Posted by Tony Conner on May 09, 2001 at 08:19:34:
In Reply to: Re: FUTURE OF DISTRICT ENERGY posted by pbartlett on May 08, 2001 at 11:59:35:
Tough to do solid fuel near downtown areas. It can be done, but not nearly everywhere. Fuel storage space is expensive, and you tend to run into stack emission issues as well. In fact, having been involved in the building of central heating/cooling plant (nat gas fired with #2 oil back-up) in a downtown area a few years ago, it seemed like the various regulatory bodies were trying to PREVENT the plant from going in. It was unbelievable. Even the "noise police" were kicking us around, forcing us to meet lunatic standards for noise levels at the property line, even though we were right beside (and I mean like 10 feet) the main line railroad tracks, at a crossing. The alarm bells (not to mention the actual trains) for the level crossing made more noise than our plant. In fact, they had some trouble getting readings on the plant, because trains kept going past.
When I refer to big companies bulldozing their way in, I mean the next level up from the current players. They probably own part of the current operators now, and if these turn out to be money makers (or threats), they'll just buy the smaller companies out.
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