Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015

On July 22, 2015, Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) unveiled the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s broad, bipartisan energy bill, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. The Energy Policy Modernization Act builds on … Continue reading

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Jamestown, New York leverages existing energy assets for community microgrid

Elisa Wood reports for Microgrid Knowledge about a New York community microgrid design that incorporates a existing district energy system — a strategy that can substantially decrease project complexity and cost. Rather than building all new infrastructure, the city of … Continue reading

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Seawater air conditioning for economical district cooling in the Caribbean

Makai Ocean Engineering has completed a feasibility study of a district cooling system that uses deep cold seawater, known as seawater air conditioning (SWAC), which would be sited in the Caribbean. The study evaluated eight sites for SWAC and includes … Continue reading

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Which U.S. energy efficiency policies saved the most last year?

Steven Nadel, Executive Director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) reports on the policies and programs that have saved the most energy in the U.S. last year. Nadel states the following caveats: “In reviewing these figures, several … Continue reading

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An urbanist’s dream: New MSP Innovation District would create national standard for city building

Brian Martucci writes in The Line about a visionary development plan in Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) that could set a precedent for urban development. Imagine life science and IT startup clusters connected by woonerf-like (Dutch word for a “living street” designed … Continue reading

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Avoiding mistakes and managing challenges in developing community microgrids

Elisa Wood of Energy Efficiency Markets has written widely on various aspects of microgrids. In the following excerpt from  “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy”, she focuses on how to avoid … Continue reading

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Get help with your Canadian Green Municipal Fund capital project funding application — call by Aug. 5!

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has issued a reminder that applications for Green Municipal Funds (GMF) capital project funding are due by August 5. If you are planning to apply for GMF funding for a capital project that will … Continue reading

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Cleveland Thermal switching from coal to gas, being sold to Canadian company

John Funk has reported in Cleveland.com that Cleveland Thermal, which is in the process of shutting down and replacing its coal-fired steam boilers with natural gas-fired boilers, will be acquired by Corix. Both Cleveland Thermal and Corix are members of … Continue reading

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DOE and City of Pittsburgh sign MOU on 21st Century Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Energy and the City of Pittsburgh have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 21st Century Infrastructure. (Also see previous IDEA Industry News item, Pittsburgh embarks on district energy plan.) “Now we have the opportunity to be … Continue reading

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There is a smart, sustainable way to solve the energy crisis — so why is it essentially illegal?

From the Huffington Post in partnership with NRG. NRG is a member of the International District Energy Association (IDEA): On a recent Thursday in April, NRG’s Station A group, a product development team working toward renewable energy solutions in San … Continue reading

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