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Innovation keeps Germany's cogen market moving

Steve Hodgson, Decentralized Energy Summary There’s always something happening in what is by far the largest cogeneration market in Europe, Germany, with its schemes from the micro to the macro. In the last couple of weeks, E.ON subsidiary HanseWerk has brought on-stream a fourth...


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Enabling energy efficiency in urban planning

CORDIS, European Commission © JaiFotomania, Shutterstock Summary A training network has enabled young Europeans to develop urban decision-making tools capable of minimising non-renewable energy use in cities. The EU-funded CI-NERGY project – which was trialled in the cities of Geneva...


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Energy tax credits included in Senate budget deal

Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Summary The proposed budget deal pending a vote in the U.S. Senate includes an extensions to a variety of energy tax credits, including nuclear incentives vital to the completion of the sole reactor project under construction in the United States today. The...


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Vattenfall boss calls on German government to focus more on CHP and end coal

Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary Magnus Hall, the chief executive of Vattenfall, has called on the German government to provide a clear date for coal power phase-out and put more emphasis on combined heat and power. The Swedish utility CEO made a clear call for the...


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Why a Big Utility Is Embracing Wind and Solar

Justin Gillis and Hal Harvey The New York Times Turbines at the Spring Canyon Wind Farm outside Peetz, Colo. The farm is owned by Invenergy, and produces energy under contract to Xcel Energy. Credit Ryan David Brown for The New York Times Summary DENVER —...


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Energy pact: cogeneration “may replace the nuclear power station”

Christopher Vincent, The Brussels Times Summary The cogeneration sector claims that its development will be called upon in the coming years, to play an essential role in Belgium’s energy provision. Undoubtedly, the cogeneration concept is part of the overall plan for the closure of nuclear...


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Report: Trump budget seeks 72% cut to DOE clean energy research

Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Summary The Trump administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 will include a 72% cut to clean energy research at the Department of Energy, The Washington Post reports. The budget proposal would reportedly cut funding for the DOE's Office of Energy...


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Tabreed explores growth opportunities in markets beyond GCC

Sarmad Khan, The National Tabreed plans to expand its footprint beyond the Arabian Gulf. Jumana El Heloueh / Reuters Summary The National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed) is looking at growth opportunities in the Middle East beyond its Arabian Gulf footprint, its chief financial...


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District heating shows lower total socio-economic cost in future energy system

Baerbel Epp, Solar Thermal World Graph: Aalborg University Summary What would the economic impact on a future energy system be if one were to unlock the full solar thermal potential in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Italy? According to a study conducted by Aalborg University as part of...


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State Lawmakers Form Multistate Alliance on Carbon Pricing

Press Release, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators Coalition Highlights State-level Momentum on Growing a Clean Energy Economy Washington, D.C. – Today state legislators from nine states announced the formation of the Carbon Costs Coalition. This multi-state coalition is focused on...