NC-CHP Initiative holds second meeting; attends NCSU CHP facility ribbon cutting

The North Carolina Combined Heat and Power Initiative (NC-CHP Initiative), an industry group focused on creating a favorable environment in the state for development of CHP, held its second meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.  The meeting hosted 30 attendees from the CHP industry, including project developers and end-users, and featured invited guests from the North Carolina General Assembly and North Carolina Public Utilities Commission. The NC-CHP Initiative leadership provided updates on an action plan and policy initiatives for 2013, and led a lunch discussion session with Representative Deborah Ross from the North Carolina General Assembly and Sam Watson of the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

The NC-CHP Initiative coordinated this meeting with North Carolina State University’s ribbon cutting ceremony for its 11 megawatt Cates Facility combined heat and power (CHP) system. NC State University’s Facilities Division hosted the NC-CHP Initiative and other guests for the ceremony, at which NC State University Chancellor Randy Woodson, Vice Chancellor for Finance Charlie Leffler and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations Jack Colby, gave their views of the CHP system’s financial benefits and contribution towards the University’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. The ceremony was followed by tours of the new facility.

NC State University completed the 11 MW combined heat and power project on campus to move toward making the NC State a more sustainable community.  The project is located on main campus at the University’s Cates Facility, and is expected to generate $4.3 million of energy savings in the first year of operation.  The project will increase NC. State’s electrical and steam system efficiency by roughly 35%, reducing the University’s greenhouse gas emissions by 8%, or 33,000 CO2 equivalent metric tons. The system will be fueled by natural gas, and will include two 5.5 MW Combustion Turbines, two 50,000 PPH heat recovery steam generators, a 2,000 ton chiller and a cooling tower.  Overall the system will provide approximately 30% of a typical day’s supply of power to North and Central campus.

The project at NC State was financed by Bank of America through a performance contract with Ameresco, Inc., and the cost savings will be used to repay the loan.  If the savings exceed the guaranteed level, the University can apply the excess towards other clean energy or energy efficiency projects on campus.

The Clean Power and Industrial Energy Efficiency team at the North Carolina Solar Center, in the University’s College of Engineering, manages the US DOE Southeast Clean Energy Application Center, and provided technical assistance on the project.   For more information on clean energy resources, visit www.southeastcleanenergy.org.