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Climate-Friendly Heating: How to Stay Warm Without Fossil Fuels

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...

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U.S. Army Receives Funding to Explore Geothermal District Heating Option

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...


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City of Prince George says Downtown Renewable Energy System Performed Perfectly During Cold Snap

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...


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Europe is Making District Heating Smart

Open Access Government Summary District heating provides the necessary flexibility to integrate, utilize and store waste heat and fluctuating energy from renewables, ultimately increasing the efficiency of the entire energy system. As a result, it holds the potential to fully decarbonize...


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Landmark Agreement Launched to Create Exemplar New Town at Shawfair

Scottish Environment Protection Agency Summary The developers behind the new town of Shawfair have committed to a landmark Sustainable Growth Agreement (SGA) that will accelerate the delivery of a well-designed, sustainable community that promotes wellbeing and healthy lifestyles. The three...


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A Once-in-a-Lifetime Substation in New York

Danielle Roberts, T&D World Summary In 2015, when the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the water supply to the city would be switched from the Catskill/Delaware watershed to a blend of the Catskill/Delaware and Croton watersheds, most New Yorkers simply...


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ENGIE Solutions Chosen to Assist the Development of Rennes Métropole's North Vilaine district heating system

Engie Press Release Summary The Rennes Métropole North and East network extension and interconnection project is part of its Territorial Climate, Air and Energy Plan, which aims to increase the region's energy independence. To do this, an ambitious network development programme will be rolled...


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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...