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Wastewater treatment plants add biogas-fueled CHP

This article appears in the Q2 2018 of District Energy magazine. Two projects demonstrate the use of biogas to cogenerate heat and power, boosting the sustainability of wastewater treatment operations. Water reclamation facilities – an important and often less visible component of...


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The promise and pitfalls of new green building policies: Can district energy thrive?

This article appears in the Q2 2018 of District Energy magazine. New Canadian green building policies focusing on carbon emissions – rather than just energy – offer new opportunities for district solutions in fighting climate change. Building codes, like district energy, have existed...


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Richmond, B.C., and Corix partner on City Centre district energy program

This article appears in the Q2 2018 of District Energy magazine. The city of Richmond, B.C., has created a novel public-private partnership with Corix Utilities to develop district energy services for its downtown core. Located on Lulu Island in the Fraser River estuary, the city of...


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Metro Vancouver’s vibrant district energy market

This article appears in the Q2 2018 of District Energy magazine. Across the greater Vancouver, B.C., area, neighborhood energy systems are growing in size and number and increasing their use of renewable energy technologies. The mountain-backed seaport of Vancouver, B.C., on Canada’s...


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District Energy Magazine - Latest issue now online

IDEA is pleased to bring you the latest issue of District Energy magazine, now available online . Our cover story profiles several of the 18 district energy systems operating and in development in the greater Vancouver, B.C., metropolitan area, some of which you'll be able to visit during...


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Utility CHP ownership – a new partnership

This article was featured in the Q1 2018 edition of District Energy Magazine . Investor-owned utilities have a unique opportunity to partner with clients to deploy efficient, resilient and economical CHP capacity. Over the past five to 10 years the energy and power industry in the U.S....


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Underneath the ivy

This article appears in the Q1 2018 edition of District Energy magazine . Early adopters of district energy, Ivy League schools continue expanding and improving their underground distribution networks. Ivy League colleges and universities are some of the oldest and most renowned in the...


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Powering the future from remains of the past

This article appears in the Q1 2018 edition of District Energy Magazine Facing a boiler capacity shortage, the University of Minnesota rehabilitated a retired, antiquated steam plant into a model of modern efficiency and sustainability. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities...


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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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President's Message 1st Quarter 2018

One area that has long frustrated me, and many others in IDEA, has been the treatment of and consideration for district energy and combined heat and power in U.S. military base installations. Time and again, we have heard of bases electing to disaggregate district heating systems as part of an...

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