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Natural Gas Is The Flexibility Needed For More Wind And Solar

Jude Clemente, Forbes Data source: EIA Wind and solar capacity are set to soar, and as the reliable, flexible backup, so will gas capacity. Summary I have already shown here and here how U.S. natural gas power plants continue to increase in efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas...


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Distributed Gas Generation: Big Power in Small(er) Packages

Darrell Proctor, Power Magazine Summary The traditional electricity grid is being transformed, as more businesses look to control their costs by producing their own power. A need for reliable backup power, the push for more resiliency in generation, and a desire for electricity in remote...


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IDEA Letter to Duke Administration Outlining CHP Experience of Peer Campuses

In 2016 Duke University announced plans to build a new Combined Heat and Power plant in partnership with Duke Energy on their main campus in Durham. Since the announcement, the university has faced some opposition largely related to concerns around fuel sources and potential environmental...

IDEA Letter to Duke Administration Outlining CHP Experience of Peer Campuses.pdf


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City of Surrey Unveils State-of-the-Art Biofuel Plant

Ashley Hyshka, The Runner Summary Surrey is undertaking a unique initiative by using discarded biomatter in green bins as renewable fuel. As part of the effort to be more environmentally sustainable, the city recently opened the Surrey Biofuel Facility, a $68 million plant located in Port...


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Serbia in talks with Germany's KfW over funding of biomass project

Radomir Ralev, Renewables Now Summary Serbia's government is in talks with German development bank KfW over funding options for a project for converting up to 30 district heating plants from fossil fuels to biomass, an official of German international cooperation agency GIZ has said. "This is...


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Duluth steam plant to burn biofuel

Peter Passi, Duluth News Tribune The Duluth steam plant (News Tribune file photo) Summary Duluth's steam plant will be swapping out coal and natural gas for biofuel in the near future. Earlier this week, the Duluth City Council authorized Duluth Energy Systems to enter into a five-year...


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Half of All U.S. Coal Plants Would Lose Money Without Regulation

Joe Ryan, Bloomberg Cooling towers are reflected in a puddle at a coal-fired power plant in West Virginia. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg Summary It’s long been clear that U.S. coal plants are struggling. A study released Monday shows how much -- concluding that barely...


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University of New Hampshire Teams with Waste Management to Pump Landfill Gas for Energy

Arlene Karidis, Waste 360 Summary The University of New Hampshire (UNH) has powered its Durham campus on renewable energy for years. And when it was looking to expand in the space, it just so happened to be at a time when Waste Management was trying to figure out how to manage excess gas...


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Hybrid power generation and microgrids for gas engines

Alex Marshall, Decentralized Energy Summary Economics and technology developments are changing the landscape of the power generation sector. Over the last 20 years, there has been a movement away from large centralised power stations towards decentralised generation close to the site of use. ...


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SEU 2018 survey: Utilities shaken, not moved, by Trump policies

Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Summary A new survey of North American utility executives shows them wary of President Donald Trump's energy policies, but unmoved in their commitment to a cleaner energy future. Utility Dive's 2018 State of the Electric Utility Survey, out today, reveals a...