Ever-Green Energy is working with a public-private cohort led by Burlington Electric Department, Vermont Gas Systems, and the City of Burlington, Vermont, to advance the local district energy system to serve the University of Vermont Medical Center with carbon-free energy, and making the carbon-free attributes of this energy available to the broader Burlington community.
The team is moving forward with implementation planning for this program that can achieve the desired outcomes of reducing carbon emissions, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, establishing rate stability, and utilizing local energy resources.
About the Current Project
In 2019, Vermont Gas and Burlington Electric Department engaged Ever-Green to begin investigating options to advance the district energy system in Burlington by capturing waste heat at the McNeil Generating Station and sending it via steam to the University of Vermont Medical Center, and possibly the University of Vermont campus. The system will also include a 10 MW electric boiler that will cost-effectively generate steam from renewable electricity when demand is low and there are excess renewables on the electric grid.
As Vermont Gas’s selected partner, Ever-Green performed an economic and technical feasibility study, which indicated the opportunity to implement a cost-effective district energy system program that advances Burlington’s energy initiative.
Ever-Green, with support from LHB Corporation and Hallam-ICS, refined the district energy system design, operational protocol, and updated cost estimate for a district energy system providing renewably-produced steam from the McNeil Generating Station to serve the University of Vermont Medical Center with thermal energy and make greenhouse gas reduction attributes available to the greater Burlington community.
The proposed solution has the potential to be a significant step toward reducing the emissions from fossil fuels and supporting the Net Zero initiative in Burlington.
Kicking off in early 2021, the finalized design and system implementation planning phase has included developing the district energy system business, securing all necessary permits and easements, developing a financing plan and schedule, finalizing detailed designs for the proposed district energy system, and supporting the partners’ discussions with key stakeholders.
Ever-Green Energy was selected to perform a feasibility analysis and implementation plan development, including examination of customer base, energy production options, and distribution routing which was completed 2014. During the study, Ever-Green analyzed the options for development and implementation of the system, market penetration and expansion, customer density, and available financial mechanisms.
Ever-Green has since partnered with Vermont Gas, Burlington Electric Department, and University of Vermont Medical Center to study and advance a district energy solution for Burlington. Ever-Green completed a detailed engineering design, operational protocol, and final cost estimate for a district energy system providing steam produced from renewable fuel from the McNeil Generating Station.