Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

District Cooling System in Downtown Rochester:Rochester District Cooling(ST4162-1)

Rochester District Heating Cooperative


NYSERDA is joining with the Rochester District Heating Cooperative (RDH) and other downtown businesses to investigate the feasibility of building a district cooling system that could provide chilled-water space cooling to buildings in downtown Rochester.

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Project Description

The contractor will: (1) organize a district-cooling cooperative, (2) market district cooling to prospective cooperative members, (3) perform a technical analysis and preliminary design of the system, (4) complete all regulatory requirements, (5) conduct an economic analysis, (6) obtain firm prices for key system components, (7) arrange for financing to build the system, (8) monitor the system after it is operational, and (9) report on the above. If the project proves feasible, a cooling cooperative (RDC) will be created to build and operate the system.


Members of RDH and RDC are expected to reduce their energy costs by between $850,000 and $1.4 million annually for 20+ years. Rochester also would avoid chiller replacement or retrofit issues involving the use of chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants targeted for phase-out by the Montreal Protocol of 1987 and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The City of Rochester and surrounding region would benefit from the economic development and jobs created by short-run construction activity and longer-run strengthening of the commercial real-estate market. Rochester Gas and Electric Corp.'s summer peak demand (1,374MW) would be eased by displacing 7.5MW in a critical, congested downtown area.

Project Results

Insufficient interest in the district cooling system was generated to provide the financial support needed to proceed.


Rochester District Heating Cooperative
150 State St Ste 110
Rochester, NY 14614

Principle Investigator

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Universities Involved


Project Type:

Business Development

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NYSERDA Contact Information

Edward Kear


R&D - Mfg Tech & On-Site Pwr

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST4162-1

Last Updated: 2/7/2011 1