Monthly Archives: December 2013

New energy struggles on its way to markets

Matthew L. Wald reports in The New York Times, December 27, 2013, on the competitive dynamics among natural gas, wind power, kinetic hydro and nuclear power. With a sprinkling of dramatic personification, he describes an economic stew of first costs, … Continue reading

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How to refurbish urban residential low energy districts

Elena Ledda reports in youris.com, the European Media Center, on three case studies that provide a basis for developing a replicable strategy for renovating districts so that they reach near zero energy consumption. Achieving nearly zero energy consuming cities is … Continue reading

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CFP: Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP): Apply by January 7

The Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) provides many benefits to potential suppliers, including the opportunity to: Sell pre-commercialized goods and services to the Federal Government of Canada through an open, transparent, competitive and fair procurement process. Connect with potential … Continue reading

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Sen. Baucus releases draft of energy tax reform

Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (R-MO) released a Discussion Draft for Energy Tax Reform on December 18, 2013. International District Energy Association President & CEO Robert P. Thornton said, “IDEA is reviewing the draft and will likely submit comments … Continue reading

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Virtual electricity storage: Seattle Steam’s solution to balancing wind and hydro power

Stan Gent, the President and CEO of Seattle Steam, describes his organization’s innovative plan to develop  a specially designed combined heat and power (CHP) facility in downtown Seattle that will embody a virtual electric storage concept. Seattle Steam is a … Continue reading

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UK DECC issues assessment tenders for renewable heat technologies and heat networks

The UK Combined Heat and Power Association reports that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has issued a series of tenders that form a suite of work to gather evidence relating to different methods of delivering or generating … Continue reading

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Dawn of microgrids–Back to the future

Darrell Delamaide reports in EnergyBiz on the ongoing reemergence of smaller, potentially independent electricity grids, which provide local resilience and also serve as assets to the public grid. Before there was the grid, there was the microgrid. Electrification in the … Continue reading

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How 20 years of cogeneration has changed Flanders, Belgium

Thanks to Diarmaid Williams, whose latest “manager’s choice” in Cogeneration and On-site Power Production magazine is an exemplary feature article describing how the growth of combined heat and power (CHP) over the past 20 years has transformed Flanders, Belgium.  “Over … Continue reading

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Downtown energy system in Guelph makes sense

Scott Tracey writes a thoughtful followup in the Guelph Mercury to last week’s story (Dec. 9) by Chris Seto,  “Groundwork begins for new district energy grid in Guelph,” which projects the news about the Guelph’s new district energy system into … Continue reading

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White House releases Presidential Memorandum regarding Federal leadership on energy management

On December 5, 2013, the White House released a memorandum that established new goals for renewable energy as well as new energy-management practices. For more information, you can view the memorandum here. President Obama reports in the memorandum that “During my … Continue reading

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