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Renewable district energy: cities' first step towards decarbonisation

Phys.org Summary As sustainable energy moves up the political agenda, low carbon solutions for heating and cooling are coming to the fore. District heating in Dresden is turning greener thanks to the Innovation Power Plant Reick Decarbonization and efficiency of the energy production...


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Europe's 'largest' power-to-heat facility opened in Berlin

Priyanka Shrestha, Energy News Live Summary A new power-to-heat facility claimed to be the largest in Europe has been opened in Berlin . Vattenfall said the unit, which has a total capacity of 120MW, has been connected to the district heating grid at its Reuter West power plant . ...


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Creative Energy Expands Green Platform in Toronto

Creative Energy, Globe Newswire Summary TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Creative Energy , which owns and operates one of the largest thermal energy networks in Canada, today announced that Diego Mandelbaum, an experienced mechanical engineer specializing in district energy,...


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3 Ways to Accelerate the Energy Transition

Kim Fausing, World Economic Forum Summary We are running out of time to meet the Paris Agreement and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on sustainable energy – “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”. We therefore need to...


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As Temps Rise, Europe Considers A/C. That Could Make The World Even Hotter.

Naomi Snyder, Huffington Post Summary When Alison Fullerton and her husband Jay lived in Europe for three years, it was gripped by a series of summer heatwaves. The couple ― who have since moved back to Tennessee ― bought a cute, portable air conditioner they called R2D2 because their house...


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ConEd, 8 other utilities challenge Trump's energy rule, repeal of Clean Power Plan

Robert Walton, Utility Dive Summary President Obama's Clean Power Plan garnered criticism for its reach, which went beyond individual plant upgrades and allowed generators to reduce emissions by adding renewable resources. The EPA argues that its new rule corrects regulatory overreach, but...


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Achieving the EU's climate and energy policy objectives

Lydia Woellwarth, World Pipelines Summary During the workshops, operators presented their strategies and plans to expand their gas infrastructure, which are aimed at achieving the EU's energy and climate policy objectives. The discussion on the search for optimal solutions in the long term was...


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Local View Column: New developments present opportunities for energy efficiency, clean energy

Eric Enberg, Duluth News Tribune Summary On Aug. 26, by a 7-0 vote, the Duluth City Council chose to move forward with the possible developments of housing on 10 acres at Enger Park Golf Course and 50 acres at the Lester Park Golf Course. These projects would be a great opportunity to create...


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Empower CEO recognised for "pivotal role" in cooling sector

Tom Oxtoby, MEP Middle East Summary Empower CEO Ahmad Bin Shafar has been honoured in recognition of his “pivotal role” in enhancing the district cooling sector in the Middle East, promoting Empower internationally, and supporting global drives towards environmental sustainability over the...


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Illinois marijuana growers will face energy efficiency and reporting rules

David Thill, Energy News Network Summary The state law seeks to avoid blackouts and other grid problems when its marijuana law takes effect Jan. 1. When Illinois’ new law legalizing recreational marijuana takes effect Jan. 1, growers will face some of the strongest energy efficiency and...