The College of New Jersey has acknowledged the importance of combined heat and power in maintaining its campus and facilities despite the fury of Hurricane Sandy a couple of weeks ago.
The college’s system allowed it to operate independently of the power grid, which was affected to the extent that it caused outages for over 8 million utility customers.
“When the hurricane warnings became more and more threatening, we couldn’t take any chances,” said Lori Winyard, Director, Energy and Central Facilities at TCNJ. “Combined heat and power allowed our central plant to operate in island mode without compromising our power supply.”
Joe Sullivan, Concord’s Vice President, Energy Policy and Development became concerned when he saw a 26 kV line down in the aftermath of the hurricane. “As former facilities director for TCNJ, I contacted Lori right away to see how their power fared during the hurricane.
It was great to hear that due to their central plant being powered by CHP, they didn’t have any issues and could concentrate on what they do best, educating students.”
TCNJ was able to continue in “island mode,” off the grid until their 26 kV line was repaired by the utility company.
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