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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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Cooling targets for renewable energy use set out in new EU directive

Neil Merrett, RAC Plus Summary A new European Commission agreement to ensure renewable energy accounts for at least 32 per cent of the EU’s overall power needs by 2030 has been published. The proposals include specific provisions for cooling and heating functions that will come into effect...

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Germany awards 112 MW in CHP tenders

Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy Summary Germany has awarded contracts for just under 21 MW in its first tender for ‘innovative combined heat and power (CHP) systems’. The country’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) said seven bids totalling around 23 MW had been received, but...

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New Hampshire needs net metering expansion

Tony Giunta, David Worthen and Cordell Johnston, NH Business Review Summary New Hampshire’s businesses and municipalities are continually searching for opportunities that can help them reduce their electricity costs, enhance revenues and become more energy independent. Net metering under...

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UK Government tightens up efficiency requirements for CHP subsidies

Brendan Coyne, The Energyst Summary Government will legislate to increase efficiency requirements of combined heat and power (CHP) plants supported by the contracts for difference (CfD) regime. Both large and smaller (sub-25MWe) plants applying for CfD support will need to demonstrate a...

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Behind the meter: Duquesne Light and Peoples duke it out over utility rates, regulators and more

Anya Litvak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Summary Last month, when California regulators decreed that every new house built in that state shall be topped with solar panels, David Fisfis took notice. “In theory, Duquesne Light would like to be in support of [something like] that,” said the utility...

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District Heating Falls to its Lowest Price Ever in Denmark

Jason Deign, Greentech Media Photo Credit: Shutterstock Summary Figures released this month show the cost of district heating has fallen to its lowest-ever level in Denmark. Cheap renewable energy was not directly responsible for the milestone, however. Instead, low spot market prices,...

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Getting to grips with Germany’s CHP regulations

GlobalData Energy, Power Technology To date, the country's CHP plants obtained funding support for cogeneration involving a capacity of up to 50 kilowatt(kw) and a time period of ten years. Credit: Courtesy of Christian Schröder Summary Germany has been undertaking measures to decarbonise...

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Villanova Gets $965K For Energy Use Reduction Project: Gov Wolf

Max Bennett, Radnor Patch Summary A project on Villanova University's campus to reduce the school's energy usage is getting funding boost, according to an announcement from Gov. Tom Wolf's office. Wolf's office announced nine new project approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority ...

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District Cooling Services Supply Code

Summary Under the District Cooling Act, EMA has issued the District Cooling Services Supply Code for the regulation of activities and conduct in the district cooling. The Code sets out the minimum standards of performance that must be met in the provision of district cooling services. The...