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Another Good IDEA

Introduced in March at the CampusEnergy 2018 conference, A Good IDEA is a community outreach program inspired and led by IDEA staff and their passion to improve the quality of life in our local community as well as those communities that we visit during our conferences. Throughout our nearly...

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Plus points stacking up for district cooling

Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary Rob Thornton, President and CEO of the International District Energy Association has been working in the district energy industry since 1987 and has never seen it so active and vibrant. Around the globe, there is active investment,...


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CampusEnergy2018: "Sharing Solutions, Sustaining Our Future"

Peter Myers, IDEA Conference photos Pure Light Images. Energy levels ran high throughout the week of March 5-9 as IDEA convened its 31st Annual Campus Energy Conference, “Sharing Solutions, Sustaining Our Future” at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, MD, attracting a record number of 981...

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A Good IDEA, Serving Our Communities With More Than Just Energy!

Paige Davis, IDEA Throughout our nearly 110 year history, IDEA and our members are and have always been committed to providing and promoting efficient, reliable, environmentally sound energy to our cities, campuses and communities. Now with the introduction of A Good IDEA we are proud to say...

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Industry Sign-on Letter in Opposition to HR 4476

Rob Thornton, IDEA Legislation is being considered in the US House of Representatives (H.R. 4476 – “PURPA Modernization Act of 2017”) which would significantly limit use of Qualifying Facility (QF) status under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). Although the intent of this...

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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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University of Minnesota shows off its new combined heat and power plant

Peter Myers, IDEA An interview with Jerome Malmquist, Director, Energy Management, University of Minnesota at a recent media tour of the new CHP plant. Photo: Peter Myers, IDEA A deteriorated, decommissioned 104-year-old heating plant on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus has...

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Atlanta Airport Demonstrates Need for Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Microgrid

Rob Thornton, IDEA The recent power outage and grid failure affecting Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports, vividly demonstrates the importance of reliable and resilient energy supply for mission-critical facilities. Even with redundant utility...


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Navigant: US Department of Defense to spend more than $1 billion annually on microgrids by 2026

Harper Gay, IDEA The market research company, Navigant Research, released a report on October 31 predicting a strong increase in spending on military microgrids. The report, called Military Microgrids , forecasts that Department of Defense (DoD) spending on microgrids and microgrid...

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