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Chair's Update 4th Quarter 2010

Is your knowledge base planning to retire? Lately we've heard about a number of major items affecting us in some way. Pending EPA legislation on Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (see the feature story in this issue), the BP oil spill and uncertainty about congressional passage of an...

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Chair's Update 2nd Quarter 2011

In my first column as IDEA chair, I men­tioned that I would cover four major areas that I thought would help us pre­pare for the future. The first was focusing on the customer; the second was transfer­ring knowledge; and the third was mod­ernizing existing assets. In this final article, I would...

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Chair's Update 1st Quarter 2011

The years seem to fly by, and as they do, I continue to get the same questions regarding the age of equipment in a power plant. (I guess it's my gray hair; it can't be my age.) Colleagues want to know whether to replace older equipment with a newer unit featuring today's latest technologies. It...

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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2010

I hope that everyone who attended the 101st Annual Conference in Indianapolis enjoyed their stay and went home with information that will provide improvements and successes in the business of providing energy for their customers. I want to thank Laxmi Rao, Jamie Dillard and each of the speakers...

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Chair's Update 1st Quarter 2018

I am sure you’ve noticed time does not wait for anyone; it just keeps ticking forward as we move through the seasons. From my perspective – as I am sure from yours – the demands on our time are continually stressed by the variety of changes and multitude of new things occurring around us....

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Chair's Update 4th Quarter 2017

Thi s is an exciting time to be in the energy industry. The pace of change is accelerating as new technologies arise to meet the challenges of a growing global population and mitigate the impacts of climate change. In the last decade alone, we’ve seen exponential increases in the deployment of...

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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2017

As this is my first column as the new IDEA chair, I’d like to thank our members for putting their trust in me for this coming year. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Tim Griffin for his past year of service and “Sustaining Our Success.” And of course those of us who recently made it to...

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Chair's Update 1st Quarter 2014

Oh it's the most wonderful time of the year ... I'm talking about the IDEA Annual Campus Conference season! For me and hundreds of other IDEA members who work in the campus environment, this is the conference for the richest program, the greatest opportunities for information exchange and the...

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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2016

The city of St. Paul and our conference host, District Energy St. Paul, rolled out the green carpet for IDEA at the association's 107th Annual Confer­ence and Trade show, which wrapped up June 23. The event drew more than 800 delegates from 19 countries, 42 states, four provinces and 246 cities....

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Chair's Update 4th Quarter 2016

Eight years ago my wife and I had our dream home built. We had purchased the property three years before but waited until we had the right floor plan and finances to move forward. Knowing this was to be our dream home, and one we would likely be carried away from in a casket someday, we wanted...

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