IDEA chair elected

Robert Smith, vice-president of RMF Engineering, has been elected as chair of the USA-headquartered International District Energy Association (IDEA) for 2007-08.

Rugel (left) passes the gavel to RMF's Smith.
Rugel (left) passes the gavel to RMF's Smith.

Robert Smith, vice-president of RMF Engineering, has been elected as chair of the USA-headquartered International District Energy Association (IDEA) for 2007-08.

Smith's appointment was announced at IDEA's annual conference held in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA on 17-20 June. He replaces previous chair Gary Rugel of Evapco. Smith has been a member of IDEA since 1995 and served on its board of directors since 2002.

Dennis Fotinos of Toronto-based Enwave Energy was elected as vice-chair; Julio Ontiveros of the University of Texas became second vice-chair and Thomas Guglielmi of NRG Thermal was re-elected as secretary/treasurer.

The conference also saw a number of awards presented to individuals and firms. Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon and Arizona State University president Michael M Crow were presented Sustainable Energy Leadership awards in recognition of their work to improve energy use and raise levels of sustainable engineering.

New York-based Con Edison Steam Operations won the System of the Year award for the second time, having previously picked up the prize in 2000. It is the first company to win the award twice. IDEA's Norman R Taylor award was presented to Anders Rydaker, president of District Energy St Paul.

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