Baltimore District Heating and Cooling


Baltimore District Heating and Cooling

“Green Steam”

“Green Steam” — steam generated by renewable energy — supplies nearly 50 percent of the steam Veolia delivers through its Baltimore district energy system, avoiding 47,000 tons of CO2 annually.

Hidden beneath the city’s iconic streets and bridges, district energy plays an integral role in supporting Baltimore’s infrastructure and sustainable development. Veolia’s extensive heating and cooling networks provide steam, hot water and chilled water to over 255 prominent commercial, healthcare, government, institutional and hospitality customers in the central business district and in Inner Harbor East, an upscale, mixed-use development incorporating several high-rise hotels, apartments, and retail and office buildings. Download a map of our service territory to learn more.

Veolia’s solutions

Reducing Baltimore’s carbon footprint using renewable fuel:

Over 50 percent of the steam delivered to customers is produced by renewable fuel originating from Wheelabrator’s waste-to-energy plant. Through this continued supply agreement with Wheelabrator, Veolia is helping to reduce Baltimore’s total greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 47,000 tons per year – the equivalent of removing 8,400 cars from the road.

Keeping Baltimore “cool” using ice:

We’ve been keeping the downtown Baltimore business corridor ‘cool’ since 1996, providing efficient and cost-effective cooling to several buildings in the area.  As one of the largest ice thermal storage systems in the country, Veolia’s innovative system delivers more than 32,000 tons of cooling capacity and approximately 40 million ton-hours of low-temperature chilled water to more than 11.5 million square feet of customer space.

This innovative system uses ice, made using off-peak electricity at night, to augment electrical chilling capacity during the day.  This tactic reduces electricity use during peak demand, taking pressure off the electrical grid when power usage is at its highest during the daytime hours (learn more).  Our reliable cooling services offer customers a cost-effective alternative to replacing, operating and maintaining in-house cooling equipment.


“We are thrilled the City of Baltimore reduce its carbon footprint while supporting Maryland’s renewable energy goals.” -Bill DiCroce, President and COO, VNA


Customer newsletter:

  • Learn more about Veolia's innovative heating and cooling solutions in our monthly customer newsletter.

Paperless billing:

Automated data exchange program:

  • We are offering an optional service to help our district energy customers report their steam consumption within ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®.
  • Learn more and contact customer service at 410.649.2200 or for more information.

Improve your steam system: