Kansas City District
What do the T-Mobile Center, Flashcube Apartments, City Hall, KC Convention Center and Lifted Spirits Distillery all have in common? These facilities are all supported by Vicinity Energy’s sustainable district energy system—a reliable and robust thermal energy network that supplies low carbon steam, hot water and chilled water to over 4 million square feet of commercial space in downtown Kansas City. District energy is an innovative and resilient energy solution that involves the production of thermal energy from a central plant, eliminating the need to install or manage onsite boilers and chillers.
Owned and operated by Vicinity, the network supplies 99.99% reliable thermal energy to over 60 customers that use it for space heating and cooling, domestic hot and chilled water, humidification, and sterilization. District energy also offers our customers a green energy alternative—through our combined heat and power (CHP) operations, green steam is helping to reduce Kansas City’s carbon footprint by nearly 33,000 tons annually.
Annual reduction of the region’s GHG emissions
Square feet of space served
Investing in Kansas City
Green steam refers to Vicinity’s low carbon thermal product, which in large part comes from a CHP process and the integration of renewable energy. Today in the Kansas City district, CHP technology is maximizing the transformation of fuel into energy and decreasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by capturing waste heat that would otherwise be lost under conventional means. By combining the production of thermal energy (used for both heating and cooling) and electricity into one process, CHP results in the most efficient use of fuel to generate electricity and condition buildings, using far less fuel than when heat and power are produced separately. Vicinity’s use of innovative CHP technology and its elimination of coal in 2017 have collectively reduced GHG emissions in Kansas City by nearly 33,000 tons annually—the equivalent of removing almost 7,100 cars from the roads.
An Innovative Approach to a Cleaner Environment
Our interconnected facilities have built-in redundancy, back-up generation and multiple water and fuel sources to ensure you stay up and running. We are continuously implementing a cleaner energy mix and investing in the city's infrastructure to reduce carbon impacts—including integrating renewable energy. Our Clean Energy Future is a reflection of this commitment and incorporates the latest strategies and technologies available.
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.
Kansas City District:
115 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64106
Main: +1 816 889 4900