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Powering the north

Braydon Black, Alternatives Journal Summary Improving energy efficiencies are changing how Northern Ontario's MoCreebec people are taking control of their power consumption. The MoCreebec Eeyoud Council, an association representing the MoCreebec people of northern Ontario, is taking...


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Full decarbonisation of heating and cooling is cost-effective with existing technologies, says EU research

Euroheat & Power Summary Heat Roadmap Europe (HRE4), an EU-funded research initiative, proves that the heating and cooling sector can be fully decarbonised based on technologies and approaches which already exist, are market-ready and have successfully been implemented in Europe. The...


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In Support of Cornell's North Campus Residential Expansion

Jennifer Tavares, Business Journal News Network Summary I recently] spoke at the City of Ithaca’s P lanning Board meeting, at its s econd of two public hearings (so far), in support of Cornell’s North Campus residential expansion project. Because speakers were limited to 90 seconds (due...


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First sod cut on Clydebank district heating network

Scottish Construction Now Summary Work to construct West Dunbartonshire Council’s new high-tech heating system in Clydebank has officially begun. The £15 million project, which is part of the regeneration of the former John Brown Shipyard, will see the area’s homes, businesses and some...


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Report identifies heat network cost savings

Alec Peachy, Gas Power Heat Systems Network Summary The capital costs of UK heat networks could be reduced by 30-40%, according to a report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). According to the ETI, this could potentially decrease the cost of the UK's low carbon transition by £3bn....


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Incremental Livable - An A\J Q&A with Gordon Harris

Alternatives Journal Summary What happens when a group of urban planners attempt to create a living model of a walkable, energy-efficient and sustainable community at a scale applicable to the country’s largest cities? You get UniverCity , a groundbreaking initiative of urban planner...


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DCD>London: Data centers and the City

Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox, DCD Summary Waste heat and power distribution specialists discussed the interaction between digital infrastructure and urban environments at DCD's flagship event. As more data centers move into cities, they must become more closely integrated with other urban...


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Repairing the heart of Copenhagen's district heating system

Soren Orsted, Ramboll Summary Due to an unstable operation, the valves of ‘chamber 130.12’ needed to be replaced, which is the heart of the Copenhagen district heating system delivering heat to approximately 250.000 households. This is the first replacement since it was installed in the 1980s...


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New chilled water plant construction brings parking changes

Deepti Agnihotri, The Chronicle Summary Duke will build a new plant to keep cool. Construction on Duke's third water cooling plant, or Chiller Plant No. 3, will begin in January 2019. It will be located on Anderson Street and the construction is expected to conclude in December 2020,...


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Some Edmonton city councillors questioning Blatchford needs more money

Scott Johnston, Global News Summary A new report released just prior to Edmonton City Council’s utilities committee meeting Thursday calls for another $52 million to be invested in Blatchford’s district energy system. That investment would be on top of the $115 million that appears in the...