TECO's energy professionals – skilled technicians and engineers with years of experience – operate and maintain two TECO-owned plants on the Texas Medical Center Campus. Operation team members are well-trained to provide safe and reliable district cooling and heating system operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, no matter what challenges or emergencies they may face.

Our Central Plant -- the Paul G. Bell, Jr. Energy Plant -- was expanded between 2007 and 2011 and now features a combined heat and power system, 14 chillers, seven boilers and an 8.8 million-gallon chilled-water storage tank. The company's South Main Plant has 13 chillers and two boilers.

TECO also operates The University of Texas Health Science Center's Energy Plant, South Campus. TECO remotely monitors plant operations 24 hours a day, and operators visit the plant three times daily.

In addition, our distribution crews maintain the company's chilled-water and steam piping systems to ensure optimal efficiency systemwide.

MADE to Respond

You’ve probably seen the images on TV: Large utility trucks leaving your area to help repair downed power lines caused by a major disaster elsewhere in the country. Everyone lends a hand. The district energy industry, too, is ready to respond.

In fact, TECO participates in the Mutual Assistance for District Energy (MADE) program through the International District Energy Association (IDEA). MADE, a voluntary program, gives participating IDEA members access to disaster assistance in the form of personnel or equipment from companies who know their business. The goal is to get the district energy system back up to full strength as quickly as possible.

In addition to TECO, MADE program members that are providing and receiving assistance include ConEdison, New York; Citizens Thermal, Indianapolis; NRG Energy Center Omaha; and Veolia North America, which has district energy systems in such locations as Philadelphia and Baltimore.

IDEA also holds annual online training sessions for participants, reviewing case studies of actual disasters and simulating emergency situations.

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