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GBA: District Heating
Green Building Advisor says in Denmark, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, many urban neighborhoods are served by central plants that distribute hot water or steam to individual buildings.

Resort Municipality of Whistler: FAQ On District Energy
Resort Municipality of Whistler FAQ answers common questions about district energy systems.

US DOE: How Microgrids Work
US Department of Energy describes how a microgrid is a local energy grid with control capability, which means it can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously.
Industry Information

P&M: Eye On District Heating
Plumbing and Mechanical says the most interesting thing about district heating is the way itís branching out and moving away from coal, oil and natural gas. More and more of these systems are running on biomass, garbage, body heat, sunlight, the constant temperature of large bodies of water, the water in flooded mines or, in the case of Iceland, the lava thatís not far underground.
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IDEA: International District Energy Association
International District Energy Association (IDEA) is a nonprofit trade association founded in 1909 to facilitate the exchange of information among district energy professionals. Today, IDEA has over 1,700 members in 25 nations and is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.

MRC: Microgrid Resources Coalition
Microgrid Resources Coalition is an association of microgrid owners, operators, developers, suppliers and investors The purpose of the MRC is to advance microgrids as energy resources, and to promote widespread implementation of microgrids through advocacy for laws, regulations and tariffs that support their access to market, compensate them for their services, and provide a level playfield for their deployment and operations.
Information Sources

IDEA: International Resource Site On District Energy
International District Energy Association provides information and resources on district energy systems.
Issues & Performance

PICS: Regulation of District Energy Systems
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions paper Regulation of District Energy Systems examines nine diverse systems, four under BCUC jurisdiction and five regulated by municipalities, to elicit the type and level of economic regulation that can encourage financial sustainability while providing customers with reasonably priced energy services. (PDF)
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