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"The Role of CHP in Mission-Critical Facilities", presented by IDEA President and CEO Rob Thornton is now streaming!

Summary Robert Thornton, President and CEO of the International District Energy Association, spoke on Tuesday, November 10 as part of the POWERGEN + series. His presentation, " The Role of CHP in Mission-Critical Facilities" provides an industry update, a look at resiliency, economic and...


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President's Message 2019 Spring/Summer Issue

The President's Message was featured in the 2019 Spring/Summer Issue of District Energy Magazine In 1952, a magazine reporter asked notorious criminal Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, to which Sutton famously replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” Today, if you were to ask me...

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New Innovations To Shape Future Of District Cooling, Says IDEA President

Baset Asaba, Utilites Middle East The president of the International District Energy Association (IDEA) recently spoke to Utilities Middle East about the state of the district cooling industry in the Middle East and the prospects that lie ahead Watch the Video on Utilities Middle...

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President's Message 2019 Winter Issue

Watching reports from the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24) in December 2018 in Katowice, Poland, I was struck by the powerful candor of 15-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden. In addressing officials from nearly...


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President's Message 4th Quarter 2018

Many people know IDEA from attending our conferences. Of course, when you do something for 109 years running, you would hope to build a solid reputation. I am proud of the effort our team puts into planning and executing our conferences and workshops. They may look like a duck gliding across the...


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IDEA District Energy Industry White Paper

This report provides a summary characterizing the district energy industry in North America. Published August 2005 and underwritten by Enwave Energy Systems. Summary The fundamental idea of district energy is simple but powerful: connect multiple heating and cooling energy users (buildings)...

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President's Message 3rd Quarter 2018

From District Energy Magazine, Third Quarter, 2018 The theme for IDEA2018 in Vancouver was “Local Solutions, Global Impact,” and the outcome of the 109th annual conference clearly bore that out. Nearly 800 attendees from 22 countries, six provinces, 37 states and 256 cities provided a range...

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Washington D.C. Airport Demonstrates Need for Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Microgrid

Paige Davis, IDEA Eight months ago, almost to the day, IDEA published an article in response to a power outage and grid failure that affected Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Today there is a sense of déjà vu as another major US airport is affected by a power outage, this...


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Another Good IDEA

Introduced in March at the CampusEnergy 2018 conference, A Good IDEA is a community outreach program inspired and led by IDEA staff and their passion to improve the quality of life in our local community as well as those communities that we visit during our conferences. Throughout our nearly...