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District Energy Systems

What is District Energy?


District energy systems produce steam, hot water, chilled water, and/or electricity at a central utility plant. The steam, hot water, chilled water, or electricity is then distributed to individual buildings for space heating, process use, domestic hot water, power, and air conditioning purposes. As a result, individual buildings served by a district energy system don’t require their own boilers or furnaces, chillers or air conditioners

District energy systems are commonly used by:

  • Industries
  • Higher education
  • Municipalities
  • Airports
  • Hospitals
  • Military bases
  • Resorts

Impact

The benefits of a district energy system include:

  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Reliability
  • Enhanced environmental protection
  • Fuel flexibility
  • Ease of operation and maintenance
  • Comfort and convenience for customers
  • Decreased life-cycle costs
  • Decreased building capital costs
  • Improved architectural design flexibility
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