District energy industry associations International District Energy Association (IDEA) and AGFW (the German Energy Efficiency Association for District Heating, Cooling and Combined Heat and Power) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that calls for greater organizational collaboration and cross-border exchange on industry policy issues and technical best practices.

The agreement was signed at the 103rd Annual Conference of IDEA in Chicago on June 29, 2012 by Werner Lutsch, CEO & Managing Director, AGFW; Wolf-Dietrich Kunze, Member of the Board, AGFW; Vincent Badali, Chairman of the Board, IDEA; and Robert Thornton, President & CEO, IDEA.

According to IDEA President & CEO Robert Thornton, “Germany is a well-known international leader in renewable energy and is adopting very favorable policies for district energy and combined heat and power (CHP) as a preferred approach to replace shuttered nuclear capacity with cleaner, more efficient and cost-effective resources.

Germany’s successful deployment of local energy solutions can be instructive to U.S. regulators and policymakers dealing with similar capacity replacement challenges as the U.S. prepares for large portions of an aging central power generation fleet to come offline. Policy issues that affect our industry are often cross-border and it can be very instructive to consider best practices from our international partners. We look forward to an active dialogue and collaboration with our colleagues at AGFW.”

Werner Lutsch, CEO & Managing Director of AGFW stated, “This MOU reflects our combined commitment to raise the awareness among our government leaders on the practical, economic and environmental advantages of district energy systems.

 The MOU affirms the intent of both parties to pursue a mutually beneficial approach to educate and inform federal, state and local government officials on the economic, environmental and energy-efficiency advantages of district energy in order to facilitate adoption of policies favorable to the district energy and CHP industries.

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