In June 2018, the International District Energy Association (IDEA) recognized Enwave Chicago for its customer growth and retention success for the fourth consecutive year! Enwave Chicago received the silver award in IDEA’s 2017 District Energy Space competition. The award recognizes Enwave Chicago’s growth and retention of 14.83 million sq ft of customer buildings space on its chilled-water district energy system in 2017.

Enwave Chicago received the bronze award for growing and retaining 5.35 million sq ft of customer building space in 2016; the gold award for 4.9 million sq ft in 2015; and the bronze award for 4.6 million sq ft in 2014. That’s a four-year growth and retention total of 29.68 million sq ft, the sign of a healthy system!

Enwave Chicago’s sister company Enwave Toronto also made an extremely strong showing, garnering 2017’s gold award for growth and retention with 15.62 million sq ft and the 2017 silver award for number of buildings added at 34.

IDEA has held the annual contest since 1990 to recognize the district energy industry's high achievers and tell the story of district energy’s growth. In 2017, reporting North American systems tallied more than 50 million sq ft of buildings committed or recommitted to district energy service. Systems beyond North American reported more than 105 million sq ft of customers committed or recommitted to district energy service.

Since 1990, IDEA member systems have reported more than 801.7 million sq ft of space in North America alone.

IDEA’s President and CEO Rob Thornton (right) presented Enwave Chicago's District Energy Space Silver Award for 2017 to Enwave Chicago’s Jim Rylowicz at IDEA’s 2018 annual conference.


Nicole Pette