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.
Q3 2014 Update
By the end of the reporting period, the OPA was managing contracts for 434 MW of combined capacity from combined heat and power (CHP) projects — 420 MW in commercial operation and 14 MW under development.
The 14 MW of capacity under development is scheduled to be in service by 2019.
Facilities in commercial operation (420 MW)
Projects under development (14 MW)