Cleaner and Greener: Hamilton Avenue Plant Conversion

Cleveland Thermal has taken responsible action to reduce its greenhouse gas and emissions production.

In 2017, we committed more than $25 million to convert the Hamilton Avenue Plant from coal to low-carbon, high-efficiency steam production using clean-burning natural gas. The converted plant provides clean, efficient, and cost-effective thermal heating and cooling options in downtown Cleveland and has reduced overall carbon emissions by 84%.

With the transition to cleaner fuel, and the installation of a state-of-the-art emissions control and monitoring technology, plant air emissions are now 84% lower than the previous coal-fired plant. This new technology ensures the plant operates at optimum efficiency, and emissions are so low that the entire production capacity of the plant is now a minor source of air emissions.

The Hamilton Avenue Plant not only serves downtown Cleveland’s current needs, it also positions Cleveland Thermal with added capacity for future growth and expansion – including a full 1,000 kW of renewable energy.

We employ state-of-the-art controls that ensures the plant operates at optimum efficiency and lowest emissions to improve local air quality. The environmental benefits of district energy are recognized by the US Green Building Council, which allocates points towards Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the use of district steam and chilled water.

Fast Facts

  • Cleveland Thermal is the second oldest licensed franchise in Cleveland
  • District steam operations began in 1894
  • District cooling was added in 1993
  • Switch to natural gas reduces carbon emissions by 49,200 tons = carbon absorption from 19,000 acres of dense forest
  • Heating capacity of the plant = 6,000 Cleveland homes
  • More than 200,000 person-hours involved in construction
  • 7,100 feet of new piping infrastructure installed underground = 24 lengths of a football field
  • 1 MW of electricity generated from installed waste heat capture = covering the entire roof of Quicken Loans Arena in solar panels
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Cleveland Thermal Plant Conversion