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How an Ambitious Minnesota Eco-Project Became a Density Battleground

Jay Walljasper, City Lab Before it closed in 2011, Ford's Twin Cities Assembly Plant churned out millions of vehicles. It's now set to become a "net-zero" mixed-use development. Cory Ryan/Getty Images Summary Ford’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minnesota opened in 1925 to...


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Saint Paul is on the Cutting Edge of Decarbonization

Jeff Harder, USGBC Summary O nce upon a time, coal was king in Saint Paul, Minnesota, creating steam that traveled through a network of underground pipes and tunnels to illuminate and heat downtown. The underlying infrastructure, known as a district energy system, had been around for a...


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What the Conclusion of the Legislative Session Means for Duluth

Haydee Clotter, Fox21 Online Summary The Minnesota Legislative Session ended late last night and Gov. Dayton is already threatening to veto some spending packages over the next couple weeks. Duluth city leaders have mixed feelings about the session. There were major projects ultimately...


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Cogeneration advocates take aim at Midwest utility standby charges

Frank Jossi, Energy News Network PHOTO BY BASF / Creative Commons Summary Minnesota takes the lead with reforms advocates say will bolster the case for combined heat and power plants. Several Midwest states are taking a new look at a long-ignored utility charge that efficiency advocates...


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Duluth steam plant to burn biofuel

Peter Passi, Duluth News Tribune The Duluth steam plant (News Tribune file photo) Summary Duluth's steam plant will be swapping out coal and natural gas for biofuel in the near future. Earlier this week, the Duluth City Council authorized Duluth Energy Systems to enter into a five-year...


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CampusEnergy2018 Student Video Contest Winner: University of Minnesota

Summary Launched in 2012, the Campus Energy Student Video Contest challenges students from IDEA member institutions to create a short video about their campus energy plant, focused on district energy and/or combined heat and power (CHP). The 2018 winner from the University of Minnesota shares...


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Rochester aims for 100% renewable energy

Michael Miller, Radish Magazine Summary Globally renowned as a terminus of health, Rochester’s focus on medical wellness clashes with its consumption of fossil fuels for energy, which pollutes the environment and endangers public health. Luckily, Rochester took a leap toward the growing...


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UMN Energy Plant Wins Sustainable Minnesota Construction Association Award

School Construction News The new Main Energy Plant at UMN is 83 percent energy efficient — more than double the efficiency of a coal-fired power plant. Photo Credit (all): University of Minnesota Summary The University of Minnesota (UMN) in Minneapolis just completed a project so green...


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Powering the future from remains of the past

This article appears in the Q1 2018 edition of District Energy Magazine Facing a boiler capacity shortage, the University of Minnesota rehabilitated a retired, antiquated steam plant into a model of modern efficiency and sustainability. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities...


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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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