Strategic Planning Process

The Medical Center Company is a private, non-profit district energy company. It was established more than three-quarters of a century ago to provide for the energy needs of its member institutions, non-profit organizations located in University Circle. MCCo’s mission is to provide utility services to our members at a competitive market price with superior reliability and service. MCCo’s board has now directed the company to continue its mission with a greater commitment to sustainability.

MCCo currently generates steam for heat using four natural gas-fired boilers and two coal-fired boilers. The gas boilers have been installed over the years to support growth in demand; in fact, all growth in MCCo’s steam generating capacity during the past 40 years has been provided by natural gas-fired boilers. By the end of 2011, MCCo will complete a plan for the conversion to a coal-free production facility, including the replacement of the remaining two coal-fired boilers.

MCCo’s conversion to a totally coal-free production facility is part of a comprehensive plan to meet the future energy needs of MCCo’s members. The planning process will carefully evaluate the feasibility of co-generation of heat and electricity using conventional, natural gas-fired equipment. It will also evaluate inclusion of alternative energy capabilities in the MCCo generation mix. Beyond its current energy production activities, MCCo expects to lead an aggressive demand-side management program, supporting the conservation and efficiency efforts of its member institutions.

The planning process will:

  • determine energy and power production requirements and how those requirements will be met;
  • assess MCCo’s existing site and determine whether additional space or a new site is required, both for energy generation and for a second electrical delivery point (substation);
  • establish goals for alternative energy production; and
  • establish goals for demand management and reduction.

Many of the institutions MCCo serves are developing their own climate action plans. MCCo’s planning process will support these initiatives.




The Medical Center Company
2250 Circle Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The Medical Center Company