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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.

Savo-Solar delivers solar thermal heating systems in Finland

March 24, 2017-Savo-Solar Plc has announced via Nasdaq Global Wire that solar thermal solutions are gaining more interest also in Finland and Savo-Solar has received an increasing number of requests for quotation. The company has recently won several projects for … Continue reading

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How Beecher, Ill., plans to end power outages

Kevin Ebi reports for Smart Cities Council North America that disruptive power outages could soon become a thing of the past for residents of the small community of Beecher, Illinois. “Resiliency is always one of the top goals for any … Continue reading

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Innovative, carbon free ‘turn-down’ demand response sector delivering for UK consumers

Capacity Market Auction results announced today mean dozens of industrial and local businesses will help keep the lights on at peak demand next winter and cut carbon through innovation in the demand response sector, the Association for Decentralised Energy said. … Continue reading

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Coal mine to be transformed into 200 MW pumped hydro plant in Germany

Diarmaid Williams reports in Power Engineering International that the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia is set to turn its Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine in Bottrop into a 200 MW pumped-storage hydroelectric plant. The facility will act like a battery and … Continue reading

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20-MW Fuel cell park dedicated in South Korea

ECOReporter.de reports that FuelCell Energy (FCEL), based in Danbury, CT, has announced the dedication of the 20-megawatt Noeul Green Energy Co. fuel cell park in Seoul, South Korea. Constructed by South Korean partner POSCO Energy, the fuel cell park supplies … Continue reading

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Have California’s efforts to value distributed resources hit a roadblock?

Just about the only thing parties in the state’s DER valuation working group can agree on is that the tool they developed is “not yet ready’m” writes Herman K. Trabish in UtilityDive. California’s landmark effort to value distributed energy resources … Continue reading

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As solar booms, utilities look to build new business models with strategic investments

Herman K. Trabish reports in UtilityDive that beyond simply contracting for solar, utilities are increasingly investing in the sector to “position themselves to be the utility of the future”. Solar energy is becoming a generation resource so ubiquitous that utilities … Continue reading

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University of Michigan central power plant to receive major upgrades

Dana Elger reports in The University Record that the Central Power Plant that heats and powers most of the University of Michigan’s Central and Medical campus buildings will receive equipment and upgrades focused on increasing reliability and safety, including the … Continue reading

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Fire safety issues dog battery storage growth in New York City, slowing deployment

Peter Maloney reports in UtilityDive that a lack of consensus on fire safety codes for battery storage has limited deployment for storage projects in New York City. March 21, 2017–Last fall, New York City became one of the few cities … Continue reading

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Gas turbine microgrids on two continents: mirror images of reliability

Peter Maloney reports in Microgrid Knowledge that microgrids with gas turbines as prime movers in Alaska and Australia offer mirror images of microgrid capabilities, as explained in this excerpt from Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence. One of the … Continue reading

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