IDEA's international affiliates provide authoritative and timely research reports and updates covering a broad perspective of district energy system issues. Visit their websites and sign up for their publications and bulletins to stay up to date:

  • American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C., founded in 2001 to bring together leading proponents and innovators in the renewable energy sector for the purpose of moving renewable energy into the mainstream of America's economy. Membership in mid 2008 is nearly 500 organizations, including renewable energy industry associations, utilities, end users, professional service firms, financial institutions, educational institutions,  nonprofit groups and government agencies.
  • ArchiExpo. Database and sourcing tool for architects, designers and construction professionals. It brings together the products available internationally, is free of charge and accessible 24/7, and is supported by a powerful search engine.
  • APPrO (Association of Power Producers of Ontario). APPrO is a non-profit organization representing more than 100 companies involved in the generation of electricity in Ontario, including generators and suppliers of services, equipment and consulting services. APPrO members produce power from co-generation, hydro-electric, gas, coal, nuclear, wind energy, waste wood and other sources. APPrO's members currently produce over 98% of the electricity made in Ontario.For the first 17 years of its operation, the organization was known as IPPSO, the Independent Power Producers' Society of Ontario. In 2002, when Ontario's electricity market was officially opened to competition, the organization began a process in which it broadened its scope to include more generators, and changed its name to APPrO, the Association of Power Producers of Ontario.
  • Government of Canada Clean Energy Portal. Use the site navigation to learn more about Canada’s involvement in the clean energy sector, both at home and abroad, or to contact to one of over 1100 clean energy companies listed in the Technology Directory.
  • CanmetENERGY supports municipal stakeholders and developers with the development and implementation of community energy planning and initiatives for communities all across Canada. We work in collaboration with municipalities and their planning staff, developers, utilities, federal and provincial government stakeholders and a range of non-government organizations (NGOs) and private industry partners. Many activities are delivered cooperatively with other government policy, program and technology groups within Natural Resources Canada such as the Office of Energy Efficiency, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Environment Canada, Transport Canada and the National Research Council.
  • CODE: The Cogeneration Observatory and Dissemination Europe Project is a 30-month project to monitor the implementation of the CHP Directive across the European Union. The project is led by COGEN Europe and is partly funded by the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme.
  • COGEN Europe was created in 1993 to reflect the clear need for greater co-operative efforts at a European level to realise the full potential for cogeneration. Cogeneration provides 11% of Europe's electricity today. COGEN Europe is a Belgian not-for-profit organisation. Membership includes around 100 power companies, power authorities, national cogeneration associations, suppliers, and other organsiations involved in cogeneration in 30 countries. CLICK HERE for Report of the CODE (Cogeneration Observatory and Dissemination Europe) debate at the European Parliament, 10 November 2010.
  • Danish Board of District Heating (DBDH) is a private organisation representing the leading actors within the Danish district heating sector. For decades Denmark has been the world leader in the accumulation of know-how and the development and implementation of innovative technologies related to district heating. Today, almost 60% of the Danish population enjoys the benefit of being connected to clean and efficient district heating systems. The use of heat is effectively monitored and controlled providing consumers a maximum comfort level while ensuring the lowest possible energy consumption.
  • Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
  • DirectIndustry. Database and sourcing tool for engineering, manufacturing and construction professionals. Displays products available internationally, is free of charge and accessible 24/7, and is supported by a powerful search engine.
  • The District Energy Partnership is a collaboration of the Logstor, Danfoss, COWI and Grundfos companies with the general objective of educating the public on the features and benefits of district energy systems.
  • EnergyMap is the national Danish Internet portal for energy and climate related solutions. On EnergyMap, Danish companies, organisations, institutions and public authorities are given the opportunity to present their work and ideas on technologies and programmes that may help combat climate change and improve energy-efficiency.
    Users of EnergyMap are invited to explore the solutions, cases, projects and events presented on the portal. Many of the featured sites are open for visitors and many also offer investment opportunities.
  • Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a non-profit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan, bicameral group of members of Congress to provide timely information and develop innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path. EESI accomplishes these objectives with: policymaker education, including Congressional briefings, fact sheets, policy papers, and three highly acclaimed e-newsletters; by networking and coalition building; and by policy development. Whether creating jobs, improving national security, revitalizing rural economies, improving U.S. competitiveness, or reducing carbon emissions, EESI offers Congressional offices win-win policy options to shift the country toward clean sustainable energy while accomplishing their goals. EESI is governed by a diverse Board of Directors made up of environmental, business and academic leaders and has a multidisciplinary professional staff.
  • Euroheat & Power unites the combined heat and power, district heating and cooling sector throughout Europe and beyond, with members from over thirty countries: including all existing national district heating associations in EU countries and the majority of new EU Member States; utilities operating DHC systems; industrial associations and companies; manufacturers; research institutes; consultants and other organisations involved in the CHP/DHC business. Euroheat & Power works for energy supply in balance with ecology, promoting the advantages of CHP/DHC in general and the use of renewable energies to preserve primary energies in particular, and pursues international measures to enhance innovation and the further development of the sector.
  • Heat Is Power. Heat is Power is a collaboration by American innovators and entrepreneurs who are working to develop a market in the United States for zero carbon emission electricity generated from heat wasted by industrial and oil/gas processes.
