Veolia opens chilled water plant in Baltimore, Maryland

Veolia Energy Baltimore Cooling, a unit of Veolia North America, has opened a new chilled water plant in Baltimore, Maryland.

Veolia claimed that this plant is the result of its collaboration with Baltimore city, the Baltimore Convention Center (BCC) and the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA).

The 5,400t capacity Plant 1 facility, which is located inside the BCC, will offer chilled water to the Convention Center, Camden Station at Oriole Park, in addition to over 50 major customers in Baltimore, including commercial buildings, hospitals and government facilities.

The Plant 1, under an integrated system, links with three other chilled water plants operated by Veolia.

This chilled water infrastructure will reduce 60,000 pounds of R-22, an ozone-depleting refrigerant. It will also contribute to the city’s goal of minimising greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2020. Due to the equipment efficiencies at the plant, the city's carbon footprint will reduce by an additional 6,137t annually, which is the equivalent of removing 1,177 cars annually off the roads.

The plant, which represents an $11.8m investment into green energy and the community, has costed $2.1m less within the budget.

Veolia North America president and CEO William J. DiCroce said: "A cornerstone to the success of this project was the close collaboration of public and private partners – a relationship that has spanned over a decade.

“This project illustrates how great things can happen when people come together under a common vision – conserve energy, create jobs, reduce carbon pollution and improve the community’s green energy infrastructure.”