New collaboration aims to improve US power and heat delivery

A new US collaboration on microgrids, district energy and combined heat and power (CHP) was announced this week.

The International District Energy Association (IDEA) and standards body Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI) announced the collaboration at IDEA’s 29th annual Campus Energy Conference on Wednesday, after signing a memorandum of understanding.

The two groups said they would work together to promote more sustainable, efficient and resilient power and heat grids in the US through an existing national programme, Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER), which is administered by GBCI.

The PEER programme is a framework for defining, assessing and verifying the sustainability of power delivery system design and operation.

Rob Thornton, IDEA’s president and CEO, said his group ‘is pleased to support greater uptake and deployment of PEER by our member systems, especially those exemplary campuses, like the University of Texas at Austin, that feature highly efficient and resilient district energy/combined heat and power systems.

‘Electricity and energy markets are undergoing a fundamental shift to more distributed power generation away from large remote, inefficient central station generating facilities,’ he added. ‘PEER will help electricity providers evaluate, optimize and accelerate that transition to cleaner, more reliable energy supply.’

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