What is District Energy?

District energy systems centralize the production of heating or cooling for a neighborhood or community.

Centralized plants produce large volumes of steam, hot water, and chilled water, which are transported through an underground system of pipes to buildings where it is used for space heating and cooling, domestic hot water heating, and humidification.

Access to a district energy system provides many efficiency and environmental advantages compared to conventional heating and cooling systems, including: 

  • Reliable, worry-free operations
  • Money savings on power, infrastructure, and operations and maintenance
  • Environmentally sustainable and highly efficient energy
  • Cost certainty through competitively priced agreements
  • Effective use of building space
Cleveland Thermal District Energy Diagram
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Learn about how we converted the Hamilton Avenue Plant from coal to low-carbon, high-efficiency steam production using clean-burning natural gas.