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Chair's Update 2nd Quarter 2016

It seems to be a common experience as we age - the passing of time accelerates. This is my experience as IDEA chair; the year has flown by. At our 106th annual conference in Boston last June I launched our theme for the year, "Embracing Change." In my final message, allow me to reflect on the...

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Chair's Update 2nd Quarter 2015

Last June, I introduced the theme "Inspiring the Next Generation," because I believe IDEA plays an integral role in influencing the direction of the energy industry. Over the years our efforts have focused on exploring technologies and growth opportunities, but it is critical that we are also...

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Chair's Update 2nd Quarter 2014

Our 27th Annual Campus Conference, recently held in Atlanta, Ga., was an enormous success, with over 625 attendees from North America and beyond! The educational workshops and programs were exceptional, covering a broad range of topics including community energy, solar trigeneration, free...

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Chair's Update 2nd Quarter 2013

Joseph Brillhart Greetings everyone! As I sit here in Pennsylvania watching the snow blowing sideways at 20 miles per hour, I'm still feeling energized from the fantastic time I had in San Diego with many of you. IDEA's 26th Annual Campus Energy Conference was a resounding suc­cess with record...

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Chair's Update 2nd Quarter 2011

In my first column as IDEA chair, I men­tioned that I would cover four major areas that I thought would help us pre­pare for the future. The first was focusing on the customer; the second was transfer­ring knowledge; and the third was mod­ernizing existing assets. In this final article, I would...

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Chair's Update 2nd Quarter 2010

I am writing my last column as IDEA chair, and what a year it has been! It is hard to believe it has been nearly a year since we celebrated the association's 100th anniversary at the incredible National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. I will always remember that evening. Seeing so many of...

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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 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 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 2013

From District Energy Magazine, Second Quarter, 2013 Over the past year or so, it seems like I have been traveling endless­ly, presenting the district energy/CHP story to audiences big and small. From business groups at the local Kiwanis luncheon, to large global symposiums of impressive...