Distributed Generation/CHP Programs

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 30, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Distributed generation (DG) helps customers manage and stabilize their energy costs and provides businesses with a “hedge” against utility and market prices, enabling them to avoid some of the volatility that has occurred in wholesale markets, as well as enhancing the reliability of the state's electric grid.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems, also known as cogeneration, serve a dual purpose: they generate electricity and then take the heat that would otherwise be wasted and use it to generate thermal energy. On average, CHP systems have overall efficiencies of between 60% and 80%, compared to “power only” systems which typically have less than 40% efficiency.

Unfortunately, despite CHP’s promise there are still significant barriers to its deployment.

The Gas Technology Institute, a distributed energy technology demonstration firm focused on developing distributed energy systems for industrial and commercial customers is requesting California manufacturers' participation in a CEC program to help businesses incorporate CHP into their facilities' operations. Participating companies receive assistance with design, economic assessment, procurement and maintenance of CHP systems. For more information, contact Kevin Olsen at (847) 768-0500.
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