Volume 15, Issue 70 | June 25, 2018

2030 Districts Are Emerging Throughout the Country as a New Model for Urban Sustainability

Reducing energy use, water consumption and transportation GHG emissions are primary goals

 

2030 Districts are partnerships in urban areas across North America committed to achieving district-wide goals to reduce building energy use, water consumption and transportation greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions by 50% by the year 2030. 2030 Districts bring property owners and managers together with local governments, businesses, and community stakeholders to provide a business model for urban sustainability through collaboration, leveraged financing and shared resources.1 

WGL Energy Services, Inc. (WGL Energy) is a proud sponsor of the 2030 District initiatives through Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (as both the Erie 2030 Emerging District Meeting and Pittsburgh 2030 District Meeting sponsors) and through Green Building United in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (as the Philadelphia 2030 District Meeting Sponsor).  WGL Energy is committed to helping property owners and managers reduce their energy use by conducting energy audits and implementing energy efficiency measures.  We also can provide renewable energy alternatives such as wind and solar to meet sustainability goals. 

In Pittsburgh, 2030 District represents more than 500 buildings committed to rigorous reductions, leading all 19 international 2030 Districts with 81.7 million square feet committed. For the 2017 performance year, committed properties reduced energy use by 12%, while water consumption fell by 14.5%. Since 2012, the Pittsburgh 2030 District has collectively saved $85.4 million in energy and water costs, while avoiding 434,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide.2

In Philadelphia, which is a relatively new 2030 District, the Green Building United kicked off their Philadelphia 2030 District initiative in October 2017. There is a total of 120 million square feet of properties within the district that could commit to the pledge.  The initiative seeks to improve efficiency in the building sector in Philadelphia with the goal to lower costs, reduce carbon emissions, improve indoor air quality and tenant comfort, and improve the resiliency of the city’s new and existing building stock.

Learn more about the 2030 Districts in your area. 

 

Endnotes:
1 Architecture 2030, 2030 Districts
2 Buildings, Pittsburgh 2030 District Helps Create a More Sustainable City

 


Editor's Note

National Weather Service Issues its 3-Month Outlook

Weekly review for June 16 - 22, 2018

 

On Thursday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that working gas in storage as of Friday, June 15, 2018 was 2,004 BCF. This was an increase of 91 BCF from the previous week, and was more than what the market was expecting. Inventories are still substantially lower than the year ago levels (by 757 BCF or 27.4%) and the five-year average (by 499 BCF or 20%).  

The National Weather Service issued its 3-month temperature outlook on Thursday. This outlook, covering July, August and September, shows a higher probability of warmer than normal temperatures for almost all of the continental United States, including our region.

Prices were down slightly this week. The PJM West Hub 12-month forward curve fell 0.8% this week, while the NYMEX natural gas 12-month strip was down 1.1%. Stay tuned as we navigate the summer injection season.

 
This past week's market information is provided as a courtesy to our customers and is not indicative of, nor should be relied upon, as representative of future transactions. 


Sustainability

WGL Energy Recognized in National Study of Top Performing Solar Projects

 
 
A first-ever national research study ranking the top 100 performing solar projects has recognized three solar facilities owned and operated by WGL Energy Systems (WGL Energy), a WGL Holdings company (NYSE: WGL), as among the highest performing in the industry. 
 
"WGL Energy is proud that our solar projects earned recognition among the industry’s leading performers. This award reflects our history of providing renewable energy services with dedicated customer service and exceptional value."
 
The report, developed by kWh Analytics, the leading solar risk management firm, and the Solar Finance Council, provides an overview of solar project performance, expert analysis of solar energy output and system performance benchmarks, and includes three WGL Energy distributed generation assets in its rating of the industry’s highest performing solar projects at both national and regional levels in the country. 
 
“WGL Energy is proud that our solar projects earned recognition among the industry’s leading performers. This award reflects our history of providing renewable energy services with dedicated customer service and exceptional value,” said Sanjiv Mahan, President, WGL Energy. “We are committed to delivering diverse and efficient energy solutions from across the energy spectrum so that customers can experience a wide range of benefits including lower carbon emissions and stabilized long-term pricing.” 
 
“Drawing from our data repository and risk management experience, we created this report to celebrate our industry’s wins and share insights that can help guide our industry forward,” said Jason Kaminsky, Chief Operating Officer of kWh Analytics. “WGL Energy and the other Asset League Tables awardees have demonstrated operational excellence and investment acumen, setting the standard for the rest of the industry.”
 
WGL Energy has more than 290 megawatts (MW) of distributed generation projects installed or under contract across 21 states and the District of Columbia. The solar projects owned and operated by WGL Energy highlighted in the study are all based in New Mexico and include a 1.2 megawatt (MW) system at Rio Rancho High School, a 1.2 MW facility at the Sue Cleveland High School in New Mexico, and a 1.3 MW project at Kit Carson Elementary School. 
 
Until now, benchmarked industry results to establish a baseline of performance have been unavailable to compare operating results of solar projects out in the field. The independent analysis introduced by kWh Analytics and the Solar Finance Council is the first objective benchmark on system performance characteristics to evaluate technical performance of any operational solar plant throughout the United States. 
 
WGL Energy is among the top performing projects in the report which represents a total of more than 2,000 MW direct current (DC) of distributed and utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems. The study is designed to showcase solar sector accomplishments, encourage the adoption of best practices for continued growth, and generate quality performance metrics so that investors, developers, operators and other stakeholders can properly benchmark projects and portfolios. 
 
 
 
 
About kWh Analytics 
kWh Analytics is the market leader in solar risk management. By leveraging the most comprehensive performance database of solar projects in the United States (20% of the U.S. market) and the strength of the global insurance markets, kWh Analytics’ customers use the Solar Revenue Put to minimize risk and increase equity returns of their projects or portfolios. kWh Analytics also provides HelioStats risk management software to leading project finance investors in the solar market. kWh Analytics is backed by private venture capital and the US Department of Energy. For more information about kWh Analytics, please visit: www.kwhanalytics.com or follow us on Twitter @kwhanalytics
 


Weather

Local Cooling Degree Days*

 


Cooling Degrees Days* 

 

May - 18

June - 18

July- 18

Aug- 18

Sept - 18

Oct - 18

 Actual

231.5 

 

 

 

 

 

 Normal

115.9

 

 

 

 

 

 Departure from Normal

 99.7%

 

           

 

 

 

 Warmer

 

 

 

 

 

*Cooling degree days are calculated by comparing the day’s average temperature to a 65 degree baseline.  If the day’s average temperature is below 65, there are no cooling degree days that day.  If the average temperature is greater than 65 degrees, then subtract 65 from the average temperature to find the number of cooling degree days.