Monthly Archives: January 2015

Microgrids for resilience: An opportunity, not a threat

Krishna V. Prasad, writes in EnergyBiz about the need for a smarter, more transactive energy framework to leverage the resilience of microgrids. Imagine a large storm moving into an urban city area —- soon, many utility customers will lose electric … Continue reading

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Con Edison on New York’s future distribution system platform

Sergej Mahnovski, Director at Consolidated Edison’s Utility of the Future team and former head of the Mayor’s Office of Long Term Plan­ning and Sustainability, reports in EnergyBiz on the position and positive outlook of Con Ed regarding New York State’s … Continue reading

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Panasonic plugs in its solar-friendly Fujisawa Smart Town

Kristine Wong reports in Connected Homes on the recent launch of the “nerve center” of Fujisawa’s Sustainable Smart Town — a new development located in the city of Fujisawa (Kanagawa Prefecture) about 30 miles west of Tokyo. Panasonic is giving … Continue reading

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The need for and sources of HVACR energy efficiency

Tim Edwards writes in Sourceable Industry News and Analysis on international progress toward more efficient and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) best practices and refrigerants that produce fewer troublesome emissions than conventional CFCs. In the Australian Refrigeration Association’s … Continue reading

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DECC publishes UK Energy Investment Report

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has published the latest UK Energy Investment Report which focuses on networks and includes a chapter on heat networks, pp. 28-37. As well as reiterating the ambition for heat networks to be … Continue reading

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District heating: Sweden is leading the way out of fossil fuels

The European Commission Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) reports that by relying on district heating combined with heat and power production, municipalities in Sweden power their cities from renewable energy sources. Nordic countries have achieved a great independence … Continue reading

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St. Paul looks overseas for Ford Highland Park plant site development ideas

Frederick Melo reports in Pioneer Press on the status of planning for the 100-year-old Highland Park property owned by the Ford Motor Company, formerly the site of a massive manufacturing plant in operation from 1925 to 2011, now razed and … Continue reading

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UK gasification plant will convert wood waste into heat and electricity

The Environmental Leader reports that the Clay Cross Energy Recovery Facility will produce a total of 22 MW of combined heat and electrical power by gasification of waste wood from construction and demolition, commercial and industrial sources.   Falcon Waste … Continue reading

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UK-first renewable heat network demonstration secures research funding

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) reports that a low carbon heating project led by E.ON, working with the University of Exeter and technology providers SK Solar and Star Renewable Energy, has today been awarded a Government research grant to … Continue reading

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Euston, we have a district energy/CHP system!

Vicky Ellis reports in Energy Live News that a £3.1 million contract to construct a heat network in Euston, London has been awarded by Camden Council to the energy firm Vital Energi. The Somers Town Heat Network will include 0.5 … Continue reading

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