Category Archives: Technology

Michigan’s 6th Commercial PACE Project

The ECOreport looks at Michigan’s 6th Commercial PACE Project & the company funding it.

By Roy L Hales

Michigan passed the legislation for a Commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program in 2010. Businesses and commercial properties in participating municipalties can retrofit their buildings with renewable energy and energy efficient systems by borrowing money from a private lender and repay the loan via a special assessment on their local property tax. It has taken longer for municipalities to opt in and consequently, the state’s PACE programs didn’t really get started until 2016. According to Tommy Deavenport, Chief Operating Officer of Petros PACE Finance, Michigan’s 6th commercial PACE project has now been funded.

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Quake-Detection App Tracks Nearly 400 Tremblors World-Wide

The ECOreport reposts the story of an innovative technology: Quake-Detection App Tracks Nearly 400 Tremblors World-Wide

Originally Published on UC Berkeley News

By Robert Sanders, Media relations

UC Berkeley’s worldwide network of smartphone earthquake detectors has recorded nearly 400 earthquakes since the MyShake app was made available for download in February, with one of the most active areas of the world the fracking fields of Oklahoma.

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Will The Next President Miss Out On A $30 Billion Deal?

The ECOreport looks at  energy efficiency savings; Will the next President miss out on a $30 billion deal?

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Donald Trump boasts about his ability to recognize and make deals. But does he recognize the value of initiatives like fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks, appliance standards and the Clean Power Plan? Will the next President miss out on a $30 billion deal?

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The United States’ New PACE Guidelines

The ECOreport looks at what two of the principal companies think of the new United States’ PACE Guidelines

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1The United States largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) providers do not anticipate any complications. Both Renovate America and Ygrene believe they are already inline with most of what the government is suggesting. After months of review, the Department of Energy (DOE) released the United States’ PACE Guidelines.

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Victoria Communities Shaping Their Neighbourhood’s Future

The ECOreport reposts news from Vancouver Island, Victoria Communities Shaping Their Neighbourhood’s Future

Press Release from the City of Victoria

VICTORIA, BC — Residents and business owners in Burnside Gorge, Fairfield, Gonzales and Victoria West are helping to plan their neighbourhoods. A 25-year neighbourhood plan is being created for each of these communities that will reflect the neighbours hopes and aspirations for their area.

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HERO Expanding Into Florida & Missouri

The ECOreport looks at the continued growth HERO expanding into Florida & Missouri

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmLast July, Leon County (home to Tallahassee) became the first Florida municipality to adopt the HERO PACE Program. Several other Florida counties and cities followed suit. The latest was Orlando, whose city council approved the program yesterday. These are a few of the milestones, with HERO PACE expanding into Florida & Missouri.

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Accretive Investments vs Concerned San Diego Residents

The ECOreport reposts a news release from a citizens group forced to defend its’ statement of facts, Accretive Investments vs Concerned San Diego Residents

Press release from  residents opposing Measure B

San Diego – The San Diego Superior Court held an initial hearing this morning in response to a lawsuit brought by Accretive Investments against leading San Diego County residents who signed ballot arguments opposing Measure B. The measure, which will appear on the November ballot, seeks voter approval of the proposed Lilac Hills Ranch development. Accretive Investments placed the measure on the ballot after failing to secure approval for the project from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

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2015/16: A Milestone Year For Vancouver

The ECOreport reposts an announcement of goals achieved, a milestone year for Vancouver

Press release from the Mayor of Vancouver

This has been a milestone year for Vancouver becoming the greenest in the world by 2020, through our Greenest City Action Plan. In 2016, we’ve achieved:
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Getting Young People To Invest In Toronto’s Future

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about commitment, Getting Young People To Invest In Toronto’s Future

Originally Published on U of T News

Ten young people, one big challenge: get their generation to play a part in Toronto’s future.

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Cost & Environmental Savings of LED Lighting

The ECOreport publishes an OP-Ed about the cost & environmental savings of LED lighting

By Ingo Overmann

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMReducing our energy needs is the prerequisite to sustainable energy use and reducing climate change (global warming). Voicing our opposition to unnecessary, costly, destructive mega power projects is indeed important. BUT, the real breakthroughs will NOT happen unless we are provided with regular inputs of practical information on doable alternatives, and we apply that knowledge in our daily lives. Only then will we create the cumulative massive changes necessary to create a low-impact sustainable path forward.

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