Underneath the city streets of Baltimore, Vicinity Energy’s efficient district energy system is delivering 99.99% reliable steam, hot water and chilled water to nearly 250 customer buildings within the central business district and in Harbor East. Over 50% of the steam delivered to Baltimore customers is green steam—steam generated through zero carbon, non-fossil fuel-based renewables—resulting in reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 30,000 tons annually. Vicinity also supplies several buildings in the downtown Baltimore business corridor with reliable central chilled water services, supported by one of the largest ice thermal storage systems in the country.
In addition to reducing the city’s carbon footprint, with district energy, individual buildings don’t require onsite boilers or chillers— freeing up space for building amenities, eliminating the risk of onsite combustion, and reducing upfront capital and ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) costs.
Square feet of space served in Baltimore
Annual reduction of the region’s GHG emissions
Cars removed from the road per year (carbon reduction equivalent)
Investing in Baltimore
Over 50% of the steam delivered to Baltimore customers is green steam—steam generated through zero carbon, non-fossil fuel-based renewables. By using sustainable, alternative fuel sources, Vicinity is reducing Baltimore’s carbon footprint by nearly 30,000 tons per year and helping Maryland meet its goal of generating 50% of its energy from renewable resources by 2030.
How District Energy Works
District energy is an innovative and resilient energy solution that uses a centrally located facility, or facilities, to generate thermal energy—heat, hot water or chilled water—which is then transported through highly insulated underground pipes directly to nearby buildings, avoiding the need for boilers, chillers and cooling towers in individual buildings. Watch the video to learn more about how district energy works.
6 South Frederick Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
1400 Ridgely Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
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