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IDEA Announces Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards for 2022 District Energy Space

By District Energy posted 06-14-2023 11:51


The International District Energy Association (IDEA) has awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards for the 2022 District Energy Space competition.  This year’s results build 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 awards and accompanying 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, which will be published in July, 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.

The aggregate square foot customer area that has been reported as added in North America since 1990 is 2,877,340,742.

On Monday, June 5th at IDEA’s Annual Conference in Chicago, 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 2022. The 2022 winners were:

Total Number of Buildings Added or Recommitted

North America:

-          Gold: CenTrio Seattle

-          Silver: Vicinity Boston/Cambridge, Vicinity Philadelphia

-          Bronze: CenTrio Baton Rouge

Beyond North America:

-          Gold: Empower

-          Silver: Tabreed

-          Bronze: EMICOOL

Total Square Footage Added or Recommitted

North America:

-          Gold: CenTrio Baton Rouge

-          Silver: Vicinity Philadelphia

-          Bronze: Vicinity Boston/Cambridge

Beyond North America:

-          Gold: Empower

-          Silver: Tabreed

-          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  nearly 3000 district heating and cooling system executives, managers, engineers, consultants, and equipment suppliers from 28 countries. IDEA supports the growth and utilization of district energy to conserve fuel, increase energy efficiency and resilience, and reduce emissions.

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