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Vicinity’s district energy system produces and distributes thermal energy to over 7 million square feet of commercial space in Tulsa.

Several preeminent business and institutions in downtown Tulsa all share the same strategic advantage: district energy is keeping these facilities heated in the winter and cooled in the summer. District energy is an innovative, cost-efficient, and resilient energy solution that involves the production of thermal energy from a central plant, eliminating the need to install and manage onsite boilers and chillers.

Used in space heating and cooling, domestic hot and chilled water, humidification, and sterilization, Vicinity Energy’s district energy system produces and distributes thermal energy to over 7.1 million square feet of commercial space, including the BOK arena, One Place Tower and David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center. Not only is district energy 99.99% reliable, it’s also significantly greener than alternative conventional energy options.

7 million

Square feet served in Tulsa

3.3 miles

Steam distribution network

50+ years

District system years of operation

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Green steam refers to Vicinity’s low carbon thermal product, which in large part comes from a combined heat and power (CHP) process and the integration of renewable energy. Today in the Tulsa 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.

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Meet The Federal Building Performance Standard With District Energy

Vicinity's systems can help you instantly meet the requirements set by Biden's Building Performance Standard (BPS) while benefiting from the efficient, sustainable, and reliable service district energy provides.

An Innovative Approach to a Cleaner Environment

With decades of building and managing the largest energy districts in the U.S., Vicinity continues to innovate and invest in sustainable energy infrastructure and technology to reduce our overall environmental impact.

Our Clean Energy Future is a reflection of this commitment and incorporates the latest strategies and technologies available, including:

  • Electrifying generation ​to further reduce ​carbon emissions as the grid gets greener;
  • Investing in efficiency projects and upgrades to our existing district infrastructure;​
  • Leveraging renewable energy for our “house loads” in our facilities;
  • Researching new opportunities, like the introduction of battery storage, to meet the needs of customers and avoid costly grid interruption; and
  • Exploring additional leading-edge technologies to accelerate our transition.

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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.

What is District Energy?

Infographic showing Vicinity Energy's Path to a Clean Energy Future

A Clean Energy Future is in our Grasp

By taking action and implementing a host of innovative energy strategies and technologies, Vicinity is leading the way to building decarbonization.
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Our Customers

We help organizations of all sizes—from hospitals to hotels to municipalities—use and manage energy more efficiently, sustainably, and strategically.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Van Andel Institute
The Walters Art Museum
Two Liberty Place
Flash Cube Apartments
Jefferson Health
National Aquarium
Maryland Stadium Authority
New England Aquarium
Boston Medical Center
Walnut Street Theatre

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