Green Steam Project in Pennsylvania Completed

The completion of the new, clean rapid-response boilers and pipeline expansion will contribute to Philadelphia’s environmental and economic goals.

Veolia Energy North America commemorated the completion of the company’s multi-million dollar investment in its Philadelphia district energy network to convert it to 100 percent ‘Green Steam’. The Green Steam project featured the installation of two new rapid-response boilers and an expansion of Veolia Energy’s natural gas pipeline, which in turn will reduce the City’s carbon footprint, while improving the long-term cost competitiveness of the network, supporting the City’s growing central business and University City districts.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commission the new state-of-the-art boilers and the completion of the pipeline expansion, Veolia Energy officials were joined by the Honorable Michael A. Nutter, along with several other state and local leaders, who reflected on several of the project’s benefits including the significance of the associated greenhouse gas emission reduction. The Green Steam project will further reduce the carbon footprint of Philadelphia by 70,000 metric tons each year.

“Using Greenworks Philadelphia as our guide, the City of Philadelphia is committed to become the greenest city in the United States in 2015,” said Mayor Nutter. “Veolia Energy has proven to be a strong partner with the City. The completion of this project marks an important step forward in the achievement of our Greenworks goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent. In addition, by ensuring a reliable and competitive energy resource, these investments will fuel growth in our vital central business and university city districts.”

Veolia Energy has invested capital to upgrade Philadelphia’s district energy infrastructure, which is the third largest district energy system in the United States. Some of the benefits of Veolia Energy’s Green Steam project include increasing Philadelphia’s competitiveness, reducing the city’s carbon footprint, improving air quality, and supporting economic activity.