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Solar? Geothermal? Garbage? 6 climate-friendly ways to heat and cool buildings

Emily Chung, CBC News Summary Using local energy sources such as lake water, wood waste or even garbage to heat and cool buildings is one way for communities to cut their greenhouse gas emissions — the goal of this week's UN climate summit. In district energy systems , instead of...


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Biomass heating system commissioned in New York

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Biomass Magazine Summary The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Agency, and New York State Police on Nov. 14 formally commissioned a renewable biomass heating system at the State Office Campus in...


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World Bank funding to accelerate energy efficiency in Belarus

Power Engineering International Summary The World Bank has signed a deal to fund the new Sustainable Energy Scale-Up Project , an initiative designed to improve energy efficiency in Belarus. The $99.3m in World Bank funding will be coupled with $99.3m from the European Investment Bank and...


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Dunedin's eco-boiler heat plan

David Loughrey, Otago Daily Times Summary A plan to heat central Dunedin buildings with the biggest eco-heating scheme in New Zealand is set to advance to its next stage. The system would replace the coal-fired Dunedin Energy Centre with one run by biomass, woodchip that can be sourced...


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Burning wood for energy remains a, well, hot topic

David Brooks, Granite Geek Summary Whether it’s good or bad to burn wood to create heat and/or electricity is a contentious topic that has been featured here more than once . It has risen to the fore again in New Hampshire because of the shutdown of some biomass electricity plants ...


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Dartmouth College Reconsiders Biomass Plant

Daniela Allee, New Hampshire Public Radio Summary Dartmouth College says it’s reassessing its plan to build a wood burning heating plant that would replace its current oil-burning plant. The biomass plant was one piece of a $200 million project that is part of Dartmouth's plan to reduce its...


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Valmet To Supply A Biomass Boiler And A Flue Gas Treatment Plant To BS Energy's Combined Heat And Power Plant In Braunschweig, Germany

Power Online Summary (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Valmet will supply a biomass-fired boiler and a flue gas treatment plant to BS Energy's combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Braunschweig, Germany. The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2019. The total value of the...


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Canadian University to Expand Biomass Plant with Federal Investment

Bioenergy Insight Summary The University of British Columbia is to spend $20.4 million (€18.4 million) expanding its wood waste to energy plant, with an additional $7.6 million (€6.8 million) in federal support. The university built its initial biomass-fuelled research and demonstration...


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Maine senators move to reauthorize the DOE's combined heat, power program

Dave Kovaleski, Daily Energy Insider Summary Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced legislation last week seeking to reauthorize and fund the Department of Energy’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program for the next five years. ...


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Forging Ahead: Update on Fink Enderby’s Biomass District Energy System

Canadian Biomass Summary According to the International District Energy Association, there are at least six biomass-fueled district energy systems operating across Canada as of May 2019. That number is likely higher with a handful of small First Nations communities in B.C., Yukon and the N.W.T...