Natural Gas – Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Generation
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Combined heat and power (CHP) plants produce electricity and useful heat from a common fuel source, and represents a highly efficient method of generating electricity.
CHP projects are adaptable, and can use many types of fuels, such as industrial by-product gasses and landfill gas. The fuel is used to run an engine, or gas or steam turbine, which in turn drives an alternator to produce electricity. This process also generates heat. While all thermal power plants produce some heat, some release it into the environment. The CHP process emphasizes capturing it through generation by-products such as steam and hot water, which can then be used for things like industrial processes or space heating. CHP projects are therefore appealing to industrial and institutional hosts, as they reduce energy bills and carbon emissions, and allow them to generate their power independently.
The status of individual contracted electricity supply projects within different IESO procurement programs is now available in the IESO Active Generation Contract List.