“We are very pleased to complete these system-wide investments, including a major upgrade in natural gas transportation infrastructure, as part of our extended agreement to deliver efficient energy solutions to the University of Pennsylvania, which was the first Ivy League signatory to the Presidents’ Climate Commitment,” said William J. DiCroce, president and CEO of Veolia Energy North America. “Veolia Energy shares this commitment to the environment, and we are delighted to help reduce the carbon footprint of both Penn and the greater city of Philadelphia. Large campuses are a perfect fit for our solutions and expertise, and the improvements and upgrades that we have made will deliver substantial environmental benefits to the University of Pennsylvania and our customers throughout Philadelphia.”
“Veolia Energy is delighted to contribute to the city of Philadelphia’s plans to become the greenest city in the United States of America by 2015, and to switch from oil to clean-burning natural gas,” said Michael J. Smedley, Veolia Energy’s vice president for the Mid-Atlantic region. “The innovative agreement between Veolia Energy and the University of Pennsylvania is a significant achievement that represents another step forward toward the achievement of the GreenWorks vision of our Mayor, Michael A. Nutter, to enhance the quality of life of the residents of Philadelphia.”
In Philadelphia, Veolia Energy’s district energy network serves more than 500 buildings in the central business and university city districts from three steam production facilities and one chilled water facility. One of Veolia Energy’s three Philadelphia steam production facilities is a 163-megawatt combined heat and power (CHP) facility, an efficient plant that recycles the waste heat from its power generation process into useful thermal energy to heat Philadelphia’s downtown district. The simultaneous production of electric power and steam significantly reduces both the resulting air emissions and the total amount of fuel burn that would otherwise be required from the separate production of these two forms of energy.
Veolia Energy operates and maintains one of the largest portfolios of district energy networks in North America, supplying heating, cooling, hot water, and more. For more information, visit www.veoliaenergyna.com.
Publication date: 2/25/2013