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Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen Summary The federal government is moving closer to awarding a big contract to transform the aging heating and cooling system in the capital region. Components of the current generation and distribution system are between 50 and 100 years old. The system heats 80 buildings and cools 67 buildings in the capital region, including the Parliament Buildings. The feds want a more energy-efficient system that will save temperature-control costs over the long term, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. More than $3 billion in federal money has been made available for the modernization project. In spring 2019, the feds plan to ...
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Lloyd Alter, Tree Hugger Summary It's part of a much bigger energy transition, and sounds a lot like wishful thinking. Eighty-nine percent of Dutch homes are heated by natural gas fired boilers; according to Eline van den Ende, residential heating accounts for ten percent of Dutch CO2 emissions.   She writes in Energypost.EU: "At the end of 2016, the Dutch government presented its “Energy Agenda” which indicates the policies that should lead to an almost carbon-neutral economy in 2050. With regard to emissions from buildings, the two main policies are better insulation to reduce heat demand and the replacement of natural gas by alternative fuels ...
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Bioenergy Insight Summary Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) announced in a press release that their combined heat and power plant (CHP) Kent Renewable Energy had commenced operations on September 13, two months ahead of schedule ‘to specification and within budget’. The CHP plant has a capacity of 27MW and is in Sandwich, Kent within the United Kingdom. With fuel locally sourced courtesy of EuroForest, a UK-based independent timber supplier, the CHP plant delivers its renewable heat and power to a nearby business and science park. CIP claims that the plant capacity will be enough to serve approximately 50,000 homes and offset 100,000 tonnes ...
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Baset Asaba, Utilities Middle East Summary The Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau for electricity and water in Dubai (RSB) has had its mandate expanded to include Dubai’s growing district cooling industry. The move is part of the resolutions adopted during the 51st meeting of the Dubai Supreme Council of energy headed by its chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The Council, which was attended by the vice chairman Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, secretary general Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi and other council members also approved the study for developing a noise pollution strategy. “We reviewed a number of strategies, plans, and programmes that contribute ...
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Thomas Barrett, Environment Journal Summary The Wembley Park regeneration project has announced that a district heating network will heat 20 of its buildings. The £3bn project, which will be the UK’s largest build-to-rent complex, is set to comprise 7,500 homes in the area immediately surrounding Wembley stadium. The project is due for completion in 2027 and engineering consultants Ramboll will design and deliver the district heating network that will be one of the largest in London. Crispin Matson, UK Head of Energy at Ramboll, said: ‘The plans for a district heating network represents a huge achievement for our engineering teams. ‘Our goal was ...
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Jack Ball, Arabian Industry Summary The Expo Village contract win is “a landmark in the history of Abanos” the firm said in a statement, adding the carpentry and joinery works under the agreement will cover a built up area of 48.85ha. This area is spread across 11 plots in five parcels, three of which have been commissioned to Abanos. For the contract, Abanos will use joinery and fit-out products manufactured at its 2.1ha facility to supply and install non-fire-rated and fire-rated doors, kitchen cabinets, and wardrobes. The project will be connected to Dubai Metro’s Red Line extension and designed within a building information modelling framework ...
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Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive Summary Dive Brief:  California's public university system announced in earlier this month a   commitment to 100% clean electricity supplies by 2025 , 20 years ahead of the goal that the state recently enacted. The University of California (UC), comprised of 10 campuses and additional facilities, set clean energy and sustainability goals, including a pledge to not use natural gas for space and water heating in new buildings or major renovations after June 2019. The UC has set clean energy targets since 2004, "always committing to goals that are ahead of the state's goals," UC sustainability director Matt St. Clair ...
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Press Release, Albawaba Business Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, invited developers and hotel operators to adopt environmentally-friendly, highly-efficient district cooling systems that support sustainable development goals. This came in line with the booming of hospitality sector, in Dubai, and the UAE. During The Hotel Show, which is held from 16 to 18 September at Dubai World Trade Centre, Empower announced that it has provided more than 120 Hotels in Dubai with District Cooling services. The number is expected to grow in coming years, due to the number of hotels to be opened ...
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Alan Miller, South China Morning Post Summary Among the many impressive achievements of  China ’s rapid economic growth has been providing electricity to  nearly all of its population , which has improved living standards in many ways. But one unintended consequence of this success has been the extensive use of air conditioning, which poses a potential risk to the global  environment  in the form of greenhouse gas emissions and  climate change .   In 1990, few Chinese households had an air conditioner. Now the average is one per household. China has become the global leader in producing and using air conditioners, responsible for making 70 per ...
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Ross McPherson, CPH Post Online Students, parents and children fight for the future of the world (photo: flickr/america.gov) Summary Copenhagen will host the C40 Mayors Summit – an important climate conference where representatives from the 96 most environmentally-conscious cities will discuss, plan and explore ways they can decrease carbon emissions and slow climate change. The event, scheduled for Autumn 2019, will bring more than 1,000 delegates from all over the world. According to the organisers, the Copenhagen conference will be crucial to our future. “There are large populations in cities, so supporting green projects in and around population ...
