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IDEA Recognizes Winners of DE Space Awards at IDEA2022, Announces Publication of District Energy Space 2021

By District Energy posted 06-16-2022 09:35


The International District Energy Association (IDEA) has released its annual report, District Energy Space, detailing the growth in district energy for 2021.  This year’s results, which showed a nearly 5% increase in the buildings committed, builds upon a more than decade-long trend of increasing adoption of district energy to reliably and efficiently deliver heating and cooling to buildings both here in the U.S. and around the globe.

The report, which has been an annual tradition for IDEA since 1990, is the result of voluntary reporting by its member system operators who share information about both buildings newly committed and those that have extended a contract with a duration of 10 years or more. The report also details building names, types of use (i.e. commercial office space, hotel, etc.), location, services (heating, cooling, hot water) and square footage served.  The report also provides summary insights on industry growth in North America and Beyond North America. You can read the report here.

On Monday, June 6th at IDEA’s Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada, IDEA recognized members from North America and Beyond North America who reported the largest growth in the number of buildings served as well as total square footage added in 2021. The 2021 winners were:

Total Number of Buildings Added or Recommitted

North America:

  • Gold: Vicinity Boston/Cambridge
  • Silver: Creative Energy British Columbia
  • Bronze: Vicinity Baltimore

Beyond North America:

  • Gold: Empower
  • Silver: Tabreed
  • Bronze: Qatar Cool

Total Square Footage Added or Recommitted

North America:

  • Gold: Clearway Minneapolis
  • Silver: Vicinity Boston/Cambridge
  • Bronze: Vicinity Baltimore

Beyond North America:

  • Gold: Empower
  • Silver: Qatar Cool
  • Bronze: EMICOOL

“The district energy industry continues to grow as our member systems add customers year over year,” said Rob Thornton, President & CEO of IDEA. “In cities, communities and campuses around the globe, district energy systems offer a range of advantages in accelerating the transition to lower carbon energy.” 

Established in 1909, IDEA serves as a vital communications and information hub for the district energy industry, connecting industry professionals and advancing the technology around the world. IDEA comprises over 2,400 district heating and cooling system executives, managers, engineers, consultants, and equipment suppliers from 25 countries. IDEA supports the growth and utilization of district energy to conserve fuel, increase energy efficiency and resilience, and reduce emissions.

For more details on our District Energy Space initiative, and to view previous year's reports, visit the DE Space page on our website.