TECO Sweeps Gold Awards at Industry Conference

TECO received two gold awards – the highest-possible level – in the International District Energy Association’s (IDEA’s) 2018 District Energy Space competition. The awards were presented during IDEA’s 2019 annual conference in Pittsburgh June 27.

TECO’s Energy Director Ram Goonie accepted the awards. “Thank you, IDEA, from the bottom of our hearts,” says Goonie. “I’d like to recognize our customers, the institutions at the Texas Medical Center. They committed to come on our system and in a long-term manner. Our mission is helping them achieve theirs, taking care of their patients, conducting research and educating students.”

The awards recognize TECO’s growth and retention of 19 million sq ft of customer building space and 35 buildings on its chilled-water and steam systems in 2018, which was more than any other reporting district energy system in North America.

IDEA has held the annual contest since 1990 to recognize the district energy industry's high achievers and tell the story of district energy’s growth. In 2018, reporting North American systems tallied more than 64 million sq ft of buildings committed or recommitted to district energy service. Systems beyond North America reported more than 50 million sq ft of customers committed or recommitted to district energy service.

Since 1990, IDEA member systems have reported more than 2.3 billion sq ft of space in North America alone.

Photo caption: IDEA’s President and CEO Rob Thornton (right) presented TECO’s District Energy Space Gold Awards for 2018 to TECO’s Ram Goonie at IDEA’s 2019 annual conference in Pittsburgh. Photo Pure Light Images.

June 2019
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