BURDES District energy service will produce hot water at the McNeil Station for heating using fuels such as biomass (plant materials) or natural gas. The hot water is then piped underground to individual buildings for space heating and domestic hot water. Buildings connected to a district heating system do not need boilers and auxiliary equipment, freeing up valuable space for other uses.
BURDES is a group of citizen-volunteers who are committed to taking advantage of the underutilized heat from the McNeil Electric Generating Station. This underutilized heat is a natural by-product of all steam-powered electric generating stations, whether they are fueled by fossil fuels, nuclear energy or, in our case, culled wood and clean construction wood. There is enough underutilized heat available from McNeil to heat many of the buildings in Burlington. This would mean we could shut off many of the furnaces, boilers and hot water heaters in Burlington -- homes, businesses and public institutions – and provide the heat to these buildings from the underutilized energy that is now expelled into the atmosphere at the McNeil Station.
Resources for those interested in more information about district energy systems and the positive outcomes of such systems in other communities include:
www.districtenergy.com the website for District Energy St. Paul, Inc. and the system that serves the community of St. Paul, Minnesota.
www.districtenergy.org the website for the International District Energy Association which includes as members many of the district energy systems throughout North America and beyond.
www.dbdh.dk the website for the Danish Board of District Heating which is an excellent resource for district heating in Europe and by European companies.
http://www.districtenergy.org/community-energy-planning-development-and-delivery describes the case for Community Energy
www.cdea.ca Canadian District Energy Association website