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Vicinity Energy Shifts Boston District Energy Facilities to 100% Emissions-Free Electricity, Accelerating its Progress to Net Zero

By District Energy posted 12-17-2021 08:41


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 Vicinity Energy, owner of the nation’s largest portfolio of district energy systems, has entered into an agreement with Constellation, a leading competitive energy provider, to purchase Emission-Free Energy Certificates (EFECs) to match 100% of its annual Boston-Cambridge electricity use starting December 2021.

With this agreement, the company has transitioned to purchasing 100% emissions-free electricity, eliminating 3,132 metric tons of carbon emissions associated with the company’s electricity use annually.

Vicinity has invested over $110 million in a series of infrastructure projects to improve efficiencies and reduce environmental impacts in Boston and Cambridge, a region it has served for over 90 years with reliable green steam. By implementing a cleaner energy mix and continuously investing in the city’s infrastructure to reduce carbon impacts, Vicinity reduces greenhouse gas emissions in Boston-Cambridge by over 165,000 tons annually, the equivalent of removing 36,000 cars from the road each year.

“This is another step forward in our goal to reach net zero carbon emissions,” said Bill DiCroce, CEO and president of Vicinity Energy. “We were inspired by the number of energy suppliers who took part in our RFP to procure emissions-free electricity and encouraged by the region-wide push toward greener energy. We chose Constellation because of its unique product offering and ability to supply emissions-free energy for our entire Boston-Cambridge district, which includes over 230 customers, from major research labs, universities to government buildings. We’re proud to keep Boston safe and warm during the winter months, and even prouder to do be marching forward on our path to net zero.”

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