Rochester District Heating Cooperative

Rochester District Heating Cooperative, Inc. is a non-profit agency that generates and distributes more than 400 million pounds of high-pressure, superheated steam annually to more than 40 customers in the downtown Rochester area. The owners of RDH approached Erdman Anthony to review their current steam production facility and provide various strategies that would result in overall reductions in the cost of producing the steam.

Erdman Anthony engineers studied the existing steam generating plant and the ancillary equipment and complex piping network. The engineering team proposed eight different strategies, all unique in scope and with their own pros and cons, risks, and rewards. A life-cycle analysis of all eight scenarios was completed, including initial capital expenditure, annual maintenance costs, and annual energy savings. The strategies that were studied included returning condensate from all of the customers back to the steam plant; installing cogeneration equipment within the steam plant to generate electricity, which could be sold to the power grid; distributing reduced-pressure steam; and converting the high-pressure steam distribution system to a high-temperature hot water system.

Estimated capital expenditures ranged from $2 million to $15 million. Annual savings ranged from $500,000 to $1.5 million. Simple paybacks ranged from 4.5 years to 11.5 years.

Project Details


Rochester, NY


Rochester District Heating Cooperative

Construction Cost


Project Contact

Michael St. John, PE, CEM, LEED AP®
  • Michael St. John, PE, CEM, LEED AP®
  • 585-427-8888 x 1054
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