The Wave – June 2021

Note from our Team

Steve RambeckSpring in Saint Paul is fantastic. As the weather warms, it’s great to get outside and safely enjoy some Saints baseball and lunch on a downtown patio.

While we are in full swing of the cooling season, we are always thinking about heating and cooling seasons to come. Over the last several years, we have been working to integrate heat exchangers into building mechanical systems for customers that were directly connected to the cooling system. This allows for more localized control and reduced risk for the customer and the overall system. It can also benefit all customers by reducing system pumping requirements and associated costs.

If your building does not have a heat exchanger as part of its district cooling mechanical connection, now is the time to review adding one to your cooling services for it to be operational by the 2022 cooling season. District Energy can provide engineering assistance and review funding and financing options in support of your project.

Starting in June, we will be reaching out to customer building teams to get them registered in the new District Energy St. Paul Customer Portal. We are excited to share this tool that provides customers with easy access to their building energy use data and analytics. A big thank you to the customers who helped us test and improve the platform.

As you welcome workers and customers back to your office and commercial spaces, please reach out to our team if you have any questions about how your new approach to outside air intake and HVAC settings could impact your cooling energy use.

As always, please reach out to our team if you have any questions about your District Energy connection at 651-297-8955 or by email

Steve Rambeck
Director of Business Development

City of Saint Paul Benchmarking

Don’t forget, if you own a commercial or multifamily property in Saint Paul that’s 50,000 square feet or larger, you needed to benchmark that property by June 1! See the City’s benchmarking ordinance webpage for more information and how to comply.

If you would like a summary of your District Energy annual usage, please reach out to our team to request a report.

Red Cross Blood Center Renovation

Red Cross Blood Donation Center

Photo provided by American Red Cross

The American Red Cross located on Robert Street is renovating its facility to add a new Blood Donation Center, as well as create innovative office, training, and convening spaces. The Red Cross currently occupies two buildings on the West Side, but this project consolidates and reduces underutilized space into one, redesigned facility to better utilize resources and donor dollars.

District Energy has provided heating services to the Red Cross since 2006. We are supporting their building campaign with a philanthropic gift as well as engineering support to their project. We are proud to support the valuable work to our community by donors, volunteers, and staff.

To learn more about the innovations at the Red Cross Blood Donation Center, visit their website.

New Energy Efficiency Program from District Energy St. Paul

With growing interest in saving energy and reducing carbon, District Energy is making it easier for customers to apply for engineering and financial support for their energy efficiency projects. An energy efficiency program application is now available on our website. Customer project support will be determined on a rolling basis, as resources allow. Customers can contact the District Energy team with questions at 651-297-8955 or


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