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Potential Opportunities for Revitalization of the Rochester, New York Steam District Heating System.


DE81030373

Publication Date 1981
Personal Author Gant, R. E.; Karnitz, M. A.; Easton, C. W.; Thiele, C. H.
Page Count 173
Abstract The district heating system of Rochester, New York was founded in 1889 and prospered for the first seventy years. The steam system grew in conjunction with the electrical service and became accepted as the preferred service for new buildings in downtown Rochester. In 1963, the system was the fourth largest in the US and had a peak hourly sendout of 390 MW(t). The system served 621 customers and was growing steadily. Since 1963 there has been a loss of about 320 customers and the system's peak sendout has been reduced to 275 MW(t) in 1979. The loss of customers appears to be a combined result of a massive urban renewal program and the high price of steam. The urban renewal program removed many of former steam customers which have not been replaced. The increased cost of steam can be attributed to the increased cost of oil, the system's prime fuel. The system was originally designed, constructed, and operated on coal until the early 1970's. With federal legislation on emission and air quality regulations, Rochester Gas and Electric (RG and E) converted the pulverized coal-fired boilers to oil and natural gas. The system is presently earning a very low rate of return and there is the possibility of abandonment of the business. Three options were proposed to assist in making the system viable in order to serve the city and also to make it an attractive business venture. Two options represent potential short-term solutions: (1) conversion of a coal-fired unit to cogeneration and (2) building a municipal incinerator operated on refuse derived fuel. Both options would lessen the district heating system's dependence upon oil and scarce fuels. The third option is along range strategy to develop hot water heat islands adjacent to the downtown system. The successful development of heat islands would represent the first growth nodes for a major new district heating system in Rochester. (ERA citation 06:033479)
Keywords
  • Central heating plants
  • District heating
  • Municipal wastes
  • New york
  • Resource recovery facilities
  • Cogeneration
  • Comparative evaluations
  • Demand factors
  • Dual-purpose power plants
  • Economics
  • Evaluation
  • Fuel substitution
  • Heat distribution systems
  • Hot water
  • Incinerators
  • Materials recovery
  • Operation
  • Population density
  • Refuse derived fuels
  • Reviews
  • Steam systems
  • Urban areas
  • Waste heat utilization
  • Waste management
  • ERDA/320603
  • ERDA/320604
  • ERDA/290800
Source Agency
  • Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category
  • 97J - Heating & Cooling Systems
Corporate Authors Oak Ridge National Lab., TN.; Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198204
Contract Number
  • W-7405-ENG-26
Potential Opportunities for Revitalization of the Rochester, New York Steam District Heating System.
Potential Opportunities for Revitalization of the Rochester, New York Steam District Heating System.
DE81030373

  • Central heating plants
  • District heating
  • Municipal wastes
  • New york
  • Resource recovery facilities
  • Cogeneration
  • Comparative evaluations
  • Demand factors
  • Dual-purpose power plants
  • Economics
  • Evaluation
  • Fuel substitution
  • Heat distribution systems
  • Hot water
  • Incinerators
  • Materials recovery
  • Operation
  • Population density
  • Refuse derived fuels
  • Reviews
  • Steam systems
  • Urban areas
  • Waste heat utilization
  • Waste management
  • ERDA/320603
  • ERDA/320604
  • ERDA/290800
  • Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
  • 97J - Heating & Cooling Systems
  • W-7405-ENG-26
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