District Energy/CHP 2005
The Road to St. Paul:
A continuing travelogue to the
News reports and events continue to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lewis
and Clark’s famous trek across the United States. Their names seem synonymous with
American exploration and adventure.
In honor of their trek, IDEA is taking its own journey – from IDEA’s home near
Boston, Mass., to St. Paul, Minn., site of the IDEA’s 96th Annual Conference & Trade
Show in June 2005. Last issue we traveled from Boston to Pittsburgh; in the next issue,
second quarter 2005, we’ll go from Ann Arbor to St. Paul.
Along the way we’re featuring representative district energy systems and letting
you know a bit about them: when they were started, how many buildings they serve,
what services they provide, what’s the most unique building on their system, and
what’s the best tourist attraction in the area. Make your next vacation a district
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Photo Bill Wood, UM Photo Services.
● System started: First plant late 1800s. First electrical generating
units 1897. Expanded 1911 and added new central power plant,
since upgraded/expanded numerous times.
● Buildings on system: 100
● Services provided: Electricity, steam, domestic hot water and compressed air
● Most unique building on system: The Detroit Observatory. Constructed in 1854 and listed
in National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Underwent historic restoration in 1998.
Original astronomical instruments remain intact and operational. Dome turned manually
by pulling a continuous rope.
● Best tourist attraction: The Big House, the University of Michigan’s football
stadium, is largest stadium in country with capacity of 107,501.
The Detroit Observatory
Detroit Thermal LLC
Source: “Aboard the Underground Railroad,”
photo by Daniel Hershberger.
● System started: 1903 (plant is historic landmark)
● Buildings on system: 251
● Services provided: Steam heating, cooling, energy audits, steam system repairs
● Most unique building on system: Ford Field (Detroit Lions home), MGM Casino,
Renaissance Center, Michigan Opera Theatre, Fisher Building, Museum of African-American History, Detroit Historical Museum and more…
● Best tourist attraction: Second Baptist Church. From 1836 to end of Civil War,
church served as station on the Underground Railroad, receiving some 5,000 slaves
before sending them to Canada. First Congregational Living Museum Underground
Railroad tours open to public Monday through Saturday.
Second Baptist Church of Detroit