Monthly Archives: April 2012

Massachusetts issues first-in-the-nation limits on biomass energy

New Massachusetts regulations, which take effect in June, limit ratepayer funded subsidies known as renewable energy certificates (RECs) to only those biomass power plants that adhere to certain state-of-the-art scientific standards for climate and forest impacts. The new regulations require … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Ball State University geoexchange district energy system

At Ball State University Phase 2 of its campus-wide geothermal/geoexchange district energy system is underway. When completed, the university will be able to shut down its coal-fired boilers. VIDEO

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UAE Announces Global Sustainable Cities Network

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced the launch of a major new initiative, the Global Sustainable Cities Network (GSCN), at the third annual Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM)  in London. The GSCN will provide a platform for pioneering sustainable city initiatives … Continue reading

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EU wastes more energy than it uses

Paradoxically, during an energy crisis, the EU countries throw out more energy than the amount collectively consumed, equivalent to an extra 500 billion euros on energy bills, approximately 1000 euros per EU citizen. “Today we are wasting 53 percent of primary energy available to … Continue reading

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UK sees larger role for heat networks in the deployment of biofuels

The UK Combined Heat & Power Association (CHPA) reports that UK Energy Minister, Charles Hendry has announced a new bioenergy strategy for the UK, suggesting that the industry could support as many as 50,000 new jobs by 2020. The strategy … Continue reading

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Russian district heating market modernization opportunities

According to a market analysis by the Finnish innovation network FinNode, it is estimated that Russia has around 65,000 boilers in use for heat production. Northwestern Russia alone has 4,500 boilers, of which at least 1,500 require modernization—representing an estimated … Continue reading

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Rezoning in Stonehall, Ireland sets stage for new district energy/CHP plant

Dunphy Public Relations, an Irish Media Communications agency, reports that the stage is set for a new district energy/CHP plant in Stonehall, County Clare, Ireland. Senate Spokesman on Energy, Communications and Natural Resources, Tony Mulcahy, a member of the Fine … Continue reading

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How green is St. Paul?

As a prelude to St. Paul, Minnesota’s Earth Day celebration scheduled for April 22 on Harriet Island, Mayor Chris Coleman will travel to Sweden and Germany this week, where he’ll tout St. Paul’s efforts to create a more environmentally sustainable … Continue reading

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UK’s largest waste wood CHP plant a team effort

The £200 million biomass plant being built at Markinch in Fife will be the largest waste wood-fired CHP facility in the UK. It is due to be commissioned later this year and be fully operational by mid-2013. The plant will … Continue reading

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Solar cogeneration plants provide both renewable hot water AND electricity

Congenra Solar, based in Mountain View, California has announced solar cogeneration projects with Maui Brewing Co. (MBC) at its Lahaina brewery in West Maui, Hawaii, with the Kendall-Jackson Winery in Windsor, California (photo at left, courtesy of Kendall-Jackson), and with … Continue reading

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