Monthly Archives: April 2017

Lower cost and lower emissions of biodiesel on the move

Troy Shoen of Renewable Energy Group reports exclusively to the International District Energy Association (IDEA) that Rochester (MN) Public Transit saves money and reduces air pollution by using biodiesel in its fleet. What does that have to do with district … Continue reading

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New inventory of district energy systems in Canada available

The 2016 District Energy Inventory for Canada (2014 data) presents an updated snapshot of the thermal energy network across the country. We have identified 159 operating district energy systems across the country (up from 128 last year), increasing the comprehensiveness … Continue reading

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East Bronx Healthcare Microgrid Team receives $1,000,000 State grant based on Gotham 360’s feasibility study in the NY Prize Competition

The East Bronx Healthcare Microgrid was announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as one of 11 winners to receive a $1,000,000 grant to design a microgrid as part of NY Prize, a statewide initiative focused on modernizing New York … Continue reading

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Vacuum steam heating: Time for a comeback?

Igor Zhadanovsky writes in Facilities.net about the benefits of modern vacuum-assisted steam heating systems. He is a member of the International District Energy Association (IDEA). Near the end of the 19th century, an unknown engineer stood up before a trade … Continue reading

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MAN Diesel & Turbo: 3D printing becomes a standard

Man Diesel & Turbo have announced that as of now they are equipping gas turbines with 3D-printed components. CEO Dr. Uwe Lauber: “As of now, we are the first manufacturer in the world to use complex 3D-printed metallic components not … Continue reading

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GE unveils ‘world’s first battery-gas turbine hybrid system’

Editor Kelvin Ross reports in Power Engineering International that GE and Southern California Edison (SCE) have unveiled what they claim is the “world’s first battery-gas turbine hybrid system”. The system in Norwalk, California, is the first of two units that … Continue reading

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Natural gas-fueled generators make up the largest share of overall U.S. electricity generation capacity

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (www.eia.gov) new Today in Energy brief looks at how the largest share of U.S.  electricity generation capacity is fueled by natural gas, and which states have the most natural gas-fired generation capacity (and what one … Continue reading

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NRG Energy has a secretive distributed energy optimization platform, called SpaceTag

Jeff St. John reports in Greentech Media (gtm) about A stealthy, in-house analytics effort by NRG that will link a 60-megawatt energy efficiency, demand response and thermal storage deployment for Southern California Edison. NRG is a member of the International … Continue reading

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BACnet rolls out new Certification program

The BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) Certification Program was formed by the merger of the BTL Listing and WSPCert Certificate programs. It provides companies with a Certificate of Conformance, a BTL Listing and the right to use the BTL Mark. BACnet … Continue reading

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Alexandra District Energy Utility transfers to Lulu Island Energy Company

The City of Richmond, BC, Canada, the owner of IDEA’s 2016 System of the Year Award winning system, the Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU), is excited to share the news of the recent ADEU asset transfer to Lulu Island Energy … Continue reading

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