10/26/2012

Can CHP Replace Coal and Lower kWh Cost?

New report examines energy possibilities

 

Lower electricity rates are possible if utilities follow commercial buildings in adopting combined heat and power (CHP) systems like this plant.

Borrowing the technology from building owners, utilities could turn to combined heat and power (CHP) to replace coal-fired generation and ultimately lower electricity rates.

According to a report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a new natural gas-powered CHP system could generate electricity at an average cost of 6 cents/kWh, compared to the cost of new natural gas-powered or nuclear-powered generation ranging from 6.9-11.3 cents/kWh. CHP can generate electricity and thermal energy at efficiencies of up to 85%, while the average electric generation efficiency of U.S. power plants is about 33%.

To create these efficiencies, CHP systems use a single fuel source to concurrently produce electricity and thermal energy. Heat is a byproduct of most electricity generation that traditional power plants waste by releasing it into the air or water. CHP systems capture it for productive uses, such as generating steam.

Coal Retirements and the CHP Investment Opportunity reports that an estimated $70-180 billion will be invested in new power plants or pollution controls for existing ones in the coming years. Spending this on CHP instead could replace up to 30% of of demand in West Virginia or 100% for Kansas and South Carolina.

 

 


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Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
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Add highly responsive multi-zone comfort to any building project, in any climate. Our CITY MULTI H2i R2- and Y-Series VRF systems give you flexibility to fit the needs of any building. Enjoy 100% heating capacity at 0°F outdoor ambient, and 85% heating capacity at -13°F outdoor ambient.  For more information, log on to www.mitsubishipro.com

 
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