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Judith Judson, Department of Energy Resources Earlier today, December 15, 2017, the Department of Energy Resources (“Department”) filed its proposed final version of the 225 CMR 16.00 Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard regulation with the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office. The Department expects the regulation to be published in the State Register on December 29, 2017.  After over three years of stakeholder meetings, four public hearings, and two written comment periods, the Department has considered all public testimony and comments provided on the regulation and has made no changes to the version that was filed with the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, ...
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David Robeiro, ACEEE Summary At the   North American Climate Summit   this month in Chicago, city officials from several countries recognized energy efficiency as an important emissions reduction strategy. Many described how they are making it part of their climate action plans. The summit brought together mayors and other officials from 50-plus municipalities, including large cities like Austin and Phoenix and smaller communities like Pittsboro, North Carolina. Officials from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other countries gathered to sign the   Chicago Climate Charter   and discuss strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Signatories ...
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Stornoway Gazette The Northern Periphery Area has abundant natural fuel resources but is subject to a harsher climate than the rest of Europe and this results in the need for increased domestic energy. Summary Lews Castle College UHI and Tighean Innse Gall have linked up with the University of Oulu in Finland to develop a unique, energy initiative that promotes the use of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems which utilise clean energy and reduce household energy costs. The project aims to address fuel poverty by using some of the heat used in people’s homes to generate electricity. Stewart Wilson, Director of Tighean Innse Gall, said: “It’s ...
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Tom Wilcox, Cumbria Crack Summary A new round of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been launched to help develop Cumbria’s low carbon economy and renewable energy resources. £6.36m is being made available to help support the county’s drive to shift towards a low carbon economy across all sectors. The funding is specifically to support and promote the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises. In addition, it has been designed to support energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure ...
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Innovation in Textiles Summary Heathcoat Fabrics, a leading technical textiles specialist, has completed £3 million worth of renewable energy installations at its UK factory in Tiverton, Devon. The site wide projects are expected to reduce Heathcoat’s carbon emissions through increased onsite electricity generation.   With the aim to operate using renewable and efficient energy practices, the local manufacturer has introduced over 2,200 solar panels, a sophisticated hydro generation scheme and a new state-of-the-art 2MWh Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engine and combination boiler. Implementing the three projects has already lead to a significant 60% ...
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Sue Tierney, Utility Dive Summary "Resilience” is perhaps the newest, most popular term in the electric industry’s lexicon these days.   If it’s not about the utter lack of resilience after Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico’s electric grid, then it’s about Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s September 2017 proposal − initiated in the name of resilience − to preserve financially challenged baseload power plants.  Action on this resilience proposal will be high on the agenda of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, now that its bench is back at full strength and its five members use the next month to reflect on the record before the agency.  ...
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New York REV, Utility Dive Summary Today, the U.S. electric grid system is evolving faster than ever before. More distributed generation and storage options are becoming cost competitive, and physical infrastructure is increasingly coupled with a digital network of sensors and analytics platforms to meet heightened reliability and resiliency requirements. Through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), New York State is leading the way to ensure that these market trends benefit all New Yorkers.  Since its launch in 2014, REV has been a driving force for New York's six investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to work with energy innovators ...
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Sam Mackillingin, Local Gov Summary With the recent launch of the Clean Growth Strategy, low carbon heating is now high on the agenda for discussions around the future of energy policy in the UK. Alongside other recent announcements from Ofgem and the Committee on Climate Change it has raised a debate on whether electric heating is the likely successor to gas boilers and also whether district heating will remain the appropriate approach for major new housing schemes and dense urban areas. Full Article Continue Reading #News #UnitedKingdom #NorthandCentralEurope #InternationalPerspectives #DistrictHeating #EmissionsReduction #Sustainability
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Meaghan Beatley, YourIs.com Summary D ue to its reliance on renewable energy sources, district heating is becoming a preferred energy saving solution. One of the biggest challenges, however, is convincing homeowners of the long-term value of retrofitting buildings to accommodate the smart solution. From the frosty reaches of Umeå in eastern Sweden to the rolling hills of San Sebastian in Spain’s Basque Country, European cities have one refrain on their minds as the cold sets in: winter is coming and homes must be heated in a way that allows the EU to reach its goal of reducing energy consumption by  20% by the year 2020 . District heating is quickly ...
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Press Release, SPX Cooling Technologies A comprehensive facility unique within the cooling tower industry offers equipment demonstrations and hands-on training Overland Park, Kan. – SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, has implemented formal training programs at its Research and Development Center for manufacturer’s representatives, consulting engineers, mechanical and service contractors, maintenance engineers and supervisors, and other interested groups. Visiting industry members view firsthand tests of performance, ...
