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Schneider Electric has announced an agreement to design and build a microgrid within critical buildings in the city of Milford, Connecticut. The technology will offer power resiliency during harsh weather. At a time when Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Sandy offered municipalities a reminder of the importance of installing resilient power in critical facilities, and the US Department of Energy’s 2017 Grid Reliability Study includes microgrids as a way to provide necessary resilience.

The agreement will enable Schneider Electric to design and build a microgrid that performs on multiple levels. The microgrid will operate during grid outages, providing a resilient power supply to structures within the City of Milford that are crucial for public safety, health, and emergency response, as well as providing safe refuge during superstorms. In addition, the microgrid will provide the town with hard dollar cost savings and more sustainable energy usage.

In addition to providing the city of Milford with a resilient power supply, the microgrid will also offer Milford cost savings by reducing electricity consumption at four city buildings and heating fuel consumption at the Parsons Government Center. Additionally, the city will be using Virtual Net Metering Credits to reduce electricity costs at its other facilities. These reductions will help Milford achieve net savings on energy costs annually. With financing provided by a highly efficient Tax Exempt Lease Purchase (TELP), the city can take advantage of much lower cost of capital than a typical power purchase agreement, retaining more of its cost savings from the microgrid.

Schneider Electric’s new microgrid in Milford will power five critical facilities within the town, including a middle school, the senior center, River Park Elderly Apartments, the Parsons Government Center, and City Hall. The middle school, Parsons, and the senior center will be available as shelters for Milford residents when power outages occur.

The microgrid will be powered by a clean CHP system, which generates electricity and heat more efficiently than traditional generation. The microgrid will be solar-ready, with infrastructure installed so that solar PV panels may be added in the future for additional cost savings and sustainability, and will use a battery energy storage system to reduce peak power consumption from the local energy grid. These solutions will combine to make Milford’s energy consumption more sustainable.

The city of Milford received a grant from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) to provide funding for design, engineering, and connecting the buildings with underground cables. Milford will fund a generator that will supply heat and power, in addition to the battery energy storage system, while Schneider Electric will offer its microgrid design.

Source: Schneider Electric

The Palma de Mallorca City Council is undertaking an innovative project to mobilise investment in order to improve its street lighting. In issue no. 25 of FuturENERGY, in November 2015, we set out the benefits of the energy management and maintenance supervision contract being undertaken by Lot 0 for the Palma City Council. This month, via the joint venture Efibalear, the project managers for the reform of the street lighting under Lot 0, Letter Ingenieros reports on current and future results for 2015 and 2016.

This project, “Integrated management of outdoor lighting and improved energy efficiency of public infrastructures” is 50% co-funded by the ERDF 2014-2020 Operational Programme for the Balearic Islands, and is supported by the audit undertaken in 2012; by the ISO 50001 on energy efficient management; by the Palma Financial Aid Programme for Energy Sustainability and Efficiency; by the Smart Office of the Palma City Council; and by a practical web-based management platform.

Thanks to the guiding principles established and the commitment to the specified objectives, the implementing agreement is expected to be signed between the Government of the Balearic Islands and the Palma City Hall to co-finance the project on the new management model for outdoor lighting and improved energy efficiency of the public infrastructure of the Palma City Hall, as part of the ERDF 2014-2020 Operational Programme for the Balearic Islands. Read more…

María Ávila Montoro
Commercial Director, Letter Ingenieros

Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2016

The 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns – “Transformative Action: the potential for Europe”, taking place from 27-29 of April in Bilbao, Basque Country, will focus on the pressing need for action by local governments to change unsustainable pathways and shape Europe’s future. Following the UN Summit Meeting for adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the COP21 Paris Climate Summit, this conference will be the flagship event in Europe in 2016 for discussion and experience exchange on local sustainability.

The three-day conference will be a platform for local leaders to express ideas, experiences and expectations related to urban development, as well as to analyse the key role of cooperation between local governments, the private sector, civil society and the business sector in order to implement comprehensive measures. The conference programme aims to inform and involve local governments on European and international policy tools for sustainable development, and explore how these tools can support and encourage local initiatives.

