Develop and run a financial and energy model that the University of Vermont and the University of Vermont Medical Center, as potential anchor customers for thermal energy from the McNeil Generating Station, and other interested parties including Burlington Electric Department, the McNeil Joint Owners, the Mayor's Office and the Burlington District Energy Services (BURDES) committee. The intended use of the model is to make a Go / No Go decision on taking the next step in developing a business plan.
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05/2013 to 05/2014
Project Category: Research/Study
This study examined the technical and financial feasibility of piping excess thermal energy from the nearby wood-fired McNeil Generating Station, the city’s existing power plant, to a portion of the UVM campus and the nearby hospital. This community energy idea is often described as “district heating (DH).” If implemented, Community DH would bring UVM within reach of its student-supported goal of climate-neutral heating and cooling by 2020.