State of New York to invest in combined heat and power for grid stability
The State of New York, and its governor Andrew Cuomo, recently announced $40 million in funding for a Combined Heat and Power system (CHP) to generate power for industrial public facilities during weather-related power disruptions. (Q)Well-designed CHP cuts energy costs and net carbon emissions – but two added advantages are currently being concentrated on in the US. First, that of giving building operators a measure of independence from grid supplied power and, second, reducing stress on local power grids. Americans want to see increased resilience in their energy systems to cope with peak weather events such as heatwaves, hurricanes and major flooding events caused by climate change.
Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $40 million of funding for new CHP systems that generate on-site energy to protect commercial, industrial, health care, institutional and multi-family facilities across New York State from weather-related power disruptions. The initiative follows the high profile demonstration last October of the standby power capabilities of CHP – protecting several buildings in New York State when hurricane Sandy caused widespread power cuts.(&Q)
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York is getting prepared for anything that might come their way. By being prepared, they will be able to keep important services running, even when the grid goes down, saving the city and its residents time, money, and, in some cases, their lives.
(Q)Cuomo is clear that CHP has an important role to play in keeping New York safe: ‘CHP technology is a clean energy, common-sense solution that keeps the lights on and systems running during emergencies. It is important that we invest in the installation of these kinds of power systems across the state to fortify our infrastructure against severe weather to maintain essential services and business productivity, and most of all, protect New Yorkers.’(&Q)
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