Cogenerated "Green Steam" reduces carbon footprint in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Cogenerated “Green Steam” supplies nearly 100 percent of the steam Veolia delivers through its Philadelphia district energy system, avoiding 430,000 tons of CO2 annually.
  

DISTRICT ENERGY (HEATING AND COOLING)

Located beneath the streets and bridges of Philadelphia, invisible to the city above, is a network of district energy steam pipes delivering environmentally friendly thermal energy or “Green Steam” to Philadelphia’s growing Center City and University City neighborhoods.  As the third-largest district energy system in the nation, Veolia's Philadelphia district energy network serves more than 300 customers from three steam production facilities and one chilled water facility.

Using efficient combined heat and power (CHP) technology at Schuylkill Station, Veolia’s district energy system is primarily powered by cogenerated “Green Steam,” fueled entirely by clean-burning natural gas.   “Green Steam” is a sustainable and efficient energy solution that recycles thermal energy by recapturing waste heat.
 
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"GREEN STEAM" AVOIDS CARBON EMISSIONS EQUIVALENT TO THE REMOVAL OF 70,000 CARS

To achieve greater sustainability and efficiencies, Veolia recently completed the $60 million “Green Steam” project in 2012, which includes the expansion of the regional natural gas pipeline and the installation of two new and efficient rapid response boilers at Schuylkill Station. Schuylkill Station is a 163-megawatt cogeneration facility with a combustion turbine and an extraction/condensing steam turbine. 
 
By producing steam and electricity simultaneously, Veolia avoids the emission of approximately 430,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually - the equivalent of removing 70,000 automobiles from the streets each year. 


CUSTOMERS

  • Renowned universities
  • Medical schools
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Federal and City government facilities
  • Prestigious office buildings
  • Industrial facilities
  • Approximately 15 hotels
  • More than 10 million square feet of high-density residential apartments and condominiums

PRODUCTION CAPACITY

  • 4.0 million pounds per hour of steam
  • 7,000 tons of chilled water capacity
  • 163 megawatts of electric generation capacity
  • ​26-mile network of steam and chilled water distribution pipes
     
TARIFFS

  
Veolia Philadelphia is regulated by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.  Tariffs are available in PDF format by clicking the links below.

“GREEN STEAM” SYSTEM & MAP

CONTACT

Veolia Philadelphia
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Tel: 215.875.6900
  
24-Hour Customer Line
Tel: 215.732.1411

AUTOMATED BENCHMARKING

The City of Philadelphia requires all commercial and multifamily buildings over 50,000 square feet to report their annual energy and water consumption annually using the U.S. EPA’s Portfolio Manager tool by June 30th of each year.  As part of our environmental commitment, Veolia is pleased to offer a free service to our customers to support compliance with the benchmarking ordinance. Learn more about the service and download the PDF form.

OPTIMIZING YOUR SYSTEM

  • Inspections and Preventive Maintenance - Improve efficiency and reliability in your steam system with regular inspections and maintenance
  • Steam Safety Tips - Use caution and ensure safe and reliable steam system operation
  • Energy Efficiency Tips - Learn about various tactics that will help reduce your energy consumption and costs, such as steam trap inspections, insulation or conducting an energy audit