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Robert Walton, Utility Dive Summary An impressive list of utilities and groups have  developed a $17.6 billion plan  to rebuild Puerto Rico's electric distribution system, including a focus on resilience to withstand future storms and the inclusion of modern grid technologies and control systems. The Puerto Rico Energy Resiliency Working Group (PRERWG) was formed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), whose administration is also pressing for the federal government to approve  a $94.4 billion aid package to the embattled island. The island's utility grid was destroyed by Hurricane Maria in September, but more than a third of the island's generation ...
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Renewables Now Kaunas project. Image by www.kogen.lt Summary Finnish energy group Fortum Oyj (HEL:FUM1V) and Lietuvos Energija have launched construction work on a waste-to-energy combined heat and power (CHP) project in Lithuania, the Baltic News Service reports. Full Article Continue Reading #News #CHP #WastetoEnergy #Fortum #Lithuania #NorthandCentralEurope #LietuvosEnergij
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IDEA is saddened to report that our friend and industry colleague Al Thumann, the longtime leader of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), has passed away on December 10 after a courageous battle with brain cancer (GBM).  Al was a devoted and dedicated champion for energy efficiency.  He founded The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), a nonprofit, professional membership society in 1977 and served as its Executive Director for 40 years.  Under his leadership, AEE grew from an idea to an industry leading association of over 18,000 professionals in more than 100 countries.   Al is a noted author with over 26 professional reference books in print.  ...
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Feng Zengkun, Eco-Business Based on an Eco-Business survey, it was found that people in their countries only have limited awareness of the negative impact of air conditioning and the differences in air conditioner models’ energy efficiency. Image:  Arend Veenhuizen , CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons Summary Rising temperatures and a growing middle class are expected to cause a surge in the use of air-conditioners. Ahead of the inaugural Asean Cooling Summit next month, Eco-Business looks at efforts to avert its looming environmental cost. From keeping medicines and vaccines useable to allowing food to be stored and transported over long ...
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Press Release, MENAFN TOKYO, Dec, 11 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Toho Gas Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine & Turbocharger, Ltd. (MHIET) have jointly developed a new 450kW gas engine cogeneration system that features a higher initial load than existing systems. Sales of the new product will commence on December 15. The new gas cogeneration system features more advanced control of engine frequency and generator voltage than previous models. Together these improvements enable an initial load after system startup of 180kW, the highest levels in a 400kW-class high-efficiency gas engine, while maintaining generating efficiency as high as 42%. ...
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Baerbel Epp, Solar Thermal World Photo: BCA Summary While nearly zero energy projects in Europe focus on reducing heat demand, green buildings in tropical Singapore require lower cooling loads. To study and discuss methods to meet cooling needs, construction and energy experts from all around the world met in Singapore in late October for a two-day workshop organised by the Building & Construction Authority Singapore (BCA) and the IEA’s Buildings and Communities Programme (EBC). The aim of the Future Buildings Forum (FBF) 2017 was an agreement on strategic R&D priorities for Transforming Cities in Hot and Humid Climates Towards More Efficient and ...
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Emily Riskalla, IDEA Summary On Wednesday, December 6, the Standard for the Specification of Microgrid Controllers (P2030.7) was approved as a new standard by the IEEE-SA Standards Board. Microgrids are gaining attention due to their advantages for integrating various types of distributed energy resources (DER), including CHP, renewable energy resources (such as solar and wind), energy storage, as well as providing load management, resiliency, and demand response. A key element to the functionality of microgrids is the control system that manages the various DERs and loads. “Standards are a key enabler to the deployment of microgrids, and the associated ...
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Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Summary The new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday requested a 30-day extension from the Department of Energy to act on DOE's controversial proposal to provide cost recovery to coal and nuclear plants. Chairman Kevin McIntyre, sworn in earlier in the day, noted in his  letter  to DOE that the commission had added two members in the past two weeks and received more than 1,500 comments on the proposal. The extension will be "critical," he wrote, "to consider the voluminous record and engage fully in deliberations." Former Chairman Neil Chatterjee had previously indicated FERC was likely to take ...
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Business Green Summary UK consumers connected to heat networks are likely to pay less on average for their energy while feeling just as satisfied with their heating service, according to government research published yesterday. A survey carried out by independent researchers on behalf of the government between April and July this year garnered more than 5,000 responses from heat network users, after asking them about their satisfaction with their heating system, price and transparency of billing, and customer service. The results   suggested that while there was "significant variation" in the prices paid by heat network consumers, on average they ...
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Jacl Fletcher, Business Day JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/STUFF The new Novotel hotel under construction at Christchurch Airport, framed by Cumulus Gate Pavilion, by sculptor Gregor Kregar. Summary Behind the glass, steel and timber, artesian water courses through the walls of Christchurch Airport. The water is extracted from a natural aquifer under the airport's newest terminal, used to heat and cool the building. The initiative is one of a range aimed at reducing the building's energy consumption and the planes that dock outside it each day. Since 2013, the airport reduced its energy consumption by 21 per cent. In the last 12 months, enough energy ...
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