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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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Congressional Update: Bipartisan legislation to unlock tax benefits for clean energy introduced in House and Senate

Harper Gay, IDEA William Shakespeare, in the play Julius Caesar, writes that timing is everything, and if acted upon, can create opportunity and even fortune. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX-02) and Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) hope these words...

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IDEA Awarded "Best Main Site Design" for DistrictEnergy.org

Paige Davis, IDEA IDEA is proud to announce that our website has been awarded “Best Main Site Design” by Higher Logic at their 8th annual Higher Logic Super Forum, a national conference which took place October 15-17, 2017, at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va. As an...

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President's Message 4th Quarter 2017

Ben Franklin’s axiom that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” still rings true today. As I write this column, communities across coastal Texas and Florida are just beginning to recover from record winds and flooding inflicted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Puerto Rico is facing...

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Congressional Update: The Advancing Grid Storage Act of 2017

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Senator Al Franken (D-MN), with Senator Heinrich (D-NM) as cosponsor, introduced a bill to improve electrical grid reliability and resiliency. The Advancing Grid Storage Act of 2017 was introduced on September 25 . The bill is divided in...

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Seoul Energy Visits Princeton's Energy Plant

Emily Riskalla, International District Energy Association On September 21, 2017, Baird Brown and Ted Borer, of the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) with Dr. John Byrne, head of the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment and the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the...


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District Energy and Amazon's HQ2 Decision

On September 7, Amazon announced it would begin a process to establish a second headquarters, potentially costing $5 billion to build and equip and providing workspace for 50,000 employees. Amazon opened the door to new metro regions across North America outside of Seattle. With this...

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