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Energy supplier, Veolia Energy North America – A part of Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) and waste to energy firm, Wheelabrator Technologies, have extended their 28-year partnership with a contract renewal for the steam generated by Wheelabrator’s Baltimore facility.

According to Wheelabrator – a subsidiary Waste Management (NYSE: WM) the facility supplies nearly half of all the steam Veolia delivers through its extensive Baltimore district energy system, which provides steam, hot water and chilled water to 230 customers in the central business district, as well as Inner Harbor East.

District energy plays an integral role in Baltimore’s infrastructure and Veolia’s network also includes an ice storage system that delivers more than 32,000 tons of cooling capacity and approximately 45 million ton-hours of low-temperature chilled water to customers occupying over 11.5 million square feet (139,000 square metres), making it one of the largest ice thermal storage systems in the country.

Wheelabrator produces the ‘Green Steam’ at the heart of the district heating system at its Baltimore waste to energyfacility, which processes up to 2250 tons (2040 tonnes) per day of post-recycled residual municipal solid waste, generating enough energy to power about 68,000 homes and businesses.

The company claimed that the continued supply agreement helps to reduce Baltimore’s total greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 47,000 tons (42,600 tonnes) per year or the equivalent of removing 8400 cars from the road.

“Green Steam…  when delivered via our district energy network is an extremely efficient solution that will provide significant economic and environmental benefits to Baltimore businesses and residents for many years to come,” commented Bill DiCroce, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Veolia Environnement North America’s Municipal and Commercial Business.

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