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Three Industries Vie to Heat Springfield, Oregon
Author: Bill R. Meloy, Ken Cerotsky, Michael Hatten

Springfield has three industrial plants, each with enough waste energy to heat most of the city's commercial and institutional buildings. This fact, along with a high degree of energy awareness in the city, made Springfield an obvious candidate for an investigation of district heating. The city used a grant from the Department of Energy, along with some of its own resources, to investigate the possibility of using industrial waste heat to provide space heating and water heating for a group of customers or subscribers. The primary goal of this investigation was to determine if a district heating/cooling system was feasible for Springfield. Economic feasibility was the main question; other goals were to determine the technical feasibility of waste heat recovery from the industries and to identify the best distribution system for Springfield.