Monthly Archives: December 2016

Stockholm’s ingenious plan to recycle old Christmas trees–and more

Sign up for IDEA’s Weekly Newsletter TVN reports that discarded Christmas trees in Stockholm, Sweden, will be transformed into plant food, biofuel for district heating, and carbon sinks. But that’s just the beginning of the value of advanced urban arborism … Continue reading

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French district heating drive in full swing

Sign up for IDEA’s Weekly Newsletter Diarmaid Williams reports in decentralized energy on growing government support for district heating in France. Ségolène Royal, the French Minister of the Environment has appealed to municipalities with more than 10,000 inhabitants to establish … Continue reading

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Oregon Department of Energy announces $2 million in available grant funding for renewable energy projects across the state

Sign up for IDEA’s Weekly Newsletter The Oregon Department of Energy is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for its Renewable Energy Development (RED) Grant program. ODOE has approximately $2 million available for projects across the state that generate … Continue reading

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State aid: Commission authorizes UK support to convert unit of Drax power plant from coal to biomass

Sign up for IDEA’s Weekly Newsletter WiredGov reports that the European Commission has concluded that UK support for the conversion of one unit of the Drax power station from coal to biomass complies with EU state aid rules. The project … Continue reading

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AGA: Duke University is smart to build a gas-fueled power plant

Sign up for IDEA’s Weekly Newsletter Dave McCurdy, the president and CEO of the American Gas Association (AGA), reports in The News & Observer on the benefits of Duke University’s plan to build a new 21 MW natural gas-fueled CHP … Continue reading

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Update on California’s distributed energy resource leadership

Merrian Borgeson and her colleague, NRDC Fellow Dan Aas, report in the NRDC Expert Blog on California’s latest efforts to leverage and integrate the benefits of distributed energy resources (DERs) to improve grid reliability and resilience. In a unanimous decision … Continue reading

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Denmark’s largest coal plant fully converts to biomass

Diarmaid Williams reports in decentralized energy that the huge Avedøre combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Copenhagen, Denmark, once the country’s largest coal-fired station, is now completely fueled by biomass. Coal has been replaced entirely by wood pellets and straw … Continue reading

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Connecting microgrids with public-private partnerships to meet critical needs

The Lexington Institute notes that moving forward with plans to address the modernization needs of the nation’s electric grid is a vast undertaking, and estimates the associated investment costs at $2 trillion over the next two decades. But the group … Continue reading

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New Jersey issues Microgrid Report analyzing regulatory, technical and financial aspects of microgrid development

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has released a “Microgrid Report”* with the objective to provide data and technical analysis to the Board and provide Staff’s response for emergency operations (black sky conditions) in response to Superstorm Sandy and … Continue reading

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Gas turbine design for challenging environments

Lyn Corum reports in Forester Daily News about the perhaps surprising major factor needed to run gas turbines in challenging environments. (See the original article for more information and illustrations.) Selecting a turbine to fit the environment it will operate in … Continue reading

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