Monthly Archives: August 2016

US microgrid market growing faster than previously thought

Elisa Wood reports in Microgrid Knowledge that the US microgrid market is growing faster than expected, fueled by a rise in new ownership configurations, based on a report released today by GTM Research. GTM now forecasts that US microgrid capacity … Continue reading

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Coal consumption by U.S. educational institutions has declined by 64% since 2008

In a U.S. Energy Information Administration report, principal contributor Brian Park states that coal consumption by educational institutions such as colleges and universities in the United States fell from 2 million short tons in 2008 to 700,000 short tons in … Continue reading

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Public purpose microgrids: Mixed-ownership models spur utility investment in growing sector

Herman K. Trabish writes in Utility Dive that thinking of microgrids as public infrastructure — and financing them like it — could point the industry to new growth. “Microgrids: Evolving the Power Grid” (Source: International District Energy Association) Across the … Continue reading

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Revisions: RFP 3044 NY Prize Community Grid Competition – Stage 2

Description The New York State Energy Research and Development Administration (NYSERDA) has revised some of its Request for Proposals (RFP) in the NY Prize Community Grid Competition for funding of RFP 3044: “New York Prize Community Grid Competition – Stage … Continue reading

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Massive generator arrives at Univ. of Florida Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL

Carla Bayron reported on WCJB-TV Channel 20 (click link to see video report) in Gainesville, Florida, that a massive new generator was delivered to Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) Thursday morning, the end of a five-week journey. GRU and Burns & McDonnell, … Continue reading

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Three Minnesota sites plan future net zero neighborhoods

Frank Jossi reports in Midwest Energy News that three sprawling development sites in the Twin Cities that are expected to see thousands of new residents and billions in investment in the next decade are planning for a net-zero future. Each … Continue reading

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Nashville International Airport cuts cooling energy use in half with geothermal lake plate district cooling system

ENR, Renewable Energy World and Nashville’s WRCB-TV, Channel 3 News report that the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) in Tennessee has transitioned the air conditioning at the Nashville International Airport to a geothermal (also called “geoexchange”) lake plate district cooling … Continue reading

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New report – Provincial action needed to support community energy planning

Canadian provinces and territories need to go beyond encouraging voluntary action at the local level to meet energy and climate objectives, finds a new report released today by the Community Energy Association, QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, … Continue reading

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DOE invests $3 million to train future energy scientists

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it will invest a total of $3 million in nine projects selected under its University Training and Research (UTR) program, which awards research-based educational grants to U.S. universities and colleges in areas … Continue reading

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Survey into social landlords’ views and experience of district heating

Researchers on a project jointly managed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Changeworks (CSE) are calling on social landlords to give their views and experiences of district heating. The CSE is an independent national charity, based in Bristol, UK and established in … Continue reading

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