Boston District Energy Facilities Shift to Emissions-free Electricity

Boston – Vicinity Energy, owner of a portfolio of district energy systems, has entered into an agreement with energy provider Constellation, to purchase Emission-Free Energy Certificates (EFECs) to match 100% of its annual Boston-Cambridge electricity use.

With this agreement, the company has transitioned to purchasing 100% emissions-free electricity, eliminating 3,132 metric tons of carbon emissions associated with the company’s electricity use annually.

Vicinity has invested more than $110 million in a series of infrastructure projects to improve efficiencies and reduce environmental impacts in Boston and Cambridge. By implementing a cleaner energy mix and continuously investing in the city’s infrastructure to reduce carbon impacts, Vicinity reduces greenhouse gas emissions in Boston-Cambridge by over 165,000 tons annually, the equivalent of removing 36,000 cars from the road each year.

“This is another step forward in our goal to reach net zero carbon emissions,” said Bill DiCroce, CEO and president of Vicinity Energy.

This announcement is one of many sustainability moves by Vicinity this year, including plans to electrify its Boston district energy steam facilities and its novel use of biogenic fuels in its operations.

EFECs represent the emissions-free attributes of generating sources that do not directly emit greenhouse gases, such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, or carbon dioxide. The EFECs purchased by Vicinity Energy are sourced from facilities located in the PJM Interconnection grid territory. EFECs are tracked and reported through PJM Environmental Information Services’ Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS).