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U.S. Army Receives Funding to Explore Geothermal District Heating Option

ThinkGeoEnergy Summary Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $5 million in funding for 11 federal agency projects to catalyze the adoption of energy and water efficiency and renewable energy technologies at facilities across the Federal Government. As the...

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DOE Releases “Energy Efficiency and Energy Security Benefits of District Energy” Report

Summary In FY 2018, the Senate Appropriations Committee directed the US Department of Energy (DOE) “to collaborate with industry to submit a report to Congress … that assesses the potential energy efficiency and energy security gains to be realized with district energy systems.” IDEA worked...

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Abu Dhabi introduces district cooling regulations

Tom Oxtoby, MEP Middle East Summary Abu Dhabi Government has become the first administration in the Middle East to set up a complete integrated regulations system for district cooling. The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) made the announcement after the policy was rubberstamped by...

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NuScale and Partner Universities Win Department of Energy Grants for Reactor Simulators

Business Wire Summary PORTLAND, Ore.--( BUSINESS WIRE )--NuScale Power today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded three grants to support the installation of a NuScale reactor plant simulator at each of Oregon State University, Texas A&M University...

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New Jersey Prepares for Second Round of Microgrid Funding

Lisa Cohn, Microgrid Knowledge Summary New Jersey expects to begin accepting applications in November for its second round of microgrid funding, part of a program that already has 13 towns studying the feasibility of microgrids. As a precursor, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities...

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DOE begins development of North American 'energy resilience model'

Utility Dive Summary OE Assistant Secretary Bruce Walker has prioritized the development of NAERM, which he describes as a "first-of-its-kind tool" to improve energy resilience and national security. "The ultimate goal of the project is to provide real-time situational awareness and...

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Accelerating Zero Energy Communities of the Future

Summary Through the Zero Energy District Accelerator, DOE is working with six pioneering zero energy districts to achieve ambitious energy goals. Accelerator partners are using best practice approaches to realize energy performance goals for the entire building and district lifecycle. Their...


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How to Integrate CHP and District Energy in City-Level Resilience Planning

Summary As part of its Combined Heat and Power for Resiliency Accelerator, the US Department of Energy assisted in the creation of multiple tools to improve understanding of how CHP and microgrids can help communities meet resilience goals and ensure critical facilities remain operational...


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U.S. Department of Energy Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition

Solar Novus Today Summary The National Renewable Energy Laboratory ( NREL ) announced a new competition to engage college students in reimagining how energy is generated, managed, and used in a district—the U.S. Department of Energy Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition Funded...

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DOE Releases New study Highlighting the Untapped Potential of Geothermal Energy in the United States

Department of Energy Summary WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy released a groundbreaking analysis detailing how the United States can benefit from the vast potential of geothermal energy. The analysis culminated in a report, GeoVision: Harnessing the Heat...