A Guide to


A district-wide thermal energy system uses an underground piping network to route steam from a single source plant to multiple buildings. The thermal energy is transferred to the building’s heating system and removes the need for each building to have its own boiler.

Clean energy

Thermal energy in the form of steam or hot water promotes a quiet, clean environment and landscape. It also helps to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions, and comes with redundancy and resiliency, including multiple fuel sources.

Key questions to ask when considering District Thermal Energy

  • What is the cost to transition my building from boilers to District Thermal Energy?
  • How long does the conversion to District Thermal Energy take?
  • Does RDH make sure the underground piping network is in proper working condition?
  • How reliable is the thermal energy generation plant?
  • We are, or are planning to use, hot water. Can RDH accommodate this?
  • What are some of the other uses of District Thermal Energy?
  • How do the costs compare to operating our own equipment?
  • What are the benefits of joining the cooperative?
  • Does RDH have enough capacity to support my building?

If you are looking for answers to the questions above, please contact RDH to learn more about how we can help you in this transition.