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EDITOR: Leonard Phillips, IDEA Director of Business Development, International District Energy Association (IDEA), a nonprofit association founded in 1909. len.idea@districtenergy.org; +1 508-366-9339.

ACEEE: 32 cities improve energy efficiency score; Boston tops list

Kristin Musulin and Jackie Snow report in SmartCities Dive that according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Boston retains its top position as the most energy efficient city in the U.S. The ACEEE released its biannual scorecard … Continue reading

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Town of Avon, CT issues RFP for microgrid design, development and installation

The Town of Avon, Connecticut has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP 1617-10) for the design, development and installation of a microgrid. KEY DATES: From the RFP announcement and document: “The Town of Avon, Connecticut (“Town”) requests proposals from experienced … Continue reading

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Governor Cuomo announces new locally sourced 16-MW microgrid to power the Empire State Plaza

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced plans to construct a new state-of-the-art, locally-sourced mini-power grid that will be connected to the statewide grid, and also be able to operate independently, to power the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza … Continue reading

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Detroit names first director of sustainability

Kurt Nagl reports in Crain’s Detroit Business that the city of Detroit has hired Joel Howrani Heeres to lead its new sustainability office to “guide efforts to strengthen the economic, social and environmental well-being of the city’s residents, neighborhoods and … Continue reading

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Ameren microgrid goes live as first in utility cybersecurity

Elisa Wood reports in Microgrid News that the Ameren Microgrid, a complex cybersecure microgrid, is now live and operating adjacent to the University of Illinois in Champaign. Developed by Ameren Illinois, the 1.475 MW test project is being described by the utility and a … Continue reading

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Will America’s Steel City build the first grid of microgrids?

Elisa Wood reports in Microgrid Knowledge about the vision of Pittsburgh’s Mayor William Peduto to implement a complement of microgrids that could each independently provide power to a dedicated customer base by islanding—isolating themselves—from the public grid during grid failures, … Continue reading

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Washington law expands generation of biomass RECs

Erin Voegele reports in Biomass Magazine that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation that allows certain older biomass power facilities to generate and sell renewable energy credits.The bill, SB 5128, was first introduced in January. It allows incremental electricity produced … Continue reading

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Manchester City FC’s new partnership secures the club’s clean energy future

ClimateAction in partnership with the United Nations’ UN Environment group reports that the premiere league club has recently partnered with power technology firm Eaton, as the club sets its sights on a “wholly sustainable approach to energy and utility use.”  … Continue reading

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Keeping it cool: Malaysia looks to district energy systems

Feng Zengkun reports in Eco-Business that district energy systems, a more sustainable way of cooling and heating buildings, could be key to Malaysia’s climate change mitigation plans as it revs up its development of commercial centers and industrial parks. Eco-Business … Continue reading

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U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge partners save $1.9 billion; 18 achieve their portfolio-wide goal this year

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the energy-efficiency progress made by the 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge. These efforts have led to a combined 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 … Continue reading

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