Twin Cities Pioneer Press
District Energy St. Paul, which provides heating and cooling to 119 customers in and around downtown, is now cooling some 21 million square feet of building space the carbon-neutral way.
The utility uses electricity to deliver chilled water from a centralized plant on Kellogg Boulevard and a satellite plant on 10th Street to customer buildings for cooling. It announced on Thursday that it now offsets 100 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions involved in electricity production by buying credits from renewable energy projects in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The credits are purchased through Juhl Energy, previously known as Juhl Wind, a Chanhassen-based provider that owns, operates and invests in wind, solar and small hydro-electric operations.
“We’ve been hearing from our customers the desire for this, so we’re very excited to get this out as a first step in fully de-carbonizing,” said Steve Rambeck, Director of Business Development for District Energy. “We hope to have more to come.”