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President's Message 1st Quarter 2017

New York grid, reducing its "tag" from 30


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President's Message 4th Quarter 2016

From District Energy Magazine, Fourth Quarter, 2016 As we head into the fourth quarter of 2016, there are some pretty obvious trends at work in the U.S. energy industry. One, coal use is in rapid decline, especially at U.S. colleges and universities. Two, the era of large, remote central...


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President's Message 2nd Quarter 2016

From District Energy Magazine, Second Quarter, 2016 Whenever I fly out of a city at night, I often gaze out the airplane window at the ex­pansive canvas of lights twinkling below. The elec­tricity grid outlines the streets and thorough­fares, connecting homes with commercial cen­ters,...


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President's Message 1st Quarter 2015

From District Energy Magazine, First Quarter, 2015 I have seen the future of district cooling. It is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The newly completed Empower Command and Control Center (CCC) is a highly sophisticated platform that monitors and manages end-to-end operations of...


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President's Message 3rd Quarter 2016

From District Energy Magazine, Third Quarter, 2016 As we experienced together in St. Paul at the recent IDEA Annual Con­ference and Trade Show, the district energy industry is actively engaged in change and seeking to acceler­ate the shift toward more distributed energy solutions for...


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President's Message 3rd Quarter 2014

From District Energy Magazine, Third Quarter, 2014 The pace of change in the energy indus­try is accelerating. The visibility and value of thermal energy seems to be increasing as well. Is the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan the ful­crum we need to leverage more...


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President's Message 3rd Quarter 2015

From District Energy Magazine, Third Quarter, 2015 In 1800, when my great-grandfather was a young man stoking a peat/coal boiler in Ireland, and the Industrial Age was just beginning, there were only 1 billion people on the planet. At the time, only 3 percent lived in cities, and there...


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President's Message 2nd Quarter 2014

From District Energy Magazine, Second Quarter, 2014 In recent months, during frequent discus­sions with policy makers, regulators, utility officials, agency heads and real estate developers, I have often been reminded of the quote in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray...


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President's Message 2nd Quarter 2015

From District Energy Magazine, Second Quarter, 2015 Cities are "getting it" about district energy. Cities account for around 70 percent of global energy use and 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions annually. It seems nearly every week IDEA learns of a new city or community taking...


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President's Message 1st Quarter 2014

From District Energy Magazine, First Quarter, 2014 Earlier this fall, when yet another hur­ricane was pumping big waves up the east coast, I was out bodysurfing in Rhode Island with my son John. As we dog-paddled in the deeper water of the lineup, we chatted about how much work...