Monthly Archives: August 2014

Quick question: How energy efficient are U.S. cities?

David Ribeiro, Research Analyst, reports for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) on his organization’s “State and Local Energy Efficiency Database,” a unique and growing collection of information documenting U.S. cities’ policies in pursuit of energy efficiency. This … Continue reading

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Lahti Energia and Valmet agree on further development of gasification technology

One of the Finnish environmental technology flagship projects gaining international attention is the new gasification-based waste-to-energy plant solution, developed by Valmet. Development work started in Tampere, a city in Pirkanmaa, southern Finland. In 2002 the project advanced to a commercial … Continue reading

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Wood-fired district heating plant to replace natural gas plant in Imatra, Finland

RISI Wood Biomass Markets reports that Imatran Lämpö Oy and KPA Unicon have signed a contract to deliver a biomass-fired heating plant to Virasjoki in Imatra, Finland. The new heating plant will significantly increase the Imatra Lämpö Oy’s share of … Continue reading

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Energy-efficient buildings to save est. $1 million annually for Hillsborough, N.J., School District

Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it is leading an energy savings improvement program for New Jersey-based Hillsborough Township Public Schools to help boost energy efficiency, reliability and comfort in the district’s facilities. When complete, the upgrades are expected to reduce the … Continue reading

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18-storey luxury condo in Guelph is latest to plug into district energy system

Rob O’Flanagan reports in the Guelph Mercury that a new luxury condominium being built in Guelph will be the latest customer to connect to the Galt District Energy System. Buildings that are part of a district energy system do not … Continue reading

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Penn State reaches milestone in conversion to cleaner energy

Penn State University reports the status of its central plant upgrade project. The university, which is a member of the International District Energy Association (IDEA) has announced the conclusion of construction on the installation of 13,645 feet (2.6 miles) of … Continue reading

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Lessons from Denmark: how district heating improved energy security

Frederika Whitehead writes in Theguardian.com about the advantageous effect that Denmark’s reaction to the oil crisis of 1973 has produced on the nation’s energy security. When the oil crisis hit in the winter of 1973 the price per barrel quadrupled, … Continue reading

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D.C. Circuit denies Order No. 1000 appeals, upholds FERC’s vision for transmission planning & cost allocation

On August 15, 2014, a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit or Court) unanimously denied the appeals of forty-five petitioners and sixteen intervenors, upholding the Federal Energy Regulatory … Continue reading

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Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

The Energy Collective reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) plan to regulate carbon emissions is just the latest challenge facing the U.S. electric power system. Technological innovation is disrupting old ways of doing business and accelerating grid modernization. … Continue reading

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Macquarie Infrastructure Company sells Thermal Chicago district energy business for $270 million

Macquarie Infrastructure Company (NYSE:MIC) announced that it has completed the previously disclosed sale of its district energy business, Thermal Chicago, to an entity managed by Brookfield Infrastructure Group for $270 million. The Company disclosed in the first quarter of 2014 … Continue reading

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