cogeneration re-development at college campus in new york


Cogeneration Re-development at College Campus in New York

The challenge

Veolia’s energy consulting division, SourceOne, served as Owner’s Representative for the re-development of a combined heat and power (CHP) facility for a university based in Manhattan.

Services included review of equipment selection, space allocation, preparation of financial pro-formas and development of O&M and fuel cost models.

The client’s challenges are:

  • To expand existing 7 MW cogeneration plant to meet needs for the university.
  • The vast majority of the college’s GHGs in 2009 came from energy needed to heat, cool, and power its buildings.

Veolia’s solution

22 buildings with cogenerated electricity

37 buildings with thermal service

EPA Energy Star Chip award winner 

Innovative sustainable solution:

  • With two combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and a steam turbine, the expanded CHP system generates up to 90,000 pounds of steam per hour and 13.4 MW of electricity.
  • This microgrid system serves the electrical needs of 22 buildings and provides steam and hot water to 37 buildings on campus. 

Customer targets:

  • To meet increasing demands for electricity, steam and hot water.
  • Develop a solution that is as sustainable and reliable as possible.
Cogeneration Re-development at College Campus in New York

The new configuration allows the CHP to operate in island mode and also supports the college’s Climate Action Plan by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The benefits for our client

Additional beneficial outcomes:

  • The university generates revenue by selling excess electricity to Con Edison when campus demand is low. 

Full-service support:

  • SourceOne provided technical and financial review, contract preparation, coordination of the project team and utility liaison.