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Albawaba Business Summary Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower)announced that it has successfully renewed three ISO certifications in Quality Management System (ISO 9001: 2015), Environmental Management System (ISO 14001: 2015), and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001: 2007), that are related to internationally recognized practices for management Systems in Quality, Environment and  Health and Safety respectively. Empower is certified for all these three International Standards since 2006, which are integrated into one platform, that adds values to all stakeholders from Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental ...
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Yahoo! News Summary Investing in green recovery is the “best way” to boost the UK economy after the coronavirus pandemic, and could create 1.6 million new jobs, a new report has found. Think tank IPPR is urging the government to invest in a jobs-led recovery plan focused on helping the UK meet its targets for improving air quality, lowering carbon-dioxide emissions and restoring nature. A drive to insulate homes and fit low-carbon heating could create 1.6 million new jobs, according to the IPPR report ‘Transforming the Economy after COVID-19: A clean, fair and resilient recovery.’ The IPPR recommends increasing the energy efficiency of homes by switching ...
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Edie Summary In the immediacy of a global pandemic it's sobering to reflect that it is climate change that remains the foremost challenge humanity faces and Thursday's chastening Progress Report to Parliament published by the Committee on Climate Change is a timely reminder to all of us that the clock to 2050 continues to run down. It recommends that ministers act with urgency and decisiveness in securing a green and resilient recovery following COVID-19 should be heard by all of us. There’s plenty of evidence that the message is well understood by many. Commenting on social media, Andy Yuill of Natural Power observed that we should already be “decarbonising ...
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Steel Guru Summary MAN Energy Solutions has completed the expansion of the Sund power plant near Tórshavn, the Faroese capital, and successfully handed the plant over to local energy supplier Elfelagið SEV. With this, four MAN 9L51/60 engines have been successfully integrated into the islands' hybrid energy-system and will complement the existing power station with an additional 37 MW power generation, as well as district heating capacity. To supply electricity to the almost 52,000 islanders, SEV relies on an intelligent combination of renewable energy sources, storage solutions and power-plant engines to ensure grid stability. Danish power-plant specialist, ...
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Emirates News Agency Summary Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation, Empower, has launched a consumption rationalisation campaign under the theme ’Set your AC at 24 C Auto and Save’. The campaign will run until the end of summer and aims to encouraging its customers to rationalise the district cooling consumption during the summer season by setting the air- conditioner thermostat at 24 C, as well as using innovative and eco-friendly methods that help in reducing indoor temperature and monthly costs, and achieving significant savings in energy and resources. The campaign targets all customer segments across residential and commercial buildings that ...
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Balkan Green Energy News Summary IN MOST COUNTRIES WHERE EBRD IS ACTIVE, THE PANDEMIC STRUCK WHEN THE WINTER WAS ENDING, SO THE CONSEQUENCES COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE. EXPERTS SAY GREEN AND RESILIENT IN DISTRICT ENERGY ARE NOT CONFLICTING OPTIONS AND THAT FOCUSING ON EFFICIENCY ALONE INSTEAD OF LIFTING THE SHARE OF RENEWABLES BRINGS THE RISK OF RUNNING OUT OF TIME IN TERMS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development held an online discussion to address the possibilities for a resilient, low carbon district energy in the age of COVID-19. Greg Gebrail and Bojan Bogdanović, who wrote a policy paper on the response to the coronavirus, ...
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MiBiz Summary Since the late 1800s, downtown Grand Rapids has been equipped with a network of pipes that heat buildings with steam generated from a series of boilers across from Van Andel Arena. Known as district energy, the concept is seeing a revitalization as a clean energy tool, particularly when the boilers that generate the steam are powered by renewable energy. In Grand Rapids, officials with   Vicinity Energy Inc.   — which recently acquired the facility from   Veolia North America   — tout the efficiency rate of producing steam from the natural gas-powered boilers and potential capital cost savings for building owners in lieu of their ...
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Teesside Live Summary Plans which could see a £230m energy plant being built on Teesside are expected to create almost 500 jobs. Plans were initially submitted last year by Graythorp Energy Ltd to build a combined heat and power plant on a 15-acre site at Tofts Road West, next to the Graythorp Industrial Estate south of   Seaton Carew . If it is approved those behind the project say there would be   450 construction jobs with a further 40 permanent posts   once completed. The applicant estimates it will add £2.72m to the local economy each year. The centre would generate 49.5 megawatts of dependable electricity for the local grid, 50% of which ...
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Energy Industry Review Summary Siemens Energy and Polenergia signed a letter of intent pertaining to cooperation in the area of industrial application of high-efficiency cogeneration, as well as introduction of solutions that enable sustainable production and use of hydrogen.   Siemens Energy, a leading producer and supplier of energy and gas technologies, and Polenergia, the largest Polish private, vertically integrated energy group, decided to enter into a close cooperation for the development of modern technologies in the area of decarbonisation of the industry and the power sector. The outcome of their joint activities will be implementation of ...
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Worcester Business Journal Summary Noresco, a Westborough energy efficiency and infrastructure firm, has begun work on a cogeneration and microgrid system expansion at Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut. The $169.3-million energy savings performance contract will support 100% of the power requirements for the base’s mission-critical piers and nuclear submarines in the event of a grid outage. Additionally, the new cogeneration system will provide 10.75 megawatts of electrical power generation capacity and generate steam heat for mission-critical waterfront operations and training buildings. The project includes other energy conservation measures ...
