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University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign Associate Director, Utility Distribution - Engineering Services Facilities and Services Facilities & Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an Associate Director - Utilities Distribution. This position is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Urbana Campus utility distribution systems, including electrical distribution, gas chilled water, domestic water distribution, sanitary sewer, steam distribution, and storm sewer. For more information about Facilities & Services go to fs.illinois.edu To apply for this position go to jobs.illinois.edu ...
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The University of Iowa has a project in motion to install two new steam turbine generators at the Main Power Plant.  This will add 15MW of generating capability and increase the plant’s cogeneration capability.  Construction is slated to start in 2020.  Pre-Bid Date:  12/4/2019 Bid Date:  1/9/2020 For more information on this opportunity, visit the following website:   https://buildui.facilities.uiowa.edu/buildui/bids #BusinessOpportunity #UniversityofIow
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Biomass Magazine Summary The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Agency, and New York State Police on Nov. 14 formally commissioned a renewable biomass heating system at the State Office Campus in Ray Brook, New York. The high-efficiency low-emission boiler, fueled by wood pellets, will provide heat to DEC Region 5, APA, and State Police Troop B headquarters. The $3 million renewable energy project was developed in partnership with DEC, State Police, APA, the New York Power Authority and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in support of Governor ...
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Bryan Hochberg, The Suffolk Journal Summary The race to combat climate change continues to accelerate as more cities work to find new methods to become environmentally sustainable.  Metropolitan areas throughout the country are operating to enact advanced ways to reduce carbon emissions, encourage recycling and overall transform their cities into more sustainable, eco-friendly places. Currently, the number one most energy-efficient city in the United States, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, is Boston, Massachusetts. This is largely in part to the city’s commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2050 and is the ...
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Eric Coffman, Montgomery County Government Read the Full Article  #MRCNews #Microgrids #Maryland #MontgomeryCountyGovernme
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Jonathan Mingle, Energy News Network Summary Vermont’s only gas utility wants to offer more RNG to customers in response to demand for decarbonization. In early 2018, Vermont Gas became the first local gas distribution company in the country to give customers the option to purchase renewable natural gas. About 60 customers have since signed up for the voluntary program, including large businesses such as Seventh Generation and the Vermont Coffee Company. They pay a premium that averages about 10% for the fuel’s renewable attributes and can choose to ramp up the amount they purchase over time. Renewable natural gas, or RNG, is produced from the ...
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Balkan Green Energy News, Middle East Utilities Summary A conference on renewable energy sources in district heating and cooling systems, organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Federal Ministry of Finance of Austria, in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), will be held in Belgrade on December 5-6. The conference takes place at Sava Center as part of the 50th International HVAC&R Congress and Exhibition. Sponsored by IRENA, and in cooperation with the EBRD, a session titled “Capacity Building for Renewable Energy Applications for District Heating and Cooling in Cities” will ...
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Pres Release, Senator Coons Office Summary On November 19, bipartisan, bicameral legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Representatives Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Ron Estes (R-Kan.), the Financing Our Energy Future Act , was included in a newly introduced package of clean and renewable tax incentives. Thompson, who is the House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee Chairman, today released the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now Act , which addresses climate change by using the tax code to extend renewable energy use. The Financing Our Energy Future Act , now a section in the Thompson ...
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Jonathan Mingle, YaleEnvironment360 Summary In the next few weeks, construction crews will begin building an anaerobic digester on the Goodrich Family Farm in western Vermont that will transform cow manure and locally sourced food waste into renewable natural gas (RNG), to be sent via pipeline to nearby Middlebury College and other customers willing to pay a premium for low-carbon energy. For the developer, Vanguard Renewables, the project represents both a departure and a strategic bet. The firm already owns and operates five farm-based biogas systems in Massachusetts; each generates electricity on site that is sent to the grid and sold under the state’s ...
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Natalie Rademacher, Minnesota Daily Summary Tucked away near the Mississippi River over by Sanford Hall lies the University of Minnesota’s Main Energy Plant, which is responsible for supplying energy to the Minneapolis campus. The plant uses a unique combined heat and power system that is helping reduce the University’s greenhouse gas emissions. Since it began operating in 2017, the plant has helped reduce around one-tenth of the University’s carbon emissions, said Shane Stennes, the University’s director of sustainability. This is a significant step in helping the University reach its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.  A more efficient plant ...
