District Energy

By providing heat and cooling to multiple buildings from a single plant, district energy can capitalize on waste heat sources, providing clean, renewable energy to neighborhoods. Seattle is pursuing strategies to support district energy solutions to help achieve our climate protection and energy conservation goals.


In 2010, the City completed a study to evaluate the neighborhoods in Seattle where district energy is likely to be most promising, and to identify policies that could help advance district energy in Seattle. Based on the key findings and recommendations of the study, the City targeted neighborhoods with abundant waste heat sources from sewer lines, hospitals, and data centers as good candidates for district energy solutions, and continues to look for opportunities to support the development of a district system.