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Matthew Dixon, This Is The West Country Summary China Fleet Country Club in Saltash, The Bedruthan in Newquay and Merchants Manor in Falmouth are just three of Cornwall’s tourism providers who have taken steps to cut back on energy consumption with help from new technology by Liskeard-based ZLC Energy. Richard Wakefield IT and Technical Services Manager, said: "The Scarlet and The Bedruthan are world renowned as sustainable businesses. It is important for us to invest in low energy technology. “It was a no brainer to install the panels and ZLC gave us a very good service. We want to work with companies that are sustainable and are going to be around ...
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Riley Villiers, The Daily Free Press Summary Despite some delays, Boston is entering into the energy buying business with a push from the mayor’s office to jumpstart programs that will obtain electricity for the City. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and his administration  announced Aug. 22  that they will begin requesting information from consulting firms who would assist in the creation of Boston’s electricity aggregation programs. Last week, Walsh finally began to solicit firms to help move the process along. The goal, according to the Mayor’s office, is to make renewable energy more accessible to Boston residents. “This is a big step toward ...
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Plamena Tisheva, Renewables Now Summary September 12 (Renewables Now) - 2G Energy AG (ETR:2GB), a German manufacturer of gas-driven combined heat and power (CHP) systems, said today it has received an order for a CHP system that is driven by hydrogen produced from renewable energy. The system, to be provided to Stadtwerk Hassfurt GmbH, will be fuelled by hydrogen produced by a power-to-gas-system at the port of Hassfurt that uses surplus electricity generated by a nearby wind park for the electrolysis of the water. The CHP system will turn the hydrogen into electricity and heating in line with demand. The electricity will be supplied to the city's electricity ...
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Andrew Spence, Smart Company Summary South Australian energy storage startup 1414 Degrees will start trading on the Australian Securities Exchange today after raising $16.3 million as part of its IPO. The startup has spent a decade and $15 million developing its silicon storage technology and will begin trading as a public company from 11am Australian Eastern Standard Time. The listing completes a 22-month journey since 1414 Degrees (ASX:14D) became an unlisted public company in December 2016. Until now, the Adelaide-based startup has been funded largely by individuals, families and private fund managers, along with federal and state governments. ...
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Gulf Times Summary The Cabinet on Wednesday welcomed the outcome of the recent working visit of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to Germany and hailed the success of the Qatar-Germany Business and Investment Forum held as part of the visit.  At its regular weekly meeting on Wednesday morning, the Cabinet expressed satisfaction with the “positive atmosphere during the talks between the two countries, and the great attention paid to the visit in various political, economic, cultural and media circles in Germany”, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported. “The Cabinet underlined that the successful visit and the important talks, ...
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Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Summary Today [Sept. 7, 2018], the U.S. Department of Energy announced the selection of seven projects that will receive up to $10 million towards the research and development of technologies that enable small-to-midsize manufacturers to use combined heat and power (CHP) systems to provide services to the electric grid. A reliable and resilient grid is critical to U.S. economic growth and energy security. As the grid interconnects a growing number of renewable energy sources - like wind and solar - the intermittent nature of power generation from these renewable sources creates challenges for power system ...
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Ann Thompson, WVXU Cincinnati The 2030 District would be centered in the Central Business District (Photo: Michael Keating/WXVU) Summary Cincinnati sustainability enthusiasts are actively recruiting Downtown building owners to become a part of a  new   2030 District.   The pitch is: joining would reduce energy use, water consumption and transportation emissions by the year 2030. Currently there are 20 active 2030 Districts across the U.S. and Cincinnati hopes to become the 21st. Green Umbrella   Executive Director Ryan Mooney-Bullock says Cincinnati is also adding a health aspect which other cities do not have. She says, "Looking at air quality, ...
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Press Release, ElectraTherm ElectraTherm Selected for $1.4 Million Cooperative Agreement from Department of Energy for Advanced Combined Heat and Power Technology Flowery Branch, GA — ElectraTherm, a leader in distributed, waste heat to power generation, announced it was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for approximately $1.4 million towards a cooperative agreement, estimated to begin October 1, 2018. The milestone-based funding, supporting several years of research and development, will enhance reciprocating engine based combined heat and power (CHP) systems via integrated waste heat to power Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology. ElectraTherm ...
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City of Helsinki Helen operates Finland's first V2G (vehicle-to-grid) electric car charging station, developed by Helen with partners in the mySMARTLife EU Project. The project develops solutions to cut urban carbon dioxide emissions. Pictured is the first charging. Photo: Sonja Meskanen/Helen Summary Helsinki, Finland, Sept. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The City of Helsinki’s fully owned energy company Helen Ltd complements Helsinki’s plan to render the city carbon neutral by 2035 with its own plan to shift to climate-neutral energy production: today a producer of district heating, power and district cooling in combined processes largely based on coal ...
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Press Release, Albawaba Business Summary Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, has achieved a 4.6% reduction in electricity consumption during the second month of its ‘24⁰C Cool’ campaign. The three-month campaign targets more than 85,000 end-user customers. It urges them to set their air conditioners at 24 degrees Celsius in summer, to reduce energy consumption and consumer bill value. This supports achieving sustainable development goals. “District cooling systems have proved their efficiency and ability to reduce electricity consumption, as they save around 50% of electricity ...
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