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Ashley Dwy, Northern Star Summary With a budget of $3.7 million, the University aims to either improve or repair the critical electrical infrastructure that keeps the campus functioning.  The next six years have the potential to be a significant improvement for facility investments in comparison to the last two decades, according to the report on Facilities and Infrastructure Capital Investment Activities. Approximately $6.8 million of State funds were used to support critical boiler replacements and steam line distribution repairs in 2019. Projects expected to be completed in 2020 include the finishing of the Holmes Student Center redevelopment ...
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Ilana Koegelenberg, Hydrocarbons21 Summary Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), an international environmental group, has released an update to its 2018 study regarding the challenges the developing world faces in providing affordable cooling (refrigeration and comfort cooling) in a sustainable way that doesn’t exacerbate the climate crisis. The new report – “ 2019 Chilling Prospects: Tracking Sustainable Cooling for All ” – provides policy makers, the private sector and development financiers with tools and guidance on how to accelerate progress on areas of priority, according to the executive summary. It was written with technical assistance from ...
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Press Release, ZAWYA Summary In the last few years, companies have been making investments in huge projects pertaining to the changing energy landscape. Citing an example, district cooling system service provider, Empower, has recently made an investment of USD 40.8 million for a 14,000  RT  project. The company has almost fulfilled all the requirements for providing DC services in Dubai. This move is indicative of the rapid adoption of district cooling systems in recent times. A centralized 'sustainable' cooling approach The need for sustainable energy sources is increasing by the day due to growing heat and humidity levels. Changing climatic ...
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Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary As New Jersey prepares for a second round of funding for town center microgrids, some worry that the microgrids may never see the light of day. The problem? The projects need an infusion of private money to go forward. But state rules make it difficult for government to partner with private industry on energy projects. Town center microgrids are to New Jersey what community microgrids are in other states — generally complex projects designed to electrify multiple critical facilities, such as fire stations, hospitals, and wastewater treatment plants, during a power outage. Still smarting from the onslaught of ...
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Press Release, Globe Newswire Summary TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enwave Energy Corporation (Enwave) is working with Brookfield Properties (Brookfield) to build in sustainability at one of Toronto’s most prestigious downtown office complexes. The third and final tower of Bay Adelaide Centre a 32-storey high-rise tower set for completion by 2022, of which Scotiabank will be the lead tenant, will feature an innovative heating approach that economically captures and reuses residual heat to improve efficiency and add long-term value for tenants and investors. Located in the heart of Toronto’s financial core, Brookfield’s existing Bay Adelaide ...
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Jeff Feingold, NH Business Review Summary The Heat Efficiency through Applied Technology, or HEAT, Act – legislation that would address regulatory barriers hampering deployment of heat recovery technologies – has been reintroduced by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH. The measure is designed to encourage manufacturers to implement combined heat and power and waste heat to power systems, which can help reduce energy costs. Combined heat and power allows a facility to generate its own electricity and thermal energy from a single fuel source. Waste heat to power captures heat from an industrial process and uses that heat to generate power. Full Article ...
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Nicole Mackey, Old Gold & Black Summary The heating and chilled-water plants are essential to providing about 75 buildings on the main campus of Wake Forest with three of the four central utilities: heating, cooling and water. Students usually only think about these components when something isn’t working properly. In reality, running a university is equivalent to running a small city, which takes a large amount of energy and manpower. Supplying each building with the proper resources has a significant impact on not only campus sustainability and energy costs, but on the environment, too. According to the United States Environmental Protection ...
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Tom Sieniewicz, NBBJ Design Source: Smart Cities Dive Summary The City of Boston recently made headlines for an ambitious plan to mandate all new city-owned buildings  to be carbon neutra l, part of a wider  plan  for the city to achieve net zero status by 2050. The attention on this announcement and the framing of net zero makes sense. Finally, there is a sustainability goal for the city that people could fully grasp and get behind, a readily understandable and appealing arithmetic proposition that the city's buildings will eventually produce as much energy as they use. The challenge, of course, isn’t in getting people excited about the prospect ...
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Vermont Business Magazine Summary VGS announced today an ambitious and comprehensive strategy to transform the company and eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The company outlined three key strategies to achieve the near-term goal of a 30% greenhouse gas reduction in customers’ homes and businesses by 2030: doubling energy efficiency savings with a $20 million upfront investment; significantly expanding renewable natural gas for customers; and strengthening partnerships to advance projects such as district energy in Burlington and Middlebury, and a net zero home pilot program.  Ratepayers will be part of the process and would see an average ...
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