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City in Shaanxi Province, China Launches Innovative Large-Scale Geothermal District Heating System

ThinkGeoEnergy Summary China's largest non-interference geothermal heating system has been activated at the Western China Science & Technology Innovation Harbor in Fengxi New City, Xixian New Area, Shaanxi Province. Recently, China’s largest non-interference geothermal heating system has...

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Decarbonization is Next Step in Development of District Heating, Cooling Systems

Balkan Green Energy News Summary The use of renewable energy sources in district heating and cooling systems can substitute fossil fuels without increasing prices for customers, while bringing benefits in environmental protection. Solar thermal projects, geothermal energy, heat pumps, waste...

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Canadian communities are tapping into greener ways to heat and cool buildings

Emily Chung, CBC News Summary During the cold, snowy winters in much of Canada, many of us rely on furnaces, boilers and baseboard heaters to keep our homes and offices comfortable — and hope they don't suddenly quit during a cold snap. But what if you didn't need any heating equipment in...

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Canada's Oil Town building carbon neutral community with 100% renewables

John Lorinc, Corporate Knights Summary Given that Swedish eco-activist Greta Thunberg has shone a harsh light on air travel, there’s a certain cosmic elegance in the City of Edmonton’s ambitious plans for a 536-acre decommissioned airport site, just minutes from the downtown. Construction...

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EU approves EUR 57 million Croatian support for HEP District Heating

Balkan Energy News Summary The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Croatian plans to support the EUR 57 million modernization of a district heating system in the city of Zagreb (Croatia) by the city’s district heating operator HEP Toplinarstvo (HEP District Heating)...

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Aiming for Climate Targets, Germany Taps Its Geothermal Potential

Paul Hockenos, Yale Environment 360 Summary The German state of Bavaria is embracing an ambitious program of tapping into geothermal reservoirs, with Munich hoping to make its heating system carbon-neutral by 2040. But given the expense of geothermal power, can it ever rival wind and solar...

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Biomass heating system commissioned in New York

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...

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EagleHawk helps Cornell University uncover nuisance leaks in buried steam lines with drone-enabled inspections

Summary Frank Perry has been Cornell University's Utilities Project Manager for decades. Part of his responsibilities includes managing and maintaining the university's district heating system. This utility provides heat and hot water to the entire campus and is crucial for the school to...

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To get to net zero, cities need to think wider than buildings

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...

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Jason Kita: Richmond energy system leads municipal climate change fight

Municipal World Summary The City of Richmond ’s award-winning district energy project, at least as Jason Kita sees it, strongly positions the British Columbia municipality as a North American leader in finding innovative solutions to the growing climate change emergency. Kita, Director of...