also be available for a select amount of Douglas residents with limited weatherization improvements to their home.
Some of the requirements include: the senior must be 65 or older (driver’s license or picture ID required to prove date of birth), account must have active electric residential service with the City, must be a resident of the City of Douglas and a U.S. citizen, must be the Utility Account Holder or listed on the utility account, must meet current HUD low/moderate income limits, must provide proof of home ownership, must occupy structure as primary residence, must provide proof that property taxes are current, must be current on utility account, must provide income verification, and the applicant can not be a participant of the Douglas Utility Payment Plan.
Manufactured homes are eligible for the program if they are permanently affixed. Rental property is not eligible. An energy audit will be performed on each housing unit to determine needed improvements by an employee of the City of Douglas. The maximum amount eligible per household is $5,000 including labor costs.
The applicant will also be required to pay 50% of the total amount improvements of their monthly utility bill up to a 60-month time period. However, due to limited funds, approximately thirty applications will be received and processed on a first come, first serve basis.
Both of these programs will be available on October 3, 2016.
For full requirements or to become a part of the Senior Citizen Discount program, contact the Customer Care Department at the City of Douglas by dialing 3-1-1 or call (912) 384-3302.
For a list of all policies and procedures concerning the Weatherization Grant-Loan Program, contact the Community Development Department at (912) 389-3432.
|Industry||Energy & Power|