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What future for district heating in Eastern European countries? Possible anwsers with the case of Brasov, Romania

Energy Cities Summary District heating in general is seen as an important opportunity to decarbonise the heating sector, especially in urban areas, and therefore important to reach European and global climate goals. In a case study, progRESsHEAT project partners analyse possible future...


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CHP: Obstacles and Opportunities

Joe Leo, Ethanol Producer Magazine FOR GENERATIONS: Ethanol plants are considering combined-heat-and-power projects to increase efficiency and revenue. But before any energy is generated on-site, a few factors should be addressed. STOCK PHOTO Summary With the recent explosion of plant...


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Fact-checking the Trump administration’s claims on ‘saving’ coal country

Nicole Lewis, The Washington Post Summary “I’m the one that saved coal. I’m the one that created jobs.” — President Trump, in an interview with the New York Times, Dec. 28, 2017 As a candidate, President Trump vowed to end the “war on coal” and put miners back to work. And over the first year...


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Industrial Trade Associations Oppose Federal Proposal to Change PURPA

Alyssa Danigelis, Energy Manager Today Cogeneration facilities in Kern County, California. Credit: David Seibold, Flickr Creative Commons Summary More than a dozen large trade associations including IDEA, the Industrial Energy Consumers of America, the American Forest & Paper...


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FERC Decision and Recognition of Microgrids - Time for an industry voice?

Robert Thornton, IDEA As we all know, on Monday January 8, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a unanimous decision to terminate Docket No RM18-1-000, which addressed the Proposed Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing (Proposed Rule), submitted to the Commission...


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California Regulators OK Closing State's Last Nuclear Plant

Associated Press, Power Engineering Summary SAN FRANCISCO — California utility regulators have approved an agreement to retire the state's last nuclear power plant. The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to ratify a 2016 deal to mothball the Diablo Canyon...


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EBRD hails Turkey’s national plan to boost energy efficiency

New Europe Online Summary The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) hailed Turkey’s National Energy Efficiency Action Plan, noting that it sets the country on course to implement a reduction of 14% of primary energy consumption by 2023. The Turkish government has committed...


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Power Companies Got a Tax Cut. Will Your Bill Reflect It?

Ben Casselman , Jim Tankersley and Brad Plumer , The New York Times A Pepco crew repairing power lines in Washington. The company said it will cut customers’ rates because of its savings from the new tax law. Credit Mandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images ...


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FERC Initiates New Proceeding on Grid Resilience, Terminates DOE NOPR Proceeding

Press Release, FERC January 8, 2018 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today terminated the proceeding it initiated (Docket No. RM18-1-000) to consider the Department of Energy’s September 29 proposal on grid reliability and resilience pricing. The Commission places a priority...

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Puerto Rico Energy Commission Lays Out Rules for a Future Microgrid Landscape

Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media Clean up and electricity restoration efforts in Puerto Rico are ongoing. Photo Credit: Flickr/The National Guard Summary Thee Puerto Rico Energy Commission unveiled 29-pages of proposed regulations last week for future microgrid installations ...