Grand Valley State University Renews its Agreement with Veolia Energy

01/19/10  • Energy

Veolia Energy will continue to provide thermal energy and will collaborate with the University to increase its energy efficiency, as part of a three-year extension, recently awarded

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 19, 2010Veolia Energy North America, a leading provider of sustainable energy services and facility operations and management solutions, is delighted to announce that it has renewed its agreement with Grand Valley State University (GVSU) to continue to provide thermal heating services to its Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Since 1998, GVSU has been receiving thermal energy at two locations on the campus, Secchia Hall and DeVos Center, via the district energy system in downtown Grand Rapids.

"In addition to ensuring that our students receive the best education possible, one of our other priorities is making certain that our campuses are sustainable," said Tim Thimmesch, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Services, Grand Valley State University. "As a non-profit institution, it is important that we make the best choices when it comes to energy management. Since taking over the Grand Rapids system last year, Veolia Energy has demonstrated a strong commitment to customer service and to improving the performance and reliability of the district energy system. We are pleased to continue our working relationship for the next three years."

Veolia Energy acquired the Kent County District Heating and Cooling system in November 2008 and, since then, has undertaken a systematic implementation process to increase the efficiency of the operations, including the installation of a cutting-edge condensing economizer. Placed into operation in November 2009, this major upgrade is a sophisticated heat recovery technology that reduces the volume of fuel consumed by at least five percent, thus ensuring competitive steam rates for customers and reducing the system's overall carbon footprint.

Veolia Energy will also improve GVSU's operations and sustainability by implementing a system that will permit the University to purchase less water and instead re-use condensate as make-up water for its cooling towers.

"GVSU is a valued customer and we are pleased to have the opportunity to continue our partnership with them," said Keith Oldewurtel, Vice President and General Manager of Veolia Energy Grand Rapids LLC. "Since acquiring the system last year, Veolia Energy has worked closely with University officials to highlight the significant capital investments and operational changes made to improve the performance and reliability of the district energy system in Grand Rapids. Furthermore, GVSU has recognized and acknowledged Veolia's commitment to customer service and, over the next three years, we will continue to build on this commitment to ensure that our services provide expanded value to GVSU, just as they do for all our customers."

District energy plays an integral role in Grand Rapids' infrastructure, where Veolia Energy serves approximately 125 commercial, government, institutional and healthcare customers. The centrally-produced thermal energy is distributed to customers in the Central Business District.

About Veolia Energy North America
A subsidiary of Veolia Environnement, a company which is the worldwide reference in environmental services, Veolia Energy focuses on controlling energy costs and reducing carbon footprints through energy-efficient, custom solutions. Solutions encompass the production and distribution of highly-reliable thermal energy; on-site operation of customers' complex equipment to enhance the technical, economic and environmental performance; combined heat and power generation (cogeneration); and the introduction of renewable fuels into the energy mix where it is viable. Veolia Energy serves customers throughout the Continental USA, with a national reach and capability, and owns and operates the largest portfolio of district energy (heating, cooling and cogeneration) networks in the United States.With approximately 335,000 employees globally, Veolia Environnement reported revenue of $50 billion in 2008.

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