  • International Energy Agency and the IEA Energy Technology Network. "Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Research, Development and Demonstration on District Heating and Cooling, including the Integration of Combined Heat and Power." The International Energy Agency (IEA) was established in 1974 to strengthen the co-operation between member countries and reduce the dependency on oil and other fossil fuels. The IEA is active in promoting and developing knowledge of District Heating and Cooling. At the 2005 Gleneagles G8 an important role was given to the IEA in advising on alternative energy scenarios and strategies aimed at a clean, clever and competitive energy future. Two years later, at the Heiligendamm G8, it was agreed that “instruments and measures will be adopted to significantly increase the share of combined heat and power (CHP) in the generation of electricity”. District Heating and Cooling is an integral part of the successful growth of CHP: heat networks distribute what would otherwise be waste heat to serve local communities.
  • Korea District Heating Corporation. Since its inception in 1985, KDHC has built and is operating heating energy supply facilities in Seoul and the Seoul metropolitan new towns, as well as in regional new towns in Daegu, Cheongju, Gimhae, and other areas. KDHC is building medium and large co-generation plants in new housing development areas in new towns such as Hwaseong Dongtan, Paju Gyoha, and Seongnam Pangyo. As a major investment in R&D, KDHC established the Technology Research Center in January 1996, to conduct research in heat energy production, transport, and use, as well as environment and new and renewable energy sources.
  • National Research Energy Laboratory--Campus CHP. Combined heat and power (CHP) systems on research campuses can reduce climate impact by 15% to 30% and yield a positive financial return, because they recover heat that is typically wasted in the generation of electric power and deliver that energy in a useful form. The NREL website provides links to information that describes how CHP can fit into climate action plans.
  • North American Society for Trenchless Technology. NASTT is a multi-disciplinary society of individuals and organizations with professional, utilitarian or environmental interests in trenchless technology. NASTT provides education and training programs to trenchless professionals. It is affiliated with the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT).
  • Swedish District Heating Association is a trade organization for companies in Sweden that generate district heating, combined heat and power and district cooling. The association has more than 130 member companies at locations all over Sweden. In addition to the district heating companies, a further 60 related companies such as suppliers and consultants are affiliated to Svensk Fjärrvärme. Svensk Fjärrvärme’s members are responsible for 98% of the district heating supplied throughout Sweden, and district heating has become the single most common form of heating in Sweden. The very first district heating network was built in Karlstad as early as 1948.
  • U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE EERE) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) works to strengthen the United States' energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships. It supports this goal through enhancing energy efficiency and productivity; bringing clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace; and making a difference in the everyday lives of Americans by enhancing their energy choices and their quality of life. 
  • U.S. Department of Energy Combined Heat & Power Technical Assistance Partnerships. In response to the National CHP Roadmap, DOE established a network of CHP TAPs to promote CHP technologies and practices, serve as a central repository and clearinghouse of CHP information, and identify and implement regional CHP projects. The TAPs publicize the benefits of CHP to reduce perceived implementation risks, working with several audiences including end-users in targeted market sectors, local architect and engineering communities, state regulators and policymakers, and power planning organizations. Educational resources and case studies are distributed through websites, workshops, and training. The TAPs also provide project level support in the form of site evaluations and technical or financial analyses.
  • U.S. Department of Energy--Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) on Steam System Optimization. Nearly 49% of all fuel burned by U.S. manufacturers is used to raise steam to heat raw materials, treat semi-finished products, as a power source for equipment, facility heating and electricity generation. Fuel costs may represent as much as 96% of life-cycle costs, while the initial capital outlay is only 3%, and maintenance a mere 1%. Clearly, any measure that reduces fuel consumption (while not impacting reliability and productivity) will certainly yield positive financial impacts for the company. Use the software tools, training, and publications available here to optimize performance and save energy. 
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Combined Heat and Power Partnership is a voluntary program seeking to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by promoting the use of CHP. The Partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new projects and to promote their environmental and economic benefits. Click here for U.S. EPA CHP Funding Resources.
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for the U.S. through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.
  • Van Ness Feldman Climate Change Practice. Focused on energy, environmental, and infrastructure law and policy for 30 years, this law firm with offices in Washington, DC and Seattle, WA, helps leading energy, manufacturing, transportation, and financial services clients, as well as numerous municipal governments, trade associations, and coalitions, design and comply with the nation’s energy and environmental laws. The firm also provides transactional and project development support, and representation in litigation and administrative proceedings. The firm offers extensive government and industry experience, creativity in solving complex problems, the ability to help clients develop effective strategies on “cutting edge” issues, and accessibility to senior-level practitioners.
  • White House Energy & Environment website. Updates posted by the White House: "Each of us has a part to play in a new future that will benefit all of us. As we recover from this recession, the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of jobs—but only if we accelerate that transition. Only if we seize the moment. And only if we rally together and act as one nation—workers and entrepreneurs; scientists and citizens; the public and private sectors."—President Obama, June 15, 2010

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Please note: The websites listed here are provided for the sole purpose of general information and education.  IDEA is not responsible for the content or functionality of these sites, and any statements, comments, or opinions expressed therein do not necessarily represent those of IDEA.


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