FVB Energy has guided the development and implementation of many new municipal District Energy Systems, and helped expand existing systems. We have worked directly for municipal governments or agencies and in other cases worked for, or with, energy utilities that are wholly or partly owned by municipal entities.
District energy systems can be a catalyst for economic development — by reducing capital costs for building development, stabilizing energy costs, providing employment and reducing air pollution. District energy systems can use many sources of energy, and can provide an important community role by linking sources of waste energy to consumers of thermal energy. For this reason they are sometimes called “community energy systems.” Waste energy can come from power plants, industrial facilities, biomass waste materials such as tree trimmings, natural sources of energy such as the cooling power of lake water, and other sources.
FVB Energy has the expertise to cost-effectively evaluate the potential market and communicate the value of district energy service to potential users in the community. We can evaluate the technology options based on our extensive experience in designing and managing district energy systems, and assess the economics for the users and for the community. Development of a new district energy system requires many stakeholders — the city, building owners, engineers, local utilities, developers and financing institutions — to recognize the benefits and act together. This requires sound information and careful, informed and experienced negotiation. FVB Energy can help.
FVB Energy has the connections and expertise to help communities, if they desire, bring involve the private sector in a partnership to develop, finance, own and/or operate a district energy system. We can help the community and the private sector understand and allocate risks and rewards of developing a district energy system.