The upstate New York city of Ithaca has received a boost to its district energy project, with the news that the US Department of Energy is to offer technical assistance to phase two of the process.

The combined heat and power district energy project is set in the downtown area of the city and is an important part of the city’s strategic enterprise and property development.

Under the umbrella of Energize Ithaca, LLC, project partners are modeling the framework of CHP-DE. Phase 2 of the project will research and recommend ways in which Ithaca can best utilize distributed energy and CHP to effectively create a strong downtown energy district.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick said, “In 2006, Common Council approved a plan for the City of Ithaca to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 2001 levels by 2016. My administration is still committed to this target. We believe that bringing Combined Heat and Power to Ithaca’s downtown and having the direct support of the US Department of Energy will help us achieve this important goal.”

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