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TheMayor.eu Summary With an ambitious EU Green Deal on the table, providing secure, affordable and low carbon energy stays high on the priority list of local authorities to increase air quality and reach their energy and climate targets in 2030 and establish new ones by 2050. With heating and cooling (H&C) responsible for 50% of the final energy demand in Europe, decarbonisation of the sector will be crucial to reach those targets. According to the latest study on the 14 European countries with the highest H&C demands, district energy can play a leading role in the energy transition and for achieving an economically viable decarbonisation of the ...
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***NOTICE: FY20 GRANT AWARDEES AND REMAINING AVAILABLE FUNDS ARE LISTED IN THE "FY20 FUNDING" SECTION BELOW*** Effective January 2, 2020 : MEA has removed the black start capability requirement from the CHP Grant Program and has clarified funding allocations. Please review the updated Notice of Availability in the Program Description section below.   Effective October 8, 2019, MEA has allocated an additional $100,000 to the initial $4.1 Million Program Budget. Please review the Notice of Availability available in the How to Apply section below.   The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Fiscal ...
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Sarajevo Times Summary Addressing air pollution effectively in BiH will require policy, institutional, and investment interventions in various sectors, including residential and transport whose activities affect air quality. Some interventions that the government may consider include the following: Residential. The government could develop a large-scale program to substitute traditional stoves with more efficient ones. It could start with implementing a pilot program in the short term. Lessons from such a pilot, and other existing initiatives, could be taken into account to inform the development of a possible large-scale stove replacement program. In ...
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Emirates News Agency Summary Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) reported a net profit of AED871 million in 2019, representing a remarkable increase of 8.3% year-over-year (YoY). The company has achieved a total revenue of AED2.19 billion an increase of 7.9% YoY. Commenting on Empower's financial results at the annual press conference, Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said, "2019 has been a milestone year for Empower, given the remarkable net profit increase, in addition to the significant expansion in number of district cooling plants, district cooling pipeline network, customer base and the number of buildings connected with our district ...
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CommonWealth Summary Governor Charlie Baker's top energy aide said his proposal for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 puts Massachusetts among a very small group of states and countries attempting to limit the impact of climate change. Kathleen Theoharides, the governor’s secretary of energy and environmental affairs, said Massachusetts is joining Hawaii, New York, and California  in pursuing net-zero emissions by 2050. A number of countries and foreign cities are also pursuing the same target, some on a faster timeline.   “This is the most aggressive goal that exists in the world,” Theoharides said. Theoharides declined to say when Baker ...
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Yahoo! Finance Summary FESCO Energy (FESCO®) and District 40 (formally Frederick Towne Center Mall located on the Golden Mile) have entered into an exclusive agreement to develop a microgrid enabled resilient, renewable, sustainable energy project that includes 3MW +/ of solar power generation, 6MWH of battery storage and microgrid controls. The project will increase the operational capabilities of the entire 64 acre retail location. District 40 is located in the fastest growing county in   Maryland , and will be a destination location that includes retail, restaurants, sports venues and entertainment retailers. As the Malls energy and resiliency partner, ...
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Post Bulletin Summary When cities remove dead and dying trees that have been felled by storms or chewed apart from the inside by the dreaded emerald ash borer larvae, where does the wood go? The answer, more often than not, is Environmental Wood Supply, a tree waste processing facility tucked across the Mississippi River from St. Paul’s downtown municipal airport. More than 170 cities in 22 counties, on top of 750 organizations, send their waste wood to the same St. Paul-based company, which converts 260,000 tons of trees each year into renewable “biomass” energy for two utilities — St. Paul District Energy and Xcel Energy. The problem, according ...
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EcoWatch Summary Heating with coal, oil and natural gas accounts for around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. But that's something we can change, says Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House Institute in the western German city of Darmstadt. "Buildings can be powered in a climate-neutral way, and that's possible worldwide with renewable energies," he told DW, adding that a crucial factor is to make buildings more efficient so no energy is wasted. "With good insulation and ventilation systems, it's possible to achieve energy savings — compared to conventional buildings — of 80-90% in new buildings and 75-80% through energy-efficient renovation ...
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POLITICO Pro Summary Sen. Ben Allen plans to boost the value of his climate resiliency bond from $4.2 billion to $5.5 billion, according to amendments obtained by POLITICO and slated for introduction Friday. The Santa Monica Democrat's CA SB45 (19R) , being heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee today, would increase the amount of money the state devotes to protecting against wildfires and other natural disasters from $1.7 billion to $2.2 billion. Drinking water improvements and other water supply projects would get $1.5 billion, up from $1.2 billion, while coastal land, ocean and wildlife protection would get $970 million, up from $630 million. ...
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Middle East Utilities Summary Veolia, a global leader in optimised resource management and the Royal Commission for Jubail via its investment arm JYIC, have started work for the development of a central utilities and waste valorization plant in the PlasChem Park of Jubail Industrial City. Designed on a Design-Build-Own-Operate model, the plant will be operational by September 2021. It will feature an incineration capacity of 60,000 Ton per year, along with state-of-the-art technology and environmental compliance based on Veolia’s extensive international experience as a resource management specialist. Veolia is operating 29 hazardous waste incinerator lines ...
