Monthly Archives: November 2016

Dr. Zachary Kuznar: Duke University power plant would be efficient, cost-effective

In a Letter to the Editor of The News & Observer, Dr. Zachary Kuznar, Director, CHP microgrids and energy storage development, at Duke Energy in Charlotte, NC wrote that “William H. Schlesinger’s Nov. 23 Point of View ‘Duke University plant … Continue reading

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Why Amsterdam is giving up on natural gas

Feargus O’Sullivan reports in The Atlantic City Lab that by 2050, Amsterdam hopes to put its gas-heated days behind it. In a city where natural gas warms 90 percent of all homes and contributes 30 percent of all carbon emissions, … Continue reading

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Briefing Notice: “District Energy, CHP, Microgrids: Resilient, Efficient Energy Infrastructure”

Date: Tuesday, December 6 Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am Location: Room G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE, Washington D.C. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to expedite check-in The … Continue reading

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Ottawa to phase out coal, aims for virtual elimination by 2030

OTTAWA — Shawn McCarthy reports in The Globe and Mail that the Liberal government has announced its plan to virtually eliminate the use of traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030, but will offer some flexibility to the provinces. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna unveiled … Continue reading

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UT-Austin gets bigger, but its energy bills and emissions are shrinking

Jim Malewitz reports in the Texas Tribune about UT-Austin’s energy system, which operates as an island, outside of the electricity grid that covers most of Texas. It’s getting more efficient over time, avoiding millions of dollars in fuel costs. [Editor’s … Continue reading

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Danes expect stable demand for Danish green-energy solutions in U.S. under Trump administration

The Danish CPH Post reports that in late September, a Danish delegation led by the Royal Couple was in Washington looking to pave the way for Danish companies into the US market. In recent years, US metropolises such as New York … Continue reading

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Toronto issues RFQ for large-scale development of low-carbon/renewable District Energy networks

IDEA is pleased to report that the City of Toronto issued on November 19 a request for qualifications (RFQ) for organizations/consortia interested in partnering opportunities for large-scale development of low-carbon/renewable thermal energy networks (district energy).  Question Acceptance Deadline: December 9, … Continue reading

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Tesla, SolarCity merger approved with 85% shareholder support

Krysti Shallenberger and Gavin Bade report in Utility Dive that shareholders have approved Tesla Motors’ $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity in a special meeting Nov. 17 in California. While final results will be posted later, the company said the merger … Continue reading

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EDF develops its energy services in the U.S. with the acquisition of Groom Energy Solutions LLC

DK Energy US, the EDF subsidiary tasked with growing Dalkia’s business in the United States, has acquired Groom Energy Solutions LLC. DK Energy US is a member of the International District Energy Association. Established in 2005, Groom Energy delivers commercial … Continue reading

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District Cooling Conference concludes on a high note

As reported in Zawa, the International District Cooling Conference 2016 concluded yesterday (Tuesday, 15 November 2016) at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai with the attendance of officials and key executives from the district energy industry, along with hundreds of visitors … Continue reading

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