DETROIT — Detroit Renewable Energy (DRE), owner and operator of the downtown Detroit district energy steam system, was honored by the International District Energy Association (IDEA) as a recipient of the Gold District Energy Award in the Most Square Feet Added in North America Award category for the 2014 business year. DRE added 6,605,000 square feet of district energy infrastructure in the city of Detroit.

The award was presented at the 106th IDEA Annual Conference in Boston.

“It’s exciting to see more and more industry leaders embrace the value of steam energy in Detroit,” said Steve White, CEO of Detroit Renewable Energy. “We are proud to be recognized for our work to expand our network of renewable energy to businesses throughout the city, but it is equally rewarding to be a leader in today’s global renewable energy efforts.”

In 2014, DRE’s growth included steam network expansion to General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, a new contract with Wayne State University’s Pharmaceutical Sciences building, and the addition of Detroit Medical Center’s new Cardiovascular Institute.

IDEA annually compiles a publication entitled District Energy Space that asks participating energy system members to submit the number of buildings and total area that has been committed or recommitted to district energy service. Specifically, the publication details the year-to-year growth of new customer building space created by member district energy systems. At the IDEA Annual Conference, the member systems that submit the greatest amount of total square footage and greatest number of total buildings are recognized for their achievements.

For more information about DRE’s district energy steam system, visit

Publication date: 9/1/2015

Want more HVAC industry news and information? Join The NEWS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn today!