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Quartz at Work Summary “We don’t yet know which predictions about the climate will be most accurate, nor what effects we have failed to consider. But there is no denying the direction we are heading.   Every government, company, and shareholder must confront climate change.” —BlackRock CEO Larry Fink  ” No one company can solve this macro challenge alone, but as a global technology company we have a particular responsibility to do our part. That’s why today, we’re announcing an ambitious new plan to help address the sustainability of our planet. Today we’re making the commitment that by 2030, Microsoft will be carbon negative.”— Microsoft CEO Satya ...
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Facilities Management Journal Summary Resource management company, Veolia, has been awarded a new 15-year contract with Total Fitness to drive down energy consumption, utility costs and reduce carbon emissions, across 17 health and fitness facilities in the north of England and Wales. Under the terms of the deal, Veolia will help Total Fitness to achieve a 32 per cent reduction in gas consumption using combined heat and power, CHP. The latest technology will be installed to achieve a 22 per cent increase in electrical efficiency compared to the existing CHP units, lower energy costs and further reduce CO2 emissions from the 134,000m2 of building space. ...
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ThinkGeoEnergy Summary Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $5 million in funding for 11 federal agency projects to catalyze the adoption of energy and water efficiency and renewable energy technologies at facilities across the Federal Government. As the Nation’s largest single user of energy, the federal government leads by example in capitalizing on the substantial opportunity to strengthen America’s economic, energy, and environmental security through implementation of these projects. Among the projects to receive funding is Fort Bliss, U.S. Army aimed at developing a geothermal resource by collecting geothermal ...
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MEP Middle East Summary Ahmad Bin Shafar, Empower CEO, explained that the district cooling services provider is prioritising digital services in 2020, in line with the Dubai Paperless Strategy that aims at ending of paper transactions in government framework by 2021. Bin Shafar said: “We are keen to offer seamless and user-friendly digital service, while building on our efficient interaction with customers as we meet their needs, bring them happiness and exceed their expectations. “The digital transformation is an integral component of our sustainability plans, as it reduces paper consumption, thus avoiding ...
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The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to obtain statements of qualifications (Submittals) from firms or teams of firms interested in being considered for inclusion on a pre-qualified short-list for the permitting, design, construction and operation of a new Energy Center at Bradley International Airport, with the project to be completed under a progressive design/build/operate (DBO) contract. Only the firms that are short-listed as a result of this RFQ will be eligible to submit proposals. Firms must be registered with the CAA’s procurement portal, (https://ctairports.procureware.com) to access the RFQ in its entirety. ...
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Forbes Summary Pernod Ricard, the second-biggest alcohol producer in the world, has announced an ambitious plan to shift to 100% renewable electricity by the year 2025. This move will transition all of the group's spirits and wine brands, including Chivas Regal, Havana Club, Jameson, Martell Cognac, Jacob's Creek, Mumm, Perrier-Jouët and others, to operate on solely renewable energy in production sites and offices. "We also committed to reduce absolute carbon emissions of production sites by 30% by 2030, validated by the United Nations' Science Based Targets initiative, to be in line with the below 2°C scenario," says Vanessa Wright, group vice president ...
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Prince George Matters Summary The City of Prince George is sharing their impressions of the Downtown Renewable Energy System's performance during the recent cold snap that saw temperatures read -44 C.  A news release says the system operated at its "highest level ever and may have set a new standard for Canada in the process." The system distributes heat from Lakeland Mills to almost a dozen buildings in the downtown area including City Hall, the Public Library, Two Rivers Gallery, Four Seasons Pool and the RCMP detachment on Victoria Street.  Hot water that's heated with wood chips, as well as shavings at the mill, is circulated through close to three ...
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Yahoo! Finance Summary German municipal utility, Stadtwerke Kiel, launched one of Europe’s most modern and flexible gas engine-based combined heat and power (CHP) plants on the eastern shore of the Kieler Förde inlet in northern Germany. Representatives of Stadtwerke Kiel, Kraftanlagen München GmbH (KAM) and INNIO celebrated the launch with a ceremony marking the culmination of a five-year project. Collectively, the 20 Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engines provide a total electrical output of 190 megawatts (MW) and a thermal output of 192 MW. Both power and heat from the coastal power plant feed into the electricity grid and district heating network operated ...
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Airforce Technology Summary Infrastructure solutions provider Noresco has secured a contract to implement 10MW of onsite power generation at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, to improve mission-critical energy resiliency. Kadena Air Base is home to the US Air Force’s largest combat wing. Under the $85.7m energy savings performance contract (ESPC), Noresco will provide power generation assets, which will be part of a new advanced microgrid. The base will be able to sustain operations effectively and meet critical mission requirements during utility outages. Contracted through DLA Energy and in partnership with the Air ...
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Construction Week Online Summary  UAE’s district cooling developer National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed) has acquired Masdar City’s district cooling plants and concession with a total capacity of nearly 69,000RT. The plants provide cooling services to more than 2.7km2 of sustainable urban communities in Masdar City. Announced on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020, as part of the agreement Tabreed will also acquire the use of two deep geothermal wells located in Masdar City that are a part of a major research and development collaboration initiative, which will see Tabreed create unique, reliable, and sustainable cooling solutions ...
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