Showcasing Industry Growth Around the World
At its 110th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the International District Energy Association (IDEA) presented Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards to member organizations in North America and Beyond North America reporting “Most Customer Buildings Committed and/or Connected” and “Greatest Total Customer Building Area Committed and/or Connected” to their district energy systems during calendar year 2018.
In North America, Thermal Energy Corporation (TECO), took home the Gold for both Most Buildings Committed and Greatest Total Customer Building Area Committed, reporting 35 buildings and 19,044,346 Square Feet added to its district energy system in 2018. The TECO central plant and distribution system is celebrating its’ 50th anniversary this year, beginning operation in 1969.
Veolia Boston was awarded the Silver Award for Most Total Buildings Committed, reporting 33 buildings committed. Veolia Baltimore was awarded the Silver Award for Most Total Square Footage Committed, reporting 13,738,152 square feet and the Bronze Award for Most Total Buildings Committed, reporting 28 buildings added. Veolia Philadelphia was awarded the Bronze Award for Most Total Square Footage Committed, reporting 10,236,822 square feet. See below for award photos.
Beyond North America
Beyond North America, Empower (Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation), based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates won the Gold, for both Most Buildings Committed, reporting 87 buildings added last year, as well as Greatest Total Building Area, reporting 40,341,670 square feet added to their district cooling systems serving multiple areas in Dubai.
Qatar Cool was awarded the Silver Award for both Most Total Buildings Committed and Most Total Square Footage Committed, reporting 44 buildings and 7,141,975 square feet. Emicool was awarded the Bronze Award for both Most Total Buildings Committed and Most Total Square Footage Committed, reporting 24 buildings and 2,282,612 square feet. See below for award photos.
“We are pleased to recognize the outstanding growth achieved last year by TECO, and Empower, as well as that reported by many other IDEA member district energy systems for our annual publication of District Energy Space,” said Rob Thornton, IDEA President and CEO. “The continued growth in the customer base in North America and beyond is a strong indication of the economic and environmental advantages for customers using district energy service.” Click to access this and prior years’ editions of District Energy Space.
District Energy Space is an annual publication that compiles customer growth data provided by our member systems, including the number of buildings and their aggregate area in square feet that have been committed or recommitted to district energy service during the previous calendar year. In this year’s edition of District Energy Space, IDEA members collectively reported adding 113,983,484 square feet and 330 buildings to their district energy systems for building heating, cooling, domestic hot water and other end uses. In North America, the reported customer growth during calendar year 2018 amounted to 174 buildings and 64,021,207 square feet. Beyond North America, the reported customer growth during calendar year 2018 amounted to 156 buildings and 49,962,277 square feet. Since the program began in 1990, IDEA members have reported over 2.3 billion square feet of customer space added to district energy systems.
The 110th IDEA Annual Conference and Trade Show, held annually since 1909, brings together global industry experts on resilient microgrids, combined heat & power and sustainable energy technologies for cities, campuses and communities. This year’s four-day event, “The Energy for More Resilient Cities,” was held in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA, and featured compelling technical presentations, panel discussions on industry trends and best practices, workshops and guided tours of operating systems. The sold-out IDEA exhibit hall showcased the newest technologies and equipment in the district energy industry from over 130 manufacturers, suppliers, and technology providers.
Award Photos North America
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT ENERGY ASSOCIATION
The International District Energy Association (IDEA) is a nonprofit trade association founded in 1909 to facilitate the exchange of information among district energy professionals. IDEA is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and works actively to foster the success of members as leaders in providing reliable, economical, efficient and environmentally sound district heating, district cooling and cogeneration (also known as combined heat and power or CHP) services. Today, IDEA has over 2,400 members in over 26 nations. For more information, visit http://www.districtenergy.org/.