New Jersey is looking again at the role of combined heat and power (CHP) in its energy supply in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Sandy.

At a stakeholders meeting of the New Jersey Office of Clean Energy on 18 December, CHP featured as a means to improve the reliability of electricity supplies, according to the NJ Spotlight.

New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy

While the state’s new energy master plan called for 1500 MW of CHP by 2020, funds to build new plants have been siphoned off to plug a state budget shortfall.

In the past two budgets, $331.5m in clean energy funds went to closing the deficit, according to the newsletter.

But at the meeting in Trenton, participants discussed CHP as a means to secure power for critical facilities such as prisons, hospitals and wastewater treatment plants.

New Jersey has $25m allocated for larger CHP projects and $7.5m in uncommitted funds for smaller projects, according to the NJ Spotlight.

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