Veolia Energy Purchases District Heating and Cooling System from Kent County, MI

12/1/08  • Energy

Veolia Energy is now providing thermal energy to hospitals, government offices, hotels, colleges and other businesses in the downtown area of Grand Rapids, MI.

BOSTON, Dec. 1, 2008 – Veolia Energy North America, a leader in sustainable energy services, facility operations and management solutions, and the owner and operator of the largest portfolio of district energy systems in North America, is pleased to announce that it has purchased the District Heating and Cooling system and generation assets in Grand Rapids, MI from Kent County, MI.

The new name of the business is Veolia Energy Grand Rapids, LLC. The Veolia plant, located on Fulton Street, across from the Van Andel Arena, houses four industrial boilers that provide steam to more than 130 customers in downtown Grand Rapids via seven miles of steam pipe. Customers include hospitals, college campuses, cultural and exhibition centers, commercial offices and retail store fronts.

Mayor George Heartwell said: "Veolia's acquisition of the County's steam system is an exciting development for downtown Grand Rapids. The investments they intend to make in order to upgrade the plant will improve its efficiency and ensure that a valuable and sustainable resource remains available for downtown businesses for many years into the future."

Stewart A. Wood, CEO of Veolia Energy North America said: "We like Grand Rapids, as it is a vibrant city. We believe that the Grand Rapids district energy system will be a valuable economic development tool for the community, in addition to providing thermal energy in an efficient manner. We have a lot of capacity at the central plant and our goal is to expand our customer base to efficiently utilize that capacity."

Keith Oldewurtel has been named Vice President and General Manager of Veolia Energy Grand Rapids LLC.The company has also established a business office at 50 Monroe Avenue NW, Suite 430, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Contact :
Veolia Energy North America - Rowan Sanders
Tel : 617-849-6656
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About Veolia Energy North America
A subsidiary of Veolia Environnement, Veolia Energy North America is a leading provider of custom, sustainable energy and facility operations and management solutions in the United States.Since its creation, Veolia Energy has focused on energy and environmental optimization. It meets customer expectations by delivering customized, end-to-end solutions to ensure efficient energy supply, including management of heating and cooling systems, energy plant engineering and maintenance services, and facility operations and management services for a wide range of industries.These environmentally-responsible energy services help customers reduce their carbon footprint through increased energy efficiency.With nearly 320,000 employees globally, Veolia Environnement reported revenue of $48 billion in 2007.