FOURTH QUARTER 2006
10 University of Edinburgh's Sustainable Future: CHP key to
David Somervell, Energy and Sustainability Manager, University of Edinburgh
A top research institution, the University of Edinburgh is also a leader among U.K. universities
when it comes to sustainability. Guided by a dedicated energy and sustainability office, the university has a comprehensive program for improving energy efficiency and cutting emissions. A
major program component: installation of combined heat and power in three campus ‘energy
6 Breaking It Down: Equipment insurance explained
Kenneth E. Cooksey, CPCU, Senior Vice President, Acordia Inc.
Equipment breakdown coverage may be one of the most critical forms of insurance protection a
district energy system can have. Recent advancements in these policies have made it all the more
important for system owners and employees to fully understand coverage benefits so no potential
claims are overlooked.
3 Chairman’s Message
4 President’s Message
22 International District Cooling
26 Industry News
36 Annual Conference Travelogue
38 People in the News
40 Members Speak Out
42 Inside Insights
44 Energy and Environmental Policy
46 Customer Closeup
46 Question of the Quarter
47 Meet Our Advertisers
48 Calendar of Events/Dates To Remember
15 It’s Academic: The case for coal gasification on campus
Kevin Rhodes, PE, Manager, Energy Utilities Group, Woolpert Inc.
Contrary to some persisting myths, coal gasification is a mature technology that is viable for
campus and industrial use – and can be implemented at the same initial cost as natural gas
and at lower operating costs. Particularly in today’s energy climate, it may be an attractive fuel
option for campus heating plants to consider.
19 District Cooling Growing in Middle East: IDEA-member
profiles tell the story
To help convey the current state of district cooling in the Middle East, IDEA asked its members
with operating district energy systems in the region to provide company profiles. Six companies
responded. Their profiles are featured here and include information ranging from their ownership
structure to the size of their piping systems.
ON THE COVER:
Named after Sir William McEwan, art connoisseur and founder of a well-known Edinburgh
brewing company, McEwan Hall at the University
of Edinburgh uses district heating from one of
the university’s three combined heat and power
systems. The opulent, D-shaped hall was built
in Italian Renaissance style between 1888 and
1897 and seats 2,000 people for graduations,
concerts and special occasions. Courtesy
University of Edinburgh.
25 WebLink – Measuring Up: Safety benchmarking survey on
tap for 2007
Ann W. McIver, QEP, Manager, Environmental Affairs, Citizens Thermal Energy, and Vice Chair,
IDEA’s Safety, Operations and Environment Forum
How do your safety practices compare to those of other district energy companies? IDEA’s Safety,
Operations and Environment Forum will soon survey member operating systems about their safety
programs; the results will be used to create meaningful benchmarks. Full article online at www.