What is district energy?

District energy is a term referring to systems that produce steam, hot water or chilled water at a central plant. The steam or water is then piped underground to individual buildings for space heating, domestic hot water heating and air conditioning.

As a result, individual buildings served by a district energy system don't need their own boilers or furnaces. The benefits of district energy systems include:

  • Ease of operation and maintenance
  • Greater reliability
  • Decreased life-cycle costs
  • Decreased building capital costs
  • Improved architectural design flexibility
  • Comfort and convenience for customers

For more than a century, district energy has passed the “test of time” with flying colors. It has proven to be convenient, safe and reliable. But for the next century, one in which energy efficiency and environmental concerns are more vital than ever, the outlook for district energy is even more promising.

Detroit Thermal is a proud member of both the U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association (SCHWA) and the International District Energy Association (IDEA). For an in-depth look at the benefits of district energy, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the IDEA website:


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