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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2017

As this is my first column as the new IDEA chair, I’d like to thank our members for putting their trust in me for this coming year. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Tim Griffin for his past year of service and “Sustaining Our Success.” And of course those of us who recently made it to...

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President's Message 3rd Quarter 2017

One outcome of the United States federal government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is a resurgence of efforts by cities and states to step up their investments in more energy-efficient and sustainable solutions. Compared to our elected officials in Washington, mayors and...

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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2016

The city of St. Paul and our conference host, District Energy St. Paul, rolled out the green carpet for IDEA at the association's 107th Annual Confer­ence and Trade show, which wrapped up June 23. The event drew more than 800 delegates from 19 countries, 42 states, four provinces and 246 cities....

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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2015

For district energy professionals, Boston was the place to be. IDEA's 106th Annual Conference and Trade Show wrapped up July 1 (yes, Canada Day, for my north-of-the-border colleagues), and what a few days it was. More than 960 del­egates from 22 countries came together to share success stories,...

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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2014

Seattle is only two months behind us, but the ripple effect of our time together is already visible in our industry. At this year's 105th annual conference, we challenged each other with observations of the dramatic changes under way in the energy industry that are increasing the demand for...

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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2013

Our 104th annual conference in Miami was a resounding network­ing and educational success. And, who doesn't love to people-watch on beautiful South Beach! The program was the finest I've ever seen, jam-packed with ex­pert panels, workshops, educational sessions and technical tours. Our...

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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2012

Joseph Brillhart For those of you who attended IDEA's 103rd Annual Conference in Chicago, I don't have to tell you how great the event was. You lucky folks also witnessed the wonderful weather of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I would like to thank our host, Thermal Chicago,...

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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2011

Vincent Badali I hope that all of you who joined us in Toronto for the 102nd Annual Conference and Trade Show enjoyed your stay north of the border and, more importantly, came away with useful infor­mation, some new leads and new friends. We thank Dennis Fotinos and his staff at Enwave for...

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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2010

I hope that everyone who attended the 101st Annual Conference in Indianapolis enjoyed their stay and went home with information that will provide improvements and successes in the business of providing energy for their customers. I want to thank Laxmi Rao, Jamie Dillard and each of the speakers...

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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...