Monthly Archives: October 2015

District Energy St. Paul plans elimination of coal for heating system

District Energy St. Paul, a local, non-profit utility in St. Paul, MN, has begun plans to end its use of coal after the 2020-21 heating season. The transition from coal will reduce the heating system’s CO2 emissions by 27 percent … Continue reading

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Veolia joins Greentown Labs as a Terawatt Sponsor to facilitate cleantech innovation

Veolia North America (Veolia), the company providing district energy to the Boston area, today announced that it has become a Terawatt Sponsor of Somerville, Mass. Greentown Labs, the nation’s largest cleantech incubator. Working with Veolia will enable entrepreneurs at Greentown … Continue reading

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Registration for IDEA’s CampusEnergy2016 is now open!

Registration for IDEA’s CampusEnergy2016—our 29th Annual Campus Energy Conference—is now open! We encourage you to register today to take advantage of the significant discounts offered by the advance registration rate. We look forward to having you join us from February … Continue reading

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IDEA’s District Energy magazine is 100 years old!

Dear IDEA members and friends: Most of you probably know that IDEA has been serving our industry for 106 years, a remarkable track record for an industry association. But did you know that our flagship publication, District Energy magazine, has … Continue reading

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California rancherias look to microgrids for power during natural disasters

Edward Ortiz reports in the Sacramento Bee on the growing reliance of California rancherias on resilient microgrids to keep the lights on and business flowing even when the public electric grid goes down. EDITOR’S NOTE: For background, suggest you see … Continue reading

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Empower adds Bluewaters Project to its Dubai portfolio with an investment of AED 125 million

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) announced that it has won a strategic contract with Bluewaters LLC, the subsidiary of the master developer Meraas Holding, to provide the Bluewaters flagship project in Dubai with 25,000 refrigeration tons (RT) of district … Continue reading

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Vermont reaching “net metering” cap with solar PV

Wilson Ring reports via the Associated Press that less than two years after Vermont almost quadrupled the amount of renewable power that customers could sell back to their electric utilities, at least one utility has reached the cap while others … Continue reading

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Bridgeport CT thermal loop moves closer to realization

Hugh Bailey reports in the CT Post progress made toward construction of a new district heating system powered by waste heat recovered from industrial processes in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Construction is still a year off, but a plan to make use … Continue reading

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The electricity innovation so controversial that it’s now before the Supreme Court

Chris Mooney reports in the Washington Post on the impending sea change in how the electric utility business is evolving–and the complex issues that have summoned the highest court in the U.S. to the bench to address them. FERC. Demand … Continue reading

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New report by Changeworks: Identifying the fair share—billing for district heating

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) reports the publication of a study by Changeworks for the Eaga Charitable Trust that explored the experiences of social housing district heating schemes from both landlords’ and residents’ perspectives. Focusing on metering, billing and … Continue reading

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