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Forbes Summary Thermal energy storage allows polluting industries to clean up and reduce emissions As the global energy system becomes increasingly electric – not just in power but transportation and heat, too – storing energy is going to play an ever more important role in ensuring that clean energy can be used when it is most needed. To date, most of the focus has been on storing surplus power generated by solar and wind farms, using battery technology or pumped hydro-electric facilities. But there is also a huge potential in storing heat, or thermal, energy in a similar way. The market for heat storage is more than three times the size of the electricity ...
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House Select Committee on Climate Crisis Summary Plan Would Put Americans Back To Work, Save Lives, And Help the United States Reach Net Zero By 2050. On Tuesday, June 30, led by   Speaker Nancy Pelosi   and  Chair Kathy Castor  (D-FL), members of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive plan titled “ Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America.”   The report lays out the Climate Crisis Action Plan, full of detailed, ambitious and actionable climate solutions that Congress should enact to benefit American families in communities across ...
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E&E News Summary Democrats on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will recommend a federal clean electricity standard, a carbon price and a national net-zero emissions goal, as part of the wide-ranging report they will officially unveil Tuesday, June 30. The long-awaited document, which runs 538 pages, was crafted largely without input from the panel's Republicans and is widely seen as a climate guide for Democrats if they win control of government in 2021. Democrats will roll out the document tomorrow morning at a press conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). "The Climate Crisis Action Plan outlined in this report provides ...
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Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive Summary In 2018, with a nearly $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), a company called Charge Bliss built a 250 kW, 1 MWh solar and battery storage microgrid on top of a medical center in Richmond, California.  The center saw immediate benefits, including a roughly one-third reduction in energy costs, according to healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente. Now, as the medical industry continues to reckon with COVID-19 and California faces the likelihood of more wildfire-related power outages, Kaiser is looking to deploy more solar-plus-storage systems and fuel cells. "I think the whole COVID-19 situation ...
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Delaware Business Times Summary A partnership of an out-of-state equity investor and energy operator has acquired the natural gas-fired power plant that also powers Kraft Heinz’s food products plant and Proctor & Gamble’s wipes manufacturing facility. The partners, New Jersey-based operator DCO Energy and New York-based investor Basalt Infrastructure Partners, bought the plant located at 1280 W. North St. from Clearway Energy Group, which was born out of the $1.3 billion 2018 sale of former NRG Energy assets. Terms of the deal, which was signed in September, approved by federal energy regulators Feb. 28 and closed March 3, were not disclosed. ...
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Patch Summary   The Howard County Office of Community Sustainability has been awarded two grants totaling $109,000 from the Maryland Energy Administration. The county received a $9,000 grant to plan a combined heat and power system at the Howard County Detention Center and up to $100,000 to plan a microgrid project at the George Howard Complex and the Roger Carter Center. The microgrid project includes two forms of clean and efficient onsite power generation to improve the resiliency of critical public safety operations. "Especially in tough times Howard County needs to lead with bold visions for the future," said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball ...
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Power Engineering Summary The Tennessee Valley Authority has green-lighted a first-ever plan allowing the local distribution utilities within its service territory to develop some of their power generation, including renewable energy resources. The TVA announced that an environmental assessment found no significant impact in the shift allowing local power companies (LPCs) to generate the portion of their own load. These potential, localized resources could include utility-scale solar, combined heat and power (CHP) and distributed energy. TVA historically has produced all of the electricity—mainly hydro, nuclear and some coal—that was then transmitted ...
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ThinkGeoEnergy Summary In a recent article NZ-based software house Seequent shares its view on the future of the geothermal sector describing the wide variety of opportunities in this exciting industry of ours. Seequent has made great inroads in software solutions related to the subsurface work, both for deep geothermal and increasingly also for shallow(er) geothermal resources. (details here) Tomato farmers in the Alps and fishermen casting lines on remote Indonesian islands show how expansive geothermal energy has become.Miklos Antics, Managing Director of GPC IP/GEOFLUID and President of the European Geothermal Energy Council, has watched it evolve. ...
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Commercial Property Executive Summary Cogeneration, or   combined heating and power   (CHP), now represents 35 percent of capacity in non-traditional markets that include commercial real estate and industrial properties, according to Richard Sweetser, president of Herndon, Va.-based Exergy Partners. In mid-June, Sweetser and others delivered a presentation at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Show that highlights a groundbreaking CHP e-catalog allowing owners and engineers to easily pre-screen their buildings for potential CHP plant installation. CHP produces electricity and useful thermal energy (heating and/or cooling) from a single ...
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The Islands' Sounder Summary During a pandemic, it can be difficult to prepare for a future disaster. When a crisis exists in our mind rather than our eyes, it is easy for it to fade like smoke on the horizon. But the horizon may be filled with smoke soon this fire season, and fire seasons are predicted to become more severe for San Juan County as we move into a changing climate. The National Interagency Fire Center predicts Washington and Oregon to have the highest increase in wildfires of anywhere in the country this summer. Washington has already seen nearly triple the number of usual wildfires at this point in our season, a year when it has been difficult ...
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