2010 U.S. DOE Midwest RAC Conference

Workshop on "District Energy and Combined Heat & Power: Increasing Energy Efficiency and Cutting Carbon Emissions in Communities, Colleges and Hospitals"

Presented by the U.S. DOE Midwest RAC and IDEA
St. Paul, MN

November 18, 2010

The U.S. DOE Midwest Clean Energy Application Center co-organized and co-implemented the workshop with the Office of Energy Security, Minnesota Department of Commerce and the International District Energy Association (IDEA).  The workshop was held at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center.

The St. Paul / Minneapolis region has been as an established leader that benefits from local, clean, and renewable energy technologies of District Energy and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) for many years.  The workshop provided a venue to share the proven solutions of clean, secure, and affordable energy for communities, colleges and hospitals.  Over 100 attendees, that included campus facility managers, community planners, project developers, project consultants, equipment vendors, and government staff, learned:

  • District Energy (DE) and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technologies and Concepts
  • Energy and Environmental DE/CHP Policy Drivers (Federal, State, and Municipal Perspectives)
  • Project Development & Project Financing
  • Case Studies
  • Working with the Utilities
  • Available DE/CHP Support and Resources

The workshop's welcoming remarks were highlighted with a video presentation from Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN), Janet Streff of the Office of Energy Security, Minnesota Department of Commerce, and John Cuttica of the US DOE Midwest Clean Energy Application Center.  The  luncheon speaker, Don Shelby, a well recognized anchor and reporter in the Twin Cities region, shared his views on the energy and environment conditions of today and tomorrow and the key role the attendees could play in impacting these sectors in the future.

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