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Chair's Update 1st Quarter 2017

This past fall, I had the privilege to join Rob Thornton in Copenhagen for the annual Danish district heating conference, a rare opportunity to interact with district energy professionals from Denmark. Our host, Birger Lauersen, manager of international affairs for the Danish District Heating...

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Chair's Update 1st Quarter 2016

We move into 2016 without an old friend. John Gray, a steady fixture within the IDEA community, passed away Nov. 10, 2015. John was important to this association, and IDEA was important to him. For nearly 50 years, John at­tended our conferences and events. Beyond his deep technical knowledge,...

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Chair's Update 1st Quarter 2015

For decades, our industry has found success in structured utility markets. Recently, the influence and interests in energy systems has begun to shift, with businesses, local governments and communities embracing local energy systems. Energy production sources are becoming more diverse and...

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Chair's Update 1st Quarter 2014

Oh it's the most wonderful time of the year ... I'm talking about the IDEA Annual Campus Conference season! For me and hundreds of other IDEA members who work in the campus environment, this is the conference for the richest program, the greatest opportunities for information exchange and the...

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Chair's Update 1st Quarter 2013

Greetings everyone! By the time you read this, Hurricane Sandy may be a distant memory to most of you. However, many of the plant rooms in New York City will still be cleaning up the mess and trying to get equipment operable for the upcoming cooling season. Coastal areas in nearby Long Island...

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Chair's Update 1st Quarter 2011

The years seem to fly by, and as they do, I continue to get the same questions regarding the age of equipment in a power plant. (I guess it's my gray hair; it can't be my age.) Colleagues want to know whether to replace older equipment with a newer unit featuring today's latest technologies. It...

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Chair's Update 1st Quarter 2010

This new year arrived a lot faster than others I can recall, and just around the corner is IDEA's Campus Energy Conference set for Feb. 9–­12 in Reno. I look forward to being there and hearing from my peers about the challenges and successes at their institutions. The economic downturn continues...

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President's Message 1st Quarter 2017

From District Energy Magazine, First Quarter, 2017 What can we learn about energy sustainability and resiliency by returning to college? Why is it that college and university campuses are often cited as the best examples of community energy efficiency, and what can they teach our...


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President's Message 1st Quarter 2016

From District Energy Magazine, First Quarter, 2016 The United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) was the largest single gathering of countries in recorded history. Never before have so many heads of state come together collectively to address a single issue. The two-week...


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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...