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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 on resilient microgrids in Maryland is especially timely as these new public safety microgrids become operational in advance of the IDEA Microgrid 2.0 Conference in...


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Microgrids in Maryland: Bolstering public safety, community resiliency

This article was featured in the Q3 2018 edition of District Energy Magazine. Supported with state incentives, Montgomery County installs CHP-based microgrids at two key facilities. One of the original 13 colonies, Maryland is a state of many charms – among them, beautiful vistas on...


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An analysis of European hot water technology installation costs

This article was featured in the Q3 2018 edition of District Energy Magazine. Dartmouth College looks at EN253 thin-wall piping costs – and opportunities to reduce them – in the U.S. market. Dartmouth College is the smallest of the Ivy League colleges, located in Hanover, N.H. The...


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The Empower Command Control Center’s enterprise-level SCADA system

This article was featured in the Q3 2018 edition of District Energy Magazine. From project concept through commissioning, the company shares its technical challenges and solutions. In 2015, Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corp. (Empower) officially launched its state-of-the-art Command...


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Putting sustainable biomass to the test

This article was featured in the Q3 2018 edition of District Energy Magazine. Boosting woody biomass use with a new boiler helps Mizzou slash greenhouse gas emissions. The University of Missouri (MU) in Columbia, the state’s largest university, has achieved notable success in...


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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2017

As this is my first column as the new IDEA chair, I’d like to thank our members for putting their trust in me for this coming year. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Tim Griffin for his past year of service and “Sustaining Our Success.” And of course those of us who recently made it to...

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President's Message 3rd Quarter 2017

One outcome of the United States federal government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is a resurgence of efforts by cities and states to step up their investments in more energy-efficient and sustainable solutions. Compared to our elected officials in Washington, mayors and...

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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2016

The city of St. Paul and our conference host, District Energy St. Paul, rolled out the green carpet for IDEA at the association's 107th Annual Confer­ence and Trade show, which wrapped up June 23. The event drew more than 800 delegates from 19 countries, 42 states, four provinces and 246 cities....

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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2015

For district energy professionals, Boston was the place to be. IDEA's 106th Annual Conference and Trade Show wrapped up July 1 (yes, Canada Day, for my north-of-the-border colleagues), and what a few days it was. More than 960 del­egates from 22 countries came together to share success stories,...

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Chair's Update 3rd Quarter 2014

Seattle is only two months behind us, but the ripple effect of our time together is already visible in our industry. At this year's 105th annual conference, we challenged each other with observations of the dramatic changes under way in the energy industry that are increasing the demand for...

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