The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit at the District has been operating since January of 2020. This 1,450 kilowatt generator burns natural gas. It currently supplies approximately 2/3 of the District’s electrical power at the plant.
We now recover heat from the motor and engine exhaust and are using that heat to reduce our boiler use. During the summer months the CHP generates enough heat to operate all three odor control coils!
The CHP system operates 24 hours a day, all year long. It is estimated that the CHP unit will save the District more than $600,000 per year in energy costs. This savings will be used to increase the District’s annual capital improvement program and fund additional capital upgrade projects.