District Energy St. Paul Garners Top Award From International District Energy Association

Company named association’s system of the year

On his company's behalf, Anders Rydaker (right), president of District Energy St. Paul, accepted the International District Energy Association's 2010 System of the Year Award from IDEA judging panel chairman Ray DuBose, director of energy services at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and former IDEA chairman. (Photo MediaWright, Indianapolis)

BOSTON--()--The International District Energy Association presented its System of the Year Award to District Energy St. Paul June 15 during ceremonies at the association’s 101st Annual Conference & Trade Show in Indianapolis, Ind.

District Energy St. Paul is only the second system to win the award twice. The company also received IDEA’s System of the Year in 1993, the first year the award was presented.

The annual System of the Year Award is the top honor IDEA can bestow on a public or privately owned district energy system. It recognizes exemplary system performance and service furthering the goals of the district energy industry.

A panel of IDEA-member judges selected District Energy St. Paul as this year’s winner, noting the company scored near the top in all rating categories. “District Energy St. Paul hits on all cylinders of selection criteria,” said judging panel chairman Ray DuBose, director of energy services at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and former IDEA chairman. “The company truly stood at the top of this year's elite class of nominees. We congratulate District Energy St. Paul for being excellent energy and environmental stewards for their community and the world in which we live.”

The panel based the selection on numerous company achievements:

  • The system serves twice the square footage of buildings today with the same amount of energy input as when the system began operation in 1983.
  • After adjusting for inflation, District Energy St. Paul’s customers pay less for heating service today than they did 27 years ago.
  • In 2009, the system’s fuel efficiency was 85.9 percent.
  • The system’s service reliability has exceeded 99.997 percent since starting up in 1983.
  • The system’s primary source of renewable thermal energy is from the downtown combined heat and power plant, which used biomass for more than 70 percent of its fuel input in 2009.
  • District Energy St. Paul is developing a large-scale solar thermal project to be installed on a customer building and integrated into the overall system.
  • Since January 2009, the company has hosted hundreds of local and international visitors representing 38 countries who came to see district energy best practices at work.
  • During the 2008-2009 academic year, the company awarded three scholarships from the Hans O. Nyman Engineering Scholarship Fund.

“It’s an honor for District Energy St. Paul to accept this award,” said Anders Rydaker, the company’s president and CEO. “We are proud of being recognized by our peers in IDEA who through this award have acknowledged our accomplishments and our vision to help make St. Paul a sustainable community. I thank our entire staff for making this possible and moving us forward with a customer focus.”

Other past winners of IDEA’s System of the Year Award include Northwind Phoenix; Con Edison Steam Operations (New York City, 2x); Metro Nashville District Energy System and Constellation Energy Project & Services Group Inc.; the University of Cincinnati; University of Missouri-Columbia; Seattle Steam Co.; Cornell University; Enwave Energy Corp, Toronto; Trigen Energy Baltimore; the University of California, Los Angeles; NRG Energy Center Minneapolis; District Energy St. Paul; and Energy Systems Co., Omaha, Neb.

District energy is an efficient, environmentally responsible method of heating and cooling buildings. District energy systems produce steam, hot water or chilled water at a central plant. The steam or water is then piped underground to individual buildings within a designated area for heating, cooling or use in industrial processes.

About IDEA – IDEA serves as a vital information hub for the district energy industry and combined heat and power industries, connecting industry professionals and advancing the technology around the world. With headquarters just outside of Boston, Mass., the 1,200-member IDEA was founded in 1909 and comprises district heating and cooling system executives, managers, engineers, consultants and equipment suppliers from 25 countries. IDEA supports the growth and utilization of district energy as a means to conserve fuel and increase energy efficiency to improve the global environment. For more on IDEA, go to www.districtenergy.org.

About District Energy St. Paul – District Energy St. Paul operates North America’s largest hot water district heating system using energy from a biomass-fired, combined heat and power plant fueled by Twin Cities’ tree trimmings. A 501(c)(3) non-profit utility, District Energy St. Paul uses a network of underground distribution piping to serve the heating and cooling needs of approximately 80 percent of downtown Saint Paul. District Energy St. Paul has been at the forefront of Minnesota’s movement towards sustainable energy solutions and is a model for energy security, stable costs and reducing carbon emissions. Its affiliate, Ever-Green Energy, specializes in consulting, operating, managing and developing integrated community energy systems. For more on District Energy St. Paul, go to www.districtenergy.com.

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Contacts

International District Energy Association
Rob Thornton, president, cell 508-254-7369, 508-366-9339
rob.idea@districtenergy.org
or
District Energy St. Paul
Nina Axelson, 651-925-8147
director of customer and community relations
nina.axelson@districtenergy.com

Release Summary

International District Energy Association names District Energy St. Paul system of the year for the second time. System uses biomass and is a showcase for district energy best practices worldwide.

Contacts

International District Energy Association
Rob Thornton, president, cell 508-254-7369, 508-366-9339
rob.idea@districtenergy.org
or
District Energy St. Paul
Nina Axelson, 651-925-8147
director of customer and community relations
nina.axelson@districtenergy.com