In the late 1980s, Dave
Toombs, current general
manager of Citizens Thermal
Energy, participated in IDHCA
as a representative of Catalyst
Thermal Energy Corp. in
IDHCA member San Francisco Thermal (now NRG Energy Center San
Francisco) successfully weathered a 7. 1 magnitude October 1989
earthquake, with no service interruption, in spite of the type of damage
in the city as shown here. General Manager Rich Mayer reported that several IDHCA members called to offer their assistance during the crisis, but
the good news is they weren’t needed. But Mayer wrote “We all should
be proud to be part of such a close-knit, caring group. While we’re all in
business to make a profit, it’s terrific to know that when there’s an emergency there are others in this association who will help out. This certainly
reaffirms my participation in the association!”
Courtesy San Francisco Fire Department.
IDHCA participated in a roundtable breakfast with U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development representatives in
Washington, D.C., in 1987. The goal of the breakfast was to air ideas to
bridge the gap between the district heating and cooling industry and
local representatives in the public housing sector.
IDEA conferences have always been an opportunity to learn and
exchange ideas, as Jack Kattner, then with the Minneapolis Energy
Center, at right, and Kevin Brown from Trigen did in the mid-1980s at the
Community Energy Systems Conference.
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“... He’ s taking after
you more every day...”
David Wade of RDA Engineering shared this cartoon from his own archives.
His secretary in the 1980s drew the image and presented it to him as a gift.
It looks like she certainly understood Dave – and the technology!
In 1988 IDHCA produced an industry brochure called “Take Control”
(as shown below) to help association and members with their marketing
efforts. In 1990 it unveiled a complementary brochure titled “We’ve Got
the Energy to Help Clear the Air” addressing district energy and the
1988 – James Schlesinger, first U.S. Secretary of Energy (1977-1979), provided
the keynote address at IDHCA’s 79th Annual Conference in Chautauqua, N. Y.
IDHCA and the North American District Heating and Cooling Institute
agreed in 1988 to unite their membership and continue certain major NADHCI
activities under the auspices of IDHCA.
In 1990 the U.S. Department of Energy completed district cooling feasibility
study assessments for Baltimore, Md.; University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Ark.;
Miami, Fla.; New Haven, Conn.; New Orleans, La.; Phoenix, Ariz.; St. Louis, Mo.;
San Francisco, Calif.; Stamford, Conn.; and Honolulu, Hawaii.
1990 – U.S. Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 were signed
by President George Bush, accelerating CFC phaseout.