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Awards Received by Metro Nashville DES

Metro Nashville DES is a state-of-the art facility that began operation in mid-December 2003. Since its inauguration, the facility has received several awards:

2006 IDEA Public Sector Leadership Award

International District Energy AssociationMayor Bill Purcell was presented the 2006 Public Sector Leadership Award by the International District Energy Association (IDEA) during the association's 97th Annual Conference & Trade Show ceremonies in Nashville. The Award is given to the public entity or individual who has demonstrated public leadership in the energy field.

2006 IDEA System-of-the-Year Award

International District Energy AssociationMetro Nashville District Energy System (DES) was presented the System-of-the-Year Award by the International District Energy Association (IDEA) during the association's 97th Annual Conference & Trade Show ceremonies in Nashville.

The System-of-the-Year Award is the top honor IDEA can confer on a public or privately owned district energy system. It recognizes exemplary system performance and service that furthers the goals of the district energy industry. DES and Constellation New Energy (CNE) were selected the winner by a panel of IDEA member judges that reviewed and scored entries based on each system's energy efficiency; reliability and availability; environmental benefits and compliance strategy; employee safety and training programs; customer relations, service improvements, communications and marketing; and involvement in the community and professional organizations. 

2005 Public-Private Partnership Award - Infrastructure Category

Council Public-Private PartnershipPresented by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County for its successful partnership with Constellation New Energy in development of the new DES. The prestigious award recognizes organizations that have successfully completed a unique and innovative public-private partnership.

2005 Grand Award for Engineering Excellence from the ACEC of Tennessee

ACEC of TennesseeSmith Seckman Reid (SSR), a Nashville-based engineering design and facility-consulting firm, earned the top award in the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee annual statewide awards competition for its work on the DES. The project involved engineering, planning and design, construction administration and commissioning services for the central energy plant.

IDEA Gold Award - Total Buildings Committed for in 2003 

International District Energy AssociationPresented by the International District Energy Association to the systems with the highest number of buildings brought to service in 2003. DES won the first place with 39 building signed up for service.

IDEA Silver Award - Total Square Footage Committed for in 2003

International District Energy AssociationPresented by the International District Energy Association to the systems with the greatest amount of total square footage brought to service in 2003. DES had the second-most square footage signed up for service in 2003 with approximately 8 million.