Plenary, subplenary and interactive breakout sessions will cover a wide range of topics, such as smart cities and big data, procurement of innovation, climate and resilience, circular economy and citizen-powered energy transition.
Arab Hoballah, Director, Chief of Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry, UNEP, and Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, are amongst the speakers. Thomas Kastrup-Larsen, Mayor of the City of Aalborg; Zoran Janković, Mayor of the City of Ljubljana, and Célia Blauel, Deputy Mayor of the City of Paris, will also come on stage to share with the audience what their cities are doing to move towards sustainable development.

Europe is about to face a fundamental transformation, and cities will be key players in this process,” says Stefan Kuhn, Deputy Regional Director of the ICLEI European Secretariat. “Framed by new, recently adopted international agreements such as the Paris Climate consensus and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, local policies on energy, social inclusion, value capturing and other key issues will change. At the 8th ECSCT, taking place in the Basque Country just one month before the adoption of the EU Urban Agenda, cities will outline Transformative Actions to drive the change.

The Euskalduna Palace (Bilbao) will host the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Towns & Cities, co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Government, Bizkaia County Council and Bilbao City Council, with the involvement of Udalsarea 21 – Basque Network of Municipalities for Sustainability, and the support of Araba County Council, Gipuzkoa County Council, Donostia/San Sebastián City Council and Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council.

The Basque commitment to urban sustainability

The Basque Country reflects the capacity of European cities to transform, having changed from being focused on industry to embracing a modern service-based economy. Its newly-adopted Environmental Programme for 2020 shows a firm commitment to improving the environment and aligns with current European and international strategies on job creation, enhancing standards of living, and building a low-carbon economy.

The 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns will build on the legacy of the previous conferences in Aalborg (Denmark, 1994 and 2004), Lisbon (Portugal, 1996), Hannover (Germany, 2000), Seville (Spain, 2007), Dunkerque (France, 2010), and Geneva (Switzerland, 2013). Over 1,000 representatives from local and regional governments, European and international institutions, multilateral organisations, members of the research community, private sector and civil society are expected to take part in the event.

For further information: www.basquecountry2016.eu

The CEPPI project website has been launched to showcase the sustainable energy solutions lead by the five participating cities – Birmingham (UK), Budapest (Hungary), Castelló and Valencia (Spain), and Wrocław (Poland) – and supported by the 4 expert partners. By using a pro-innovation procurement approach, the cities aim to achieve energy savings of 33GWh per year.

This 3-year project pursues to build capacity related to public procurement of innovation (PPI) and sustainable public procurement (SPP) in cities. Public procurement has the power to foster innovation and shape it to meet the needs and challenges of public services.

The five cities involved in the project will intervene in scheduled public tenders to achieve a more sustainable energy outcome through PPI.

Public authorities have started identifying the possible areas of intervention and related information has been published in the CEPPI website. Birmingham City Council announced its interest in procurements related to its waste strategy, and refrigeration units for markets; Budapest is exploring the implementation of PPI practices in tenders to retrofit the City Hall; Valencia is looking at city lighting, fountain systems and sports centres; and Wrocław is considering a focus on street lighting modernisation. Castelló is currently assessing opportunities. CEPPI cities aspire to adopt a leadership role in their regions.

Visitors to the CEPPI website can learn more about the five cities’ sustainable and innovation procurement policies and actions, and about their sustainable development projects. Within the project, the CEPPI partners will produce reports, guides and other tools of interest for public authorities implementing SPP and PPI practices, and all public documents will be available from the website. Those who want to keep updated about the CEPPI project can subscribe to its newsletter through the online form.

The CEPPI project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project is coordinated by Birmingham City Council, in partnership with Budapest City Council, the Municipality of Castelló, InnDEAValencia, EIT+, JERA Consulting, Optimat, Steinbeis-Transferzentrum EGS, and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.