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Wastewater treatment plants add biogas-fueled CHP

This article appears in the Q2 2018 of District Energy magazine. Two projects demonstrate the use of biogas to cogenerate heat and power, boosting the sustainability of wastewater treatment operations. Water reclamation facilities – an important and often less visible component of...


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The promise and pitfalls of new green building policies: Can district energy thrive?

This article appears in the Q2 2018 of District Energy magazine. New Canadian green building policies focusing on carbon emissions – rather than just energy – offer new opportunities for district solutions in fighting climate change. Building codes, like district energy, have existed...


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Richmond, B.C., and Corix partner on City Centre district energy program

This article appears in the Q2 2018 of District Energy magazine. The city of Richmond, B.C., has created a novel public-private partnership with Corix Utilities to develop district energy services for its downtown core. Located on Lulu Island in the Fraser River estuary, the city of...


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Metro Vancouver’s vibrant district energy market

This article appears in the Q2 2018 of District Energy magazine. Across the greater Vancouver, B.C., area, neighborhood energy systems are growing in size and number and increasing their use of renewable energy technologies. The mountain-backed seaport of Vancouver, B.C., on Canada’s...


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District Energy Magazine - Latest issue now online

IDEA is pleased to bring you the latest issue of District Energy magazine, now available online . Our cover story profiles several of the 18 district energy systems operating and in development in the greater Vancouver, B.C., metropolitan area, some of which you'll be able to visit during...


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Chair's Update 2nd Quarter 2016

It seems to be a common experience as we age - the passing of time accelerates. This is my experience as IDEA chair; the year has flown by. At our 106th annual conference in Boston last June I launched our theme for the year, "Embracing Change." In my final message, allow me to reflect on the...

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Chair's Update 2nd Quarter 2015

Last June, I introduced the theme "Inspiring the Next Generation," because I believe IDEA plays an integral role in influencing the direction of the energy industry. Over the years our efforts have focused on exploring technologies and growth opportunities, but it is critical that we are also...

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Chair's Update 2nd Quarter 2014

Our 27th Annual Campus Conference, recently held in Atlanta, Ga., was an enormous success, with over 625 attendees from North America and beyond! The educational workshops and programs were exceptional, covering a broad range of topics including community energy, solar trigeneration, free...

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Chair's Update 2nd Quarter 2013

Joseph Brillhart Greetings everyone! As I sit here in Pennsylvania watching the snow blowing sideways at 20 miles per hour, I'm still feeling energized from the fantastic time I had in San Diego with many of you. IDEA's 26th Annual Campus Energy Conference was a resounding suc­cess with record...

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Chair's Update 2nd Quarter 2011

In my first column as IDEA chair, I men­tioned that I would cover four major areas that I thought would help us pre­pare for the future. The first was focusing on the customer; the second was transfer­ring knowledge; and the third was mod­ernizing existing assets. In this final article, I would...

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