Boston-Cambridge district energy network recognized as IDEA System of the Year

At the annual International District Energy Association (IDEA) conference, IDEA2015, the ‘System of the Year Award’ was presented to the Boston-Cambridge district in recognition of Veolia’s "Green Steam" investments - which have created significant economic and environmental benefits for the region.

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Out of 350 district energy systems in 26 countries, Veolia’s Boston-Cambridge network was selected as the 2015 ‘System of the Year’ from a pool of district energy systems spanning the globe.  As the highest honor conferred on a system, the award recognizes Veolia’s sustainable investment in Combined Heat and Power (CHP) at its Kendall Station facility, which is reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the region.

Leveraging recycled thermal energy – “Green Steam” – for use in heating and cooling eliminates the need to burn other energy-producing fossil fuels, resulting in better fuel efficiency and avoided greenhouse gases deemed a prime culprit in accelerating climate change. The project, which incorporates a new 7,000-foot steam pipeline extension and the acquisition and reconfiguration of Kendall Station, is already minimizing environmental impact on the Charles River and significantly reducing the carbon footprint of Boston and Cambridge.

“We are honored to have our Boston-Cambridge network recognized by IDEA, which reflects the significant investment we have made into the system including over $100 million as part of the ‘Green Steam’ project that we completed last year,” said Vincent Martin, Senior Vice President Northeast Region of Veolia’s North American Municipal and Commercial Business Lines. “Veolia is excited to take part in IDEA2015 during a time when more and more cities and customers across the United States and the world are embracing the economic and environmental benefits of connecting to district energy systems.”
  • To learn more about the award and IDEA2015, click here. The full press release is also available here for more information. 
  • ​Download Veolia’s presentations from IDEA2015 here and learn more about our clean energy and energy management solutions. 
  • Learn more about the Boston-Cambridge network and download our new CHP graphics and facility tour brochures here.
  • To learn more about the International District Energy Association, click here.