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Cedar Rapids steam plant to hold grand opening

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- A new steam production plant in Cedar Rapids will soon be helping to power Coe College and St. Luke's Hospital. 

The $4.65 million project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration funds provided to help the city recover from the 2008 flood. The grant was facilitated by Senator Tom Harkin. 

 

Following the flood, and subsequent shutdown of the Alliant Energy steam system, steam was generated using costly temporary boilers at the hospital and college.  Soon after the disaster, St. Luke's and Coe College formed a partnership to find a permanent, cost-effective, high-efficiency, reliable and environmentally superior solution for hot water and heating needs. As a result of working together, the two institutions developed a solution for steam production, ultimately benefiting both organizations.

Approximately two-thirds of the steam from the plant will be used by St. Luke's, with one-third used by Coe. While primarily powered by natural gas, the new plant is able to run on diesel fuel as a backup to provide redundancy.

 

This project is LEED certified, which means its registered with the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED projects encourage sustainable green building and development practices. Prior to the 2008 flood, the Alliant Energy steam plant served Coe and St. Luke's, and was primarily fueled by coal. The transition from coal to natural gas generated steam will result in an overall reduction in the carbon footprint of the two institutions by 15 to 20 percent.

 

A ribbon cutting and open house at the new facility is set for September 7th.

  

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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