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2017 State of the Electric Utility Survey Report

Summary The results are in! For years, we’ve been told that the rise of alternative energy technologies would drastically change the way electric utilities do business, and Utility Dive’s latest survey confirms the transformation is in full swing. But while most in the sector agree that means...


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Geothermal energy and its key role for Europe – EGEC’s 7th Annual Geothermal Market Report

Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Installed geothermal capacity in Europe - power & heating 2017 (source: EGEC) Summary EGEC, the European Geothermal Energy Council, has published the seventh edition of its annual study evaluating the development of the geothermal sector in Europe...

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Rise in electricity produced in CHP plants from renewable energy sources in Latvia

Lāsma Černovska, The Baltic Course Summary Latest data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, in 2017 the amount of electricity produced in combined heat and power (CHP)1 plants comprised 3000.1 gigawatt hours (GWh), which constitutes 40% of the total amount of electricity...

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Shell Gobbles Up Another Grid Edge Company

Emma Foehringer Merchant, Green Tech Media Summary Microgrid company GI Energy announced this week that Shell New Energies would acquire a majority stake in the company for an undisclosed amount. This marks Shell’s sixth investment or acquisition of a company working on the grid edge since...

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The Power Market Fix We've Been Waiting For

Mark Ahlstrom, GreenTech Media Summary The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s recent two-day technical conference discussing distributed energy resources in wholesale markets stemmed from FERC’s recent adoption of Order 841, which directs regional markets to come up with rules for...

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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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European district cooling to grow to $40bn by 2024

Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary The European District Cooling Market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $35 billion to over $40 billion by 2024; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights . Acceleration in the demand for...

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German power plant lobby sees tighter supply by 2023

Reuters Summary FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German power companies see a potential gap between conventional electricity supply and demand by the early 2020s, urging policymakers to help investors plan better by rewarding conventional capacity and speeding power grid expansion. “Existing...

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U.S. District Energy Services Market Characterization

Summary In a district energy system, a central plant or plants produce steam, hot water, or chilled water, which is then pumped through a network of insulated pipes to provide space heating, cooling, and/or hot water for nearby connected customer buildings. The U.S. Energy Information...

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Plus points stacking up for district cooling

Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary Rob Thornton, President and CEO of the International District Energy Association has been working in the district energy industry since 1987 and has never seen it so active and vibrant. Around the globe, there is active investment,...