Monthly Archives: June 2015

Empower’s new Command Control Center can link more than 100 plants serving more than 1,000 buildings and 100,000 units

Empower, the world’s largest district cooling services provider, has announced that its state-of-the-art, world-class Command Control Center (CCC) has started monitoring the activities of 26 of its 62 plants, through an advanced, high-performance smart network. The new center has capacity … Continue reading

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Mass. Microgrids: Overcoming Legal Obstacles

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic report, Massachusetts Microgrids: Overcoming Legal Obstacles, summarizes the conclusions of the Clinic’s research into legal constraints on the ownership structure of microgrids in Massachusetts. The Clinic undertook this work at the behest of the … Continue reading

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Coons, Moran, Poe, Thompson MLP bill will level the playing field for renewable energy

Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act would give renewable energy projects access to a tax advantage currently available only to oil, gas, and coal projects. WASHINGTON (June 24, 2015) – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Representatives … Continue reading

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QUEST releases 2015 Smart Energy Communities Catalogue

The Canadian organization Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) has just published the 2015 Smart Energy Communities Catalogue. The organization describes the new Catalogue as the Who’s Who of key players in Smart Energy Communities in Canada: a “yellow … Continue reading

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IDEA releases letter on Senate bill that would weaken PURPA

IDEA opposes S.1037, “A bill to expand the provisions for termination of mandatory purchase requirements under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978″, which would eliminate requirements for utilities to purchase power from qualifying facilities under PURPA. IDEA submitted … Continue reading

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York University launches Energy Management Program

York University has launched the Energy Management Program (EMP), a $40 million initiative with the goal of achieving a 25% reduction in energy consumption. This project includes a comprehensive overhaul of the University’s energy infrastructure as well as audits, retrofits … Continue reading

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New report from Which? provides guidance for district energy customers in the UK

Which?, the largest consumer body in the UK, with over 680,000 members that subscribe to its magazine, and over 335,000 online subscribers, has published an extensive report entitled: “Turning up the heat: Getting a fair deal for District Heating users.” … Continue reading

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NEW REPORT: Extreme weather events impose significant risks for energy delivery in Canada

As energy delivery systems age, communities continue to grow and an increasing amount of our economic activity relies on a continuous supply of electricity, natural gas, and thermal energy, Canadian homeowners and businesses are more at risk from widespread and … Continue reading

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Empower at Vienna Energy Forum 2015 to support UNEP’s global District Energy in Cities Initiative

A delegation headed by HE Ahmad Bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, will attend the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Annual Partner Meeting in Vienna on June … Continue reading

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MicrogridKnowledge.com releases “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders”

MicrogridKnowledge.com has released a guide to assist mayors and other city leaders who are exploring development of community microgrids as a way to gain more local control over their energy supply. The 18-page publication, “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors … Continue reading

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